Folk Plus airs Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WJFF following NPR's Car Talk.
Sing Out Folk Music Folk Songs Spring 2004
1. Kate Rusby - Let Me Be
Underneath the Stars - Compass
"Rusby's voice is sweet nimble and captivating"..traditional pieces with a contemporary feel
2. Danu - County Down
The Road Less Traveled - Shanachie
Everytime (Muireen) Nic Amhlaoibh' steps up to the mic, wondrous things occur"
3. Solas - Maire Mhilis Bhrea
Another Day - Shanachie
Solas sets standards toward which lesser groups can but aspire.
Seamus Egan plays anything not locked up.
4. Le Vent Du Nord - Au Bord de la fontaine
Maudite Moisson! - Borealis
Simard's voice is pure gold.
"or anyone who loves high spirited traditional song and dance"
5. John Flynn- Minnie Lou
Dragon - MetaFour
"Flynn tackles issues of the day"
6. Charlie King / Karen Brandow - Homeland, Homeland, Uber Alles
Sparks and Tears: Lively in Concert - Vaguely Reminiscent
there is power and relief in the fact that we can come together at community events..
7. Kate Power and Steve Einhorn - Dancing in the Kitchen
Pearls - Artichoke
Pearls arouses the kind of simple memories that produce grounded love.
8. Albert and Gage - (K RHodes) Bells of Joy
At Anderson Fair - Moonhouse
The sound is a gospel tinged rhythm and blues featuring some high spirited piano playing
9. Girlyman - Viola
Remember Who I Am - Clever Shark
"when the entire trio sings is a highpoint...rendering listeners temporarily disabled.
10. Mrs. Ackroyd Band - Lots of Oil
Yelp! - Mrs Ackroyd
Nothing is safe from or sacred to Barker, who takes parody a step beyond cheap shots, making them works of art.
11. Nerissa and Katryna Nields - Glow in the Dark Plastic Angel
This Town is Wrong - Zoe
Nerissa Nields has a gift for touching the part of listeners that's still 16.
12. Eva Cassidy - Hallelujah I Love Him So
American Tune -Blix Street
Though Eva is no longer with us we can still enjoy her voice.
13. Cosy Sheridan - You can Always Go Home
Pomegranate Seed - CMS
"how modern culture affects the feminine psyche"
"She has collected all these songs in one place, for like the worthy heroines,
they are all deserving of far more attention"
14. Lisabeth Weber - In the Morning Here
The Almost Live Sessions - Women from Mars
"charming honest recording"
15. Christine Kane - GIrls Like That
Rain and Mud and WIld and Green - Big Fat Music
"This CD vaults Kane into the ranks of pre-eminent songwriter"
16. Various - Go Go Round 3:00
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot - Borealis/ NorthernBlues
17. Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert - Side of the Road
Side of the Road - Philo
these friends "joining foreces and step outside their own songwriting"
18. Joan Baez - (R. Adams) In My Time of Need
Dark Chords on a Big Guitar - Koch
"Baez lets us know that she is very much a contemporary artist"
19. Natalie Merchant - Which Side are you On?
(notes: first head it sung by Hazel Dickens to a group of striking coal miners in the
brilliant documentary Harlan County USA) The House Carpenter's Daughter - Myth America
"How often does a successful, talented pop star turn around and record a cd of mostly traditional folk?"
20. Peggy Seeger - Jackie Rover
Heading For Home - Appleseed
"Peggy Seeger, surrounded by her talented family"
"A magical mixture of tradition, family and song"
21. Finest Kind - Jack the Jolly Tar
Silks and Spices - Fallen Angle
(Ian learned this song from Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger over 30 years ago)
22. Tom Chapin - The Hampton String Quartet
Making Good Noise - Gadfly
"all the songs deal with the joyful noise of music and encourage the audience to join"
23. Trout Fishing in America - Wrong Right
It's a Puzzle - Trout
"Clever songs and musical variety meandering through folk/rock/country..."
24. Carrie Newcomer - Betty's Diner
Betty's Diner - Philo
"Carrie sings of ordinary lives in diners and bowling alleys with extraordinary alto vocals."
25. David Mallett - Like Me Without You
Artist in Me - North Road
"great songs with his talents in storytelling"
26. Pete Morton - Goodbye to Oil
Swarthmoor - Harbourtown
"Morton skewers pretense, greed and apathy."
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