Irish traditional music for your consideration

In the rather small world of Irish traditional musicians, Eliot Grasso has been widely considered one of the best uilleann pipers playing today; Dave Cory has always been one of the hottest of the rock’n’roll tenor banjo hotshots. North by Northwest, recorded in 2006, isn’t going to tarnish the luster of their reputations.

“Dave and I . . . → Read More: Irish traditional music for your consideration


The Revels are a tradition unto themselves. We have a look at them today, first this year’s CD, Strike the Harp, which gives a good idea of this year’s Revels, and then a look at the show (celebration?) itself. the 2012 Revels at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

And if you want to know . . . → Read More: Revels

Paddy in The Smoke

Auld Triangle, Finsbury Park, London, England

The Auld Triangle is a three-cornered building sitting at a three-way intersection in a quiet neighborhood in Finsbury Park. Sunday nights, if there’s no Arsenal match (if there is, there’s no session), usually find the pub stuffed to the gills with Irish expats. You will usually find James Carty . . . → Read More: Paddy in The Smoke

Roots & Branches

As well as co-incidentally being part of the subtitle of Green Man Review, Roots & Branches is also the name of a long-running “folk, roots & beyond” radio show on community station Three D Radio in Adelaide, Australia, hosted by me since 1985.  As well as playing new releases and rarities, over the years the . . . → Read More: Roots & Branches

A Horse flies side-project

The Horse Flies are one of the best Americana bands playing now and their side-projects are just interesting as the many, many recordings the band has released down the last several decades.

Late Last Summer, an album of waltzes by Horseflies violinist Judy Hyman and her dad, Dick had its ‘official’ release date on . . . → Read More: A Horse flies side-project

Le Vent du Nord marks 10th anniversary with new release, rare Western U.S. tour

Le Vent du Nord

Internationally renowned Quebecois quartet Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is marking 10 years since its first release with a new recording and a November tour of the Western United States.

Fresh from touring Down Under and from a gala celebration in Montreal, the band’s U.S. tour stops will . . . → Read More: Le Vent du Nord marks 10th anniversary with new release, rare Western U.S. tour

You Were Warned

And here I am, back again with more reviews. Hmm — where to start?

Zombies! Cant’ live with ’em, can’t live without ’em — which seems to hold true for some people, at least. Christopher Golden has come out with an anthology that reinvents the zombie, according to our reviewer — 21st Century Dead. Or . . . → Read More: You Were Warned

Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

Now in his early sixties, Scottish folk musician Brian McNeill has been performing traditional and writing traditionally-inspired music since the late 1960s, when he co-founded the Battlefield Band.  Two of these three CDs are representative of some of his more recent work.  The third, The Road Never Questions, is a compilation of his work from . . . → Read More: Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

Ellen Kushner: Mannerpunk, Klezmer, and English ballads

Let the fairy-tale begin on a winter’s morning, then, with one drop of blood new-fallen on the ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as the single spot of claret on the lace cuff.

And thus starts Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, the first novel in the Riverside series by Ellen . . . → Read More: Ellen Kushner: Mannerpunk, Klezmer, and English ballads

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