From Jukeboxes to Digital Downloads – Sharing the Experiences of two Generations of Musicians

Note: Sue Barrett is a music journalist from Australia who is an occasional contributor to FolkBlog.  This piece appears by her gracious permission and she retains all rights to this article.

By Sue Barrett

And I thank my lucky stars/
And whoever’s up there in charge/
That I have music/
Cause I wouldn’t know where to start/
Without these songs inside my heart/
To show you who I am, who I am

‘Nullarbor’

(lyrics: Jessie Vintila; music: Jessie Vintila/Emma Royle)

Amongst the regulars at the local record store is a burly man who is an expert on all-things Bruce Springsteen. Recently, however, his focus (and one of his hands) was on the store’s advance copy of My Heart – the new CD from Doris Day (the same Doris Day who sold a million copies of ‘Sentimental Journey’ in the 1940s, who won an Oscar for the song ‘Que Sera, Sera’ in the 1950s and who received Golden Globe Awards as the world’s favorite actress in the 1960s).

Another album that has been playing on rotation at the record store is Suzi Quatro’s In The Spotlight. Like Doris, Suzi’s work covers more than just music – with Suzi appearing in a number of television shows, including Happy Days, Dempsey & Makepeace (‘Love You To Death’, Series 2) and Bob the Builder. Early in her music career, Suzi performed with her sister Patti (who went on to join the 1970s rock band, Fanny).

Coincidently, June and Jean Millington (both key members of Fanny) recently released a new CD, Play Like a Girl. As with Jessie Vintila, from the Australian indie/folk band The Lucky Wonders, June Millington has written about the importance of music to her inner self – “There’s nothing like the sound of music/To take my spirit home” (‘Ladies on the Stage’). These days, a large part of June’s time is taken up with The Institute for Musical Arts (www.ima.org), including its rock ’n’ roll programs for girls and young women.

With older musicians continuing to perform, and young musicians emerging, FolkBlog turned its attention to the experiences of two groups of musicians who are separated, in age, by around forty years.

A.O. (from the lost bois) and ALYNDA LEE SEGARRA (from Hurray for the Riff Raff) are in their 20s; whilst LUI COLLINS and GAYE ADEGBALOLA are now in their 60s…

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Nic Jones to Perform Again

This is huge news. UK folkie Nic Jones is to perform again 30 years after a brutal car accident put his career on hold, per BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17153602

 

Singer/Songwriter Terence Martin Has Died

Singer/songwriter Terence Martin has died of pancreatic cancer. I didn’t know Terence Martin, but I’ve played tracks from his last several CDs because they were excellent.

Rosanne Cash Wants Your Help

Rosanne Cash invites Festival Radio listeners and FolkBlog readers to send requests and questions by twitter to @rosannecash to build the setlist for her first “Live from Zone C” concert she will record in her living room on 11/2.

Tweets should include the hashtag #essentialrc (for Essential Roasanne Cash).  You may also include the hashtag #FolkBlog or #FestivalRadio to indicate where you heard about the event. Songs should be chosen from the Essential Rosanne Cash 2-cd set.  The full track list is after the jump.

The lines for the requesting are open from 10/25 to 10/31.

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Canadian Folk Music Awards 2011 Nominees

Hey, America. They play folk music in Canada, too. Nominees for the Canadian Folk Music Awards,  to be held in Toronto on December 4. A few (fewer than I would like) of these artists can be heard on Festival Radio. More specifically, I’ve given heavy play to the Bruce Cockbur, Ruth Moody, April Verch and Lynn Miles CDs.  Other artists I play regularly (though maybe not the work nominated) are David Francey, Enoch Kent and The Wailin’ Jennys.

2011 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Finest Kind – For Honour & For Gain
  • De Temps Antan – Les Habits de Papier
  • La Volée d’Castors – Le Retour
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
  • Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer – Nouvelles fréquentations
  • Lynn Miles – Fall for Beauty
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Good Lovelies – Let The Rain Fall

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM JEUNESSE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Kathy Reid-Naiman – I Love to Hear the Sounds
  • Benoît Archambault – Les pourquoi
  • Marky Weinstock – Songs For Dreamers
  • Colleen Power with Crooked Stovepipe – For Little Ones
  • Will Stroet – Walk & Roll

TRADITIONAL SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Enoch Kent – Take A Trip With Me
  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Lizzy Hoyt – Home
  • Eileen McGann – Pocketful Of Rhymes
  • Joel Fafard – Cluck Old Hen

CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE

  • David Myles – Live at the Carleton
  • Suzie Vinnick – Me ‘n’ Mabel
  • Cat Jahnke – The Stories are Taking Their Toll
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Matthew Barber – Matthew Barber

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

  • Jayme Stone – Room of Wonders
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox – Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius
  • Anne Lindsay – Hurry On Home
  • April Verch – That’s How We Run
  • Don Ross – Breakfast for Dogs

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE

  • The Creaking Tree String Quartet – Sundogs
  • Qristina & Quinn Bachand – Family
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • Eh?! – Eh?!
  • RAZ-DE-MARÉE/TIDAL WAVE – Marche du St-Laurent

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /GROUPE VOCAL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Finest Kind – For Honour & For Gain
  • Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer – Nouvelles fréquentations
  • The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
  • Good Lovelies – Let The Rain Fall
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR /GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE

  • The Creaking Tree String Quartet – Sundogs
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
  • Harry Manx & Kevin Breit – Strictly Whatever
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE SOLO DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Ken Whiteley – Another Day’s Journey
  • Mae Moore – Folklore
  • David Francey – Late Edition
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden

ENGLISH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR ANGLOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Ron Hynes – Stealing Genius
  • David Francey – Late Edition
  • Mae Moore – Folklore
  • Lynn Miles – Fall for Beauty
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort

FRENCH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR FRANCOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Jean-François Lessard – Jean-François Lessard
  • Alexandre Poulin – Une lumière allumée
  • Claude Cormier – Acoustique
  • Les Surveillantes – La racine carrée du coeur

ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR AUTOCHTONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Vince Fontaine – Songs For Turtle Island
  • Robert Davidson & Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson – New Journeys
  • janet panic – Samples
  • Don Amero – The Long Way Home
  • Kristi Lane Sinclair – I Love You

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SOLO /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

  • Lenka Lichtenberg – Fray
  • Massiel Yanira – Una Voz
  • Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson – New Journeys
  • Zekuhl – I BOLO
  • Kiran Ahluwalia – aam zameen : common ground

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – GROUP /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE

  • Ouzo Power – Greatest Hits (Volume 1)
  • Nizar Tabcharani & The Backstrings – Bayati Ana
  • Trio Bembe – Oh My Soul
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • Minor Empire – Second Nature

NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE DE LA RELÈVE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Andrea Ramolo – The Shadows and the Cracks
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden
  • Ashley Condon – Come In From The Cold
  • Joe Nolan – Goodbye Cinderella

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR / RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning w/ Allie Bennett & John Meir – a tribute to John Allan Cameron (Dave Gunning)
  • Paul Mills – Stealing Genius (Ron Hynes)
  • Steve Bell, Dave Zeglinski, Murray Pulver – Kindness (Steve Bell)
  • David Travers-Smith – Soon The Birds (Oh Susanna)
  • Mark Howard – Bright Morning Stars (The Wailin’ Jennys)

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES /PRIX INNOVATION MUSICALE

  • New Country Rehab – New Country Rehab
  • Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox – Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden
  • Evalyn Parry – SPIN
  • Geoff Berner – Victory Party

YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR /JEUNE ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Qristina & Quinn Bachand – Family
  • Olivia Korkola – Playing in Traffic
  • Rebecca Lappa – Not in Neverland
  • Molly Thomason – Beauty Queen
  • The Doll Sisters – The Road – EP

 

Bert Jansch Has Died

Bert Jansch,  Scottish guitarist best known for his work with seminal British folk group The Pentangle, has died of cancer at age 67. More here.

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Liz Meyer Has Passed Away

American by birth, Liz Meyer has lived in Europe since 1985 and has been active in promoting bluegrass and American roots music on the continent. She has been a performer, songwriter, producer and the creative force behind the European World of Bluegrass festival and workshops.  I have played her music on Festival Radio.

A more thorough obituary is available on The Bluegrass Blog.

Celebrate Canada – 2011

Note from woodsmeister  – This is a guest article from regular FolkBlog contributor and Australian correspondent Sue Barrett.  Published by permission.  All rights, credits, plaudits, etc., belong to her alone.

Celebrate Canada – 2011

By Sue Barrett

 

Be who you are! It’s the best course to take!
Stick to your own kind,
Although your heart may break,
Think of your mother, how it would bring her joy
If you dated a Canadian boy

(Nancy White – ‘Ballad of the Wannabe’, Stickers on Fruit)

When Elizabeth Taylor died earlier this year, American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash shared a story via Twitter about how the film star (born 27 February 1932) used to send a birthday telegram every year to Rosanne’s father Johnny Cash (born 26 February 1932), which read: “Remember, I’m younger than you!”.

Amongst Johnny Cash’s music is a live album recorded in 1969 at San Quentin State Prison (Johnny Cash at San Quentin), with its intriguing line: ’cause I’m the *bleep* who named you “Sue”. Of course, these days, the bleep has been demystified, courtesy of YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=T678ic45k98)!

Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie is another *bleeped* performer, with at least one of her singles (‘She Used to Wanna be a Ballerina’/ ‘Moratorium’) affected – *bleep* the war and bring our brothers home.

Some time after Johnny and Buffy released their records, two American performers met at a folk festival in Toronto – Cathy Fink (who had spent a number of years living in Canada) and Marcy Marxer. Later, working as a duo, Fink and Marxer included the Lou and Peter Berryman *bleeped* song, ‘A Chat With Your Mother’ (aka The F-Word Song), on their 1995 album, A Parents’ Home Companion.

Also appearing on A Parents’ Home Companion is Canadian Nancy White’s song, ‘Daughters of Feminists’ (“How do they get so girlie? How come they want a Barbie?”). Nancy White (www.myspace.com/nancywhitemusic) has two musician daughters – Suzy Wilde (StoneFox, Flashlight Radio) and Maddy Wilde (Spiral Beach).

In Canada, at this time of year, there is a series of Celebrate Canada events – National Aboriginal Day (21 June), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (24 June), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (27 June) and Canada Day (1 July).

Six musicians from Canada now share their story – Mary Kastle (Vancouver), Annette Campagne (Regina), Little Hawk (Winnipeg), S. Lynn Phillips (Random Order) (Toronto), Faith Nolan (Toronto) and Tanya Davis (Halifax).

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Bruce Cockburn, McGarrigles Honored with Canadian Postage Stamp

Canada has the right idea about many things, including this one – honor your  artistic legends while they are living. Bruce Cockburn, along with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson & Ginette Reno will be honored with postage stamps in the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series.  Alas, Kate McGarrigle did not live to see the day, though the other artists honored are still living.  For those who may not be familiar with her, Ginette Reno records mostly in French and has put out over 60 albums.

Rebecca Loebe – Bees, Zombies and The Voice

Just found out that one of my favorite young singer/songwriters, Rebecca Loebe, will be appearing as one of the contestants on the new NBC show The Voice tomorrow night (4/26). So, check the TV schedules in your region.  And, so you’ll recognize her when she comes on, here’s a brand new video for her song, “The Bees.”