Musical Matters: Kickstarter project: tunes from Charles de Lint’s The Little Country

I found this on Charles de Lint’s tumblr site:

I don’t recommend a lot of Kickstarter projects — mostly because I could fill up way too much space with all the worthy ones that are out there and I don’t want to inundate you. But this one from Zahatar is a little different.

The . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Kickstarter project: tunes from Charles de Lint’s The Little Country

Musical Matters: Susanne Vega’s Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

“Luka”, “Tom’s Diner”, “99.9F°”…. Suzanne Vega was one of my big music loves from the late 80s/early 90s. She’s been making beautiful music since then, though this is her first album in seven years. And Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is a corker. There’s lovely mysticism threaded through the album, . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Susanne Vega’s Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

I’m still working my way through Capercaillie, which, out of a host of interesting musicians from many traditions, remains one of the most engaging groups I’ve run across. At the Heart of It All, their newest release, seems to pull together a lot of what I’ve found in their earlier offerings into a very coherent . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

To the Moon was my first exposure to Capercaillie, so of course, it was what’s generally considered their “crossover” album. This is by no means a negative, or even something that’s very obvious: it’s more apparent in the rhythm patterns, the instrumentation (sorry, but no one is going to persuade me that the bouzouki is . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

Barb Truex penned this lovely commentary for us.

A few months ago I had my first exposure to music from the Faroe Islands, a small group of Nordic islands that lie between Iceland and the Scottish Shetland Islands. I reviewed three recordings from the group Spælimenninir. Getting to know artists better over time as . . . → Read More: On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

John Barleycorn Reborn

Objectivity be damned, it just can’t be done! When presented with a collection of tracks dubbed Dark Britannica, comprising two CDs that when purchased entitles you to 33 extra downloadable tracks (the equivalent of two more CDs), which collectively prove satisfying time after time — sorry, but all pretence at neutrality must be abandoned. This . . . → Read More: John Barleycorn Reborn

Colcannon: The Pooka and the Fiddler and Happy as Larry

Ahhh, there you are. I saw you sitting over in Falstaff’s Chair by the cheerfully cracklin’ fire on this cold, windy, and even rainy night. I see you’re enjoying your novel… Me? I’m reading de Lint’s Moonheart — perhaps his best known work. Not all great literature comes in the form of the printed page . . . → Read More: Colcannon: The Pooka and the Fiddler and Happy as Larry

Celtic Colours wrap-up: Oct. 18-19 — In Good Company, Pipers’ Ceilidh

The final two days of the 2013 Celtic Colours International Festival were a whirlwind of activity – for us, anyway. On Friday we took a short trip along part of the Cabot Trail and a tiny section of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park before having dinner at the Glendora Distillery between Mabou and Inverness, . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours wrap-up: Oct. 18-19 — In Good Company, Pipers’ Ceilidh

Celtic Colours: October 16, 2013 — Louisbourg Crossroads

I headed off for this mid-week show with expectations that were not very high. Just goes to show how wrong you can be! By the end of the night, nay by the midpoint, it had become my favorite memory (so far) of the 17th annual Celtic Colours International Festival.

First, the venue. The Louisbourg Playhouse . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 16, 2013 — Louisbourg Crossroads

Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be

It was an evening of dance and music from three different cultures – Nordic, Quebecois, and Cape Breton-style Celtic – at the handsome performance hall Strathspey Place in Mabou, a former coal mining center on Cape Breton Island’s north shore. The house was very nearly sold out of its approximately 500 seats for a program . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be