The quest for something I haven’t heard before has been going on as far back as I can remember.
While my classmates were listening to Led Zeppelin I was listening to The Incredible String Band. When workmates were getting into the newly arrived punk scene I was drifting happily (and backwards) into the trippy grooves of The Grateful Dead. While I may have been well out of musical sync with my friends it had the plus side of me never having to lend out my precious albums.
Last night I noticed that there was a new series of “Later…with Jools Holland” beginning on BBC1. How fortuitous, I thought, I will no doubt discover some new artists and be able to wax lyrical about them on the blog! I should have known better…never works out the way you think it will. I heard a number of new artists…and sadly heard nothing new.
On the plus side I was astonished to hear an artist I hadn’t heard of since I last saw him in concert (in Falkirk Town Hall) some 42 years ago! Wonderful to see Ralph McTell again…one of these singers who can come on stage with nothing but a guitar and hold an audience in the palm of his hand. Famous for the song, “Streets of London” he seemed to disappear totally from view shorty after it came to prominence.
Here’s his performance on last night’s show – a song based on the cover of “Freewheelin'” – Bob Dylan’s 2nd studio album (1963).
For reference here’s the album cover in question.
I’ll sign off with another Ralph McTell song from those early days. It’s called, appropriately, “Zimmerman Blues”.