…the best fiddling I ever heard was a reel, slashed off one day by a tramp player in William Street, Portlaw. For, though I have heard much music since, the indescribable dash and call of that reel are dancing in my ears yet. — Rev. Richard Henebry
Fiddles. They’re everywhere.
The fairies may very well . . . → Read More: Fiddles (A Pub Tale)
Battlefield Band are very pleased and honoured to be nominated for ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011
The aim of the Scots Trad Music Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music, and Battlefield Band were very proud to be awarded ‘Best Live Act’ at the very first . . . → Read More: BATTLEFIELD BAND NOMINATED FOR SCOTS TRAD AWARDS 2011 ONLINE VOTING OPENS MONDAY 31st OCTOBER (Press Release)
On Monday at 9.08 am RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast a programme in memory of Muiris Ó Rócháin, much loved charismatic director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, who passed away in October.
The programme, Seachtain Mhuiris, was recorded by Ian Lee in 2001 during the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay. Ian spent . . . → Read More: Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (Press Release)
Long Time Courting celebrates the release of their debut album Alternate Routes! Long Time Courting’s first studio recording sparkles with creativity and fresh energy. Drawing from the deep well of traditional music, the all-women quartet finds new and satisfying ways of making jigs, reels, and old ballads accessible to the modern folk audience. Though the . . . → Read More: Long Time Courting: 7.30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29th, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine (Press Release)
I had forgotten that the library here at the Kinrowan Estate was undergoing a partial renovation too until Laith reminded me that this was happening. Now understand that I have no idea exactly what space(s) the library here occupies as no one including any of the Librarians are ever sure. It can be as small . . . → Read More: Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)
Our review is here.
At the Pequannock Township Public Library Monday 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Telephone (973) 835-7460 Monday October 24, 2011 at 7pm With the participation of the following contributors: Jeffrey Ford Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, . . . → Read More: Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow: Readings / Discussion / Signing (Press Release)
Oh, the tale I was going to tell? It concerns the Rat Fiddlers…
The staff is engaged in a discussion to name the group that the Rat Fiddlers are thinking of putting together — medieval music with small pipes, hurdy gurdy, and fiddles.
Who are these Rat Fiddlers, you ask? And why haven’t I heard . . . → Read More: Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)
The idea for an Australian Fairport Convention fanzine started in the far off days of 1985. There were quite a few ‘zines around then, lovingly put together on manual typewriters, utilising actual “cut and paste” techniques that involved scissors and glue. Hard copies of Fiddlestix were put together in this way and posted around the . . . → Read More: Fiddlestix
‘Have another drink and just listen to the music.’ — Charles de Lint in Forests of the Heart
I hadn’t read this novel until I had a contradance tour with one of my bands along the Border earlier this year and asked around the Pub to see which de Lint they liked. This novel . . . → Read More: Charles de Lint’s Forests of The Heart
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 Havef Killed Me, ‘ ‘The Hag With the Money,’ and god knows how many more. Just . . . → Read More: Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)