It’s album cover Tuesday! “Christmas Songs from Many Lands” features Canadian singer Alan Mills interpreting Yuletide music from 15 countries and cultures. As the cover might suggest, Mills’ simple approach – just voice and guitar - departs from popular North American songs. #Folkways #AlbumCoverTuesdays #Holidays #carols
6/26/12 "Songs and Dances of Honduras" - As liner notes author Doris Stone explains, “Honduras was a meeting ground of nations from its earliest pre-Columbian days. ” Spanish colonial, African, and Native American influences blend not only in the music and dance styles but in the development of musical instruments, especially the marimba. Released in 1955, Songs and Dances of Honduras features ballads such as the corrido and dances such as the waltz, rumba, fandango, and the local sique.
Album Cover Tuesday! Many of the stories in “Ashanti: Folk Tales from Ghana” focus on Anansi the spider, the popular trickster character of Ashanti folklore; if you look closely, you can see the figure on the cover pointing to Anansi in the upper right corner.
3/12/13 "Songs of Texas" - The Tex-i-an Boys - Five men from the Houston area perform "Sixteen popular folk songs of the Lone Star State," most of which have become well-known throughout the country. The songs reflect some of the realities and history of Texan life: cowboys, farming, love, a powerful hurricane, the Alamo, the blues, and a country dance. One song with an interesting history, "Billy Barlow," has been traced back to 14th century England.
11/12/2013 Featured this week is a treasure, “Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 8, No. 2) Live at the Bottom Line 1994” - with a neat black and white, DIY aesthetic. In addition to the great recording, there are liner notes with an intriguing interview with Dave Van Ronk in which he shares juicy bits of history and wisdom. “I was always rewriting," Van Ronk said. "There’s no point in wedding bad lyrics to good music. Or vice versa.”
2/12/13 "Festa Italiana" This collection presents examples of national Italian folk music and dance—that is, music and dance that are popular throughout the peninsula. The album features the music of five dance styles: Tarantella, Quadrille, Mazurka, Waltz, and Stornelli. Only Tarantella and Stornelli have indigenous roots, but regardless of their origin, all these dances have been completely integrated into Italian tradition.
Album Cover Tuesday! A serene wooded setting is the backdrop for this collection by Ruth Crawford Seeger selected and performed by her daughters Peggy, Barbara and Penny, and with children from the South Boston Music School. #AlbumCoverTuesday #Folkways