Notes from Celtic Connections 2020, part 2

Tue 21 The Big Fling aka Scottish Dance Band Extravaganza: hugely entertaining evening, expertly hosted by Gary Innes himself. At some points felt like in a time machine with the music evoking mental images of dance halls and cèilidhs long gone. Tom Orr's Mega Cèilidh Dance Band, put together for this event and with a … Continue reading Notes from Celtic Connections 2020, part 2

Notes from Celtic Connections 2020, part 1

Jan 18-19 Our second CC adventure began on Sat 18th, two days after the launch of this year's festival. Having left Finland on a morning flight on Fri 17, we arrived in Glasgow on Friday afternoon but had no gigs to go to that day, as we had realized too late Duncan Chisholm was giving … Continue reading Notes from Celtic Connections 2020, part 1

A better-late-than-never Album Review / Kinnaris Quintet: Free One

Kinnaris Quintet and their debut album Free One have been around for a while already but for some reason I got to listening to it only recently. Which makes this another of my better-late-than-never reviews. I’ll start with an embarrassing confession: the mere word ’quintet’ in the ensemble’s name led me to believe I was … Continue reading A better-late-than-never Album Review / Kinnaris Quintet: Free One

Album Review / Eabhal: This Is How The Ladies Dance

I noticed Eabhal back in 2016 when I happened to hear their debut EP. It was a solid showing of potential in the field of Scottish trad, far from a beginner's first unsteady efforts. It took a while for a full album to appear but here it is, and well worth checking out. A casual … Continue reading Album Review / Eabhal: This Is How The Ladies Dance

Artist Intro: Cliar

Cliar (SCO) were a top notch Highlands trad group that was active in the early 2000's and made three remarkable albums. Sometimes a folk music artist or band comes up with a whole new take on the existing paradigm and creates a whole new branch on an old tree. But sometimes an artist or a … Continue reading Artist Intro: Cliar

Artist Intro: Dalla

Dalla (COR) were a colorful and creative folk band from Cornwall. They were active from the late 1990's to 2017; during that time they revived music performed in the Cornish language and gave a significant overall boost to the region's folk music activity. The five Dalla albums, released between 2001 and 2013, showcase a band … Continue reading Artist Intro: Dalla

Artist Intro: Connla

Connla (IRE) are a fairly young and very talented Irish band who occupy a niche between excellently played Irish trad and a folk and even singer-songwriter style. They have a pretty robust sound for an Irish outfit, really going at it in the faster tunes. This gives them an identity that's nicely a bit different … Continue reading Artist Intro: Connla