Early Saturday Music Interlude — Pentangle performing “Hunting Song” and “House Carpenter”

Project Management writing has been interrupted by travel but will continue shortly.  On the music front, however, I learned during my travels that guitarist John Redbourn passed away on the 26th of March.  Below are two recordings from his days on the British folk-rock super-group Pentangle, circa 1970.  Aside from Redbourn, the band was made up of vocalist Jacqui McShee, guitar legend Bert Jansch, Danny Thompson on bass, and Terry Cox on drums.  Their first albums set the standard for British folk-rock along with their contemporaries at Fairport Convention.  Like most lights that burn hot and brightly very early, the original band had disbanded by 1973.  Still, their musical legacy is secure, not just by the recordings they left behind, but thanks to the tremendous talent and dedication they brought to their music.  They continued to be influential both in the U.K. and in the United States, as they pursued separate musical careers.

 

 

Sunday Early Morning Music — Ryley Walker performing “Primrose Green”

Designated the March Artist to Watch by WXPN in Philadelphia, Ryley Walker is a guitar virtuoso and folk/singer-songwriter out of Chicago.  His first CD, which was released last year, was the well-received All Kinds of You.  His talent is extraordinary and his musical interests span traditional folk, Celtic, jazz-folk, British late ’60s era folk-rock, country blues, and psychedelica.  His new full-length CD is entitled Primrose Green.  The title song is what follows and it is very reminiscent of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and Donovan.