Jon admits “I’m a big fan of Kate Rusby’s first album Hourglass – this is one of the few non-trad tracks on it and it’s a pretty convincing ‘fake folk song’ I reckon. Sophie Polhill (from Magpie Lane) sings this unaccompanied and it’s one of those songs that shouldn’t really work as a chorus song, but really, really does.”
She’s one of a number of talented writers working convincingly in the folk style. It’s encouraging that there are so many of them. On that subject watch out for Bella Hardy’s new album Songs Lost And Stolen, which has quietly worked its way under my skin and I’m sure will reward your patient attention. April is turning out to be a top month.