Nov
22


Leveret plays “Upon A Summer’s Day” and “Abbots Bromley Horndance” from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Leveret is: Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. This performance was part of the Homegrown Festival at The Met in Bury, England which was presented in collaboration with the English Folk Expo.
“Upon A Summer’s Day” appears in the Playford Book of English Dances and Tunes that first appeared in 1651. The Abbots Bromley Horndance can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the origin of the tune is unknown. It was collected by Cecil Sharpe.




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Nov
20


Leveret at the Met Main Stage from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This would please Purcell! These English folk dances are performed wonderfully by this trio of aces. It took me several passes to figure out which of the squeezeboxes was playing what, because they are so close in timbre, and it all meshes together so well.
The performance was part of the Homegrown Festival, a joint production of the The Met and the English Folk Expo.




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Nov
16


humpback whale from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This song — or songs– is admittedly a hybrid that has been though the “folk process” having started its life as a song by whaler Harry Robertson, called “Ballina Whalers” then recorded by folk icon Nic Jones under the name “The Humpback Whale” (In their introduction to their own version, Saul Rose of Faustus acknowledged this history, as is expected at a folk festival, where provenance counts.) and further merged by Faustus with an instrumental called “8th of July.” The song is about the true-life experiences of hunting down, killing and processing a whale, with the emphasis on the hardship and danger of whaling.

Faustus is: Benji Kirkpatrick (right) and Paul Sartin (center) and Saul Rose (left). All have glorious voices, and in their set they alternated taking leads on the various songs in a very strong performance at The Met’s Main Hall. The event was a combination of festival and business gathering, with the Homegrown festival (produced by The Met Arts Center) and the English Folk Expo (EFEx) coordinating efforts. Wish they had not stood so far apart on stage, but what’s a guerilla-girl to do but let the camcorders roll!




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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

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