Have you heard Abby the Spoon Lady? Thanks Salvelinas for sharing her music with me. ….and a little Soldier’s Joy
Some songs seem to transcend style, fad and fashion and have endured in our collective imagination for a long time. Shortnin’ Bread has been a kind of cure-all for the soul, an Afro-American song dating back to the 1890s. Three little children, lying in bedTwo… Read More
Cathy and Dave….
Wildwood Flower was popularized by the Carter Family, but its close cousin I’ll Twine Mid the Ringlets was written by Joseph Philbrick Webster and published way back in 1860. It could be that both are based on another earlier tune, but if so I don’t… Read More
I’ve been working on the St. Anne’s Reel on the banjo recently, but I’ve been familiar with this one from my button accordion days as Reel de Ste-Anne. I don’t know the actual origin of this one, but a lot of people will tell you… Read More
I love the way Éric Gagné plays that box….
This is Reel de la Pointe au Pic performed by Gaston Nolet. The previous examples were played on a one-row accordion. M. Nolet is playing a 3-row box. I don’t recognize the maker of his accordion. It’s a beauty.
Jean Ritchie, a tremendously influential voice in American song, passed yesterday, age 92. RIP. Here is the obit in the NY Times.
Blind but Now I See is Kent Gustavson’s biorgraphy of the late Doc Watson. When I read about this book I was very much looking forward to it because I’ve been listening to and enjoying Doc Watson’s music for many years. I think my introduction… Read More