#3572: Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition

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Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

Then there’s music from the all-star Irish and American band, the Gloaming and their self-titled recording.  Sean Nos singer Iarla O Lionaird together with fiddler Martin Hayes, Hardanger fiddle player Caoimhim O Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and pianist/producer 
Thomas Bartlett, draw on traditional Irish forms to make lovely, aching and brilliant tunes - somehow both powerful and fragile. The one we’ll hear, "Song 44," is adapted from an 800-year-old Irish poem, “Poem no. 44” by Domhnall Mac Carthaigh, about a man who sees the woman he loves in his dreams.  Plus, hear bleak and beautiful music from Scotland’s bard and singer Robin Williamson setting the poetry of Dylan Thomas along with music from the unconventional folk-singer Sam Amidon. 

PROGRAM #3572 Folk-Inspired Ballads (First aired on 3/3/2014)  

ARTIST: Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
WORK: Exodus, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Hirta Songs
SOURCE: Stone Tape Recordings  006
INFO: stonetaperecordings.co.uk

ARTIST: Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
WORK: A Fall of Sleet [6:49]
RECORDING: Hirta Songs
SOURCE: Stone Tape Recordings  006
INFO: stonetaperecordings.co.uk

ARTIST: Sam Amidon
WORK: I See the Sign [6:15]
RECORDING: I See the Sign
SOURCE: Bedroom Community Records HVALUR9 
INFO: bedroomcommunity.net  OR samamidon.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Ebe Oke
WORK: I ask [5:43]
RECORDING: Eligo
SOURCE: soundcloud.com/ebeoke
INFO: facebook.com/pages/Ebe-Oke

ARTIST: The Gloaming
WORK: Song 44 [6:45]
RECORDING: The Gloaming
SOURCE: Brassland HWY-037 
INFO: store.brassland.org

ARTIST: Sam Amidon
WORK: Pretty Fair Damsel [3:06]
RECORDING: I See the Sign
SOURCE: Bedroom Community Records HVALUR9 
INFO: bedroomcommunity.net  OR samamidon.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Robin Williamson
WORK: Poem On His Birthday [11:21]
RECORDING:  The Seed At Zero
SOURCE: ECM 1732
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
WORK: Exodus [7:22]
RECORDING: Hirta Songs
SOURCE: Stone Tape Recordings  006
INFO: stonetaperecordings.co.uk