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Inspired by her love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Julia Wolfe based her text for Steel Hammer (called a “wild hybrid” by the New York Times) on over 200 versions of the “John Henry” ballad, which has been recorded by everyone from Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen. A runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Steel Hammer features the alternately haunting and whimsical vocalizations of Norway’s renowned Trio Mediaeval, and stretches the standard instrumentation of the Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, clapping, clogging and more.
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released April 29, 2014

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
Ashley Bathgate – cello
Robert Black – bass
Vicky Chow – piano, melodica
David Cossin – drums and percussion
Mark Stewart – electric guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, jaw harp, harmonica, clogging, humming
Evan Ziporyn – clarinets, harmonica, whistling, humming

TRIO MEDIAEVAL
Anna Maria Friman
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Torunn Østrem Ossum

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