Acadian · accordion · acoustic · Canadian · female singer

La Famille Leger: L’etoile Du Nord

I’ll begin this post with an apology. With summer festival season in full swing here at Fiddlefreak World Headquarters, and my own new CD released in May, the blog has not been refreshed lately. Sorry gang! I’m just returned from the renowned and unrivalled-for-fun fiddle camp held in Port Townsend, WA and called Festival of… Continue reading La Famille Leger: L’etoile Du Nord

acoustic · banjo · female singer · male singer · singer-songwriter

Nettle Honey: Wild Greens and the Old Path (MP3)

Here’s another band we heard and met at NW Folklife. Nettle Honey is an old-time quartet from Seattle, WA that plays equal parts classic standards and original compositions. Their sound is as pure as the Northwest rain that falls on her mist-shrouded mountains and fills her roaring rivers. They’ve taken pure-core Appalachian chops and applied… Continue reading Nettle Honey: Wild Greens and the Old Path (MP3)

acoustic · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · Scottish

Colleen Raney: Lark (MP3)

The dark and rainy Pacific Northwest continues to produce an endless stream of brilliant folk music, and it was on display everywere at the recent Northwest Folkife Festival. The seething mass of humanity that is NW Folkife was held recently in downtown Seattle, in the shadow of her famous landmark, the Space Needle. Folkies came… Continue reading Colleen Raney: Lark (MP3)


San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

The 11th annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival (SFBOT), a nine-day festival occuring at various locations around the Bay Area, will happen February 12-21, 2010. Featuring some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and roots music scene today, the Festival comprises over 30 shows at numerous small clubs around the Bay Area,… Continue reading San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

acoustic · banjo · Canadian · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter

Pickathon Is Coming!

It’s time to start planning for Pickathon 2009, which happens this year on July 31—August 2 at Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, Oregon. Fiddlefreak attended a couple years back and was deeply wowed by its unique combination of down-home folksy vibe and youthful alternative energy. And the music lineup is always the best! Ranging from… Continue reading Pickathon Is Coming!

acoustic · bagpipes · Celtic · male singer · Scottish

Old Blind Dogs at Live Oak (photos)

Fiddlefreak was in attendance at Live Oak Music Festival 2009, a fundraiser for KCBX, Public Radio for the Central Coast in California. Being the folkie that I am, my favorite band this year was Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs, who performed on the main stage Friday afternoon and then later at the Hot Licks dance. Joe… Continue reading Old Blind Dogs at Live Oak (photos)

blues · Cajun · Celtic · female singer · male singer · rock · singer-songwriter · world

Live Oak Music Festival and Joe Craven

Calling all California music-lovers! Now is the time to get your tickets for the wild and crazy Live Oak Music Festival 2009, to be held on June 19-20-21. This benefit for KCBX Public Radio, which happens annually in the hills near Santa Barbara, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Fiddlefreak will be in attendance—hope to see… Continue reading Live Oak Music Festival and Joe Craven