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

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

accordion · acoustic · banjo · bouzouki · Celtic · dobro · fiddle · Irish · male singer · traditional · world

Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

Natives of Toulouse, France, the six members of Doolin’ (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) bring a fresh and funky approach to Irish music. July 15 will mark the release date of their self-titled debut for Compass Records in Nashville.  Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle in the producer’s chair to record their unique mix of… Continue reading Exclusive Song Premiere: Doolin’

accordion · acoustic · bouzouki · Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · Scottish · traditional · whistle · world

Nuala Kennedy: Behave the Bravest

Last month, Nuala Kennedy released one of the most gorgeous records to cross my desk in years. Her fourth studio album, Behave the Bravest (Under the Arch Records) showcases her angelic voice in both Gaelic and English and as usual, her superlative skills on flute and various whistles. If you follow Nuala at all, you… Continue reading Nuala Kennedy: Behave the Bravest

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

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

Celtic · female singer · flute · Irish · mandolin · Scottish · world

Nuala Kennedy: Noble Stranger (MP3)

Nuala Kennedy‘s third solo record came out last month, titled Noble Stranger (Compass Records). With a deep background in traditional Irish and Scottish music, and a youthful sense of adventure and fun, she has produced a wonderful mashup of old and new on her latest release. Her playful flute and crisp vocals tumble out of… Continue reading Nuala Kennedy: Noble Stranger (MP3)