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Iona Fyfe – Scots Singer of the Year

In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.

The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: 
„As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „

Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018

On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe

Playlist Iona Fyfe

Website Iona Fyfe

Website Graham Rorie

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Mandolin Orange at Pickathon 2014 – Emily Frantz and…

MANDOLIN ORANGE are the North Carolina-born duo of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin. They are both great singers and songwriters, and both great players on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin.

I have just discovered a nice playlist with six songs from a concert given at Pickathon 2014. A great chance to listen to some of the beautiful songs with Mandolin Orange and the mandolin playing of Andrew Marlin.

I have compiled some more links with interviews and review, playlists and information about Mandolin Orange while I listened to some of their songs.

Enjoy the music of Mandolin Orange!

Playlist Mandolin Orange

live at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon during the 16th annual Pickathon on Saturday August 2nd, 2014.

Playlist Mandolin Orange Folk Alley Session

Additional Information

Website Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange on twitter

Mandolin Orange – This Side of Jordan Album Stream

Website Pickathon

Folk Alley presents mandolin Orange (npr)

There is no shortage of folk and country songs about whiskey. But what makes this Mandolin Orange tune so enchanting is its effortlessness. The words seem to fall right into one another, like cheery drunks into so many bar stools. Mandolinist Andrew Marlin wrote this song during a road trip with his friend.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Mandolin Orange (The Bluegrass Situation)

MANDOLIN ORANGE are the North Carolina-born duo of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin. One of the most remarkable pair of voices on the Americana scene today, Marlin and Frantz have quietly spent the past few years building their fan base through incessant touring and the release of two highly-acclaimed albums, Quiet Little Room and Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger. In anticipation of the Yep Roc release of their third album, This Side of Jordan, on August 20th, contributing writer Michael Verity spoke with Andrew about how he and Emily met, what it means to be compared to Gram Parsons and how their band contributed to a great new recording.

The quiet chemistry of Carrboro’s Mandolin Orange

“That’s so true,” says Marlin, after some contemplative silence. “We spend a lot of time just making sure that the arrangement of each song is as strong as it can possibly be because, with just two people, the song has to be arranged in such a way that it’s easy for us both to play our parts.”

Interview: Mandolin Orange (The Thread)

Mandolin Orange: Live Tapes EP (Noisetrade)

You can download or listen to four great tracks with Mandolin Orange

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Misori Hibari and her famous Song “Kawa no Nagare…

Some weeks ago I have discovered the famous Japanes enko singer Misori Hibari. Misori Hibari started her carreer at an early age of 12, she died in 1989 at the age of 52.

There is especially one song that is connected with Misori Hibari – Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni. This song is played by radio and TV stations in Japan every year on the birthday of Misori Hibari. And this song has been selected as the best song ever by more than 10 million people in Japan in 1997.

From wikipedia: Beginning in 1990, television and radio stations annually play her song “Kawa no nagare no yōni” (川の流れのように?) on her birthdate to show respect. In a national poll by NHK in 1997, the song was voted the greatest Japanese song of all time by more than 10 million people.

I have found many videos of this song at youtube, and I have selected the most interesting videos for my post.

Let’s start with a version sung by Misori Hibari herself:

Misora Hibari(美空.ひばり) – Kawa no nagare no you ni(川の流れのように)

Now some videos of this song with plucked instruments. The first video shows a Chinese group of 12 women – the 12 Girls Band who play all Chinese instruments:

Among the instruments used by the women: erhu (Chinese fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), guzheng (zither), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), dizi (transverse flute), and xiao (vertical flute). Occasionally, the duxianqin (single-stringed zither) and hulusi (three-piped gourd flute) are employed. (from wikipedia)

Kawa No Nagare No Yoni

Here is a version for classical guitar:

川の流れのように (Kawa no Nagare no Youni) (Like the flow of the river)

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