Tag Archive | folk music

Review: Cajun Roosters & Friends, Transatlantic Sessions

Cajun Roosters & Friends Transatlantic Sessions [www.cajunweb.de] Transatlantic Sessions is probably one of the most unusual recordings in Cajun music; but then again, the Cajun Roosters aren’t your ordinary chank-a-chankers either. The award-winning Roosters aren’t from the heart of Cajun country but are actually a pan-European band consisting of Britain’s Chris Hall (accordion/rubboard) and Sam Murray (percussion/lapsteel); Scotland’s […]

Feature Review: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

A crazy quilt of musicians drawn from all aspects of modern culture.

Review: There’s More Pretty Girls Than One, McCamy’s Melody Sheiks

his album, besides its documentary value is altogether delight to the ear, nothing fancy, just some fine pickin’ and old tunes as comforting as corn bread and bean soup on a winter’s evening.

Review: The Foghorn Trio, Sud de la Louisiane

The Foghorn Trio Sud de la Louisiane [Quick Silver Productions (2011)] While Portland’s Foghorn String Band (FSB) has disappeared into the mist—at least for now—the good news is there’s a related incarnation with FSB mainstays Caleb Klauder (mandolin, fiddle, guitar) and Sammy Lind (fiddle, guitar, banjo). Nadine Landry, formerly of Quebec, rounds out the trio […]

Feature review: Conspirare: Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices, Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals

Conspirare: Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals [Harmonia Mundi (2011)] The annotation to this CD states that the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak “concluded that the spiritual was the only genuine folk music in America from which a national music could be developed.” These days spirituals don’t have a high profile […]

Review: Mark Twain: Words and Music

Various Artists Mark Twain: Words and Music [Mailboat Records (2011)] Mark Twain was a man who never let the truth get in the way of a good story, but there was plenty about Twain’s life that needed no embellishment, beginning with the magical realism circumstances of his birth and death: His mother’s claime that he […]

Feature Review: Jake Schepps, An Evening in the Village: The Music of Béla Bartók

Jake Schepps An Evening in the Village: The Music of Béla Bartók [Fine Mighty Records (2011)] This is a tale of two creative minds coming together: a modern day Colorado folk musician going half way around the world to explore the music of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, one of the greatest composers of the 20th […]