Stick in the Wheel – From Here (2015)

Posted by on October 18, 2015as

Great folk songs survive because they tell strong stories that are relevant to different generations, and Stick in the Wheel mix revivalism with folk-punk attack: this is an acoustic band with attitude. Lead singer Nicola Kearey is from London’s East End and sings in a harsh, no-nonsense accent, and carefully chooses her material. Ewan MacColl’s Champion at Keeping Them Rolling was written in the 1950s, but here it sounds like a contemporary truckers’ ballad, while The Blacksmith has none of the exquisite sadness of the classic Shirley Collins version, but instead a furious anger at this story of betrayal. Then there’s the Copper Family’s story of unemployment and poverty, Hard Times of Old England, followed by the new Me N Becky, a story of London riots, looting, remorse and jail. At the end they break off for some drifting musical experimentation. A powerful and original debut.

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