An Americana Website Worth Your Time

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

Norwegian Fiddling

 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

The Rowan Stave: A Sharyn McCrumb Commentary

One finds the oddest things in the Archives here at the Kinrowan Estate as I found an odd one-off that Sharyn McCrumb of the Ballads novel fame, did with the able assistance of Sweetwater, a well-known folk band.

Sharyn wrote and recorded ‘The Rowan Stave’, the song that is the heart of her novel, The . . . → Read More: The Rowan Stave: A Sharyn McCrumb Commentary

Venue Recomendation: Keogh’s Irish Pub

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

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

Charles de Lint’s Forests of The Heart

‘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

Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)

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)

Babbage Machines

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

A quick music update

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

Flash Girls

I’m sure you know of Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks novel and Cats Laughing, the folk rock group she was a member of, but I’ll bet that you haven’t heard of the Flash Girls, which was her other group. And more’s the pity as you really should hear all three of their albums.

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