acoustic · banjo · country · fiddle · old-time · traditional

Spencer & Rains: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol III

American old-time music has undergone quite a revival in these past few years. As in other genres of “trad” music (such as Irish or bluegrass), old-time music has its repertory of standards that everyone knows and everyone plays when the devotees gather to jam and share tunes. But the Holy Grail of old-time music must… Continue reading Spencer & Rains: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol III

acoustic · Celtic · male singer · Scottish · singer-songwriter · traditional

Kris Drever: Hill and Shore

  Orkney folksinger Kris Drever has a new record out called Hill and Shore on Reveal Records. On it, Kris continues his musical journey of exploring the deep connections between the land and sea of his native Orkney Islands (Scotland) along with newer sounds that nicely keep pace with the most current of modern folk… Continue reading Kris Drever: Hill and Shore

acoustic · fiddle · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · world

Vasen: Rule of 3

Swedish folk supergroup Väsen celebrates 30 years with the release of a new album on April 19. The title “Rule of 3” refers to these three decades as well as their favorite time signature, shared by both polskas and waltzes, forms which which they often play. The band is a trio, forming of course a… Continue reading Vasen: Rule of 3

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Foghorn Stringband: Rock Island Grange

Happy New Year from Fiddlefreak World Headquarters! As I gaze out over Morro Bay here on the Central Coast of California, the skies above me are gray and a much-needed winter rain falls outside, while eucalyptus logs crackle in our tiny Jotul woodstove. This will be a brief post, just to let yall know that… Continue reading Foghorn Stringband: Rock Island Grange

acoustic · banjo · Canadian · female singer · male singer · old-time · singer-songwriter

Pharis & Jason Romero: Sweet Old Religion

  Sweet Old Religion, the new album from Fiddlefreak favorites Pharis and Jason Romero, hits the streets on May 18. It’s the fourth release from this Juno award-winning Canadian duo and their first collection of all original songs. Throughout their respective careers, Pharis and Jason have always been a big influence within the old time… Continue reading Pharis & Jason Romero: Sweet Old Religion

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · country · dobro · female singer · fiddle · singer-songwriter

Rita Hosking: For Real

How is it that the music of Rita Hosking keeps getting better and better? Maybe that’s not a surprise to some, but I have another question: how is it that she is not a household name among we folk music enthusiasts? She should be by now. We know her music around this house. Fiddlefreak has… Continue reading Rita Hosking: For Real

acoustic · British · hurdy-gurdy · world

Cliff Stapleton: The Tumbling of Creatures

Cliff Stapleton & Friends Present – The Tumbling of Creatures: Music For The Hurdy-Gurdy I first heard the intoxicating music of Cliff Stapleton at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA (USA) when I stumbled upon a hurdy-gurdy jam as I roved out to enjoy a golden summer’s evening. The sun filtered… Continue reading Cliff Stapleton: The Tumbling of Creatures