Music

3:00pm

Sun April 21, 2013
Music

A Folk Singer Sets Sail, With The Bard At The Bow

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Amy Speace's latest album is called How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat.
Gina Binkley Courtesy of the artist

Before Amy Speace embarked on a career in music, the stage called her name. That's a good fact to keep in mind when listening to the actor-turned-folk singer's latest album, How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat.

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4:50pm

Sat April 20, 2013
Music Interviews

Phoenix On Sounding Like Robots And Staying Restless

Phoenix's latest album is called Bankrupt! Left to right: Thomas Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Deck d'Arcy.
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9:00am

Sat April 20, 2013
marc on the blues

Hello Didgeridoo, I'd Like to Introduce the Blues

Harper
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What do you get when you mix Michigan with the Australian outback? You get Harper and Midwest Kind… and that equals some of the most distinctive music in the whole Blues world.

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6:34am

Sat April 20, 2013
Music

Not For Kids, These Child Ballads Are Steeped In History

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 3:01 pm

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's new collaborative album is titled Child Ballads.
Jay Sansone Courtesy of the artist

Some stories stand the test of time: Shakespeare's plays, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and the Child ballads.

If you're unfamiliar with them, they're not for children. They're Scottish and English folk songs from the 17th and 18th centuries and earlier. They're named after Francis James Child, the Harvard professor and folklorist who collected them.

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5:39am

Sat April 20, 2013
Music Interviews

An American In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 6:33 am

Sara Nimaga plays the balafon in Paul Chandler's music class at the American International School in Bamako, Mali.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Numbers are down at the American International School in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

In just over a year, the country has witnessed a rebellion, a military coup and the occupation by Islamist fighters of the desert northern region, recently largely liberated in a counteroffensive by French-led forces. Despite the troubles, the school is open and classes continue.

Teacher Paul Chandler is taking his combined class of 6th- and 7th-graders through their early paces, learning the Malian music they'll be performing at the annual school concert.

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