Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton

I will be regularly profiling some of Australia's contemporary folk artists and albums and providing links for purchasing some of their offerings. The first will be very well known to Australian folk fans. They are two of my favourite modern performers - Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton. They teamed up at Narrabundah College in the Australian Capital Territory in the late 1990s and have regularly performed together over the succeeding years including four CDs, many performances at folk festivals, and tours of the UK and have also appeared on compilations. Each is an excellent musician/singer in her own right and each has performed in other groups. They currently have three CDs available for purchase through their well-developed website but if you look around they can be cheaper elsewhere.
They perform quite an eclectic mix of folk songs including traditionals from Australia, England and the Americas and what I call modern folk e.g. Dancing at Whitsun, and Boots of Spanish Leather. A visit to their site and a tour of their links will provide you with a wealth of information and a few excellent downloads. Very Highly Recommended.

Kate and Ruth Website Link

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