Today, two British songwriters whose work, though thoroughly contemporary, is grounded in English folk and American roots music: Sam Brookes and Johnny Flynn. The songs explore darkness, light, and the healing powers of love and the land.
Above: "Numb" by Sam Brookes -- a gorgeous song about love and loss from Brookes' first album, Kairos.
Below: Brookes' version of "Black-Eyed Dog" by the great Nick Drake. The "black dog" and the "black-eyed dog" are terms for depression, which Drake suffered and died from.
Above: "Crazy World and You" by Sam Brookes, a song about being a light in the darkness ourselves.
Above is "Wandering Aengus," Flynn's 21st-century take on the classic poem by William Butler Yates. Below is his achingly poignant new song and video, "Raising the Dead."
The last image is by Norwegian photographer & installation artist Rune Guneriussen.