Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Friday, October 10) — As I write this, it’s the first night of the 2013 Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This year’s installment of the award-winning festival includes 46 concerts and more than 200 community cultural events that will explore the musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Rambling House

Stephen Hunt wrote this review a decade ago but it’s well worth your time as it involves a certain writer and musician…

An unassuming little CD that (unusually) came my way by direct courtesy of Green Man‘s Chief Editor, Cat Eldridge. It’s a four-track ‘demo’ CD by an Australian band called Rambling House, whose membership . . . → Read More: Rambling House

Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas

I remember seeing Martin Simpson at a festival in England in the early 1980s. He was then one of the bright new hopes in English folk music, and had released his first album. I liked him, bought a few albums, but lost track of him when he moved across the Atlantic.

Come the new millennium . . . → Read More: Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas

A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Mackenzie’s off in Stockholm with his wife, Catherine, to check out residencies for the Several Annies interested in an immersion in all things Swedish so I’m doing the Sunday post which I’m writing up very late at night, as it was busier than expected in the Pub even for a Saturday evening. After my end . . . → Read More: A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

(Sydney, Nova Scotia) – The lineup for the 17th Celtic Colours International Festival was released today. It includes an exciting mix of local, national, and international artists, festival favourites and Celtic Colours newcomers. The nine-day, Cape Breton Island-wide celebration gets underway October 11 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and wraps up October 19 at . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

Clannad Considered

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

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

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

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