From the Library: Folk Byways

In today’s pro­gramme we take a look at folk music, old and new, from Britain and North Amer­i­ca. How­ev­er the “byways” in the title refers to the fact that although there are a num­ber of big names in the field here, such as Sandy Den­ny and Mad­dy Pri­or and their var­i­ous bands, most of the musi­cians you’ll hear today are less well known — and deserve to be more wide­ly appre­ci­at­ed out­side the cir­cles of loy­al fans.

So today we’ll also be hear­ing from peo­ple like Karine Pol­wart, a fine singer/songwriter from Scot­land; York­shire lass Kate Rus­by, whose set­tings of old songs and her own new ones, often with brass band accom­pa­ni­ment, always bring tears to my eyes; Lucy Kaplan­sky, a New York-based psy­chol­o­gist-become-musi­cian with a mov­ing view of her life and that of her city; Hem, a remark­able com­bi­na­tion of musi­cians formed a few years ago and now with three fine albums under their belts; and Kate Camp­bell, a South­ern folk-rock­er with an insight­ful view of a wide range of top­ics.

In addi­tion, I have includ­ed a few sur­pris­es – like the remark­able Imag­ined Vil­lage, an award-win­ning series of very mod­ern set­tings of tra­di­tion­al folk songs.

Most of today’s songs are music with a mes­sage. We hope that today’s pro­gramme brings you a selec­tion of old songs, new songs, loved songs and neglect­ed songs – all of which you will enjoy.

• 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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