From the Library: Folk Music of North America

Emi­grants from the British Isles took their music with them on the long sea voy­age to Amer­i­ca, and wrote more in the same vein, influ­enced by their expe­ri­ences. Once there, the strains of British folk music became mixed with a host of oth­er influ­ences – notably African and French ones – to weave an even rich­er tapes­try.

In today’s pro­gramme we fea­ture a wealth of tra­di­tion­al Amer­i­can folk and the music it has become today, from ancient melodies and lyrics that formed the roots of blue­grass and coun­try music and were col­lect­ed in the Appalachi­ans by song-catch­ers of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry; to mod­ern artists who have built on that tra­di­tion with songs and arrange­ments of their own.

Thus today we’ll hear from some coun­try artists, though not per­form­ing their usu­al mate­r­i­al; a wealth of tunes from the Civ­il War; and some clas­sic record­ings from the past. We’ll also hear the Be Good Tanyas (whose record­ings sound as if they were col­lect­ed with a phono­graph in the wilds of BC); Cordeli­a’s Dad; Fid­dle Fever; Stan Rogers; and also the remark­able tal­ents and deeply mov­ing, impres­sive songs and arrange­ments of Hem – among many oth­ers includ­ing sev­er­al famous – and not-so-famous – names.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at — or click here to link straight to your play­er if your brows­er is set up to do so. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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