Tag Archives: Acoustic

‘UNOFFICIAL’ PEACE: JOHN MCCUTCHEON’S ‘CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES’

Today, just five days before Christmas, U.S. President Barack Obama held a ceremony to conclude the Iraq War. But battles sometimes come to a standstill even without official sanction, as John McCutcheon sang about on his 1984 album Winter Solstice. … Continue reading

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HARP MUSIC FOR A LATE-AUTUMN MONDAY

The winter solstice creeps nearer each day. Winter has not yet descended upon Northern California, but the wind bit at my cheeks as I walked along the ocean yesterday. I’m starting to dress in double layers and crave comfort foods … Continue reading

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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

We just celebrated Diwali (the Hindu new year) in our household, kicking off a season of new beginnings while winding down the current year. My birthday is also around the corner, so lately I’ve found myself thinking not only about … Continue reading

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MICHAEL FUTREAL: CREATING A NEW APPALACHIAN SOUND

The dulcimer a traditional instrument? Not so, says Michael Futreal, a multi-instrumentalist who pushes the boundaries of how people typically view this Appalachian folk instrument. Futreal speaks about growing up as a self-taught musician in North Carolina, his free-spirited approach … Continue reading

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REMEMBER: A CREATIVE NEW TAKE ON FINGERSTYLE GUITAR (FROM ISRAEL?)

Given that many of the seeds of American folk music traveled across the Atlantic Ocean with the country‚Äôs early European immigrants, it is not entirely out of the question then that some of the techniques and sounds that evolved over … Continue reading

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