Right off the bat, let me say Happy Holidays and yada yada yada and all that stuff that goes along with the season. And, throughout this season, they'll be nuggets of World Music type of celebration tunes to bring the globe closer to us here in RVA. But, as for this week's World Music Show (11/29), let the fun commence!
We'll go on an exciting ride with banjo man and slide guitarist Tony Furtado with selected tracks from his Studio A appearance from March of 2009. Then we’ll enjoy an engaging set of songs from Tar Heel tunesmith Jeanne Jolly, accompanied by 8-string guitarist Chris Boerner.
Their technical ability, their timing, their remarkable musical maturity belie the tender years of Zeb and Samantha Snyder, a gifted and well rehearsed brother and sister from the hills of North Carolina. Along with their dad and mom Bud and Laine, and their charming kid brother Owen, they’re delighting audiences across the country…like ours. Coming up, we’ll devote the full hour this week to reliving part of their recent performance here in Richmond.
We get started with a charming singer songwriter who spent many formative years in Ireland but whose music reflects the wide influences of her time spent in other lands as well. We present a voice likened to honey poured into wine, Sarah McQuaid. Then we hear from two Londoners who’ve made the traditional fiddle tunes of County Sligo in Ireland their own--Kevin Burke and John Carty.
Enjoy artful arrangements of original material and choice Beatle covers at the hands of Boston’s Bee Eaters, comprised of Tashina Claridge on violin, brother Tristan Clarridge on cello, Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Crisman on hammer dulcimer. We turn back the clock and reopen our musical vault to enjoy some tracks we didn’t have time for the first time we put Anne (guitar) & Pete Sibley (guitar and clawhammer banjo) on the radio.
Richmond’s venerable Robbin Thompson Band has made its mark over its more than three decades making music together, but what if we brought them together for the first time to do some of their choice tunes without the big amps and drum kits of a normal stage appearance? For the next hour, you’ll hear the result of that notion as JAMinc presents the Robbin Thompson Band--unplugged--and recorded live in Studio A.
The two made music together on the road and in the studio with Claire Lynch and as a duo, but Missy Raines and Jim Hurst have since followed their own paths, leading to separate but back to back appearances at our In Your Ear studio concert series. We bring you highlights from both performances. Missy Raines and her progressive acoustic band, the New Hip and guitar virtuoso and balladeer Jim Hurst share the next hour of In Your Ear.
Virginia Opera will be performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner and bass-baritone Jake Gardner (Sir Joseph Porter) stopped by the 88.9 WCVE studios to discuss the opera and the company’s production.
So, about this week’s World Music Show...which by the way falls on this Saturday 11/22/14, will be jammed packed with a whole bunch of goodness. From Tropical Discotheque music, to desert blues music to classic French pop music by a racontour, this week's show will be filled with sounds that reach far beyond the typical. So, come with me now, as we examine, albeit briefly, on a tour a what to expect for this week.
I love physical media. I’m thinking of CDs particularly. Although CD liner notes are not always accurate, if they are fairly comprehensive, they do go a long way toward helping me research the music, the musicians and stories on The Sound of Swing and to put them in a broader context. There may be something that catches my attention in those details or in a song itself and I’ll head to my internet browser to get more details.