“in the groove” for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Scott MacDonald / Mark Ellen’s Country Hits and Beyond / Project “An American Tune”

Song and Artist: “Glenelg Ferry” by Scott MacDonald of Scotland

Scott MacDonald, singer-songwriter of Scotland
Scott MacDonald, singer-songwriter of Scotland

images courtesy Scott MacDonald official website


Scott MacDonald’s “Glenelg Ferry” on his “Angels Around Us” album

Scott MacDonald’s website: http://www.scott-macdonald.co.uk/

Radio Show: Mark Ellen’s “Country Hits and Beyond” on Sheppey FM, United Kingdom

Mark Dean Ellen, host of
Mark Dean Ellen, host of “Country Hits and Beyond” on Sheppey FM, United Kingdom

images courtesy Mark Dean Ellen and Sheppey FM

Mark Ellen hosts his “Country Hits and Beyond” radio show, featuring a variety of new and classic country and folk music on Sheppey FM, United Kingdom.

Mark Ellen’s “Country Hits and Beyond” airs live on Tuesdays from 7-10pm (UK time).

Mark Ellen also hosts “Riding Point” which features Mark’s country music show back-to-back with his brother Rob Ellen’s “Health & Happiness Hour” roots music show, on Sundays from 3-6pm (UK time).

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Supporter of Americana: Production “An American Tune” (Pacific MusicWorks), Seattle, Washington

“An American Tune” by Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle, Washington

images courtesy Pacific MusicWorks and Early Music Vancouver websites

Americana music is, generally speaking, a genre of music that consists of a blend of any other roots music including (but not limited to) blues, country, bluegrass, and folk music from various cultures. Americana can come from anywhere, not just America.

With that understanding, Seattle-based music consortium Pacific MusicWorks, a University of Washington Music School institute in residence, presented a performance in March 2015 at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, Washington, entitled “An American Tune,” reflecting the development of American music in the 1800’s, a time when American music was just evolving into its own from a diverse set of cultural music (such as European orchestra, African song and instruments, Celtic music, etc) and traditions, culminating into an American version of the folk song.

The result is a concert composed of a set of early traditional American songs (parlor, minstrel show, instrumental folk fiddle, murder ballad) performed with instruments that are genuine time period pieces from the 19th century such as guitar (Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Director), banjo (Tom Berghan), violin (Tekla Cunningham, Brandon Vance), lute and mandolin (John Reischman). *Catherine Webster sang soprano.

Some of the songs performed were written and composed by Stephen Foster (“Father of American Song”) and works found and curated by Cecil Sharp, who was a vital figure in preserving English folk songs in England, and folk songs from the Appalachian region of the United States while he stayed from 1916-1918.

In April 2015, the production performed “An American Tune” at The Fox Cabaret in Vancouver,
sponsored by music organization Early Music Vancouver

*For a complete program list, click here*

*Slumber my Darling

*Nelly Bly

*Angelina Baker

*My Old Kentucky Home

*Listen to the Mocking Bird

*I wish I was in Dixie

*The Year of Jubilo

*The Battle Cry of Freedom

*The Buffalo Skinners

*Come, come ye saints

*All is Well

*Silver Dagger

Video:Silver Dagger” performed in “An American Tune” (Pacific MusicWorks)

Excerpt from An American Tune, Pacific MusicWorks:

“Folk song is always balanced between preservation and innovation. An important figure for the preservation of English folk song in particular was Cecil Sharp (1859-1924). Besides his important activity collecting songs in many parts of England, he also came to the states from 1916-1918. His field work in remote regions of southern Appalachia has given us the basis of English folk art, often preserved there in an earlier form than what was known in contemporary England. The transformation of the timeless beauty of Come all ye fair and tender ladies into the driving rhythms of Silver Dagger in its more modern bluegrass guise can attest to the durability of folk song in the face of musical evolution.”

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