Hello and welcome to "The 141 Project", the blog where I attempt to record 141 folk songs. Join me as I journey from Australia to Canada to start a new life and post videos of my favorite traditional and modern folk songs along the way. God speed ye merry travellers.
Week C is for the Colour Green. If you haven't heard about the VFX crisis then firstly, where have you been? Secondly, you might be wondering why the site has gone with a flat green background this week. Well, the visual effects industry is in need of support. These are the people that make Iron Man fly, make Aslan roar and make trolls roast hobbits over an open fire. The film industry is relying more and more on VFX to make their movies stand out. Yet somehow the studios are being bankrupted and artists are given terrible working conditions and low pay. Does this seem right to you? Without their artistry the movies would just be full of green screens. For more information take a look at this article - http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/02/life-in-the-movie-business-an-inside-look-at-the-vfx-crisis/
In a bid to spread awareness of this plight I have put together a quintet of songs with the colour green in the title. Evergreen and Fiddler's Green have already been played so with these five additions there will be seven songs in The 141 Project with the word green in the title. That's 5%, not bad going. Speaking of percentages, this week marks the 50% mark. Only 71 more songs to go!
You may notice a new guitar in these recordings. Well please welcome Huron to the stage. Huron is an acoustic baritone guitar and is very special to me as it was given to me by over 20 of my friends as a group present for my 25th last week. I'll give him his own little profile on the instruments page soon enough.
This is a song which I first heard on Kris Drever's album "Black Water". I believe it's a traditional piece but I cannot be certain. Either way it's a lovely song at first glance, until you realize it's about a man who lost his love to another and is now possibly being threatened by that other man. Hmm...
A wonderfully rousing song of home by The Saw Doctors. I don't actually know if Mayo is home to any of the band however. I guess I could look it up, but it ain't going to affect the quality of the song either way, so why bother. If you're particularly interested I'm sure you can find wikipedia yourselves. I'm getting lazy in my old age!
Last week was Bob Boardman week, and this week I play a song by one of Bob an myself's favorite bands, Rainbow. Yes, I know 70's heavy metal isn't really folk music, but who cares! This song is awesome.
An abridged version of the classic Robert Burns poem.
Living in Orillia, the birthplace of Gordon Lightfoot, I figured I couldn't get away without doing this song. Bitter Green is another one of those odd folk songs that sound really happy but are really quite sad lyrically. Maybe folk singers are susceptible to schadenfreude.