Episode #2963

Global Banjo

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Foday Musa Suso, Joel Harrison, Tony Trischka, now known as the FoJoTo String Band, is a cross-cultural kora, guitar & banjo trio. We'll hear some music that they played live on Soundcheck. There's also banjo in a skronk-metal mood from Seabrook Power Plant, along with music involving the banjo's West African antecedents. Plus, shamisen music by the Yoshida Brothers, and more.

PROGRAM # 2963, Global Banjo (First aired on July 22, 2009)





FoJoTo String Band

Live on Soundcheck, 7/21/09

Gourd Banza [2:28]

Not commercially available.

Bela Fleck

Throw Down Your Heart

Envelope of Many [5:06]

Rounder 11661-0634-2


The Codona Trilogy: Codona 3

Hey Da Ba Boom [7:13]

ECM 2033-35

David Rothenberg, Graeme Boone and Glen Velez

On the Cliffs of the Heart

In My Heart There is a Discord (Machaut) [4:09]

New Tone 6744
Out of print.
Only available as iTunes download

Jim Bowie

Live, 10/88 @ WNYC

Bulerias [4:53]

Not commercially available.

Seabrook Power Plant

Seabrook Power Plant

Ho Chi Minh Trail [4:39]

Loyal Label LLCD 006 Info at

Download from Amazon,
or available at

Mick Moloney, Eugene O'Donnell, Seamus Eagan

3 Way Street

John Doherty'sCrowley'sEmily's [3:49]

Green Linnet 1129 Available at OR download thru

Yoshida Brothers


Modern Hishou Version [2:29]

Domo 73071

Ustad Mohammed Omar

Virtuoso From Afghanistan

Emen – Tintal, excerpt [4:00]

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40439

Alison Brown

Simple Pleasures

Mambo Banjo [4:01]

Vanguard 79459 Out of print, but try or auction sites. Some of the tunes are available as a best of, called “Vanguard Visionaries” thru or



Banjo Doina, excerpt [1:15]

Shanachie #21007 Download from

Olafur Arnalds

Music From the North (Weekly Podcast)

Hear some Icelandic electronic chamber music with a delicate undercurrent of minimalism from the young Olafur Arnalds on this New Sounds.  We’ll listen to the Arnalds record, "And they have escaped the weight of darkness."  The rest of this Northern edition of the show includes music from Norway and Sweden, and more from Iceland.


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