anonymous asked:

please. tell us more about your 'folk bangers' playlist. that sounds relevant to all of my interests. (folks and banging)

if you want a playlist for banging folks this probably isn’t the one for you, but if you want to Go Off, Historically then WHAT’S UP 


I think all of you will be aware that Terry liked, not only our music, but folk music and folk lore in general.  It informed much of his work, and he had that sort of retentive memory that writers often have.  my father was a writer, and much the same.  Everything is grist to their mill.

I would notice when reading Terry’s books, little references to songs we have sung.  he would set them in a humorous context, startling and unexpected.  Just a line that makes you realise that he has taken notice.  That he is interested in pretty much everything.

Another aspect of Terry is that he was a bullshit-free zone.  You made frivolous or inane comments at your peril.  He WOULD call you on it.  He did not suffer fools, so it was best to stay focused and not make polite, meaningless chit-chat that revealed your ignorance.  Having said that, he was also very kind and approachable.  His hat was a signature that marked him out and made him recognisable.  And people would come and talk to him about his books, ask for an autograph and, in my experience, he was unfailingly kind and courteous.  Even when waiting for a train in Paddington station late in the evening, when he must have been tired.  We’d had a long day, appearing on Later with Jools Holland, where, again, he talked to many people.  It must have been exhausting, being so attentive to Life.

And even though his faculties were failing, he was still generous and available to people interested in his work.  I think he tried to live the philosophy of the Good Witches, which is one of my favourite aspects of his books.  With humour, kindness and a weird sort of practicality.
—  Maddy Prior (singer/songwriter for Steeleye Span), “The Terry Pratchett Diary”
Steeleye Span:

Are amazing in concert. I know this. I’ve just got back from seeing them. They sound a lot more prog rock/folk metal live, and the energy is amazing. The new album, Dodgy Bastards *loves* sounds great, and they played Edward and The Dark Morris.

I might have the body and dress sense of an emo Britpop/power metal lover, but I have the heart and stomach (and sometimes dress sense when it comes to velvet flared jackets) of a 1970s hippy.

And. AND. Last time I went to see them, I touched - TOUCHED - Maddy Prior. This time I shared a joke with her, and we laughed together. LAUGHED.

I was the youngest there by about a quarter of a century, apart from Jessie-Mae, and she’s only there because she’s the violinist.


On and on the turtle flies
The colour of magic fills the skies
As morning breaks on Discworld…

A good theme for Great A’Tuin, sort of slow and ponderous but proceeding on.  Anyway, even with the weight of the Disc on its back, we know that A’Tuin is in fact having a great time.

“And when you lay down on your final word,
it will be no comfort to me.
I have lived by the pen and I’ll die by the sword,
when it’s time to set me free.”
- Steeleye Span, We Shall Wear Midnight

I just got super emotional listening to these lyrics because the final word Terry Pratchett lay down was about Tiffany, even though this was written long before he died.


Song of the Day:  Steeleye Span - Padsdow

Beltane/May Day, May 1

I think we need to build an official list of characters named Rose or a variation thereof who’ve come to a bad end or otherwise made us cry. It crops up a lot.

-Doctor Who’s Rose Tyler.

-Titanic’s Rose DeWitt Bukater.

-Redwall’s Laterose of Noonvale and Lady Cregga Rose Eyes.

-Nick Cave’s Eliza “Wild Rose” Day.

-Steeleye Span’s Sir James the Rose.

-Homestuck’s Rose Lalonde.

-Steven Universe’s Rose Quartz.

-Shakespeare’s Rosaline and Tolkien’s Rosie Cotton didn’t suffer tragedy so much but were witness to it.


Paramaline’s mentioning she liked the Twa Corbies gives me an excuse to post my favorite version!

Compare this to the Three Ravens and you’ll see that the Scots are always more hardcore.  :P