From The Library… Breaking Out

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 15 November, 2007

Today’s broadcast takes yesterday’s theme and expands on it quite a bit. One of the benefits of having an eclectic music library with a large number of odd albums in it is that you can introduce listeners to new artists and music they have never previously heard (the downside being that you generally can’t play requests).

Thus today we look at some of the artistes with folk roots based in the USA who perhaps do not not get the attention they deserve outside their apparent genres – or even at all. People like Kate Campbell, with her incredible sense of humour and yet the ability to write moving, poignant songs from the Deep South. Alison Krauss with her sweet, sweet voice. Lori Lieberman, the songwriter responsible, but seldom remembered, for Killing Me Softly. Lucy Kaplansky, a New York-based former psychologist-turned-songwriter. Joanna Newsom, a magnificent poetic and harp-playing talent from California. Angela Kaset – Nashville-based but breaking the bounds of the local genre. And several more.

We promise you an eclectic collection today, from bare minimalist vocal and guitar to large-scale string arrangements. Some you may have heard of; many you may not. We hope they will all move you, one way or another.

• This programme is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and presented by Elrik Merlin. For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

• You can listen to the programme now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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