Sat March 17, 2012

Weekend Audition: The Warmth of Siberia & The Honoring of the Green

ew Siberia is the latest gem by Boston-area singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot, and it is a beauty. Consisting of fresh, heartfelt, and intelligent songs with delightful melodies delicately stitched together like an unpretentious Venetian lace.

Akin to Duvekot’s last album, The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer, New Siberia was produced by song master Richard Shindell, who also once again assisted with his guitar work and harmony vocals. This work is genuine, understated, and lush — a delightful painting rendered with honest strength and fragility. The contributors to Duvekot’s Kickstarter campaign who funded this album should be beaming with radiance.

"New Siberia"

To honor Saint Patrick’s Day, what better to share than the music of Tommy Makem, son of folk singer Sarah Makem.  Long-time member of The Clancy Brothers, Makem was weaned on the music of Ireland, and then spent the rest of his life sharing it with the world.  Initially he wanted to be an actor, and left his home for New York City, but the pubs of Greenwich Village are where he landed , sharing his stories, poems and music on stage.  Makem passed on due to lung cancer on August 1st, 2007, but through his life, he gave the gift of himself—his heart, love of Ireland and his immense talent—a gift that will never die.

Tommy Makem's Four Green Fields.  When I heard Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers do this song at Boettcher Concert Hall years ago, there was silence at its conclusion.  Then the hall erupted in cheers and a standing ovation.  The memory still gives me chills...


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