Quercus wrote:I strongly suspect that Bella was inspired by Anne Briggs too. In case you're not aware Bella now has six albums out - so there's plenty more of her music to discover.
Excellent. I've watched a few of her clips already, and plan to watch many more.
Willie O Winsbury
I hadn't realised that Richard Thompson did a version of Willie O Winsbury
, that's one of my favourite folk "standards" (along with The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
has long been one of my favourite songs of any
genre. IIRC, the first version I heard was by Pentangle, with John Renbourne doing the vocals.The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
is good, but not exactly my style. Unfortunately, I've heard so much mediocre Irish folk music that I'm a bit burned out by it, so it's often hard for me to appreciate it even when it is top class.
They are slow, but they work well, IMO. And Susanna's performance of those songs reminded me of Camille and Kennerly Kitt
, aka the Harp Twins[...]
Quercus wrote:The harp versions are very good, but I'm afraid I have difficulty with instrumental versions of songs I know well - I spend the entire song waiting for the lyrics to kick in.
I can relate to that.
I like what the Harp Twins do, but their sound can get a bit sparse and it would be nice to hear them performing with a band and a singer.
As you seem to have a(n entirely justified) thing for harps, and given that I'm Welsh, I must direct you to the wonderful Welsh singer and harpist Georgia Ruth (she happens to be a friend of a friend as well), here's her singing in Welsh
, and in English
wonderful. Thankyou! I like both of those pieces. And I love the sound of Welsh. I'm listening to her doing Codi Angor
as I write.
Our national broadcaster has been playing a bit of 9Bach lately, which I quite like, eg Ffarwel
and Wedi Torri
the sound of the harp. I actually own a 23 string Celtic style lap harp, but it's not easy to play! It's certainly a more demanding instrument than the guitar (which I started playing about 15 years before I bought my harp). And I guess that in many ways the harp is less versatile than the guitar (except in the hands of a virtuoso) and not as loud as the acoustic guitar (especially the smaller, more portable harps), which goes a long way to explaining why the guitar mostly superseded the harp in British folk music for the last half-century or so. But it's great to see the harp making a bit of a come-back. And it inspires me to practice more, even though I know I'll never be as good on the harp as I am on guitar or harmonica.
Speaking of harp virtuosi, here's Catrin Finch doing a folk-jazz piece: Cwyn mam yng nghyfraith
And here she is with Seckou Keita from Senegal on kora, a West African harp-lute, performing live at WOMEX in Cardiff last year. Two Harps That Beat As One