Fairport Convention – Reynardine.

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Haven’t posted any English ballads in a while, so today it’ll change. Here is an old English ballad, very popular in 19th century, of course known in very many interesting and less interesting versions, which is also one of the ballads in the Roud’s Ballads collection. I like it a lot. This version is my favourite and it is also one of my most favourite Fairport Convention’s, and Sandy’s, songs. In the next few days I suppose you can expect more music from Sandy Denny and the bands she collaborated with, I really think she deserves more attention, and not only in the UK.

Music Monday Blog Party – Fairport Convention – Fotheringay.

So now as I wrote all the belated posts from yesterday, time for theΒ Music Monday Blog Party

at the Bee’s, which is a lot of fun, so do join us if you’d like to.

As for my celebrations, I’ve had a rough couple of days recently with lots of anxiety and stuff, so today I’m recovering. And feeling better so far. I did have only one hour of sleep though, which is extremely weird because as I went to bed last night I felt incredibly sleepy and exhausted and I dozed off immediately, but woke up after an hour and that was it. So I got up very early, had coffee with Mum, we had a very yummy breakfast of shortbread with some creemy cheese. I spend the day just chilling out, well you don’t feel up to much after an hour of sleep, I actually feel quite groggy already and would most willingly go to sleep but try to be disciplined and think that if I’ll do it now I’ll be awake at night and get another Zombie day. My Mum has made split pea soup for lunch which is spicy and very yummy and we also have some cocoa yeast cake and Zofijka and me had a little piece of it and it’s yummy as well, so today I’m celebrating with chilling out and eating yummy things. And that would be it.

As for the music, the song of the day for today is by the classic British folk-rock group called Fairport Convention. I am a big big fan of their former vocalist Sandy Denny who unfortunately passed away way too soon, just in her early thirties. I got to know Fairport Convention and Sandy and other bands with whom she collaborated during my crush on Vreeswijk and I must say I was really sort of concerned that she’s gonna dominate him and become my strongest musical crush, same situation was with Emilie Autumn back in the day but none of them succeeded finally to get there and replace him at that moment. πŸ˜€ But I still absolutely adore her music. I’ve first heard about her quite a while after I’ve become familiar with the world of Celtic music and British folklore and British folk music so I was deeply surprised I still didn’t know her and then even more surprised to realise that it was she who wrote the lyrics to many songs I’ve already known from other artists and really liked, and I was happy it was she who made them, she’s just so fantastic. Sandy was one of the first British folk-rock musicians. She was the vocalist in Fairport Convention, also founded the band Fotheringay, and released a few solo albums. As so many other great artists, she didn’t have a good life, poor thing, she was oscillating between manic and depressive states so guess she was bipolar, and abused drugs and alcohol. She tended to self harm by falling down the staircases and stuff like that which indirectly led toΒ  her death, she had some very severe brain injuries.

To be honest I looked at all the other albums of Fairport Convention and of Fotheringay, without Sandy, and I don’t like them at all. I mean I like a lot of British classic rock or folk-rock or folk, but they’ve just become colourless without her.

The song I want to show you was written and composed by Sandy and it’s called “Fotheringay” after the Fotheringay Castle, or actually about Mary Queen of Scots who’d been imprisoned there. And Sandy’s band – The Fotheringay – was named so after this song.

I think it is so beautiful and moving, and I like it also because I find the history of Britain fascinating, and because I am always interested in women figures from the past like queens for example, and I find Mary Stuart a very interesting character, well most people do I think.

Ellie Goulding – Atlantis.

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Yeah today something a bit more mainstream. I actually like Ellie Goulding pretty much. Not all of her songs, but still. For some people it’s rather unbelievable that I can like any music that is more commercially popular. πŸ˜€ One of my friends was absolutely shocked when I told her I like Ellie, and Sia, and some others like that. She said it’s news of the year for her. πŸ˜€ But in fact I like a lot of popular music, I just rarely listen to it because everyone listens to it ALL the time so there won’t be any difference if ‘d be one of them, and there’s so many more beautiful pieces of music to discover. I’m sure though that if Ellie was less popular, less liked, haven’t made the song for “50 Shades Of Grey” and wouldn’t be so crazily promoted by all the radiostations around the world, I’d like her much more.

This is one of my favourite songs by her. One of the ways I know that a certain tune is really good if when I get those sort of tingles, like people get from ASMR, and to my great surprise, when I was listening to this song for the first time, I got quite a lot of tingles. This has never repeated with it but still for me it means it’s really a piece worth a lot of appreciation, so now it’s the time to share it with you guys. Personally I’ve never heard it on radio or listened by anyone else, so guess it’s not amongst Ellie’s most popular songs, so maybe some of you will hear it for the first time. I’m curious what your impressions will be like.

Jasmine Thompson – Lonely Together.

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Thought I’d put one more acoustic cover today, but this time from Jasmine Thompson, who is also known for her acoustic covers of trending songs and she also started with her own Youtube channel and singing on there, just as Madilyn Bailey, whom I showed you yesterday. Jasmine is ENglish-Chinese, and lives in London. I really like her voice.

The song I want to show you is originally performed by Avicii and Rita Ora – thought that would be a good choice because of Avicii’s passing away recently – and is called “Lonely Together”.

Frances – The Last Word. Frances – The Last Word.

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Today I have for you a very nice song I discovered quite recently. Frances is a rather new artist to me. She is from UK, was born in Oxford, now lives in Berkshire. Her full name is Sophie Frances Cooke. Here’s the song. πŸ™‚

Flook – The Road To Errogie.

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Today’s tune is instrumental. Flook is quite a successful Anglo-Irish band, whose music is characterised by flutes being their dominant instruments, only accompanied by guitar or bodhran. They make Celtic music of course, as you may conclude from this description. They were founded by Becky Moris at the beginning of 200’s. I am not like very familiar with their music yet, although I’ve heard about them multiple times since I’ve been into Celtic music, but I am starting to quite like them lately. So here’s a piece from them:

Billie Marten – Ribbon.

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I discovered this artist pretty recently and am a bit surprised why not earlier, because she’s so much my style. She’s great. And this is her newest song, as far as I know.

Billie Marten (Isabella Sophie Tweddle), comes from North Yorkshire and makes acoustic/folk music. As so many other famous people these days, she started with her own Youtube channel. It was mainly dedicated to her grandparents who lived in France, but many people started to watch her, singing covers of various songs. Now she’s 19, and she was born on the same day as my Zofijka, only that 8 years before Zofijka. And her middle name is Sophie! πŸ˜€ For those of you who didn’t catch it, Zofijka is actually Polish for Sophie. A propos names, isn’t it cute that she goes by nickname Billie for Isabella? I mean, I love Isabella, as well as Billie on its own is very charming for a girl, but it’s very nice and creative to make Billie a diminutive of Isabella, I wouldn’t think of that honestly. So here is her song, “Ribbon”.

Karine Polwart – Daisy.

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Did I ever told you I always have some music turned quietly on while I’m sleeping? I do. Either some music on Spotify or just some radio in one of my favourite languages where they talk as much as possible in this language. It is because, although I’m kind of a loner, like having me time, love my peace and quiet etc. I also have some weird and creepy fear of silence which most often gets in the way at night. I guess that’s an equivalent of sighted people being afraid of the dark, although I don’t know any blind people who’d have it the same. So I need at least some friendly sounds around me. Not too loud, ’cause I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep at all obviously, but just enough to feel a bit safer. Plus I’ve heard years ago that if you listen to the language you’re learning while you sleep, it apparently helps your accent. I wouldn’t believe it, but I tried, and, although I generally pick up accents quickly, I suppose it is also a bit helpful.

And sometimes when I have Spotify on it happens that when I wake up I instantly discover something new and beautiful so that’s good as well.

But this night I didn’t discover anything new, instead I reminded myself about a song which I’ve loved for years and which I really do resonate with. I mean, maybe not now, but I used to. So I thought I’ll share it with you.

About a year ago or so, I was talking about different things with my Mum and then she asked me in context to what we talked about before, if I had an opportunity to meet my younger self, or just tell her something, what would it be. I wondered for quite a while and I said I didn’t know at all, but then after a few days I thought I know what I’d do. I’d show her this song, because it’s like especially for a very young me. πŸ˜€ During the years that passed I’ve changed quite a lot, well, radically, I was a rather talkative and very open kid, a little bit shy, especially with many people, but generally I loved meeting new people and quickly attached to them, although I preferred to talk to people older than me than my peers. And I loved to be the centre of attention, well, anyway I was the centre of attention in many situations. Many people who know me and who heard about me back then, or even look at my pictures or stuff, can’t believe I was this way. And although I haven’t associated this song with me before, as I thought about it for the first time, I just knew the lyrics are just about me from the very past and I still think so.

But they might also be about many more people, so maybe you’ll resonate with it too.

Karine Polwart is just so great and versatile. She is a Scottish singer and songwriter, she’s a folk singer. Her own lyrics are usually tough, or rather, they regard tough things. She writes about things like alcoholism, genocides, people dying in Auschwitz, among others. Or just simply, like “Daisy”, about some darker shades of the world.

She’s just brilliant and so is “Daisy”.

Bryn FΓ΄n A’r Band – Y GΓ’n Gymraeg (The Welsh Song).

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Today I have a protest song for you. I had such a stage in my journey through music in different minority languages when I was discovering a lot of their songs simply about their discriminated and diminished languages. And as I’ve always felt kind o f protective towards extincting or endangered languages, those songs always moved me. This is one of them. The Youtube video of this song has the lyrics in both Welsh and English, plus a little bit of this song is in English as well. I’ll maybe just add that Cymdeithas Yr Iaith mentioned in this song and not translated to English is Welsh Language Society.

Bryn FΓ΄n comes from North Wales, specifically from Caernarfonshire. He’s a famous singer on Welsh-language scene and active since many years, singing both solo and with quite a few different bands. He’s also an actor and as far as I can remember has played in the series “Pobl Y Cwm” (People of the valley), and he also is a Welsh language activist and has his own music company. I like many of his songs and this one is the first song from him I’ve heard.

Bella Hardy – Cruel Mother.

Oh, how I love English folk ballads! I could listen to them… don’t know for how long, there are still other brilliant kinds of music, but anyway I just love them. I like folk ballads in general, but British have something special to them. I could actually even put them among one of my smaller interests, I had the stage in my life, when I was reading Child and Roud ballads all the time and comparing different contemporary version of them. Because of both these collections – Child’s and Roud’s – British ballads are very popular among folk artists, even not British, and they can be truly inspiring, beautiful, weird, magical, and so on.

This one is very interesting and amazing and picturesque. It is a murder ballad. About a mother killing her children, so the topic may seem a little bit scary. But the song is wonderful, and I chose my favourite version, sang by English artist, Bella Hardy.

Song of the day – Gabrielle Aplin – Coming home.

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Thought I will continue with some more widely known singers and the first singer of those more popular that I like and that came to my mind was Gabrielle Aplin. I have an impression she is liked by very many people with very wide music tastes, so if by any chance you still don’t know her and her music, I strongly recommend you to listen to some of her music. I will post three of my favourite songs by her, and the first is “Coming Home”.

I think it’s very lovely and so expressive and just great, especially live. I love her voice, which is very subtle, but kind of magnetic at the same time.

Song of the day (30th January) – Ella Eyre – “Even If”.

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Very sorry I didn’t come to you on time with my song of the day for yesterday. But today I will pick two instead.

Ella Eyre’s ral name is Ella MCMahon, she’s known for her collaborations with some famous R & B artists, although I got to know her music only last Monday. I think her voice timbre is very nice. She lives in London, her dad is Jamaican and her mum is Maltese. Before ELla started her professional singing career, she has also been a keen swimmer.

Song of the day – Declan Galbraith – “Strange World”.

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Another quite special piece today. Also from one of my musical crushes. I was on top of this crush in secondary and it was quite intense, in a totally different way than it was with Enya, with Declan it was quite like a typical crush.

Declan Galbraith is from Kent in England, but his dad is Scottish and mum is Irish. He started his career in 2002 when he was only eleven years old. He released his debut album back then and it consisted mainly of covers of more or less popular songs, also a few traditional ones. Actually, each of his albums has quite a different vibe. The second one was released when he was about 15 and was in a similar style, although he sounds more like a teenager on it so that’s what changes the vibe on it. The next album was released a year after when he already underwent voice mutation and this album is a bit more rock-like, but still more pop than rock. Then he had a long break because of studies and stuff and came back two years ago with some demo songs and a new single. And that’s what surprised me in his music the most. First thing is that he started to write his own lyrics. And often they are quite striking, I’d say. And his music style is a bit more, hm, sophisticated, a little bit more alternative. It’s not like a major change, but of this kind you can notice immediately if you’re familiar with his music. I felt somehow relieved because sometimes I felt a bit concerned. I noticed that he has quite a lot of fans who at the same time are fans of people like Bieber or One Direction or such, like my Zofijka, which really annoyed me tbh because I don’t think Bieber’s popularity is really a matter of his talent, but that’s just my personal opinion. So yeah, I was relieved to see that he goes in a slightly different direction and won’t be mixed with globally popular young pop stars. Zofijka also liked Declan and still likes his earlier songs, but when I showed her his single and some of other new songs, she was like meh, that’s not my style at all haha.

He’s not that very popular, actually I think it’s a bit weird but he seems much much more popular in Germany than in UK, which is his motherland. He also has a small bunch of fans in Poland, but really, rather very very small.

The song I wanna share with you is one of Declan’s demo songs that were only published online. It’s called “Strange World” and its lyrics really do speak to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1CCti9YfrI

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