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Caroline Herring: Austin to Savannah

Article written by on Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 in Concerts,Festivals,Reviews

After her crowd-winning performance at the South by Southwest Music Conference last week, singer/songwriter Caroline Herring is headed to Savannah, Georgia for her April 2 concert during the Savannah Music Festival. Caroline’s “Southern Gothic” folk music writings capture the imagination, and her voice is wonderfully easy to listen to. The video on the Savannah site is a great introduction to this singer’s work.

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Epiphany Project in Framingham March 21

Article written by on Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 in Concerts,Reviews

One of my favorite CDs purchased in the last year is Epiphany Project’s Hin Dagh, a collection of original songs and adapted prayers in various languages including Armenian, Swahili, Aramaic and ancient Welsh. Epiphany Project is the duo John Hodian and Bet Williams. Bet’s full voice and four-octave range and John’s piano compositions make a stunning combination. Add to that a healthy mix of world folk instruments and the album is a feast for the ears. Hin Dagh is their third CD, and the first one to have this range of languages; Bet and John have also recorded separately.

If you live in the Boston area and you haven’t seen Epiphany Project in concert, you will have your chance Saturday night. The time is 8:00 pm and the place is the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham. Most of their material will be in English, from their previous recordings, but some of the material from Hin Dagh will also be presented. Anyone who attends is in for a musical treat.

The group’s next U.S. appearance, before they go on to tour Europe, is at the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 8:30 pm Friday March 27.

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Alela Diane Releases To Be Still

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

I came across this CD while looking for new folk music on Amazon, and I was hitting the “add to cart” button almost before I knew it. Alela has a hauntingly beautiful voice and her own folk style. This is her second label release, the first being The Pirate’s Gospel. Yes, I ordered that one too!

http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/releases/To-Be-Still/

http://www.aleladiane.com/about.html

http://www.myspace.com/alelamusic

http://www.last.fm/music/Alela+Diane

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New Tom Rush Album Released Tuesday

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

Tom Rush has released his first album in years. What I Know is a mixture of original music, traditional pieces such as “Casey Jones,” and covers. Guest vocalists include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett and Nanci Griffith. Tom may not have recorded in a while, but he certainly hasn’t lost his touch. The album has 15 tracks; I think “River Song” is my favorite so far.

http://www.tomrush.com

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Get Onboard with Eric Bibb

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

Prolific and talented acoustic blues and folk artist Eric Bibb has released a new album, Get Onboard. The CD features Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt as guest artists, and song samples are available on Eric’s web site. If you haven’t listed to him before, you might also want to check out the YouTube video of the song “Connected” (not on this CD) on his MySpace page. In it you can see something of his sense of being rooted in the folk and jazz music communities by means of family and other musical influences.

http://www.news.con.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25114623-5003421,00.html

http://www.ericbibb.com/

http://www.myspace.com/ericbibb

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Tangleweed: Where You Been So Long

Article written by on Monday, Feb 19, 2007 in Reviews

Where You Been So Long? Tangleweed is a five piece string band with a sound firmly rooted in tradition. Which tradition it is, is a little more uncertain. Drawing from oldtime, bluegrass, western swing and jazz, they create a sound that is authentically American but fiercely refuses to be pinned down to any one genre. They have the fast pickin’, high energy sound of a top notch bluegrass band but their repertoire, arrangements and chord selections are much more eclectic.

‘Where You Been So Long’ includes a western swing tune, an ‘instant old-timey protest song’ written by the band, a medley of Irish tunes, a jazz standard or two as well as songs penned by members of the band. In spite of the varied sources, the CD moves smoothly from one cut to the next and the end result is a juicy, toe tapping CD, great for bopping around the house or a long drive.

Where You Been So Long? at Amazon.(Affiliate Link)

Tangleweed’s web site.

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Tommy Emmanuel – The Mystery

Article written by on Wednesday, Sep 20, 2006 in Reviews

I’d heard of Tommy Emmanuel  for a long time but I missed a chance to hear him in Ithaca this summer so I was delighted when Glenn Holmes from On Target Media Group asked if I’d like a review copy of Emmanuel’s latest album ‘The Mystery‘.

Tommy Emmanuel is a guitarist’s guitarist who’s played with musicians as diverse as Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul and several symphony orchestras. His boyhood hero Chet Atkins, became one of his biggest fans. They recorded together in 1996, an album which sadly became Atkin’s last.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions

Article written by on Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 in Reviews

I’ve been a fan of Bruce Springsteen for a long time but his earlier acoustic efforts have seemed unrelentingly dark to me. Not so this time out. Rollicking would be the best single word description of “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions”. This is a huge band and by turns it sounds like on oversize jam session, a jug band and a gospel choir as they romp their way through the 13 folk standards on the album.

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