AB launches the (ambitious) plan to, over the coming years, once again shine a spotlight on the masterful compilation ‘The Anthology Of American Folk Music’ (Folkways Records, 1952). ‘The Anthology’ was compiled by American eccentric & 78 rpm collector Harry Smith and, with its 84 songs, it is considered to be the bible of American folk. In other words: the equivalent of ‘The Great American Songbook’.
The start signal will be given by Antwerp trio The Golden Glows. No wonder really, as the Glows have been specialising in pop music from bygone times since ‘05 and in Americana from the ’20s and ’30s in particular. They have been our guests in AB a number of times over the course of the years (including at the invitation of Zita Swoon), with as highlight to date: the performance of Alan Lomax’ ‘Prison Songs’ in ‘09. Not coincidentally, a kindred spirit of Harry Smith.
Watch their rendition of Old Lady & The Devil on ABtv. They will be performing in AB Salon on Thursday December 20th.
The Golden Glows - Old Lady & The Devil