midweek music: “St. James Infirmary”

Last week, I did a meme that was going around Facebook asking men to list women they admire who are not personal friends or family. I had a fairly long list, as it happens, but one of the ones I listed was Rhiannon Giddens, who has rapidly become one of my favorite musicians. So I’m gonna do a bunch of her stuff this week, continuing today with the song that first got her on my radar. “St. James Infirmary” is a very old song that I have about eighty bajillion versions of, and this one teams Giddens with the Silk Road Ensemble. My mother sent me this song because she knew how much I liked the song, and it got me interested in Giddens also.

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