From the Library: Folk – an incomplete collection

Today’s From the Library delves into the folk music col­lec­tion of Elrik Mer­lin to pull out out a few gems, and a wide vari­ety of styles. Nor­mal­ly on Radio Riel, when we play folk music we focus on the tra­di­tion­al vari­ety, or per­haps Celtic artists in the con­text of a pro­gramme in that genre. Today’s show, how­ev­er, is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, although it does con­tain some of these ele­ments from time to time.

The pro­gramme today con­sists pri­mar­i­ly of rel­a­tive­ly mod­ern record­ings from Britain and North Amer­i­ca, includ­ing from the for­mer such artists as Fair­port Con­ven­tion (pic­tured), Pen­tan­gle, Kate Rus­by, and Karine Pol­wart; and from the lat­ter Ali­son Krauss, Hem, Gillian Welch, Jen­nifer Warnes and oth­ers.

Over­all, it’s quite a wide cross-sec­tion of the folk music (and oth­er near­by gen­res) of the last 50 years or so, but it does not intend to be a bal­anced or even spread. Instead, it’s essen­tial­ly hand-picked. Plus we promise you some sur­pris­es. And a var­ied and enjoy­able day of folk music.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced 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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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