acoustic · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · Irish · singer-songwriter

Nuala Kennedy: Christmas in the Trenches

Singer and flutist Nuala Kennedy has released a lovely holiday song just in time for Christmas. When John McCutcheon wrote “Christmas in the Trenches” many years ago, he captured the poignant joy and generous warmth that are so often associated with this season. It commemorates the Christmas truce held during World War 1 in 1914 — the 100th year anniversary of which is this… Continue reading Nuala Kennedy: Christmas in the Trenches

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · bouzouki · country · dobro · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

Many thanks to Devon at Hearth Music for turning me on to the third album from Calahen Morrison and Eli West. We heartily recommended their first two releases, and this one raises the bar. I’ll Swing My Hammer with Both Hands is the fruit of veteran guidance from producer Tim O’Brien and contributions from crack… Continue reading Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

acoustic · bagpipes · banjo · blues · Canadian · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · Irish · male singer · old-time · world

New Release from The Family Carr (MP3)

Kevin Carr and partner Josie Mendelsohn are well-established (and well-loved) figures in West Coast traditional folk music circles, for good reason. From trad Irish and old-time American music to Quebecois and Asturian and Galician traditions, they have spread their passion for folk music far and wide. The couple just released a new record with their son… Continue reading New Release from The Family Carr (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · Cajun · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · traditional

Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun (MP3)

This week Fiddlefreak ponders the eternal question: can a music blogger have a favorite band? Or should he? As it happens, I lucked into an advance copy of Outshine the Sun from Foghorn Stringband last weekend at the annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, California. The miles flew by as we burned up… Continue reading Foghorn Stringband: Outshine the Sun (MP3)

acoustic · Celtic · fiddle · Irish · male singer · mandolin · singer-songwriter

Kyle Alden: Songs from Yeats’ Bee-Loud Glade (MP3)

From the Better Late Than Never Department here at Fiddlefreak World Headquarters: Sometimes a CD gets lost in the whirlwind of detritus that passes for my desktop, and surfaces later like a stone in a tater patch. Or something reminds me that I had wanted to review it but it just never happened. Such is… Continue reading Kyle Alden: Songs from Yeats’ Bee-Loud Glade (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · country · female singer · fiddle · male singer

Pharis & Jason Romero & Friends: Back Up and Push (MP3)

I wish I could say that I had created a concept album like this one. About how two down-home folks from Horsefly, British Columbia motored south out of Canada and recorded every fiddler they met along the way, down to the Bay Area of California and back. But I couldn’t phrase it any better than… Continue reading Pharis & Jason Romero & Friends: Back Up and Push (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · dobro · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional · viola

Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)

Santa Cruz, California is the home of barefoot hemp-wearing earth-mamas, world-famous surf breaks, and mossy redwood forests of epic proportions. Down on Pacific Street you see everything from bass-thumping Chicano low riders to panhandler addicts with cats riding on their shoulders. And of course the Umbrella Man who walks the street wearing all pink and… Continue reading Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)