Once again I have to apologise for the late video, there was a severe outbreak of man-flu! But we got there eventually, and decided this week to go for an absolute classic: “Black Is The Colour”.
Black Is The Colour was first collected in the Appalachian region in 1915 by the great collector Cecil Sharp, who published it in his 1917 book English Folk Songs Of The Southern Appalachians . However it is generally agreed that the song has a Scottish origin, mainly owed to the song mentioning the Clyde river.
The song has been done by a wide variety of exceptional artists, probably most famously in 1964 by the incredible Nina Simone. It has also been performed by the likes of Christy Moore, The Coors, Pete Seeger and Cara Dillon as well as many, many more.
Its a beautiful song about the protagonist (gender varies) mourning over a lost love…not the most original story in folk music, but if it ain’t broke!
We both really enjoyed this one and will certainly crack it out at a few live events in the future!
P.S. We want to say a HUGE thank you to Gary Hazlehurst at Stafford Fm for giving us our first ever radio play on his Thursday night Folk Show on the 18th, and then playing us AGAIN last night!! If you didn’t catch the show then they will be available on mixcloud in the near future, keep an eye out! And follow us on Facebook or Twitter for any future airplay info!