4 Jun 2017

Tribute to Mr Tambourine Man

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 4 June 2017
Bruce Langhorne, "Mr Tambourine Man"

Bruce Langhorne, "Mr Tambourine Man" Photo: Bruce Langhorne, CC3.0

William Dart pays tribute to the Mr Tambourine Man himself, Bruce Langhorne.

A guitarist and composer, he played with Bob Dylan and Mimi and Richard Fariña in the early 1960s. He was known back then for playing a Turkish frame drum, much like a large tambourine, and Dylan just went and wrote a song about him.

Later he wrote the soundtrack to Peter Fonda's existential western The Hired Hand.

The recording company Scissor Tail released an album of the soundtrack in 2012 and followed that up earlier this year with a tribute album to Langhorne featuring musicians such as Susan Alcorn, John Fahey and Eugene Chadbourne.

Bruce Langhorne died in April.

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Photo: Looking Out Foundation

William opens his programme with a tribute album of a different sort.

Washington State singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has gathered together some high-profile artists (Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Indigo Girls, Adele et al) to record a number of her songs.

The release, Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story, has been produced to benefit War Child, a UK-based NGO which gives assistance to children living in conflict areas.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Wonderful' (Wilson) – Rufus Wainwright
War Child Presents Heroes
(Fellside)

'Oh Dear' (Carlile) – Brandi Carlile
Give Up the Ghost
(Sony)

'Cannonball' (Carlile) – Indigo Girls
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child
(Looking Out)

'My Song' (Carlile) – Old Crow Medicine Show
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child
(Looking Out)

'Corrina, Corrina' (Dylan) – Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
(Sony)

'Reno Nevada' (Fariña) – Mimi and Richard Fariña
Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best of the Vanguard Years
(Vanguard)

'Riding Thru the Rain' (Langhorne) – Bruce Langhorne
The Hired Hand: Original Soundtrack
(Scissor Tail)

'Hello Goodbye Hello' (Langhorne arr Alcorn) – Susan Alcorn
The Hired Hands: A Tribute to Bruce Langhorne
(Scissor Tail)