Loreena McKennitt

Continuing our theme of female vocalists from last week, this is Loreena McKennitt. She is Canadian musician that plays the harp, accordion, and piano. She is known for her refined soprano vocals.

This is “Night Ride Across the Caucuses,” from her 1997 album The Book of Secrets. It was certified double-platinum in the US.

The Barnsley Nightingale

Kate Rusby is from Penistone, Barnsley, in the UK. I think she has a hauntingly beautiful voice. I hope you agree.

This is “I Am Stretched on Your Grave” from her 1997 debut album, Hourglass.

From the Wiki…

In 2001 The Guardian described her as “a superstar of the British acoustic scene.” In 2007 the BBC website described her as “The first lady of young folkies”. She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.


Electrified is an album by Boris Blank. He is a founder of the group Yello. (You’ve heard the Yello song “Oh, yeah” in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” And other places.) Electrified is a collection of previously unreleased instrumental works by Blank. (He does stuff aside from his work with Dieter Meier in Yello.) It spans the period from 1977 to 2014. 40 tracks, 2 CDs and a DVD.

This is “Fat Roller” from 2014 album, Electrified.

This ain’t no place for no hero

This is “Short Change Hero” from The Heavy, a UK Indie Rock band that plays a style of music that has been called neo-soul. This song appeared on the band’s 2nd album, The House That Dirt Built, which was released in 2009.

I first ran across this song when this it was featured in a Canadian television series, The Listener, which is an interesting story in itself. The song has been used in movies, and TV, and most prominently in the video game Borderlands 2.