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Various artists’ Folk Music of China, Vol. 12 – Folk Songs of the Bai, Nu & Derung Peoples

A couple of sweethearts meet in the mountains where both are herding their sheep, in one of the most charming songs in this delightful collection. The two unaccompanied singers call to each other in a type of piercing yodel employing … Continue reading

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The Pink Stones’ Introducing… The Pink Stones

This debut record from Athens, Georgia’s The Pink Stones is a lot of fun. Especially if you love music from the cosmic country movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Pink Stones frontman Hunter Pinkston grew up siding with … Continue reading

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Focusyear Band 21’s Bosque

If nothing else, the Focusyear Band 21’s Bosque represents assurance that the future of jazz is in good hands. But it’s a lot more than that; it’s an hour of good music, for one thing. It’s 10 original compositions created … Continue reading

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Will Beeley’s 1970 Sessions

Will Beeley has spent the past three decades and change as a long-haul trucker, but before that he was a Texas troubadour. Born in California, raised in San Antonio, he was a singer-songwriter who soaked up the works of singer … Continue reading

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Eli West’s Tapered Point of Stone

The late great John Hartford’s legacy continues to resonate down the generations of American roots music. Washington State’s Eli West points to Hartford’s example of making collaborative music in his own fine new album Tapered Point of Stone. The music … Continue reading

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Frode Haltli’s Avant Folk II

I’ve been enamored of the music of Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli since he appeared as one third of the Snowflake Trio at Celtic Colours International Festival in 2013. In that group he, Irish flautist and singer Nuala Kennedy, and Norwegian … Continue reading

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Chester Folk Festival, May 2006

Although it is called the Chester Folk Festival, this event is held 10 miles outside of Chester in the quite picturesque village of Kelsall. As festivals go, Chester Festival may not be biggest, but it must surely take the prize … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Folk Music Of China, Vol. 11: Folk Songs Of The Dai And Hani Peoples

Naxos World Music continues its series of releases covering the vast and varied folk songs of China. On Volume 11 they present folk songs of two quite different peoples and traditions in the far south of China. The Dai and … Continue reading

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Sakili’s Creole Sounds from the Indian Ocean

With the opening strains of the first track of this album, “Ma Ninine,” I’m hearing something that reminds me of the Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana. Francis Prosper, one of two lead vocalists in Sakili, belts out a strident … Continue reading

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Melissa Carper’s Daddy’s Country Gold

Melissa Carper grew up listening to classic country music – Hank, Patsy, Johnny, Kitty, Loretta and the like – and the past few years she’s been making various kinds of Americana music herself. She and her girlfriend, fiddler Rebecca Patek, … Continue reading

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