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THESE TRAILS

Prog Folk • United States


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Hailing from Hawaii, THESE TRAILS, which would be better-described as a collection of people who created an album called These Trails together than as a band proper, released one album in 1973. These musicians did not perform professionally together in gigs, nor did they make other recordings together. The album These Trails was a limited private pressing on the local Sinergia label, and later gained an underground following after certain vinyl collectors spread the word and the music. The album was re-released by Drag City in 2011.

The major writers and performers of the album were Margaret Morgan (dulcimer, guitar, vocals) and Patrick Cockett (slide guitar, guitar, tabla, vocals) -- Patrick Cockett later played ukulele with Taj Mahal. Morgan and Cockett had grown up in Kawa'i, had studied traditional Hawaiian music, and lived together playing and singing songs inspired by the natural beauty and cultural attributes of the Hawaiian islands.

They met Dave Choy, who was a studio engineer in Honolulu, and recorded with him in studio. Choy employed his use of a state-of-the art ARP synthesizer, which added a stranger, eccentric or askew dimension to the music. Choy also did the arrangements, played the recorder, and made the final mix.

The sitarist, guitarist and singer Carlos Pardeiro, who was born in Uruguay, was also brought into the studio to perform on the album. Also, Eric Kingsbury on guitar and Ron Rosha were brought into the studio to perform. Rosha played the ipu, which is a  percussion instrument made from gourds, and is commonly used to provide the beat for hula dancing. Boogie Kalama put his foot down, literally, by adding his foot performance to the proceedings.

These Trails is likely to appeal to various people into Acid Folk (psychedelic folk), music from Hawaii, types of world folk music, and off-beat psychedelia. One is likely to find find similarities with performers such as Linda Perhacs, as well as Vashti Bunyan, Shelagh McDonald, and Joni Mitchell. Additionally, for those into music such as Extradition's Hush, Pentangle, The Incredible String Band, Spirogyra, and others of the acid folk persuasion, this music should be of interest.

- (Logan)

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