Songbook: Volumes Two And Three
Let the Folk-a-bration continue! Hot on the heels of 2006’s Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volume One, comes Volumes Two and Three of a four volume series. In a specially priced 2 CD set, 42 folk music classics are given a good going over by notable recording artists and the school’s longtime music instructors, each breathing new life into timeless songs. And as testament to the durability of these tunes, they stand up to wide variety of genre-busting experiments and instrumental and vocal chicanery.
The songs on The Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volumes Two and Three are, in fact, drawn for the the Old Town School’s Songbook, a collection of ballads, love songs, sea chanties, pop songs, work songs, old-time religious tunes, and lots of other great music that has found its way into the Old Town School curriculum.
The performances on Volumes Two and Three range from the ambient/electro treatment of “Simple Gifts” by Chicago’s The Zincs, to the heart-breakingly spare take on Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On My Mind” by Kelly Hogan and Scott Ligon. Other artists featured include James Hand, Marvin Etziiono (Lone Justice), Nora O’Connor, Amy Allison (daughter of Mose Allison), The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Foghorn Stringband, and Amy Nelson & Cathy Guthrie (Folk Uke, daughters of Willie Nelson & Arlo Guthrie). A good number of the recordings are by Old Town School instructors - performers themselves with decades of teaching experience. Highlights of their cuts include Cat Edgerton’s “Water Is Wide” and Scott Besaw’s “Nine Pound Hammer”. A sumptuous, 20-page booklet gives a detailed history of each song, written by Old Town School folklorist (and teacher) Paul Tyler.
"Most of the 42 tracks invite singalongs, making this the ideal soundtrack for your next at-home hootenanny." Don McLeese Amazon.com