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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmet and Deborah Allwright

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmet and Deborah Allwright

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain takes the popular folk song to new heights of silliness. A serenading cactus begins our tune, inviting us to sing along. The "She" in question is a pint-sized cowgirl whose legend grows with the song.

We start normally enough, but when we find out that the six white horses she'll be driving are named "Misty, Moonbeam, Milkshake, Stardust, Silvermane, and Snowflake," we find ourselves riding off the beaten path into hilariously imaginative scenarios involving jelly-juggling and rooftop-dancing.

Picaresque by The Decemberists

Picaresque by the Decemberists

An unseen beast trumpets mightily. There is a slight pause, then the drums approach, rolling across the sonic landscape. Picaresque, The Decemberists' densely-textured folk pop album, begins.

The Tradition Masters by Odetta

The Tradition Masters by Odetta

Being dubbed "The Queen of Folk" is no small feat. Having Martin Luther King, Jr. give you that title is something else entirely. That is how strongly affecting the music of folk pioneer Odetta is.

The Tradition Masters is a collection of Odetta's most invigorating traditional songs. Born in Birmingham in 1930, Odetta Holmes helped to embody both the Civil Rights and the Folk Revival movements of the 1950's and 60's. One could say that she was in the right place at the right time, but that would fail to credit her heart-stopping talent as a musician and vocalist.

33 1/3 Series

33 1/3 series

I am an addict...and my addiction is popular music. I adore it. Who doesn't? We all have our favorite songs, artists, genres. The right track at the right moment can hit us emotionally or physically, make us weep or dance. What I like almost as much as music are all of the details and stories that lead up to the making of some of my most cherished albums. That's where the 33 1/3 series comes in.

Started in 2003 by editor David Barker, 33 1/3 is a collection where each volume examines the allure of a particular album as well as the artist who recorded it.  Named after the number of revolutions on an LP record, the series spans rock, hip-hop, folk, metal, pop, country, dance, punk, electronica, and world. There is something here for everyone. 

The Best of the Decca Years

By The Weavers

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American folk music has had great influence on popular music worldwide. The quartet known as “The Weavers” was probably the most important folk group of the “Folk revival” of the 1940s and 50s. Even though some of their recordings sound corny now it would difficult to overstate the influence of these four people- Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, and Fred Hellerman – on popular music. Songs included on this album are: • 1. On Top of Old Smoky • 2. Hard, Ain't It Hard • 3. Goodnight Irene • 4. Around the Corner (Beneath the Berry Tree) > • 5. Old Paint (Ride Around, Little Dogies) • 6. (The Wreck of the) John B • 7. Roving Kind • 8. Tzena, Tzena, Tzena • 9. Wimoweh (Mbube) • 10. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine • 11. So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh) • 12. Midnight Special • 13. Rock Island Line • 14. Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l' Water, Silvy) • 15. Lonesome Traveler • 16. When the Saints Go Marching In

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Scottish Folk: Music Rough Guide

By World Music Network

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This Rough Guide collection features some of Scotland’s finest musicians, from the exquisite fiddling of Aly Bain with his teacher Tom Anderson to the Highland bagpipes of John D. Burgess and the traditional harp playing of Alison Kinnaird. Gaelic song has never died and is represented here, as are also the English language songs from the industrial south of Scotland. Contemporary popular music with a traditional Gaelic touch is represented by the group Capercaillie. • 1. Clan Coco/The Road to Benderloch/Fifteen Stubbies to Warragul - The Battlefield Band • 2. Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor) - Mac-Talla • 3. Rithill Aill - Karen Matheson • 4. Heart and Soul - Wolfstone • 5. Crags of Ailas/Staffa's Shore - Alison Kinnaird • 6. Queen of Argyll - Silly Wizard • 7. John Griffi's - Rory Campbell • 8. Centennial Waltz - Fiddlers Five • 9. Good Drying Set - The Tannahill Weavers • 10. Tha M'Eudail Is M'Aighear 's Mo Ghradh (My Treasure, My Delight, My Lov - Christine Primrose • 11. Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl • 12. 's Gann Gunn Dirich Mi Chaoidh - Ossian • 13. Quiet Man/The Solstice/The Silver Spire - Jonny Hardie • 14. Harper/Lady Catherine Ogle - Whirligig • 15. Gathering Storms/The Lowland of Scotland/Feaden Glan A; Phiobair - Ross Kennedy • 16.Jack Broke da Prison Door/Donald Blue/Sleep Soond Ida Mornin'/Lasses Trust
in Providence - Tom Anderson • 17. Wooden Whale/Leaps & Bounds/Skeye Barbeque - Alasdair Fraser • 18. Tree - Capercaillie • 19. Swallow-Tailed Coat/Turf Lodge - John D. Burgess

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Another Flower Gone: Good-bye to Mary Travers

A daughter of union organizers, Mary grew up in Greenwich Village and while only a teenager sang backup for the legendary Pete Seeger. Today, her clear, warm vocals on songs written by Seeger and Bob Dylan remind us of the softer aspects of 1960s social struggle. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Blowin' in the Wind" are still favorites for youth groups.