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Saturday, September 14, 2013 Options
Earlybird Stringband - bluegrass with a Norwegian twist

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The high lonesome sound has taken root in the Land of the Midnight Sun! Earlybird Stringband is one of Norway's leading bluegrass bands. The group has been nominated twice for the Spellemannprisen Award (Norway's answer to the Grammys) and was runner-up for best European bluegrass band at a big Dutch festival.

But on its just-released third album LassoFolk, Earlybird branches out from straight-ahead bluegrass - by combining Norwegian folk styles with American roots. Fresh from appearances on Norwegian national TV and Radio, Earlybird is comes our way to show off its new cross-cultural sound on WFMU (the band's first US radio appearance!) before heading off to Boston and then to taking the music back home to the southeast - Earlybird's first US tour.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Pato Fu: Nada Original Options / Daqui Pro Futuro / Tratore Music (0:00:00 )

Tremor: Huella Options / Proa / Wonderwheel (0:04:27 )

Barbez: Bella Ciao Options / Bella Ciao / Tzadik / * (0:07:56 )
Italian WWII resistance song

Radio Jarocho: Cafe Cafe Options / Cafe Cafe / Chido Records (0:15:52 )
Just played w/ three other Mexican / NY bands @ Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Mexico Now Festival which continues through Sept 21.

SambaDa: Iguana Options / Gente! / MRI (0:17:52 )
Gig: This power samba band from Santa Cruz CA is playing SOBs Saturday Sept 28

Earlybird Stringband: Trippar Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:24:43 )

Earlybird Stringband: Tne First Time I Saw You Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:30:33 )

Earlybird Stringband: Springar Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:36:12 )

Earlybird Stringband: Griffenfelt Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:42:37 )

Earlybird Stringband: Lonesome Weeping Sound Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:48:05 )

Earlybird Stringband: Dance, Don't Cry Now Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:54:15 )

Earlybird Stringband: When it Rains Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (0:57:07 )

Marxist Brothers (Orchestra Dendera Kings): Mari Options / Kunjere Kunjere / Musi-Oa-Tunya (1:01:12 )

Andre Marie Tala: Je Vais a Yaounde Options / Je Vais a Yaounde (1:08:23 )
Lovely Tchamassi style song from Cameroun that I first heard online on one of my favorite radio stations (other than WFMU of course), Africa No. 1 from Libreville, Gabon.

Uri Sharlin and the Dogcat Ensemble: Baiao Options / Back to the Woods / Folk Dune Records / * (1:13:35 )
Gig: The brilliant accordionist and his Dogcat Ensemble play a free concert Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, Thurs Sept 26, 7:30 pm

Siba: Canoa Furada Options / Avante / Mais Um Discos (1:17:25 )

Juan Garcia Esquivel: Mucha Muchacha Options / Space Age Bachelor Pad Music / Bar-None (1:20:30 )
Gig: Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica plays an Esquivel tribute concert - Sonorama - The Lost Space Age Music of Esquivel - Sat Sept 21 @ Pace University Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St in lower Manhattan

Africando: Ma Won Mio Options / Viva Africando / Sterns / * (1:22:53 )

Hilario Duran: Cuando Me Toca A Mi Options / Various Artists: Lula Lounge Essential Tracks / Lula Lounge Records / * (1:28:47 )

Sophie Nzayisenga: Inanga Performance Options / Thomas Isler presents Sophie Nzayisenga, Inanga player from Rwanda / Unreleased (1:40:41 )
Gigs: The Rwandan singer and inanga player - one of the first, if not the first, women to play this beautiful traditional plucked instrument - makes her NY debut in a band with William Parker and friends at Silvana, 300 West 116th St, Harlem on Sat Sept 28, 8 pm plus a couple of other free gigs at area farmers markets; info at

Noura Mint Seymali: Medley Options / Noura Mint Seymali a la Fete de l'Europe / Unreleased (1:46:04 )
Gigs: The Mauritanian singer and her band make their NY debut at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn on Thursday Sept 26 and Silvana, 300 West 116th St, Harlem on Fri Sept 27 (late)

Rokia Traoré: Tuit Tuit Options / Beautiful Africa / Nonesuch / * (1:48:08 )
Gig: The compelling Malian singer returns to the Lincoln Center White Light Festival @ Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, 3 Columbus Circle, Nov 15

Noumoucounda Cissoko: Bannadenoufele Options / Faling / Nomadic Wax (1:53:49 )
Also packaged as bonus disc with Rough Guide, Acoustic Africa

Christine Salem: Alouwe Options / Lanbousir / Cobalt (1:59:01 )
Gig: The Reunion Island singer and her group return to NY Oct 4 (Fri) at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th S, 8 pm (a World Music Institute concert)

Nawal: L'amour Sourcier (Love Wizard) Options / Aman / Nawali (2:03:41 )
Gig: The singer / multi-instrumentalist from Comoros via France performs at Alwan for the Arts, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, 16 Beaver St., Fri Sept 27, 8 pm

DakhaBrakha: Karpatskiy Rep Options / Light / Shugar Studio (2:16:11 )
Gig: The stunning Ukrainian ensemble makes its NY debut at the Live @ 365 World Music Concert Series, CUNY Graduate Center Elebash Hall, 365 Fifth Ave, Thurs Sept 19th

A Tribe Called Red: Bread & Cheese, feat. Black Bear (Atikamekw) Options / Nation II Nation / Pb / * (2:22:07 )

Monareta: Cumbia de la Sierra Options / Fried Speakers / Nacional / * (2:26:23 )

Skip&Die: La Cumbia Dictadura Options / Riots in the Jungle / Crammed Discs / * (2:29:20 )
South African vocalist & visual artist Catarina Aimée Dahms (aka Cata.Pirata)

El-Malo: 朝と君と (With You in the Morning) Options / The Worst Universal Jet Set / Bellissima (2:33:14 )

Derdiyoklar Ikilisi: Korkirem Balam (Azeri) Options / Coban Mamos (Disco Folk) / Pharaway Sounds / * (2:41:32 )
New reissue

Mogollar: Kaleden Kaleye Sahin Ucurdum Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon / DMC (2:45:14 )
Gig: The legendary Turkish psychedelic rock band makes its NY debut at Drom, 85 Ave A, Fri Sept 20

Nashaz: Jurjina Options / Nashaz / Ziryab Records / * (2:49:19 )
Gig: Oud virtuoso Brian Prunka and Nashaz have a CD release show at Drom, 85 Ave A, Tues Sept 17

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:07pm davex:

Good evening Rob and everyone! Looking forward to the Bluegrass...
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:23pm David L.B. is RRN63:

⚑Dave Insurrection!!⚑

...Hulllo Rob !
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:26pm davex:

Evening, Dave!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:35pm David L.B. is RRN63:

Bon Soir, David!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:39pm David L.B. is RRN63:

...@ thriftstore I work @, happened to be listening *today* to Smithsonian Folkways Classic Bluegrass CD (Bill Monroe &tc.) - shuffled up w/ some Uncle Tupelo & Son Volt & R.E.M. (Georgia) - because that was what was there I wanted to hear
- so must be the day for it!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:40pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:41pm davex:

Hey, these guys are good - please tell them to come down to Germany sometime!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 6:52pm David L.B. is RRN63:

: D
  Sat. 9/14/13 7:10pm Barba Yiorgi:

Bet you might mention - Dakha Brakha and Mogollar both in NYC/USA debuts this coming week. Wow!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 7:11pm David L.B. is RRN63: *know* how I love this African Guitar stuff !
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 7:13pm Rob Weisberg:

Barba Y and Davids, the answer is yes to all - !
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 8:34pm Jim Price:

Loved the Tribe called Red!
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 8:38pm David L.B. is RRN63:

- me too.
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 8:38pm Rob W:

Thank you Mr. Price!
  Sat. 9/14/13 8:52pm lulu:

Woohoo! First thing I'm listening to on the updated fmu app.. (Not sure how old this update is but I like it!)
Avatar Sat. 9/14/13 8:52pm davex:

Thank you Rob - as always!
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