accordion · bagpipes · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · flute · Scottish · singer-songwriter · whistle · world

Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

The capercaillie is a big, beautiful bird that looks like a mix of a turkey, a grouse, and a raven. It requires a habitat of old coniferous forests. In Scotland, the population has declined greatly since the 1960s because of deer fencing, predation and lack of suitable habitat. There are believed to be fewer than… Continue reading Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

acoustic · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · male singer

Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire (MP3)

Two weeks til Christmas!? Time to recommend a holiday album for all the Celtoids out there–and a bonus spring-themed record as well, from the same artists. I’m talking about Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire, who recently sent me two CDs that are certain to put you in the holiday spirit, with none of the “been… Continue reading Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire (MP3)

Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · Scottish · world

Nuala Kennedy: Noble Stranger (MP3)

Nuala Kennedy‘s third solo record came out last month, titled Noble Stranger (Compass Records). With a deep background in traditional Irish and Scottish music, and a youthful sense of adventure and fun, she has produced a wonderful mashup of old and new on her latest release. Her playful flute and crisp vocals tumble out of… Continue reading Nuala Kennedy: Noble Stranger (MP3)

accordion · acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · world

Altan: Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen (MP3)

For almost 30 years, Irish supergroup Altan has been wowing the world with their trademark combo of red-hot tune sets and mesmerizing songs from the Donegal region. The group originated in 1981, when teachers Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle and vocals) and the late Frankie Kennedy (flute) began performing as the duo that would later become… Continue reading Altan: Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen (MP3)