acoustic · banjo · country

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 · 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

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

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 · 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