bagpipes · Celtic · fiddle · male singer · Scottish · traditional

Battlefield Band Preview Track (MP3)

Photo Credit Rob Van Sante For about 30 years now, the Battlefield Band has been a mainstay of the Scottish traditional music scene. Here’s a brand new sneak preview from their new album, as well as a video from a couple years back. Enjoy!—Fiddlefreak Battlefield Band are still hard at work in the recording studio… Continue reading Battlefield Band Preview Track (MP3)

acoustic · bagpipes · Celtic · festival · fiddle · male singer · Scottish · traditional

Old Blind Dogs at Live Oak (photos)

Fiddlefreak was in attendance at Live Oak Music Festival 2009, a fundraiser for KCBX, Public Radio for the Central Coast in California. Being the folkie that I am, my favorite band this year was Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs, who performed on the main stage Friday afternoon and then later at the Hot Licks dance. Joe… Continue reading Old Blind Dogs at Live Oak (photos)

acoustic · bagpipes · banjo · Celtic · fiddle · flute · Irish · male singer · traditional

Bua: An Spealadóir (MP3)

From the Pure Drop Department: Bua is a Chicago-based Irish band that delivers traditional jigs, reels, horpipes and the occasional song with a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic. Jackie Moran (bodhran, banjo, vocals), Chris Bain (fiddle), Seán Gavin (uilleann pipes, flute), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, tin… Continue reading Bua: An Spealadóir (MP3)

bagpipes · Celtic · Scottish

Wicked Tinkers: Rant

What do your think of when you hear the words “Celtic music?” Is it the mighty dance tradition of the Celtic lands: jigs and reels on flutes and fiddles? Is it beautiful, mist-mystic new-age tunes played achingly slow on harp and hammer dulcimer, and drenched in reverb? Or maybe it’s the song tradition: balladeers singing… Continue reading Wicked Tinkers: Rant