Folk Plus blends contemporary folk , plus spoken word, Broadway,
contemporary singer-songwriters or blasts from the past centered
around a theme.
Angela plans and records Folk Plus from home due to her extreme
[John Webber handles audio and website issues for FolkPlus.]
So who did I discover newly this
year, to air on Folk Plus?
Well, todays show will air some of the answers... also, I
rediscovered a few artists, and they will be later in the hour.
Kicking off today's runway of new finds is Alicia McGovern. She
has been a finalist in the Susanne Millsaps Memorial Songwriting
Showcase (2011), placed third in the Tucson Folk Festival
Songwriting Contest (2010) and received an Honorable Mention in
the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (2010).
Shes currently touring in the Netherlands as her first
international tour. Her release is Words Through the Seasons,
and we will hear Ruby Red Sky.
Alicia McGovern Ruby Red
Sky 3:45 Words Through
The Seasons- aliciamcgovernmusic.com
Frankenpine is a Brooklyn-based string band with roots
reaching from the subway platforms of the city up the Hudson
Valley to the crooked mountains of the Adirondacks.It consists
of 5 or d 6 players around Kim and Mathew Chase on mandolin
and banjo.. with fiddle it can sound bluegrass but play
everything from blues to gypsy jazz to rock to old-time. Its
lyrics exploring themes of loss and ambition; telling
the stories of outlaws and the outspoken.
Texas Outlaw 4:19 The
Crooked Mountain - frankenpinemusic.com/
Last Bird Home, the forthcoming album from Chris Castle, has
Tommy Ramone from the Ramones with an official "add date"
of January 16th.
His website, https://www.dirtsandwich.com/, says "organic
music grown from the ground up." He has on the release
3. Chris Castle Both
Ends of A Gun 4:28 -
- Last Bird Home - www.dirtsandwich.com
They are a five piece band who call their music “nordic
Their music is based on traditional bluegrass with influences
including Swedish folk music, pop, and jazz.
Ramblers Singing With The
Birds 3:04 On The Other Side
Of The City- www.downtownramblers.com/
Stray Birds is a trio from southeastern Pennsylvania, that draws
on American folk music traditions.
Maya de Vitry plays a fiddle, a banjo, a guitar. She most
recently won 4th Place in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Oliver Craven is a A classically-trained violinist, who also
plays mandolin, and guitar in various acoustic outfits.
Bassist Charles Joseph Muench is classically-trained and can
also be found playing the banjo at breakfast.
5. The Stray
Birds Birds of the
Borderland 3:47 Borderland -
Paul Sachs was born and raised in New York City. Despite this
fact, there is the occasional hint of a country twang in his
gutsy raw vocals on this, his fourth release. Song after song he
creates some lovely and memorable melodies. The cuts on Oil Town
involve those challenged by love, by work and the struggles
created by economic imbalance.
6. Paul Sachs
Poor Man's Out 2:57 Oil Town
"Cuts blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear
background of classical training. Their style settings vary from
Appalachian kitchens, to contra dance floors, to concert halls.
Their own works are soothing and fresh... Throughout the release
their instrumentation is tasteful and accomplished, varying
speed and emotional attack. This duo is taking the classical
study of a Contemporary Improvisation Program and bringing it
alive in folk touring circles."
7. Ari & Mia
Amelia 4:57 Unruly Heart -
The Sea, the Sea is the 19th novel by Iris Murdoch.
Also a duo of Mira Stanley & Chuck E. Costa 2011
Appointed Official “CT State Troubadour”
8. The Sea The Sea
With That Fire 3:38 The Sea
The Sea - www.chuckecosta.com/
New York Times dubbed him the “great American romantic,” and at
any given moment on this very day a radio station in America is
9. Edwin McCain The
Boy Who Cried Love 3:25
Mercy Bound- 429 Records
this collection of thirteen songs was inspired by poems by
the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats. One can hear strains of
American and Irish folk music in these original musical settings
of Yeats' poems, some well known, some less known.
The album includes wonderful graphics and a sixteen-page booklet
with the text of Yeats' original poems. Area songwriter Jack
Hardy was a total student and fan of Yeats and you can hear
similarities to this poem and Hardy's The Inner Man on
10. Kyle Alden - The Cloak, The Boat And The Shoes 231
Songs From year's Bee-loud Glade - kylealden.com
Next group was formed in 1976 They are La Bottine, and
their mission is to perpetuate the traditional music and song
at a time when pop music and disco occupied the whole scene.
Still going strong, this 11 piece band is going strong.
11. La Bottine Souriante Cette
Appellation d'Origine Controlee- Borealis
I was reaquainted iwth the following artists this year. First
they young and wildly popular canadian artist Ariana Gillis.
12. Ariana Gillis - Blueberry Ocean [you go, you go]
3:35 To Make It Make Sense -
Up next is Cosy Sherisan singing Air Guitar, and she is one
great musician. Shes singing about what she does well and
pushing the idea to others.
13. Cosy Sheridan Air Guitar
2:52 The Horse King- Waterbug
This is one interesting writer and was nominated for Canada's
Juno award. Jon Brooks album quotes Robert Bly's poem, Taking the Hands
"Taking the hands of someone you love, You see they are delicate
cages..." From the release by that name, here is "we're
14. Jon Brooks Because - We're Free
4:31 Delicate Cages-
Peter Mayer rounding out today's show of discoveries and
rediscoveries by me for 2011.
15. Peter Mayer- All The World Is One
Below - Blueboat Records
On next week's Folk Plus I will air some Phil Ochs
and remind folks that his documentary "There but for Fortune"
will air on PBS Monday]
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