From the Library: Folk – an incomplete collection

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 21 November, 2008

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 — 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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