Week 17 - Fri 25 Dec
It's Christmas !....as someone once....er, shouted, and welcome to the last RPM Seven Day Soundtrack of 2020, one of, if not THE, strangest of years we've ever lived through in our lifetime.....so far. Thank goodness for my record player and a bunch of favourite LPs! A Christmas theme prevails throughout this week's 7DS, exhibiting various degrees of seasonal jollity, with a few sidetracks thrown in for variety. So, let's get on with it. Over to..............
"Here are my 3 for this week sans comments. Hope that you have a great Christmas."
"Season’s Greetings from me to you wonderful RPM collaborators. As it is really the only time of the year to play this stuff, here are three from the 2012 compilation ‘All Ready For The 25th’ from Sartorial Records."
"Hope everyone's well & enjoying the festive season. I really enjoyed the Radcliffe & Maconie radio 6 Solstice programme last Sunday. Here's 1 from it & 2 more. Take care."
"Happy Xmas RPMers, hope you got what you wanted from Santa . Here’s my tunes."
"Here's a couple of tracks from one of our traditional Christmas CDs, Mojo Magazines Blue Christmas........"
"This week I thought it must be music to make you want to dance and forget everything but Christmas Joy. Hope you all have a pleasant Christmas and keep safe."
"Happy Christmas to you all. Here's to another year of amazing selections from all you dedicated RPMers!"
"Season's greetings to one and all. Thought I'd select three all-time favourite singles this week, counting down from number three in the traditional pop-pickers' manner. I reserve the right of course to change my mind as soon as I've sent this email (but I suspect number one will remain the same)."
"Season’s Greetings Folks…..."
"Since the whole Brexit thing started, I have been revisiting my Scottish roots. Perhaps that way I will get my European nationality back. To that end, I have been dropping my Scottish grandparents into conversation, I have found my Grandpa’s Sgian Dubh, (though, although I have tucked it in my sock from time to time, I have never been brave enough to wear it in public!). I have adopted dressing in a smattering of tweed and a Wallace Tartan scarf. Over breakfast porridge, stirred with a spurtle I have been serenading Jayne with reels, jigs, marches, strathspeys and schottisches played on my mandolin. This track fits in with my scheming…."
"When I was younger I was a fan of both Tom Paley and Mike Seeger, individually, (especially the latter), but I found their work with The New Lost City Ramblers just too hokey. In my search for authenticity, I preferred to seek out recordings by original artists from the 1920s and 30s, I wrote off all sorts of ‘quite good’ reinterpreters, such as Burl Ives, Pete Seeger and Odetta, and considered only Rambling Jack Elliot and, of course, Woody Guthrie as worth listening to. Yup! I admit it, I am a snob. But despite that, in the last few years I have developed a new appreciation of the importance of The New Lost City Ramblers. I now think that they were outstanding amongst the late 50s folk revivalists."
"Well, this is not the selection I thought I'd end up choosing for this week; it's gone all seasonal and I'd thought it would be 3 faves from new 2020 albums........."
Apples In Winter performed by Dervish - "Set of tunes from my favourite Irish trad band, this is originally found on their 1993 official debut album, Harmony Hill and still excites as much as when I first heard it all those years ago. Yes, it's fast but they get away with it by playing with a precision and clarity which means the tunes are not lost in the speed. Exemplary."
Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow by Jethro Tull - "Tull have written a fair few Christmas songs, it seems! A Christmas Song (I didn't know John would have them this week as well with their first (?) effort), last weeks Solstice Bells, Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow and Another Christmas Song........I don't mean an additional song, that's the title of a song found on the 1989 Rock Island opus. My choice here, I've liked since it turned up as a B side to the Coronach 7" single (theme music to TV series Blood of the British) in 1986. It had been recorded during sessions for Tull's 1982 LP, Broadsword and the Beast......and I just don't get how it got left off that album, as it's a great song, especially the mandolin part, supplied (I think) by Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, who also played with Tull during the 80s for a while. The song was reinstated as a bonus track on the 2005 digital remaster of Broadsword.....at last. A fair few fans of the band at the time disliked the dalliances with synths, sequencers and drum machines that keyboard wizz Peter-John Vettese brought to the Tull party, especillay on Under Wraps, the follow up to Broadsword, but I loved the mix of high tech and acoustic."
Sloe Gin Set by Spiers and Boden - "Jackie makes sloe gin each year, or variations of....this year, as it was such a good year for damsons, it's damson gin maturing in the big old fashioned sweetie jar. Can't wait 'til next Christmas to try it!. And, as Norfolk enters Tier 4, or Lockdown by any other name, even though the government won't admit it, these tunes also remind me of where we would usually go on Boxing Day; namely, the Crown at Banningham, to watch some enthusiastic post Christmas Morris dancing provided by Kemps Men and Fiddlesticks Clogg. Get out ya hankies!"