Category Archives: Music

Al-Qasar’s Who Are We?

What do you get when you combine a French-American electric guitar whiz-kid, a Moroccan singer and percussionist, a versatile rhythm section, and guest singers and players from the top ranks of World music and punk rock? Probably something like Al-Qasar, … Continue reading

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An interview with Nick Burbridge of McDermott’s Two Hours and other endeavors

Nick Burbridge, vocalist and tunesmith with McDermott’s Two Hours, joins me in the Green Man Pub for a conversation about him, his music, and his views on a number of political subjects. I first encountered his band when reading George … Continue reading

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Craig and Kara Markley’s Once Upon a Winter Moon

Cleveland-area musician Craig Markley showcases the emerging vocal talent of his daughter Kara in this self-produced offering for the holiday season. In the title track, a plaintive flute melody over brooding synthesizer chords leads into a setting of the medieval … Continue reading

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A Jackie Washington omnibus review

Jackie Washington’s Blues & Sentimental (Knight II Records, 1970) out of print Ken Whiteley, Jackie Washington, Mose Scarlett’s Where Old Friends Meet (Borealis Records, 1991) Jackie Washington’s Keeping Out of Mischief (Borealis Records, 1995) Jackie Washington’s Midnight Choo Choo (Borealis … Continue reading

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Alex Sturbaum’s Slash

In an email conversation I had with Alex Sturbaum (they/them) after they contacted me about reviewing this album, one of my comments was something on the order of “this is an incredibly generous album.” And I didn’t just mean the … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, Volume One: Along the Eastern Crescent

Fiddle music was once endemic to nearly every region of North America, including Mexico and certainly Canada. Most regions developed their own peculiar styles – the best known include southern Louisiana (Cajun), Texas, Appalachia, New England, and Cape Breton Island … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Work & Pray: Historic Negro Spirituals and Work Songs From West Virginia

John D. Benninghouse wrote this review. This album is the fruit of the labors of Cortez Reece, who recorded these performances from 1949-53 as part of his doctoral thesis, “A Study of Selected Folk Songs Collected Mainly in Southern West … Continue reading

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Peter Knight’s The Gemini Cadenza

Debbie Skolnik wrote this review. Peter Knight is perhaps best known to most people as the long-time fiddle player for Steeleye Span. Indeed as part of Steeleye Span is the only way I’ve ever seen him play live – and … Continue reading

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Various artists’ The Fiddle Collection (Volume One)

Richard Barnes wrote this review. If you only buy one more CD this year (unlikely, I know!) and you love the sound of the fiddle, then this should be the one you choose. It’s been a labour of love for … Continue reading

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Various artists’ People On The Highway: A Bert Jansch Encomium

In 1965 I was sharing a house with four other students, two of whom played the guitar. One day one of the guitarists appeared with an LP by a young man who had recently migrated from Glasgow to London, where … Continue reading

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