×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1
     

Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

by Old Town School of Folk Music
 
What Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1 looks like at first is yet another of those Smithsonian/Folkways collections of recordings from the Great Folk Scare of the late 1950s and '60s: on the cover is a group of earnest, young urban kids sitting in a small circle, one with an acoustic guitar, all intently studying what can only be the Music of the

Overview

What Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1 looks like at first is yet another of those Smithsonian/Folkways collections of recordings from the Great Folk Scare of the late 1950s and '60s: on the cover is a group of earnest, young urban kids sitting in a small circle, one with an acoustic guitar, all intently studying what can only be the Music of the People. But look more closely and you see something different: a song list that could have come straight from one of those Smithsonian/Folkways albums ("Shady Grove," "Trouble in Mind," "St. James Infirmary" -- even, heaven help us, "Old Dog Tray") -- but with an artist roster that includes members of the Mekons, Wilco, Eleventh Dream Day and Bad Livers. It's a motley crew and they provide a motley array of performances: Alice Peacock's rendition of "Trouble in Mind" is brilliant, as is Janet Beveridge Bean's cool and deliberate take on "Deep River Blues," and Kathy Cowan manages to make a gentle and unassuming silk purse out of a sow's ear with her unaffected rendition of the maudlin "Old Dog Tray." Sadly, a few of the singers can't resist the temptation to ham it up: Chris Walz over-emotes embarrassingly on "Worried Man Blues," and Pete Special hijacks "St. James Infirmary" and turns it into a showcase for his (poor) Dr. John impression. But overall, these artists tend to shed new light on some of the most familiar songs in the folk revival canon, so good for them.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Old Town School
UPC:
0744302050126
catalogNumber:
2

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Old Town School of Folk Music   Primary Artist
John E. Abbey   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Danny Barnes   Banjo,Vocals
Barbara Barrow   Guitar,Vocals
Janet Beveridge Bean   Vocals
Colby Maddox   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Steve Rosen   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Special   Guitar,Vocals
John Stirratt   Guitar,Vocals
Harlan Terson   Bass
Marcia Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Zanes   Mandolin,Vocals
John Spiegel   Dobro,Guitar
Robbie Fulks   Guitar,Vocals
Barbara Brousal   Percussion,Vocals
Buzz Kilman   Harmonica
Colin Brooks   Percussion
Chris Walz   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Aerin Tedesco   Vocals
Alice Peacock   Vocals
Jim DeWan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Miles   Banjo
Tom Cullen   Bass
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Jug
Yoshi Waki   Percussion
Cynthia Hopkins   Accordion,Vocals,Saw
Jon Langord   Guitar,Vocals
Rita Ruby   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Winters   Guitar
Michael Kent Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Dvorak   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Scott Besaw   Background Vocals
Ari Frede   Harmonica
Elaine Moore   Guitar,Vocals
Kerry Sheehan   Accordion
Andrea Bunch   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Anderlik   Dobro
Bill Brickey   Guitar,Vocals
Erich   Cello
Sue Strom   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Si Kahn   Composer
John E. Abbey   Producer,Engineer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Medich   Executive Producer
Paul Tyler   Liner Notes

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews