Sunday, 8 June 2014

Folkways - No Other Name (Rare Folk UK 1971)


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An underrated and short lived British folk act released one and only album titled "No Other Name" in 1971. Much similar to British trad folky bands like Steeleye Span, Pentangle and Sun Also Rises. 

British folk musicians of the early 60s were heavily influenced by American revival artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and later Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. This led indirectly to the sub-genre of British progressive folk music, pioneered by performers like the Scottish Incredible String Band from 1967 and the distinctive folk baroque guitar style of players like Davy Graham, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. Many progressive folk performers continued to retain a traditional element in their music, including Jansch and Renbourn, who with Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, and Terry Cox, formed Pentangle in 1967. 


Others totally abandoned the traditional element and in this area particularly important were the Scottish artists Donovan (who was most influenced by emerging progressive folk musicians in America like Bob Dylan) and the Incredible String Band, who from 1967 incorporated a range of influences including medieval and eastern music into their compositions. Some of this, particularly the Incredible String Band, has been seen as developing into the further sub-genre of psych or psychedelic folk and had a considerable impact on progressive and psychedelic rock. 

There was a brief flouring of British progressive folk in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with groups like the Third Ear Band and Quintessence following the eastern Indian musical and more abstract work by group such as Comus, Dando Shaft, Trees, Spirogyra, Forest, and Jan Dukes De Grey, but commercial success was elusive for these bands and most had broken off, or moved in very different directions, by about 1973. From about 1967 there were also a number British bands, like Fairport Convention, who were directly influenced by American acts like the Byrds to play folk music on electric instruments.

01. October Song
02. Cannilly Cannilly
03. Silver In Stubble
04. Soldiers Warning
05. Garton Mother's Lullaby
06. Kishmulls Galley
07. The Sun Is Burning
08. No Other Name
09. Galway City
10. Fairy Tale Lullaby
11. Barleycorn
12. The Woman From Wexford

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chris. Never heard of this, but it sounds good.

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Woody said...

I've liked. Thank you very much for this friend.

Doug said...

Never heard of this group.Will give a listen.Thanks.