Friday, May 14, 2010
The music of James Dale Howie reflects a long tradition of Anglo-Scots and southern mountain people and also presents a superb example of the sounds of early radio passing into the repertoire of a traditional singer. Jim was born on December 20, 1934, to Luella Fullerton and Walter Roland Howie on the outskirts of the village of Eden, Randolph County, in southern Illinois. His grandparents and great-grandparents lived in Randolph County, arriving there from Northern Ireland, England and South Carolina before the Civil War.
(excerpt of the liner notes. the rest is in the download folder.)
Thanks go to Drew Christie, who does the Democracy for the Cartoons Blog, for transferring and letting me borrow this album.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I recently purchased a dulcimer chord book by Neal Hellman for relatively cheap (something like $4) I found it very helpful in understanding some of the basics of playing the dulcimer. I decided to look to see if he had any albums out and came across this one. The instrumentals are interesting but the singing is kind of folksy. Overall though it is entertaining.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Sorry Folks, I just found out that this is still in print in a different format. These tracks can be found on a two CDs @ County Sales . They put 3 LPs the trio did from the 60's onto these CDs
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Scott Reiss - director, recorders, hammered dulcimer, Arabic Percussion
Tina Chancey - fiddle, vielle, rebec, kamenj
Bruce Hutton - banjo, mandolin, mouth bow, mountain dulcimer
Mike Seeger - guitar, banjo, guitar, fiddle
Hesperus plays early music, folk music, and various combinations of the two. It presents European medieval, renaissance and baroque music; cultural portraits mixing early and traditional music of a particular country or region, and crossover programs fusing medieval, renaissance, Appalachian, gospel, blues, Cajun and Irish styles. We often partner with musicians from other traditions: Appalachian, Celtic, Sephardic, Cajun, blues, Andean, and African.
If you like this album, I would strongly suggest purchasing a cross-over album the group has done called Patchwork. It would be better to directly purchase from their website, but if you must, there is an album called For No Good Reason At All that I think is essentially the same as Patchwork. it is available for download on CD Baby.