First broadcast October 3, 2008

8 New CDs: Both Sides of the Atlantic

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This program is a simple hearing of selections from eight new CDs, four each from artists who hail from both sides of the Atlantic. Although a few of the CDs may be shiny new, there’s also some “old wine in new bottles” representing reissuance of older material.

From the North American side of the Atlantic comes a new CD from folk treasure Pete Seeger, who marked his 89th birthday earlier this year; another batch of banjo magic from Tony Trischka; new ballads from Midwesterner Tim Grimm, and a compilation of bluegrass great Tony Rice’s favorite ballads, most of the material culled from earlier albums over a three-decade career.

From across the Atlantic, specifically England, come two new albums creating quite a bit of “buzz” in folk circles — “Imagined Village”, a project that redefines songs from the traditional English folk repertoire and features a host of artists including Martin and Eliza Carthy and Billy Bragg, and a debut CD from Rachel Unthank & The Winterset who offer up startlingly innovative folk sounds. In addition, the program includes two CD reissues of classic LP albums from the 1970s and early ’80s, with new material added, from Free Reed Records, part of an 18-CD set released over the past few years.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Tony Trischka, “Fox Chase”, “Leatherwing Bat”, “Rainbow Yoshi”, “French Creek/Burning Springs”, Territory, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Tony Rice, “Urge For Going”, “Four Strong Winds”, “Green Light On The Southern”, Night Flyer, Rounder

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  • Pete Seeger, “We Will Love Or We Will Perish”, “Or Else (One Of These Days)”, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy”, Pete Seeger at 89, Appleseed

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  • Tim Grimm, “Rebecca Versailles”. “Blowin’ In The Wind”, Holding Up the Wind, Vault Records

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  • Robin & Barry Dransfield, “Bogie’s Bonnie Belle”, “The Sligo Fancy/Coleman’s Two Halves”, “The Two Ravens”, Popular To Contrary Belief, Free Reed Records

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  • Various, “John Barleycorn”, “Cold And Rainy Night”, The Imagined Village, Real World Records

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  • Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, “Blackbird”, “Farewell Regality”, The Bairns, Real World Records

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  • The Old Swan Band, “Stony’s Waltz/Neriah Benfield’s Waltz/Jack Robinson, Old Swan Brand, Free Reed Records