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

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

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 · old-time · traditional

Matt Kinman: The Back Porch of America

Last October, a jovial fellow named Matt Kinman showed up at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Convention, which happens annually in the second weekend of October near Santa Barbara, CA. A likeable guy with a southern way of talking and unusual upstrum frail on the banjo, he walked away with top awards in banjo, fiddle,… Continue reading Matt Kinman: The Back Porch of America

acoustic · country · female singer · male singer · old-time

Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder: Oh Do You Remember

There’s a sweet spot right at the intersection of traditional country, bluegrass, and old time music. There you’ll find your grandpappy rocking on his front porch, sipping sweet tea, telling stories. You’ll find your mawmaw at the back door, ringing the dinner bell to call you up from the lower pasture. You’ll find your high… Continue reading Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder: Oh Do You Remember

acoustic · banjo · male singer · New England · old-time · singer-songwriter

Tim Eriksen: Josh Billings Voyage (MP3)

One can almost feel the inner torment of the 19th century sailor as he leaves his love at the door and sets out into the rainy gloom of a New England seaport, off to sea once more. Fiddlefreak favorite Tim Eriksen has a new record hitting the streets in October 23, titled Josh Billings Voyage… Continue reading Tim Eriksen: Josh Billings Voyage (MP3)

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)