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Mary Ann Kennedy

Music from across the globe with Mary Ann Kennedy, and a Radio 3 debut session with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a trio with roots in the tradition of Piedmont string bands.

The band was formed in 2005 by three young African-American musicians who started out by learning old American tunes and old fiddle techniques from some of the celebrated veteran players of North Carolina. America's Piedmont region is situated between the Appalachians and the Atlantic, and many freed slaves made their way there in the early years of the twentieth century. The 'Piedmont blues' was a distinctive style, influenced by ragtime and popular song, and it was made famous by the Tennessee Chcolate Drops. The Carolinas, named after the 1930s band, are an acoustic trio of Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson and Dom Flemons, and they are reinventing this style for the present day. Although, as 'Newsweek' recently put it, 'more importantly they're just making great music.'.

Friday 19th February

Arr. Dropkick Murphys: Never Forget
Dropkick Murphys
Album: Meanest of Times
Cooking Vinyl Records COOKCD433

Keita: Samigna
Salif Keita
Album: La Difference
Universal Promo CD

Anon: Woman Sweeter than Man
Unknown performer, recorded by Arthur S. Alberts
Album: Songs of the African Coast –Café Music of Liberia
Yarngo Music Yarngo0389

Trad: Ev’ry Night
James Hill & Anne Davison
Album: True Love Don’t Weep
Borealis Records BCD195

McPeake Family: Will ye go Lassie, Go/Wild Mountain Thyme
The McPeake family
Album: Wild Mountain Thyme
Topic Records TSCD583

Studio Session

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Rhiannon Giddens (voice/fiddle)
Dom Flemons (voice/guitar/banjo/jug)
Justin Robinson (voice/fiddle/jug)

Trad, Arr. Flemmons/Giddens/Robinson: Cornbread & butterbeans
Carolina Chocolate Drops
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

Trad: Cindy Gal
Joe Thompson
BBC recording by engineer Martin Appleby, June 2009

Trad, Arr. Flemmons/Giddens/Robinson: Cindy Gal
Carolina Chocolate Drops
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

Ousmane Ag Mossa: Aratane N’Adagh
Tamikrest
Album: Adagh
Glitterhouse Records GRCD703

Copertina B
Nostoc
Album: Trois Quatre –Musique du Monde
Trois Quatre TQ22

Perdona mi Tracion
Sierra Maestra
Album: Sonando Ya
World Village 450011

Te Vos maridar Roseta
Brampton
Album: World Music from Catalan
Catalan! Music ICIC-World-2010

Tickell/Handyside: Our Kate/The Welcome Home
Kathryn Tickell
Album: The best of Kathryn Tickell
Park Records PRKCD107

Studio Session

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Trad, Arr. Flemmons/Giddens/Robinson: Trouble in your mind
Carolina Chocolate Drops
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

Dallas Austin: Hit ‘em up style
Carolina Chocolate Drops
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

C. Jackson, Arr. Dom Flemons: Your Baby ain’t sweet like mine
Carolina Chocolate Drops
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

Rowan/Sunshine: Apocalypse
The Bevvy Sisters
Album: St James Session
Shoogle Records Shoodle09012

Murphy: Lazarus
Paul Murphy
Album: Postdata
Self Release

Anon: Mouthmusic
Rhiannon Giddens & Mary Ann Kennedy
BBC recording by engineers James Birtwistle & Martin Appleby, Maida Vale, February 2010

Trad, Arr. Walker: Air Failirinn iù
Rachel Walker
Album: Air Chall: Lost
Skipinnish Records SKIPCD20

Wright/Thomson/Green: Tears of the Sun
Sandy Wright
Album: The songs of Sandy Wright
Navigator Records Navigator23

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