British Folk Week: Leon Rosselson, On Her Silver Jubilee

With the queen’s diamond jubilee this year, it’s impossible not to post Leon Rosselson’s genius track from 1979. Whatever your politics, whatever your opinion of the British monarchy, you will be amused by this skewering of dear old Queen E. II. Has there ever been a better socialist lyricist in modern times? I sincerely doubt it. Many have covered his work, but few in North America know of him. I was once at one of his concerts where the place was not even a 10th full. Still, it was one of the highlights of my year. I have never been a big concert-goer. I prefer the quality of recordings. But I’d go through a hurricane to see this man again.