No deaths to report this week, though I may have missed some; so on with the show.
This week’s Lucky Thirteen selection brings us to Chris Wood‘s 2007 CD Trespasser. From it I have chosen The Lady of York for the simple reason that my daughter is in York, with her colleagues from Mali, for a debriefing session. As they meet, they will be mindful that the situation in Mali is still very uncertain. Today it is reported that Captain Amadou Sanago, the leader of last month’s coup, has rejected the Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States) decision to send troops to help stabilise the country.
In the liner notes to Trespasser, Chris Wood explains that, “The songs on this album are about enclosure in some form or another. Spiritual, geographical, cultural, legislative, chronological, imaginative… they are an invitation to step upon these places we have been lured into believing are no business of ours.”
The song The Lady of York is a version of Child ballad number 20, The Cruel Mother, though Chris disputes this simple judgement- “Most people refer this song as “The Cruel Mother”. I just don’t buy it.”
Chris Wood has a very busy touring schedule this year. He is doing his own gigs early in the year and guesting on Joan Armatrading’s tour at the end of the year. Try to get to one or other of the gigs if you can.