Photo by Jayme Halbritter
In my article this week about local singer-songwriter Aby Wolf, I wrote briefly about seeing her perform at the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, a weekly gathering of songwriters curated by Jim Walsh. Each week, a handful of musicians are invited to come down to the Beat Coffeshop in Uptown for a round-robin style acoustic performance, and the back room of the shop is lined with rows of chairs for anyone who wants to stop by and listen.
In addition to giving people an opportunity to hear top-shelf local songwriters live and in the flesh, this year's hootenannies are being recorded and streamed live online at HowWasTheShow.com, where HowWasTheShow publisher David de Young and Minneapoliscast podcaster Tony Thomas are posting live audio and video feeds of the weekly events. Each hootenanny is also available as a downloadable podcast afterward.
David de Young has been kind enough to share a couple of live mp3s of Aby's performance at the hootenanny with City Pages readers, as a complement to this week's article. Both songs are off of Aby Wolf's debut album, Sweet Prudence, which is being released this Saturday at the Cedar Cultural Center.
First, a song that Wolf dedicated to her friend Keara, a young woman who was only 10 years old when she offered Wolf some timeless advice. Click on the link to download.
And here's one of my favorite songs on the album, which is stunning in its simplicity. This was a definite highlight of last week's hootenanny.
Thanks to David de Young for these great live mp3s. Check out the full podcast from last week's hootenanny at HowWasTheShow.com, and head down to the Beat Coffeeshop Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. to check out this cool weekly event. No cover; all ages welcome.