The Blind Harper Dances

John O’Regan found The Blind Harper Dances — Modern English Country Dances set to airs by Turlough O’Carolan from Squirrel Hill Press a decade ago to be a reviewing challenge:

This book is at once fascinating and difficult to review. The fascination lies in the idea of combining the music of Turlough O’Carolan with modern . . . → Read More: The Blind Harper Dances

Charles de Lint: An Appreciation

OR Melling wrote this for our Charles de Lint edition…

It’s difficult to review Charles de Lint without getting personal and panegyrical for, as is the case with most if not all of his readers, I feel as if I have had a close relationship with him and his characters for many years now. Like . . . → Read More: Charles de Lint: An Appreciation

Retro Review: William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy

Wes Unruh wrote this review.

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” — from Neuromancer

The future world of the Sprawl series is a world of crumbling governments supplanted by multinational corporations, a world where horses are extinct, where money stratifies people into a global caste system. . . . → Read More: Retro Review: William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy

Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration

We usually think of folk rock as being either of British or American in origin, say The Byrds or The Animals, both of which used folk sources in their music.

There’s also a lot of magic in the Finnish/Swedish music of Gjallarhorn. The didgeridoo, the percussion, the absolutely outstanding vocals, the lyrics. This is . . . → Read More: Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration

Where the Wild Things Are

We start off this post with a work beloved by generations of children and more than a few adults as well that was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak whose amazing illustrated work many of us greatly admire and it would eventually become a film which would in turn begat a full-length novel with . . . → Read More: Where the Wild Things Are

Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

I had forgotten that the library here at the Kinrowan Estate was undergoing a partial renovation too until Laith reminded me that this was happening. Now understand that I have no idea exactly what space(s) the library here occupies as no one including any of the Librarians are ever sure. It can be as small . . . → Read More: Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

The Gruagagh

Mucking about in the Archives this afternoon resulted in a nice look at how a folk motif can change over time. Take the matter of a Gruagach…

We reviewed a double CD set of Robin Williamson’s Four Gruagach Tales. As our reviewer says, ‘Some may be asking ‘What, pray tell, is a gruagach?’ In many . . . → Read More: The Gruagagh

Cass Meurig and Nial Cain: Deuawd

A crwth is a very odd Welsh instrument indeed. Think of it as a fiddle that went seriously weird as you can see from this description:

[T]he crwth is a medieval bowed lyre and ranks as one of Wales’ most exotic traditional instruments. It has six strings tuned g g’ c’ c d’ d” and . . . → Read More: Cass Meurig and Nial Cain: Deuawd

Alan Garner: Thursbitch

Stephen Hunt wrote this review.

The press release that arrived with this novel describes it as: “An exploration of this 18th century mystery; a mystery that lives on in the farms of the area…. John Turner’s death in the 18th Century leaves an emotional charge which, in the 21st Century, Ian and Sal finds affects . . . → Read More: Alan Garner: Thursbitch

James Stoddard’s Evenmere series

This was first printed on Sleeping Hedgehog which you really should visit.

I just got chased out of the kitchen by Mrs. Ware who apparently has a large catering order being assembled by her staff for The School of Imagination who are hosting a seminar on the Evenmere novels this afternoon.

Oh you haven’t heard . . . → Read More: James Stoddard’s Evenmere series