acoustic · Celtic · male singer · Scottish · singer-songwriter · traditional

Kris Drever: Hill and Shore

  Orkney folksinger Kris Drever has a new record out called Hill and Shore on Reveal Records. On it, Kris continues his musical journey of exploring the deep connections between the land and sea of his native Orkney Islands (Scotland) along with newer sounds that nicely keep pace with the most current of modern folk… Continue reading Kris Drever: Hill and Shore

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 · 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 · banjo · dobro · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional · viola

Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)

Santa Cruz, California is the home of barefoot hemp-wearing earth-mamas, world-famous surf breaks, and mossy redwood forests of epic proportions. Down on Pacific Street you see everything from bass-thumping Chicano low riders to panhandler addicts with cats riding on their shoulders. And of course the Umbrella Man who walks the street wearing all pink and… Continue reading Luke Abbott: Take Me Home (MP3)

acoustic · banjo · female singer · singer-songwriter · traditional

Evie Ladin: Float Downstream (MP3)

On February 25, Evie Ladin will release her solo record titled Float Downstream. Produced by mando wizard  Mike Marshall, this is a lovely collection of mostly original songs that feature her distinctive drop-thumb clawhammer banjo style. Evie is known in the trad music community as a dancer and member of the all-girl Stairwell Sisters (featured… Continue reading Evie Ladin: Float Downstream (MP3)

acoustic · male singer · traditional

Tim Eriksen: Free Holiday MP3 Downloads

If you follow Fiddlefreak, you already know that we dig the spine-chilling ballads of Tim Eriksen. Here are two songs that he is offering to his fans: free MP3 downloads as gifts of the season. Merry Christmas, from Tim Eriksen and Fiddlefreak! LISTEN: Occom’s Carol Download Here. LISTEN: Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming Download… Continue reading Tim Eriksen: Free Holiday MP3 Downloads