老来难 Old Man Blues

by 郭永章Guo Yongzhang

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郭永章:老来难
Guo Yongzhang: Lao Lai Nan (Life is Hard for an Old Man)

Recorded in the late-1980s, Released in 2018
Traditional Chinese Folk Music

曲目 Tracklist
A1 老来难 Old Man Blues
A2 十大劝 Ten Preaches
B1 报母恩 Repay the Kindness of Mother

郭永章,1945年生,山东菏泽牡丹区苏道沟村人,民间坠子大师。2018年5月参加第5届明天音乐节的演出。经郭老先生同意并授权,特制作这盘磁带作为纪念,录音来自于八十年代中后期,具体时间不详。

Born in 1945, Guo Yongzhang has performed zhuizi, a traditional Chinese style of narrative singing, for half a century. An artform whose history spans over a century, zhuizi originated in Henan province. Its main musical instruments are the zhuihu, a two-stringed bowed lute, and the zhuibang, a wooden percussion played with foot tapping.

Almost completely blind, Guo Yongzhang is known for his peculiar, resounding yet smooth vocal style. He sings with deep feelings and great verve. Lyrics deal with both the hardships and good values of life while always maintaining a sense of humour. Despite being long regarded as a folk master, Guo has continued to play tirelessly among ordinary people, often travelling from village to village and performing for a whole day at a time. As he nears the end of his life, Guo regrets that nowadays, few people wish to learn the art of zhuizi. He worries that this precious art form may soon be lost.

This cassette, titled after one of Guo Yongzhang’s most well-known songs, Lao Lai Nan, is a special release made to commemorate his performance at the 5th Tomorrow Festival. Guo co-headlined the last day of the festival with French prog-rock act Gong on May 20, 2018, his performance was recorded live and is due to be released on both CD and LP by the Old Heaven label in November 2019.

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released April 4, 2018

坠胡Zhuihu/坠梆Zhuibang/人声Vocals:郭永章 Guo Yongzhang
封面摄影 Photo:潘越 Pan Yue
设计 Design:尹思卜 Yin Sibo

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