Folk/acoustic Friday: braving infatuation
, heartbreak, pregnancy, Thatcherism, corporate drudgery and bad 90s hair, these artists come bearing gifts.
It was the first Scots Gaelic song in the top 40; unfortunately, by the time of Coisich, A Ruin
's 1992 release, Capercaillie still hadn't had their hair cut since the 80s. Never mind; despite being pregnant with eventual twins, Cara Dillon is immaculately coiffed, and nails old standby P Stands for Paddy
on the Blackstaff Sessions. Somewhat less glamorous surroundings, but Thea Gilmore's You and Frank Sinatra
suffers not at all from being performed in her front room.
For those of you who like your folk with added social commentary, Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson
deliver some good old lefty-folk polemic, revisiting Blake's Jerusalem in biting three-part harmony
and asking the eternal question: why am I a soldier?
, while Martha Tilston takes acoustic aim at the banality of office life
, and Chumbawamba (yes, that Chumbawamba
)'s cover of the Bee Gees' New York Mining Disaster
plays as an eerie lament to a vanished way of life. Still, at least the blackleg miner
need fear no more...
It isn't all doom and gloom, however; Suzanne Vega tells the story of her first romance
, and Maddy Prior flirts outrageously with the camera during this glorious 1976 performance of All Around My Hat
Until next time, fare thee well
, and if you miss your way home, well, just follow the heron