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

accordion · acoustic · banjo · Celtic · fiddle · Irish · Scottish · traditional · world

Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever: Storymap

The new record from Kris Drever (of Lau) and Éamonn Coyne (of Treacherous Orchestra) was recently released on Compass Records. OK, it was three months ago but Storymap is a real cracker that deserves a listen. If you follow Fiddlefreak at all you know I have a healthy jones for trad music and this record delivers… Continue reading Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever: Storymap

accordion · bagpipes · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · flute · Scottish · singer-songwriter · traditional · 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

accordion · acoustic · banjo · Canadian · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · mandolin · Scottish · traditional

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac: Seinn

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac are stalwarts of the Cape Breton (Nova Scotia, Canada) traditional music scene. In September they released a duo album titled Seinn (pronounced “shane”) that represents their first studio collaboration. From old-school strathspeys to smooth jazzy jigs and rocking reels, and silvery songs sung in Scots Gaelic, this record rewards… Continue reading Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac: Seinn

Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · mandolin · 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 · dobro · female singer · fiddle · flute · Irish · male singer · Scottish · singer-songwriter · whistle · world

Litha: Dancing of the Light (MP3)

Is this the first time in almost four years of Fiddlefreak reviews that I’ve let an entire month pass without a post? Gack! So here we go with the first review of 2012, and by God it was worth the wait. Scotland’s Aaron Jones and his partner Claire Mann make up half of a brillant… Continue reading Litha: Dancing of the Light (MP3)

acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · Irish · male singer · Scottish · traditional

Colleen Raney & Colm MacCárthaigh: Cuan (MP3)

Portland singer Colleen Raney is a rising star on the West Coast Irish music scene. (Previously reviewed HERE.) Her new record, titled Cuan, is a duo project with Seattle-based Colm MacCárthaigh, who plays guitar and cittern. Together they cover a nice range of Celtic material with style and grace, bringing a lovely lift to both… Continue reading Colleen Raney & Colm MacCárthaigh: Cuan (MP3)