We are thrilled to announce the long-awaited CD release of "I WONDER
AS I WANDER ~ CAROLS AND LOVE SONGS" by John Jacob Niles. This
legendary 1957 Tradition recording has been digitally remastered and
will be available on CD for the first time January 10, 2006. Includes
folk classics Go 'way From My Window, Black is the Color of my True
Love's Hair, Venezuela, I Wonder As I Wander, and many others, plus
original linear notes by JJN and cover photo by Liam Clancy. On Sale
We would also like to invite you to visit the new JJN forum. Join the
forum today for your chance to win a copy of I WONDER AS I WANDER!
We will have more exciting JJN-related news for you soon. Until then,
here's wishing you a happy, healthy and music-filled New Year!
This is the freakiest music I've ever heard.
John Jacob Niles, the forgotten folkie who stile the NDH show. ...
Having been taken aback when I first saw NDH by the previously unknown
(to me) John Jacob Niles, I got the new CD (I Wonder As I Wander) this
morning, and just finished the first listening. It is indeed astounding
music, very odd, yet compelling. The falsetto singing, backed by an
unobtrusive dulcimer, floats through the air, but you don't forget it's
there -- it seizes your attention. If the musical DNA of Bascom Lamar
Lunsford and Burl Ives were combined and filtered through a conservatory
education, it might sound like this. As it is, it sounds like nothing
(In addition, as a collector of Christmas music, I was interested to
find a few carols here, although most of the songs concern other
Thanks, Mr. Herrick, for alerting us to the CD's release -- I'm glad I
Sounds fantastic... gotta lay hands on one.
The Netherlands/Shadowville cross cultural exchange
Greybeard Cavalier [Dockery/0x0000/Follicle]:
On Fri, 13 Jan 2006, Will Dockery wrote:
> Tim Herrick wrote:
>> This is the freakiest music I've ever heard.
>> John Jacob Niles, the forgotten folkie who stile the NDH show.
>> Anyway, so over the weekend, I gets the email that finally there's a CD
>> one I wonder as I wander. I know I've heard this before, but can't remember
>> Do I like it, no, I think I love it. But, it has to be the most FASCINATING
>> and UNCATERGORIZABLE. Let the renaissance begin. In fact, maybe that is where
>> this style may come from come to think of it.
I'm guessing his style came from not being able to sing in a traditional
way, like John Fahey's instrumental style came after his first album
was vocal and he thought no more of that or Bruce Springsteen doing
that straining screaming style all of the time.