Speaking of Matthew Byrne, here he is with his band, the Dardanelles, singing ‘Eastern Light’. The Canada Day fun continues!
Matthew Byrne is the finest interpreter of traditional folk songs in Canada today. Here’s a good example of his playing and singing, Canada Day folk music continues!
The Canada Day song gala continues. Newfoundland has some of the best Caandian folk songs, and here’s one sung a capella by the inimitable Great Big Sea.
Well, it’s time to start the Canada Day weekend music rolling! Here’s Gordon Lightfoot with a great version of ‘Farewell to Nova Scotia’ from 1972.
A couple of Steeleye Span tunes to wake you up on a Saturday morning! The first is a fiery instrumental, the second demonstrates conclusively (in my view) that vocally, this current lineup is one of the strongest in Steeleye’s fifty-year career.
Oh, and in my opinion Maddy Prior is the reigning queen of current English folk music!
Steeleye Span had a big hit with this song in the 1970s. Turns out they actually combined the chorus and tune to ‘All Around My Hat’ with the verses of another song called ‘Farewell She’. This version by Brian Peters is closer to the older forms of the song, although he also did some merging with other ballads (see the history at ‘Mainly Norfolk‘).
Steeleye Span continue to renew themselves with fresh faces joining the old stalwarts. They were always a strong band vocally, but I count six out of seven joining in the singing on this track. This is from their upcoming new album, ‘EST’D 1969’, due out very soon I believe. Enjoy!