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Revisit two Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara collaborations with Sixty Strings and Tributes & Diatribes

Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara | via jessesparhawkericcarbonara.bandcamp.com

Local musicians Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara have often appeared on the same bill over the years, their exploratory style of guitar playing melding well together in intimate spaces like Germantown’s Rigby Mansion or West Philly’s Studio 34. A few years ago the multi-instrumentalists put that musical chemistry to tape with Sixty Strings in 2011 and Tributes & Diatribes in 2014, two records originally released via VHF Records (also home to Jack Rose’s catalog). This week, the two records became available to stream on Bandcamp.

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Holy Cross, The Mahogany Stompers next up at Eric Cabonara’s Highwire Gallery series on 5/24

This month, Nada Sound Studios’ Eric Carbonara is guest curating a series of shows at Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery. Next in the series is Holy Cross – a New Orleans-based duo that takes an experimental approach to folk music, as well as classical, free jazz, and “mondo bizarro”. They are joined by Philadelphia’s own Mahogany Stompers, bringing modern takes on Dixieland, Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and Yiddish songs. The show is at 8pm, and donations of $6-8 will be accepted at the door. Below, listen to music from Holy Cross’ Frank “Franzking” Rourke, as well as The Mahogany Stompers.

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Stream Tompkins Square’s new compilation Imaginational Anthem Vol. 5, featuring Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman and more

Curated by New Englander Sam Moss, the fifth installment in Tompkins Square’s Imaginational Anthem anthology brings together twelve of the most talented contemporary musicians to celebrate the age-old tradition of acoustic guitar playing. Though volumes 1-4 of the series were compiled by Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal, he brought in Moss for this edition to get a fresh perspective on the current generation.  Rosenthal explains, “I felt I’d exhausted most of the older guys I wanted to dig up, and I wasn’t hearing that much new guitar that I really liked. I sensed that Sam knew what was going on.”  The result is a record that has its foundation set in the American Primitive tradition of John Fahey and his ilk, but each contribution takes those roots down a dozen unique paths meandering from avant-garde meditations to raga-infused .

Following in the footsteps of the previous volumes, which included compositions by Jack Rose, Chris Forsyth and Jesse Sparhawk, Moss called on a few musicians with ties to Philadelphia to contribute their songs including Eric Carbonara, Steve Gunn and Daniel Bachman.

Imaginational Anthem vol. 5 will be released on Tuesday, November 13th, but it is available for streaming via Tompkins Square’s SoundcloudVol. 5 will also be included in a 6-CD box set, out on Black Friday, packaged with the previous volumes and an exclusive live album from William Tyler.  View the tracklist and stream the full compilation below.

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