Folk - Jeff Warner
Jeff Warner has made it his mission to bring the voices
of 19th century Americans to a 21st century public, through
traditional folk songs, many of which were collected by his
parents (Anne and Frank Warner) from singers born in Victorian
times. His parents’ collection of songs had a big impact
on the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s: they
rediscovered songs that went on to become internationally
loved classics such as Tom Dooley, Days of ‘49 and Whiskey
in the Jar. In the words of Jeff’s website he ‘presents
musical traditions from the Outer Banks fishing villages of
North Carolina, to the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains
and the whaling ports of New England.’ He’s lived
up and down the eastern seaboard of the USA and in Britain,
too, and has collected music wherever he’s been: expect
ballads, expect Afro-American banjo tunes, expect Irish concertina
numbers, expect heroic songs from the War of Independence.
Sometimes he sings a cappella, sometimes he accompanies himself
on the banjo, or concertina, or guitar, or Jew’s harp.
His songs are called things like River Driving, Shanty Boy,
Yucky Bugs, and Come Love Come.
Warner lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is an artist
for the New Hampshire Council as well as singing and lecturing
regularly on folk music for the Smithsonian Institute. He
knows his stuff, basically. This is real traditional folk
music, with one foot in the past and the other tapping out
the beat on the floor.