Jethro Tull – Songs from the wood (Epic 2017 #122)

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Jethro Tull – Songs from the wood (1977)

Songs from the Wood is the tenth studio album by British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, released February 1977. The album signalled a new direction for the band, who turned to celebrating British pagan folklore and the countryside life in a wide-ranging folk rock style which combined traditional instruments and melodies with hard rock drums and electric guitars.

The album is considered to be the first of a trio of folk rock albums: Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses (1978) and Stormwatch (1979). On the album cover appears an extended title line: “Jethro Tull – with kitchen prose, gutter rhymes and divers – Songs from the Wood”. The title track of the album contain two of these phrases in its lyrics.

The UK music-paper adverts read: “Jethro Tull present ‘Songs From The Wood’. A new album of Old Magic. Songs From The Wood. It’s inspired by the thought that perhaps nature isn’t as gentle as we’d like to believe. And it takes as its theme the natural and supernatural inhabitants of the woodlands of old England. Warm and friendly, harsh and bitter by turns, it includes ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’ as well as Tull’s new single ‘The Whistler’ and seven other songs. Find a quiet spot and listen to it soon.”

First Aid Kit – Drunken Trees (Epic 2017 #085)

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First Aid Kit – Drunken Trees (2008)

Drunken Trees was the debut release by Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit. It was released on 9 April 2008 in Sweden via Rabid Records, followed by a UK release via Wichita Records on 23 February 2009. The UK release features the band’s cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” as a bonus track, in addition to videos of “Our Own Pretty Ways”, “Jagadamba, You Might” and “You’re Not Coming Home Tonight”

Admiral Fallow – Boots met my face (Epic 2017 #002)

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Admiral Fallow – Boots met my Face (2011)

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Originally formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Louis Abbott under the name ‘The Brother Louis Collective’, Admiral Fallow are based in Glasgow.

‘Boots Met My Face’ was recorded in July 2009

All of the songs document the first chapter of my life, be it memories from school or kicking a ball about with my childhood chums. All are taken from real life events. There’s no fiction. I’m not into making up stories or characters for the sake of trying to stir emotions. They are songs about friends and family as well as a fair bit of self-evaluation”. [Louis Abbot (2010)]

Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (Leaping Ahead #285)

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[Song from a band seen in 2010]

12 March 2010 – Brighton’s Corn Exchange. Tickets were like gold-dust as I recall. We got ours earlier in the year just before the band hit the big time. And when that happened, everyone wanted tickets to see them. Could have sold them many times over, but we didn’t!

Curved Air – Back Street Luv (Leaping Ahead #272)

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[Song from 28.9.71]

Formed in 1970 by musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds, including classical, folk, and electronic, the resulting sound of the band was a mixture of progressive rock, folk rock, and fusion with classical elements. Along with High Tide and East of Eden, Curved Air were one of the first rock bands after It’s a Beautiful Day and the United States of America to feature a violin. They released eight studio albums, the first three of which broke the UK Top 20, and had a hit single with “Back Street Luv” which reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

John Martyn – May you never (Leaping Ahead #159)

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[Song from an artiste beginning with M]

I had the very great privilege of seeing the late John Martyn live back in 1978 and I count that as a significant moment in my musical journey; one I am so grateful for these many years later. Thus is the man performing one of his true classics on The Old Grey Whistle Test – the wonderful ‘May you never’ from the 1973 album ‘Solid Air’.