Folk Roots, New Routes CD
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First released in 1965, "Folk Roots, New Routes" is a remarkably experimental record, uniting Shirley Collins' beautiful singing with Davy Graham's jazz-inflected guitar work. Although the partnership only lasted for this recording and a handful of live shows, it left a powerful legacy in the English folk song revival. The album captures the first really great accompanied English folk song and was a template for Fairport Convention's seminal "Liege and Lief". For this carefully remastered edition Fledg'ling have restored all the elements of the original artwork and added several previously unpublished photographs. New sleeve-note essay by Ken Hunt; deluxe slip-cased packaging.
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An unusual collaboration with blues guitarist Davy Graham - who also added a dash of 'The East'. Mainly traditional songs with Shirley singing and Davy on Guitar.
I particularly liked the versions of 'Nottamun Town' and 'Hares on the Mountain' - others will no doubt have other favourites.
Davy Graham is a phenomenal player, highly influential in many genres. My own musical tastes lie in Rock and Blues, so you should bear this in mind when reading my review.
This is a perplexing album and even at the time, it must have been controversial. Graham's playing is inventive and highly distinctive. Well recorded, too.
I wasn't listening to Folk music in 1964 so I don't know what the general standard of ability in UK folk music was, at that time. But I'm aware that Shirley Collins is a darling luvvie of the "Folk Establishment", whereas I am not "steeped in the Tradition"; -therefore I feel unable to comment on Ms. Collins' sense of pitch, empathy or even basic understanding of the songs being performed on the album.
If your interest in this album is mainly with Davy Graham's playing, may I suggest you acquaint yourself with Shirley Collins' work first, before committing yourself. But be reassured. This album was recorded using the "stereo" techniques of 1964, which means the separation between the channels is 100%. This means you can use the balance control on your stereo to accentuate the work of either performer- a feature I have found to be extremely useful.
After a few recordings in the very early 1960s such as 3/4 AD (EP), From a London Hootenanny (EP), The Guitar Player (1963) and Folk blues and beyond, (1964) each displaying his distinctive style, he recorded this fantastic album Folk Roots, new routes from 1964.
This album is great because we have the unique guitar style of Davy Graham to compliment the vocal style of the wonderful Shirley Collins. Davy had pioneered the DADGAD (Open Dsus4) guitar tuning which he introduced to British guitarists in the early 1960s. Graham then went on to experiment playing traditional folk pieces in DADGAD tuning often-incorporating Middle Eastern scales and melodies. Open E and Open G tunings were in common use by blues players and Davy Graham developed a sort of Folk blues sound. Also the album is significantly original in its sound as a folk album. Thirteen of the sixteen tracks here are from traditional source. "Rif Mountain" is by Davy himself. "Blue Monk" is by Monk and "Grooveyard" is by Timmons. All pieces are arranged by Shirley Collins and Davy Graham.
"Lord Greggory" features just Shirley singing with no guitar from Davy.
Shirley was already a leading figure in folk music by the time of this album. She had been a folk song collector and performer since the 1950s. This album was a landmark album for her by fusing Traditional British Folk with a hint of Jazz/blues from the guitar work from Davy.
She continued to record British folk music both as a solo performer and with her sister Dolly.
This album is an interesting and now classic recording with a great selection of songs on the programme.
If you like traditional folk music and an acoustic sort of sound, then this album has something unique and different to offer. It is highly recommended.