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

Album Review / Pádraig Rynne: Conscious

The Irish concertina (the tiny but powerful Irish accordion) master Pádraig Rynne really reshuffled the pack a few years ago with Notify, an album where his traditional instrument meshed with a barrage of loops, synths and rock band instruments. It was an exhilarating outburst of energy and surpringingly bold vision, a continuous hi-energy swirl with … Continue reading Album Review / Pádraig Rynne: Conscious

Album Review / The Lost Words: Spell Songs

The story behind this unique collaborative album is little short of amazing. Because it has been beautifully described elsewhere, I simply refer you to for full information on what this endeavor is about, how it got started and who are involved. I recommend visiting that site very much because it's also about The Lost … Continue reading Album Review / The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Album Review / The Elephant Sessions: What Makes You

The third album from the premier merchants of Celtic Funk continues the band's admirable evolution. From the more Trad-rooted debut The Elusive Highland Beauty to the tight'n'snappy funk of All We Have Is Now, the road has now led to a cooler approach where the funk is very controlled, less is more and electronics and … Continue reading Album Review / The Elephant Sessions: What Makes You

Album Review / Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening: Hollowbone

The year has reached only April and excellent albums keep poppin' up - brilliant! Even given the high quality of new Celtic and British folk/trad music, this one will climb very, very high on my year's best list, I'm sure. I have previously checked out Kathryn Tickell's solo work (she was previously a member of … Continue reading Album Review / Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening: Hollowbone

Artist Intro: Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Colm Mac Con Iomaire (IRE) is a widely recognized and acknowleged composer and fiddler whose work extends from the studio to the stage to the silver screen. He is also a member of the Dublin rock band The Frames. I find his his solo outings most enjoyable as they are adventurous and imaginative and brilliantly … Continue reading Artist Intro: Colm Mac Con Iomaire