On the acid-folk revival


From Clash magazine.

Time To Keep Your Appointment: Acid Folk’s Unrelenting Renewal

“…In literature, it’s Gordon Burn prize winner Ben Myers that most echoes Dawson’s ambition, in his surprise independent hit The Gallows Pole. The Gallows Pole – its title taken from a traditional folk ballad – is set in 18th century West Yorkshire, and uses the real-life figure of protection racketeer ‘King’ David Hartley to explore recurring themes of community and class.

You don’t have to squint too hard to see Hartley’s parallels in modern day Britain, as he exclaims “I’m a king that doesn’t need no fucking foreign tongue from across no foreign waters.” And in the novel, as now, great shifts are underway to unsettle the existing way of life – in this case, it’s the Industrial Revolution looming on the horizon.”

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