Thursday, May 17, 2012

Leyla McCalla

The Carolina Chocolate Drops' new cellist* caught both my ear and my eye, so I had to learn more about her, and this mini-documentary does not disappoint. It's hard not to have hope for the future with what some young people are doing these days.

* Old-time music youngsters seem to be reinventing the cello as an integral part of the string-band. The Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon and Crooked Still's Tristan Clarridge are the first to come to mind. And of course there was oldster Yo-Yo Ma and The Goat Rodeo Sessions. "Cello in bluegrass?" some ask.

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Blogger Stephen said...

Using the cello for bluegrass is actually not as crazy as you might think at first, considering that so much old-time music in America is derived from traditional Scottish music. The cello was widely used to accompany the fiddle in Scotland during the age of Neil Gow (18th century) and into the 19th century.

May 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM  

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