Sunday, February 25, 2007

Greg Reish Recital MP3s

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Greg Reish has posted free MP3 files from his recital at Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall. Follow this link to hear the tracks. The sound quality is superb. You can right click (option+click on a Mac) to save each file and make your own Greg Reish "Live" album. Then you can listen to turn-of-the-20th-century music on your turn-of-the-21st-century music player!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

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There is an amazing collection of Edison cylinder recordings preserved as MP3s on this site. My new favorite section is ... no drum roll necessary ... the fiddle tunes collection.

The performances date from roughly 1902 through the first World War, and the sound quality is surprisingly easy on the ears. Keep in mind, these recordings pre-date scratchy 78s by two decades!

It's a miracle they've survived at all. Many of the performances are phenomenal with surprisingly non-traditional brass band arrangements leading into the fiddle soloists' breaks.

I highly recommend you browse the collection for jazz, marches, minstrel music, hymns, spirituals and more.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

~ F.Y.I. ~
The Farmer's Market Musicians have been invited to perform at a St. Patrick's Day event at Maguire Hall, next door to St. Catherine-St. Lucy church on Austin Ave at Washington. Plans are still being hatched. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 16, 2007

2007 Chicago Maritime Festival

Saturday, Feb 24 at the Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
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CD Release Show!

“Stuck in the 60s...Cooler Near the Lake” by Natural Bob & Micky Holdsworth
  • Friday February 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm (doors open 8:00)
  • Hammerhed Lounge (in Cigars & Stripes)
  • 6715 W. Ogden Ave. in Berwyn about 1 block east of Oak Park Ave.
Special guest performances by Lila Holdsworth, Kate Early, Jim & Mary Grosso, Bob Lopardo & Lou Nutini and probably others.

Says Natural Bob, "Hammerhed is your typical folk club. A reputed biker bar, the place is also rumored to be haunted. It’s our favorite local haunt; [it's a] cozy, friendly, well ventilated room [with] excellent nachos and good ale on tap."
Greg Reish
Ballads, Parlor Songs, Old-Time & Bluegrass with Guitar & Banjo

Auditorium Building, 7th Floor
430 South Michigan Ave (corner of Congress Pkwy)
- Yahoo! Map Here

- 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Steeleye Span - A Lark in the Morning

From 1970 (and you can surely tell by the fashion choices made). Opens with a great electric dulcimer motif. Harkens back to that short window of time when Celtic folk met rock.