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The Waifs – Sundirtwater

Various Artists – That's Proper Folk!!

Various Artists – That’s Proper Folk!!

Another random track from another random album as I work up to my next themed series. I’ll keep you guessing on that one!

The track I’m posting today is from a cheap sampler of music from Proper Music Distribution to promote artists whose records they distribute. Apparently, it was released to coincide with Channel 5’s My Music series of four one-hour programmes in April 2008, each centred on one particular contemporary folk artist: Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Athena, Eliza Carthy.

I didn’t see the t.v. series, indeed I didn’t even heard about it! I just added this sampler to an Amazon order, I think to creep into the free shipping zone. I know, I’m cheap!

On to the music: Sundirtwater by the Waifs. Chosen because it is a glorious weekend and I’ve been enjoying sun, dirt and water i.e. gardening. The music is bluesy, jazzy, folky and the band are Aussie – enjoy.

The Waifs – Sundirtwater

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Galiku

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul

“I feel a database coming on!”, a common exclamation in households around the world. Well it is in this household!

Since one of my aims when starting Furious Music was to reacquaint myself with some of the more neglected CDs in my collection, I thought that it would be useful (and let’s not shy away from the word, fun) to compile a database of all the CDs that I own.

I have included a field for country of origin which is a little problematic as, how do you categorise an Polish group singing English sea shanties? (And before you ask, yes I do have such a record in my collection! Doesn’t everyone?) My solution is to categorise CDs by the country of its performers. It may not be a perfect solution but it does has the virtue of being simple.

Now I can sort the CDs by country and that has proved to be interesting. At the time of writing, I have CDs from 33 countries out of approximately 270. The number varies according to how you count them but The CIA World Factbook lists 266 and I have split Great Britain into England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I have CDs from each of the continents excepting Antarctica which has no indigenous inhabitant.

The most under-represented continent in my collection is Australasia; no AC/DC, Men at Work, Crowded House albums can be found on my CD rack and you won’t find any Kylie Minogue or Jason Donovan either. I do now have an album by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – a present from the Australian arm of the family. Yunupingu is a blind, indigenous Australian musician and singer who came to attention with the group Yothu Yindi. In 2008 he released an acclaimed solo album – Gurrumul. Galiku, the track I am posting today, is taken from this album.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Galiku