January 31, 2017

The Enduring Magic: Michael Coleman

Claddagh Records CHCD-008

Format: CD, Album
Country: Ireland
Released: 2004
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Celtic
01 The Liffey Banks/The Shaskeen (2:57)
02 Tom Ward's Downfall (3:18)
03 Dougherty's (2:41)
04 Lord Gordon (2:59)
05 Stack of Barley Medley (3:07)
06 The Wind That Shakes the Barley/The Lady on the Island (3:05)
07 Lord McDonald (3:11)
08 The Derry Hornpipe (3:13)
09 Wellington's Reels (2:55)
10 The Foxhunter's (3:12)
11 The Morning Dew/The Woman of the House (3:06)
12 Trim the Velvet (2:53)
13 Mrs Kenny's Waltz/Men of the West (3:06)
14 The Green Fields of America/The Swallow's Tail (3:09)
15 Tobin's (3:04)
16 The Blackbird/Molloy's Favourite (4:54)
17 Bonnie Kate/Jennie's Chickens (3:06)
18 Dr Gilbert/The Queen of May (2:58)
19 The Kerry Reel/The Boyne Hunt (2:58)
20 Mrs Kenny's Barndance (3:06)
Michael Coleman (fiddle)
An Irish-American fiddler, Michael Coleman (1891–1945) was from County Sligo, and a major exponent of the Sligo fiddle style. In the absence of the Gael-Linn collection, this is the only full CD devoted to Coleman's recordings. It contains some of the material that was included on the Shanachie LPs, augmented by 78 rpm records from the archive of the Coleman Heritage Society in Gurteen. There are eight tracks that are new to CD, including two unaccompanied sets that were made privately for a friend. The music of Coleman is so important that it is great to see even these twenty tracks becoming available. Every time you listen to them you will hear something new.

January 25, 2017

Anthogy American Folk Songs: Barbara Dane

Empire Musicwerks 545 450 827-2

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2006
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
01 When I Was A Young Girl (3:26)
02 Little Maggie (2:57)
03 Nine Hundred Miles (2:09)
04 Turkey Reveille (4:24)
05 Who's Gonna' Shoe Your Pretty Feet (3:27)
06 Ramblin' (2:41)
07 Girl Of Constant Sorrow (3:46)
08 Gypsy Davy (2:05)
09 Single Girl (2:02)
10 I Know Where I'm Going (2:23)
11 The Danville Girl (2:48)
12 Stung Right (2:10)
13 Greensleeves (3:58)
14 La Le Too Dum (3:00)
15 Don't Sing Love Songs (3:43)
Barbara Dane (vocals/guitar) Tom Paley (guitar/banjo)
Cover Photo: Edwin Francis, Liner Notes: Barbara Dane
Recorded at Ash Grove, Los Angeles in 1959; Published by Arvee Music Co.
Remastered CD version of Tradition Records LP TR 2072.

January 15, 2017

Dark River: Songs Of The Civil War Era

Blue Corn Music BCM-1103

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: Sep 13, 2011
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
01 Shiloh: Warren Hood And Rich Brotherton (2:42)
02 Hard Times–Drew Nelson (4:08)
03 Swing Low: Rebecca Folsom And Celeste Krenz (2:59)
04 She Moved Through The Fair: Slaid Cleaves (3:21)
05 Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier: Erin Ivey (4:50)
06 The Last Rose Of Summer: Chuck Pinnell (2:19)
07 Lorena: Jimmy LaFave (4:02)
08 Oh! Susanna: Suzi Stern (4:05)
09 Jack Of Diamonds: Jon Dee Graham (3:10)
10 Colorado Trail: Eliza Gilkyson (3:28)
11 The Yellow Rose Of Texas: Rich Brotherton (2:16)
12 Red River Valley: James McMurtry (3:43)
13 I Ride An Old Paint: Rita Hosking (4:02)
14 The Streets Of Laredo: Slaid Cleaves (3:48)
15 Home, Sweet Home: Jeff Plankenhorn (2:42)
Produce and Liner Notes: Chuck Pinnell, Photography: Scott Newton, Design: Neil Ferguson

January 13, 2017

The Prodigal Son: The Best Of Roy Acuff

Country Stars CTS-55490

Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 2007
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
01 Great Speckle Bird (2:53)
02 Steel Guitar Blues (2:49)
03 Lonesome Old River Blues (2:49)
04 The Precious Jewel (2:42)
05 Just to Ease My Worried Mind (2:39)
06 It Won't Be Long [Till I"Ll Be Leaving] (3:01)
07 Night Train to Memphis (2:48)
08 Wreck on the Highway (2:47)
09 Fireball Mail (2:34)
10 Not a Word from Home (2:27)
11 The Prodigal Son (2:44)
12 I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget You (2:37)
13 Write Me, Sweetheart (2:28)
14 Jole Blon (3:12)
15 Wabash Cannon Ball (2:34)
16 Freight Train Blues (3:06)
17 Waltz of the Wind (2:37)
18 Unloved and Unclaimed (2:51)
19 This World Can't Stand Long (2:39)
20 The Tennessee Waltz (2:53)
21 A Sinner's Death (2:41)
22 Black Mountain Rag (2:51)
23 Mule Skinner Blues [Blue Yodel No. 8] (2:47)
24 I Couldn't Believe It Was True (2:14)
25 The Southbound Train (2:36)
Roy Acuff And His Smoky Mountain Boys

January 12, 2017

Delta Blues: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James, Son House

Roots RL-339

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Remastered
Country: Austria
Released: 1971
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Blues
A1 Ramblin' On My Mind: R.J. (San Antonio, Nov 23, 1936)
A2 Come On In My Kitchen: R.J. (San Antonio, Nov 23, 1936)
A3 Phonograph Blues: R.J. (San Antonio, Nov 23, 1936)
A4 Cross Road Blues: R.J. (San Antonio, Nov 27, 1936)
A5 Little Queen Of Spades: R.J. (San Antonio, Nov 23, 1936)
A6 Drunken Hearted Man: R.J. (Dallas, Jun 20, 1937)
A7 Stop Breakin' Down Blues: R.J. (Dallas, Jun 20, 1937)
A8 Love In Vain: R.J. (Dallas, Jun 20, 1937)
B1 Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues: C.P. (Richmond, Jun 14, 1929)
B2 Four O'Clock Blues: S.J. (Boston, Nov 1964)
B3 Drunken Spree: S.J. (Boston, Nov 1964)
B4 Illinois Blues: S.J. (Boston, Nov 1964)
B5 How Long Blues: S.J. (Boston, Nov 1964)
B6 Sundown: S.H. (Rochester, Sep 23, 1969)
Robert Johnson (vocals/guitar) Charley Patton (vocals/guitar) Skip James (vocals/guitar/piano) Son House (vocals/guitar)
Compiled and Produce: Evelyn Parth, Remastered: Hans Peter Strobl
Discographical Details from Blues and Gospel Records 1902-42 by John Godrich and Robert Dixon (revised edition, Storyville 1969) and from Blues Records 1943-1966 by Mike Leadbitter and Neil Slaven (Hanover Books Ltd).

January 8, 2017

Worried Blues: Mississippi John Hurt 1964

Piedmont PLP-13161

Series: Volume II Of The Original Piedmont Recordings
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Delta Blues
Country: US
Released: 1964
A1 Lazy Blues
A2 Farther Along
A3 Sliding Delta
A4 Nobody Cares For Me
A5 Cow Hooking Blues No. 2
B1 Talkin' Casey
B2 Weeping And Wailing
B3 Worried Blues
B4 Oh Mary Don't You Weep
B5 I Been Cryin' Since You Been Gone
Mississippi John Hurt (vocals/guitar)
Liner Notes: Dick Spottswood, Design: Louisa Spottswood, Photos: Peter Bartók & Seth Beckerman, Recorded: Peter V. Kuykendall, Mastered: Peter Bartók
Recorded at Wynwood Recording Studio on March 14, 15 and 21, 1964.

January 7, 2017

Folksongs and Blues: Mississippi John Hurt 1963

Piedmont PLP-13157

Series: Volume I Of The Original Piedmont Recordings
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1963
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Delta Blues
A1 Avalon Blues
A2 Richland Women Blues
A3 Spike Driver Blues
A4 Salty Dog
A5 Cow Hooking Blues
A6 Spanish Fandang
B1 Casey Jones
B2 Louis Collins
B3 Candy Man Blues
B4 My Creole Belle
B5 Liza Jane-God's Unchanging Hand
B6 Joe Turner Blues
Mississippi John Hurt (vocals/harmonica/guitar)
Liner Notes: Dick Spottswood & T. G. Rockwell, Design: Pete Welding, Photo: Raeburn Flerlage, Recorded: P. V. Kuykendall, Peter Silitch and Sandy Fisher, Mastered: P. V. Kuykendall
Recorded on March 24, 26, 29 and April 2, 1963 in Washington, D. C.

January 2, 2017

Long Journey Home: 1998 Television Mini-series

Unisphere Records 09026-68963-2

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1998
Genre: Rock, Classical, Stage & Screen
Style: Folk Rock, Neo-Classical, Soundtrack
01 Shenandoah: Van Morrison And The Chieftains (3:52)
02 Main Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (4:25)
03 Paddy's Lamentation / Ships Are Sailing: Mary Black (4:47)
04 Emigration Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (5:08)
05 The Bard Of Armagh / The Streets Of Laredo: Vince Gill (5:03)
06 Skibbereen: Sinéad O'Connor (4:15)
07 The Night That Larry Was Streched–Jig: The Chieftains and Friends (2:27)
08 White Potatoes: Liam Ó Maonlaí (3:31)
09 Famine Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (3:37)
10 Mildoon, The Solid Man / Grandfather's Tune: Mick Moloney (3:42)
11 An Raibh Tú Ag An Gcarraig? (Were You At The Rock?): Sissel (5:30)
12 O'Carolan's Farewell To Music: The Irish Film Orchestra With Derek Bell (2:30)
13 Bean Pháidín: Kevin Conneff (1:44)
14 O'Donnell's Lament / Reel With The Beryle: Eileen Ivers (2:45)
15 American Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (2:57)
16 Long Journey Home (Anthem): Elvis Costello With Anúna (4:16)
Art Direction: James O'Mara, Producer: Paddy Moloney
Long Journey Home is the soundtrack for the PBS/Disney production of the story and celebration of the Irish in America. It is produced by Paddy Moloney, which immediately sets it apart. Among others contributing to this dazzling aural painting are the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and the Irish Film Orchestra. This is a strongly consistent work, but if forced to pick out highlights, one might run from the haunting version of "Shenandoah" by Van Morrison and the Chieftains through the controlled power of Sinéad O'Connor's version of "Skibbereen" and the beautiful work of Sissel to the finale of "Long Journey Home (Anthem)," composed by Costello and Moloney and sung by Costello. This is a seamless blend of traditional and original Irish music that stands on its own as an outstanding piece of work, and at the same time not only complements, but also enhances, the documentary it goes with.

January 1, 2017

All the Best Wishes in 2017

Fiddling His Way, Eastman Johnson, American painter (1824-1906)

Wishing you a happy and magical New Year 2017! We hope it brings you lots of joy and happiness. All the best.