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Songs About Gardening

October 28, 2007

A listener named Ilene sent in this query:

My husband and I are involved with organic vegetable growing and are members of The North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Assn. (NDFMGA).

For NDFMGA's conference next year I would love for supper entertainment or social hour background music to feature songs like "Homegrown Tomatoes" by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.

I know I had written others down featuring gardening/vegetables, etc. but have lost the list.

Do you have any suggestions for artists, albums or songs (or a source for purchasing the music so a local could sing it)?

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 11:37 AM | Comments (38)

Download October's Alleycast!

October 13, 2007


On the October Alleycast, we celebrate the spooky season with Halloween songs from three Open Mic participants. We'll also hear Folk Alley's exclusive concert with The Duhks and our interview with Laurie Lewis, along with a montage of Halloween songs featured in Folk Alley's special 5-hour Halloween stream of music. Plus, we'll examine the band Comus, one of the strangest, scariest, and weirdest acoustic bands to ever grace the grooves of vinyl. They released a seminal and sincerely scary record in 1971 called "First Utterance." Download the Alleycast today.

Posted by Chris Boros at 4:56 PM | Comments (1)

Liege & Lief

The jolly old BBC have given us a weeklong opportunity to listen to the Liege & Lief lineup of Fairport Convention playing the whole album in order. This is one of the concerts Chris and I went to in August. Sadly it isn't a podcast, you have to listen to it in real time and you have until next Wednesday evening - 7.00 GMT (I think, can't remember if the clocks have gone back yet). It's an hour long with interviews.

If that don't work - look at and look for Mike Harding on Radio 2.

... Chris!

Harding managed to get that interview with Simon Nicol! We chased him around for days! Favouritism that's what I call it!

Aha - so that's what the Extended Entry section on Moveable Type is for!

And he got Thompson! And Swarbrick!

I smell a prior arrangement!

Posted by Huw Pryce at 5:06 AM

The Halloween Scream Stream "unofficial" Contest

October 9, 2007

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For the Halloween Season, Folk Alley introduces the “Halloween Scream Stream”—five hours of spooky folk music including ghost stories, witch songs, supernatural tales and vampire bites. To celebrate, we’re holding an “unofficial” Halloween contest. As you listen, you’ll occasionally hear sounds from famous (and not so famous) horror movies. There are ten movie sounds in the stream. Whoever can identify all ten movie clips, or the person to identify most of them, will win. DO NOT post your answers on this blog. All contest entries must be submitted to me personally via e-mail at Again, DO NOT post your answers here. There will be three winners. Even if you can’t name all the movies, you still have a great shot at winning. Remember to be specific--sequels matter. You will win your choice of one of the following: *

1. A vile of A-Negative Blood
2. One Machete
3. Garlic, mirror, crucifix, wooden stake
4. Silver bullets
5. Casket
6. One mausoleum grave site for future use
7. A CD from the Folk Alley office

All entries must be submitted by November 1, 2007. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

* Prizes 1-6 are not available

Posted by Chris Boros at 5:53 PM | Comments (6)

Used Cars?!!?

October 5, 2007

Who's idea was that? I know Chris was amused/impressed/intimidated by my Ebay Daewoo Espero (£170 - or about $360) which I bought specifically for the Fairport run, and which has since seen me and mine all over the country, towing a trailer tent (£50 also from Ebay!). My family are a little horrified by it; my little sister calls it the Despairo and says I look like a Soviet mini-cab driver in it, but every time it starts when I turn the key and I hear that familiar feeble grinding of the aerial trying to extend (poor old car can't get it up anymore unless I show it pictures of 2 seat convertibles with the tops down), I love it a little more.

Honest Elena's Used Car Emporium has to be a must visit pilgrimage for folk music tourists. You'll have the best TV ads of any used-car lot in the States. Used/old car and motoring songs for a themed show and podcast please. Come on people, rack your brains and raid your record collections. From a Brit perspective I'd like to kick off with Richard Thompson's MGB GT from Mirror Blue, Followed maybe by Fairport Convention Keep on Turning the Wheel or even M1 breakdown from their first album.

Posted by Huw Pryce at 11:49 AM | Comments (42)

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