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Thursday 23 September 2021



2021 Charity Shop Purchases 60 -The Be Good Tanyas - Chinatown

For the second time in as many months Bluegrass band The Be Good Tanyas grace these pages having previously featured as one of the Bands of Canada. I would imaging that their further inclusion will please at least one reader

The band consisting of Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton and Trish Klein only ever released three albums. I've had their 2001 debut Blue Horse since it came out having seen them at Glasgow's sadly lamented St Andrews in the Square around then. I'm not altogether sure why I never got  round to acquiring the other two.

From 2003 on the Netwerk label Chintown is their second album.The album consists of a number of original compositions from Ford and Parton, their take on some traditional songs and a couple of covers.Whereas their original material is good I've opted for the covers. It is the first time that I've heard their version of Townes Van Zandt's Waiting Around to Die and I'm quite taken by it. The other cover Midnight Moonlight from American Bluegrass singer Peter Rowan.

Only 2006's Hello Love to go

The Be Good Tanyas - Waiting Around to Die

The Be Good Tanyas -Midnight Moonlight


  1. Great cover of the Pete Rowan song "Midnight Moonlight" which has long been a favourite of mine. Will have to check out the album. Thanks.

  2. I've had Chinatown and Blue Horse in my iTunes library for a few years, sitting unplayed since I put them there. Only started playing them again after your Bands of Canada post - so glad that you did.