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Dick Gaughan’s Lucky For Some

Dick Gaughan comes with a huge reputation and following as a traditional singer and songwriter, so I was quite excited and expected to hear something good. Unfortunately, I can’t say this album set my pants on fire. Quite the opposite … Continue reading

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Fling’s The Wild Swans At Coole

Tim Hoke wrote this review. With a name like Fling, you would expect something fast, wild, and maybe a bit out of control. You’ll find none of that here. This Dutch band favors a mellower sound, with lush, almost orchestral … Continue reading

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Brass Monkey’s Flame of Fire

“Against May, Whitsuntide, or other time, all the yung men and maides, olde men and wives, run gadding overnight to the woods, groves, hils and mountaines, where they spend all the night in pleasant pastimes; and in the morning, they … Continue reading

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Chloe & Jason Roweth’s The Riderless Horse (An Australian Impression of World War 1)

This is a theme album based on songs and poems from the trenches and home front, 1914 – 1918. I have to say it is well worth listening to — in fact I think everyone should listen to this album, … Continue reading

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Steve McDonald’s Sons of Somerled

Somerled was a 12th century Scottish lord and war leader who helped defend the land from Viking invaders. His grandson founded the largest and most powerful of the Scottish clans, Clan Donald. When New Age musician Steve McDonald of New … Continue reading

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Funks Grove’s Albuminium Blue

Chuck Lipsig wrote this review. In checking back to see what I thought about Funks Grove when I reviewed their EP last May, I find that I wrote: “And here’s one more damn fine folk- based band out of the … Continue reading

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Jock Tamson’s Bairns’ Rare

With almost 20 years between their second and third albums, a mere four years waiting for their fourth is less than we had reason to fear. And yes, the lineup is the same as last time: Derek Hoy, John Croall, … Continue reading

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Vedan Kolod’s Birds

The Russian folk music ensemble Vedan Kolod has created a triumphant album in the midst of personal and national upheaval. Birds, their tenth album since forming in 2005, is a master work of world music combining traditional Siberian folk songs … Continue reading

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Noah Haidu’s Standards II

Standards are standards for a reason. They’re such classic, durable, memorable pieces of music with catchy melodies and emotional hooks that they can be adapted to any setting and still stir the listener’s heart. And they catch the players’ heartstrings, … Continue reading

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Interview: Crooked Still

I was unprepared for my interview with members of Crooked Still. By that I mean that I was unprepared for how genuinely nice these young musicians were. Friendly and accommodating in the middle of a busy weekend of music, in … Continue reading

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