I own some folk music – lots of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, a couple of Unthanks albums, the best of Fairport Convention, some Nick Drake et al. and I’ve always been vaguely interested in its ability to tell a story. But there’s so much of it about that I’ve no idea where to start when it comes to exploring any further. Therefore, I would like you lot to give me a few tips as to where I could next go on my quest for good versions of traditional ballads, shanties and protest songs etc.
As a guide, the two Fairport songs that always stick in my mind are ‘Meet on the Ledge’ and ‘Matty Groves’, I really like Nick Cave’s ‘Murder Ballads’ and The Decemberists ‘Hazards of Love’ albums so I think I want songs with a bit of controversy in them, and I don’t think I’m too bothered about Celtic music as such.