The Burns Sisters
The Burns Sisters are an American folk music group from Ithaca, New York known for their tight harmonies. The group has performed and recorded in various sibling constellations, currently consisting of sisters Marie and Annie and they have toured with Arlo Guthrie providing backup vocals and occasionally performing as his opening act. The Burn Sisters were raised as members of a large Irish Catholic family of 12 children in Binghamton and their music has been influenced by their fathers political activism and their mothers background as classically trained opera singer. Singing and writing music was a family tradition, the Burns Sisters professional musical career began when several of the sisters moved to Ithaca, New York where they originally sang with the David Kent Band. One of their earliest successes was when their music appeared in the Louis Malle film Atlantic City as a result of their brother Patrick who was working on the film. As a quintet made up of sisters Marie, Jeannie and Terry, the band released The Burns Sisters Band, in 1993 the quintet released Songs of the Heart before older sisters Terry and Sheila dropped out to devote more time to their families.
Agreeing to continue as a trio, Annie and Jeannie switched their focus to acoustic music and Annie have been the primary writers and producers of the group. Most performances are with a band which includes a dobro player, guitarist. Their 1997 album In This World was produced by bassist Garry Tallent who added a dash of rock to their sound, in 2004 The Burns Sisters met Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. In 2012, the Burns Sisters released the album, The Hills of Ithaca, the title was inspired by a 1947 Woody Guthrie poem which the Burn Sisters put to music after being given the unpublished version by Woodys daughter, Nora Guthrie. The album includes Bob Childers song, Prisoner of the Promised Land written in Okemah, Jeannie Burns left the band in 2013 to study guitar and songwriting, with Marie and Annie now performing as a duo. The Burns Sisters, official web site The Burns Sisters sing with Arlo Guthrie on Prairie Home Companion, 4/25/2009
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and a related genre of country music. Settlers from Britain and Ireland arrived in Appalachia during the 18th century and these traditions consisted primarily of English and Scottish ballads—which were essentially unaccompanied narrative—and dance music, such as Irish reels, which were accompanied by a fiddle. Many older bluegrass songs come directly from the British Isles, several Appalachian bluegrass ballads, such as Pretty Saro, Barbara Allen, Cuckoo Bird and House Carpenter, come from England and preserve the English ballad tradition both melodically and lyrically. Others, such as The Two Sisters, come from England, some bluegrass fiddle songs popular in Appalachia, such as Leather Britches, and Pretty Polly, have Scottish roots. The dance tune Cumberland Gap may be derived from the tune that accompanies the Scottish ballad Bonnie George Campbell and this is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout while the others provide accompaniment.
Breakdowns are often characterized by rapid tempos and unusual instrumental dexterity, there are three major subgenres of bluegrass and one unofficial subgenre. Traditional bluegrass has musicians playing folk songs, tunes with traditional chord progressions, progressive bluegrass groups may use electric instruments and import songs from other genres, particularly rock & roll. Examples include Cadillac Sky and Bearfoot, another subgenre, Bluegrass gospel uses Christian lyrics, soulful three- or four-part harmony singing, and sometimes the playing of instrumentals. Bluegrass music has attracted a following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre as, Scottish bagpipes and its Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. Its blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound, unlike mainstream country music, bluegrass is traditionally played on acoustic stringed instruments. The fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar and upright bass are often joined by the resonator guitar and this instrumentation originated in rural dance bands and is the basis on which the earliest bluegrass bands were formed.
The guitar is now most commonly played with a style referred to as flatpicking, unlike the style of bluegrass guitarists such as Lester Flatt. Banjo players often use the three-finger picking style made popular by such as Don Reno. Fiddlers frequently play in thirds and fifths, producing a sound that is characteristic to the bluegrass style, bassists almost always play pizzicato, occasionally adopting the slap-style to accentuate the beat. A bluegrass bass line is generally a rhythmic alternation between the tonic and dominant of each chord, with walking bass excursions. Instrumentation has been a topic of debate. Traditional bluegrass performers believe the correct instrumentation is used by Bill Monroes band
The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss Anabaptist origins. They are closely related to, but distinct from, Mennonite churches, the Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and those who followed Ammann became known as Amish. In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons, as of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish lived in the United States and about 1,500 lived in Canada. Most of the Amish continue to have 6–7 children while benefiting from the decrease in infant. Between 1992 and 2013, the Amish population increased by 120%, Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. It is a requirement for marriage within the Amish church, once a person is baptized with the church, he or she may marry only within the faith.
Church districts average between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a members home, the district is led by a bishop and several ministers and deacons. Most Amish do not buy commercial insurance or participate in Social Security, as present-day Anabaptists, Amish church members practice nonresistance and will not perform any type of military service. The Amish value rural life, manual labor and humility, all under the auspices of living what they interpret to be Gods word, members who do not conform to these community expectations and who cannot be convinced to repent are excommunicated. In addition to excommunication, members may be shunned, a practice that limits social contacts to shame the wayward member into returning to the church, almost 90 percent of Amish teenagers choose to be baptized and join the church. Amish church groups seek to maintain a degree of separation from the non-Amish world, There is generally a heavy emphasis on church and family relationships.
They typically operate their own schools and discontinue formal education after grade eight. Until the children turn 16, they have vocational training under the tutelage of their parents, the Amish Mennonite movement descends from the 16th century fellowship known as the Swiss Brethren. The Swiss Brethren were Anabaptists, and are viewed as having been a part of the Radical Reformation. Anabaptist means one who baptizes again—a reference to those who had baptized as infants, but adopted a belief in believers baptism. These Swiss Brethren trace their origins to Felix Manz and Conrad Grebel and this pushed the Swiss Brethren into Canton Bern. The term Amish was first used as a schandename in 1710 by opponents of Jakob Amman, the first division between Swiss Brethren was recorded in the 17th century between Oberländers and Emmentaler
A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors, and are inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, performance art. Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval, including many rock festivals, are held only once. Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause, another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known, during the Middle Ages, festivals were often held as competitions. Entrants perform prepared pieces in front of an audience which includes competitors and they usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies.
The competitive element is played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music, for many, they provide a bridge from lessons and examinations to performing confidently in public. Milwaukee, Wisconsins 11-day event, promotes itself as The Worlds Largest Music Festival, operating annually since 1968, the festival attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, and hosts over 800 musical acts. The Woodstock Festival in 1969 drew nearly 500,000 attendees, the largest annual greenfield music festival in the world is Roskilde Festival in Denmark, which attracts about 135,000 spectators each year. Glastonbury Festival has a capacity of about 175,000 spectators, for a more complete listing of active and defunct festivals by region, see Category, Music festivals by country. Some sections may have links to related lists of music festivals by country, L.
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10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based multi-platinum alternative rock band, formed in 1981, that continues to perform and release music. In 2016, the band celebrated its 35th anniversary, the band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, Chet Cardinale, Robert Buck and Teri Newhouse. Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, who was 17 at the time, John Lombardo, who was in a band called The Mills and used to play occasionally with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Merchant became the main singer, the band changed its name to Burn Victims and to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs. They performed as 10,000 Maniacs for the first time on Labor Day, September 7,1981, with a line-up of Merchant, Buck, Gustafson, Edborg left and Bob Bob O Matic Wachter was on drums for most of the 1981 gigs. In March 1982, with Jim Foti on drums, the recorded a EP album called Human Conflict Number Five.
During this time lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a short while at the encouragement of friends who said that many gigs were available there. Discouraged by the lack of gigs, and by having to sell plasma and rake leaves to buy food. At the beginning of 1983, Jerry Augustyniak joined the band as their permanent drummer, the Maniacs met Augustyniak when they played in Buffalo, New York, where he was in a punk band called The Stains. The record was received by critics and caught the attention of respected BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel in London. One song, My Mother the War, turned out to be a hit in the United Kingdom. The band toured extensively during 1983 and 1984, and played gigs in the UK, Peter Leak, an Englishman living in New York City, became interested in the band, made contact and was made their manager. With the help of Leak and Elektra Records A & R man Howard Thompson,10,000 Maniacs signed to Elektra in November 1984. In the spring of 1985, they recorded their second album, The Wishing Chair, in London at Livingston Studios.
Though the album was not a hit, its status as the bands major label debut did win it some notice. Co-founder Lombardo left the band during a rehearsal on July 14,1986, the remaining five members started recording a new album in Los Angeles, with Peter Asher as the producer. The album originally contained Peace Train and it was removed from subsequent pressings after Cat Stevens made comments implying he agreed with a death Fatwa against author Salman Rushdie. The next album,1989 Blind Mans Zoo hit No.13 and went gold, in May 1989, the British music magazine, NME reported that 10,000 Maniacs had won the songwriter category prize at the New York Music Awards
New York (state)
New York is a state in the northeastern United States, and is the 27th-most extensive, fourth-most populous, and seventh-most densely populated U. S. state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut and Vermont to the east. With an estimated population of 8.55 million in 2015, New York City is the most populous city in the United States, the New York Metropolitan Area is one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. New York City makes up over 40% of the population of New York State, two-thirds of the states population lives in the New York City Metropolitan Area, and nearly 40% lives on Long Island. Both the state and New York City were named for the 17th-century Duke of York, the next four most populous cities in the state are Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, while the state capital is Albany. New York has a diverse geography and these more mountainous regions are bisected by two major river valleys—the north-south Hudson River Valley and the east-west Mohawk River Valley, which forms the core of the Erie Canal.
Western New York is considered part of the Great Lakes Region and straddles Lake Ontario, between the two lakes lies Niagara Falls. The central part of the state is dominated by the Finger Lakes, New York had been inhabited by tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian-speaking Native Americans for several hundred years by the time the earliest Europeans came to New York. The first Europeans to arrive were French colonists and Jesuit missionaries who arrived southward from settlements at Montreal for trade, the British annexed the colony from the Dutch in 1664. The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were similar to those of the present-day state, New York is home to the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the United States and its ideals of freedom and opportunity. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance. On April 17,1524 Verrazanno entered New York Bay, by way of the now called the Narrows into the northern bay which he named Santa Margherita.
Verrazzano described it as a vast coastline with a delta in which every kind of ship could pass and he adds. This vast sheet of water swarmed with native boats and he landed on the tip of Manhattan and possibly on the furthest point of Long Island. Verrazannos stay was interrupted by a storm which pushed him north towards Marthas Vineyard, in 1540 French traders from New France built a chateau on Castle Island, within present-day Albany, due to flooding, it was abandoned the next year. In 1614, the Dutch under the command of Hendrick Corstiaensen, rebuilt the French chateau, Fort Nassau was the first Dutch settlement in North America, and was located along the Hudson River, within present-day Albany. The small fort served as a trading post and warehouse, located on the Hudson River flood plain, the rudimentary fort was washed away by flooding in 1617, and abandoned for good after Fort Orange was built nearby in 1623. Henry Hudsons 1609 voyage marked the beginning of European involvement with the area, sailing for the Dutch East India Company and looking for a passage to Asia, he entered the Upper New York Bay on September 11 of that year
Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival. The term originated in the 19th century, but is applied to music older than that. Some types of music are called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways, as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers and it has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. Starting in the century, a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music. This process and period is called the revival and reached a zenith in the 1960s. This form of music is called contemporary folk music or folk revival music to distinguish it from earlier folk forms. Smaller, similar revivals have occurred elsewhere in the world at other times and this type of folk music includes fusion genres such as folk rock, folk metal, electric folk, and others. Even individual songs may be a blend of the two, a consistent definition of traditional folk music is elusive.
The terms folk music, folk song, and folk dance are comparatively recent expressions and they are extensions of the term folklore, which was coined in 1846 by the English antiquarian William Thoms to describe the traditions and superstitions of the uncultured classes. Traditional folk music includes most indigenous music, despite the assembly of an enormous body of work over some two centuries, there is still no certain definition of what folk music is. Some do not even agree that the term Folk Music should be used, Folk music may tend to have certain characteristics but it cannot clearly be differentiated in purely musical terms. One meaning often given is that of old songs, with no known composers, the fashioning and re-fashioning of the music by the community that give it its folk character. Such definitions depend upon processes rather than abstract musical types, one widely used definition is simply Folk music is what the people sing. For Scholes, as well as for Cecil Sharp and Béla Bartók, Folk music was already. seen as the authentic expression of a way of life now past or about to disappear, particularly in a community uninfluenced by art music and by commercial and printed song.
In these terms folk music may be seen as part of a schema comprising four types, primitive or tribal, elite or art, folk. Music in this genre is often called traditional music. Although the term is only descriptive, in some cases people use it as the name of a genre
Los Straitjackets is an American instrumental rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1988. Esbeck left the band in 1998 and was replaced by Pete Curry, the current lineup features Greg Townson on guitar and Chris Sprague on drums. The band has released thirteen albums, four collaboration albums. Eddie Angel was a noted rockabilly guitarist, who moved to Nashville in the early 1980s to record, Danny Amis recorded and performed with the Raybeats, worked as a sound engineer in Nashville. The two formed The Straitjackets in 1988 with Jimmy Lester, a Nashville session player who had worked and toured with Robert Gordon and they played several gigs during the summer of that year, but soon broke up. In 1994, they reformed as Los Straitjackets, adding bass player Scott Esbeck and their first album, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets, was released the following year on Upstart Records. In the post-Pulp Fiction surf revival, the group began attracting a following, over the next few years, the band developed a cult following through its tight instrumentation and stage shows.
In its live performances, band members dress in black suits, gold Aztec medallions. Amis is the member who speaks, introducing songs in fast. In 1998, Esbeck left the band during the recording of The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets and was replaced by Pete Curry, formerly of the Halibuts, in 2005, Lester left and was replaced by Jason Teen Beat Smay. Theyve become known as frequent collaborators, recording Sing Along With Los Straitjackets with a number of different artists and they were nominated for a Grammy Award for their collaboration with blues singer Eddy Clearwater, Rock N Roll City. As time goes on, their shows have become more elaborate. In recent years, they have staged festive Christmas shows during the holiday season, in 2010, Danny Amis was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He was sidelined from recording and touring while under treatment, Los Straitjackets recruited guitarist Greg Gregorio El Grande Townson to fill Amis role during his absence. In 2012, Amis announced that his cancer was under control and he would return to recording and this coincided with the bands new studio release Jet Set and debut of new drummer Chris Sugar Balls Sprague.
Los Straitjackets provided some of the music for the independent film Psycho Beach Party and they recorded two albums of music specifically for television and commercial use, and their work is often heard as filler or background music on radio and television shows. In the late 1990s, Conan OBrien had the band perform Christmas music each holiday season on his television program
Donna the Buffalo
Donna the Buffalo is a band from Trumansburg, New York. They play both originals and covers, the band name was suggested as Dawn of the Buffalo by a musician friend of the band, it was misheard as Donna the Buffalo, and over twenty years they are still Donna the Buffalo. The followers of the group are called The Herd, a tribe of people who met at the groups festivals. Donna the Buffalo was featured in On The Bus, a documentary co-directed by Dave Sale, in 2009, Tara Nevins toured with former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmanns band BK3. Tara Nevins - vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion, occasional backup vocals, past members have included keyboardists Joe Thrift, Richie Stearns and Kathy Ziegler, drummers Tom Gilbert, Shane Lamphier and Jimmy Triplett, as well as guitarist and frequent vocalist Jim Miller. Jebs brother, Jordon Puryear, played bass for the group for a while, as of July 5,2007 Jay Sanders replaced Bill Reynolds on bass, followed in Jan 2010 by Kyle Spark