Quick Take album reviews: The Askew Sisters, MacDonald&Gamauf

The Askew Sisters continue their ”low-key but very intense” forays into the more shady forests of English folk. Enclosure is worthy of its name: a cosmos of it own, inhabited by songs mostly about various injustices, the minimal-yet-strangely-rich arrangements and the strong vocal performances by the sisters. As on their earlier albums, the overall mood … Continue reading Quick Take album reviews: The Askew Sisters, MacDonald&Gamauf

Quick Take Album Reviews: “Allt”, Fàrsan, Còig, Mary Ann Kennedy

This is a quick look at some albums I've listened to lately and wish to note for their quality even if I have nothing too insightful or clever to say about them 🙂 - The stellar Fowlis-Conway-Dooley-McIntyre ensemble released Allt almost a year ago already but only now it's really been on power play here. … Continue reading Quick Take Album Reviews: “Allt”, Fàrsan, Còig, Mary Ann Kennedy

Album Review / Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

I like my malt whisky straight. Very rarely I go for even a drop of water and never, never ice. So, naturally, I approached the new album by Irish master fiddler Martin Hayes with some skepticism. He plays here with the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, one of the foremost in their field in the USA, … Continue reading Album Review / Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

Artist Intro: The East Pointers

The East Pointers (CAN) are a powerful and highly skilled acoustic trio with Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson and Jake Charron. They have quickly risen to the top of "Canadian Celtic", folk music with Scottish and Irish roots, typical of Canada's Eastern seaboard where migrants - voluntary or otherwise - from those regions landed in the … Continue reading Artist Intro: The East Pointers

Artist Intro: Duncan Chisholm

I'll be honest about it: the music of Duncan Chisholm (SCO) was one of my keys to the realm of Celtic folk and trad when I first got excited about this stuff . So I'll try to avoid the trap of hero worship in these next lines 😉 Duncan's background and education in the Scottish … Continue reading Artist Intro: Duncan Chisholm

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: Dervish

Dervish (IRE) are one of the iconic contemporary Irish trad bands, along with Altan, Lúnasa and Danú. Formed in an early lineup in 1989 and fronted by vocalist Cathy Jordan and her unique voice since 1991, Dervish have established themselves by their longevity, expert musicianship and a sound and feel very much their own. Stylewise, … Continue reading Artist Intro: Dervish