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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Kate Rusby February 17, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

One of the beauties of writing these is that every few weeks I find myself trawling back through CDs, tapes and records looking for inspiration. What artist will I cover next?
This Weekend its English folk singer Kate Rusby, sometimes known as ‘The Barnsley Nightingale’, I’ve a number of her CDs and have seen her live a few times. She has a lovely voice and performing live a charming way about her.
Some of the songs are her compositions, some traditional melodies with new lyrics, some traditional lyrics with her tunes. Some such as “The Goodman” (The Dubliners ‘Seven Drunken Nights’) are airs and themes we recognize over this side of the Irish Sea.
Where Irish Folk songs are often songs of rebellion the themes for English folk songs are of different wars, the sea and inspired by a different history to ours. The ‘White Cockade’ below refers to The Jacobite Rebellion and is almost sung in Olde English. Its possibly my favourite of her songs.
Rusby was nominated in 1999 for the Mercury Music prize , unusual for a folk singer. She is twenty years as an artist and has nine albums done to date. Her best known song is probably a 2006 duet with Ronan Keating “All Over Again”, not included here!
Anyway sit back relax and enjoy .
Her website
Link to a old interview


1. James Flynn - February 18, 2012

I’ve been a Kate Rusby fan for years. I always find it hard to believe though, that someone with the same accent as Mick McCarthy can sing so beautifully!


WorldbyStorm - February 18, 2012

Very nice.


2. EamonnCork - February 18, 2012

I love her version of Iris De Ment’s Our Town.
On an unconnected note, Wbs, there’s something which I think would be right up your street, and might be of interest to some others too.
The American publisher Continuum has been publishing a fantastic series called 33 and a third for a while now, people writing about their favourite albums, pretty rigorous and interesting stuff which couldn’t be further removed from the usual lazy nostalgia stuff.
Well, now the series has been taken over by Bloomsbury and they’re looking for proposals for new books before the end of April. The details of how to do so are on 33third.blogspot.com. Yourself, sonofstan, IEl, came to mind when I saw it.


WorldbyStorm - February 18, 2012

That’s very flattering. Have to have a serious think about it.


EamonnCork - February 18, 2012

By the way, on the British folk side of things, if you can get hold of Electric Eden by Rob Young, it’s terrific, a kind of history of the whole folk music movement in England.


Crocodile - February 18, 2012

Agree with Eamonn about KR’s version of ‘Our Town’ – a rare case of a cover that’s as good as the original. It’s the difference between KR’s voice and Iris de Ment’s: one wistful and the other a cry of pain. Did you see her live in Ireland, IEL.?


irishelectionliterature - February 18, 2012

@crocodile. Yes saw her in Dublin a few times. In the Concert Hall around 10 years ago and in the Village a year or two back.
Well worth seeing when she visits these shores again.


3. EamonnCork - February 18, 2012

By the way is anyone going to the Earth gig in the Button Factory on March 5th?


WorldbyStorm - February 18, 2012

I’m so out of touch that I didn’t realise a couple of bands I like came through Dublin late last year. Got to rectify that.


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