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The podcast where we learn old tunes, record fresh takes of them, and encourage you to do the same. This is for musicians of all styles and abilities

Old Tunes Fresh Takes Jack Sibley, Tim Woodson

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The podcast where we learn old tunes, record fresh takes of them, and encourage you to do the same. This is for musicians of all styles and abilities

    Lyke Wake Dirge // Martin Green - pt 2

    Lyke Wake Dirge // Martin Green - pt 2

    We’re back with Martin Green to chat through your fantastic takes of Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral poem detailing a soul's journey through purgatory into the beyond. 
    If you haven’t already, definitely go and check out part one of this episode where we introduce the song.
    Listen: Part 1 of Lyke Wake Dirge
    Also, check out Martin on tour with Lau from late October.
    /// YOUR TAKES ///
    Listen to the playlist here.
    We’ve got 15 brilliant versions of Lyke Wake Dirge to share, huge thanks to all our contributors: Crack Lassi; My First Dog; Kev Pritchard; Vanishing Faces; Liz Hassack; Joshua Kirch; Richard Toller; Matt Milton; Mr Cat Hair; asymptotes; Cerys Hafana; Burd Ellen; and Julian Hayman.
    /// JOIN THE COMMUNITY ///
    Even though the series is over, we’ll be keeping the conversation going on our Facebook group. It’s a place for our Old Tunes Fresh Takes community to share ideas, submit tracks for feedback and just generally geek out about trad tunes and music production. 
    Whether you’re thinking of submitting a take in the future or just want to go deeper into the world of modern folk music then join us. We’re also really keen to get your ideas about how to take the project even further so if you’ve got any ideas for things you’d like to see, drop us an email or a message on social media.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Lyke Wake Dirge // Martin Green - pt 1

    Lyke Wake Dirge // Martin Green - pt 1

    This episode we're joined by Martin Green who is challenging you to reimagine Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral chant about the soul’s journey through purgatory. Martin is a multi-award winning musician and composer who has collaborated with many artists and musicians including the likes of Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez, Anais Mitchell and Aidan Moffatt. As a member of Lau he has won four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Group and in 2015 he was nominated in the Best Musician category. In 2019 he won the Ivor Novello award for his sound walk “Aeons” that was part of The Great Exhibition of the North.
    We first came across Martin’s work in his 2015 show Flit, a multimedia, collaborative song cycle on the theme of migration. As a performer steeped in traditional music but with a process informed by sampling, electronics, and interdisciplinary storytelling, we wanted to get his insight on how he traverses these multiple planes
    Check out Martin’s recent project The Portal here.
    /// TAKE PART ///
    Charts: example score, chords & lyrics (.pdf)
    Playlist: Spotify playlist of existing versions of Lyke Wake Dirge.
    Find a quick guide on how to submit here.
    Martin will be back to listen to your takes in the second part of this episode released on Monday 27 September. If you’d like to be included in the podcast then try and get your version to us by Monday 20th September to get your versions included in the podcast. Drop us a message if you have any questions.
    /// COMMUNITY ///
    If you’re interested in getting deeper into the conversation, come and join our group on Facebook. There’s been some amazing chats over the last month with people sharing demos, feedback and ideas.
    /// MUSIC CREDITS ///
    10:54 - Strange Sky - Martin Green (featuring Becky Unthank) [From Flit]
    17:10 - Etteridge - Martin Green (featuring Brìghde Chaimbeul) [From The Portal]
    19:46 - A Place Of Crisps And Pianos - Martin Green
    28:48 - Lyke Wake Dirge - The Young Tradition
    34:30 - Lyke Wake Dirge - Martin Green (featuring Becky Unthank)
    39:41 - A Lyke Wake Dirge - Alasdair Roberts
    42:06 - Dirge from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings - Benjamin Britten (featuring Peter Pears)
    43:45 - Lyke Wake Dirge - Trumpets of Death
    46:55 - Lyke Wake Dirge - Tom Chapman, Claire Chapman and Dave Allen (members of the Lyke Wake Walking Club)
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    • 55 min
    Iwe Kiko // Olugbenga Adelekan - pt 2

    Iwe Kiko // Olugbenga Adelekan - pt 2

    We’re joined once again by Olugbenga Adelekan to listen through your incredible takes of Iwe Kiko, a traditional Yoruba children’s song about remembering tradition in a modernised world.
    If you haven't already, we really recommend you go and listen to part one where Olugbenga introduces the tune to us.
    Listen: Part 1 of Iwe Kiko
    Also, check out Olugbenga and Seye Adelekan’s project Obalende Sector here.
    /// YOUR TAKES ///
    We’ve had an incredible response, with 11 takes in the playlist. A huge thanks to everyone who submitted a take - this month we’ve got: Kev Pritchard; Vanishing Faces; Julian Hayman; Mr Cat Hair; Matt Milton; Eyeless Chalonstone & The Goodnight Mistress; asymptotes; Richard Toller; Liz Hassack.
    /// JOIN THE COMMUNITY ///
    We’ve set up a group on Facebook for the Old Tunes Fresh Takes community to share ideas, submit tracks for feedback and just generally geek out about trad tunes and music production. We’ve had some great conversations already over the last month, so whether you’re thinking about submitting a take or just want to go deeper between episodes then join us!
    Thinking of submitting? Read our quick guide on how to submit your fresh take.
    /// COMING UP ///
    Next up, we’re chatting with Martin Green (Lau/Eliza Carthy) who’s inviting you to take on Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral poem telling of the soul’s journey into the beyond.
    Part one comes out next Monday 30 August. If you want to get a headstart, you can find example scores, chords and lyrics here.
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    • 57 min
    Iwe Kiko // Olgubenga Adelekan - pt 1

    Iwe Kiko // Olgubenga Adelekan - pt 1

    This episode we're joined by Olugbenga Adelekan who is asking you to reimagine Iwe Kiko, a traditional Yoruba song about agriculture and remembering tradition in an increasingly urbanised world.
    Olugbenga is a Brighton based DJ, producer and musician, perhaps best known as the bassist in Metronomy and a one half of 'sleek, sci-fi influenced pop' duo Eku Fantasy. He's worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith and La Roux as well as remixing tracks for Laura Marling, Janelle Monae, Mew, Alt-J, Depeche Mode and the Scissor Sisters as well as co-producing a track on Solange’s A Seat At The Table.
    His childhood was split between Nigeria and the Netherlands, before moving to the UK where he finished school in South London and then studied at King's College, Cambridge. We were interested to hear about Olugbenga’s approaches to music production, and also how growing up in different cultures informs his attitudes towards tradition and traditional music.
    Check out Eku Fantasy’s music here.
    /// TAKE PART ///
    Charts: example score, chords & lyrics (.pdf)
    Playlist: YouTube playlist of existing versions of Iwe Kiko.
    Find a quick guide on how to submit here.
    Olugbenga will be back to listen to your takes in the second part of this episode released on Monday 23 August. If you’d like to be included in the podcast then try and get your version to us by Monday 16th August to get your versions included in the podcast. Drop us a message if you have any questions.
    /// COMMUNITY ///
    If you’re interested in getting deeper into the conversation, come and join our group on Facebook. There’s been some amazing chats over the last month with people sharing demos, feedback and ideas.
    /// MUSIC CREDITS ///
    6:28 - Living On The Outside - Eku Fantasy
    11:30 - Reset - Three Trapped Tigers [Olugbenga Edit]
    14:37 - Divine - Laura Marlin [Olugbenga Remix]
    22:25 - Iwe Kiko - Ayomide Dosumu
    30:35 - Iwe Kiko - Stephen Ayodotun
    35:55 - Ise Agbe - Deepest [ft. Kdsky]
    42:16 - Iwe Kiko - Jumbo Aniebiet
    46:43 - Iwe Kiko - ITCellos


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    • 53 min
    Child Owlet // Debbie Armour - pt 2

    Child Owlet // Debbie Armour - pt 2

    Debbie is back again as we listen through your brilliant takes of Child Owlet, a harrowing tale of a hapless lad’s grisly execution at the hands of the jaded Lady Erskine and Lord Ronald.
    If you haven't already, we recommend you go and listen to part one where Debbie introduces the tune to us.
    Listen: Part 1 of Child Owlet
    /// YOUR TAKES ///
    Listen along to the full playlist of takes here.
    We’ve had an incredible response, with 20 takes in the playlist. A huge thanks to everyone who submitted a take - this month we’ve got: Kev Pritchard; Julian Hayman; Liz Hassack; POI/Rot In Hell; My First Dog; Vanishing Faces; Joshua Kirch; asymptotes; Richard Toller; Catapholc; Matt Milton; Mr Cat Hair; Sam Gardham; We Are Muffy; Cerys Hafana; Harry Orme; Josie Gaitens & Linus Orri
     
    /// JOIN THE COMMUNITY ///
    We’ve set up a group on Facebook for the Old Tunes Fresh Takes community to share ideas, submit tracks for feedback and just generally geek out about trad tunes and music production. We’ve had some great conversations already over the last month, so whether you’re thinking about submitting a take or just want to go deeper between episodes then join us!
    Thinking of submitting? Read our quick guide on how to submit your fresh take.
    /// COMING UP ///
    Next up, we’re chatting with Olugbenga Adelekan (Metronomy/Eku Fantasy) who’s introducing us to Iwe Kiko, a Yoruba song about the agrarian life and the importance of remembering tradition.
    Part one comes out next Monday 26 July. If you want to get a headstart, you can find example scores, chords and lyrics here.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Child Owlet // Debbie Armour - pt 1

    Child Owlet // Debbie Armour - pt 1

    This episode we're joined by Debbie Armour who is asking you to reimagine the dark tale of Child Owlet, with themes of incest, cuckoldry and grisly execution. Debbie is a Glasgow based musician, working primarily with traditional song. Broadly, her work is motivated by ideas of persistence, resonance and deep cultural roots. In her primary project, Burd Ellen, she uses British and international traditional song to explore women's narratives. She is also a founder member of critically acclaimed contemporary folk a cappella group Green Ribbons.
    Check out Burd Ellen’s album Says The Never Beyond here.
    /// TAKE PART ///
    Charts: example score, chords & lyrics (.pdf)
    Playlist: Spotify playlist of existing versions of Child Owlet.
    Find a quick guide on how to submit here. 
    Debbie will be back again to listen to your takes in the second part of this episode released Monday 19 July. Remember to get your takes to us by Monday 12 July to feature! Drop us a message if you have any questions.
    /// COMMUNITY ///
    If you’re interested in getting deeper into the conversation, come and join our group on Facebook. There’s been some amazing chats over the last month with people sharing demos, feedback and ideas.
    Meetup: If you’d like to join us for a chat about old tunes, we’re also having an informal Zoom meetup on Saturday 26 June at 11:00. Stay for the hour or just pop in to say hi!
    /// MUSIC CREDITS ///
    4:30 - Coventry Carol - Burd Ellen
    9:42 - Cutty Wren - Burd Ellen
    14:30 - Sans Day Carol - Burd Ellen
    20:25 - Hela’r Dryw Bach - Burd Ellen
    26:15 - Corpus Christi Carol - Burd Ellen
    32:23 - Chylde Owlet - Ewan MacColl
    36:27 - Child Owlet - Fay Hield
    38:48 - Child Owlet - Eric
    43:43 - Child Owlet - Steeleye Span
     
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    • 49 min

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Kev Pritchard ,

Fab folk club

More than a podcast, OTFT is also an interactive folk club. Jack and Tim explore old songs record new takes, and encourage listeners to join in. Submitted songs are wildly eclectic and come together like a concept album highlighting various themes. Generous of spirit and broad of mind OTFT is a favourite of mine!

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