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Now this is what you want from a WoodSongs show: two richly inventive bands representing different cultural and geographical perspectives. It was as if they their side-by-side billing was almost accidental.

the tannabill weavers

scotland's tannahill weavers

First up last night at the program’s weekly Kentucky Theatre taping was Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers, a regular visitor to local clubs and folk festivals during the ‘80s but absent from Central Kentucky for nearly 18 years. Luckily, little has changed. Roy Gullane, Phil Smillie and Les Wilson summoned a hearty vocal blend that propelled the traditional turns of The Highland Lassie while Colin Melville provided a wake-up-the-neighbors blast on the Highland bagpipes during the title medley from the band’s 2003 album Arnish Light. Flutes and whistles harmonized with fiddle while guitar and bouzouki provided a percussive gust to the music’s rhythmic foundation.

There was little time in the hour-long broadcast for Gullane’s expert sense of balladry. The Standard on the Braes o’ Mar was the closest the Tannies got to settling down, but even its hard knuckled sense of history possessed the gallant swagger of a drinking song. Guess that just means the Tannies will have to knock on the door again soon. Next time, though, they need to stay the night.

kurt wagner of lambchop

kurt wagner of nashville's lambchop

Rounding out the bill was Kurt Wagner’s newest Nashville lineup of the indie pop collective Lambchop. While WoodSongs tends to frown on full bands, especially those with electric rhythm sections, Wagner’s six-man lineup maintained the same warm but whispery charm that engulfs the newest Lambchop album, OH (Ohio). Singing in a low, punctuated mumble that sounded like a cross between Mark Knopfler and Leonard Cohen (only happier) and dressed in an orange sweatshirt and cap that suggested he was late for the golf course, Wagner created very appealing, low-fi meditations that shifted from the bossa nova breeze of the new album’s title tune (a Buckeye bossa?) to the ethereal shuffle of Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wagner proved an impenetrable lyricist at times. “This is my song, don’t sing along,” he quietly urged during the encore of National Talk Like a Pirate Day. But narrative definition and vocal clarity didn’t matter much last night.

Wagner’s deep warble was as indecipherable as Gullane’s foot-thick Scottish brogue. But within the music’s emotive charge (in the Tannies’ case) and glow (that would be Lambchop), the voices became part of warm orchestrations that communicated their respective moods quite exactly on the eve on an impending winter storm. What a wonderful, curious pair of acts to take a seat next to on a cold January night.

Met Life Drops Bid For South Korean Insurer.

National Underwriter Life & Health-Financial Services Edition May 17, 1999 | D’ALLEGRO, JOSEPH Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has abandoned plans to acquire Korea Life Insurance Company in Seoul, South Korea.

New York-based Met Life had announced its intent to spend up to $1 billion to buy up to 60 percent of the Asian insurer last June. (See NU, June 15.) The planned investment was part of an ongoing effort by Met Life to focus its energies on high growth markets such as Latin America and Southeast Asia. go to site met life dental

Met Life dropped the Korea Life effort because the process was taking too much time, said spokesman Kevin Foley. Senior Met Life officials are figuring out how best to demutualize the company, he explained, and acquiring the distressed insurer, which is under the control of the South Korean government, was too distracting.

“We don’t go public every year, Mr. Foley joked.

“Demutualization is a huge commitment,” said Martha Butler, who tracks Met Life as group vice president of insurance at Chicago-based Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Company She noted that the insurer has about 12 million policyholders.

Ms. Butler said Met Life does not normally announce deals before their completion and opined that it was pressured to announce early to boost confidence in economic reform efforts by the South Korean government.

“We do believe in the Korean economy,” said Mr. Foley. He noted that the potential deal was announced early merely as a courtesy to South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, who was visiting the U.S. around that time to promote his economic reforms. in our site met life dental

Met Life is keeping a presence in Seoul through its wholly owned subsidiary Kolon-Met Life Insurance Company “We’re still committed to South Korea as a long-term investment,” said Mr. Foley The South Korean government still hopes to sell Korea Life, the country’s third largest life insurer, within the next two months. It is reportedly in talks with several potential purchasers with South Korean insurance company LG Group as the front-runner.


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