On a search - traditional English folk...

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  1. Prasius

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    Not folk-rock, or the 1970‘s resurgence type stuff!

    Can anyone point me in the direction of where I might be able to find some good quality (both how it sounds and performance!) traditional English folk music? I've got a curiosity to go hunting based on knowing a few tunes, and I'd like to explore the genre a little more :) (heritage and all that...!) I've found it surprisingly difficult to find stuff on the net, and I'm now guessing a lot of this is done by local groups which won't wide scale release their performances. Any help much appreciated. :)
     
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    Traditional folk tends to be very regional in that it may have quite a big following within the region where it originates, and very little outside of that area. In the North East there is a lot of it about that comes from the fishing, coal mining, heavy industry and farming. A couple of the more well known exponents are people like Kathryn Tickell who does a lot of the old original folk music, and there used to be a group called The High Level Ranters who also concentrated on older stuff.
    You will probably have heard of Lindisfarne, maybe treated them as folk rock, but they have their roots in traditional folk of the region.
    As for getting hold of the music, it can be hard and you may have to seek out independant retailers or record companies that specialise in folk. And for listening live, you will again have to look at what's on around your area, although it is sometimes a lot harder to find folk music than rock. It could be because the trad stuff is "of its generation" and is passed on rather than written down, and that generation is gradually dissapearing through age. It can also be just a case of finding a pub where local people just take along their instruments (or just their voice), and just play/sing as part of their night. The kind of thing you see a lot of in Ireland, but of course, these aren't really advertised.
     
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    I would suggest 'Frost and Fire' and anything by The Watersons. The best place to look is at the Topic Records (Topic Records) website.

    Try anything involving the late Peter Bellamy - such as his solo albums or with the Young Tradition.

    Echo the comments about Kathryn Tickell.

    I know this sounds daft - but English (and other European/Irish) folk music is often more available in the US than here!
     
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    I shall suggest Jez Low and the bad Pennies. A friend of mine played Bass for them. They have toured the USA. Jez has won several awards for his writing. It's Northumbian folk music.

    Sad to say, but traditional English folk is pretty dire. It needs a Gaelic influence to give that real emotional quality. Straight English folk is pretty bland by comparison. Jez writes music which is as close to trad English folk as you can get, but has that Gaelic feel, while not going all out Scottish or Irish.
     
  5. Prasius

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    Thanks all for the suggestions, I will go hunting :)
     

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