On “Long Time Travelling” award winning folk musician Ken Whiteley performs 11 well known folk songs and takes them out of their “sonic wallpaper” making them fresh, new and timeless. It links themes of social justice and existential meaning with the personal stories of so many traditional songs. It connects both the origins of the songs with contemporary sensibilities in the arrangements. The recording is vocally rich with Ken singing all the parts and playing most of the instruments, assisted by Ben Whiteley on drums and bass.
“Michael Row” is taken back to its Gullah roots and “Farewell To Nova Scotia” is reimagined as a bluesy lament of not going to war. “The Water Is Wide”, “It Takes A Worried Man”, “Shady Grove” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” are all songs Ken learned over fifty years ago and reimagined for today.