acoustic · banjo · bluegrass · bouzouki · country · dobro · fiddle · male singer · mandolin · old-time · singer-songwriter · traditional

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

Many thanks to Devon at Hearth Music for turning me on to the third album from Calahen Morrison and Eli West. We heartily recommended their first two releases, and this one raises the bar. I’ll Swing My Hammer with Both Hands is the fruit of veteran guidance from producer Tim O’Brien and contributions from crack… Continue reading Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: Swing My Hammer

accordion · acoustic · banjo · Celtic · fiddle · Irish · Scottish · traditional · world

Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever: Storymap

The new record from Kris Drever (of Lau) and Éamonn Coyne (of Treacherous Orchestra) was recently released on Compass Records. OK, it was three months ago but Storymap is a real cracker that deserves a listen. If you follow Fiddlefreak at all you know I have a healthy jones for trad music and this record delivers… Continue reading Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever: Storymap

accordion · banjo · blues · Cajun · fiddle · male singer · old-time · rock · singer-songwriter

Dirk Powell: Walking Through Clay

Dirk Powell’s fourth solo record is set for official release on February 4 on Sugar Hill Records. Dirk is a guy who has appeared everywhere you want to be if you’re an aspiring sideman in the realm of traditional acoustic Americana. He has worked on various projects with the likes of Jack White, Loretta Lynn,… Continue reading Dirk Powell: Walking Through Clay

accordion · bagpipes · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · flute · Scottish · singer-songwriter · traditional · whistle · world

Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

The capercaillie is a big, beautiful bird that looks like a mix of a turkey, a grouse, and a raven. It requires a habitat of old coniferous forests. In Scotland, the population has declined greatly since the 1960s because of deer fencing, predation and lack of suitable habitat. There are believed to be fewer than… Continue reading Capercaillie: At the Heart of It All

accordion · acoustic · Celtic · female singer · fiddle · Irish · traditional

Colleen Raney: Here This Is Home

Portland Oregon singer Colleen Raney has a new record hitting the streets tomorrow. Here This is Home features eleven achingly beautiful songs from Ireland and Scotland that explore themes of love, exile, and homecoming. She traveled to Ireland to make her fourth full-length record, and enlisted the skills of Aidan Brennan, Trevor Hutchinson, Johnny B.… Continue reading Colleen Raney: Here This Is Home

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 · cello · female singer · fiddle · singer-songwriter

Laura Cortese: Into the Dark

Today marks the street release of Into the Dark, the new album from Laura Cortese. Laura has been kicking around the folk world for a number of years, producing a body of very good fiddle-centric material in the vein of Sara Watkins and Lissa Shneckenberger. But with this release she rises into that rarified atmosphere… Continue reading Laura Cortese: Into the Dark