Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith
Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith play traditional and original folksong of the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies.
They have both been heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia, where they both grew up, but their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk and acoustic world. They weave traditional English folksong with Irish, Scottish and American tunes, and their own compositions draw on many different styles.
The songs on their new album have been picked up from sessions, singarounds, gigs, recordings and learned from friends. The stories are varied but there is a common thread of political struggle and resistance, and the decline of the industries that were the backbone of England for many generations.
‘A cracking album full of really terrific songs’ Mike Harding
‘Sid & Jimmy are one of the most enchanting duos i’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to’ Marick Baxter director of the Bath folk festival
‘utterly absorbing, undeniably English voices’ Tim Caroll, Folkwords
‘Personal, empathetic and focussed on the individual, these are stories told from the perspective of real people accompanied by accomplished and considered musical arrangements’. Louise Jordan, FATEA