Extending the Folksong

For this New Sounds, we'll test the limits of the folksong tradition. There's the bucolic songwriting and references to Satan on a folktronic "Fair Doreen" from Tunng, harp-based epics about astronomy from Joanna Newsom, along with bard-like settings of poetry by Robin Williamson. Also, hear from Linda Thompson's astounding British-folk-stretching latest effort, "Versatile Heart," which features collaborations with her son Teddy, chamber strings, and the disembodying vocals of Antony (Antony and the Johnsons.) And, as always, much more.

PROGRAM #2716, Extending the Folk Tradition (First aired on Thurs. 9-20-07)






The Well Below the Valley

As I Roved Out [4:00]

Shanachie #79101 Download from www.emusic.com

Linda Thompson

Versatile Heart

Katie Cruel [2:30]

Rounder #3217 www.rounder.com


Mother's Daughter and Other Songs

Fair Doreen [1:30]

Static Caravan VAN88 www.staticcaravan.org*, www.tunng.co.uk* or download from www.emusic.com

Robin Williamson

The Iron Stone

Verses At Ellesmere [4:30]

ECM #1969 www.ecmrecords.com


Good Arrows

King [3:00]

Thrill Jockey #190** www.thrilljockey.com*

Paul Lansky

Folk Images

Ash Grove [3:00]

Bridge #9060 www.bridgerecords.com

Joanna Newsom

The Milk-Eyed Mender

3 Little Babes [3:30]

Drag City #263 www.dragcity.com
or download from www.emusic.com

Susanna And the Magical Orchestra

Melody Mountain

Fotheringay [3:30]]

Rune Grammafon #2057*
www.runegrammofon.com OR www.susannamagical.com


Cold Blow And The Rainy Night

Baneasa's Green Glade [6:00]

Shanachie #79011 Download from www.emusic.com

Martin Simpson

When I Was On Horseback

When I Was On Horseback [4:30]

Shanachie #97016 www.shanachie.com

Robin Williamson

Skirting the River Road

West From California's Shores [5:00]

ECM #1785 www.ecmrecords.com

Last Forever

Last Forever

In The Pines [2:00]

Nonesuch #79447** www.nonesuch.com