I will play a mixture of material from across all my albums, accompanied by my wonderful band for the occasion: Rastko Rašić on drums, John Parker on upright bass, Jack Harris on guitars and Jed Bevington on fiddle.
I have just got back from Sidmouth, where I played as part of the EFDSS Showcase on the Blackmore Gardens stage at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival.
It was such a beautiful stage and location, and the people were incredibly friendly. I think we were all just pinching ourselves that we were at an actual festival, and able to really play real music to real people!
My new single ‘Barbary Allen’ is out today. The video was shot in our house by my videographer husband Mick Paulusma, whose cult indie feature film ‘Clear Lake’ starring Roddy Piper continues to grow an underground following since the actor’s death in 2015.
In this subtle, simple and evocative study of a folk singer singing a folk song, I deliver this possibly ancient song of tragic lost love before an eerie woodland scene.
‘Barbary Allen’, also known as ‘Barbara Allen’, is one of the giant songs of the folk tradition. It tells the story of a girl who refuses a boy’s love because he’s a player; he dies for love of her and so she dies for him, and they are buried in the churchyard together, where roses entwine on their graves.
Immortalised by F. J. Child in his famous collection of songs affectionately known as ‘The Child Ballads’, ‘Barbary Allen’ enjoys many cultural references, including a nod from Samuel Pepys in his diary of 1666 — “…but above all, my dear Mrs Knipp whom I sang; and in perfect pleasure I was to hear her sing, and especially her little Scotch song of Barbary Allen.”
Joan Baez released her version of it in 1961, and it continues to be recorded by artists to this day, partly because the timelessness of the subject matter.
Watch the video now: like, comment, share, do all that good stuff.
The Guardian/Observer**** – a ‘vibrant, insightful tribute’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Show – ‘intoxicating…. an impressive album that really deserves to be heard’ Folk Radio UK – ‘both a terrific traditional folk album and a fascinating insight into Carter’s creative process’ Shire Folk ‘Be in no doubt, Invisible Music is one of the landmark releases of the year, in this or any other genre’
Radio: I’ll be talking with Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show about the record on Wed 5 May between 9-10pm: please do tune in.