Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

I’m still working my way through Capercaillie, which, out of a host of interesting musicians from many traditions, remains one of the most engaging groups I’ve run across. At the Heart of It All, their newest release, seems to pull together a lot of what I’ve found in their earlier offerings into a very coherent . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

To the Moon was my first exposure to Capercaillie, so of course, it was what’s generally considered their “crossover” album. This is by no means a negative, or even something that’s very obvious: it’s more apparent in the rhythm patterns, the instrumentation (sorry, but no one is going to persuade me that the bouzouki is . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

Celtic Colours wrap-up: Oct. 18-19 — In Good Company, Pipers’ Ceilidh

The final two days of the 2013 Celtic Colours International Festival were a whirlwind of activity – for us, anyway. On Friday we took a short trip along part of the Cabot Trail and a tiny section of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park before having dinner at the Glendora Distillery between Mabou and Inverness, . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours wrap-up: Oct. 18-19 — In Good Company, Pipers’ Ceilidh

Celtic Colours: October 16, 2013 — Louisbourg Crossroads

I headed off for this mid-week show with expectations that were not very high. Just goes to show how wrong you can be! By the end of the night, nay by the midpoint, it had become my favorite memory (so far) of the 17th annual Celtic Colours International Festival.

First, the venue. The Louisbourg Playhouse . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 16, 2013 — Louisbourg Crossroads

Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be

It was an evening of dance and music from three different cultures – Nordic, Quebecois, and Cape Breton-style Celtic – at the handsome performance hall Strathspey Place in Mabou, a former coal mining center on Cape Breton Island’s north shore. The house was very nearly sold out of its approximately 500 seats for a program . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be

Celtic Colours: October 13, 2013 — Whycocomagh Gathering

It was billed as “Cape Breton meets Denmark via Boston,” and it was all that and more as the two Celtic Colours 2013 Artists in Residence hosted a fiddling extravaganza Sunday night in Whycocomagh on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. For the two artists in residence – Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and Cape Breton fiddler . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 13, 2013 — Whycocomagh Gathering

Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Friday, October 10) — As I write this, it’s the first night of the 2013 Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This year’s installment of the award-winning festival includes 46 concerts and more than 200 community cultural events that will explore the musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

Now in his early sixties, Scottish folk musician Brian McNeill has been performing traditional and writing traditionally-inspired music since the late 1960s, when he co-founded the Battlefield Band.  Two of these three CDs are representative of some of his more recent work.  The third, The Road Never Questions, is a compilation of his work from . . . → Read More: Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

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…

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