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Bob Dylan: The First Interview

Press Release by Billy James, (Columbia Records), October 1961

DYLAN: Well, let me say that I was born in Duluth, Minnesota – give that a little plug. That's where I was born and, uh, ...

Nina & Frederik: Gaumont, Watford

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

New programme from Nina and Frederik ...

The Springfields Think U.S. 'Stunning'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1962

SAID TOM Springfield (of the Springfields): "You've no idea how stunned we were when 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles' got into the U.S. Hot 100. ...

Duke Ellington, Odetta: Ian Dove Gives a Big NME Welcome to Ellington and Odetta

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

COME SLUMP or boom, war or peace, fad or fashion, Duke Ellington has gone on leading a big band. For 37 years, to be precise! ...

The Bachelors: 'Don't Call Us Paddy' Begged The Bachelors

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1963

"WHENEVER we talk to anyone they call us 'Paddy'," complained the three Bachelors. "We've got names you know." ...

Dusty Springfield, The Springfields: The Springfields: The White Negress

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1963

"THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL ME" – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ...

Josh White

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

A ROOM in a plush London hotel. The centre of the attraction is an American Negro, 48 years old, his face leathery and worn. Dark ...

The Seekers: Seekers Are Goon Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1965

"HELLO Folks!" That Spike Milligan salutation would seem highly appropriate to open an article about Australian folk singers, The Seekers, who attribute a great deal ...

Bob Dylan: Inside Bob Dylan

Report and Interview by Richard Green, Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1965

DYLAN NOW is big business! He ambles and shambles (apparently) through a business that needs his sort of way-out personality. He parries questions, mumbles inconsequently, ...

Bob Dylan, Donovan: Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1965

DONOVAN REVIEWS NEW DYLAN ALBUM! RM Exclusive by Richard Green ...

Chad and Jeremy: Chad & Jeremy: Chad Eyes Future Career During Split With Jeremy

Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, August 1965

BECAUSE THE recording duo of Chad & Jeremy are currently performing separate functions, many unfounded rumors have been traveling the record circuit. ...

Barry McGuire Talks About Protest And His War On Evil

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1965

WE WERE talking about protest and folk music. I suggested to Barry McGuire that so many of them are fundamentally silly because they either protest ...

Bob Dylan, Donovan, Joan Baez, The Seekers, The Silkie: The Year That Folk Moved In

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

BOB DYLAN – the undisputed King of Folk. He causes as much controversy personally as do his records. ...

Fred Neil: Where's It All Going?

Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, January 1966

LISTEN TO the music of Fred Neil, particularly 'Travelin' Shoes', 'Country Boy' and 'Gone Again' from his Bleecker & MacDougal Street album and you'll dig ...

Phil Ochs and Protest Songs

Interview by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, January 1966

AS EVERYONE already knows, folk songs have come off the back porch and out of the pads, and are now very big business. Everybody listens ...

The Byrds: Three Fans Interview Two Byrds

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, March 1966

Every now and then The BEAT staff gets a little lazy and lets fans do our writing for us. The following interview with Gene Clark and Jim McGuinn ...

Folk, Rock & Other Four-Letter Words

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1966

THERE HAS BEEN a great increase recently in the number of popular artists whose songs are influenced by or taken from American folk music–both traditional ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: 'I Thought I Was a Has-Been at 19'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1966

PAUL SIMON is the composer of 21 songs, most of which have been put to work for him very profitably. ...

Bob Dylan: You Name Something, and I'll Protest About It Said Bob Dylan

Report by Richard Green, Record Mirror, May 1966

BOB DYLAN stuck his head through the window, placed his foot on the window ledge and — from outside — asked: "Is anyone in here?" ...

Dave Van Ronk: Big Daddy of the Blues Singers... Dave Van Ronk

Interview by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, July 1966

NOT SO LONG ago — ten years or so — that gutsy, sorrowful, driving Negro folk-blues sound was the sole property of the Negro blues ...

Andy Williams, Arthur Lyman, Bert Kaempfert, Bob Dylan, Jackie Edwards, James Brown, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Marty Robbins, Norma Tanega, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, Ruby & the Romantics, Wayne Newton: Bob Dylan, James Brown, Otis Redding et al: Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

Dylan rocks through 4 great sides ...

Davey Graham: Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1966

DON'T JUDGE Davey Graham's latest LP, Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780) on the basis of one hearing alone or, like me, you'll decide it's not up to ...

Davey Graham: Les Cousins, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

THE big question is: why isn't Davy Graham booked into Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club? He has as much to say as his fellow guitarist and ...

Phil Ochs: America's Fieriest Songwriter

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

LAST TIME American singer/songwriter Phil Ochs was here he stormed around from gig to gig, ending up in a four-letter-worded altercation with a St Pancras ...

Carolyn Hester: Not Ashamed To Do Some Folk Rock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1966

INTO BRITAIN last weekend flew Carolyn Hester, the American folk singer with the fantastic range, for a tight schedule of ten TV dates and two ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: A Taste Of The Spoonful

Report by Henry Diltz, Hullabaloo, December 1966

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL day to be flying somewhere. Just above a floating sea of white clouds the silver wing sticks out into vast baby blue ...

Donovan: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

At new Wimbledon home DONOVAN talks about shape of things to come ...

The Watersons: 'Entertainment' Isn't Enough For The Watersons

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1967

BIGGEST bombshell to hit the folk scene since Dave Swarbrick left Ian Campbell was my news in last week's MM, that the Watersons are to ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Washing The Bad Medicine On Down

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, March 1967

FOR CENTURIES, mothers everywhere have given their children a spoon full of sugar and water to help the bad-tasting medicine go down. ...

Donovan: "I Remember Donovan... And It Makes Me Feel Good!"

Interview by Keith Altham, Flip, August 1967

DONOVAN HAS achieved something that at one time I would have thought impossible — he has emerged from 'The Scream Age' into 'The Ear Age' ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Inside The Mind of Paul Simon (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

A LOT OF readers have been asking for an interview with Simon and Garfunkel. After much difficulty in tracing them down (it was impossible to ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Inside The Mind of Paul Simon (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

Last month, Paul Simon commented on current singers, songs and his own songwriting. He gets into it again this time along with a dash of ...

The Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band: Incredible Incredibles

Profile and Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, September 1967

AS THE beautiful, unrelenting success of their second album so justly affirms the Incredible String Band are something incredible. ...

Phil Ochs: The Extraordinary Mind Of Phil Ochs

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, KRLA Beat, January 1968

PHIL OCHS has packed concert houses from New York's famed Carnegie Hall to the Santa Monica Civic auditorium, has sung at Civil Rights Marches in ...

Tom Rush: Rush Reaches For The Pop Audience

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1968

TOM RUSH walked into my office shortly after he had arrived to record a BBC-2 colour TV show with Julie Felix and John Renbourn last ...

Leonard Cohen: Songwriter Who Got Into Folk By Accident

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1968

WHEN THE new album by the uncrowned queen of the non-folk, Judy Collins, is issued this month a lot of people will start talking again ...

The Incredible String Band: Once Again, Is It Folk?

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1968

WHEN poet Pete Brown, lyric-writer for the Cream, heard the new Incredible String Band LP, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, he said: "That's what the Rolling ...

Richie Havens: The Troubador, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tony Leigh, KRLA Beat, March 1968

LOS ANGELES — For a long time Richie Havens only belonged to New York, now he will belong to everyone. Havens opened on the West ...

Janis Ian, Judy Collins, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin: The Folk Poets: Hardin, Buckley, Ian & Collins

Profile by Jacoba Atlas, KRLA Beat, March 1968

MUSIC HAS become a very personal thing. With the advance of the writer-singer, songs have become an expression of internal feelings mirrored for everyone. These ...

Pentangle: The Many Talents Of The Pentangle

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1968

ANSWER THE following questions to win five points: Which group is playing at the Cambridge Jazz Festival one weekend in July, and at the Cambridge ...

Tim Hardin Talking Of Life's Raw Deal...

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1968

THAT TIM HARDIN actually arrived in London last week to embark on his first concert tour is a history-making event in itself. ...

Tim Hardin

Profile and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Hullabaloo, October 1968

He says that if he doesn't die, he'll be rich and famous. Probably, all things being equal. In most instances, the legend looms larger than ...

Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart, The Johnstons: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1968

OPENERS AT Roy Guest's "Festival of Contemporary Song" at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday, the Johnstons, finished their set with Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides ...

Donovan: A Poet He Is, But The Messiah? Not Donovan

Report by Loraine Alterman, GO, November 1968

GLASGOW'S GENTLEST son, Donovan, breezed into the Plaza Nine Room at New York's famous Plaza Hotel for a press conference. Wearing lavender trousers, a blue ...

Blue Cheer, John Fahey, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: New LPs from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Blue Cheer and John Fahey

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Marvin and Tammi: big warm glow! ...

Donovan: 'I Put Myself Into My Music'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1968

Donovan is the gentle giant in the pop world. He is largely responsible for shattering the conventional image of the folk singer satirized so beautifully ...

Ian and Sylvia: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

Ian and Sylvia, Folk Duo, Arrive With a New Country Sound Here ...

Melanie, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Tyrannosaurus Rex/Melanie: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

A HANDFUL of musical fairydust was thrown into the air at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday, which baffled some and choked others. ...

Danny Kalb, Karen Dalton, Tim Buckley: Tim Buckley: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY; Danny Kalb: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

Poet-Singer Draws Throng With Band at Philharmonic ...

Melanie's Looking For A Bag Of Her Very Own

Profile by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, April 1969

YOU CAN'T BE neutral about Melanie. She's one of those people who comes along and creates new dividing lines in the scene, setting people at ...

Joni Mitchell

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Rolling Stone, May 1969

FOLK MUSIC, which pushed rock and roll into the arena of the serious with protest lyrics and blendings of Dylan and the Byrds back in ...

The Swan Song of Folk Music

Essay by Happy Traum, Rolling Stone, May 1969

"FOLK MUSIC is dead." We've been hearing that for some time now. The clubs and coffee houses that sprang up all over the country in ...

Fairport Convention's Martin Lamble: Previous Occupation — Child

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

THEY WERE playing 'Meet On The Ledge' at London clubs last week. It is a tune people most associate with Fairport Convention. ...

Judy Collins' Fans Greet Her Return at Hollywood Spot

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Van Nuys News, June 1969

JUDY COLLINS returned Thursday to Doug Weston's Troubadour singing, or rather, celebrating the virtues of love and goodness for her ecstatic followers. ...

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Island)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

I DON'T think I've been so impressed by an unknown singer/songwriter since I got the Duncan Browne album on Immediate, eighteen months ago, (why don't ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Miss Sainte-Marie Is Heard In Park: Individual Stylist Performs Some Protest Songs ...

The Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band: York University, York

Live Review by Michael Gray, Rolling Stone, August 1969

YORK IS A WALLED medieval city that belongs to Rowntrees Chocolate. You step off the train on some evenings and the scent of After Eight ...

Karen Dalton: Bi•og'ra•phy: Karen Dalton

Press Release by uncredited writer, Capitol Records, September 1969

ALL KAREN Dalton has to do to create her own legend is sing. When she does, in a voice that belongs to no specific time ...

Tea & Symphony: Rock In The Sticks: Tea & Symphony

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, September 1969

THE MOST INTERESTING group in this article, from an historical point of view, is Tea & Symphony. They have had almost as many changes in ...

Richie Havens: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

RICHIE HAVENS, who has become one of the most important figures in folk music, performed at Philharmonic Hall last night. ...

Jerry Yester, Judy Henske: Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: Farewell Aldebaran (Straight)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, November 1969

JUDY HENSKE'S magnificent, almost butch voice makes this album memorable. Jerry Yester's vocals, arrangements and production (shared with ex-Lovln' Spoonful man Zal Yanovsky,) don't. ...

Arlo Guthrie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

Love Tales Sung By Arlo Guthrie – Talking-Blues Style Marks Concert at Carnegie Hall ...

Joni Mitchell

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, January 1970

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Peter, Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, The Voices of East Harlem: Richie Havens, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Voices of East Harlem et al – Vietnam Moratorium Benefit, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1970

Garden Thronged for Songfest In Aid of Vietnam Moratorium ...

Richie Havens: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1970

CHARISMA: a rare kind of animal magnetism, frequently wrongly attributed to popular artists who don't possess it. ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon And Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Waters (CBS)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1970

IT'S BEEN 18 months since the release of Simon and Garfunkel's last album, and for much of its length Bridge Over Troubled Waters makes the ...

John and Beverley Martyn, John Martyn: Is John Martyn Still A Folk Singer Or Not?

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

THIS IS A TOTALLY irrelevant question, and one which I'm glad I didn't bother to ask. For in this age of musical categories, John draws ...

John and Beverley Martyn: John & Beverley Martyn: Stormbringer! (Island)

Review by Miles, International Times, March 1970

J & B LAY IT DOWN AND STOMP ON IT ...

Fotheringay, Sandy Denny: Concerts, Not Clubs, For Sandy Denny's Fotheringay

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, April 1970

TAKE ONE PART Fairport Convention, two parts Eclection, and two parts Poet and One Man Band, put them in a bag, stir well and allow ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1970

John Denver Spins Folk Spell In Bow At The Bitter End ...

Pentangle: Crossing The Border: The Pentangle Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, May 1970

PENTANGLE? SURE. I knew Bert Jansch from my folkie days, and I knew he had an influence on Donovan... Given their dedication to "pure" celtic ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, May 1970

PAUL SIMON arrived wearing a blue loden coat with the hood pulled up. Beneath it he had on black trousers and a black shirt. He ...

Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt: Townes Van Zandt: Bitter End, New York NY; Dave Van Ronk: Gaslight Café, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1970

Two Folk Singers Show Varied Styles At Village Clubs ...

The Incredible String Band

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, June 1970

SINCE THEIR first album in 1966, almost immediately acclaimed as the work of an important new talent, the Incredible String Band have released albums at ...

Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking/Liege and Lief

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, June 1970

UNHALFBRICKING AND Liege and Lief are the two last albums by the Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny. ...

Fotheringay, The Sea and Sandy Denny

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1970

A FEW months ago Fotheringay was a pretty name for a group of musicians who happened to play together. Today it is the name of ...

Fairport Convention: Full House (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

AYE, GATHER round me bully boys – once there was a time when Fairport albums were as hard to obtain as a Grope O'Shanter at ...

Matthews' Southern Comfort: Second Spring (UNI)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

IAN MATTHEWS' band, slightly changed, steam into their second album, as refreshing and attractive as their first. ...

Roy Harper: On-Off Genius?

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1970

ROY HARPER is a sort of Gerald Scarfe of music. Like the cartoonist, what he does isn't always pretty, it isn't always enjoyable, but by ...

Elton John, Fotheringay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PUTTING ELTON John second billing to Fotheringay at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night was a taste of mistaken booking if ever there was ...

Steve Tilston's An Acoustic Confusion

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, 1971

THERE IS SOMETHING very satisfying about listening to live music in small smoke-filled rooms. It creates an intimacy between artist and audience that cannot exist ...

Mr. Fox, Steeleye Span: Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span: Electric Folk – The Second Generation

Comment by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1971

NOW WE'VE had a chance to hear Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span properly, it is clear that we are already into the second generation of ...

The Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, March 1971

"The Beatles are British I suppose," said Bob Dylan in the first of his two post-accident interviews, "but you can’t say they’ve carried on with ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1971

THIS IS A particularly difficult album to come to any firm conclusion on. For one thing the reaction it produced depends very much on the ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Layter

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

I GET THE FEELING that only a Joe Boyd-Paul Harris alliance could have produced such a superb album as this. And once again a great ...

Alex Taylor, James Taylor: James and Alex Taylor: And He Played Real Good For Free

Report by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, April 1971

CHILMARK, MASSACHUSETTS.The Island Children's School gave its first annual benefit concert here last January 12 and if you've read The Vineyard Gazette then you know ...

Phil Ochs: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

Real Phil Ochs Back, But There's a Penalty ...

The Byrds: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

A PINCH of snuff, the eucalyptus stabs the eye. McGuinn fastens the tin and slips it into his suit pocket. The rest of the guy's ...

Phil Ochs: God Help The Troubadour

Profile and Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, May 1971

Who was that foolThrew the basket in the pool? ...

Stackridge: An Every Day Story Of Country Folk

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, June 1971

NEW BANDS emerging today seem to roughly divide into two categories. ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Folk City, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

Holy Modal Rounders Playing Fractured Country Music Here ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

John Denver Shows Sensitivity and Style In Bitter End Songs ...

Loudon Wainwright III: The Gaslight, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Loudon Wainwright At Gaslight Evokes Dylan Comparisons ...

Loudon Wainwright III is Some Kind of Genius

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, August 1971

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III's first appearance in New York was an official big deal. The record company held a press party and invited the chic. ...

Sandy Denny: The North Sea Grassman and the Ravens (Island)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

WE ALWAYS knew Sandy Denny had the capacity to make a brilliant record, and we were right. ...

Shirley Collins: No Roses

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

The First Lady Goes Electric ...

Sandy Denny: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, September 1971

PERHAPS I was expecting too much from Sandy Denny, or maybe I wanted too much, but I'm afraid her concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall ...

Tir Na Nog

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

HAVE YOU HEARD the one about the Englishman, the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic in a pub at lunch time? And – the first ...

Richard and Mimi Fariña, Tom Jans: Jet-Set Folkies: Not Us, Say Tom Jans and Mimi Fariña

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, October 1971

ON MAY 1, 1966, Richard Fariña, novelist, poet and folk singer was returning from a party celebrating the publication of his novel Been Down So ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman & the Ravens (Island)

Review by Mick Farren, International Times, October 1971

THERE SEEMS to be a line that lady singers have to cross before they begin to exhibit real soul. The transition also seems, to many, ...

Pentangle: The Five Sides of Pentangle

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, October 1971

PENTANGLE'S RISE in popularity has been unobtrusive but definite. They play a unique and compelling blend of styles spanning the world of jazz, blues, country, ...

Ralph McTell: You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here (Famous)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1971

RALPH'S FANS have had a long wait for the release of his fourth album – but the wait has been well worthwhile for this is ...

The Strawbs: From The Witchwood (A&M)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Rolling Stone, November 1971

THE STRAWBS started out as a bluegrass duo, went through incarnations with Sandy Denny in her pre-Fairport days and a cellist from Sadler's Wells Opera ...

Judy Collins: Living

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, November 1971

NO ONE would argue that Wildflowers and In My Life are classic albums; sheer, strong marriages of new art music and new classicism, ambitious and ...

Pentangle: Reflection

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, December 1971

THE APPEARANCE on the display wall of my favorite local record merchant of Pentangle's fifth album, Reflections, triggered a lightning search of my wallet, pockets, ...

Sandy Denny Breaks Her Silence

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, January 1972

After playing a Greta Garbo role for three months, the leading lady of British folk comes out of her shell to talk to Tony Stewart ...

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1972

Can you talk, first of all, about the early days of the Strawbs, how you came together and so on. ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

ISLAND APPEARED to have forgotten about Nick Drake until he ambled into the offices one day and presented them with this album. No one knew ...

Fairport Convention: Babbacombe Lee

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, April 1972

FOR THEIR SEVENTH album, Fairport Convention has presented us with a "concept" or "unified theme" LP (avoiding the oppro-briously-connotated term "rock opera"). ...

The Incredible String Band: Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air (Elektra)

Review by Steven X Rea, Phonograph Record, April 1972

THIS IS THE Incredible String Band's ninth album (tenth, if you include the soundtrack to their film BE GLAD...), and their first in over a ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy and Band, Coping Cheerfully

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, April 1972

FROM THE outside the Denny residence in Fulham looks a place of tranquility. Inside, though, a different story prevails. As Watson the huge Airedale lumbers ...

Fairport Convention: Babbacombe Lee

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, April 1972

"JOHN LEE, the jury has found you guilty of willful murder, and the sentence of the court upon you is that you be taken from ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1972

JOHN MARTYN told me about Nick Drake in ecstatic terms and so it seemed the natural thing to do, bag the album when it came ...

Stackridge: The Stackridge Story

Review and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

NOW JIM Walters has passed his bricklaying exams he's rejoined his old band Stackridge. If things don't work out, you see, he'll have something to ...

Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson: Richard Thompson: The Session Great That Nobody Knows

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE TERM "GUITAR hero" is used with increasing regularity. Pete Townshend's splintering aggressive antics have won him the tag; Alvin "up and down the fretboard ...

Smith, Perkins & Smith, The Sutherland Brothers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, July 1972

ONE HELL OF a band called Smith, Perkins and Smith, played the Marquee last week. Now, they're not your ordinary run of the mill band. ...

Lindisfarne: Suffering from a Surfeit of Kindness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

IF IT WERE ever possible to kill a group with kindness then Lindisfarne might be the first victims of their own success. Their new album ...

Steeleye Span: Below The Salt (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1972

THERE'S A very select coterie of bands who give off an aura of total peace. Listening to their performance gives you a sense of security ...

Lindisfarne: You Can't Carry On Being a Geordie Band Forever

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, October 1972

FINCHLEY CENTRAL, you'll recall, was a hit record for the New Vaudeville Band (I think it was the follow-up to the equally appalling 'Winchester Cathedral').It's ...

Genesis, Lindisfarne: Lindisfarne, Genesis: Dublin Stadium, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

TO BE CASUAL is to be Lindisfarne, but even the most relaxed of bands have a hard time putting over a set of new numbers ...

Roy Harper: Stormcock in Heat, That's Roy Harper

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Rolling Stone, December 1972

ROY HARPER WAS holidaying in Norway when word of the movie reached his management. It was his first holiday in three years, and all they ...

Tim Hardin (1972)

Interview by James Johnson, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1972

The vibrato in his body, the band in his head and the drugs in his veins: the legendary singer-songwriter in revealing, if somewhat dazed conversation.

File format: mp3; file size: 29mb, interview length: 31' 37" sound quality: ****

Sandy Denny: Sandy Brings Out The Tears

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1973

"SANDY DENNY really draws ‘em out", exclaimed Al Stewart, surveying the sea of well-known faces who had assemble at the Howff to see Britain’s number ...

Pentangle: The End

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1973

1973’s NEW BROOM struck its first death blow last week when the on-off rumors of Pentangle’s long-pending split seemed finally to be confirmed. ...

The Incredible String Band, Lindisfarne, Pentangle, Plainsong, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span: British Folk Rock: Robin Hood Rides A Chopper

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, January 1973

Plainsong: In Search of Amelia Earhart (Elektra)Richard Thompson: Henry, the Human Fly (Warner Bros.)Steeleye Span: Below the Salt (Chrysalis)Incredible String Band: Earthspan (Reprise)Pentangle: Solomon's Seal ...

String Driven Thing: String Driven Thing (Buddah)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, February 1973

THIS HAS GOT TO be one of the strangest albums I've heard all year. String Driven Thing (some name, huh?) are a Fairport Convention-ish British ...

Fairport Convention: Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

Fairport Below Par ...

Steeleye Span Versus The Time Warp

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

SOUND TECHNIQUES studios in Chelsea is not exactly the most luxurious of settings for musical activity. Boards, speakers and tape reels are scattered fairly haphazardly ...

The Incredible String Band #1: Eight Years On

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1973

THE INCREDIBLE String Band, in various forms, have been playing for eight years and have recorded 13 albums, including two doubles and solo sets by ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy

Review by Ken Barnes, Music World, April 1973

THE SINGER/SONGWRITER boom is still rolling merrily along, but some of the most brilliant artists in the genre have failed to break through thus far. ...

The Incredible String Band Ascending To The Stars

Profile by Steven X Rea, Music World, April 1973

God made a song when the world was new, waters' laughter sings it true, O, wizard of changes, teachme the lesson of flowing — Robin Williamson ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Best Of… (Vanguard)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

BUFFY SAINTE-Marie is one of the special ones. She's one of the few performers guaranteed to move me to tears, and side two of She ...

Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

IT WOULD be considerably more than a pity if Steeleye Span, that most English of bands, have to become superstars in the States before really ...

Steeleye Span A Wooing Wend

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

BACKSTAGE at Bristol, and everything is panic and turmoil. Steeleye Span's support act hasn't arrived half-an-hour before show-time. Jo Lustig, Steeleye manager, is standing with ...

Townes Van Zandt: The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (Poppy)

Review by Jeff Walker, Phonograph Record, May 1973

TOWNES VAN ZANDT is so much more than just another singer/songwriter. He's a storyteller; a mood-maker. ...

Steeleye Span: So Who ARE These Limeys Playing Folk Music?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1973

IT TAKES approximately 11 hours to fly from London to Los Angeles. You get off the 'plane, and the heat fills your lungs like a ...

Eric Weissberg: Dueling Banjos

Profile and Interview by Noe Gold, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

TWO SETS of calloused digits have been seen onscreen recently in movie houses large and small, strutting over the frets of a Yamaha guitar and ...

Fairport Convention: The Banana Convention

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE WAY DAVE PEGG sees it, what America needs is Fairport Convention's High Banana Content Programme. ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport And The Mysterious Lady

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, July 1973

"FOTHERINGPORT CONFUSION", states Trevor Lucas with a wry smile. That's his pet description of the present Fairport Convention. After all, the band comprises part of ...

John Martyn: The Stormbringer Comes Into The Sun

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1973

"Love me with your head and heart.Love me from the place it starts;Love me from your head and heart.Love me like a child." ...

Horslips: Well You See, There Was These Five Irishmen...

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, July 1973

TONY STEWART reports the long, involved story of Horslips    ...

Gryphon: The 13th Century Slade

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"EARLY ENGLISH music? Gah – give us Slade and T. Rex!" Thus one can imagine the reactions of lads and maidens today as they dance, ...

Judy Collins: Judy In Disguise

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1973

Judy Collins film director? The singer – songwriter has taken a year out of her life to make a movie with a strong Womens' Lib ...

Aj Webber: Straight From The Heart

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

AJ WEBBER is neither to be confused with dustbin Dylanologist A.J. Webberman nor with British bumpkin Adge Cutler, although like the Adge she comes from ...

Sandy Denny in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas were at their Fulham flat watching the test match when I arrived to tape the talk-in. England’s terrible plight was ...

Judy Collins: In Through The Other Door

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1973

TRANSATLANTIC phone calls can be a precarious undertaking at the best of times. But on this grey Wednesday afternoon, as successive international operators tried vainly ...

Fairport Convention: Nine (Island)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1973

I'VE BEEN trying for some time not to like a Fairport Convention album. After the endless catalogue of disaster and misfortune, it seemed vaguely unnatural ...

John Denver: Farewell Andromeda (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, October 1973

Y'KNOW IT'S somehow comforting to know we've got a guy like John Denver to kick around. ...

Judy Collins: Easy Times Come Hard

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1973

JUDY COLLINS TALKS TO BOB WOFFINDEN ON MUSIC, FILMS, PEACE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT ...

Peter Yarrow, Professor Longhair: Peter Yarrow: Max's Kansas City/Professor Longhair: Kenny's Castaways, both New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, October 1973

Solo YarrowPETER YARROW would appear to have shed all semblance of times past when he fronted an all-electric group at Max's Kansas City on Park ...

Don McLean: Playin' Favourites

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1973

AN ALBUM of other people's songs from someone who's written a few celebrated ones of his own? Yes, this is Don McLean laying bare his ...

Steeleye Span: Pleased To See The Span: Steeleye Stateside

Report and Interview by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, November 1973

THE EXPLOSIVE SUCCESS of Steeleye Span during the past year is in direct relationship to the in-herent malleability of its music. Fresh out of the ...

John Martyn: Fire And Water: The Elemental, Avant-Garde John Martyn

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, December 1973

1967: "SO THERE I WAS on this barge on the river wearing nothing but denims and a smile…" so runs the sleeve note on London ...

Phil Ochs: Home Thoughts Of Phil Ochs

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1974

ALTHOUGH I'M typing this in Greenwich Village, New York City, this story really begins 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles. ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Attempted Mustache (CBS)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1974

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT'S a mean son of a bitch. Maybe his bark is worse than his bite, but his bark is still pretty nasty. ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: British Hokey Pokey

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, May 1974

ALTHOUGH the mid sixties was a golden era for British rock, very few of the best artists from that time have survived as significant parts ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Alone

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1974

THE PR MAN in the coffee lounge of the Hotel Russell was anxious about the Loudon Wainwright's appearance. "Is he cleanshaven or bearded." he wanted ...

Richard and Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson: Richard and Linda Thompson: Life without Fairport

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, June 1974

RICHARD THOMPSON wrote 'Meet On The Ledge', in case you'd forgotten. On that basis alone the man would be due a certain portion of immortality. ...

Gryphon: Medieval Knight Jousts At Rock Press Knaves

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, August 1974

RAY HARRYHAUSEN, as anyone who's seen The Golden Voyage of Sinbad will attest, knows all about strange creatures. So if he says that a Gryphon ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Wainwright: I Like To Be Laughed At

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

...which is as good a reason as any for Loudon Wainwright to play a role in the weekly comedy TV series, Mash. He spoke to ...

Fairport Convention: A Society For The Preservation Of Fairport Convention Will No Longer Be Necessary

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1974

Sickness and diseases may bring you down, and FAIRPORT CONVENTION have had more than their share, but they always come back for more. BOB WOFFINDEN ...

Steeleye Span: Hark The Village Wait

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1974

IN THE BEGINNING there was Ashley Hutchings, he of steadfast purpose, leaving Fairport to form a group dedicated to the preservation of English folk-song in ...

Steeleye Span

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1974

"ON OUR first American tour," says Ricardo Kemprini, famed Italian bass player, "the agents put us on the bill with everybody and his dog, right? ...

Keith Christmas: Brighter Day

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

DON'T WORRY. This is not as that first peek at the multi-stellar sleeve credits may have suggested, the Greg Lake contribution to the Arts for ...

Steeleye Span: How a Goon Came To Play Ukelele

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1974

IT WAS like the coming of a new Messiah. Everyone sat around nervously awaiting the arrival of HIM, the man who was gonna make this ...

Steeleye Span: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1974

IT WAS not one of Steeleye's better gigs – perhaps the Rainbow doesn't suit them. ...

Alan Stivell, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span: Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Alan Stivell: The New Face Of Ethnic Music

Overview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1974

Are Steeleye Span last year's thing? Is Alan Stivell just a Celtic showman? And where is Richard Thompson now that Bob Woffinden needs him most ...

Phil Ochs

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books), 1975

FOR A LONG PERIOD of time in Greenwich Village, Phil Ochs served as a sort of town crier. Each month at the Sunday Songwriters Workshop ...

Dave Cartwright: And Now, Half An Hour Of Masochism

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, January 1975

BY THE TIME this article gets into print, Dave Cartwright will have bitten his fingers down to the knuckle or gone prematurely grey. He worries, ...

Donovan: 7-Tease

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

NOW THE FACTS are these: 7-Tease is a concept album; 7-Tease is a massive made-in-Nashville production; 7-Tease is also The Album Of The Stage Show. ...

Bob Pegg: The Strains Of The Life Of A Non-Superstar

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, February 1975

IN 1972 Bob and Carol Pegg parted company and their band, Mr. Fox, one of the most individual folk-rock outfits, terminated its existence. ...

Steeleye Span: Commoner's Crown

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, February 1975

STEELEYE SPAN ALWAYS deliver on time. Commoner's Crown is the fourth offering from the Mk. III line-up in a little over three years, and they've ...

Nick Drake: Requiem For A Solitary Man

Obituary by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1975

ON OCTOBER 25th, 1974, at approximately six in the morning Nick Drake, a 26-yearold singer/songwriter, died from an overdose of Typtasol, an antidepressant, in the ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Do You Wanna Be A Star?

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, March 1975

IT WAS ONE of those large Edwardian houses in London's Hampstead, just off the main road. Like most of the others, it had been converted ...

Jackson C. Frank: Frankly Speaking

Retrospective by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1975

MM's series on the underrated musicians of yesterday. This week: JACKSON C. FRANK ...

The Chieftains: How to record 4 albums in 18 years, and still sell out the Albert Hall

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, March 1975

"HE'S LIKE ONE of the little folk – a lovely, lively leprachaun, with an enormous musical talent and sense of humour to match." ...

Tom Paxton

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, April 1975

"WHAT DO YOU think of the new album then?" ...

Loudon Wainwright III - Unrequited

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1975

THE WORST THING that ever happened to Loudon Wainwright III was being branded The New Dylan, kiss of death to any self-respecting artist who hopes ...

Emmylou Harris: Pieces of the Sky

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, May 1975

THIS IS AN album that has been quite eagerly anticipated, mainly because of the reputation Emmylou Harris built for herself with her participation as co-vocalist ...

Loudon Wainwright III - at Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, June 1975

YOU MIGHT HAVE noticed that Loudon Wainwright III has been in Great Britain recently, completing the second lap of his tour; you might have noticed ...

Roy Harper: Poetry In Motion With The One Eyed Giant

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1975

ROY HARPER reckons Roger Waters listens to Valentine at least three times a week. He also reckons he's influenced Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. If ...

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, June 1975

THIS ALBUM REPRESENTS Joan Baez's volte-face; after the years of diatribe and tireless dissemination of political views by every available channel, her records included, she's ...

Pete Seeger: Together In Concert

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1975

PETE SEEGER HAS just about every credential it's possible for a folk singer to have without actually being dead. ...

Moonrider: Moonrider

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, July 1975

MENTION THE name Keith West to anyone and odds on they'll say "Teenage Opera" and not much else. ...

The Chieftains: Montreux Music Festival, Switzerland

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE CHIEFTAINS MADE much of contemporary rock music sound a shallow fraud, when they took the stage of the Montreux Music Festival in Switzerland last ...

Leo Kottke

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, August 1975

LEO KOTTKE'S come a long way from St. Louis – now he's got more stories to tell than British Rail has stale rolls... ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard & Linda Thompson: Hokey Pokey

Review by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, September 1975

THE SINGULAR most remarkable aspect of this album is its manifestation of Richard Thompson's capacity to absorb. And if that sounds a long winded way ...

Jethro Tull: Minstrel In The Gallery

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1975

A NEW Jethro Tull album is not the most exciting release in the world these days: not the type of record to force its way ...

Fungus: Vlaardingen, Holland

Live Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, September 1975

ONSTAGE ARE FUNGUS, five beards in search, of folk-rock fame... and they're singing in Dutch. ...

Bert Jansch: 'Bert Jansch? Not Still Going, Is He?'

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, October 1975

Certainly he is, still alive and well and producing records; rumours of his retirement have been exaggerated. ...

Brewer and Shipley: Welcome to Riddle Bridge

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

MIKE BREWER AND Tom Shipley are just plain lads at heart, from Oklahoma and Ohio. ...

Steeleye Span: Steeleye Sold Out?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1975

WHEREFORE art thou, Span? The cry persists: "They've sold out." The denials continue. But Steeleye Span's drift towards "commercialism," especially on the new album, All ...

Spud

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, November 1975

FRESHERS' WEEK IS a great time to visit Dublin's Trinity College. ...

Emmylou Harris: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1975

THE OTHER ROLLING thunder revue stole into town last week. ...

Joan Baez: Slack Time For The Revolution

Interview by Penny Valentine, Let It Rock, December 1975

JOAN BAEZ PUTS it bluntly: "If I'd done another political album at this point, I'd have been bankrupt. I had no money left. So I ...

Steeleye Span: The Folk Who Plugged In

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1975

NOW WE are six was a title conveniently borrowed from A. A. Milne to acknowledge that in 1973 Steeleye Span had finally decided to add ...

The Band: Northern Lights — Southern Cross

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, December 1975

I'M UP AGAINST a deadline on this one, having to hurry – which is bad enough without having to respond fairly to a group operating ...

Cat Stevens: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1975

THE HEROIC singer-songwriter begins solo: a white-shirted, dark-trousered speck of religious experience at the end of the cattle barn. The Laura Ashley winsome-ness of 'Moon ...

Paul Simon: Palladium, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1975

LAST TIME PAUL Simon toured in Summer '73, he used a South American group, Urubamba, and an American gospel quartet, the Jessy Dixon Singers (Jessy ...

Steeleye Span: Making Sense Of Original Sin...

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1975

IN BRITAIN we voted to stay in. In Eire and Denmark they voted to go in. In Norway the public answered the call to European ...

Fungus: Dutch Folk Go Dutch

Profile by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, December 1975

THERE WAS A time when the Dutch folk scene just mirror-imaged that of Britain. For every traddie rendering 'Lord Randall' or 'Twa Corbies' at Loughborough ...

Decameron: Greenwich Borough Hall, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, January 1976

THE GREENWICH BOROUGH Hall is on Peyton Place, and inside Decameron, have a problem. ...

Ian A. Anderson: The Curse of the Lone Grinner

Profile and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, January 1976

IF YOU bought a copy of a 1969 Island sampler called You Can All Join In, you'll probably remember the cover shot, which depicted most ...

Joan Baez: From Every Stage

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, February 1976

LAST AUTUMN, IN a move that marked a complete departure from previous practice, Joan Baez went out on the road in the States with a ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Sisters In Song

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1976

UNTIL DEMAND forced them to issue that classic Maria Muldaur album two years ago Warner Bros. had always shown a marked reluctance to promote its ...

The Bothy Band: Guinness Brigade in Nescafé experiment

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, April 1976

FOR SOME considerable time now, a new "underground" music situation has been developing. Not one concerned with any aspect of rock, but rather one that's ...

Magna Carta: Funky Folk Deliver Body Blow To Public Transport

Profile and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, April 1976

IT WAS late, pretty late. And it was in an era where public transport seems loathe to operate when darkness falls. ...

Aztec Two Step: Second Step

Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, May 1976

A MEANINGFUL title. Three years ago, the duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman made a very good album for Elektra, which received critical acclaim ...

Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman: Steve Goodman: Jessie's Jig And Other Favourites; Jimmy Buffett: Havana Daydreamin'

Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, May 1976

JIMMY BUFFETT and Steve Goodman seem to have a lot more in common than the fact that their names have the same number of letters. ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen Down the Road

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1976

GOD'S IN his heaven, all's right with the world. The words, surprisingly enough, came from Leonard Cohen, and he was making the first of several ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate And Anna McGarrigle: Kiss Me Till My Mouth Gets Numb

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, July 1976

The harrowing tale of two sisters who narrowly missed getting typecast as nuns when their real thing is foolin’ around in bathrooms... Seriously though, we ...

Fairport Convention, Ian Matthews, Matthews' Southern Comfort: Goin' Back With Ian Matthews, part 1

Retrospective and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, September 1976

IT CAME AS no great surprise to me that Ian Matthews should come quite so high in the recent poll concerning who you'd like to ...

Ian Matthews, Plainsong: Ian Matthews: Goin' Back With Ian Matthews, part 2

Retrospective and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, October 1976

LAST MONTH WE left Ian moaning and groaning about the Best Of Ian Matthews' Southern Comfort album, which MCA chose to thrust upon an unsuspecting ...

June Tabor: Sensuous Librarian Reveals All

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, October 1976

SUDDENLY MY HEART STARTED TO POUND. ...

Steeleye Span: The Universalisation Of Steeleye Span

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1976

SALLY JEAN IS DARK, demure and very attractive. Though well-dressed, well-spoken and well-meaning, she is alas also well dull. For over two hours now she ...

Al Stewart: Coasting With Al

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1976

AL STEWART, who plays London's New Victoria Theatre on December 2, is now enjoying greater success in America. ...

Joan Baez: Gulf Winds

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1976

THESE ARE heady days for Joan Baez. ...

Steeleye Span: Family of Span

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, December 1976

"HAVE WE ever come close to splitting? My God, HAVE we! It's very incestuous, our band, y'see. We're all interdependent and to work out your ...

Ralph McTell: The Anti-Star…

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

SILVER DISCS paper the walls of Ralph McTell's new eight-roomed Putney castle. There's going to be a studio upstairs, he says, directly above where the ...

Sandy Denny (1977)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

The Queen of English Folk-Rock talks about going back on the road (the repertoire, the musicians and the nerves), about her recent split from Island Records, and about her new baby Georgia.

File format: mp3 File size: 9.5mb Interview length: 10' 23"; Sound quality: ****

John Martyn: Blood, Sweat And Cheers

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

JOHN MARTYN rivets attention performing. You'd be wrong in assuming that just because he's one-man-with-a-guitar he doesn't make every crevice of the stage swing. ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1977

THIS IS THE ALBUM we have been waiting for since Sandy left Fairport Convention for the second time at the end of 1975. Over six ...

Tom Jans: Dark Blonde

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

SOMETIMES I feel so good I can feel my body growing... YEAHHH!!! Y'know CBS were really surprised (in fact speechless) when I enquired about this ...

Sandy Denny Pregnant

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, July 1977

SANDY DENNY looked radiant. Yes, one is always supposed to say that about ladies when they're pregnant, but in this case it was true. She ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Fights Back

Report and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, November 1977

"IF I HAVE TO SING 'Matty Groves' one more time, I'll throw myself out of a window... I'll be doing a lot of stuff from ...

Townes Van Zandt

Interview by Richard Wootton, Omaha Rainbow, December 1977

TOWNES VAN ZANDT is no longer such a well kept secret, known only to a handful of dedicated fans. Thanks to his new manager and ...

Don McLean: Prime Time

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1978

COULD IT be that protest singers are about to make a comeback? It makes sense – after the glitter and the head-banging punk came out ...

Joan Baez: Joanie returns as Bobby: Joan Baez at the Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, January 1978

JOANIE BROUGHT the audience right up on stage with her at the Odeon – two rows of them, mostly her guests, sitting rather self-consciously behind ...

Richard Thompson: The Guitar Hero as Mystic Recluse

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1978

Richard Thompson is one of the world's finest guitarists, but a few years ago he "got cheesed off" and packed it all in. Now he's ...

John Martyn: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1978

YOU DON'T need me at all – you know what happened, what will happen. ...

Richard and Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson: Richard and Linda Thompson's Flight From Convention

Interview by Mick Brown, Rolling Stone, April 1979

"IF I DON'T seem a part of the recording industry, it's probably because I don't feel a part of it," says Richard Thompson, the guitarist/songwriter/singer ...

Horslips: Sham-Rock 1979

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, July 1979

HORSLIPS AND the new wave? An unlikely topic on the face of it, but Horslips, recently touring here in support of their latest album, The ...

The Roches: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

THE ROCHES. Pronounced as in bugs. Maggie and Terre and Suzzy, three sisters somewhere in their 20s. ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard And Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista (Chrysalis)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS THOMPSONS package tour is a fine irony. Its visuals signal a break from the couple's traditional melancholy, replacing it with a sarcastic, partially threatening, ...

Happy Traum: A Homespun Tale

Interview by Ken Hunt, Dark Star, April 1980

HAPPY TRAUM was briefly in England in November '79 and, by luck, an interview was arranged. ...

John Stewart: Wheels of Thunder

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, April 1980

If you can laugh in the face of the fireIf you can dance in the light of the flamesAnd if you don't look down when ...

Tymon Dogg: Fiddling Around

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, September 1980

Tymon Dogg has nothing against success, but he wants it on his own terms, he tells COLIN IRWIN ...

John Martyn: Martyn's Identity Papers

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1980

ACCORDING to the official biog, John Martyn was born in New Malden, Surrey, but was brought up for the first 15 years of his life ...

The Kingston Trio

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, from the book 'When Rock Was Young', 1981

IN THE PARKING LOT of the high school, the ageing greasers stood by their late model gas guzzlers, trading sips of blackberry brandy washed down ...

Happy Traum: An Interview With Happy Traum

Interview by Ken Hunt, Folk Scene, May 1981

LIKE MANY of his contemporaries, Happy Traum came out of the folk revival on the East Coast in the '60s and although his activities have ...

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Elliott is Still Rambling

Profile and Interview by Steven X Rea, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, July 1981

30 years of storytelling and Elliott is still ramblin' ...

Pete Seeger: Johnny Appleseed

Retrospective by Dave Laing, History of Rock, The, 1982

Pete Seeger spread the word throughout America ...

McCabe's Hippie Spirit Celebrates Anniversary

Report and Interview by Todd Everett, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, January 1982

TOMORROW, MCCABE'S guitar shop in Santa Monica is marking its 13th anniversary, even though its actual opening took place in October, 1969 (which means, if ...

Béla Fleck: Natural Bridge (Rounder 0146)

Review by Ken Hunt, Folk International, September 1982

'Punchdrunk'/'Flexibility' / 'Dawg's Due' / 'Daybreak' / 'Bitter Gap' / 'October Winds' / 'Crossfire' / 'Apple-butter' / 'Old Hickory Waltz' / 'Rocky Road' / 'The ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: No Bright Ones Tonight: Richard Thompson Shoots Out The Lights

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, September 1982

THERE IS A story circulating about Richard Thompson. The way I heard it, the Eagles approached him, prior to hiring Joe Walsh: they wanted Thompson ...

Paul Brady: Making Tracks For A Rock Station

Interview by Ken Hunt, Folk Scene, November 1982

(ED. NOTE: The interview upon which some of the following article was based is an edited version of one conducted for, but as yet unpublished ...

Tymon Dogg: Tymon Time Again

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, January 1983

Colin Irwin visits the strange world of TYMON DOGG, former Paul McCartney protégé, Clash sidekick, and enemy of Safeway People ...

Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, June 1984

In 1959 Joan Baez walked out on stage at the Newport Folk Festival and touched off a wave of adulation that was to reach almost ...

The Pogues: For A Few Ciders More

Interview by David Quantick, Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, August 1984

A TABLE littered with the debris of an early evening's drinking, three Pogues attempt to justify their existence. ...

The Men They Couldn’t Hang: The Men They Couldn't Hang: Noose On The Loose

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, March 1985

A FEW YEARS BACK if someone had told me that an English pop group would record Eric Bogie's 'The Green Fields Of France', That it ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Linda and Richard Find There’s Life After Divorce

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, April 1985

LINDA THOMPSON’S memories of touring the United States with her soon-to-be ex-husband Richard are filtered through an alcoholic haze and a skewed sense of delight. ...

Alan Hull: Hull's Teeth: An Interview with Alan Hull

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, December 1985

HARD TIMES on Tyneside. So what's new, pussycats? There's snow storms, there's no jobs (30% unemployment), and worst of all, the by-election bigwigs – Brittan, ...

The Pogues (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1986

Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 60mb, interview length: 1h 05' 34" sound quality: **

The Pogues: It's Really Pogue, Man

Profile and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, September 1986

TALKING TO Shane MacGowan, singer and lyricist with a spirited bunch of North London Irish lunatics called the Pogues – trying to decipher the words ...

Christy Moore: Ireland In An Acid Bath

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, November 1986

The magic of old Ireland meets burning political insight in the music of CHRISTY MOORE, former Planxty/Moving Heart mainstay turned extraordinary solo man. GAVIN MARTIN ...

Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Island)

Review by Nick Coleman, New Musical Express, Summer 1986

WHEN SHE DIED I was still preoccupied with the politics of holey jeans and why the Ramones were the perfect emblem of the beast Modern ...

Christy Moore: Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, January 1987

WHILE OUR pubs become youth clubs (16-30s), where communication is broken by mindless muzak, and while our elders are alienated from our "social" lives, the ...

The Oyster Band: Out Of Their Shells

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, January 1987

Mark Cooper on The Oyster Band's place in the "roots" dance revival ...

The Oyster Band: Wide Blue Yonder (Cooking Vinyl)

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, September 1987

ONCE UPON a time, admitting to a fondness for English folk was akin to confessing a savage case of crabs. Then came The Oyster Band, ...

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, January 1988

THE UNDERDOG BITES BACK! ...

Nanci Griffith: The Acoustic Room, The Mean Fiddler, Harlesden

Live Review by Ken Hunt, Folk Roots, April 1988

THE WORD 'CHANTEUSE' seems to be undergoing one of its periodic journalistic revivals. It's a slightly unusual word, it's French and it was always far ...

The Dinner Ladies, The Oyster Band: The Oyster Band and The Dinner Ladies: A Total Oyster Time?

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, July 1988

Is the New Wave of British Folk going anywhere, or is it just the old stuff tanked up and recut? ...

Michelle Shocked: Shock Tactics

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, October 1988

With her synthesis of folk and hardcore, Michelle Shocked has successfully created a new vehicle for political pop. Ralph Traitor tunes into the voice of ...

Cindy Lee Berryhill, Kirk Kelly, Lach, Michelle Shocked, Roger Manning: New Folk: Folk You

Report and Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, November 1988

IT'S ANOTHER sweaty, late June New York City Friday evening, and Michelle Shocked is walking eastward across Chinatown's busy Canal Street. ...

Michelle Shocked: Short, Sharp, Talented

Profile and Interview by Holly Gleason, Rolling Stone, November 1988

Is country-folk singer Michelle Shocked ready for stardom? ...

Richard Thompson, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson talks to Mat Snow about growing up in North London, learning guitar and forming Fairport Convention. Along the way he meets Sandy Denny and Joe Boyd...

File format: mp3 File size: 35.8mb<br>Interview length: 39 minutes 11 seconds Sound quality: ***

Richard Thompson, part 2 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson on Islam, divorce, songwriting, Fairport reunions... and his problem with The Pogues!

File format: mp3 File size: 45.8mb Interview length: 50 minutes 3 seconds Sound quality: ***

Martin Carthy: A Passage to England

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, December 1988

Martin Carthy believes in the power of performance, not purity. Mark Cooper meets the folkie who refuses to play safe. ...

Fairport Convention: Trebles all round!

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, March 1989

The revived Fairport Convention are celebrating their thriving cottage industry, Woodworm Records, with a 40-date tour. But it wasn’t always beer and skittles... ...

Fairport Convention and Copredy

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, August 1989

IN 1979, AFTER Punk's arrival had squeezed out the last drop of resistance, Fairport Convention's farewell concert in their adopted Oxfordshire village of Cropredy was ...

Danny Thompson: Romance From A Bit Of A Raver

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Sunday Correspondent, October 1989

Breaking the rules comes easily to double-bass player Danny Thompson, says Mark Cooper ...

Joan Baez: Speaking Of Her Dreams

Interview by Mark Leviton, Village View, December 1989

NO DOUBT the desk clerk at the Registry Hotel in Universal City who gave Joan Baez her suite number was unaware that 1961 was a ...

Shirley Collins: The Power Of The True Love Knot (Hannibal)

Review by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, 1990

…PAP-TUPPIN' REISSUE of a truly snazzy UK-folk nugget from '67. ...

Dick Gaughan: Handful Of Earth

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1990

FIRST RELEASED BACK in 1981, Handful Of Earth survived the '80s so well that it was voted Album Of The Decade in Folk Roots magazine's ...

Roy Harper: Peace, Love and a Punchup with Ginger Baker: The Saga of Roy Harper

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, June 1990

After 25 years on life's acoustic stage, ROY HARPER is undoubtedly King Of The Hippies. In a moment of good karma, NME let the man ...

Marta Sebestyen, Muzsikas: Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas: No Sleep 'til Ballachulish!

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1990

Their flight cases crammed with goatskin bagpipes and three-stringed contras, Hungarian minstrels Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas are midway through a whistle-stop international tour. And as ...

The Dubliners: The Dubliners

Review by Penny Reel, Select, September 1990

IT IS an irony that The Dubliners should have come to prominence with ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ in 1967, the same year that Dermot O’Brien’s IRA ...

Bob Dylan: Under The Red Sky

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1990

ONE EASY WAY of telling who the record industry considers to be this year's hot producer is to check the credits of the latest Dylan ...

Davey Graham: A Terrascopic Interview

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, 1991

THERE ARE VERY few people who can genuinely be accredited with changing the face of a certain field of music. Most of that rare breed ...

Woody Guthrie: Glory Days

Retrospective by Len Brown, Record Hunter, January 1991

Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan may never have strummed a note had it not been for the influence of the folk pioneer, Woody Guthrie. So ...

Pentangle: Where Are They Now? Pentangle

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, May 1991

EVEN BEFORE Fairport Convention had set their wheels in motion, Pentangle were attempting to contemporise and explore British folk music. ...

Richard Thompson: The Unsung Thompson

Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1991

Mark Cooper meets the folk hero who is now sharply observing home from abroad. ...

Joe Strummer, The Pogues: The Pogues: Determined

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1991

THE WILTERN THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, October 10, 1991 ...

Judy Henske: Only a Henske: The Judy Henske Story

Interview by Paul Zollo, SongTalk, Spring 1991

SHE GIVES A raucous interview. Known for being wildly entertaining and energetic on stage, Judy Henske brings as much punch to a conversation as to ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: CSN: CSN Box-Set

Review by Mat Snow, Q, February 1992

DAVID CROSBY, STEPHEN STILLS AND Graham Nash: respectively refugees from The Byrds (fired by Roger McGuinn), Buffalo Springfield (broke up) and Manchester's very own Hollies ...

Eddi Reader: Mirmama

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION SPLIT after one platinum album, The First Of A Million Kisses; 'Perfect', the sound of summer '88, was soundaliked and killed by an ...

Roy Harper

Profile and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, December 1992

FROM SOMEWHERE within the packed and sweaty audience at Whelan's, small and quaint and antique club in a Dublin back street, a projectile comes, wings ...

Joan Baez: Play Me Backwards (Virgin)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1993

WHAT EXACTLY is the most dignified role for the faded activist folk singer who wakes one morning to find herself five years older than the ...

John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad: John Martyn

Book Excerpt by Mark Cooper, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

HE'S A JAZZ MAN, he's a folkie and he's been a drinker. Singer songwriter John Martyn has been most things, apart from commercially acceptable. Now ...

Bert Jansch, Pentangle: Bert Jansch: Album reissues

Review by David Cavanagh, MOJO, January 1994

BENEATH THE STAGGERED, quadruple-decker title of It Don’t Bother Me, midway down an album cover that suggests Blue Note going folk, sits Bert Jansch in ...

Nick Drake: Way To Blue (Island)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, July 1994

IN FEBRUARY 1972, upon the release of Pink Moon, Nick Drake's third and final album proper, the press information issued by Island Records ran, in ...

Ian and Sylvia: Northern Journey

Retrospective by Colin Escott, Goldmine, July 1994

IF YOU came through the '60s intact, you remember at least one Ian and Sylvia song, 'Four Strong Winds', even if you don't remember it ...

Fairport Convention

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1994

I'M MARTIN," SAYS THE ONE WITH THE CURLY HAIR. "D'you know Ken Dodd's dad's dog died?" ...

Nick Drake: Hanging On A Star: In Memory of Nick Drake

Retrospective by Gerrie Lim, BigO, November 1994

HIS MUSIC IS as evocative and haunting as ever, though much of his life remains mysterious. Nick Drake died 20 years ago this month, on ...

John Fahey: The Persecutions And Resurrections Of Blind Joe Death

Profile and Interview by Byron Coley, Spin, November 1994

More than 30 years of mind-blowing guitar playing and composing have earned John Fahey a hip handful of devoted fans and a squalid room in ...

Leadbelly, Nirvana: A Simple Song That Lives Beyond Time: Leadbelly via Kurt Cobain

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, The, November 1994

IMMEDIATELY after the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, last April, MTV broadcasted almost continuously an hourlong Unplugged special that ...

David Gray

Interview by Colin Harper, Folk Roots, March 1995

"THE REASON," says David Gray, at the end of our interview, "that journalism doesn't work most of the time is 'cos the artist isn't there ...

Fairport Convention: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, April 1995

TWO FAIRPORTS STILL STICK IN my mind from the late '60s, early '70s. The first was London's answer to Jefferson Airplane, furiously eclectic and frequently ...

Mary Hopkin: 'She's A Joan Baez Type, But We'll Soon Alter That'

Interview by Bill DeYoung, Goldmine, April 1995

MARY HOPKIN is surprised and flattered to learn that she is something of a mythical figure in America. In the States, general knowledge of Hopkin ...

Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1995

Dave Pegg talks about Liege & Lief, Unhalfbricking, the departure of Richard Thompson and the death of Sandy Denny.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 43"; sound quality: *****

Sandy Denny: The Attic Tracks 1972-1984

Review by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1995

AT THE RISK of winning an all-comers hyperbole award, I shall begin and end by stating that Sandy Denny was the greatest female singer/songwriter Britain ...

The Incredible String Band, Mike Heron, Robin Williamson: Robin Williamson and Mike Heron: London, Bloomsbury Theatre

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Set List: Everything’s Fine Right Now/ Lonely Exile/ Tom & Alexei/ Scotland Yet/ Red Hair/ October Song-Maya/ Favourite Sins/ Killing The Dragon/ Fathers/ Love Letter ...

Richard Thompson: Watcher Of The Dark: Richard Thompson, Guitar God From Planet Eureka

Book Excerpt by Gerrie Lim, 'Inside the Outsider' (BigO Books) , 1997

IT'S NIGH HIGH impossible to summarize Richard Thompson's vast repertoire and immense talent, not to mention demented humor, but one particular sentence from Thompson himself ...

Fairport Convention: Now Be Thankful...

Overview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, February 1997

…for 30 years of Fairport Convention. Jim Irvin gets a guided tour through their scrapbook of joy, tears, beers, jigs, reels and panties. ...

Danny Thompson, Richard Thompson: Industry: A Tale of Two Thompsons

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, July 1997

DANNY THOMPSON grew up in the world described in the movie Brassed Off--the northern British villages where men scrub off the soot of the ...

Phil Ochs: Van Dyke Parks on Phil Ochs (and the Byrds) (1997)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1997

VDP on his relationship with Phil Ochs, Ochs' relationship with Bob Dylan, producing Greatest Hits, and his dislike of the Byrds

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 38.2mb, total interview length: 41' 41" sound quality: * (phoner)

Bert Jansch Conundrum: Thirteen Down (Fantasy/Kicking Mule)

Sleevenotes by Bill Wasserzieher, Fantasy/Kicking Mule Records, 1998

MUSIC COMMENTATOR Colin Harper once wrote that Bert Jansch, on a scale of one to 10 in terms of popular notoriety, probably would come in ...

Mark Hollis, Talk Talk: Mark Hollis Interview

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 1998

MARK HOLLIS' self titled debut album was, at one point, going to be a Talk Talk album entitled Mountains Of The Moon, but somewhere between ...

Roger McGuinn: Born To Rock And Roll

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, January 1998

The former Byrd's mid-Seventies solo years ...

The Pogues, Shane MacGowan: Shane MacGowan: It's A Long Way From Tipperary

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, January 1998

AS PUNK PASSION dissipated and died, choking on its own irrelevance, a generation of serial venters were suddenly deprived of its primal, therapeutic effect. The ...

Richard Thompson: Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, January 1998

BELFAST'S WATERFRONT Hall embodies all the characteristics of a provincial Barbican – a kind of clinical, beige Gormenghast of a place where corridors lead to ...

Terry Callier: Look At Me Now: The Return Of Terry Callier

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

DEFINING THE "soul" part of soul music is a tricky issue – it's one of the bigger questions. The music's intangible qualities are often the ...

Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch: Anne Briggs: In Search of the Wild Rover

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, March 1998

Richard Thompson wrote a song about her. Jimmy Page unplugged on her account. Singers from June Tabor to Kate Rusby revere her as the queen ...

The Chieftains: Paddy Moloney: The Abundant Life of The Chieftains

Interview by Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, March 1998

IF YOU'VE EVER visited Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the most memorable legs of the tour (not quite as touching as the meditation garden ...

Peter, Paul & Mary: What Makes A Song Endure

Interview by Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, May 1998

IT'S APRIL, 2048, the year of the cockroach. The lines curve out the door of Radio City Music Hall, around the block, and down Sixth ...

Leo Kottke: An Interview

Interview by Colin Harper, Irish News, The, May 1998

Author's Note: I often had a chance to preview touring artists, soon to be playing in Northern Ireland, in the Irish News, a Belfast-based daily ...

Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay: Angel Of Avalon: Sandy Denny

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 1998

Revered by everyone from Frank Zappa to The Spice Girls. Led Zeppelin's one and only guest star. One of Britain's greatest singers. Yet her true ...

Roy Harper: The Dream Society

Review by Colin Harper, MOJO, July 1998

THE SOPHISTICATED BEGGAR, the Valentine, the Loony On The Bus... Roy Harper has worn these and other Lifemasks for more than 30 years now and ...

The Corrs: "Sorry, We're Boring!"

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, September 1998

Au contraire, Mrs, Mrs, Mrs and oh, Mr Corr. You are extraordinary in ways it would be rude to fully explain, while a Number One ...

Roy Harper

Interview by Colin Harper, Independent, The, October 1998

CIRCA 1984, and during one of those latterday sojourns in the course of the once Old and Grey Whistle Test's sleepy history when it found ...

How to Buy Greenwich Village Folk

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, November 1998

TOM PAXTON recalls that he, along with Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, David Blue, Eric Andersen, Pat Sky and Phil Ochs, once called the Village home. ...

Dar Williams

Interview by Terry Staunton, Uncut, December 1998

"IT'S THE teachers who are to blame, if you ask me. Probably more so than parents, because they're kinda paid to shape young minds — ...

Beth Orton: Mild Thing: Beth Orton: Central Reservation (Heavenly) **

Review by David Quantick, Q, April 1999

The Janis Joplin of the Heavenly Social Club finally delivers sequel to Trailer Park. ...

Jackson C. Frank

Obituary by Colin Irwin, MOJO, May 1999

JACKSON WAS ONCE DESCRIBED AS "the most famous folk singer no-one ever heard of and that was about right. He met Elvis, was Sandy Denny's ...

Karen Dalton: Who Loves You The Best Now?

Retrospective by Max Bell, Sunday Telegraph, May 1999

Karen Dalton was a chronic recluse who died in obscurity. But now she's being hailed as one of the most original folk singers of the ...

Newport Notes: How the Jazz and Folk Festivals made history

Retrospective and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, August 1999

"WELL, THIS IS real bullshit!" yelled Eddie Condon.  ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Grin 'n' Spin: Millennial Yarns from the Holy Modal Rounders

Profile and Interview by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, September 1999

DURING THE early stages of a hallucinogenic drug trip, the voyager experiences giddiness and a vision of existence as a zany, absurdist cartoon. Eccentricity in ...

Mellow Candle: Swaddling Songs (DERAM SDL7)

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 2000

NOTE: This is a slightly longer edit of the piece as published in MOJO, sometime in the early 2000s. Since that time (in the early ...

Eddi Reader

Interview by Debbie Kruger, Performing Songwriter, March 2000

EDDI READER ready to do it alone. After a decade of drawing heavily on collaborations with other writers, she realizes it's okay – in fact ...

Bert Jansch (2000)

Interview by Colin Harper, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2000

The folk guitar wizard talks about being the subject of biography and documentary; the revival of interest in '60s folk; his most recent recordings and his upcoming planes.

File format: mp3; file size: 21.6mb, interview length: 23' 36" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Bert Jansch: The Dazzling Bert Jansch

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, Independent, The, June 2000

"MY INTEREST IN ALBUMS usually wanes around this point," says Bert Jansch, 57 this year and, for all the outward appearance of a man who ...

Bert Jansch, Davey Graham: Bert Jansch and Davey Graham

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, MOJO, July 2000

NOTE: This piece was adapted and expanded, with additional material, from Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch And The British Folk & Blues Revival (Bloomsbury). It is ...

Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume 4

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 2000

Billed as Smith’s ‘secret’ volume, the line-up was intended as the fourth in this celebrated series but never made it to the starting gate. ...

Nick Drake

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

"I was born to sail away into a land of forever/not to be tied to an old stone grave/in your land of never — Nick ...

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left****; Bryter Layter****; Pink Moon*****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

Lost poet's main works re-released ...

Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Williams: Sandals Out, Piercing In: The New Folk Sirens

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, August 2000

LIVERPUDLIAN ARTIST Kathryn Williams is among the nominees for this year’s Mercury music prize – and hotly tipped to win. Last year Kate Rusby was ...

Bert Jansch: Bert and my Book

Comment by Colin Harper, Irish Times, The, September 2000

CURRENTLY HOT on the heels of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash as an individualist icon of 20th Century music – name-dropped as an ...

The Best of Broadside 1962–1988

Review by Ira Robbins, salon.com, September 2000

BROADSIDE PUBLISHED SONGS by writers who wanted to change the world – including a young Bob Dylan. A five-CD set marches through the great folk ...

Andy Irvine

Interview by Colin Harper, Folk Roots, October 2000

HAVING BEEN through the music business mill several times over the past thirty-five years, with spells in such legendary and pioneering Irish music ensembles as ...

Roy Harper: Errigle Inn, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, November 2000

RELEASING HIS THIRTY-SIXTH ALBUM, and still best-known to the world at large as a bloke who once sang on a Pink Floyd record ('Have A ...

Hoyt Axton

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. 25 March 1932, Comanche, Oklahoma, USA, d. 26 October 1999, Oklahoma ...

Pete Seeger

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. 3 May 1919, New York, USA ...

Eliza Carthy: Angel of Rebellion

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, February 2001

ELIZA CARTHY IS in the midst of playing a fluid passage when her feet stop moving. She rolls her eyes, exhales and scowls before attacking ...

John Fahey: The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party And Other Excursions

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 2001

Solitary fingerstyle pioneer evokes the dark side of the Sixties ...

Bob Dylan: In My Time Of Dyin'…

Essay by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2001

ON ITS RELEASE IN 1962, BOB DYLAN'S FIRST ALBUM BLEW MINDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. IAN MACDONALD RECALLS ITS IMPACT ON HIS OWN TEENAGE YEARS ...

Fred Neil

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, July 2001

HE WROTE ONE of the most famous songs of the late 20th century, but Fred Neil, who has died aged 64 of cancer, remains one ...

Ashley Hutchings

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, August 2001

WITH EXPANDED REISSUES of classic albums by himself and his various bands – including Fairport Convention's Leige & Leif and his own Compleat Dancing Master ...

Simon & Garfunkel Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

Wednesday Morning, 3am*/The Sounds Of Silence****/Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme***/Bookends*****/Bridge Over Troubled Water*** (All Columbia) Sixties folk-rock digitally done up and decorated with extra tracks ...

Roy Harper: The Spirit Lives: Roy Harper

Retrospective and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2001

"I DON'T THINK I'm very good at interviews, because I have too many thoughts going off at the same time to be able to explain ...

Fred Neil, 1936-2001

Obituary by Richie Unterberger, No Depression, September 2001

FRED NEIL, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the early folk-rock era, died in his sleep on July 7 at the age of 65. ...

Phil Ochs: One-Way Ticket Home

Retrospective by Phil Mershon, Perfect Sound Forever, September 2001

AROUND 1980, my friend Julia invited me over to listen to a compilation album by a singer named Phil Ochs. I was a college senior, ...

Odetta: Lookin’ For A Home

Review by Andria Lisle, Living Blues, November 2001

IN 1949, THE year that Leadbelly died, Odetta made her first appearance on stage – in a Los Angeles production of Finian’s Rainbow. ...

David Blue, The Dillards, Fred Neil, Judy Collins, Judy Henske, Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush: Elektra Label: Various Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2001

Twenty-album reissue programme commemorates a great Sixties label ...

The Incredible String Band: Robin Williamson

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, Fall 2001

IN THE 1960s, Scotland's Incredible String Band put together elements of folk and world music into something that was called folk-rock, in part, because it ...

Chris Smither: Don't It Drag On

Sleevenotes by Bill Wasserzieher, Tomato Records, 2002

WHETHER A digital stream encoded on a silver disc or deep grooves on vintage black vinyl, an album is a record of a time in ...

Julie Felix

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, 2002

"HOW CAN WE explain the phenomenon of Julie Felix?" mused Karl Dallas, Melody Maker's titan of folk, in a December 1965 concert review. "Clearly anyone ...

Various Artists: The Folk Years – Blowin' in the Wind

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Time-Life Music, 2002

THERE WAS A TIME when the notion of the "folk singer-songwriter" was all but a contradiction in terms. "Folk" music was the ür-sound of the ...

Various Artists: The Folk Years – Yesterday's Gone

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Time-Life Music, 2002

THE 18 TRACKS on this album whisk us back to the hopeful, happy days of America's Hootenanny boom. From the Caribbean lilt of Harry Belafonte's ...

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez: David Hajdu: Positively Fourth Street (Bloomsbury)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

NOW OUT in paperback, this engrossing account of the intertwined lives of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña from the late ...

Terry Callier: An Interview

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2002

IT'S JUST another rainy night in April, and the Green Mill, a bar on Chicago's north side, is hosting its regular Monday resident. Opening with ...

Shirley Collins: Spirit Of Eden: Shirley Collins

Retrospective and Interview by Mike Barnes, Wire, May 2002

"The main body of [folk music] is just based on myth and the Bible and plague and famine and all kinds of things like that ...

Linda Thompson: Miserable Old Sod Linda Thompson Returns as Exquisitely Sad as Ever

Interview by Mac Randall, New York Observer, July 2002

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE who say that Linda Thompson is the greatest female rock singer alive. I'm not one of them-partly because I think her ...

Alan Lomax: A Life Less Ordinary

Obituary by Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, September 2002

SUMMING UP ALAN LOMAX'S contributions to folk music in a single magazine article is like trying to list everyone you've ever met on a single ...

Steve Ashley Passes The Test Of Time

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2003

AMID THE MYRIAD names thrown up by the English Folk-Rock boom of the early 1970s, the era most succinctly summarised by the legendary Electric Muse ...

Richard Thompson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2003

WHITE, MIDDLE-AGED English men dominate a crowd who have packed this venue to bursting for a man barely known outside their tribe. ...

Bob Dylan, Shane MacGowan: Music at Sundance: Dylan, Atlantic and Shane MacGowan

Overview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, May 2003

Bob Dylan’s long awaited Masked and Anonymous debuts at Sundance ...

David Gray: An Introduction

Book Excerpt by Colin Harper, Irish Folk, Trad & Blues (Collins Press), 2004

Author's Note: There was at least one prepared but discarded chapter in my joint book with Trevor Hodgett, Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret ...

Wizz Jones

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, Record Collector, 2004

"HARD TIMES IN NEWQUAY, If You've Got Long Hair" was the endearingly absurd refrain performed by that Zelig of British acoustic music, Raymond "Wizz" Jones, ...

Woody Guthrie

Book Excerpt by Gene Santoro, 'Highway 61 Revisited...', 2004

ON APRIL 16, 1944, a slight, wiry-haired man with a guitar and harmonica wandered into Moe Asch's little recording studio on West 46 Street off ...

Joni Mitchell: Queen Joni Approximately

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2004

Raised in Canada, Joni Mitchell found her way to California in 1968. Barney Hoskyns on the crowning of a canyon princess. ...

Kate Rusby: Reflections on Kate Rusby at the Derby Assembly Rooms

Essay by Craig W. Thomas, unpublished, March 2004

ALEX FERGUSON was interviewed immediately after his team snatched an improbable victory from the back of the throat of defeat in the 1999 Champions League ...

Nick Drake: Stranger To The World

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, Observer Music Monthly, April 2004

Nick Drake's rare talent was almost ignored in his brief lifetime. Since his suicide 30 years ago, his legend has grown and now the discovery ...

The Corrs (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2004

Corrs Sharon and Jim on family, songwriting, the death of their mother, religion, and Mick Hucknall's wine!

File format: mp3; total file size: 29.5mb, total interview length: 32' 11" sound quality: ***

John Martyn: The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2004

IF JOHN MARTYN hadn't become a folk/blues/rock legend, he could have knocked out a career as a mimic. At one point, he perfectly impersonates Alf ...

Nick Drake: Brighter Very Much Later: Nick Drake

Retrospective by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, May 2004

POSTHUMOUS ACCLAIM is not uncommon in rock - "death sells" and all that - but the clamour surrounding the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake gets more ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later (Island, 1970)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, June 2004

THE CULT OF Nick Drake, posh Lost Boy of post-folk singer-songwriting, shows little sign of abating. That’s because his mellow, Colin Blunstone-ish burr of a ...

The Incredible String Band: The Incredible String Band/The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE FIRST ISB albums in a two-fer-one release. The ISB (1966) is a more-or-less conventional Scots-trad folk effort by the original trio of Robin Williamson, ...

Judy Collins: Judy Collins 3/In Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

ARGUABLY THE best female folk voice of the age, Judy Collins brought a fresh commercial edge to the early ‘60s East Coast folk revival. Her ...

Bob Dylan: Chronicles: Volume One

Book Review by Toby Creswell, Sydney Morning Herald, the, November 2004

THERE'S NO WAY that Bob Dylan, after all this time, is going to spill the beans on his life. The high priest of protest makes ...

Donovan (2005)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, 2005

Mr Leitch looks back at his 40 years in music, from scoring hash in Goodge Street to recording with Rick Rubin, via Alice Cooper, Linda Lawrence and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 35.1mb Interview length: 38' 19"; Sound quality: ****

Odetta: Gonna Let It Shine – A Concert for the Holidays

Press Release by Bill Wasserzieher, M.C. Records, 2005

"If only one could be sure that every 50 years a voice and a soul like Odetta's would come along, the centuries would pass so ...

Bright Eyes: Inside Conor Oberst (Literally!)

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

JOHN LENNON sang, "I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one," in 1970’s 'Imagine'. ...

Donovan

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, January 2005

MID JULY 2004. In the dark-wooded, rich red subterranea of San Francisco's Cafe du Nord a song is building off little more than a two-chord ...

Sandy Denny: Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

BEGUN IN LA and finished in London, Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz may be Denny's finest hour. Kicking off with 'Solo', one of her trademark piano ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

FOLLOWING the Fairport Convention reunion that produced 1975's Rising For The Moon, Rendezvous was Denny's last LP before her death from a brain haemorrhage in ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

DENNY'S SECOND solo set, produced by boyfriend and Fotheringay graduate Trevor Lucas, was a decided improvement on her great but scattered debut. Evenly balanced between ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

TO BILLY CONNOLLY she was "one of the angriest women I ever met", while Island press officer David Sandison recalled her as a "belligerent and ...

Dorris Henderson: US Folk Singer Who Settled In London

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Independent, The, March 2005

DORRIS HENDERSON cut an unforgettable figure on the emergent British folk-music scene of the mid-1960s. ...

Fairport Convention: Chronicles

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2005

FAIRPORT'S ANNUAL reunion festival at Cropredy in Oxfordshire celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, long since established as one of the primo dates on the ...

Judy Henske: One Hot Mama

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2005

LEGEND HAS it that when Marty Balin went looking for a singer to fill out the lineup of the Jefferson Airplane, he told people he ...

Sandy Denny: Taken Too Early

Retrospective by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

Mark Hudson reveals the tragic tale of the British Joni Mitchell; Sandy Denny ...

Al Stewart: A Reticent Recording Artist

Profile and Interview by Larry Jaffee, Record Collector, February 2006

AL STEWART’S four-decade career recently was capsulated by a 5-CD boxed set Just Yesterday from EMI. His first four UK albums on CBS never were ...

Beth Orton: Comfort of Strangers (EMI)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2006

HAS EMPTY become the new full? Every month we read of another singer-songstress who's stripped down her sound, kept things "spare and minimal". Now it's ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport Still On Course At 40

Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, June 2006

FAIRPORT CONVENTION kicked the British folk revival into high gear in 1969 when they released Liege and Lief, their first album with Sandy Denny as ...

John Martyn: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, September 2006

"Burble burble burble... President Bush... flffle mffle wffle... 'kin 'ell... urgle wurgle gurgle... I'm trouble too! Heheheheheh..." ...

P. F. Sloan: PF Sloan: Rising from 'Destruction'

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2006

"PF SLOAN was born sometime between midnight and dawn on an inspired evening in 1964," PF Sloan says, from his small Los Angeles apartment. That ...

Bert Jansch: Invisible Jukebox

Interview by Mike Barnes, Wire, February 2007

Complete draft of the feature originally published in The Wire 276, Feb 2007 ...

Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Blew My Cover: Pete Seeger

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, February 2007

ON THE FIRST Friday of the month, in fine weather and sometimes foul, you will find Pete Seeger, the folk-singing legend and pioneering environmentalist, in ...

Pentangle: Britain's Grateful Dead

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Guardian, The, March 2007

Folk pioneers Pentangle recently played together for the first time in 30 years. This is the perfect time for them to reform for good, says ...

Arlo Guthrie: 'Alice' is Back on the Menu

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, What's Up, March 2007

'ALICE'S RESTAURANT' is back on the menu. First released in 1967 as the title track of Arlo Guthrie's debut album, the 18-minute talking blues narrative ...

Fairport Convention, Judy Dyble: Judy Dyble

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, September 2007

IMAGINE BEING the original woman singer in the most esteemed British folk-rock group of all – only to be replaced, after just one album, by ...

Linda Thompson, Richard and Linda Thompson: Linda Thompson

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, September 2007

Linda and Richard Thompson's marriage was fiery – so much so that Nick Hornby began a script about the legendary folk rockers. Here, on the ...

John Fahey: The Legend Of John Fahey & Blind Joe Death

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, October 2007

John Fahey was the maverick genius of the acoustic guitar, but that's only part of it. As another classic reissue appears, Kris Needs tries to ...

Felice Brothers: Roots-Revivalist Wind Propels Earthy Band

Interview by Andria Lisle, Commercial Appeal, The, November 2007

A FEW years ago, New York native James Felice was living in his car. Now, in a band called the Felice Brothers — which includes James' real-life ...

Up From the Ashes: Ed Pearl's Art and Activism

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 2008

IT'S ELEVEN A.M. and Ed Pearl is the first customer at Masa, his restaurant of choice in Echo Park. The owner, Tom, greets him warmly, ...

Karen Dalton: In Her Own Time and Ours: The Cult of Karen Dalton

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2008

THERE ARE VOICES and then there are voices. Sometimes the ones that move us most are those most on the edge: the ones racked with ...

Eric Andersen

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, June 2008

ONE THING Eric Anderson likes to make very clear is that he is not a folk singer. ...

Seth Lakeman on James Blunt, Raving and Marriage

Interview by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, July 2008

Seth Lakeman talks about his foot-stomping fourth solo album ...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Catalogue Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, July 2008

PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA, a large, shifting coalition of classical and acoustic musicians led by the late Simon Jeffes, are often regarded with either confusion or ...

John Martyn

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2008

All my life I've thought of you as Scottish but you were actually born in England weren't you? ...

The Incredible String Band: A Goat of Many Colours: The Incredible String Band

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, Rock's Backpages, October 2008

Forty years ago this month, The Incredible String Band released their benchmark double album Wee Tam & The Big Huge, just one of many milestones ...

Fleet Foxes: Why Is Our Radical Folk Heritage Ignored?

Comment by Luke Turner, Guardian, The, November 2008

Modern British music is so in thrall to Americana that our own treasure trove of radical traditional folk is in danger of being forgotten ...

Odetta: Grit, Guts and Glory

Profile by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, December 2008

She inspired Dylan, was pals with Ella, and was due to play at Obama's inauguration: Jude Rogers on Odetta Holmes. ...

Pete Seeger: The Voice Of America

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2009

WHEN PETE SEEGER, the man Bruce Springsteen calls "the father of American folk music", walks on stage at Madison Square Garden on May 3 for ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, July 2009

ALL GUSHING JET-black hair, radiant smiles and shining eyes, Buffy Sainte-Marie looks fabulous. "Do I? Why thank you..." ...

Woody Guthrie

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE SMALL, GRIZZLED man in the check shirt indicated he'd like a cigarette. The small, curly-haired, young man sitting opposite handed him a Raleigh. The ...

Phil Ochs: Pioneers: Phil Ochs

Retrospective by Mark Kemp, Texas Music, Spring 2009

WHEN CONVERSATION turns to the great lyricists of the '60s and '70s, Bob Dylan's name invariably comes first. Then maybe John Lennon, Neil Young, Bob ...

Nick Drake and Five Leaves Left: An Interview with Omnibus' Chris Charlesworth

Interview by Eddie Blower, unpublished, 2010

In 2010, Chris Charlesworth was interviewed by Eddie Blower about Nick Drake and Five Years Left for an unpublished article. ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate McGarrigle: obituary

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, January 2010

Folk singer and songwriter at the heart of an innovative music-making family ...

Midlake: 'I Wish I'd Heard Black Sabbath in High School'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, January 2010

Texas rockers Midlake grew up playing jazz, but fell headlong into a love affair with vintage rock. Here they talk about their latest fixations, and ...

Richard and Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson: The Family Business: Richard Thompson and Relatives

Retrospective and Interview by Larry Jaffee, Audiophile Review, April 2010

Sept. 2011 note: I spent 18 months working on this piece. Richard was the easiest to get hold of. When I shared this tidbit with ...

Eliza Carthy: Strange Folk

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2010

WHEN Christian Koch wrote in The Guardian earlier this year that British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin was a big fan of "that most ...

Fairport Convention: What They Did On Their Holidays: Fairport Convention at Farley House, Summer 1969

Book Excerpt by Rob Young, 'Electric Eden' (Faber), August 2010

NOTE: This is an excerpt from Rob Young's superb new folk opus Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, published in August 2010 by Faber & ...

Arlo Guthrie (2010)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2010

Arlo talks about songwriting and the folk tradition; his memories of his father, Woody Guthrie; on guitar playing; music and politics, and his family's history of Huntington's chorea.

File format: mp3; file size: 55.7mb, interview length: 1h 00' 47" sound quality: ****

Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, September 2010

A monumental box for a great voice. ...

Shirley Collins/Alasdair Roberts/Trembling Bells: Cecil Sharp House, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2010

IT'S HALLOWEEN weekend in Camden, north London, and ghosts are rising at Cecil Sharp House. ...

Bob Dylan: Izzy Young: The Man Who Made Bob Dylan

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, December 2010

NOVEMBER 4, 1962: Bob Dylan is invoking the time-honoured image of the out-of-town rambler lost on New York's convoluted subway system as he nervously attempts ...

Odetta: 1930 — 2008

Profile by Michael Gray, Rock's Backpages, December 2010

N.B. This profile is an updated version based on Odetta's entry in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia ...

Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Bella Union) *****

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, April 2011

WITH HELPLESSNESS Blues, Fleet Foxes triumphantly deliver on the promise of their popular debut, the album that helped establish folk-rock once again as a formidable ...

Bert Jansch: On The Road So Long

Obituary by Colin Irwin, MOJO, December 2011

A virtuoso guitarist who knew no boundaries and inspired Jimmy Page and Neil Young, Bert Jansch died on October 5. Colin Irwin says farewell ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2012

AS CONCEPT ALBUMS go it was one of the more eccentric creations of the late 1960s. The mouthful of a title alone (Suite for Susan ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin and the Shock of Grace

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2012

NOTE: This is the "director's cut" version – at almost twice the length – of a piece written for MOJO and subsequently used as the ...

Sandy Denny: The Queen of Fairport

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, May 2012

LESS THAN A decade ago a retrospective CD box-set came out. A Boxful of Treasures documented the life and career of the English singer-songwriter Sandy ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Live Review by Mike Atherton, Record Collector, November 2012

IN MIDDLE ENGLAND, an Oxfordshire field came back to life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, whose acoustic set launched this ...

Mumford & Sons: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, November 2012

"CAUSE I KNOW my weakness, know my voice," sings Marcus Mumford on the title track of Babel, the spectacularly successful U.K. folk-rockers' second album. "And ...

The Incredible String Band: The RBP Album Club: The Incredible String Band's Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

Interview by uncredited writer, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2013

Robyn Hitchcock and Scritti's Green Gartside, aided by ringmaster Mark Ellen, discuss and play excerpts from the Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter. Recorded in 2013 at the RBP Album Club at the Idler Academy in London.

File format: mp3; file size: 79.9mb, interview length: 1h 27' 15" sound quality: ****

Another Day, Another Time: The Inside Llewyn Davis Concert Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2013

IT'S LIKE A bunch of Midnight Cowboys (and Cowgirls) just stumbled into venerable old Town Hall from Times Square. Hats and braces and denim are ...

Christy Moore

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2014

LOOKING BACK often means you can no longer be arsed looking forward. That you'd much rather retrace your footprints on the road behind than make ...

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