On the 7th December 2005, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of (arguably) The Beatles' folkiest album
Rubber Soul, Mike Harding, on his folk music radio programme at the BBC, presented a tribute
from the cream of the folk music community of the British Isles.
All the artists taking part did so with a huge amount
of enthusiasm, some immediately drawn to the classics from the album, others relishing the challenge of the more oblique.
In each case the artist was given a completely free hand. Some interpretations are faithful, albeit acoustic versions of the
original; others have taken the opportunity to give a completely new feel to the song.
From Ralph McTell's Michelle,
complete with accordion and ukuleles, to June Tabor's unaccompanied rendition of In My Life, this is a remarkable
collection which illustrates not only the great writing skills of The Beatles, but also the inventiveness and creativity of
British folk artists.
The songs were be played on Mike's show in the same order they appear on the Beatles album:
Drive My Car - Jim Moray
Norwegian Wood - Waterson:Carthy
Won't See Me - Paul Brady
Nowhere Man - Chris While
Think For Yourself
- Coope Boyes & Simpson
The Word - Johnny Dickinson
- Ralph McTell
What Goes On - Boo Hewerdine & Eddi Reader
- John Tams
I'm Looking Through You - Martin Simpson
In My Life
- June Tabor
Wait - Cara Dillon
If I Needed Someone
- Show Of Hands
Run For Your Life - Spiers & Boden