1,000 places to go with her

  What I like most about “Frank’s Wild Years,” is what a clever little liar it is and how — like all clever little liars — its lies reveal so many larger truths. Truths not just about this couple, Frank and his wife, but also about the city they live … → read more

National Endowment for the Arts recipients announced

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the 2012 recipients of the United States’ highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The NEA National Heritage Fellows recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve the United States of America’s culture for future generations. … → read more

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam…

Found Drowned – George Frederick Watts, 1867 All right folks.  I promised after five separate posts over six months concerning the ballad “Two Sisters” (aka Child 10, aka Roud 8, aka…) that this time I’d have something meaningful to say about it. Let me link first to the other posts … → read more

Two Sisters Redux – Part 2

detail from Twa Sisters – quilt by Dan Willig So, as I introduced in my first post this week, I’m trying to add some depth and variety to my first series of entries from six months ago on the ballad known as Child 10, “Two Sisters”, “Wind and Rain”, etc.  You can find … → read more


Cecilia: In Bad

        CECILIA In Bad Appel 1331 www.tsmiske.be/stek8/appel/appelstart.aspx   The debut from Belgian trio Cecilia positively hums with energy and invention. Originally a duo of flute/cornet and hurdy-gurdy/cittern, they were joined by diatonic accordion player Greet Wuyts, a move that’s filled out the sound and greatly opened up … → read more

Two Sisters Redux – Part 1

detail from Twa Sisters – quilt by Dan Willig Six months ago, my first post for this blog dealt with the ancient murder ballad “Two Sisters“, also known as “Wind and Rain” as well as several other names.  I’m happy with the work I did then, but as with any first attempt … → read more