Instruments of pleasure

Instruments of pleasure: (6) Music for a Found Harmonium by Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Patrick Street or Sharon Shannon

Simon Jeffes: I found this album at Amazon Twenty-three years have passed since the untimely death of Simon Jeffes, co-founder with Helen Liebmann of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and getting on for 40 since he wrote Music For a Found... Read more →


Instruments of pleasure: (4) The Lark by Moving Hearts. Too hard an act for Clannad to follow

Buy the album at Salut! Live's Amazon link: just click here Was it The Storm before a becalmed Clannad? It must have been Dec 1 or 2 1989 at the Hammersmith Apollo. Someone called Ray has written "most boring show... Read more →


Instruments of pleasure: (3) Leo Kottke and All I Have To Do Is Dream

Image: Anthony Pepitone For part three of my little series on folk and folk-related instrumentals, I have chosen a recommendation from a friend that is neither folk nor folk-related ... From about mid-teens, my best friend and occasional protector was... Read more →


Instruments of pleasure: (2) O'Carolan's air, Lady Dillon, by Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

. Image: Wikipedia Commons First I offer thanks to those who have suggested, here or on social media, possible inclusions in my new series on folk and folk-related instrumentals. For the second instalment, I turn to the substantial body of... Read more →


Instruments of pleasure: (1) John Renbourn and the Earl of Salisbury

John Renbourn at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2011. Image: Bryan Ledgard A chance exchange with an electronic acquaintance at Twitter prompted some thoughts on folk music (and allied forms) without voices, musicians who let their instruments do the talking.... Read more →