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

Värttinä

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

Real, Surreal, and Somewhere in Between

That seems to be where we find ourselves this morning, going through the review bin.

There’s a certain kind of humor that makes its home in the land of the bizarre, in which the surreal is played for laughs, as in Good Omens, that classic send-up of just about everything from Terry Pratchett and Neil . . . → Read More: Real, Surreal, and Somewhere in Between

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)

Thought I’d Pop Over

and lend a hand with an update. There’s a few things in the hopper worth your time, I think.

First up, a fun little book from Glen Cook. Fun? you say? From Glen Cook? Yep. Take a look at Sung in Blood to see what I mean.

Ever hear of MI37? Thought not. There’s a . . . → Read More: Thought I’d Pop Over

Michael Moorcock’s new release: London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (Press Release)

PM Press announces Michael Moorcock’s, the ‘grandfather’ of Science Fiction’s, newest release,  London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction. 

Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has won almost all the major Science Fiction, Fantasy, . . . → Read More: Michael Moorcock’s new release: London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (Press Release)

On Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

Behind every traditional hardanger fiddle tune, there is always a story, always a fairy tale, and you actually tell the stories when you play the fiddle. — Annbjørg Lien

This superb artist is, as Northside Records, her US label, describes her, ‘renowned for her work on the hardanger fiddle, both as a player of . . . → Read More: On Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

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)

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta: Mayo musician Tim McHugh wins Seán Ó Riada gold medal (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)

Finnish and American musicians amongst those to take to the stage in Cork for Seán O Riada gold medal competition (Press Release)

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

15 traditional flute and whistle players, including a Lutheran priest Markus Asunta from Finland, young Irish American musician Sean Gavin from Detroit, and award-winning Scottish guitarist and flute player Tom Oakes, will be among those taking to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Friday 13 January to . . . → Read More: Finnish and American musicians amongst those to take to the stage in Cork for Seán O Riada gold medal competition (Press Release)