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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Today's tunes are from the young British folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, a classically trained vocalist and guitarist who infuse their mix of original, classic, and traditional songs with exquisite musicianship. Their lovely new CD, "Fire & Fortune," just came out in July.

Above: "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," the bitter-sweet folk anthem penned by the late, great Sandy Denny (recorded by Denny and Fairport Convention  in '69) -- which seems suitable for a cold, misty morning here in Devon, as summer transitions rather abruptly into autumn.

Below: "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose," with lyrics by Robert Burns (late 18th century). Both videos were filmmed at the Bournemouth Folk Club in April.

And last: "My Donal," beautifully performed at the Union Chapel in Islington, London, back in 2011. You'll find a recording of it on their 2012 album, The Seas are Deep, along with other fine renditions of traditional ballads.

And if you love ballads as much as I do, check out the new Song Collectors Collective site (via the amazing Sam Lee).