I may have featured this before.
Since we have moved and I have refiled my cds (and-painfully- got rid of some), I have found many that I haven’t listened to for a while. This has been a very pleasant experience: it has cost nothing and requires no spending to acquire ‘must haves’ ‘because I deserve it’. In fact, I am determined to cut down the cds I buy: I have lost count of the charity shop purchases I have never listened to.
Anyway-sermonising over- I rediscovered this album and have replayed it and will continue to do so: I don;t normally go for folk music, but it is excellent. Plus, I saw the bloke on the guitar (Martin Carthy) in Whitby Sainsburys when I was on the way home from work…
I will be on a long journey today: driving all the way to Dunoon. I like long drives: I can think, I can listen to Radio 4, I can play CDs. I will be listening to this today from the first ‘Imagined Village’ album: re imagining folk music for now & using people like Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Benjamin Zephaniah alongside folk musicians
On one level it is hideously inappropriate: I am heading into a country that wants independence from England. On another level it is not: in the North we face the same hard times: drained by London, multinationals and the increasingly wealthy uber rich.
Billy Bragg is a ‘marmite’ singer- loved and hated. I like him: before him, I rarely used the word ‘English’ to describe myself. The word had been tainted by childhood and teenage years in Leicester and the National Front’s strong presence there. Billy Bragg re imagined/ re claimed the word- you could be English without hating difference. I am looking forward to getting to know this album.