How about a Scottish love ballad? I’m sure you must be tired of all these posts on people you already know about. So therefore, Silly Wizard, a band I myself don’t know much about except that they were part of the British folk music revival of the seventies. While bands like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention gave their arrangements of old folk songs a modern rock sound with the addition of electric guitar, Silly Wizard played in a more traditional style with more emphasis on banjos and fiddles. Consequently, they were less popular and today remain less well known. I understand that traditional folk music can be hard to get into, even when leavened with guitar solos, and the purity of Silly Wizard’s music may even be alienating to listeners weaned on drum machines. People tend to associate folk music (and especially the Irish variety) with all sorts of cheesy things from Riverdance to Ren Faires to movies starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Also, most of us here in America have trouble distinguishing the particulars of Irish, Scottish and English traditions. Still, it’s very much worth taking the time to explore, for the musicianship, storytelling and culture.