On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

Barb Truex penned this lovely commentary for us.

A few months ago I had my first exposure to music from the Faroe Islands, a small group of Nordic islands that lie between Iceland and the Scottish Shetland Islands. I reviewed three recordings from the group Spælimenninir. Getting to know artists better over time as . . . → Read More: On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

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 14, 2013 — Far Flung Fiddles

The Cape Breton supergroup called Beòlach was the headliner at a show called “Far Flung Fiddles” at the Judique Community Center in Judique, Nova Scotia, on the evening of the third full day of the 17th annual Celtic Colours International Festival Monday, Oct. 14. And Beòlach indeed brought the near-capacity crowd to their feet more . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 14, 2013 — Far Flung Fiddles

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

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

Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration

We usually think of folk rock as being either of British or American in origin, say The Byrds or The Animals, both of which used folk sources in their music.

There’s also a lot of magic in the Finnish/Swedish music of Gjallarhorn. The didgeridoo, the percussion, the absolutely outstanding vocals, the lyrics. This is . . . → Read More: Gjallarhorn: Nordic Music for Your Consideration

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

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)

Some music for a late summer afternoon

Yes, I know that we have done an entire issue on Nordic music which gives you a smorgasbord of listening possibilities, but these two recordings, both of which have a Nordic element to them, are well-worth your listening time. And who doesn’t enjoy learning about new music of interest? Certainly not you or I!

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