Running to a mere 2 minutes and 4 seconds, this downtempo track from the Birds
album is folk stripped right down, just Bic and a simple guitar melody. In a June 2006 interview with Sally Fairfax of Radio Leeds she said it came about after she decided to write a song in the style of Alan Lomax.
Although he was himself a musician, Bic was clearly not referring to his guitar style but to his song collecting - for want of a better phrase. Alan Lomax (1915-2002) was the son of John A. Lomax, and followed in his father's footsteps. Between 1937 and 1942 he worked for the Archive Of Folk Song, part of the Library Of Congress, to which the father and son team contributed more than ten thousand folk recordings from around the world. In the 1950s he relocated to London where among other things he worked with the BBC.
His monographs include The Folk Songs Of North America
and a biography of the jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton.
In March 2004, the American Folklife Center - part of the Library Of Congress - added The Alan Lomax Collection to its archives bringing his entire life's work together under one roof.
Alexander Baron - London, England