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

Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

The new album from Ireland-based oldtime outfit Grits & Gravy, their first release, is jam-packed with a passel of high-octane traditional American fiddle tunes and songs. The music on this record shines like a mirror, reflecting our American music back to us across the Atlantic with an authentic patina that belies the Old World roots… Continue reading Grits & Gravy Stringband: Ain’t Nothin’ but a Thing

acoustic · female singer · Irish · mandolin · traditional

Marla Fibish: The Bright Hollow Fog

Marla Fibish just released a brilliant solo album titled The Bright Hollow Fog. What a thrill this record is to me. To sit back and soak in the glory as Marla Fibish makes her mandolin sing the good old jigs and reels… it’s just magical. The arrangements feature her 1922 Gibson A mandolin and 1914… Continue reading Marla Fibish: The Bright Hollow Fog

acoustic · Celtic · female singer · Irish · Scottish

Christa Burch: Love of the Land (MP3)

It’s always a joy when I can honestly give a rave review to a record released by a friend. Such is the case with Christa Burch’s new release Love of the Land, her long-anticipated first solo recording. I’m happy to report that it was well worth the wait. On her new CD, Christa (of Irvine,… Continue reading Christa Burch: Love of the Land (MP3)

acoustic · festival · Irish · male singer · singer-songwriter

The Lost Brothers at Celtic Connections 2009 (MP3)

My favorite part of Celtic Connections was what they call the Festival Club, an after-hours showcase stage featuring various incarnations of whatever bands show up. You never know when a spontaneous jam session might break out, or who might walk out onto the stage. It might be Bela Fleck. Or Tim O’Brien. Or the Lost… Continue reading The Lost Brothers at Celtic Connections 2009 (MP3)