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    Never really listened to much folk music (well, Dylan and Beth Orton would be about as far as I got...); just bought Jim Moray's Sweet England album and it sounds great...been stuck in my CD player for days So, as per title, can someone recommend some more (alt?) folk music along that kind of lines...

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    How about early JOHN MARTYN?* ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *Pentangle,Bert Jansch,John Renbourn,early Joni Mitchell,Fairport Convention/Sandy Denny.I'm sure amazon will have clips for you to listen to.

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    steeleye span.

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    Oh yes, yes, yes I can ! This recommendation is not Dylan or any of the other stuff so far mentioned but just try the samples and order if you like. I'm very enthusiastic about MISTY RIVER, a relatively unknown female quartet from the northwest statesof America.

    They play acoustic instruments and each have their own distinctive and often beautiful voice to contribute. The sound on these CDs is excellent for hifi too. You will hear; fiddle, accordian, double bass, mandolin, banjo etc. They harmonise voices beautifully.

    Their style could be called variously; "Americana" , country-folk, often rooted in Scots/Irish traditions. If you don't normally like country as such - and I'm who doesn't- you will find what country sound they have is for the most part stuff you would want to hear. Its only occasionally they drift off into the kind of shit you would hear in a bar in Oklahoma. Its difficult to describe to you what I'm talking about really without you going to hear it. Its more folk, really. Also, their voices and playing talents are so beautiful, you'll want to listen through a song that in itself doesn't really appeal.

    The first one I bought was the Live At The Backstage album, and I think that's a good one to start with as its long and has a great spread of music. The band's own website is http://www.mistyriverband.com . You can hear samples on it including some whole tracks. For a slow, beautiful one , download to My Music on your drive, the song, Tress They Grow Tall -- sublime. A good retail site for Misty River is at CDBaby, where also you get samples of most songs so you can test each album. By the way, ignore the Christmas album - its pants. Only get the other 3. http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=%22misty+river%22Better sample availabilty : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...725247-9412837
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Will have a play on amazon

    Jon

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    and the band's own site.
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    yeah, the site looks good for MP3s thanks. Prefer to buy from the UK, though - had some things go lost in the post, which is a pain for UK orders and tearing your hear out time for international ones

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    Nope, CDBaby are great. Trust them. Towerrecords .com are great as well.

    Try this Scottish thing : Silly Wizard - " Caledonia's Hardy Sons" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...725247-9412837

    Amazing vocalist. Andy M Stewart - NO ! not Andy Stewart we know from tv of old, thankfully.

    Also, this cross-celtic compilation is amazing : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...ce&s=music

    That one is from the Green Linnet label, an American label yet one that specialises in Celtic and similar music. A compiltion found in the shops is often rubbish but this is fantastic. You might have a bit of a wait for this one but it is really good. It will lead you on to other bands, e.g. the Irish band Altan. etc, etc.
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    Amazing vocalist. Andy M Stewart - NO ! not Andy Stewart we know from tv of old, thankfully.
    Thought you were about to break out into "Donald weres yer troosers" for a moment there

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    Nooooooooooooooo !

    A guy I know made me laugh recently when he suggested Donald Fars Yer Troosers should be the new National Anthem for Scotland. He also suggested The Muckin 'o Geordie's Byre ! Can you imagine the crowd singing that in perfect timing at Murrayfield ? :Grin:
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    jon wrote:
    ...just bought Jim Moray's Sweet England album and it sounds great...been stuck in my CD player for days
    I heard Jim Moray live on Sunday. Very much the folk Jamie Cullum isn't he? I quite liked the numbers he played at the piano, but was rather less impressed with his guitar efforts. Might check the album out sometime, I'll see.

    I've been starting to get into folk music over the last six months or so too. The best CD I've got would have to be this:



    Karine has written some excellent original songs for this album IMHO. Check out the music clips on her website:

    http://www.karinepolwart.com/

    Another favourite of mine (although more traditional in style) is Kate Rusby's "Underneath the Stars":








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    Cheers for the extra suggestions. I wouldn't be so harsh as to call Jim Moray the folk Jamie Cullons (never been at all keen on the latter) - Jim Moray's stuff on record sounds more electric, and the Sweet England album has more of a DIY feel to it imho. He was an odd guy to see live - seemed to have problems integrating the live band with samples etc...so yeah the songs with just him on the piano or a capella did work better.

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    Not a big "folk" fan but I'd second the Kate Rusby - it's cracking.

    I've just ordered Veneer by Jose Gonzalez based on various recommendations. I'll let you know about it next week hopefully!

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    jon wrote:
    Cheers for the extra suggestions. I wouldn't be so harsh as to call Jim Moray the folk Jamie Cullons (never been at all keen on the latter)...
    I don't mind Jamie Cullum actually :wow:. He's not 'proper' jazz at all, and doesn't have a great voice by any means, but he's enthusiastic and I find him entertaining enough. I kind of think Jim Moray is similar. Young, enthusiastic, trying in some ways to liven up a genre that many of his own age or younger wouldn't normally give a second thought.

    On a couple of the songs I heard Jim Moray play his piano playing reminded me a bit of Tori Amos; wonder if it's just me?

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    Fair enough - lots of people like Jamie Cullum, and yeah he does seem suitably enthuisiastic

    Thinking about it, I can kind-of see the tori amos connection - longing for lucy, in particular, seems to have a bit of that kind of feel to it.

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    Here is a link where you can hear archives from aWFMU show which features a lot of folky stuff. It's a great show.

    http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/SP







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    Might be worth checking some of this out too:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/c...05/onair.shtml

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    Folk is a very general label really so its good to try and narrow it down, but anyway;

    Did Jim Moray not record that album by himself at Nottingham Uni? Would account for the diy sound. Ive never really got into it though my mates loves sweet england. I do like the last song about drugs though

    Try some Steve Earle, Jerusalem is a corker and is mainly folk. His other are an ecceltic mix though and have a defo country feel.

    Woody Guthrie is always worth seeking out. Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) is always an uplifting and joyfull experience that will energize you with his unique folk music.

    Some class Josh Rouse as folk although his background is Nashville, even so very good IMO. Lucinda Williams is another good fermale folk singer, 'world without tears' is prob her best, again IMO. Al Stewart, Gram Parsons, John Martyn etc etc are all very good although like I said theres alot of crossing-over in alot of these.
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    Thanks... have ordered a Fairport convention CD to begin with. Yeah, I think the bedroom recording aspect of Sweet England may have something to do with the DIY sound ;) be interesting to see what the new album sounds like when Jim Moray's got more money to spend on recording. And yeah, longing for lucy does sound great

    I've got vague memories of a drill 'n bass remix of one of Bonnie Prince Billy's songs, or am I thinking of someone else?

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