Folk on 4, fRoots and Faf! Eff words aplenty in this Christmas catch up

Well not really, just that folk is an eff word isn't it...

BBC 4

Entitled BBC 4 Sessions, this television programme is a 'Christmas Folk music extravaganza' in which Lisa is featured singing the medieval 'Coventry Carol'.  Joined by uber talented Jim Moray on piano and The Unthanks singing angelic harmonies Lisa also performs 'Cherry Tree Carol' with meister fiddle player Gerry Diver.
 

Hosted by current folk Supergroup Bellowhead the programme features a range of guests and promises to put viewers into the festive spirit with aplomb!

Also thoroughly recommend is Come Clog Dancing and Still Folk Dancing - After All These Years if you're interested in English folk customs, there are some utterly inspiring moments here.  

 

Roll up roll up..

The lastest issue (Jan/feb) of  magazine is replete with a compilation of tracks donated by various folk artists to the worthy cause of  Folk Against Fascism.  Lisa was approached earlier this year to donate a song for this CD release and thought it would be nice to do something completely new!

"I chose a song called Banks of The Bann because a) I've been wanting to record it for some time and b) because some of the lyrics strike an extra resonance in regard to the issues touched on by FAF.  Some will recognise the melody as it is also set to a popular hymn which I remember singing in Primary School.  Some years later I heard it again, sung to an entirely different set of lyrics of course, by singer/concertina player Dave East.  Both melody and lyrics are traditional and originate from Ireland far as I can ascertain.  I have recorded it with multi instrumentalist Gerry Diver who has also produced the track."

The commercial release date is set for Spring 2011 so it is a real treat to be able to obtain this free CD upfront.

Lisa Knapp