Thursday , December 14 2017

Folk

Music Review: Christina Friis – ‘The Quiet of Knowing: Joni Mitchell Unknown’

Christina Friis

My wife and I were standing on a corner in New Orleans admiring some items in a shop window. Then we heard a voice singing. Memories from my youth flashed through my brain – Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Joan Baez – and I was sure this was a recording. Then we looked toward the source of the sound and saw Christina Friis strumming on her guitar and supercharging the New Orleans air.

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Music CD/DVD Review: Richard Thompson Band – ‘Live at Rockpalast’ Box Set

richard thompson rockpalast

These 1983-84 concerts feature a mix of uptempo originals, dark ballads and slow rockers, and traditional folk numbers. Taken together, they showcase Thompson's brilliant songwriting and aggressive, sometimes psychedelic guitar wizardry.

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Music Review: Barbez – ‘For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War’

'For Those Who Came Before: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War' from Barbez and Velina Brown, is an amazing example of how music over 80 years old can not only be relevant today, but sound just as exciting and stirring as it did when originally written.

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Music Reviews: Emily Mure – ‘Worth’ and Bob Bradshaw – ‘American Echoes’

Tragic overtones aside, the smooth beauty of Emily Mure's music leaves a quietly happy echo, while Bob Bradshaw's 'American Echoes' shows a singer, songwriter, and bandleader in full command of his muse.

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