For those of you who have been enjoying the Grizzly Folk blog and accompanying Youtube channel since it was launched in December, I’m pleased to be able to say that I’ll be “taking it on the road” (so to speak).
The gigs tend to reflect what I do here on the internet. I’m fascinated by old songs that have a resonance with the present. I love the way in which a song like ‘Hard Times of Old England‘, written (some say) as early as the 1700s, sounds as though it was written in a recession-hit town in the last year or so. I love that something like ‘The Bedmaking‘, uncovered in Victorian times, sounds like a black comedy from the last decade – and can be properly funky to boot!
Almost as importantly, I love the stories that go with these songs, and that’s a large part of what I like to talk about on stage. I’m keen to share with you, the audience, the great tales that I’ve learnt as I’ve created this blog, and show you that these old songs are about people and lives that were fulsomely lived, often with huge dollops of cheek and tragedy, and I love having the opportunity to remember those people – to give them a brief moment in the sun, however momentarily, centuries later.
Folk songs are, to me, musical snapshots into lives and times gone by. It’s fun to take those shots out and peruse them together every now and then.
Naturally, I will throw in one or two of my own songs – tidbits that follow in the same tradition, recording lives lived and moments passed that you may see reflected in your own at some point in time.
Ultimately, the point of this website is to tell stories in various forms. I’m looking forward to doing that with a live audience. I hope you’ll come and join in.