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Dear Companion [Vinyl]
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A beautiful new album of traditional folk from MEG BAIRD of ESPERS. Ten tracks of both traditional and original folk (plus a few choice covers), beautifully performed with Meg playing guitar, dulcimer and singing. Beautiful.
1. Dear Companion
2. River Song
3. The Cruelty of Barbary Allen
4. Do What You Gotta Do
5. Riverhouse in Tinicum
6. The Waltze of the Tennis Players
7. Maiden in the Moor Lay
8. Sweet William and Fair Ellen
9. All I Ever Wanted
10. Willie O' Winsbury
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Top Customer Reviews
on August 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Meg Baird gives us an intimate, modern presentation of folk music, revealing why traditional song still speaks to us. She extends the concept and reach of classic ballads like Barbary Ellen and Willie O'Winsbury into the 21st century with covers of under-recognized 60s and 70s ballads such as The Waltze of the Tennis Players (Alan Fraser) and All I Ever Wanted (New Riders of the the Purple Sage). The arc is made complete with two of Baird's own contemporary compositions. Baird seems to whisper the tunes on Dear Companion directly in the listener's ear, pulling human experience out of the arcane language of classic ballads and the forgotten recent past to connect it to our lived experience, breathing stories into our hearts.
on January 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm 60 years old, and I haven't heard anything this clear and true since, at the end of the set, Chuck Mitchell's wife sang a couple of her own songs--Urge for Going and Circle Game--at the Chessmate in Detroit in 1966.
on November 12, 2015
Format: MP3 Music
Meg Baird's album is amazing. Her rendition of "Willie O'Winsbury" stopped me in my tracks. I literally sat down from the dishes with eyes closed to enjoy that soulful, haunting song. The rest of the album doesn't disappoint, either. Her music is distinct, warm, and leaves a lasting impression.
on January 9, 2009
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
There is a timeless quality to this album that is reminiscent of Sandy Denny (who, in my opinion, is the greatest female vocalist of all time, not to mention a great songwriter). The mix of traditional and contemporary covers, plus the fine original material, bodes well for future releases. I can't wait to hear what Ms. Baird will come out with next. I sense limitless possibilities.