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Thread #120805   Message #2646059
Posted By: GUEST,Lyons Filmer, co-host of "The Celtic Univers
01-Jun-09 - 10:07 PM
Thread Name: Riggy Rackin CD: Somewhere in Between
Subject: RE: Riggy Rackin CD: Somewhere in Between
I had Riggy Rackin as my guest this past Saturday evening, on KWMR. (We're at 90.5 Point Reyes and 89.9 Bolinas, and we stream live at "The Celtic Universe" airs Saturdays, 6-8 pm PT, hosted by either Loretta Farley or me, Lyons Filmer.)

Riggy's new album "Somewhere in Between" is a delight, and well produced by Jeff Martin at Studio E in Sebastopol CA (a very nice venue too). Riggy is joined by several other fine musicians, including two of my favorite'voices': Sylvia Herold and Shay Black. Riggy's singing is sweetly laid back and warm, relaxed; not a 'perfect'voice. His music choices range from the very touching "The Old Man" to the sprightly tune "Trip to Paris" which Riggy describes as "folk-meets-Baroque..." Two of my favorite genres! While the overall sound of the album is 'folk' rather than 'celtic,' it's an album I like playing on KWMR's "Celtic Universe."

I am not a musician but a keen fan of the sound of concertina and accordian. On Saturday evening, I asked Riggy to explain the distinctions and subtleties between them. It's quite complex, but I hope I grasped a few essentials. Now I know also to listen for the difference in sound between the English and the Anglo concertina. The latter, he explained, plays separate notes on the in and out, like a harmonica. I am listening to "Hole in the Wall" with the really pretty sound of Riggy's English concertina! Enjoy "Somewhere in Between" (title line from Ernie Noyes' song "Moss."