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Thread #149146   Message #3478665
Posted By: Phil Edwards
12-Feb-13 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: Twenty-Six Fortnights
Subject: RE: Twenty-Six Fortnights
Through 2013 I'm going to be running through the main fifty-two songs I uploaded for the 52 Folk Songs project, one a week - or two a fortnight. I'll post links to some songs and re-record others.

This fortnight's instalment is a day late - it's day 43 of the year today, so the first day of fortnight four. In my defence I was struck down by a cold last week & I'm still waiting for it to get its nasty phlegmy paws off my voice.

So no new recordings this time round. I've taken the opportunity to pick out two of my favourite recordings from the 52, one unaccompanied and one not.

Geordie was a song I heard for the first time in a singaround, and I only started going to singarounds a couple of years ago. This one is based on Peter Bellamy's version, which is of a variant called "Georgie". The occupational hazard with learning songs from Bellamy's recordings is that you assimilate everything about his inimitable delivery and sound like a poor man's Bellamy forever after. I haven't always managed to avoid doing this; I think I did all right here, though.

Geordie is from the 52 Folk Songs - Red album.

Blackwaterside is a song I haven't known for very much longer than Geordie, although it feels as if I'd known it forever. Here it is in quite an elaborate arrangement, indebted to Jon Hopkins and recorded using a really inordinate amount of virtual scissors and tape. Features zither and part-improvised whistle.

Blackwaterside is from the 52 Folk Songs Green album.

52 Folk Songs is at http://www.52folksongs.com