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Angelsaksisch - Artiesten€ 16 Bestellen Dodgy Bastards -
Steeleye Span
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De eerste cd van deze Engelse folkrock- groep verscheen al in 1970. Nu, 46 jaar later, hebben ze nog niets aan relevantie ingeboet. Dodgy Bastards is een stevig album, zwervend tussen klassieke folkrock, hardrock en zo nu en dan een vleugje progrock. Een aantal klassiekers uit het repertoire, zoals ‘Boys of Bedlam’ en ‘Two Sisters’, hebben een geheel nieuw jasje gekregen. Daarom en vanwege de nieuwe nummers, is dit album voor alle liefhebbers een must. The 50th anniversary of English folk rock group Steeleye Span[25][33][40] is coming closer. Many excellent musicians have passed through the group's ranks, with a major line-up change recently after the departure of long-time fiddler Peter Knight. These days singer Maddy Prior, bassist Rick Kemp and drummer Liam Genockey are complemented by fiddler Jessie May Smart and guitarists Julian Littman and Andrew Spud Sinclair. Steeleye Span has had its ups and downs, their twenty-third studio album "Dodgy Bastards" is a winner. At the very heart are several felicitous versions of Francis James Child's monumental 19th century collection of English and Scottish Ballads (and to a lesser extent from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughn Williams)[49] and its dodgy stories of roguery, murder, love and lust. The "Cruel Brother" (Child ballad #11) concerns an honour killing. It has all the characteristic Steeleye Span ingredients: a dramatic narrative, haunting harmony vocals and a barnstorming electro-acoustic beat. "Two Sisters" (#10) and "The Gardener" (#219) are quite popular folk tales. The scarcely known reiver ballad "Johnnie Armstrong" (#169) and the seafaring ballad "Brown Robyn’s Confession" (#57) exhibit Julian Littman and Jessie May Smart as fine lead vocalists, respectively. (So it's secured that the Steeleye Span story may continue even if one day all original members have left.) Furthermore, Rick Kemp wrote about the skull of Oliver Cromwell and Andrew Sinclair provided the roaring jig that gave the album its title. The "Dodgy Bastards" sound leans on a compact electric beat and a piercing fiddle. It is rejuvenated, however, with no amateurs but master craftsmen at work. © Walkin' T:-)M/ FolkWorld

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