The Modern Medley
Scandinavia To San Diego 11-30-10
Pal of My Cradle Days - Valerie Dunbar - single - Her clear and distinctive voice is wonderful for this song on vintage vinyl.
Atlas Air - Massive Attack - Heligoland - Brand new release on the Virgin label, duo from the UK great on this long dark mezmorizing number. Thanks, Barry for letting me know about it. Here's an encore, a pretty neat shorter music video.
Vera Cruz - Elin - Lazy Afternoon - A hauntingly beautiful tune by Milton Nascimento, features Anat Cohen on clarinet.
Happy Xmas War Is Over - John Whiffin - Poppies - An Ono/Lennon composition, the first of seasonal related songs to sneak into my holiday season playlists.
Strange World - Claire Sproule - self titled - The album consists of tracks which Sproule wrote between the ages of 17 and 19.
My Grandfather Was A Sea Captain - Eddie Walker - Breakfast In Delhi - North East of England, born bred and still resident to date, Eddie Walker was drawn to anything musical in his early years that might have been described as folk. His first paid booking was in 1967, aged 18. He teamed up with local guitar and bassman Frank Porter and supported Tiny Tim and Long John Baldry at local night-clubs in front of big audiences.
Fairytale of New York - Kristy MacColl - The Best of The Pogues - Another seasonal tune, one of the tunes showcasing Kristys fine vocals.
Dust Shuffle - Brian Eno w/Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams - Small Craft On A Milk Sea - Don't tell anyone but it was so short I played it twice as one piece.
Margaret's Departure - The College of Piping - Ancestral Voices - Pipes and drums from the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
Last Train - Spasmodique - Dutch Rock Alive And Well III - Power and passion are the key words for Rotterdam's Spasmodique. The band is influenced by Howlin' Wolf and Nick Cave.
Christmas Bells - Maggie McKaig & Luke Wilson - Storm Sessions - A gentle Celtic folk ballad of peace that captures the true spirit of the season.
My Father's Ghost - Ron Hynes - Stealing Genius - Of course, when a new CD appears from Ron, I first check out the story songs, of which he is a master (Sonny's Dream, Here Lies Lenora Jennings).
My Youngest Son Came Home Today - Phyllis Morrissey - Where I Live - Phyllis' take on one of Eric Bogle's anti war songs.
Nattens Tysta Tradgard - Ann Kristin Hedmark - Sisters of Garbo II - Originally recorded on Ann's album Prinsessans Langlan.
Overweight But Over You - The Vaselines - Sex With An X - The Vaselines are an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland.
The Fields of Athenry - Mary Duff - The Very Best of - Mary Duff is an Irish singer with a voice like a angel. She is best known as Daniel O'Donnell's singing partner.
O Helga Natt - Sissel Kyrkjebo - Glade Jul - Norwegian soprano recorded this holiday album in 1987.
Want You To Stay - Natasha Borzilova - Balancing Act - Born in Obninsk, Russia, Natasha Borzilova moved to Nashville as the lead singer and acoustic guitarist of the band Bering Strait. This release begins a promising solo career.
First Christmas - Stan Rogers - Between The Breaks - Late Canadian folkie Rogers was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely-crafted, traditional-sounding songs. In my opinion, this is one of his classics.