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His melodies have become staples in the repertoires of Armenian duduk players and other musicians and singers as well as among pianists such as Tigran Hamasyan.

Transferred to traditional instruments it’s music that has all of the exoticism of the Cau- casus and further east, much more linear than the dense vertical harmonisation of western classical music.

Divided into tracks but each flowing into

the next, it’s an hour of spacious, emotional and poised music that might be described as bringing balm to the soul; not in a content- less, bland new-agey sort of way, but deep with ear-engaging melodies and flowing vari- ations. UK distribution by Proper. Andrew Cronshaw


Made Of Light Thin Man Music 5 070000 084206

This is the first I’ve heard of Tymon since I reviewed the collection The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg about five years ago. All the adjectives I used then still apply – he is a remarkable musician and performer and quite unique.

His music has developed

a lot melodically over the years with influ- ences from the time he spent in Grenada now evident. There’s some great fiddle playing included in the arrangements which vary from the almost baroque arrangement of the opening track Conscience Money to the men- acing rock of Pound Of Grain, a blistering attack on the meat trade, co-credited to his Mescaleros bandmate, Joe Strummer. His voice whispers and screams by turns, employ- ing octave leaps and occasional spoken lines, whereas the almost fragile vocal in Made Of Light put me in mind of the precise way Dory Previn articulates her lyrics. He sounds as youthful as when I first heard him, when we were running a session in the club tent at Cambridge festival in the early 1970s.( I was noting down names of those who wanted to do a song and was rather perplexed at being asked to write the name ‘Me’ on the list. Tymon (for it was he) insisted on being intro- duced as this, so Ian A had to announce “And now, a big hand for… ME!”)

A wonderful album from a truly out- standing and utterly original musician – the original fiddlesinger. But easy listening? Not really! Hear a track on this issue’s fRoots 57 compilation. Maggie Holland


Joe Bussard Presents: The Year Of Jubilo Dust To Digital DTD-47

“More ink has been spilled over the Civil War or the War Between the States than any other event in American history,” states Kevin Fontenot, in this CDs excellent booklet essay. ”But relatively little has been written about the war’s impact on country music.”

Compiled by collector, broadcaster and Fonotone Records founder Joe Bussard, this collection comprises eighteen tracks recorded between 1922 and 1931, and one anomalous recording from 1974 which features Bussard himself in Cherry Lane Express, playing Rebel’s Hornpipe.

The title song appears twice – firstly in a 1931 side by Chubby Parker & His Little Old- Time Band, and later as Old Master’s Run- away by McGee Brothers & Todd from1927.

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