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I've had the Billy Bang Quintet at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI on April 28, 2003 on our office cd player--kicking it out the past several days. The music is infectious--plenty of short, clipped melodic heads that the mind holds onto. The sax player, Frank Lowe, died of lung cancer four months after this performance.

 

This link has two short samples: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&a...10:dxfuxzl5ldje

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I learned Doc Watson's version of "Ruben's Train," but when I heard Dirk Powell's instrumental version - "Rubin" (number 6 here: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&a...0:dzfuxqwhldae), it's become my new favorite banjo tune. I love Dirk's nuanced fretless playing...it may be quite some time before I go back to playing it in Doc's style.

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In current loop on my set: the soundtrack music to the Frieda Kahlo biopic "Frieda" Lots of beautiful Mexican folk and old- style Mariachi

music.

That's back-to-back with Astor Piazzola's "the Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night"

 

There's music on both that cause the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up straight. (If you could see my head you'd know what a feat that is!) ;)

 

Lovin Life,

 

Rob

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For the last couple of months I've been listening a lot to the music of a Danish trio called Jae' Sweevers. They play dance music from the island of Fanø and the similarities to and differences from English dance music I find endlessly fascinating. They're also great tunes to play.

 

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For the last couple of months I've been listening a lot to the music of a Danish trio called Jae' Sweevers. They play dance music from the island of Fanø and the similarities to and differences from English dance music I find endlessly fascinating. They're also great tunes to play.

 

Chris

 

Not a lot of good this site as it's Danish and a few years old.

 

Whatever

 

http://www.sweevers.dk/ ;)

 

What am I listening to?

 

Well. Apart from myself. Mostly His Worship and the Pig.

 

Music wise though it's Norrlåtar

 

Bit like Vömmöl

 

snore will know what I mean.

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We went to Fanø last September and attended a workshop led by two members of the trio (the third having sadly died not so long ago). As you can imagine, that did nothing to dull my enthusiasm for their music. There's nothing like playing dance tunes for the dances for which they are intended, and we had that chance in the workshop.

 

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Ah so. This evening, I had my first practice with two fiddlers that I'm performing with next month--one hardanger and one standard. We're doing some scandanavian tunes, and we sounded very much like the Ale Moller music I'd first heard last year, and became immediately infatuated with. So, it's back to listening to Ale Moller, Mats Eden, Lena Willemark, and Aly Bain. Tracks 10 and 12 on this "Frifot" album are akin to what we're doing: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&a...10:fxfwxqwaldfe

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