— A look back at the last 20 years, including Shane MacGowan on the cover of our issue 14 from the Summer 2002 edition
Issue No. 14, Summer 2002
Shane MacGowan, Austrailian Folk Festivals, Bill Bourne, Harry Manx, Richie Havens, Altan, Tannis Slimmon, Josh Ritter, Paul Reddick, Stephen Fearing, Fun<da>mental, Carolyn Mark, Barry Poss.
After a decade of toying with the notion, two of Quebec’s illustrious, acoustic, traditional bands finally join ranks as Solo to perform and record with eight singers and infinite instrumental possibilities–stage diving optional.
He’s far too modest to readily accept such a description, but Archie Roach is one of Australia’s most significant singer/songwriters. Drawing inspiration from his painful early days as one of the ‘stolen generation’, his autobiographical song Took The Children Away about the hardship and humiliation suffered by indigenous Australians won a Human Rights Award.
Despite numerous personal problems, living on the streets, he overcame alcohol addiction, formed The Altogethers with the late Ruby Hunter, and used his experiences as a basis for the songs on his 1991 award-winning debut solo album Charcoal Lane. Now 61, and with 10 albums under his belt, he continues to be a major voice, not just for the aboriginal community but all communities.
He started singing to cows but cracked the British folk scene in super-quick time.
From songs about blue tattoos to tales of dark depression, duo mixes the lyrical with grit.
A fourth of all Western cowboys were once African-American, his new disc tells their story.
Multi-instrumentalist’s effortless vocal energy highlights her heartfelt, bluesy ballads.
Many songwriters express their creativity in other art forms. Here we look at five – Tom Russell, David Francey, Murray McLachlan, Steve Coffey and Kurt Singhammer – paint.
Skewering stereotypes with good humour, trio skips across musical genres with abandon.
Now a duo with a new disc—one stripped down to the barest of soulful essentials.