"Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer" - Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can All-Stars
Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer

Songs

from Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer, feat. the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval
  • 1 Polly Ann/The Race

Released on April 29 in the US, Steel Hammer is the hotly anticipated alt-folk classical album by Julia Wolfe, featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval.

Inspired by her love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Julia Wolfe based her text for Steel Hammer (called a “wild hybrid” by the New York Times) on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend. Featuring the haunting — and often haunted — vocalizations of Norway’s Trio Mediaeval, Steel Hammer also stretches the standard instrumentation of the Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, clapping, clogging and more.