Artist Intro: Flook

Photo by Naoki Fujioka, from the Flook web site Since you’re reading this, you’re almost certainly already more or less familiar with Flook, so I feel kind of foolish writing this. But in the unlikely but theoretically possible event you’ve never heard of them... Flook are an Irish-British contemporary folk band founded in 1995. The … Continue reading Artist Intro: Flook

Artist Intro: Fiona J. Mackenzie

Fiona J. Mackenzie photo at wikipedia Fiona J. Mackenzie is a Gaelic singer who has advanced not only Gaelic music but Gaelic culture and art in general. Her recorded output features a fine serving of Gaelic songs and singing, updated but not too modernized for our time. I have not been able to find her … Continue reading Artist Intro: Fiona J. Mackenzie

Artist Intro: Fiddlers’ Bid

Fiddlers' Bid are a multiple award-winning fiddle band from Shetland. Formed in 1991, their launch preceded the other successful "fiddle attack" groups like Blazin' Fiddles and Finland's Frigg by almost a decade. The fiddles in the band are supported and the sound enriched not only by the customary guitar and piano but also by harp … Continue reading Artist Intro: Fiddlers’ Bid

Artist Intro: Fara

Fara are an Orkney quartet of three fiddles and a piano. Originally an all female lineup changed in 2019 when pianist Jennifer Austin left and was replaced by Rory Matheson. Fara's music includes both trad and original pieces, instrumentals and songs, and ranges from uptempo dance tunes to very delicate mood pieces, always brilliantly played. … Continue reading Artist Intro: Fara

Xmas Album Review / The Outside Track: The Christmas Star

Confession: I have nothing against Christmas music - when the music is not godawful, that is. I’m actually quite a Xmas-friendly guy, so any seasonal album that carries the honest spirit and is musically decent is ok with me. And then there are the *really* good modern Xmas albums, most of them by women: Aimee … Continue reading Xmas Album Review / The Outside Track: The Christmas Star

Artist Intro: Face The West

Photo from facebook.com/facethewestband/photos Face The West (SCO) are a band from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. They re-created Celtic folk rock in the 2000's and early 2010's and made, after a several years' pause, a joyful comeback to performing in the summer of 2019. Their musical style combines traditional Scottish folk, a strong rock pulse combining … Continue reading Artist Intro: Face The West

Artist Intro: Emily Portman

Emily Portman (ENG) is, with the likes of Kate Rusby, Ange Hardy and Jackie Oates, in the top tier of contemporary British female folk singers/musicians who each stamp their own unique mark on the music. Her so far three solo albums document the art of a singular talent who marks her own boundaries in this … Continue reading Artist Intro: Emily Portman

Artist Intro: Eliza Carthy

Eliza Carthy (ENG) is a many-faceted, highly acknowledged (she's an MBE) and awarded folk singer and musician who has distinguished herself by her adventurous takes on British trad material. She has performed and recorded as a solo artis and in collaboration with other artists (including her folk musician parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson) and … Continue reading Artist Intro: Eliza Carthy

Artist Intro: Emily Smith

(photo: EmilySmith.org) Emily Smith (SCO) is a popular folk singer and musician whose acclaimed career thus far forms an arc from the earlier albums featuring trad/folk songs and songs by Robert Burns, often sung in Scots, to her current, very Americana-influenced style. She has a degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was BBC … Continue reading Artist Intro: Emily Smith

Artist Intro: Anxo Lorenzo

Anxo live at Celtic Connections 2019, photo by the writer Anxo Lorenzo (SPA) is a virtuoso piper and flutist from Galicia in northwestern Spain. His music is a dazzling combination of his home region's ancient Celtic roots, the music of the northern Celtic folk music tradition and various modern and trad influences from around the … Continue reading Artist Intro: Anxo Lorenzo