Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
A simple mashup of dmd's "this has unbreakable drm" and Athan Al-Fajr's "Call to Prayer". [more inside]
My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation! [more inside]
Not written by me, a song I learned ages ago in Ireland. Not much is known of where it comes from, apart from having been collected from Bess Cronin 30 years ago. I learned it from Phil Callery. I love this song for its soaring melody line; you really do imagine you're standing at the top of a mountain!
The companion piece to the Turret Gunner's Farewell. This one's about my other great uncle, who fought in WWI and lived to tell the tale. (A bit more downbeat than TGF, and a bit of creative licence taken regarding his hometown.)
A song I wrote a couple of years ago as a tribute to my great uncle Bernard, who went down in a Halifax III during WWII. Oh hell. Just listen to the song to get the story.
Hi, this is the sequel to my previous post : old french song. Actually, this song was the following one we sang during the concert in the church "des frères prècheurs", Arles, in 2006.
hi, what about a trip to southern France, with an occitan traditional sung by a choir ?
Let's call it EMOldtimey. Or, really, let's not. It's not a damned clean rendition, but with this old heartbreaker you don't have to be. My pre-verbal niece was purported to love it, and that's good enough for me.
Here's my version of this most haunting of American folk songs. It's very stripped-down: just voice, drone, a bass drum and a shekere. In the time-honored folk tradition, I've made a few minor lyrics changes here and there, and the melody I'm using is different from the Dock Boggs or Stanley Brothers versions of the tune. Anyway, it's one of my very favorite traditional songs. Hope you enjoy.
Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
Traditional Zapoteca song.
As sung by The Stevedores, a 5-piece band (concertina, banjo/bouzouki, guitar, bass & drums, 3 part vocals) singing tunes of Land & Sea. Active in Seattle from 1997-2000, we were most liked by Irish dancers, union folks and maritime ethusiasts. This lovely piece is about the brave fishing lads who set off each season for months of labor far from the land.
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