Album Review / Skipinnish: Steer By The Stars

Ah, Skipinnish... I don't even try to write a deep review because Steer By The Stars is just full of the solid, uplifting, tap-your-foot-and-smile music the band is so well known for. It picks me up when I'm down and gives me that extra charge when I'm already up - my happy soul music 😊🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎢 … Continue reading Album Review / Skipinnish: Steer By The Stars

Album Review / Colm Mac Con Iomaire: The River Holds Its Breath – Tost ar an Abhainn

Colm Mac Con Iomaire's new album is a natural link in the chain of his previous works: very calm and soothing music, this time with strings in the forefront. One might argue if this blog is the right place to review music whose Irish or Celtic roots are well in the background, hardly noticeable, but … Continue reading Album Review / Colm Mac Con Iomaire: The River Holds Its Breath – Tost ar an Abhainn

Album Review / Kim Richards: Leaves That Fly

I discovered Kim Richards' debut album purely by chance when Mike Vass mentioned it on his Facebook page. Mike is the co-producer of this fine album and I'm thankful to the Celtic gods who obviously helped me find it πŸ˜‰ The songs and the production remind me of some other brilliant contemporary Scottish and Irish … Continue reading Album Review / Kim Richards: Leaves That Fly

Album Review / Gnoss: Drawn From Deep Water

I discovered Gnoss last year; their EP Brother Wind was impressive, not just because of the truly stunning bodhran work of Craig Baxter. The songs were solid and full of spirit and I marked them as a band to follow closely. And the new album certainly does not disappoint. It's full of their quicksilver playing … Continue reading Album Review / Gnoss: Drawn From Deep Water

Album Review / Andrew Waite: Tyde

Let me just say that I find Simon Thoumire's excellent Hands Up For Trad website and his Foot Stompin' podcast most valuable sources for a fanboy like me to spot new and exciting music. It was on one of the more recents podcasts I came across the name of Andrew Waite. Didn't ring no bells … Continue reading Album Review / Andrew Waite: Tyde

Album Review / Claire Hastings: Those Who Roam

Let's be honest about it: traditional songs from the Celtic and Nordic area tend to be... well, not all that complicated, musically. At least we who live in these areas and are familiar with their musical grammar can learn to hum or sing these tunes pretty quickly. So when artists take on this tradition and … Continue reading Album Review / Claire Hastings: Those Who Roam

Album Review / Flook: Ancora

Wow. Just wow. After a recording break of 14 years (!!!), Flook are back - and they sound as if they last played together just a few days ago. They continue to amaze as they shine on this new album; for all the dazzling talents of its members, Flook are a remarkable unit as a … Continue reading Album Review / Flook: Ancora