John Jacob Niles: Look Down That Lonesome Road

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 25 February 2012

John Jacob Niles was a creepy, almost vampiric dude who played traditional folk songs using just a homemade dulcimer and his haunting, genderless voice. He was the first to record many of the songs he sang, and he had a huge influence on the likes of Bob Dylan and other folk revivalists of the ’60s.

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Hanggai

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 1 October 2008

Beijing-based band Hanggai write original songs in the traditional folk styles of their Mongolian ancestors — throat-singing, horsehair fiddles, lutes — spearheading an Asian version of the old-time revival. Though it’s only through the digital age that the rest of the world can access this beautiful music, it makes you want to slow down and […]

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