Monthly Archives: October 2009

Debashish & Bob Brozman – Sunrise

Well, folks, it’s that time again. I’m heading off to travel around the misty isles of Britain and Ireland again, so don’t expect any more posts for a while. But I thought I’d leave you with this special treat to … Continue reading

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Paul Smith – Mysterious Barricades: The Banjo Redefined

This is an incredible banjo album. It’s so beautiful!!! (and that’s an odd word to be paired with such a rude-sounding instrument)… It also continues to confirm my notion that every single record issued by Flying Fish was great (or … Continue reading

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New Irish Blog

A great new blog featuring many out-of-print records of Irish Traditional music just opened up. Go see Ceol Alain!

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Berline-Crary-Hickman – BCH

“Berline, Crary, Hickman (BCH) look like a bluegrass band (middle aged men with hairlines going north) in their photos, but they play like masters.” This trio is definitely a bluegrass supergroup, though not on the order of Muleskinner. While this … Continue reading

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Guy Van Duser

If you downloaded the Rounder Guitar compilation I posted a few months ago, you heard Guy Van Duser playing an incredible Fats Waller tune called Viper’s Drag. Finally I’ve managed to get some more of him; some out-of-print vinyls both … Continue reading

Posted in Guitar, jazz, seeds | 4 Comments

The Philadelphia Folk Festival 1972 & 1977

Following on the heels of Michael Cooney, here’s a festival he’s been very involved with throughout its 40-year history. It’s one of the top folk festivals in the country, or at least it seems so based on the talent they … Continue reading

Posted in ballads, banjo, bluegrass, celtic, flying fish, Folk, folk blues, fruits, Guitar, live, old-time | 7 Comments

Michael Cooney

“The nation’s most consumate, versatile interpreter of traditional music… an encyclopedia of songs and stories. This one-man folk festival is a must to see.” – Chicago magazine Small wonder that Michael Cooney is nicknamed “the one-man folk festival.” With his … Continue reading

Posted in banjo, Folk, folk blues, fruits, Guitar, old-time | 3 Comments

Robin Williamson – Legacy of the Scottish Harpers

And fresh on the heels of Michael Coleman we move over to Scotland for some more traditional, magical, ancient music. As a founding member of the Incredible String Band, Robin Willaimson’s place in music history would be secure if he … Continue reading

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Michael Coleman – The Classic Recordings

Well the season is turning and this ol’ pirate is preparing to once again journey overseas. Pretty soon the blog posts will stop, at least for a month or so, as I won’t have regular access to computers. In honor … Continue reading

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Sounds of the South, recorded by Alan Lomax

Well I seem to be on a roll of 4-cd box sets featuring expired musicians from the roots of the great tree of American music. I see no reason to reverse that trend now… and in fact this is one … Continue reading

Posted in alan lomax collection, ballads, Blues, Field Recording, Folk, old-time, Roots, spirituals | 6 Comments