Cool of the Day: The Music of Jean Ritchie

Cool of the Day: The Music of Jean Ritchie

by David Dusing Singers
     
 
Anyone who is truly knowledgeable of Appalachian music can tell you that it has European roots. When immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England moved to the U.S., they brought their folk traditions with them -- eventually, their music became Americanized and evolved into what we now know as bluegrass, country, and Anglo-American folk. Focusing on the

Overview

Anyone who is truly knowledgeable of Appalachian music can tell you that it has European roots. When immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England moved to the U.S., they brought their folk traditions with them -- eventually, their music became Americanized and evolved into what we now know as bluegrass, country, and Anglo-American folk. Focusing on the Appalachian-minded repertoire of veteran folksinger Jean Ritchie, this album of Anglo-American folk is very mindful of its European roots. The Cool of the Day: The Music of Jean Ritchie includes not only traditional material, but also songs that Ritchie wrote herself. People who think of Appalachian-minded repertoire as earthy and down-home will be surprised to hear how sophisticated and polished the Dusing Singers are. Arranger David Dusing's eight-member vocal ensemble draws on a variety of European influences -- not only folk from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but also Moorish music and European church music. So what you end up with on this CD is a very creative Appalachian/European blend. The album acknowledges the cultural contributions of Anglo-Americans from the Appalachian areas of the U.S., and it also acknowledges the music of their European ancestors. Although The Cool of the Day pays tribute to Ritchie, it is hardly a slavish imitation of her work -- in fact, it is anything but that. The Dusing Singers' arrangements of songs that Ritchie has embraced are far from carbon copies of her versions. On Ritchie's albums, her voice is the focal point -- on The Cool of the Day, you have eight voices coming together to form a cohesive whole. Folk enthusiasts should make a point of hearing this interesting CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1992
Label:
Green Hays Records
UPC:
0029793072223
catalogNumber:
722

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Dusing Singers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle
David Dusing   Piano,Conductor
Gary Hasse   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Karen Krueger   Vocals,Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Gale Limansky   Soprano (Vocal)
Michael Lockley   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Jon Pickow   Banjo,Vocals
Peter Pickow   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor Recorder
David Ralph   Piano,Conductor
Phillip Sneed   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Beauris Whitehead   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Susan Whitenack   Vocals
Doug Wood   Guitar
Pamela Warrick-Smith   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)

Technical Credits

P.D.Q. Bach   Liner Notes
Robert DeCormier   Arranger
David Dusing   Arranger,Director
Sean Green   Engineer
Karen Krueger   Contributor
Gale Limansky   Contributor
Jon Pickow   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
David Ralph   Arranger,Director
Gil Robbins   Arranger
Susan Whitenack   Contributor
Doug Wood   Producer,Engineer
Katy Schall   Artwork

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