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

A better-late-than-never Album Review / Mike Vass: The Four Pillars (2018)

So it took me some time to get around to listening to this work by Mike Vass. Better late; I’ve enjoyed his various and versatile solo and collaborative projects very much and this is no exception. The album info on the web tells me that this work was ”commissioned by the Scots Fiddle Festival ... … Continue reading A better-late-than-never Album Review / Mike Vass: The Four Pillars (2018)

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

Artist Intro: Angus Lyon

Angus Lyon (SCO) is an extremely talented composer and multi-instrumentalist from Edinburgh. Involved in countless projects, his own solo and project discography may be short but it is brilliant. His solo albums feature top notch Scottish instrumental folk plus a few more pop-oriented tracks, while his two albums with fiddler Ruaridh Campbell are totally delightful … Continue reading Artist Intro: Angus Lyon

Artist Intro: Ailie Robertson

Ailie Robertson (SCO) is an excellent harpist (also composer, teacher, educator etc) who can use the fragile sounding Celtic harp as both a great lead instrument and band instrument (she is part of the brilliant The Outside Track). Imposing musicianship and nice variety of styles on all her solo albums, with just the right musicians … Continue reading Artist Intro: Ailie Robertson

Artist Intro: Aidan O’Rourke

Aidan O'Rourke (SCO) is a stunningly multitalented, adventurous musician, fiddler and composer. Once a member of Blazin’ Fiddles, he obviously has mastered his Trad down to a T a long time ago, but his solo albums cover an amazingly wide stylistic range, from the jazzified/funkified Scottish folk on his debut album Sirius to very original … Continue reading Artist Intro: Aidan O’Rourke