The recent resurgence has made it clear that sea shanties remain an important part of the UK singing tradition. Topic Records reminds us what songs about the sea can really be, as Alex Hurr explores.
Alex Hurr delves into This Ain't No Disco, a visual feast that celebrates Ireland's new wave of traditional singers.
Once a year, over the long Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the occupants of Combe Martin, the Earl of Rone Council, and a fair number of spectators enact this fascinating tradition. Alex Hurr takes a deep dive into its history, but warns of distinct fever-dream vibes along the way.
We, famously, love a Roud number, and any review that manages a full house - one for every single track on the album - is always welcome at Tradfolk Towers. Here, Alex Hurr tell us why the traditional songs on The Haar's 'Where Old Ghosts Meet' are a must-listen.