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A Wand'ring Minstrel…Aye!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Modern troubadours may not travel from court to court, but some musicians still keep the bardic tradition alive, telling stories and accompanying themselves on the harp.  We’ll hear from Joanna Newsom, a contemporary songwriter whose earlier epic work made a most memorable musical narrative out of her sister teaching her to name stars, accompanied by a concert harp.  From her 3-CD set called “Have One On Me,” we’ll hear “Go Long” in which she improbably manages to use “palanquin,” “bequeath,” and “Kentucky” in the same song.

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New Sounds

A Wand'ring Minstrel…Aye!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Modern troubadours may not travel from court to court, but some musicians still keep the bardic tradition alive, telling stories and accompanying themselves on the harp.  We’ll hear from Joanna Newsom, a contemporary songwriter whose earlier epic work made a most memorable musical narrative out of her sister teaching her to name stars, accompanied by a concert harp.  From her 3-CD set called “Have One On Me,” we’ll hear “Go Long” in which she improbably manages to use “palanquin,” “bequeath,” and “Kentucky” in the same song.  

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