Articles tagged folk music

Ólöf Arnalds: Sudden Elevation

On her third full length Ólöf Arnalds marries tradition and innovation. The language she does it in hardly matters.

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John McCutcheon: This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America

The ever-relevant songbook of folk's immortal influence comes to life again.

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Various Artists: Whaur the Pig Gaed on the Spree

The singers throughout the album, in universal folk song tradition, take on the voices of the poor and the pressured, which are the voices of themselves.

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The Tragically Hip Hippies of Yorkville, Toronto, in ‘Making the Scene’

This book astutely charts the transformative effect of Yorkville as a community, revealing it be a place that was greatly changed over the course of a few scant years.

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Great Big Sea: Safe Upon the Shore

Great Big Sea is, at its heart, a party band, and there is pretty much one thing that its music is a soundtrack to in Canada: drinking your face off.

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Pete Seeger… Un Hombre Sincero

These two documents transport listeners and viewers back to the heart of the civil rights era and reaffirm Seeger's creation of a truly global music of conscience that can transcend the limitations of its local translations.

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‘Cigar Box Banjo’  Is a Nice Parting Gift From One of Canada’s Most Talented Writers

Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.

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Race in America, Race in Music: Different Trains,  Same Two Tracks

It's an American pop music creation myth: that blues and folk music developed along two distinct tracks, with their own distinct traditions, divided along racial lines. The truth is, of course, far more slippery and complicated.

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Carrie Newcomer: Before & After

What starts as a comforting, peaceful collection of songs becomes vaguely and unfortunately workmanlike after more than 10 tracks.

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Herman Düne + Julie Doiron: 29 October 2009 - Chicago

Words and Pictures by Kirstie Shanley

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6 May 2009 // 6:37 AM

Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger turned 90 on May 3, and at least two new biographies are stepping onto the stage to mark the occasion. First

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11 Feb 2008 // 3:20 AM

Look at the list of marquee musicians with songs released exclusively on Appleseed Recordings over the last decade, and you might think there was a

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1 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Like a Boyd on a Wire

PopMatters talks to Joe Boyd, a man at the center of the folk, rock and blues scenes of the 1960s who lived to tell the tale. "The whole notion of folk music and an appreciation of things that are more rural and more traditional and more rustic than our lives are now is the privilege of the middle class."

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Vusi Mahlasela: Guiding Star

Though its 16 tracks vary in subject, style, and dynamic, each seems to be an unadulterated cry from Mahlasela's soul.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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