Folkey Monkey Guest...
...was Andy Robinson. He gave us a night full of wonderful
surprizes and the first time the Folkey Monkey has been treated to
mountain dulcimer music. Not only that, Andy brought his friend
John to duet with him on kalimba, or thumb piano (relative to the
African mbira). The dreamy gentle percussive plucking sound of the
kalimba is both soothing and entrancing and perfect for any meditative
moment. The rhythms and counter rhythms of each of their parts played
off each other to great effect, taking the listner to an exotic far
away place indeed.
Andy's first instrument is the dulcimer and play it well he
does. He gave us such classics as Long Black Veil, and Act Naturally,
and Last Night I Had the Stangest Dream, as well as many original
compositions such as the humorous My First Car, the poignant Hy and Kay
(a touching song about missing his parents), and the fanciful The
End (a song about the end of the world as it would be in a
bad sci-fi novel). A good storyteller, Robinson kept our
attention all night while keeping a smile on our faces all the
His latest CD, Exotic
America is one of my favorites. A lighthearted compendium of
driving melodic instrumental masterpieces showcasing the dulcimer,
pecussion, and non-lyric vocals, its very uniqueness makes you smile at
every turn. I highly recommend buying this CD, slapping in your car
stereo and hitting the highway for a while. It was a pleasure to share
the stage with him.
pluckin', Andy, and we'll see you back soon we hope.