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The Peasant Sabbatical

by Neil Jacobs

Distinctly original world music compositions featuring Balkan, Gypsy, and Celtic influences.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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1. The Peasant Sabbatical
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2. Moj Dilbere
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3. Amish Autumn
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4. Itchikil
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5. Night of the Nestinari
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6. Last Cocek in Sarajevo
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7. Jiffy Jig
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8. U Stambolu Na Bosporu
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9. Kolo Macabre Waltz (Intro From "Dance of the Gypsy")
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10. Kolo Macabre Waltz
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11. Cross At the Mostar Bridge
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12. Niska Banja
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13. Home Again
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Album Notes
For more than 25 years Jacobs has circumnavigated the globe performing his exotic hybrid of gypsy jazz, flamenco, and Eastern European Folk on solo 12-string guitar" - Guitar Player Magazine. A masterful performer on the 12 string acoustic guitar with his own ingenious style that the St. Louis Riverfront Times describes as "mesmerizing" and the Austin Chronicle describes as "the rockin'est since early Leo Kottke". Neil covers the world vibe with influences of Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil draws inspiration from his mind-boggling world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories with his audience.

Neil's performance history is startlingly unconventional. It began in Moscow in 1985, as guest of state at the Moscow Film Festival. He continued the next year performing on "Cowboy Television Specials" for hundreds of millions in Eastern Europe, and he never looked back. When the Berlin Wall came down, Neil wasted no time and returned to Eastern Europe, studying and performing in Poland, Czech Republic, and the Balkans. His fascination with the Gypsy music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans led to the creation of "American Gypsy", in which he draws from his first hand knowledge of Eastern European Gypsy, Balkan and World Folk music to create his riveting compositions. The "American Gypsy" CD was nominated "Album of the Year" in the 2001 "American Independent Music Awards". Neil studied with the Gypsies of Spain as part of a special cultural exchange grant in 1995, the same year he was voted "Outstanding Folk Instrumentalist" at the Columbus Music Awards. He then resided in Seville, Spain for over a year before returning. He then joined the acclaimed Balkan group, Zivili, on an amazing refugee camp tour of the war-torn Balkans, including performances in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, and Sarajevo. As a result of this experience, Neil produced his more pensive second CD, "World Blue". Later that year he returned to Bulgaria to teach as part of UNESCO's Balkan Youth Reclamation Program, and then was invited to Budapest to study and perform. In 2003 accepted a temporary teaching position as Associate Professor of Gypsy/Balkan music and history at Alfred University in New York. His next CD releases included “Secret Places” and "12 String Guitar". Aptly named, “12-String Guitar” is an homage to the classic folk instrument, and features a striking array of solo styles and concert favorites. "12-String Guitar" was recently nominated "Best Solo Guitar CD at the JPF Music Awards in Nashville.

Neil now revisits some of the music from past experiences in his latest CD, “The Peasant Sabbatical”.



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Robert Silverstein

the amazing guitar sound of Neil Jacobs
Back in 2010, Ohio based guitarist Neil Jacobs released his 5th solo album Twelve String Guitar and in 2014 he follows up with The Peasant Sabbatical. The 13 track CD features a fresh album filled with Neil’s imaginative instrumental 12 string guitar-based sounds. Among the original tracks are traditional songs from places like Serbia and Bulgaria and there’s even a tribute to a 2006 massacre of Amish school children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that Neil has sagaciously turned into music on his 12 string guitar sound. Commenting on the title of his latest CD, Neil explains, ‘The Peasant Sabbatical” is a tongue in cheek description of my journey. I like to refer to the “Peasant Sabbatical” as one that you embark on willingly, and without the assurance of a guaranteed reward. At one point we toyed with using the tarot “Fool Card” to represent the CD, meaning that the peasant sabbatical was undertaken with naiveté and perhaps misplaced confidence. Many of my travels were serendipitous, and certainly off the beaten path.’ In his track by track liner notes, Neil takes you through the discography information for each track while also mentioning the various musicians that accompany his instrumental arrangements. The Peasant Sabbatical is a fantastic, global journey of instrumental music created by a master of the 12 string acoustic guitar.