“The costumes we are working on for this tour, the dance moves, it’s going to be quite the show.” It’s a big promise from Cathy (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody) Guthrie, one half of the Texas-based Folk Uke, her duo of witty, foul-mouthed, uke-and-guitar, harmonising folkish songs with Amy (daughter of Willie) Nelson. Can they really be called costumes given just how little there are of them? Do three flimsy pieces of cloth count? “They’re tax-deductible that way,”
Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Folk Uke that didn’t make the story you can read in full this weekend. Consider this a taster, come back for the main course in S on Sunday. In the scheme of things, especially when it comes to Folk Uke – Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie and their parcel of outrageous, hilarious and only by accident serious songs - Starfucker is still not as offensive as Star Polka as an album title. But still, says Nelson, “we’re not censoring ourselves”.