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New tunes from DYAD

Those Canadian winters are long and dark, which might explain why Vancouver-based trio DYAD explores the shadows in old-time music with such dedication and creativity. They’ve just posted some new tunes, with my favorite being “Cripple.” Check out their MySpace page for more from their new formation and a couple of their classic tunes.

From their band site:

DYAD came together to play traditional American Old Time music after delving into everything from indie-rock and punk to classical and traditional music of various cultures. The Vancouver-based trio of Kori Miyanishi (vocals, banjo, fiddle), Leah Abramson (vocals, guitar) and Mark Beaty (cello, vocals), digs deep into song and instrumental traditions of the Appalachian mountain region of the USA, while incorporating these varied influences and expanding traditional themes into modern arrangements of original, traditional and contemporary song.

Phillip Roebuck plays “Little Bo Peep”

Pesky WordPress doesn’t let me embed Vimeo videos. So you’ll have to click here for intense (non-clawhammer) banjo playing by Phillip Roebuck and superb analog cinematography by Brandon Trost.

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From Phillip Roebuck’s site:

Nicknamed “The BANJO NINJA” by fans, PHILLIP ROEBUCK is a bare-bones one-man band, conceived in the subways of New York City.

To accompany his $22, scrap-part banjo, Phillip made his first drum apparatus out of a suitcase and a luggage cart. Using this setup, both live in the Times Square Subway Station and in his apartment in Brooklyn, he made the album ONE-MAN BAND RECORDINGS, later released as INERTIA (Volume I), which comes across like a collection of modern-day field recordings. In 2002, Phillip revamped the setup into the current backpack-harness outfit, used on the albums INERTIA (Volume II), ONE-MAN BAND, and FEVER PITCH.

In 2003, the New York Press voted Phillip the city’s Best Subway Musician, and he has since recorded three albums and has been touring steadily.