Tag Archives: Folk

REGARDING TRADITION: TOURISM AND THE ARTS OF RAJASTHAN

The Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), an annual five-day celebration of folk music and performance traditions from around the globe, just wrapped up this past Sunday in Jodhpur, India. Famous for its royal history and its traditional arts, Rajasthan is … Continue reading

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STAY TUNED: BACK NEXT WEEK

After an exhausting and incredible month, I’m back from my travels. Work requires a bit of extra attention right now, so I’ll publish Apsara’s first fall feature next week. India stays with you long after you’ve left. I’ve been thinking … 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’s 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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ARMISTICE: NOSTALGIC, WESTERN-SOUNDING LO-FI POP

Canadian musicians Béatrice Martin and Jay Malinowski offer up five tracks of vintage-sounding pop evocative of 1950s and 60s western music on their February 2011 release Armistice. Through their instrumentization and lyrics, the songs on this album are filled with … Continue reading

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