A quick music update

It’s late afternoon on a perfect summer day (mid Twenties, cooling breeze) so the Neverending Session has decamped to the courtyard to sit under the Hanging Oaks and play more than a bit of John Playford’s compositions; the punters here decided to follow them as there’s a cask of St. George Nut Brown Ale on tap in the Courtyard as well. And that means while the quiet holds here in the Pub that I can do a quick update of what’s been reviewed for music over the past few days.

Bruce Cockburn has been both a singer-songwriter and activist for nigh unto forty years now. His latest, Small Source of Comfort, is very good according to our reviewer: ‘Finger-picked guitar, some solid rhythms, and his own unique voice.  Then, there’s the lyrics, always interesting, challenging, political even when writing love songs.’

If you like the Muzsikas and Marta Sebestyen, you’ll love Caci Vorba’s Szczera Mowa as it has he feel of that group and its singer while making fresh use of Rom traditional music.

So how about some English trad music? Night Watch’s The Ambassadors is, as our reviewer notes, ‘a short (45 minutes) but very tasty collection of English and European tunes and songs from the medieval and early modern periods,’ which means I expect this to get played regularly in our Library.

Finally we have Cajun music for your listening pleasure, to be precise Amédé Ardoin’s Mama, I’ll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings, 1929 – 1934. Amédé Ardoin is often considered the father of Cajun and zydeco music, and any lover of groups like Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys should know and appreciate the roots of both Cajun and Zydeco music.

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