“Two-Way Trip” by Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - album review

TJR says

“Two-Way Trip” features a mix of British and American folk songs, hence the title. It's a new set, although it does include 2 reworkings from “The English And Scottish Popular Ballads”, namely “Richie Story” and “Crafty Farmer”. A few of the mainly Scottish side 1 songs are sung a capella, the best of these being “Old Lady All Skin And Bones”, a ditty to put fear into the sinners. The Americanised side 2 houses all the best songs and performances; I'm especially enamoured with Peggy's introduction of the autoharp on “The Two Brothers” and “Matty Groves”, the latter of which features booming backing vocals by Ewan MacColl, a great performance all-round. Rounding the set off, “The Devil's Nine Questions (Riddles Wisely Expounded)” (the very first of Francis Child's collected ballads) features Peggy on banjo, as Ewan poses riddles to test whether his would-be companion is suitable. Turns out, her Gods are none of his; just as well he checked!

The Jukebox Rebel
18-Apr-2018


A1 [04:04] 4.6.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Waly, Waly (Traditional) Folk
A2 [05:25] 6.2.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Richie Story (Traditional) Folk
A3 [04:21] 6.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Crafty Farmer (Traditional) Folk
A4 [03:43] 5.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Barring Of The Door (Traditional) Folk
A5 [01:14] 6.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Jenny Nettles (Traditional) Folk
A6 [02:43] 7.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Old Lady All Skin And Bones (Traditional) Folk
A7 [02:26] 5.2.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Tullochgorum (Traditional) Folk
B1 [03:27] 7.7.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Two Brothers (Traditional) Folk
B2 [01:51] 5.9.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Just As The Time Was Flowing (Traditional) Folk
B3 [04:46] 6.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Jackaro (Traditional) Folk
B4 [02:26] 6.3.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Carrion Crow (Traditional) Folk
B5 [05:56] 9.8.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - Matty Groves (Traditional) Folk
B6 [01:52] 7.5.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Bartley Explosion (?) Folk
B7 [02:35] 8.4.png Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl - The Devil’s Nine Questions (Riddles Wisely Expounded) (Traditional) Folk




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