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Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – Muleskinners, Roustabouts, Sawyers, Prisoners,…

A new kickstarter project has been set up by banjo player Jayme Stone. The aim of the project is to rediscover the music that has been collected by Alan Lomax, who is taken as one of the most important influencers of the American Folk Song Revival.

For just 10 $ you can get the result of this project as a download – but you can also get a free concert by the band at your home if you pay more…so go and support this project and make it come true!

You can find the full information about the project on the kickstarter page.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

The Lomax Project is a community of like-minded musicians coming together to rediscover their roots and collaborate. We’re multi-generational multi-instrumentalists. We have Grammy-winner songster Tim O’Brien, premier old-time musician Bruce Molsky, infinitely creative fiddler Brittany Haas (of Crooked Still), singer and body-percussionist Moira Smiley, captivating songstress Margaret Glaspy, neo-old-time guitarist and singer Eli West, guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, brilliant bassists Greg Garrison and Joe Phillips and special guests Mollie O’Brien (voice), Ron Miles (trumpet).

The album will feature many constellations and combinations of all these artists. You’ll hear hand-clapping, foot-stomping, twin fiddles, banjo, bouzouki, accordion and a swarm of singers crowded around a single microphone. The source recordings we used come from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, the Association for Cultural Equity’s Global Jukebox and (mostly out-of-print) Lomax collections including the Deep River of Song and Southern Journey series.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – youtube playlist

The following video has been produced as a first example and bonus video:

Goodbye, Old Paint // Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

http://vimeo.com/72390564

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Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – a folk and dance band from Finland – will take part in the folk festival in Rudolstadt, Germany this year. Last year Frigg were on tour in the UK and in Switzerland.

Frigg has published 5 CDs and is very successful in Scandinavia. The last CD Polka V has got several awards including the “most successful album of 2012”. You can find more about the awards on the Frigg website.

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During an interview by the Philharmonie of Luxemburg Anti und Esko Järvelä of Frigg told about their music. The energy in the music needs to be transformed to a dance movement. Frigg wants to support the folk dance tradition of the North European countries

The sound of Frigg is based on the virtuoso playing of three or four fiddles. The fiddles play together in unison or in arrangements for several voices. The fiddles are accompanied by guitar, mandolin and double bass. Even the most complicated rhythms are played in perfect interplay. Most of the pieces are compositions by Frigg in the typical nordic style, inspired by the folk music of Scandinavia. Rock and Jazz elements or influences from folk dances of Eastern Europe are also included.

This is a video recorded last year with three tunes:

FRIGG I BODA 2012

The interview with Anti and Esko Järvelä:

Frigg interview @ the Philharmonie Luxembourg

My Frigg Playlist

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The Lumineers – Great Songs – Great Concerts with…

I have recently found a picture of the Lumineers on the tumblr site – the trio with mandolin, cello and guitar made me curious. This folk-rock and Americana band was founded more than 10 years ago, but during the last year it became so popular that it even got two Grammy nominations for 2013. Their most popular youtube videos have got more than a million views, and the concerts of the Lumineers are mostly sold out today.

One of the most successful songs by the Luminieers is Ho Hey.

The Blogotheque has made several great videos with the Lumineers for their series A Take Away Show, here are the first two videos:

You can find more information here:

Blogotheque – A Take Away Show with the Lumineers

http://en.blogotheque.net/2013/01/14/the-lumineers/

http://en.blogotheque.net/2013/01/24/lumineers-part-2/

I have compiled a playlist with my favorite videos, including two longer concerts:

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Quetzal – Great Music from LA – Son Jarocho…

In the youtube channel of Smithsonian Folkways I have discovered some videos with a group named Quetzal. I was immediately fascinated by the music of Quetzal, and so I want to present those videos here.

In those videos you can see a number of Mexican pucked strings instruments, but I am not completely sure which instruments are really played in those videos. The instruments are most probably the instruments from the region of Veracruzin Mexico, similar to jarana jarocha and guitarra de son / requinto jarocho – you can find descriptions of those instruments in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments.

I have found the following information about Quetzal in wikipedia:

The band was founded by Quetzal Flores, with the intention of pushing the boundaries of Chicano music and is currently one of Los Angeles’ most important and successful groups. They play a mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music, supercharged by the dynamic vocals of the singer Martha Gonzalez. Their commitment to using art as a tool for social change is informed and inspired by global grassroots movements. They have also been instrumental in developing Fandango Sin Fronteras, a dialog between Chicanos from California and Jarochos (musicians from Veracruz, Mexico).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzal_%28band%29

I have also found the following information about  the Son Jarocho:

Son Jarocho is a traditional musical style of Veracruz, a Mexican state along the Gulf of Mexico. It evolved over the last two and a half centuries along the coastal portions of southern Tamaulipas state and Veracruz state, hence the term jarocho, a colloquial term for people or things from the port city of Veracruz. It represents a fusion of indigenous (primarily Huastecan), Spanish, and African musical elements, reflecting the population which evolved in the region from Spanish colonial times. Lyrics include humorous verses and subjects such as love, nature, sailors, and cattle breeding that still reflect life in colonial and 19th century Mexico. Verses are often shared with the wider Mexican and Hispanic Caribbean repertoire and some have even been borrowed from famous works by writers of the Spanish “Siglo de Oro”. It is usually performed by an ensemble of musicians and instruments which collectively are termed a “conjunto jarocho”.[1]

The instruments most commonly associated with Son Jarocho are the jarana jarocha, a small guitar-like instrument used to provide a harmonic base, with strings arranged in a variety of configurations; the requinto jarocho, another small guitar-like instrument plucked with a long pick traditionally made from cow-horn, usually tuned to a higher pitch and with a four or five thick nylon strings; the arpa jarocha, and sometimes a minor complement of percussion instruments such as pandero(especially in the style of Tlacotalpan), cajón and quijada (an instrument made of a donkey or horse jawbone).[2] Son Jarocho is often played only on jaranas and sung in a style in which several singers exchange improvised verses called décimas, often with humorous or offensive content. The most widely known son jarocho is “La Bamba”, which has been popularized through the version by Ritchie Valens and the American movie of the same name. Other famous sones jarochos are “El Coco” and “La Iguana” and “El Cascabel”, all of which have a call and response form, and “El Chuchumbé”, “La Bruja”.

Quetzal Performs “Estoy Aqui” at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

 

“Todo Lo Que Tengo (All That I Have)” by Quetzal from “Imaginaries”

Estoy Aqui – Quetzal

“Imaginaries” by Quetzal from the Smithsonian Folkways album “Imaginaries”

Playlist Quetzal

Additional Information

NPR – Quetzal on Mountain Stage: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98329470

Wikipedia about Son Jarocho: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Jarocho

Atlas of Plucked Instruments – North America and Mexiko: http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/n_america.htm

Website of the band CONJUNTO TENOCELOMEH with further information about the Son Jarocho: http://www.sonjarocho.com/

Podcasts with Son Jarocho: http://jarochelo.com/