Cordelia's Dad

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


While in the UK bands such as the Men They Couldn’t Hang and more particularly the Pogues had broken new ground in revitalising folk music, by the late 80s in America no such development had taken place - the perception of the genre seemingly limited to the singer-songwriter institution. However, alongside We Saw The Wolf and Bedlam Rovers, Cordelia’s Dad soon helped reposition expectations, borrowing liberally from the hardcore dynamics of Hüsker Dü and the Replacements to propel songs drawn directly from the folk tradition.

Formed at Armherst College, Massachusetts, in 1987, by guitarist Tom King, singer/bass player Tim Eriksen and drummer Peter Irvine. Their debut was recorded in 12 hours after Eriksen had returned from India and the other members of the band had abstained from music for a year following graduation. By the time of the arrival of their second, much improved collection, Eriksen’s vocals were greatly...

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