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

OLS Benefit Concert, Wednesday, April 11 – 8 pm, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Join us for a very exciting evening of music with a contemporary string band SUPERGROUP! These six musicians from including Darol Anger from the Republic of Strings, Joe Walsh from The Gibson Brothers, Brittany Haas from Crooked Still, Wes Corbett from Joy Kills Sorrow, and Courtney Hartman from Della Mae are coming together and generously . . . → Read More: OLS Benefit Concert, Wednesday, April 11 – 8 pm, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Suvi Oskala: Soolo has been released! (Press Release)

Press release March 15, 2012

For immediate release

Suvi Oskala’s debut solo album has been released in February 2012. The album consists of music composed between 2004 and 2011 by Suvi Oskala with improvisation in each piece, making each performance unique! The percussionist Oskari Lehtonen features as a guests artist on the album. The CD . . . → Read More: Suvi Oskala: Soolo has been released! (Press Release)

Tamson House Music

You may remember Tamson House Music as the label for Charles de Lint’s first album and MaryAnn Harris’ EP, both of which we’ve reviewed. Our review of de Lint’s Old Blue Truck is here, and Harris’ Crow Girls is here.

You should also remember that we noted the release of de Lint’s music video, “Muddy . . . → Read More: Tamson House Music

Saltwater Celtic Music Festival: An Update (Press Release)

We’ve been busy preparing for the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival at beautiful Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, Maine on July 14-15. Highlights will include, naturally, a diverse roster of internationally renowned Celtic musicians as well as a sand beach, manicured grounds, superior food vendors and Celtic Merchant Mart. Kevin O’Hara will return to emcee on . . . → Read More: Saltwater Celtic Music Festival: An Update (Press Release)

Celtic Appalachia Along the Crooked Road (Press Release)

Celtic Appalachia: Along the Crooked Road Thursday, March 15 | 8 pm 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City

A well-worn fiddle, a tapping cowboy boot, banjo, plucked with steel finger picks, followed by the autoharp, the mandolin, the percussive beat of an upright bass, and suddenly the room is bursting with knee-slapping music. –THE NEW . . . → Read More: Celtic Appalachia Along the Crooked Road (Press Release)

English Piping (A Musical Recommendation)

That’s Northumbrian small pipes playing… Quite tasty eh? No, it’s not Celtic music but rather from Northumbia, the northern most region of England. Yes, I know that it’s influenced by the Scottish smallpipe tradition but it’d uniquely its own music.

I know a album is very good when a musician who that plays that music . . . → Read More: English Piping (A Musical Recommendation)

Fairport Convention News January 2012 (Press Release)

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)