What’s New This Fortnight

May I suggest you start off off with Leona’s essay about S. J. Tucker, our Summer Queen for this year? It’s a terrific essay befitting a terrific person.

Green Man Review logo ladyYou’ll want to read Our Summer Queen on all things edible and drinkable (interviewed by Iain), and my look at S. J. Tucker’s Rabbit’s Song, her illustrated children’s book (illustrations by Trudy Herring) that draws on First Folk mythology. There’ll be a post next week on her music and an interview with her on all things bookish as well.

We’ve but two audio reviews this time, both from Gary. First, Gary’s review of the retrospective two-disc set Drifted: In The Beginning & Beyond from the Continental Drifters, of whom Gary says ‘The Continental Drifters were one of those bands whose popularity rested somewhere between cult status and household name — unfortunately, it was closer to the former.’

There’s an art to writing an opening paragraph to a review and Gary nails it in his review of Kaia Kater’s Sorrow Bound:

Singer, songwriter, banjo player and songster Kaia Kater’s debut release Sorrow Bound is a fine program of Americana. It leans particularly toward old-time Appalachian-style music — not surprising given her talent and obvious love for claw-hammer-style playing. But this is no album for purists. Instead it’s a mostly successful attempt to bring old-time into the present day.

Our story this outing is about dolmens, leylines and barrowmounds. If this sounds interesting to you (and it certainly should), you can read the tale here as told by Gus, our Estate Gardener.

Let’s finish off with S. J. Tucker’s just released ‘Little Bird‘, perfect, I’d say, for a summer day, and feis Lughnasa.

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