Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Fairport Convention Live

Through their adaptation of traditional English folk songs, Fairport Convention, founded in 1967, became England's most influential folk rock band. Here the group performs "Matty Groves" in Birmingham Town Hall, 1990. The ballad, versions of which appeared in the 17th century, is about an ill-fated tryst between a nobleman's wife and a servant. "Matty Groves" is one of the tracks on Fairport Convention's seminal album "Liege and Lief," 1969.


fleud said...

Fairport, especially Sandy Denny, turned me oon to the traditional English folk revivival.

I followed up by adding Steeleye Span, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn to my collection. As one comment on Youtube put it, "the voice of an angel". It bummed me out when she died.

"Matty Groves" has always been my favorite Fairport song.

"So Matty struck the very first blow and he hurt Lord Donald sore
Lord Donald struck the very next blow and Matty struck no more"--the crack of doom.

Jeff Tone said...

fleud: Sandy Denny was the greatest English folk rock singer. Her death at 31 was quite a loss.

I also like the Pentangle among the English folk bands.