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VARIOUS ARTISTS - Destination: Fellside Recordings 1976-2018

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Destination: Fellside Recordings 1976-2018
Fellside Recordings FECD282

The independent record labels that produce so much of the music that the folk scene thrives on are frequently overlooked. Fellside has been going since 1976 and has issued some of the most seminal recordings (over 600 albums) of new performers, of reissues and of compilations. As the CD booklet says, Fellside is “not being sold nor is it closing down”, but it is “winding down” its activity – so this issue represents the end of an era. Destination is Fellside’s third triple-album collection (after Landmarks and The Journey Continues). I don’t want to waste review word-count on listing content or singling out individual tracks among the 64 on offer in Destination – needless to say, they are diverse, superbly recorded (and in some cases restored) and, for me, highly significant! Some tracks are re-issues, some unreleased archive material, and some specially recorded for these albums. Visit the Fellside website for a detailed listing.

Within the 3-CD box is a comprehensive booklet giving the history of Fellside and of Paul and Linda’s other label – Lake - which concentrates more on historic (and contemporary) Jazz recordings. The booklet is almost a crie de couer and may be a revelation to those who only consume Fellside’s output. It unintentionally reveals an organisation of dedication, faith, high integrity and vision. Along the journey, Fellside acquired Brian Horsfall’s Traditional Sound Recordings (heaven be praised that they didn’t get mopped up and entrapped in Bulmer’s Celtic Music).

This is a collection worthy of any folkie’s record rack. Very highly recommended.

Tom Brown

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This album was reviewed in Issue 125 of The Living Tradition magazine.