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Yann Falquet’s Les Secrets Du Ciel

Guitarist and singer Yann Falquet steps outside the familiar confines of Genticorum, the Quebecois folk trio in which he has recorded and toured for more than two decades, with a set of traditional songs on Les Secrets Du Ciel. Though … Continue reading

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Christopher Zuar Orchestra’s Exuberance

The thing I like most about a big band is its almost infinite potential for varied tones, colors and textures. That’s always been true of big bands going back to the swing days, and it definitely applies to the big … Continue reading

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Ilmu’s Mua

Ilmu’s sophomore album Mua is a fresh journey through the dark sounds and emotions of the North. Rooted in the Karelian Republic’s mystical cultural heritage, the band, who recently moved from Russia to Finland, weaves a tapestry of sound that … Continue reading

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Smithfield Fair’s Cairdeas (Kinship)

The very first thing I did upon receipt of Smithfield Fair‘s newest effort — aside from popping the disc in my player, of course — was pull out the liner notes and check how many tracks were original compositions. On … Continue reading

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Abigail Lapell’s Anniversary

I haven’t closely followed Canadian singer-songwriter and indie folk artist Abigail Lapell, but I very much enjoyed her earlier album Getaway. Her emotionally direct but never overwrought lyrics, sturdy melodies, her unique voice and superb guitar fingerpicking style all added … Continue reading

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SixMileBridge’s Across the Water

SixMileBridge is something of an odd bird. Oh, I’ve come across Celtic and traditional bands before that use old tunes, or their own material crafted to mimic the traditional styles, and attempt to rock it up with a traditional sound. … Continue reading

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Smithfield Fair’s Highland Call

Completely unfamiliar with Smithfield Fair, I had no idea what to expect on Highland Call, apart from the vague notion that this was some type of contemporary Scottish band whose music may or may not have absorbed some of the … Continue reading

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Smithfield Fair’s Winds of Time

Most traditional bands — be they Celtic, Scottish or any variation on the acoustic folk motif — tend to rely heavily on the tried and true for their musical repertoire. How many times has “Black is the Color” or “Scotland … Continue reading

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Smithfield Fair’s Burns Night Out!

Mike Stiles wrote this review. Hailing from Louisiana here in the States, Smithfield Fair is an innovative trad-based Scottish trio with an energetic pub style. For this CD they put on their best Broad Scots in homage to the immortal … Continue reading

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A John O’Regan omnibus review: Celtic music with an international flavor

Loscoe State Opera’s All Begins Again (Anew Day, 2004) Sligo Rags’ The Night Before The Morning After (Celtic Music, 2005) Pipeline’s Pipeline (R2/Rel, 2003) Grada’s Endeavour (Compass, 2004) Smithfield Fair’s Swept Away (Stevenson Productions, 2005) Celtic Offspring’s Miss Gnomer (Celtic … Continue reading

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