Editors’ Notes With roots going back hundreds of years, British folk music has always been a showcase for many voices and dialects, but it was a 10-year period starting in the mid-’60s that really transported these ancient songs into modern life. Inspired by the American roots boom, song archivists such as Ewan MacColl and Shirley Collins reinterpreted old texts from London’s Cecil Sharp House with maudlin intensity (“Wild Mountain Thyme,” “Scarborough Fair”) and subsequently caught the imagination of songwriters and traditionalists alike. Acoustic folk clubs became hugely popular, which led to further crossovers when rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span started playing ballads, jigs, and reels on quicksilver electric guitars. Since then British folk has offered a fascinating tension between tradition and innovation, with artists either using modern forms to interpret old words (“New York Girls”) or finding new things to say using time-honored musical forms (“Pink Moon”).

SONG
ALBUM
Needle of Death (2015 Remaster)
3:18
 
Canadee-I-O
6:00
 
Pink Moon
2:03
 
Cold Hailey Rainy Night
6:10
 
May You Never (Demo Version)
3:45
 
Catch the Wind (Single Version with Strings)
2:15
 
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
5:05
 
2:27
 
Light Flight
3:14
 
Streets of London
4:08
 
Go Your Way
4:14
 
Wild Mountain Thyme
2:32
 
Diamond Day
1:47
 
Barbara Allen
3:17
 
Underneath the Stars
3:23
 
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
6:30
 
Fisherman's Blues (2006 Remaster)
4:26
 
Dance to Your Daddy
3:47
 
Babes in the Wood (Bob & Ron)
2:03
 
Bonny Bunch of Roses
5:00
 
Ghosts
2:59
 
John Barleycorn (Must Die)
6:27
 
Rainbow over the Hill
3:03
 
Cariad Cyntaf
2:39
 
Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk
5:13
 
New York Girls
4:31
 
5:26
 
Once I Had a Sweetheart
4:38
 
I Grow Cold
4:03
 
5:53
 
3:29
 
The Rufford Park Poachers
4:58
 
Bad Penny (2007 Remastered Version)
2:37
 
2:08
 
Other People
3:34
 
3:04
 
4:00
 
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
2:44
 
Fragile Water
4:47
 
Workers' Song
3:06
 
Brafferton Village/Walsh's Hornpipe
5:09
 
The Fair Flower of Northumberland
4:42
 
1:55
 
A River Runs
4:34
 
Soho (2015 Remaster)
3:03
 
Caledonia
4:59
 
Lord Franklin
3:38
 
South Australia (Live)
1:34
 
London Town
3:53
 
Meet On the Ledge
2:49
 

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