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Thread #157386   Message #3714246
Posted By: Lighter
03-Jun-15 - 12:16 PM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Submitted for your approval:

Music review by John Donahue in The New Yorker, June 8, 2015, p.26:

"Olivia Chaney and her harmonium are reinvigorating English folk music.....

"...She embraces songs about sex, death, unrequited love, and murder....

"...Chaney is bringing the grand tradition of British folk music into the twenty-first century...She often performs barefoot....When she takes her place behind the harmonium ... and, with a steely gaze, starts singing, it's as if a mystical spirit has entered the room. It's chilling when she slowly intones 'Stand by the roadside/ facing the headlights/ wait for the break of dawn,' on her adaptation of 'Blessed Instant,' by the Norwegian jazz singer Sidsel Endresen...."