Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Blackthorn "Market Town" 1996
(Not 70's UK band)

Blackthorn is a Vancouver (Canada) - based folk group whose repertoire celebrates the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and England, as well as folk music (including originals) of Canada. Savour the harmonies of the Celtic ballads, the boisterous, up-tempo folk songs, and dance to the lively jigs and hornpipes.

Over 14 years of professional playing makes Blackthorn "Vancouver's most experienced and seasoned Celtic band".

Market Town by Blackthorn, is a similarly ballad-centered album from Canada. Blackthorn features both male and female vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolins, banjo, flute, piccolo, whistle, accordion, bass, bodhran and percussion; clearly they're capable of widely varying arrangements. Like Walsh's, their album features mostly well-covered tunes and songs, although a few more obscure ones, like " 'Twas Pretty to Be in Ballinderry" do appear. Also on the minus side, the singing is a bit mannered; clearly these are North Americans trying hard! On the other hand, the playing and arrangements are quite sophisticated and make use of all those instruments nicely. Their tunes, too, have a North American (contradance?) feeling to them, but it's not as distracting there. In all, a good job and a fun listen.

9 Comments:

Blogger Vlasdance said...

hey lizardson...
Great job here man..generally...
i want to ask you something...
Do u know the album
"Jay Blasi & Scott Chun-In your hands"??

It is a masterpiece, but i cannot find any info on this album via internet...

Could you help me with this one??
is it corean band or what?

thanks...

09 January, 2007 19:15  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Vlasdance,

Yes, I have the copy of this album.
But here is no info too.
I can feel American flav from this folk music.

We can find the name "Chun" or "Chunn" in China. But I know there is US people who's name is "Chun" even if they don't have Chinese roots.

09 January, 2007 22:46  
Anonymous MAWhisante@aol.com said...

My husband and I were Americans stationed in Germany with Jay Blasi and Scott Chunn in the 1970's. I have their album "In Your Hands". I jumped on the internet to see if I could find J. and was surprised to see that others are looking for him. All I have is the information on the album itself.

05 July, 2007 04:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks

07 December, 2009 13:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

graciass

07 December, 2009 13:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx very much!

27 February, 2011 16:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father is jay blasi. If you want any copies or want to know any information my email is rachel.blasi@yahoo.com

31 May, 2012 23:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am jay blasi's daughter and have many copies of this album. He is sitting with me now and interested that people are looking for him. Email for more info rachel.blasi@yahoo.com

18 June, 2012 07:26  
Blogger reyohey said...

Hi Rachel,
I'm interested with copies of your father's album.
Please contact me at reyohey @ gmail (dot) com
Thanks.

01 June, 2014 22:57  

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