Clannad, around 1970.
Clannad has been around since 1970, a run of over forty years, and they just released their newest album, Live at Christ Church Cathedral 2011. Founded in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal, they’ve been described as traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age. Just two years later with the release of ‘Theme From . . . → Read More: Clannad Considered
Cross-possted from Sleeping Hedgehog.
Being the Manager for the Green Man Pub here at the Kinrowan Estate and afternoon barkeep (as I’d be a piss poor Manager if I didn’t keep my skills up), I frequently (when it’s quiet) like to read short fiction as I can usually finish a story in ten or fifteen . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles de Lint’s Digital Short Fiction
I found this superb site the other day:
Foxbeard.com is a blog about Americana & Folk music. Originally MahoganyFolk.com we renamed and updated the blog in December 2012.
We are here to share great music, and help promote Americana & Folk music. We search high and low, we receive submissions from signed, PR, and independent . . . → Read More: An Americana Website Worth Your Time
Judith Gennett has more than a few words to say on Chris Goertzen’s Fiddling For Norway
“Imagine yourself in Norway.” Ethnomusicologist and fiddler Chris Goertzen found himself in Norway in 1988 teaching Latin and American music courses. While there, he learned a lot about the idiosyncratic world of Norwegian “normal” fiddling. The term refers to . . . → Read More: Norwegian Fiddling
Kim Bates recommends Keogh’s Irish Pub at 141 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
You couldn’t ask for better hosts than John Maxwell and Dora Koegh, of Dora Keogh’s Irish Pub. Both John and Dora make community building seem effortless, and have built the relatively new (circa 1997) pub into a hub for celebrating Irish culture . . . → Read More: Venue Recomendation: Keogh’s Irish Pub
Värttinä (Finnish for spindle) is a Finnish folk music band which was started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen back in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of that country. In Ilmatar’s Inspirations: Nationalization, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music, our reviewer notes that author . . . → Read More: Värttinä
‘Have another drink and just listen to the music.’ — Charles de Lint in Forests of the Heart
I hadn’t read this novel until I had a contradance tour with one of my bands along the Border earlier this year and asked around the Pub to see which de Lint they liked. This novel . . . → Read More: Charles de Lint’s Forests of The Heart
She looks like the wizened old crone in that painting Jilly did for Geordie when he got into this kick of learning fiddle tunes with the word ‘hag’ in the title: ‘the Hag in the Kiln,’ ‘Old Hag You Havef Killed Me, ‘ ‘The Hag With the Money,’ and god knows how many more. Just . . . → Read More: Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)
Iain: Did I mention that things get a bit weird here at Green Man sometimes?
Jack: things are always weird here — it’s just a matter of how weird they are!
Grey: And yes, we’ve mentioned it. Many times. Jack says it most often.
Jack: Only ’cause it’s true. Sometimes.
Ahem. Ignore them as they . . . → Read More: Babbage Machines
It’s late afternoon on a perfect summer day (mid Twenties, cooling breeze) so the Neverending Session has decamped to the courtyard to sit under the Hanging Oaks and play more than a bit of John Playford’s compositions; the punters here decided to follow them as there’s a cask of St. George Nut Brown Ale on . . . → Read More: A quick music update