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Folk is the Roots

Saturday, October 05, 2013

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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A Private Reel -Still More Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, November 25, 2012

That other show that John Schaefer hosts, Soundcheck, has had some incredible performances in the studio recently.  In case you've missed them, for this edition of New Sounds, we'll offer up some of these rare gems, such as Cuban singer Omara Portundo and Senegalese singer/guitarist Baaba Maal.

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Folk is the Roots

Monday, September 17, 2012

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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A Private Reel -Still More Live on Soundcheck

Friday, November 25, 2011

That other show that John Schaefer hosts, Soundcheck, has had some incredible performances in the studio recently.  In case you've missed them, for this edition of New Sounds, we'll offer up some of these rare gems, such as Cuban singer Omara Portundo and Senegalese singer/guitarist Baaba Maal.

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Folk is the Roots

Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2010

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For this New Sounds program, John Schaefer throws his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2010 into the ring. Listen to the contenders for this year: a chamber ensemble (ahem, feat. members of the National)  in collaboration with an indie vocalist, a Genius-award-winning jazz pianist and his trio, a classical ensemble with a rock rhythm section made of members from an influential post-rock band, a singer-speaker-storyteller with an alter-ego, an indie-classical song cycle for the same vocalist as mentioned above, and an unexpectedly beautiful combination of poetry, singer-songwriter and avant-jazz ensemble.  Plus some of the usual suspects...

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The New Lieder

Sunday, December 19, 2010

For this New Sounds, we'll sample the extended tradition of the classical art song into the world of contemporary music and listen to a whole slew of new songs for the 21st century.  We'll hear from Emily Wells, Christine Fellows, and some new takes on songs by Charles Ives.  Plus, music from Rachel Unthank/Robert Wyatt, the Cesarians, Gabriel Kahane, and more.

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New Sound of British Folk

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A new generation picks up the mantle of English folk/rock revivalists like Pentangle and Fairport Convention on this New Sounds program.  This new sound of British folk includes songs from Rachel Unthank & The Winterset (now just the Unthanks), young musicians who play very old music from Northumbria, a region of England rich in folklore and folk music.

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