Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Stick in the wheel

Brit trio Stick in the Wheel make folk music, but not as we know it. Take their version of the old English carol (dating back to the 1600s)'Drive the cold winter away'. You might know the song from albums by Kate Rusby or Loreena McKennitt. But no mandolines or guitars here - the pulsating synth makes this carol sound more like the Stranger Things soundtrack. 'The medieval Kraftwerk' they're called. And, my fave, 'The witches of Macbeth meet Sleaford Mods'. This version was released first in 2019, also appears on their new album, and a 'radio version' was just released.