acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · Irish · male singer · old-time · traditional

The Immigrant Band

The Immigrant Band is John Doyle, Rafe Stefanini, Clelia Stefanini, John Herrmann, and Eamon O’Leary. Their self-titled debut album (on Yodel-Ay-Hee Records) hit the streets earlier this year to much well-deserved fanfare in both Irish and oldtime music circles. John Doyle is listed as producer and he recorded, edited, and mixed this record; it’s infused… Continue reading The Immigrant Band

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · dobro · fiddle · Irish · male singer · traditional · world

Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

Natives of Toulouse, France, the six members of Doolin’ (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) bring a fresh and funky approach to Irish music. July 15 will mark the release date of their self-titled debut for Compass Records in Nashville.  Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle in the producer’s chair to record their unique mix of… Continue reading Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · flute · Irish · mandolin · traditional · world

Solas: All These Years

The brilliant new record from Irish supergroup Solas must have been a pain to produce. Or at least, a pain to round up the troops. Titled All These Years, the album features ALL former band members as well as the current lineup of Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Moira Smiley, Mick McAuley, and Eamon McElholm singing,… Continue reading Solas: All These Years

accordion · acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · Scottish · traditional · whistle · world

Nuala Kennedy: Behave the Bravest

Last month, Nuala Kennedy released one of the most gorgeous records to cross my desk in years. Her fourth studio album, Behave the Bravest (Under the Arch Records) showcases her angelic voice in both Gaelic and English and as usual, her superlative skills on flute and various whistles. If you follow Nuala at all, you… Continue reading Nuala Kennedy: Behave the Bravest

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

The Alt

Fiddlefreak doesn’t publish best-of lists–but if we did, we would place The Alt right at the top for 2014. Rabid fans of pure-drop Irish trad may already be aware of this new supertrio, but for the rest of you: wake up! The Alt is one of the best things to happen to the Irish song tradition,… Continue reading The Alt

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 · Celtic · flute · Irish · male singer · traditional · whistle

Hanz Araki: Foreign Shore

Today marks the release date of flutist Hanz Araki’s new record titled Foreign Shore, on Little Sea Records. Recorded at Secret Society in Portland Oregon, and produced by Hanz himself, Foreign Shore is perhaps the most mature and satisfying of his many albums. (My previous review is here.) Some of Portland’s finest trad players support… Continue reading Hanz Araki: Foreign Shore