Ralph McTell – First Song [folk]

Here is another timeless classic from one of the best folk-singers of them all. Ralph McTell’s back-catalogue is impressive. Do we see his likes today, or has the era of the folk singer gone to where it sleeps with the blues? If you enjoyed this, please share

Woody Guthrie – Gambling Man [folk]

Here’s one for all you folk aficionados. Woody is a legend slightly diminished by his Toy Story namesake (feckin’ animation). Have a listen to a true hero of Socialist USA. If you enjoyed this, please share

Woody Guthrie – Grand Coulee Dam [folk]

This is one of Woody’s best known ballads. Is there an equivalent troubadour of the blue collar worker today in the United States? Perhaps Bruce moved in that direction at times, and Dylan certainly tackled some topical issues in his time, but have any presented as solidly working class and highlighted the continuing travesties being […]

Arlo Guthrie – City Of New Orleans [folk]

Arlo Guthrie is the balladeer son of Woody, no, not from Toy Story but from the proud folk tradition of the USA. Arlo is a great entertainer in his own right and performs this classic track admirably. The lazy rhythm is appealing of those who enjoy kicking back and chilling out with a beer or […]

Planxty – Raggle Taggle Gypsy/ Tabhair Dom Do Laimh

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy is a folk standard across Ireland and tells of a woman who leaves her husband to run away with a gypsy. It is followed up by another popular melody, this time it’s a traditional music number, Tabhair dom do laimh, which means give me your hand. If you enjoyed this, please […]