Following the acclaimed release of From Granmaw and Me in April 2018, Fledg’ling Records, in partnership with the Estate of Hedy West, are very proud to present Untitled – another wonderful and important previously unreleased album from the late Hedy West.
Hedy West, one of the finest folk singers of her generation, was born in the hill country of northern Georgia. From an early age, traditional folk music played an integral role in her life. In the mid-‘50s she won first prize at the Asheville Annual Folk Festival for her singing. She recorded 3 albums for the Vanguard label before moving to England. In the late ‘60s Hedy recorded three widely acclaimed albums for Topic records and one for the Fontana label before settling in Germany.
Most of her recordings drew heavily upon the repertoire of songs handed down in her family. Unreleased until now, Untitled was recorded in Germany in the late 1970s with contributions from Eloise and Tracy Schwarz (The New Lost City Ramblers) and remained unreleased at the time of Hedy ‘s untimely death in July 2005.
In 1967 A L Lloyd wrote: “Hedy is among the best women singers of the American folksong revival. That “among” is a pretence of objectivity; my private view is that she’s by far the best of the lot.” A sentiment that Martin Simpson and many contemporary folk musicians would happily concur with.
From Granmaw and Me was voted a Top 10 historical release of 2018 in the Annual fROOTS Critics Poll.
1. Bush Whacker, 2. The Plains of Waterloo, 3. Born In North Carolina, 4. Der Graben, 5. I’ll Sing A Song, 6. The Three Friends, 7. Young Edmund, 8. Queen Jane, 9. On The Rim Of The World, 10. Hobo’s Lullaby, 11. There’ll Be No Distinction.