Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child Ballads

American singer-songwriters Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer have taken something of a middle tack in their superb little album Child Ballads. They do take a strictly acoustic and folk approach, but with arrangements and production that somehow have a modern feel to them. . . . → Read More: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child . . . → Read More: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child Ballads

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac: Seinn

It’s hard to believe that, as I write this, it’s been just over 10 years since I experienced the music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island in its own environment, at the International Celtic Colours Festival in 2002. I wasn’t then and I’m not now any kind of authority on Celtic music, but I know . . . → Read More: Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac: Seinn

Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young: Laylam

Laylam which [Eliza] Carthy says means “chorus,” is a showcase for the group’s four-part harmonies and the interplay of their four fiddles, in combinations that include violins, viola and cello. It’s also an excitingly diverse selection of songs in a range of styles, from old English folk to American jazz, pop, country, and spirituals, plus . . . → Read More: Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young: Laylam

27th annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3-4

It’s just shy of three weeks until the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon. Despite the facts that it will be the 27th annual festival, and that I live just a hop, skip and jump down the freeway, and that I’m fully 50 percent Scandinavian, I’ve never been. I aim to remedy that . . . → Read More: 27th annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3-4