Wayfaring Stranger

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Regular readers and twitter users will know that we are currently running a light hearted poll to find out which “look” of Alfie’s we prefer: to the chagrin of some fans, the suit look is currently winning – click here to check and vote if you haven’t already done so.

This somewhat inevitably led us back to the equally light hearted subject of Alfie Boe as Rear of the Year 2015, something we last visited in October 2014.   At this point I must admit that I am usually against voting in these sorts of competitions, but as this poll demonstrates perfect equality due to the fact that men and women are both featured, I’ll let it go…and vote multiple times!  Anyone else who will admit to throwing their principles out the window when it comes to Alfie?  Click here to vote – no idea when the poll closes so just keep voting! To help you along here is Alfie in Nottingham on the Storyteller tour (right at the beginning for the best shots!):

This should also keep the tight jeans brigade happy!  You know who you are!

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Hot on the heels of the poll for Alfie Boe’s Best Ever Live Song, comes the newly opened vote for Alfie Boe as Rear of the Year 2015!  Many of Alfie’s fans voted in this poll last year but sadly to no avail.  However, we are a determined lot and failure once has not deterred us from trying again!

To vote, click here – and in case you need some encouragement, here is a great video from the Storyteller tour last year showing us just what we’re voting for! (4:10 in case you’re wondering!)

 

Now I must admit that I am usually against voting in these sorts of competitions, but as this poll demonstrates perfect equality due to the fact that men and women are both featured, I’ll let it go…and vote multiple times!  Anyone else who will admit to throwing their principles out the window when it comes to Alfie?  By the way, if you’re stuck for a female celebrity to vote for, why not go for Laura Wright?

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Rank Strangers To Me, an American folk song from the early twentieth century which Alfie first sang on his Bring Him Home tour of 2012 and then recorded for Storyteller that same year.  At number 3 in the Alfie Boe Top Ten Songs, it is the second and highest placed song from Storyteller.  Interestingly, both songs (the other is Wayfaring Stranger) are infused with the gospel, bluegrass sound that paved the way from that album to Trust.

Rank Strangers was written by Albert Brumley, a musician and singer born in Oklahoma in 1905.  After studying at the Hartford Musical Institute, Arkansas,  Brumley toured with the Hartford Quartet and went on to write / copyright an astonishing 800 songs.  The most famous of these is I’ll Fly Away from 1932.  In 1970 he was inducted into the Country Song Writer’s Hall of Fame and his songs have been covered by amongst others, Bob Dylan, who I’m sure introduced Alfie to the song.  Unfortunately for Alfie I couldn’t find a video of Dylan singing the song but here is The Stanley Brothers who made the song famous in the 1950’s:

As you can see, this version is very different from Alfie’s, although both have a recognisable gospel and bluegrass sound.  Alfie’s recorded version was famously done in one take, with Alfie conducting all the musicians in an improvised session.  The result was so good that they never went back and changed anything.

However, of those who nominated and voted for Rank Strangers, the vast majority mentioned that they preferred Alfie’s acapella version, so here it is (thanks Linda W for sharing):

There are just two songs left on the list!  And you’ll have to wait a whole week to find out which order they’re in!

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