16 October 2001
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We're back!! The editor has returned from a fabulous two-week break from
craziness ... a holiday dominated by the incredible Celtic Colours festival
up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Coverage of the festival will be coming up
soon; meantime, here's a short update to tide you over 'til this weekend.
Chet Williamson is first with the House Band and October Song. "Would that
every pub had a "house band" of this caliber," Chet exclaims.
Tom Knapp came back from a recent trip to Ireland with a copy of Songs of
Ireland's 1916 Rising, a two-disc compilation set. The songs included in
this set, Tom says, "are a slice of Ireland's history, a musical reminder of
a struggle long past."
Tom says a band called Keltik Elektrik didn't really learn from its previous
mistake before releasing a second album, Just When You Thought It Was Safe
to Sit Down.... The album "promised but failed to deliver an album of
unceasingly energetic tunes," Tom explains.
Robin Brenner finds a lot of musical history in Zoe Vandermeer's If Love Be
the Food of Musick. "The CD feels like a private concert of madrigals,
ballads and mournful dirges from some of the more beautiful traditions from
France, Italy, England and Scotland," Robin says.
Laurie Thayer reports on one of Putumayo's new compilation discs: Arabic
Grooves, she says, rises to the challenge of making "Eastern music styles
accessible to Western ears."
There's a variety of folk styles in Scott Hallock's Stories, says Cheryl
Turner. "This versatile musician has a knack for adding his own style to any
type of music, and arranging it in a way which keeps people listening," she
Lynn McLachlan is next with All the Wrong Things by Forrester. "Full of
optimism and energy, John Forrester's second album of original tunes is
immediately engaging and more likeable on repeated listens," Lynn says.
Charlie Gebetsberger says there's a lot of genre-crossing in the self-titled
release from Atomic City Rhythm Rascals. "The way the guys come together in
harmony is a beautiful treat to the ear of any music fan," Charlie says.
Rachel Jagt shares a touch of Ephemera with singer-songwriter Suzanne
McDermott. Rachel enjoys the mix of "floating vocals, amazing musicians and
We have a bunch of live reviews coming your way in upcoming weeks, including
several reports from Tom Knapp and Cheryl Turner on events at the week-long
Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, please enjoy
Tom's review of a late August performance by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Donna Scanlon starts off the fiction section with The Deepest Water, a
psychological mystery by Kate Wilhelm. "The plot holds together well, and
both plot and characterizations are interdependent, so that the reading
experience is rich and satisfying," Donna says.
Amy Harlib has a deuce of novels for your consideration. First is Dulcinea,
or Wizardry A-Flute by Shalanna Collins. The novel, Amy says, "inevitably
invites comparisons to Harry Potter, but her book, much more otherworldly
and with a feminist viewpoint, more favorably equates with the works of the
magisterial Diana Wynne Jones."
Also from Amy is Sophie Masson's The Firebird. This book "offers fully
fleshed-out, plausibly motivated characters -- male, female and supernatural
-- that will appeal to contemporary readers of all ages while losing none of
their novelized fairy tale charm," Amy says.
In our non-fiction department, Elizabeth Badurina shares a taste of Dancing
Queen: The Lusty Adventures of Lisa Crystal Carver by, of course, Lisa
Carver. "Her biting, tongue-in-cheek admiration overlays an insight that is
... funny enough to bring you to tears," Elizabeth says.
Janine Kauffman unlocks the movie section with Cecil B. Demented. The film
boasts "jokes about Satanism, heterosexuality, homosexuality, celibacy,
violence, death, religion of any sort and terrorism," Janine says. It
"manages to offend everyone equally while its humor, when it's on, is
Tom checks in next with another installment in the ongoing Star Trek
franchise. Generations, the first film to feature The Next Generation cast,
has its high points, Tom says, but overall it "was a fairly weak effort."
Trust Elizabeth Badurina to come up with something offbeat. This time it's
Tarka the Otter, a Nature Series video which turns an award-winning
children's book into "an otter snuff film."
That's all for today. See ya in a few days with lots more stuff!