LEE CAGLE OF MOSCOW, TENNESSEE
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER, TEACHER, COLLECTOR,
FESTIVAL ORGANIZER AND BEE KEEPER
Lee Cagle, dulcimer player, teacher, festival promoter, dulcimer collector, bee keeper, grew up in Blount County, Tennessee, (pronounced Blunt). “I grew up surrounded by guitar, banjo and dobro music. My uncle took me up to the mountains and sang old ballads to me. But a school teacher told me I had no musical talent and should try other things so I didn’t get an instrument of my own or play music until I was grown”.
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DANCE WITH WHO BRUNG YOU
THE HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND AT
GOLDEN SAILS HOTEL PCH CLUB IN LONG BEACH - OCTOBER 25, 2015
In Memoriam Joel Okida
Il Miglior Fabbro
What is the sound of one heart breaking? A Hank Williams song, of course, though not the one you may be thinking of. That slightly modified Zen Koan came to mind after a Fais Do-Do (Cajun Zydeco dance party) at the Golden Sails Hotel PCH Club (their bar) in Long Beach last Sunday. I don’t usually frequent such places (just approaching my 3rd year of sobriety in a well-known twelve-step program) but Jill invited me, so I went. Two non-alcoholic mineral waters got me through the evening, and as I listened to the music and watched the couples dancing I fell in love.
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TITLE: BRIGHT SHADOW
ARTIST: ANA EGGE
RELEASE DATE: 2015
Every once in a while I hear a voice whose sheer beauty stops me in my tracks. Such was the case the first time I heard Ana Egge in Bright Shadow. Ethereal yet down to earth, simple yet sophisticated, her soft, silky vocals seem almost effortless, whether she’s delivering a cool jazzy number or traditional, up-tempo Americana...a poignant ballad or a moody singer-songwriter original...as well as, of course, the edgy Lucinda Williams-style folk rock that distinguished her last album (produced by Steve Earle).
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TITLE: SPURS #2.2 / MIDNIGHT ROAD TRIP
ARTIST: RUN DOWNHILL
LABEL: OH MY TERRIBLE JOY MUSIC AND COMICS
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2015
Swinging saloon doors, blood on the floor, revolvers and card games gone bad… This is Run Downhill’s west, a place where a thrillingly lawless musical landscape à la Ennio Morricone can intersect with lyrical foreboding. This, the band’s fourth album, takes listeners into a darker world that asks: what happens to a mind subjected to constant skirmishes for survival?
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TITLE: THE WAKING
ARTIST: NOCTAMBULE (MARLA FIBISH AND BRUCE VICTOR)
LABEL: NOCTAMBULE MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: 2015
For those blessed enough to have journeyed through the nocturnal aural wonderland that was Noctambule’s (Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor) first recording, the question was inevitably, what happens when we awake from this intoxicating, mind altering musical dream? And here is the answer in the form of their second recording. The Waking takes us into a daytime world where all is changed; colors sharper, shadows deeper and clearer, sounds richer and more resonant with meaning and emotion, where time becomes malleable, now syrupy, now supple, now misty and ephemeral. This is magic.
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NOVEMBER 12th, 2015
A San Francisco native, Marla is a long time feature of the Bay area Irish music scene...and an unapologetic proponent of the mandolin in Irish music.
With her husband Bruce Victor, they are the band Noctambule. They play original and traditional music in a variety of forms – original musical settings of a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. This unique collaboration brings out qualities in both of these seasoned musicians that you may not have heard from them before. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings -- various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, tenor guitar -- and their blended voices.
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