acoustic · female singer · Irish · mandolin · traditional

Marla Fibish: The Bright Hollow Fog

Marla Fibish just released a brilliant solo album titled The Bright Hollow Fog. What a thrill this record is to me. To sit back and soak in the glory as Marla Fibish makes her mandolin sing the good old jigs and reels… it’s just magical. The arrangements feature her 1922 Gibson A mandolin and 1914… Continue reading Marla Fibish: The Bright Hollow Fog

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · mandolin · 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

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 · 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 · bluegrass · male singer · mandolin

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (MP3 Download)

Today marks the release of Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s new record titled Legacy (COM 4543). Legacy is a satisfying ramble through 13 tracks of mellow retro-trad newgrass, most of them written and sung by Peter himself. His merry band of veteran pickers is composed of Jody Stecher on mandolin, Keith Little on banjo, Paul Knight… Continue reading Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (MP3 Download)

blues · male singer · mandolin · rock

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (MP3)

Levon is back! June 30 marks the official release date of Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard), the second solo outing in Levon Helm‘s remarkable comeback, after 2007’s Grammy-winning Dirt Farmer record. Expanding upon the acoustic-folk arrangements and down-home themes of Dirt Farmer (his first release in 25 years and following a very rough bout with… Continue reading Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (MP3)