Taut as a tuned string, a boy twangs his mandolin during a festival at Horse Pens 40, a cluster of natural stone corrals atop Chandler Mountain that have become a center for the folkways of country life.
Listen to the whole album on Folkway’s website and follow the smithsonianfolkways tumblr as they trace the influence of Lead Belly through the performances of artists like Nina Simone, Johnny Cash and even Raffi (of Baby Beluga fame)
The Common Houseleek, Sempervivum tectorum, is native to the mountains of southern Europe. This plant has been cultivated for centuries. Thought to protect against decay, witchcraft, and thunderstorms, it is often grown on the roofs of houses or in window boxes. The juice has also been used in herbal medicine as an astringent and treatment for skin and eye diseases, to ease inflammation and, mixed with honey, to treat thrush…
Pirates, shanghaiers, slavers, and smugglers are just some of the central characters in this album of lusty, authentic maritime songs; others are ardent patriots, hard-pressed immigrants, and weathered sailors sheltering in the taverns of the seven seas. All are midway between some dicey spot in life and an uncertain future. Their compelling stories of bold adventure are excitingly re-told here by an all-star crew of Irish singers and musicians led by vocalist/author Dan Milner.
Sorry, what? You don’t like the word sinister to describe lefties becasue you think it means “evil”?? No way man, it means “left”! It’s from Latin. Really it is! You don’t believe me?!? Oh for f*ck’s sake just look it up!! You’re not going to look it up are you? Geez. do I have to do EVERYTHING in this relationship?!? Here: I have looked it up for you! Happy now?!? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness
Anyhoo: The PRS on top was lovely - I wish more guitar makers would tell you what it is on the truss rod cover! :D And the price was reasonable at ~$2100.
The acoustic is simply sublime. It’s a 1927 Martin 0-18K (the “K” is for “Koa”). How rare is that? A LEFT-HANDED 1927 MARTIN 0-18K! I believe this one was originally right-handed, but was converted to left. Kind of like a 1920s “Jimi Hendrix” makeover…
Here are more details: http://www.folkwaymusic.com/vintage-instruments/martin-guitars/1937-martin-018k-lefty-0714/