Molsky, Anonymous 4 - 1865 (24/88 FLAC)
Molsky, Anonymous 4 – 1865 (24/88 FLAC)

Performer: Bruce Molsky, Anonymous 4
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Release: 2015
Size: 1.25 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Tucker: Weeping, Sad and Lonely, or, When this Cruel War is Over
02. Hanby: Darling Nelly Gray
03. Foster: Hard Times Come Again No More
04. anon.: Sweet Evelina
05. trad.: Bright Sunny South
06. anon.: The Southern Soldier Boy / Rebel Raid
07. Kittredge: Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
08. Poulton: Aura Lea
09. Hawthorne: Listen to the Mocking Bird
10. trad.: Camp Chase
11. trad.: Brother Green
12. McNaughton: The Faded Coat of Blue, or, The Nameless Grave
13. anon.: The Maiden in the Garden
14. anon.: The True Lover’s Farewell
15. Bishop: Home, Sweet Home / Polly Put the Kettle On
16. Work: The Picture on the Wall
17. Monk: Abide with me
18. Lowry: Shall We Gather At The River

The songs of the Civil War era tell a story about life in volatile times, with the feelings evoked by the music and lyrics – longing and grief, faith and patriotism, nostalgia and hope – utterly resonant for us even 150 years after the conflict’s end.

These are deeply human feelings, universal and timeless. While many of these songs are like discoveries in an old family chest, some are still familiar to us now. The melody of the Elvis Presley hit “Love Me Tender,” for example, can be traced back to the mid-19th-century tune “Aura Lea,” while “Shall We Gather at the River?” and Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times” remain standards in the American treasury of song. For the group’s final album before disbanding, after nearly 30 years together, Anonymous 4 has recorded the astutely researched, warmly performed ‘1865: Songs of Hope and Home’. With this release, Anonymous 4 not only caps its best-selling, prize-winning harmonia mundi discography; the album also completes a trilogy of Americana recordings, begun with ‘American Angels’ and ‘Gloryland’, which broadened the reach of a group renowned for its searching, affecting programs of medieval European repertoire. As with their previous Americana albums, Anonymous 4 – Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek – sought out collaboration within the folk music community. The featured guest on 1865 is Bruce Molsky, whose fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals are a galvanising presence. Offering advance praise for the album, National Public Radio called it “gorgeous.”

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