♫ “Shall We Take A Turn?” by Korpiklaani — when you can’t decide between headbanging and folk-dancing so you just split the difference.
♫ “Wind And Rain” by Crooked Still
In honor of the recent storm, with creepiness for the upcoming holiday.
♫ “Running With The Wolves” by Korpiklaani
Rousing metal + accordion instrumental from Finland.
♫ “Le reel de Gabriel Deuse” by Édith Butler
Friday party time!
♫ “Butts On Fire” by Kristin Andreassen
Instant winter classic. Stay warm this Xmas! :)
♫ “Livin’ Off The Land” by the Holy Modal Rounders
“We will have a pet raccoon / Maybe we’ll have two / If you ask me real nice / I’ll let ‘em sleep with you” I actually met someone who had a pet raccoon once — he walked right into the office with it on his shoulder.
“Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Isn’t nature grand”
♫ “Random Canyon” by The Holy Modal Rounders
“Where the crystal coyote calls / over sleepy garden walls / and the wireless wombat wanders on the wing”
People dressed as shrubs danced yesterday in Helston, Cornwall, UK. Others dressed in old-time finery danced in a line so long you couldn’t see either end. They celebrated Flora Day, an old spring tradition also called the Furry Dance (named long before furries).
While the shrub people dance, everyone sings:
Hal-an-tow, jolly rumbalow For we were up as soon as any day-O And for to fetch the summer home The summer and the May-O For summer is a-come-O And winter is a-gone-O
Each verse brings a costumed pantomime. This Hal-An-Tow video starts with shouting and noise, then at 1:35 comes a Cornish proclamation that sounds like Swedish Chef, followed by the dancing shrubs, song, and weird pageantry.
The great processional dance features kids (in one dance) and adults (in the other two) walking in pairs in a tremendous line and periodically doing a little dance that puts them with a new partner. The children’s dance alone has 1,000 people in it. See for example the 2014 midday dance, 2011 children’s dance, … and footage from 1955 … and 1921.
I’d love to see it in person someday. I’d love have something like it here!
♫ “Would Not Float” by Gideon Freudmann
No song link, sorry :( At 43:23 in A-Log on the Airwaves – 6/1/13.
I went out to sail my boat I was not sure it would float I put it into the pond, It sank, like a rock It was not such a surprise These things happen, I surmise Sometimes, though, it gets my goat It would not float
I’m no expert, but here’s some Irish music I like a lot:
- Noel Hill — In Knocknagree (all accordion/concertina and clogging, sounds like recorded live in a pub)
- The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and their families — Irish Folk Songs and Airs (more down-home sounding than some of their other work, probably because of the “and their families”)
- The Chieftains — The Best of The Chieftains
- Solas — Reunion (a live concert that I prefer to the studio album I have)
Scottish but sounds similar:
- Capercaillie — Sidewaulk
♫ MIDNIGHT PARTY: “Ievan Polkka” by Korpiklaani will revive you like strong coffee!
(Not that I need wake-up energy right now, but the Shuffle hath spoken.)