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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


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