American singer-songwriters Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer have taken something of a middle tack in their superb little album Child Ballads. They do take a strictly acoustic and folk approach, but with arrangements and production that somehow have a modern feel to them. . . . → Read More: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child . . . → Read More: Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child Ballads
‘Tell me just this, if it is not a secret: what other great powers are there besides the light?’ ‘It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in . . . → Read More: And The Word Was Spoken
It’s hard to believe that, as I write this, it’s been just over 10 years since I experienced the music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island in its own environment, at the International Celtic Colours Festival in 2002. I wasn’t then and I’m not now any kind of authority on Celtic music, but I know . . . → Read More: Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac: Seinn
I found this superb site the other day:
Foxbeard.com is a blog about Americana & Folk music. Originally MahoganyFolk.com we renamed and updated the blog in December 2012.
We are here to share great music, and help promote Americana & Folk music. We search high and low, we receive submissions from signed, PR, and independent . . . → Read More: An Americana Website Worth Your Time
Laylam which [Eliza] Carthy says means “chorus,” is a showcase for the group’s four-part harmonies and the interplay of their four fiddles, in combinations that include violins, viola and cello. It’s also an excitingly diverse selection of songs in a range of styles, from old English folk to American jazz, pop, country, and spirituals, plus . . . → Read More: Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young: Laylam
To venture into the fantastic is to step onto unfamiliar ground. Some works do this figuratively, populating familiar locations with vampires, werewolves and other critters. Others prefer to be more literal, moving plot and characters at one feel swoop off to a distant landscape that often bears as much resemblance to the real location it’s . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Not So Long Ago, In A Place Far Away
The Minority Council, the fourth novel in Kate Griffin’s Midnight Mayor series, puts Matthew Swift, the current Midnight Mayor of London, is more peril of his and the Electric Blue Angels’ existence than in any of the previous novels as an evil far greater than anything he (they) have faced before is loose upon London.
. . . → Read More: Kate Griffin: The Minority Council
Recent years have seen a veritable explosion of shorter works in the horror field, with some of the most reputable names in the genre contributing entries and numerous others following in their footsteps. It’s been argued that the novella is the preferred length for horror fiction; long enough to build up suspense and a decent . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Vampires, Factory Monsters, and Old Ghosts
To pick up some last-minute New Year’s gifts — take a look at what we’ve got here today.
We start off today with a couple of novels from Iain M. Banks, who comes up with some doozies — as in Surface Detail, a novel of the Culture, in which a sex slave is after revenge . . . → Read More: There’s Still Time