I wasn’t quite ready for this arrangement, but Jon says, “Henry Timms introduced me to Nanci Griffiths at university. We shared a flat and a stereo system – he hated folk music but loved country music, I reciprocated the reverse. We had a sort of 3 year war of attrition forcing each other to listen to music. In the end I won him round with Peter Bellamy and Kate Rusby (strange but true) and he won me round with Nanci Griffiths (solo – not with band!) and Lyle Lovett.” Strange(or not?) that Jon should be drawn to two Texans. Before we get into an “it’s not folk music,” blind alley, Nanci did pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the last BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which makes her and this song folk enough. I rather like this slowed down version as it brings out the lingering sadness at the heart, with the concertina adding a subtle but telling flourish to the choruses. Lovely.
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