acoustic · banjo · country · fiddle · Irish · old-time · traditional

Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

The new album from Ireland-based oldtime outfit Grits & Gravy, their first release, is jam-packed with a passel of high-octane traditional American fiddle tunes and songs. The music on this record shines like a mirror, reflecting our American music back to us across the Atlantic with an authentic patina that belies the Old World roots… Continue reading Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

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

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