Charlie Parr : Extraordinary Performer

Charlie Parr is an American country blues musician from Minnesota. He was born in Austin, Minnesota and spent part of his childhood in Hollandale. He started his music career in Duluth, Minnesota. His influences include Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, and Mississippi John Hurt. He plays a custom made Mule … Continue reading Charlie Parr : Extraordinary Performer

Rayna Gellert : From Violin to Fiddle

Rayna Gellert is an American violinist and singer specializing in old-time music. She grew up in Elkhart, in northern Indiana. Her father is the traditional fiddler and banjo player Dan Gellert. Originally a classically trained violinist, she took up the old-time fiddle in 1994, when she moved to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson College. … Continue reading Rayna Gellert : From Violin to Fiddle

Eilen Jewell : Soulful, Understated Narratives

Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. "I always felt like I wanted to leave," Jewell says. "And I remember when I learned the word 'wanderlust,' I felt like I finally had a word to describe myself." Jewell attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she began busking on the streets of Sante … Continue reading Eilen Jewell : Soulful, Understated Narratives

The Steel Wheels : Wild As We Came Here

The Steel Wheels are a roots and Americana band, writing and playing music in the closely related but unique styles of blues, bluegrass, old-time music, and fiddle music. Virginia musician Trent Wagler is the lead vocalist and the band's primary songwriter. Jay Lapp (mandolin, guitar, vocals) had been touring in several bands throughout the Midwest … Continue reading The Steel Wheels : Wild As We Came Here

Vernacular Music : 12th Century Troubadours to Singer-Songwriters

The tradition of a solo singer providing music for a community or gathering is very old.  As far back as the 12th century with the troubadours and trouvères of France as well as the minnesinger from Germany, all the way up to today's buskers the singer of vernacular music has been a recognizable feature of … Continue reading Vernacular Music : 12th Century Troubadours to Singer-Songwriters

HIP Debussy and Ravel : The Eroica Quartet

Eroica Quartet Peter Hanson violin 1 Julia Hanson violin 2 Vicci Wardman viola In Britain, the Eroica Quartet, founded in 1993 by four of the country's leading period-instrument performers, have the field virtually to themselves. Three of the members are principals in John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (which specialises in early 19th-century repertoire) and … Continue reading HIP Debussy and Ravel : The Eroica Quartet

Orlande de Lassus : dare spirito alle parole

The seven Penitential Psalms are a group of Psalms, numbers 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143 in the Anglican numbering (in the Vulgate all except Psalm 6 are numbered one digit lower), which have been in liturgical use for penitential prayer since early Christian times and, in the later Middle Ages, were prescribed … Continue reading Orlande de Lassus : dare spirito alle parole

John Eliot Gardiner : el Camino de Santiago

John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir did something pretty special in 2004.  They attempted the pilgrimage to Santiago as it might have occurred in the Renaissance period. Gardiner said at the outset: This will be our 40th anniversary year, and I cannot envisage a more fitting way of celebrating this milestone than by undertaking … Continue reading John Eliot Gardiner : el Camino de Santiago

Dufay’s Missa de Sancti Anthonii de Padua

St Anthony of Padua held a very particular significance in the devotions of Guillaume Dufay. The single holy relic in his possession was a piece of the Saint’s belt, or girdle, listed among the ‘jewels’ in the account of the executors of his will. But the main expression of his veneration was undoubtedly the Mass … Continue reading Dufay’s Missa de Sancti Anthonii de Padua

Palestrina : Lamentations by Musica Contexta

Jerome Roche writing in Palestrina (Oxford Studies of Composers), claims that Palestrina wrote 41 complete sets of Lamentations for Tenebrae, although in his notes to their recording of Lamentations for Holy Thursday, Book III, Simon Ravens, director of Musica Contexta, says that only four sets survive. These Lamentations come from the Roman liturgy for Holy Week, which … Continue reading Palestrina : Lamentations by Musica Contexta