It’s time for another blast from my listening past, in this case the Celtic/British folk music phase I went through in college.
As you might have gathered from my revisit of Darby O’Gill and the Little People, I have a fondness for all things Celtic, and being a Robin of Sherwood fan sealed the deal: I spent eight years, from age 11 to 19, looking for the soundtrack album by Clannad. Then PBS started showing the occasional Chieftains concert. You know, gateway drugs.
The day I bought my first Chieftains album, I picked up a novel by urban-fantasy author Charles de Lint. At the time, he was in the habit of using epigrams taken from folk artists, and a lot of real-life bands were mentioned in his stories. Couple that with a massive music store (the late Planet Music of Virginia Beach) near my hometown, and the hunt was on! From the fairly traditional…
To the slightly more modernized:
And a lot of stuff from the psychedelic ’60s and ’70s, including this from Pentangle. It gives me chills every time I listen.
(The fellow on the right in this video is Bert Jansch, a folk guitar legend who may get his own Friday music post here at some point.)
Next time: Make your best sword noise for Monday!