About

Bringing on the new generation of folk who want to bring the new, with an appreciation of the old.  Sing with the Past, but write for the Present.

Welcome, it's great to have you along! 

I grew up in Nottinghamshire UK, and always been surrounded by music.

However, In my late teens I became aware of 'folk' music and what it represented in the world. From coined genres such as blues all the way to sea shanties, I have admiration of the 'folk' element in them all. Like the great Big Bill Broonzy said 'All the songs I've ever heard in my life was folk songs, I never horses sing none of them yet'.

 

The mainstream music industry has a problem, as music and industry should never be put in the same sentence for a start.

The Oxford dictionary states 'industry' as 'economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories'. I mean come on, this is not what should be intended for such a pure and community based artform! In the music industry artists overtime have to dilute their sentements to appeal to the masses, so to make more profit.

I hear people say that Robert Johnson 'sold his soul' to the devil but I wonder what he'd make of these musicians.

 On the other hand, some of us out there actually want music to say something, mean something, and yes it might be something we don't like to hear but isn't that what life's about? Exposing ourselves to other opinions.

The music from the likes of Pete Seeger, Dick Gaughan, Lead Belly and many other performers not only had the ability to let their music sing, but also let it speak to us. And their music has spoken to me and greatly effected my experience.

With this in mind, I look forward to singing and creating songs that attempt to speak as well as sing!

And I'm glad to have you along for the ride.

Much Love,

Clarke

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