Happy New Year, Fairporters
This is a very special year for us. It’s our forty-fifth anniversary – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? – and we’ll be celebrating it throughout 2012. We hope you’ll join us.
First off will be our Winter Tour which starts in Oxford on 21 January and runs through to . . . → Read More: Fairport Convention News January 2012 (Press Release)
Flute player Tim McHugh from Newport in Mayo was announced as winner of the Seán Ó Riada gold medal and prize money of €2500 on Friday night. He was amongst 15 traditional flute and whistle players who took to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Friday 13 January to compete in . . . → Read More: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta: Mayo musician Tim McHugh wins Seán Ó Riada gold medal (Press Release)
And when I say “this and that,” I mean it.
Let’s start with some traditional Scottish music, courtesy of the Paul McKenna Band and their new album, Stem the Tide. Sounds pretty hardcore.
And from there to some traditional American music, more or less, of the country/bluegrass kind, with a release from Nell Robinson, On . . . → Read More: More This and That
And a little bit of that.
Let’s start off with a local band — local in northwest England, that is. We have a new release from Bill Malkin and The Band Wagon, Those Glory Days.
Next we have a book by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood that falls just short of being a . . . → Read More: Little Bit of This. . . .
Battlefield Band’s old muckers Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante are about to embark on a US tour of their own, which takes them to Harvard MA, Dummerston VT, Colebrook NH, South Carthage ME, Unity ME, Braintree NH, East Lyme CT, Rockville MD, Jacksonville FL, and St Petersburg FL.
The duo will be presenting both . . . → Read More: Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in the USA Now (Press Release)
Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass – whatever…it’s just plain old pleasure. – The Boston Globe Change creates opportunity, a principal that was successfully tested by Alaska-by-way-of-Nashville’s Bearfoot last year, when original members Angela Oudean and Jason Norris found themselves presiding over a prolonged period of shifting personnel. And when the pair recruited . . . → Read More: Bearfoot: Sunday, 8 PM, November 20th, One Longfellow Square Portland, Maine (Press Release)
Dublin-born guitarist and singer-songwriter John Doyle announced his upcoming solo release Shadow and Light available now on Compass Records. The album honors and advances the Irish tradition through Doyle’s virtuosity on the guitar and through new original songs.
Doyle was exposed to music at an early age through his family. A dare from a childhood friend . . . → Read More: John Doyle: One Longfellow Square, 8 PM, Portland, Maine, Friday, November 18th (Press Release)
Seán Ó Riada 1931-1971 is a new series starting on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in October that celebrates the life and work of musician and composer Seán Ó Riada.
This month sees the commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of Ó Riada’s death, and Seán Ó Riada 1931-1971 will feature interviews with Seán’s friends throughout . . . → Read More: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta: Celebrating the life and music of Seán Ó Riada, and encouraging new talent (Press Release)
Yes, I know that we have done an entire issue on Nordic music which gives you a smorgasbord of listening possibilities, but these two recordings, both of which have a Nordic element to them, are well-worth your listening time. And who doesn’t enjoy learning about new music of interest? Certainly not you or I!
. . . → Read More: Some music for a late summer afternoon
They’re dancing high and they’re dancing low / The King of the Sidhe will not let you go / And you follow them round… into the mound of the faeries… — Coyote Run’s “Finnean’s Dance”
There’s been a bit of a stir in the Green Man Pub of late; one of our staffers keeps talking . . . → Read More: A Triple Howl