8 December 2001
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It's another week closer to Christmas, and Veema Kysac starts things off
right with an early Christmas recording from her private archives: Ashley
MacIsaac's 1993 CD, A Cape Breton Christmas. "If you can't be in Cape Breton
for Christmas," Veema says, "pick this up and you'll enjoy at least a taste
of the Christmas cheer that's going around down here."
Check back next week (or maybe the middle of this week) for more in a
Christmassy vein. Meanwhile, Kimberley Marie sticks with the Cape Breton
theme for More Bridges to Cross: Cape Breton's Best Fiddle Music. "This
album has so much energy that I am sure it was a lot of fun to put together
for everyone involved," Kimberley says. "Every track is a gem and destined
to become a classic!"
Tom Knapp is next with Irish singer Seamus Kennedy's latest, A Smile and a
Tear. "Never one to skimp on his CDs, Seamus has packed 17 tracks onto his
new recording -- and there's not a wasted track in the bunch," Tom reports.
Tom also has a review of the latest -- and last -- CD from Celtic rockers
SixMileBridge. "Fortunately for posterity's sake," Tom says, No Strangers
Here is "a good last bow for the band and should keep fans sated 'til Maggie
Drennon and Anders Johansson get their new project, the Maggie Drennon Band,
into the recording studio."
Laurie Thayer keeps things rolling with Emerald Rose and Bending Tradition.
"Though the traditional tunes are well done, Emerald Rose excels with their
original pieces," Laurie decides.
Next, Laurie is Making Waves with Irish folk-rockers, Cadenza. "These guys
are all over the place," Laurie says. "Here's hoping they stay hard to
Nicky Rossiter was so impressed with folksinger Gary Callahan's CD Death on
the Ice, he sought out a copy of the artist's earlier album, After the Rain.
"This is not an album that will set the world alight" Nicky admits, "but it
is worth have in your collection for a careful listen and perhaps to prick
your parental conscience."
J. Higgins-Rosebrook provides a Latin American sound with Escandalo by Cuban
countertenor Armando Garzon. "This is a terrific CD to have on hand when
you're planning a quiet candlelight dinner with camarones, rice and a slinky
dress," she suggests.
Gilbert Head also does some traveling, although in his case it's to Martha's
Vineyard for, you guessed it, reggae. Back to the Island: Reggae from
Martha's Vineyard is, in Gilbert's view, an unfortunate exception to the
usual high standards of Rounder Records.
Amanda Fisher goes on a Mystery Ride with Edge City. The strength of Jim
Patton, the band's songwriter, "lies in the telling of stories, a focus
strongly within the modern folk tradition and capable of communicating
almost any mood and situation," Amanda reveals.
Paul de Bruijn spends An Evening with the Blues with Mark Cook -- and
considers it time well spent. "It is full of the blues done well," Paul
Chet Williamson serves up a bit of Bluegrass Alliance on Re-Alliance. The
band, Chet notes, "has run through a number of permutations since it was
formed 30 years ago, and some of the hottest of today's pickers have come up
through its ranks."
Donna Scanlon gives us a bit of country with Buck Lambert and The Olde
Prospector. "Those who are partial to smooth and mellow country music with
an old-time touch would do well to give a listen," Donna says.
Cheryl Turner keeps the Celtic Colours alive with The Next Generation, a
last-day concert featuring the Cottars, the Dalbrae Celtic Crew and the
MacDonalds. Also, see what Tom didn't like about his bodhran workshop with
Danu's Donachadh Gough.
Beth Derochea kicks off our book section right with The Winter Child, a
collaboration between writer Terri Windling and artist Wendy Froud. "Faery
lovers of all ages will enjoy this book, which is so beautiful that rather
than keeping it in the bookcase, it is proudly on display for all to see,"
Our novel review today comes from Amanda, who read Tracking Time, an April
Woo procedural by Leslie Glass. "Tracking Time is an eventful novel that
touches on weighty issues but does not delve into them enough to be
emotionally disturbing (a mixed blessing)," Amanda says.
Most of see a mosquito and swat it. Not Donna, who has been reading up on
the secret life of those blood-sucking insects in Mosquito: A Natural
History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe by Andrew Spielman and Michael
D'Antonio. "Mosquito is thought-provoking, insightful and an important
reminder of the huge impact such a tiny creature can have on the world as we
know it," Donna insists.
Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty take a new look at the early days of Dick
Grayson in Robin: Year One. "This is a great story that should appeal to all
Batman and Robin fans," Tom says.
It's with great pleasure we welcome Rambles alumnus Miles O'Dometer back to
the fold. Our movie guru resumes his former duties with The Pledge, which
Miles labels "a psychological thriller that eschews cheap tricks for real
terror and classic tension-building."
Janine Kauffman still holds her own in the cinema field, however; today she
proves it with Disney's The Kid. The film isn't really for children, she
says, but "is great for anyone who can suspend disbelief and who remembers,
just a little, what kids' dreams are like."