Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

July 11, 2014 7:50 PM

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Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts. For this one, I'll talk about CDs that mix early music with traditional folk and other elements.

Grál and Bohemian Bards are two related bands, or maybe two lineups of the same band. I encountered them busking in Prague's Old Town Square, which acts as a music showcase all day and into the evening. It's hard to ignore guys dressed in rustic medieval garb, especially if they're playing bagpipes....

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