Playing tracks by
Maurice Jarre, Shirley Collins, Jean Ritchie, Dick Gaughan, John Fleagle and more.
This is another collection of hymns, carols, folk standards and field-recordings from the past 800 years. Many of these artists carry over from the previous FRUK mix put together a few years back - which made me wonder why, despite several attempts, so few artists manage to evoke winter particularly well? In my opinion, these are the select few that stand up to scrutiny. Whether it's the pointed, bird-like quality of Jean Ritchie's bare-branch voice or the hollow, reverent filigree of Dolly Collins portative organ, something about their use of minimalism perfectly captures the stark landscape, stripped of colour and commotion. A place which, when fortified and protected, is not an unpleasant place to be.
Michael Tanner - http://iamplinth.bandcamp.com/
More on this mix here: http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2016/12/michael-tanners-winter-solstice-mix/