Well, that took a really long time...thank you, nilpferd, for your helpful how-to. These are three of my current favourite songs, and the fact that they all begin with M is just a coincidence.
Diana Jones is a country singer who's only made one solo album but I hope she makes lots more, because she writes and sings songs in that old-timey style which I really like - and I was into it before O Brother, since you ask. She dresses the part too, like Gillian Welch. I saw her in October at the Roundhouse supporting Richard Thompson and I reckon if there'd been a prize for people in the audience who had her record at home, I'd have been the only winner. This song, My Beloved, is VERY sad.
The Gourds are a Texas band, more or less, also alt.country. I used to feel really guilty about liking country music because it was so not cool (plus I didn't know anybody else that liked it). But now that has all changed. This song is called Meat Off the Bone and I believe there is a euphemism of some kind involved.
And third is Richard Thompson's version of the Mingulay Boat Song. From what he said when he did it at the Roundhouse in October I don't think he knows the origin of the song but I do...Mingulay is one of the Hebridean islands and it had already been deserted for many years when the song was written in the 1930s. So in fact nobody goes homeward to Mingulay any more.
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