New Releases


28 Aug 2007, 16:31

Here are some new releases from Smithsonian Folkways you should check out:

Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda
Various Artists (2007)

Ugandans have triumphantly tapped the power of their traditional music to battle the AIDS pandemic. Performed with dramatizations and dance in settings all through rural Uganda, their unique blend of music and public health has helped make Uganda's record of success against HIV/AIDS one of the best in Africa. In turn, the traditional music of Uganda is revitalized and made contemporary. Singing for Life affirms the profound strength of a people’s music in promoting hope and positive change. 66 minutes, extensive notes, 26-page booklet.

Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana
The La Drivers Union Por Por Group (2007)

A world premier: squeeze-bulb honk horns join bells, drums, and voices to sound the world of union drivers and their vehicles on the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence. Recorded by Steven Feld. 40 pages booklet, extensive notes, 42 color and historic black and white photographs, 72 minutes.

Classic Old-Time Fiddle from Smithsonian Folkways
Various Artists (2007)

Old-time fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place compiled and annotated this collection of vintage Southern Appalachian string band music from the Smithsonian archives. Clark Kessinger, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Marion Sumner, Gaither Carlton, Eck Robertson, Melvin Wine, and many more old-time fiddle masters play their signature sounds from the heart of Appalachia. 32-page booklet, 76 minutes.

If You Ain't Got The Do-Re-Mi
Various Artists (2007)

As a subject, money has always generated great interest. If You Ain't Got the Do Re Mi celebrates the songs and singers whose words express the human side of money: hope or frustration, criticism or humor, desire or avowed disinterest. This compilation from the Smithsonian Folkways archive marks the opening of the Museum of American Finance on New York City’s Wall Street, and lets the voices of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and other folk music legends ring out their stories of rags and riches. 24-page booklet, 74 minutes.

Talking Feet (DVD)
Various Artists (2007)

Talking Feet is the first documentary of flatloot, buck, hoedown, and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are a companion to traditional music and on which modern clog dancing is based. Dances are done to hand-patting, talking blues, and singing, as well as old-time, bluegrass, and western swing-style music. Dancers range in age from 20 to 82.
Featuring 24 traditional dancers filmed on location in WV, KY,VA, & NC. 81 minutes of musical performance accompanied by a 16-page booklet with extensive track-by-track notes. Produced by Mike Seeger & Ruth Pershing.

A wonderful and enlightening illustration of the breadth of Southern- style dancers, including their humor, playfulness, technical abilities, soul, and sheer joy. -Ira Bernstein, clog, and step dancer/researcher

For anyone with a passion for Southern traditional dance this DVD is a must. -Daniel Patterson, Prof Emeritus

Talking Feet (Book)
Mike Seeger (2007)

Compiled by musician/folklorist Mike Seeger and dancer Ruth Pershing, Talking Feet introduces us to dancers from the Appalachian, Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountain regions of the South. In its various forms—flatfooting, buckdancing, hoedown, rural tap or clogging—Southern dancing involves a great deal of personal style and innovation as dancers create the rhythm of country music—talking , , hand-patting and western .

Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Country Gentlemen (2007)

Modern was born on July 4, 1957 when the original Country Gentlemen took the stage at the Admiral Grill in Baileys Crossroads, Virginia. The foursome heard on this disc is the classic Country Gentlemen--Charlie Waller, John Duffey, Eddie Adcock, and Tom Gray, one of the greatest ensembles in bluegrass history. This reissue of the Gents' 1973 album catches the band in its prime. 28-page booklet, 16 tracks, 46 mins.

Sound Neighbours: Contemporary Music in Northern Ireland
Various Artists (2007)

Centuries old or recently penned, the diverse music of Northern Ireland’s instrumentalists, composers, and songwriters evokes a profound sense of regional pride and growing confidence in a shared future. Introducing listerners to the powerful music of this beautiful, complex land, Sound Neighbours spans genres, generations, and geographic boundaries, featuring 20 vocal and instrumental tracks that celebrate the musical wealth of contemporary Northern Ireland.


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