Episode #3434

Minimalism Meets English/Irish Folk Music


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Friday, February 22, 2013

For this New Sounds program, listen to music that is able to combine pattern music with folk music of the British Isles, both England and Ireland.  Hear something from the Penguin Cafe, which is Simon Jeffes' son, Arthur and crew, and something by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra as well.  Also, there's music from Spiro, a combination of folk-sounding instruments (violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin and accordion) in the service of systems music (a.k.a. minimalism.)  Plus, hear music by Daniel Figgis, and something from Dave Flynn and the talented Dublin Guitar Quartet.

PROGRAM #3434, Minimalism meets English/Irish folk music (First aired on 2/22/2013)                                       





Penguin Café Orchestra

Penguin Café Orchestra

Numbers 1 – 4 [6:59]

EEG 11



We Will Be Absorbed [5:07]

Real World Records CDRW188

Daniel Figgis


The Please Front [3:41]
Alison Creaking [3:23]
Glimmerer [4:52]

Black Burst #005, out of print. But download from

Penguin Café, with Kathryn Tickell, “small pipes”

A Matter of Life

Landau [4:59]

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Soundscapes over Landscapes (Redneck Manifesto) [3:24]

Penguin Café Orchestra

Penguin Café Orchestra

Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter [3:09]

See above.

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Flynn: Chimurenga [4:10]

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps, excerpt [4:00]


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