As we experience yet another vernal equinox the ancient Earth awakens from the winters sleep. The music for tonights show brings ancient rhythms via Inuit drum songs from Greenland, jojk from above the Arctic Circle and ancient harp (kantele) music from Karelia, Estonia and Latvia. Sami artists Marit Hætte Øverli and her group Jienat along with Nikko Valkeapää (born in Enontekiö, Finland and residing now in Kautokeino, Norway) offer traditional and modern settings of jojk. Inuit drum singer Kigutikaq Duneq and Northern Voices (Christian Vuust and Tobias Sjögren) bring ancient story songs from Greenland. The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble and Estonian artist Kirili Loo bring music and ancient stories prominently featuring the kantele. The Latvian ensemble Ilgi rounds out the evening of music Äfrom the fringesÄ.
A big thanks to Beth Shaw for filling in for me this week as I recuperate from minor surgery. I still look back fondly on our days as co-hosts of Urban Folk after the untimely death of our friend Bob Feldman.
I knew she’d put together a great show. Here’s proof in the form of her playlist:
denotes new release
Hot Club of Cowtown, Orange Blossom Special, Continental Stomp, HighTone
John Doe Veronica Jane, Mama Don’t, This is Americana 2, Americana Music
Tony Gilkyson, Juanita, Goodbye Guitar, Rolling Sea