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)

Venue Recomendation: Keogh’s Irish Pub

Kim Bates recommends Keogh’s Irish Pub at 141 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

You couldn’t ask for better hosts than John Maxwell and Dora Koegh, of Dora Keogh’s Irish Pub. Both John and Dora make community building seem effortless, and have built the relatively new (circa 1997) pub into a hub for celebrating Irish culture . . . → Read More: Venue Recomendation: Keogh’s Irish Pub

Old Hag Tunes

She looks like the wizened old crone in that painting Jilly did for Geordie when he got into this kick of learning fiddle tunes with the word ‘hag’ in the title: ‘the Hag in the Kiln,’ ‘Old Hag You Have Killed Me,’ ‘The Hag With the Money,’ and god knows how many more. Just like . . . → Read More: Old Hag Tunes

Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration

We usually think of folk rock as being either of British or American in origin, say The Byrds or The Animals, both of which used folk sources in their music.

There’s also a lot of magic in the Finnish/Swedish music of Gjallarhorn. The didgeridoo, the percussion, the absolutely outstanding vocals, the lyrics. This is . . . → Read More: Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration


Värttinä (Finnish for spindle) is a Finnish folk music band which was started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen back in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of that country. In Ilmatar’s Inspirations: Nationalization, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music, our reviewer notes that author . . . → Read More: Värttinä

Saltwater Celtic Music Festival

One of my favorite summer music festivals, the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival, is back for a second, a truly good piece of news! Sleeping Hedgehog has their new press release up now and I will only add that one of the acts I’m looking fears to seeing there is Black 47 whose headlining on one . . . → Read More: Saltwater Celtic Music Festival

News from Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn writes

“Hello everyone (and a special hello to everyone who is new to this newsletter – thanks for joining us!)

“I’ve been really busy recently, though not doing as many concerts as usual. It’s all been interesting stuff though; I’ve been developing a classical (inspired by folk) programme for Northern Sinfonia to perform at . . . → Read More: News from Kathryn Tickell