#3781: Anglo-American Folk Songs

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Hear Anglo-American Folk Songs for this New Sounds, including music from Scotland’s Furrow Collective, San Francisco-based Meg Baird, and the Boise, Idaho-based string-band trio, Hillfolk Noir. Hear some American folk from NY-based Last Forever, by Sonya Cohen (of the Seeger family.) Then there’s a chamber music arrangement of “Young Emily’ by Bryce Dessner for the Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird, from their new record, “Filament.”

Listen to an all-star quartet out of Scotland, the Furrow Collective, whose four distinctive singers and instrumentalists - singer-songwriter Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, and singer/guitarist Alasdair Roberts - all provide lead vocals on mostly bleak narrative ballads of hanging, murder and bewitchment, such as “Demon Lover.” Then, the Vermont-based trio Low Lily’s influences range from bluegrass to Irish, English, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. Hear their version of “Demon Lover,” although they give it the less charmed title of “House Carpenter.”

There’s music from the San Francisco-based folksinger Meg Baird, formerly of Philly-based psych-folk band Espers. On her latest release, a solo record called “Don’t Weigh Down the Light,” understated electric and acoustic guitars gently frame Meg’s delicate voice. Plus, hear a blend of string-band, punk, folk, and country blues music from the Boise, Idaho-based jug band, Hillfolk Noir. And more. 

PROGRAM #3781 Anglo-American Folk Songs (First Aired 10-01-2015)

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Hillfolk Noir

Pop Songs For Elk

'Round I Sing, excerpt [1:30]

cdbaby.com/cd/hillfolknoir3

Low Lily

Low Lily

House Carpenter [3:35]

lowlily.com/cd-store

The Furrow Collective (Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts)

At Our Next Meeting

Demon Lover [4:59]

thefurrowcollective.co.uk

eighth blackbird

Filament

Bryce Dessner: Young Emily [3:51]

Cedille Records CDR 90000 157
cedillerecords.org

Last Forever

Acres of Diamonds: new and old songs out of the American tradition

Boll Weevil Blues [13:20]

Story Sound Records
Due out Oct. 30, 2015
elevenspot.11spot.com

Hillfolk Noir

Pop Songs For Elk

'Round I Sing / Mile On Up [4:50]

cdbaby.com/cd/hillfolknoir3

The Furrow Collective (Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts)

At Our Next Meeting

King Henry [6:29]

thefurrowcollective.co.uk

Meg Baird

Don’t Weigh Down the Light

Counterfeiters [3:29]

Drag City 632
dragcity.com

Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts

This Uneven Thing [4:18]

Drag City DC613
dragcity.com