Martin Simpson – “The Cruel Brother”.

Hi people! 🙂

Today I decided to share another very interesting Child ballad with you. I know many versions and interpretations of it but for some reason I like Martin Simpson’s the most. Somehow it always makes me imagine what’s happening in it very vividly, unlike other versions of it. I hope you will find it very evocative as well. 🙂

Fairport Convention – Crazy Man Michael.

Hi. 🙂

I wanted to show you another of my favourite Fairport Convention’s songs today. This one was written by Richard Thompson, who is another important figure for English folk-rock. Before I heard this song sung by Sandy Denny, I knew this song in Eilis Kennedy’s arrangement, she is an Irish singer from Dingle and although she isn’t very widely known, and maybe because of that too, I really like her. I found the lyrics very interesting too, so when I’ve got to know Sandy’s and FC’s music I liked this song even more.

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.