Song of the Day, October 21: Logan’s Lament by Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen

CarthyEriksenBottleLoganEliza Carthy has never been one to rest on her reputation. The daughter of two British folk legends, she carved out her own career as a distinctive fiddler, talented singer and songwriter, and music historian. She has recorded an impressive series of albums solo, with family, and with a wide variety of other performers. In 2013 she went on tour with another folk force, American musician Tim Eriksen. The leader of Cordelia’s Dad, Eriksen is known for his ability to reinvent traditional songs; he also holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and regularly teaches university courses in roots music.

The pair’s live shows showed off the lovely overlap in their approach, breathing new life into traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Highlights from the tour were released on Carthy’s Hem-Hem label earlier this year as the album Bottle. It’s hard to pick a standout from this great collection, but Logan’s Lament may win the prize. Originally published as a newspaper account in 1774, it describes the Yellow Creek Massacre in which Chief Logan of the Cayuga/Mingo tribe lost most of his family. This led to a back-country conflict that helped reshape white settlers’ views of the natives, resulting in the horrific genocide and marginalization of North America’s original citizens.

It’s a powerful song, delivered with passion and bite. Enjoy this wonderful performance today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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