Album Review / Trail West: Countless Isles and Endless Miles

As I’m writing this, it’s 90 minutes to the opening of Celtic Connections 2021. The festival is 100 % online only and I’m in our living room in southern Finland instead of Glasgow. 2020 really fucked up and changed so many things without warning. One of the bands affected by the dramatic turn of events … Continue reading Album Review / Trail West: Countless Isles and Endless Miles

Album Review / Tanya Brittain: Hireth

Here we are, in 2021, and the world seems stuck in the same chaos it was last year. But at least Celtic music holds the fort and flies the flag of better things! The Changing Room is a Cornish folk act I’ve enjoyed a lot. Tanya Brittain is 50 % of that brill duo and … Continue reading Album Review / Tanya Brittain: Hireth

On electronics in folk, adding drums as an afterthought and the art of arrangements: My interview with Tannara’s Becca and Owen

Tannara's Strands stands out as one of the brightest and most ambitious albums in the current Celtic folk scene. After listening to it repeatedly, a few things about it intrigued me so much I gathered up my courage and asked for an interview. I was delighted when Becca Skeoch and Owen Sinclair graciously took the … Continue reading On electronics in folk, adding drums as an afterthought and the art of arrangements: My interview with Tannara’s Becca and Owen

Album Review / Tannara: Strands

A few years ago, when my Celtic madness really got into gear, I heard Tannara's debut album Trig. It was strong and convincing and I mentally marked them in my "very good Trad" box. Now, their new offering makes me move Tannara to the "bands that make something new out of Trad" box. Strands runs … Continue reading Album Review / Tannara: Strands