Folk Routes, New Routes
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"Folk Routes New Routes" started a series
of concerts by Shirley and Davy at London's Mercury Theatre and Cecil
Sharp House During 1963/64. The concerts were packed, exciting events;
the audiences aware of the unique chemistry at work and responsive to
the feeling that barriers were being cheerfully demolished - between traditional
and experiment; between East and West; between Folksong, Blues and Jazz;
and between Old and New Magic.
· Technical note: Whilst delving into the murky depths of Decca's tape vaults, an interesting fact came to light. The original recording of this album was in stereo, although it was only - as far as I can discover - issued in mono. So - a plus for Righteous Records - this is the first time that "Folk Routes, New Routes" can be heard in stereo.
- Original sleeve note from reissue. (Thanks to Bridget Ramsay)
This pairing of one of British folk's finest voices (Shirley Collins) with one of the country's finest acoustic guitarists (Davey Graham) had a notable influence on the U.K. folk scene, although it eluded wide acclaim at the time. Collins' rich, melancholy vocals were most likely an influence on Sandy Denny, Maddy Prior, and Jacqui McShee. Graham helped redefine the nature of folk accompaniment with his imaginative, rhythmic backing, which drew from jazz, blues, and a bit of Middle Eastern music as well as mainline British Isles folk. Performed with tasteful restraint and selected with imaginative eclecticism, it also includes an instrumental showcase for Graham in "Rif Mountain," which acts as evidence of his clear influence on guitarists such as Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the acoustic style of Jimmy Page.
- Richie Unterberger (AMG)