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A genial ramble round the English folk scene
on 6 May 2014
This book is part personal memoir, part more general overview of the English folk scene. The early chapters are about Hadfield's own performing career, while later chapters are more of a survey of the current folk scene, giving potted reviews and histories of most of the main protagonists.
Hadfield makes a genial and affable observer; there are no huge surprises or controversial revelations here, but that is not the point of the book. I'm not sure how much of interest there is in this book for those who don't know their Bellowhead from their Barely Works and their Unthanks from their Watersons - but I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and if you fancy a gentle ramble through English folk music from the 60s to the present day, this is the book for you. It also makes a genial colloquial counterpoint to the more structured and formal 'Singing From The Floor' by PJ Bean.