Sunday, February 25, 2007

Dorothy Carter - Troubador (1976)

Sorry about the delay in getting the files posted for this one. I also should let you know that I may need to be traveling in the coming week(s) and so may miss a post or two.

Now as for this excellent record, Dorothy Carter was (she passed away in 2003) primarily a hammered dulcimer player (although she also sings and plays flute on this record). She was a founding member of the Mediaeval Baebes & also performed on records as diverse as Sun Electric's Via Nostra & the Serious Solid Swineheard is Better Than Homecooked Clapham Junction album. This record is a beautiful collection of folk melodies from diverse times and places performed on dulcimer, psalter &/or flute (by Carter) and accompanied by Sally Hilmer on tamboura & Connie Demby of Ch'in. Carter also sings on a couple numbers. The accompaniment adds a nice Eastern vibe that will strengthen the appeal to fans of acid folk.

Her album Lonesome Dove is available from the Mediaeval Baebes web site. There was also a 1978 album called Waillee, Waillee and a CD entitled Dorothy Carter, 2003. I haven't heard any of those but based on the strength of this thrift store find I plan on tracking down copies.

I ripped this from vinyl and cleaned up most of the clicks and pops--only a couple large ones remain--and I think it sounds pretty good. Its encoded at a high quality variable bit rate using LAME encoding. You can pick it up here.

Enjoy!

16 comments:

lifeinblack said...

Just found your page today. Your blogroll is quite impressive to say the least.Being as you're local (I'm from Baltimore myself), you may be familiar with the old Towson radio station WCVT. Some time ago I heard a Psych band called Jill Blue and The Field Hippies and they really blew my mind. Have you ever heard of them, and if so, do you think you can direct me to where I can find any of their stuff. Feel free to check out my page if you wish. Thanks for being here...

JANISFARM said...

will be waiting anxiously

Nikos

Max said...

Haven't heard of Jill Blue and The Field Hippies? If that's the correct, exact name they also don't show on Google but I guess you probably knew that. I will keep an eye/ear out for them though. Glad you like the blog.

Vincent said...

I have a minidisc floating around which contains about 90% of the track/artist in question from the original broadcast (circa summer, 1987). When I find it I'll send you a link.

bilbo1742 said...

There are two other Dorothy Carter releases, the 1978 Waillie, waillie, and an album which came out in 2003, which I'm not sure if it is a collection or new meterial.

Anyway, all of her stuff is essential for folk lovers and acid heads, so thanks for the music !

Shachar

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just got round to listening to this album - quite sweet, it is too! Thanks for offering all this stuff! You wouldn't be able to post the basque group, Haizea - Haizea (1971), would you?

Max said...

Glad you like the record. The Haziea album is available on CD--and well worth picking up--so I won't post it here. I only post vinyl rips of records that have never been issued on CD.

Toby said...

I've been playing this lots. This is an amazing record. Do you know where I could find Waillee Wailee? All of this really deserves to come out on CD.

qing said...

Hi there, just discovered ur page and was wondering if you would kindly repost Dorothy Carter's music. I'm curious to know what she sounds like.

Peace!

qing said...

Gee, I was such an idiot, didn't check ur page thoroughly. Forget about the reposting plead I put initially, ur page works fine. Listening to the album now.

Peace!

Dan Russell Jr. said...

Hey guys,Dorothy and my dad, Danny Russell were the best of friends ,going back to greenwich Villagee in the late 50's. I fondly remeber Dorothy playing her hammered dulcimer and her wonderful voice. the last time i heard her play was back in 1988 in Waterville Maine. My dad passed away about three months after her passing. I remeber hanging out with her kids back in the 70's in Athens Maine. That album brought back a ton of fond memories. thank you very much

Bill H. said...

I used to go to hear Dorothy Carter at the Iron Horse in Northampton Massachusetts. Absolutely wonderful shows. I wish I still had my copy of Troubadour and a turntable to play it on.

The download links above are dead, BTW.

Max said...

Hi Bill,
I'll get it reposted tomorrow.
Max

Shamanator said...

Hi Max -- thank you for your blog. When my vinyl collection finally arrives at the end of Jan '12 in Christchurch (after its long journey from the Port of Oakland), I'll rip my copy of Wailee, Wailee and somehow get it to you, Max. Dorothy Carter was a deep spirit; I'm sure she'd appreciate her music being heard

Max said...

Hi Shamanator,
Thanks for the offer but I actually have a copy of Wailee, Wailee. I really should post it, as I'd forgotten people were asking for it.

Shamanator said...

I look forward to it! After writing my post to you yesterday, I realized that, because I had to sell all my AD/DA equipment and turntable (diff voltage in NZ), it may be a while before I can enjoy or rip my albums to disc.