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Sunday, February 8, 2009


A double treat last night - Jean Redpath was on both Prairie Home Companion and Thistle and Shamrock. I can't remember if I first heard her on PHC or the infamous Morning Pro Musica with my fellow Dutchman Robert J. Lurtsema on WGBH. She sounds as wonderful as ever, a little huskier to be sure, but then she's entitled - she's been singing for 50 years.

To think I stayed home on a Saturday night to listen to MPBN, when I could have gone to the Toboggan Championships and possibly hooked up with the Frozen Ass-ets or Night of the Living Sled for a wild night out in the bars of Camden. (The team names are well worth a look at the end of http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyid=145355 ). Actually, I can hardly think of anything better than American roots, Scottish laments, and Celtic reels on the Bose, in the quiet of a Saturday night in Owls Head. Radio sounds great up here. But Garrison, please try to limit yourself to one singing performance a show. It's your show, I know, but you're an English major and definitely a singing minor.

Once again, Scotland calls. We must go - it's possibly the only true Calvinist place left on earth. Jean Redpath's voice is as bonny as the heather, and the weather, and the scotch, and the hills, and the lochs....

1 comment:

Prince of Thrift said...

I heard her (Jean Redpath) on Prairie Home Companion this weekend. However, I didn't catch the name of the song. I liked how she worked all the different denominations in there, and I want to purchase the CD. If only I could figure out the song title, so I could get the right CD.