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MUSICIANS ON THIS PAGE: WATERSON/CARTHY * ELIZA CARTHY * NORMA WATERSON * WOODY GUTHRIE * ANAIS MITCHELL (& JEFFERSON HAMER & HADESTOWN CAST) * BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN * OLIVIA CHANEY * RY COODER & FRIENDS * JOACHIM COODER * MARY GAUTHIER * ANGE HARDY * MADDY PRIOR * STEELEYE SPAN * KATE & ANNA MCGARRIGLE * MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

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England’s First Family of Folk Music, Waterson:Carthy:

Live on “Sunday Afternoon”, ABC-TV Australia, March 26 1995. Trad arr. Waterson:Carthy, the song appeared on their eponymous debut album:

Featuring Martin Carthy on lead vocals:

Recorded: 13 December 1994. 00:00 Jacob’s Well 04:24 The Mickey Dam 07:45 The Swallow 11:47 Seventeen Come Sunday. Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar; Norma Waterson: vocals; Eliza Carthy: vocals, violin:

Playlist of daughter Eliza Carthy’s album “Anglicana”:

Featuring Norma Waterson:

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 THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

This land is your land and this land is my land, 
From California to the New York Island, 
From the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, 
This land was made for you and me. 

As I went a walkin' that ribbon of highway, 
An' I saw above me that endless skyway. 
I saw below me, that golden valley, 
This land was made for you and me. 

I roamed and rambled and I follered my footsteps, 
To the sparklin' sands of her diamond deserts, 
All around me, a voice was a sounding, 
This land was made for you and me. 

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me, 
Sign was painted said, "Private Property" 
But on the back side it didn't say nothing, 
This land was made for you and me. 

When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling, 
And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds rolling, 
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting, 
This land was made for you and me. 

This land is your land and this land is my land, 
From California to the New York Island, 
From redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, 
This land was made for you and me.

by Woody Guthrie
(c) 1940



Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer sing a few of the old Child Ballads:

Written awhile ago but more relevant than ever:

Accompanied by Christ Thile and Rachael Price (on backing vocals):

Cast of “Hadestown”, Anais Mitchell’s award-winning musical. Mitchell stands at the extreme right at beginning of the concert:

Playlist of Mitchell’s version (with guests) of Hadestown:


Comprised of Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman, Bonny Light Horseman performs traditional folk music with a contemporary approach:


Olivia Chaney:




Ry Cooder plays folk music in its widest possible sense.  Here he plays a lovely Mexican instrumental:

Another sublime instrumental:

Cooder plays a great instrumental version of a Blind Willie Johnson blues:

Cooder duets with Cuban guitarist Manuel Galbán:

“Secret Love” is from Mambo Sinuendo, a studio album released by Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban and producer Ry Cooder. This album became the first #1 album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for Galbán and the second for Cooder (after Buena Vista Social Club in 1998) and won the award for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Woody Guthrie song covered by Cooder and Ani DiFranco:

Here Cooder plays along with Indian guitarist V.M. Bhatt:

Most of Cooder’s early albums featured blues songs. Here he backs Irma Thomas:



Son of Ry Cooder, Joachim sings & plays electric mbira:



Louisiana’s Mary Gauthier (pronounced Go-shay) wrote this country/folk song:

Mary Gauthier tells the story behind her new album “Rifles & Rosary Beads”:



Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater perform the title song from the CD “Esteesee” (about STC or Samuel Taylor Coleridge). It is based on a childhood prayer of Coleridge’s, “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”:


English folk divas Maddy Prior & June Tabor unite to sing a couple of  old songs:

Prior also sings with the folk-rock group Steeleye Span:

Playlist of entire Steeleye Span album Please to See the King:



Sisters from Quebec sang in English or French (as here):

This one has exquisite harmony singing:

Entire album of Dancer with Bruised Knees:

Martha Wainwright is the daughter of Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and the sister of Rufus:

The Wainwright Sisters—Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche—boast a rich musical pedigree: the daughters of singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, Martha’s mother was the late-folk artist Kate McGarrigle; while Lucy’s mother is 1980s folk-pop star Suzzy Roche, one of three talented singing sisters:

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