Friday, 18 November 2016

Christmas feelings from Steeleye Span


This electric folk version of a Robin Hood ballad is something which I always find very cheerful and Christmassy - reminding me in particular of Christmas 1975, just after Steeleye Span released the All Around My Hat (from which this comes) - a time when I was deeply 'into' electric folk music amd avidly learning the accordion - which I played in a duo with my then best friend Gareth Jones (yes, he was Welsh); who could sing well, act out a song, and play electric bass or flute with remarkable verve and facility.

Altogether a period of creativity and anticipation; and one I am pleased to be reminded-of.

It is a good first example of electric folk to play to your young children to get them keen on traditional music. It worked for me! Maybe they could be shown this version?


3 comments:

  1. Thank you! I enjoy your music posts.

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  2. Hark! The Village Wait and All Around My Hat were both terrific albums and in my humble opinion the best they recorded in their long history. Thanks for the memory!

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  3. @drizz - It is difficult to choose, but I think Commoner's Crown is my favourite - mostly for Long Lankin and Little Sir Hugh (truly great, blood-curdling examples of guitarist Robert Johnson's epic versions of ballads - Demon Lover and Elf Call are presumably others - which are my favourite aspect of Steeleye), Bach Goes To Limerick - which is just fantastic; and Weary Cutters, multitrack Maddie. However, I think Now We Are Six had probably the biggest impact on me, at the time - due to may age and stage of development.

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