OK — I’m going to risk the cries of ‘how did you not know that?’ to tell you about what I’ve been listen to on the way home from Tesco’s. By random chance, I landed on Radio Scotland’s programme Real American Folk, where the guest tonight was Catherine Lavin.
My knowledge of American Folk music is limited. It comes mostly from a local radio folk show that’s on as I drive home from church when I’m in the States. It’s the sort of programme where you might get one good song for every 15 minutes of badly presented announcements. But it’s Sunday and I’ve just been to church, so I try not to shout back at the radio too much.
But I do block out whatever the presenter tells me. So tonight, Catherine Lavin came to me as an unknown name attached to a vaguely familiar voice. She was wonderful. She writes clever, perceptive songs that kept me laughing across the Clyde and rang true.
If you don’t know her, take advantage of the BBC’s Listen Again to hear tonight’s show (her bit was from 9 -10pm). You may need to wait till tomorrow unless you want to hear last week’s show. Her website is here, but she is a better songwriter than webmaster.