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Meg Baird, Helena Espvall, Sharron Kraus


Country of origin:

U.S. and England, Sweden

Type of music generally:

Traditional folk

Status:

Most recent release, Leaves From Off The Tree (2006)

See also:

Meg Baird's site, Meg Baird's MySpace page; Wikipedia's entry on Meg Baird

Wikipedia's entry for Helena Espvall

Sharron Kraus's site; Wikipedia's entry on Sharron Krauss

The Ectophiles' Guide's entry on Meg Baird and The Baird Sisters

Comparisons:

Solo work by Meg Baird, Helena Espvall, and Sharron Kraus; Shirley Collins, Anne Briggs

Covers/own material:

Covers of traditional folk songs

General comments:

A trio of folksingers join together for an initimate album of traditional tunes. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Leaves From Off The Tree is their sole release as a trio

Recordings:

Leaves From Off The Tree (2006)

Leaves From Off The Tree

Release info:

2006— Bo'Weavil (issued on vinyl in 2006, reissued on CD in 2010)

Availability:

Somewhat hard to find

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of stripped-down traditional folk

Group members:

Meg Baird—vocals, guitar
Helena Espvall—vocals, cello
Sharron Kraus—vocals, guitar, dulcimer

Comments:

This is one of those recordings where it feels like you are sitting in someone's living room, listening to them play and sing. That being the case, it has both the virtues of that feeling—a sense in intimacy, directness, and authenticity—and the downsides—that since you're not actually there, it lacks that in-person liveliness. While I enjoy this, it doesn't leap into my disc player. Their versions feel a little tentative, despite the evident musicianship. Overall, enjoyable for those who like stripped-down traditional music, but not essential. (Neile)

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