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March 11, 2009

Tangleweed

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Tangleweed are an Americana five-piece from Chicago who have a recent album “Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals”. The fiddle and banjo give away that they play a good bit of Bluegrass. It is quality stuff that reeks of authenticity – this band really knows their musical history. But there is more than history here – songs like Trishanku’s Heaven and California are great additions to an American songbook.

On a few of the tracks, Tangleweed demonstrate some irish folk roots music. In particular they cover a traditional song (once performed by Ewan McColl, I believe) Join The British Army. Now, I’m not very keen on people going “Too ra loo ra loo ra loo”; okay as background in a crowded pub maybe but I have great prejudice against all of that ‘finger in the ear’ cliché of folk. However, after immensely enjoying this track I can now say: if you have to “Too ra loo ra loo ra loo” then this is the way to “Too ra loo ra loo ra loo”.

Join The British Army by Tangleweed

Join The British Army by Tangleweed (Clip)

Tangleweed

1 Comment

  1. Yah, well, you certainly don’t want to be keepin’ your finger in your ear while Tangleweed is playing. With regard to the debate re: Americana vs. Bluegrass, I am strongly siding with E. Murphy’s oft-quoted observation : “The question is moot”!

    Comment by jmastro — March 16, 2009 @ 2:28 am

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