One of the great things about folk music (as well as jazz and blues) is that re-interpretations, re-imaginings, and re-working of material already in the musical canon, are seen as the norm. Perhaps rock and pop covers (as they are called there) hold a more questionable and arguable position in some quarters. Putting your stamp on a folk standard (as they are called here) is essential to keeping the genre alive. They take the familiarity of the past and imbue them with new and often more takes on the genre’s traditions. And that is precisely what is going on with his latest rendition of the 17th-century folk tune “Tam Lin”….

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