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Conversations With Brian Culbertson and Loreena McKennitt, Plus Michael Penn and The Whistles & The Bells Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"As everyone says, I'm deeply honored to be honored. When one goes about their life and what they do, it's not to have a whole bunch of awards and feel that that's the basis of why you do things, but on the other hand it's always gratifying to be recognized by your community for what you do."

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

Living Traces of Wales at Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Welsh music is either the poor stepchild of the Celtic world, or its best-kept secret. So I was glad to see a whole contingent of Welsh musicians showcasing and schmoozing at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.

Enchanted Evening: Great Big Sea Comes to Tarrytown

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

It's worth noting that, enthusiastic as the proceedings were, they also carried a peculiar gravity. Perhaps this had to do with nostalgia's more serious side, the wish to honor what's gone before and the realization that all things cannot stay the same forever.

Three Irish Stars Form New Neo-Trad Constellation

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

This month sees the appearance of a new constellation of neo-traditional stars in the Irish music firmament: the Teetotallers -- flute player Kevin Crawford of Lunasa; guitarist John Phillips, formerly of Solas; and fiddler Martin Hayes of the duo Hayes and Cahill.

More Canadian Finds From Folk Alliance 2013

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Revisiting the stack of CDs I brought back from Folk Alliance 2013 reveals that there are more interesting Canadian acts I haven't shared with readers yet -- which is fitting, since the meeting was in Toronto.

Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Brits

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

My taste runs towards traditional and roots music, but many at Folk Alliance favor singer-songwriters. My second rundown of folk recordings I picked up at this year's Folk Alliance meeting focuses on musicians from Britain, who were there in force this year.

Sharon Shannon and Irish Music Icons Tour U.S. for 'St. Patrick's Month'

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Her lively, fleet-fingered playing has made her an icon in Irish music, though she has not played in the U.S. in recent years. However, as part of what has become a de facto "St. Patrick's Month," she is doing an American tour in March, as are several of the top names in Irish traditional music.

Mum's the Word: An Introduction to Mumming

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

What is a Mummers Play, you ask, and what is mumming? Mumming is a word for disguising oneself, going door to door, and performing songs, dances and plays in neighbors' homes and in public places.

Tsuumi Sound System Rocks WOMEX 2012

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I wasn't going to cover Tsuumi Sound System. Just the phrase "Sound System" conjures up deejays and a front rapper, and -- although as Jerry Seinfeld would say "not that there's anything wrong with that!" -- it just isn't what I go out of my way to shoot.

Carlos Nuñez and the Celtic Music of Spain (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.05.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

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Favorite Folk Finds From Folk Alliance

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

Every year in February, Folk Alliance International brings together folk musicians, promoters, labels, organizers, agents, managers, DJs, journalists, and other folk lovers, for a giant trade show and music showcase.

Irish Fiddler Preserves and Evolves the Tradition

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.13.2012 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Martin Hayes is a traditional Irish fiddler and the son of a traditional Irish fiddler, so he is well aware that traditional music is a constantly evolving form. Hayes is a masterful fiddler who is known for his soulful playing as well as his ability to fly through a brisk improvisational melody.

Neil Pearlman Finds the Clavé in a Scottish Jig (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

On this night, Neil Pearlman brought his ensemble and proceeded to expand the palette of Scottish music with healthy injections of Jazz harmonies and Latin rhythms.

Where To Hear Authentic Celtic Music On St. Patrick's Day

| Lauren Drell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's a good thing you don't need the luck of the Irish to find foot-stompin' Celtic music on St. Patrick's Day. In fact, if you want to hear the bagpi...

An Early St. Patrick's Day Toast, With Cara Dillon

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michal Shapiro

Just prior to St. Patrick's day, I find myself in the timely position of reporting on a fine Celtic artist and band, Cara Dillon, who was in town for GlobalFEST, and treated the crowd to some truly wonderful music.

This Sunday, Help Us Turn Carnegie Hall (RED)

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Boyce

Not only is Irish musician Gavin Friday performing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday night, he's bringing a few friends. Like Bono. The Edge. Larry Mullen, Jr. And Adam Clayton.