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Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.

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Subject: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:06 PM

I'm about to start another contract that entails working alone, most of the time. It demands some concentration, but not much.

Having gone through a lot of my CD collection, I need to add more cheerful stuff. Some of my normally preferred performers, in this situation, would depress a skylark. (Some of Her Indoors' preferences would make a gas-mask cry!)

Best that I've found so far? The Yetties, Chas and Dave, Scarlatti's harpsichord music, The Humblebums, George Formby, stuff like that. Fastish and cheerful.

Precious little folk, jazz, or blues appeals, although that is my usual stuff. HI's liking is for classical and country. Guess how much that appeals! Any suggestions?


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: skipy
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:09 PM

Seth Lakeman, whom I have tickets for 2 weeks Tuesday in Oxford
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: bobad
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:12 PM

Cheerful country?


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:33 PM

Bobby McFerrin's "Don't worry be happy" CD. Seriously, it has some great songs on it!

I don't know this band, but they have samples and have listed their CD as "Happy" music: Bayou Brothers, zydeco.

In a google search, this came up at CDBaby as happy piano music: Clay Cotton. There are some rave reviews there. From the samples, I'd say it's pretty happy sounding blues/boogie piano/singing.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Folkiedave
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:33 PM

Les Barker


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 07:56 PM

Les Barker is a blast (take your pick--it's almost all funny
John Conolly has two cheerful CDs (Send Me a Letter and The Grumpy Old Men of Old England)
The Kipper Family (and later, Sid Kipper alone) are a hoot.
As are Lou and Peter Berryman (any of their CDs).

All available at CAMSCO. Of course.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 08:47 PM

Natalie McMaster on the Cape Breton fiddle, make you dance or smile.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: ClaireBear
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 09:55 PM

Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, >All the Rage (early 1900s instrumental ensemble music, very perky, no vocals)

Whapweasel (ceilidh music), any...relentlessly bouncy, in a good way

Austin Lounge Lizards, any...indescribable

PDQ Bach, of which no more need be said


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 10:42 PM

Along those lines, the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain!


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 10:46 PM

AND, I cannot recommend enough teh CD of a brother of a Mudcatter: Mandolirium!. Most excellent!


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 11:10 PM

Jez Lowe ! Good tunes and \very good lyrics !


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Acme
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 11:12 PM

I have one by the Mazeltones called Dancing with the Children that is wonderful. They're a band from the Seattle area.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: mg
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 12:27 AM

Jiggery Pokery...amazing former group..English from British Columbia. mg


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 12:35 AM

Seamus Kennedy?


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 01:01 AM

I've played my two Les Barker CDs, but talking is not what I'm after. Ditto any comedian, such as Billy Connolly. I have lots of comics on CD, wrong kind of cheerful, though.
The two Jez Lowe CDs I have are not entirely cheerful, but that's approching the sort of thing.
Lonnie Donegan. Just right.
Mandolirium. Perfect, Kat, but I think the ukelele-ists would be a better live show, judging from the audience.
Perhaps have to try Polynesian ukelele music. Plenty of that here.
Celidh music. Hadn't thought of that. Have to try my Aardvark CDs.

Bobad, Kristofferson, Nelson, Cash, these I like, but I don't like too much Country.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 01:02 AM


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: CupOfTea
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 01:12 AM

Almost anything by La Bottine Souriante, especially if you don't speak Quebequois French.(I find vocal albums where I don't speak the language energetic, but not distracting) "J'vousdrais changer d'chapeau" has kept me awake on long car trips more then twice.

Another "I don't speak it...but I love it" is Värttinä "Seliniko"   (someday I'll find out what the ACTUAL translation of the part that sounds like "Anti-sexy" REALLY means!

Anything by Berryman/Berryman and Les Barker is cheeful, much so, but also,well, extraordinarily funny and absorbing. These require attention.

Cheers!
Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 01:19 AM

The blank space above was meant to contain.... "I'm making notes and will investigate"... But I was called to dinner....

Joanne, French sounds SO romantic to an Anglophone, doesn't it. My favourite performer, Madeleine Peyroux, always has a French song on her CDs.


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From: peregrina
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 01:29 AM

Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Away Out on a Mountain


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: peregrina
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 02:35 AM

Any of the CDs of Tom McConville with Pauline Cato; fiddle and Northumbrian pipes, amazing musicianship and tunes and songs always bring a good mood.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 02:50 AM

Impressive stagecraft, Seamus. I'd like to be at one of your gigs.
Long long way to travel though.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: GUEST,Rafflesbear
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 03:16 AM

Norcsalordie

A comment over the mike by one of the floor singers ay their gig last Wednesday -

"I've never seen so many smiling faces in a Folk Club"


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 03:57 AM

concertinas and,by Dick Miles http://www.dickmiles.com

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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:06 AM

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Early Clancy Bros.
The Three Pickers (Earle Scruggs, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs)
Skaggs and Rice
Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions (We Shall Overcome)
Billbord Top Rock'n'Roll Hits, 1957


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 05:05 AM

Try the Soweto String Quartet, especially "Zebra Crossing" if you can get hold of it!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Thompson
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 05:12 AM

Pirates Choice by Orchestra Baobab. Get-up-and-dance music.

If you send me a PM with your address I'll send you my Housework mixtape, rousing music that helps me mop and dust and hoover.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 05:37 AM

Sounds like you need a good dose of the Hoosier Hotshots


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 05:41 AM

"Swan-upmanship" by the Old Swan Band should get your toes tapping. I hope 'Her Indoors' has lashings of Richard Thompson on hand - just to spur you on...


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 08:43 AM

Most of the aforementioned do the trick for me.

Some personal favourites are (in no particular order):-

HARLEM HAMFATS (any compilation)
RONNIE DAWSON "MONKEY BEAT" - only if you like rockabilly
CHARLES MINGUS "TIJUANA MOODS" and most of his gospelly soul-jazz.
GARY STEWART "LIVE AT BILLIE BOB'S TEXAS" - must be me, but hard rocking, hard-drinking, cheating honky-tonk songs make me feel good...
CHUCK BERRY (any compilation of his best songs)
"I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T A CLUE" recordings
"ROUND THE HORNE" recordings
LAZY ADE MONSBOURGH AND HIS LATE HOUR BOYS "WILD LIFE" - Oh what joy from this great Australian trad-jazz musicias and his mates.
JULIO IGLESIAS "DIVORCIO" - OK not a great title for a feelgood album, but dig "El Bacalao" - the joy of eating a good fish meal.
SLIM GAILLARD "OPERA IN VOUT" (or other compilations) Title track,
"Chicken Rhythm", "Laughin' in Rhythm" etc
BILLIE HOLIDAY - any compliation of her COLUMBIA sides, with lovely musicians. Not the later stuff, which I love, but it ain't good-time music....
NOTTY's JUG SERENADERS "UNITED OUR THING WILL STAND" or "WALTZIN' THE BLUES AND BALLIN' THE JUG" -   eccentric Swiss-German jug band.
SPIKE JONES
ABDULLAH IBRAHIM alias DOLLAR BRAND - any album containing "Water from an Ancient Well" and/or "Black & Brown Cherries" (the later gets me dancing and playing "air-saxophone")
CHRIS McGREGOR'S BROTHERHOOD OF BREATH - more great South African "township jazz"
"UNDER MILK WOOD" - original BBC radio broadcast with Richard Burton and other fine actors.

Sorry no folk music as such. It's all a matter of taste, but all the above make me feel good and even dance (when no-one's around).
I better shut up or I will think of more...........


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 12:30 PM

Following up on CupoTea's recommendation of French Canadian, we can never get enough of Le Vent du Nord!

Gurney, if you could see the back cover of Mandolirium, you might think a concert of them would equal that of the ukelele-ists, but the UOGB does look like fun!


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: treewind
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:15 PM

Swan-Upmanship - Old Swan Band.
Our favourite for staying awake on long car journeys!

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: peregrina
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:17 PM

Christine Primrose: S tu nam Chuimhne
lovely, lovely, lively, but also thoughtful and good for concentration
ditto Mozart horn concertos


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: peregrina
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:20 PM

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Will the Circle be Unbroken 1, 2, & 3


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From: Tootler
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 05:04 PM

Morris On


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 06:17 PM

Tootler, I'm about to burn a copy from 'Jump at the Sun.'

I have bout 350 LPs that I seldom play, but the workshop ghetto-blaster has no input jack, so LPs and MP3s are not useful, even if I wanted to spring for a dedicated MP3 player. And the time to convert.

A lot of these suggestions will be hard to get here in New Zealand, just as one of my favourites Sean Sinnott would be outside of here.
I'm going to Google every one, though.


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: peregrina
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 06:25 AM

Lively cheerful tunes played with fantastic skill: Claire Mann and Aaron Jones, Secret Orders
and Shona Kipling and Damien O'Kane, Box On.

Appalachian ballads with baroque touch from Baltimore Consort accompanists: Custer La Rue, True Lover's Farewell.

Shaker music, by turns thoughtful and soothing, by turns very energetic, Verdant Groves (Debra Spencer, Shelly Phillips et al)

Paul Robeson--any CD of his great for working to, and would give the tin woodsman courage.

Fribo-The Ha O Habrahellia--Nordic-Scots et al folk fusion, lively and completely different


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Subject: RE: Cheerful CDs, suggestions please.
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 07:01 AM

Most of the Dubliners' output


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