Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday September 15, 2018

Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard live on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and then available for on-demand streaming. I am one of the four rotating hosts of Saturday Morning and base my programming on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches format I developed at CKUT in Montreal.

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning can be streamed on-demand at …

Extended feature: Songs of Fred Neil.

David Olney- Stand Tall
This Side or the Other (Black Hen)

Finest Kind- Lowlands Low
For Honour & For Gain (Fallen Angle)
Wade Hemsworth with The Mountain City Four (lead vocal: Kate McGarrigle)- The Log Driver’s Waltz
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)
Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop- That’s How the Summer Slips Away
Red Shoes (Borealis)

Holly Near- A Singer Must Die
2018 (Calico Tracks Music)
Madeleine Peyroux- Anthem
Anthem (Verve)
Darol Anger & Emy Phelps- Bird on a Wire
Music of Our People (Darol Anger & Emy Phelps)
Leonard Cohen- The Stranger Song
Songs of Leonard Cohen (Columbia/Legacy)

Noah Zacharin- One Time in 20
A Startle of Wings (Noah Zacharin)
Orit Shimoni- Where to Begin
Lost and Found on the Road to Nowhere (Orit Shimoni)
Jory Nash- She Gets Her Courage from Alcohol
Wilderness Years (Thin Man Records)
Joyce Luna- Every Road We Take
Every Road We Take (Joyce Luna)
Jon Brooks- All Life’s Meaning
No One Travels Alone (Borealis)

The next 15 songs were written or adapted by Fred Neil (1936-2001).

Eric Andersen- The Dolphins
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Sid Selvidge- A Little Bit of Rain
A Little Bit of Rain (Archer)
Jim Wurster & Omine Eager- Dade County Jail
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Caroline Doctorow- Other Side of This Life
Follow You Down (Narrow Lane)
Fred Neil- Yonder Come the Blues
Bleecker & MacDougal (Elektra)

Arlan Feiles- Ba-De-Da
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Karen Dalton- Blues on the Ceiling
I’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best (Koch)
Vince Martin- Handful of Gimme
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Roy Orbison- Candy Man
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison (Monument)
Fred Neil- That’s the Bag I’m In
The Many Sides of Fred Neil (Collector’s Choice)

Valerie C Wisecracker- Bleecker & MacDougal
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Judy Collins- Tear Down the Walls
Judy Collins 3 & 4 (Wildflower)
The 18 Wheelers- I’ve Got a Secret
Everybody’s Talkin’: A Tribute to Fred Neil (Y&T Music)
Alison Brown w/Tim O'Brien- Everybody’s Talkin’
Fair Weather (Compass)
Fred Neil- Faretheewell (Fred’s Tune)
The Many Sides of Fred Neil (EMI Collector’s Choice)

El Coyote- Another Day
El Coyote (El Coyote)
The LYNNeS- Recipe for Disaster
Heartbreak Song for the Radio (The LYNNeS)

John Wort Hannam- Acres of Elbow Room
Acres of Elbow Room (John Wort Hannam)
Jimmy LaFave- My Oklahoma Home (It Blowed Away)
Peace Town (Music Road)
Eliza Gilkyson- Dreamtime
Secularia (Red House)
Tom Russell- Rose of San Joaquin

Vince Halfhide- Memphis Rounder
Vince Halfhide (Vince Halfhide)
Louis Armstrong- Beale Street Blues
Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (Columbia/Legacy)
Nina Simone- Little Liza Jane
At Newport (Colpix)

Reggie Harris- 3:16am
Ready to Go (Reggie Harris Music)
Lawrence Lebo- Old School Girl
Old School Girl (On the Air)
Jordan Officer- One Handed Push-Ups
Three Rivers (Spectra)
The Carnivaleros- Rudy Got Caught Again
Tallsome Tales (Gary Mackender)

Ray Bonneville- Waiting on the Night
At King Electric (Stonefly)
Jennifer Warnes- I Am the Big Easy
Another Time, Another Place (BMG)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on October 13.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Various Artists – Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

Various Artists
Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

(A version of this review was published in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.)

During the Second World War, ethnomusicologists at the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture set out to preserve the new Yiddish songs documenting the experiences of Jews fighting the Nazis in the Red Army, as well as those working on the home fronts, and songs reporting on such atrocities as the massacre at Babi Yar. Following Stalin’s post-war anti-Semitic purge, these songs were thought lost. However, the lyrics of many of the songs were rediscovered in the 1990s in unmarked boxes found in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. Yiddish Glory:The Lost Songs of World War II is an extraordinary album – featuring five singers and a group of superb instrumentalists – recorded in Toronto that documents some of those songs.

Among these fascinating songs are “Shpatsir in Vald (A Walk in the Forest),” sung by Sophie Millman, in which a young woman and a young soldier about to go off to fight Hitler’s army say their farewells; “A Shturemvint (A Storm Wind),” sung by Psoy Korolenko, a lyric that promises to keep fighting until fascism and Hitler are defeated; and “Babi Yar,” also sung by Korolenko, based on witness accounts of the 1941 massacre of more than 33,000 Jews.

An extensive booklet includes an essay about the project, notes on all of the songs and the lyrics in Yiddish with English translations. Yiddish Glory is certainly one of the most powerful albums of Jewish music released in recent years.

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