acoustic · fiddle · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · world

Vasen: Rule of 3

Swedish folk supergroup Väsen celebrates 30 years with the release of a new album on April 19. The title “Rule of 3” refers to these three decades as well as their favorite time signature, shared by both polskas and waltzes, forms which which they often play. The band is a trio, forming of course a… Continue reading Vasen: Rule of 3

acoustic · British · hurdy-gurdy · world

Cliff Stapleton: The Tumbling of Creatures

Cliff Stapleton & Friends Present – The Tumbling of Creatures: Music For The Hurdy-Gurdy I first heard the intoxicating music of Cliff Stapleton at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA (USA) when I stumbled upon a hurdy-gurdy jam as I roved out to enjoy a golden summer’s evening. The sun filtered… Continue reading Cliff Stapleton: The Tumbling of Creatures

acoustic · bagpipes · bouzouki · Celtic · male singer · Scottish · world

Old Blind Dogs: Room With A View

What is it about blind musicians that makes them so dang good at their craft? Doc Watson. Ray Charles. O’Carolan. Stevie Wonder. I could go on, but I won’t. The Old Blind Dogs can still see pretty well, they’re not that old yet–but they are surely among the best folk bands in the world, and… Continue reading Old Blind Dogs: Room With A View

acoustic · classical · nyckelharpa · Scandinavian · 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