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

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

Alas the music did die…

Way back in the Nineties I wrote this piece:

First up is a CD that you can’t purchase anywhere — yet. Hell, the band doesn’t even have a proper name yet, but they’ve been called both the Old Drones and the Windbags.The Editor got two copies of this EP, so he slipped me one of . . . → Read More: Alas the music did die…

Online Now: Kitchen Music: the television show where musicians sing for their supper (Press Release)

Not just another cooking series: Kitchen Music is the programme where great musicians sing for their supper – and cook it as well!

Filmed in the kitchen at Temple Records studio in Scotland. The first few shows feature some of Scotland’s finest musicians who share their meals and music with you.

The first programme, . . . → Read More: Online Now: Kitchen Music: the television show where musicians sing for their supper (Press Release)