Monthly Archives: December 2009

Why I’m moving into a yurt in the woods in the middle of winter – a Manifesto

Hello Friends, Devoted Readers and Fellow Journeyers, I started this post because I wanted to share something with you – a brilliant manifesto I found and photographed whilst doing my business in a bathroom in Ireland. But I wanted to … Continue reading

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John Roberts & Tony Barrand – Dark Ships in the Forest: Ballads of the Supernatural

As we approach the darkest time of the year, the sun goes to sleep and with it the sharp definition that it bestows upon the world. In the long, dark nights, more is possible because less is certain. Out of … Continue reading

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Jean Ritchie – The Most Dulcimer

And – can you face it – one more dulcimer album! By the queen of the dulcimer, princess of the folk revival herself, Jean Ritchie. One of the only people who could be deep, authentic, and totally appalachian while still … Continue reading

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Kevin Roth – The Mountain Dulcimer Instrumental Album

So, um, the other album to break a whole bunch of boundaries in the dulcimer world, also played by a guy who later turned to children’s music for his staple diet, is this one. I quite like the drones and … Continue reading

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John McCutcheon – 2 albums

And, just to show you that I don’t have anything against nice, pleasant music (so long as it’s done well and not too sappy), here’s some fine heart-warming strings and things. Usually the separating question is: have they gone deep … Continue reading

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Unearthed: A Bounty of Flying Fish!

A devoted grapeviner has stumbled across and acquired a great buried treasure, in the form of dozens of Flying Fish and other old LPs, at a garage sale. Flying Fish, as many of my posts demonstrate, was one of the … Continue reading

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Ustad Vilayat Khan – Inayat

Another stupendous and jaw-droppingly good Indian musician. Recently someone commented that the remark in the liner notes for Debashish Bhattacharya belittling Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was totally uncalled-for. That is true. However, the fact upon comparison that D. Bhattacharya completely blows … Continue reading

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