How Brexit Is Revitalizing Political Folk Music

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Lankum. (Photo by Miguel Ruiz Manzano)
Lankum. (Photo by Miguel Ruiz Manzano)

Journalist Jude Rogers (@juderogers) says all the political turmoil involving Brexit is making British and Irish folk music “more exciting and urgent than it’s been for years.”

She joins Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd to talk about the new wave of political folk music being played inside and outside the United Kingdom, from Ireland's Lankum to Britain's The Young'uns and more.

“We must remember that folk music has always been political in its own way,” Rogers says. “... But what I find interesting is lots of new, younger bands coming out. I'm exploring traditional music, be that old songs, be that old songs they can adapt, or songs that say something about the world we're in now.”

The Young'uns (Photo by Elly Lucas)
The Young'uns (Photo by Elly Lucas)
Lisa O'Neill. (Photo by Claire Leadbitter)
Lisa O'Neill. (Photo by Claire Leadbitter)

Music From The Show

Lankum, “What Will We Do When We Have No  Money?”

Lankum, “The Granite Gaze”

The Young’uns, "Ghafoor’s Bus"

Lisa O’Neill, “The Factory Girl"

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, “Working Chap"

Lynn Menegon produced this interview and edited it for broadcast with Kathleen McKenna.

This segment aired on March 15, 2019.


Peter O'Dowd Senior Editor, Here & Now
Peter O’Dowd has a hand in most parts of Here & Now — producing and overseeing segments, reporting stories and occasionally filling in as host. He came to Boston from KJZZ in Phoenix.



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