acoustic · classical · fiddle · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · traditional · viola · world

Väsen: Brewed

A handful of times in your life, you hear a band or a soloist who rocks your world. You hear the music on the radio or at a live show, or at a friend’s house, and you fall in love. Sometimes that song or that record will become a “gateway drug” to a whole new… Continue reading Väsen: Brewed

acoustic · classical · fiddle · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · traditional · viola · world

Väsen: Mindset

I’ve gushed about Väsen before. Forgive me for doing it again, but this trio of Swedish tallboys keeps getting better and better, if that’s possible. Their new record is called Mindset (NorthSide NSD6097). Superlatives seem inadeqaute to describe the music of Väsen. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen them live, swaying and sawing and smiling as… Continue reading Väsen: Mindset

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 · Celtic · classical · female singer · fiddle · flute · viola

Childsplay: Waiting for the Dawn (MP3)

My hard-core old-time folkie readers might want to pass on this one, but if the idea of a large group of fiddlers playing together on fiddle tunes and folk songs sounds good to you, then read on. Childsplay is a group united by the instruments of violin maker Bob Childs of Cambridge, Massachussetts. Their fifth… Continue reading Childsplay: Waiting for the Dawn (MP3)

acoustic · fiddle · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · traditional · viola · world

Väsen Street (MP3)

Swedish folk supergroup Väsen will release Väsen Street (NorthSide) on August 18, 2009. Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Roger Tallroth (guitar) and Mikael Marin (viola) have toured together for 20 years and are celebrating the milestone with this new recording. The repertoire here consists of newly composed material, old Väsen favorites not recorded earlier, and some traditional… Continue reading Väsen Street (MP3)