#3635: New Looks at Old American Folksongs

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Listen to arrangements of American folk music and their spin-offs for this New Sounds. Hear three arrangements of the murder ballad, “Pretty Polly,” including one from the husband-and-wife team of virtuoso banjo players Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. There’s also music by Princeton University-based composer Paul Lansky, a computerized recreation of “Pretty Polly” from his record called “Folk Images,” which also takes on the beloved American Folksongs, “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Tender Ladies.”

Listen to contemporary compositions based on American folk music as well. There’s a work by Julia Wolfe, one of the co-founders of Bang on a Can, and her piece based on the legend of John Henry, “Steel Hammer.” Plus, Carla Kihlstedt’s take on the traditional tune, “50 miles,” as done up by her trio, 2 Foot Yard. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3635, a new look at old American songs (First aired on 9/10/2014)  

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Darol Anger, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Edgar Meyer

Heritage

Pretty Polly, excerpt [1:00]

Six Degrees #314 524 434
sixdegreesrecords.com

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Pretty Polly [3:45]

Rounder Records
Due out Oct 7, 2014
rounder.com

Last -Forever (Dick Connette, Sonya Cohen)

Last Forever

In the Pines [2:35]

Nonesuch #79447
Out of print.
Streaming at dickconnette.com
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Carla Kihlstedt

2 Foot Yard

50 Miles [6:10]

Tzadik #7706
tzadik.com

Paul Lansky

Folk Images

Pretty Polly [3:15]
Wayfaring Stranger [4:54]

Bridge #9060
bridgerecords.com

Bang on a Can All-Stars, Trio Medieval

Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer

Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer-Mountain [8:50]

Cantaloupe 21099
cantaloupemusic.com

Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge

Nighthawks

Nostalgia Blindside [4:57]

erikfriedlander.com

DarolAnger, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Edgar Meyer

Heritage: New Interpretations of American Roots Music

Pretty Polly [8:43]

Six Degrees #314 524 434 sixdegreesrecords.com

Tim Sparks

Chasin' the Boogie

I’ll Fly Away, excerpt [2:40]

Tonewood
cdbaby.com