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

Spencer & Rains: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol III

American old-time music has undergone quite a revival in these past few years. As in other genres of “trad” music (such as Irish or bluegrass), old-time music has its repertory of standards that everyone knows and everyone plays when the devotees gather to jam and share tunes. But the Holy Grail of old-time music must… Continue reading Spencer & Rains: The Old Texas Fiddle Vol III

acoustic · bagpipes · bouzouki · Celtic · fiddle · male singer · Scottish · traditional · 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

accordion · acoustic · bouzouki · British · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · traditional

Lindsay Straw: The Fairest Flower of Womankind

Old ballads draw some singers like a siren song that cannot be denied. Part of the joy of collecting and presenting these ancient songs to a modern audience comes from finding, combining, dropping and adding words and verses, swapping melodies and hooks and finally recording an arrangement that resonates with the listener of today. This is… Continue reading Lindsay Straw: The Fairest Flower of Womankind

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 · bouzouki · female singer · fiddle · singer-songwriter

Rayna Gellert: Workin’s Too Hard

Seven tracks — does that make an EP, or full length album? A burning question for sure. In the mean time, I’m here to heartily recommend the new release from Rayna Gellert called Workin’s Too Hard. As with her previous release (reviewed here), there’s not a fiddle tune to be found, even though she is… Continue reading Rayna Gellert: Workin’s Too Hard

acoustic · banjo · fiddle · male singer · old-time · traditional

Bruce Molsky: Can’t Stay Here This a-Way

Living legend Bruce Molsky recently recorded a wonderful collection of his favorite tunes and songs on fiddle, banjo, and guitar at an unlikely location for rural traditional music: the urban landscape of Los Angeles, California. Released as a single package on both CD and DVD on Tiki Parlour Recordings, the album is titled Can’t Stay… Continue reading Bruce Molsky: Can’t Stay Here This a-Way

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · flute · Irish · mandolin · traditional · world

Solas: All These Years

The brilliant new record from Irish supergroup Solas must have been a pain to produce. Or at least, a pain to round up the troops. Titled All These Years, the album features ALL former band members as well as the current lineup of Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Moira Smiley, Mick McAuley, and Eamon McElholm singing,… Continue reading Solas: All These Years