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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.

The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Used by permission of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. The wheel of time turns, a year goes by, and once again I'm w...

Dove Tales: Amanda Shires Is Learning to Fly Like a Bird

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

If Amanda Shires is the perfect example of writing what you know, there just might be a box set equivalent of James Joyce's greatest hits waiting just...

A Child Prodigy Grows Up

Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts

At just 13 years old, a skinny, braces-clad Mark O'Connor was awarded the title of Grand Master Fiddler Champion. The violin-yielding prodigy beat out...

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 Americans

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I'm back with more reviews of material I picked up or heard about at the Folk Alliance International meeting. This time, I'm writing about Americans, so let's start with some real Americana, and one of the hottest bands in folk music, Spuyten Duyvil.

String Fever: Carrie Rodriguez Adds Fuel to the Fiery Fiddle

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.23.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Carrie Rodriguez just might be the hardest-working woman in American roots music. The Austin, Texas-born-and-raised singer-songwriter plays the fiddle...

Folk Music for Young and Old: New Releases From the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Chieftains

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

In the United States and around the world, roots music is thriving. You can see it at the highest levels of the global music scene, in the work of Grammy-winning artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Chieftains, both of which have new albums very much worth hearing.

African American String Band Plucks Joy From Sorrowful Era

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Marty Lipp

At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."

5 Bands That Are Reviving "Bluegrass"

Justin Cox | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment
Justin Cox

There's no denying that a bluegrass-influenced movement is taking place right now. Here are some bands to check out. Feel free to offer up your own style classifications if you'd like.

Cajun Dancing in Midtown Manhattan: 2 Songs From Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I developed a taste for Louisiana's Cajun music pretty early on in life when I attended a concert by the Balfa Brothers. The band, fronted by Dewey Balfa, totally charmed me with their personal warmth and humor.

A Celtic Wanderer (PHOTOS)

Liza Weisstuch | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel
Liza Weisstuch

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Big Science in a Small City

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Sharon Glassman

Lingo without linguistics can be dangerous, I knew. One of the great things about life out West is that people respect newbies. And they don't begrudge mistakes.

Big Science in a Small City (Part 2): Three Cool Real Life Science Terms

Sharon Glassman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Glassman

As a fan of science, I get goose-bumps chatting hanging out with people who ponder, pursue and decode the world's nano- to exo-.

Alternative Healthcare from an Alternative Country Band

Sharon Glassman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Glassman

The Colorado crud is tougher to halt than an off-duty cab in the rain. It's a Rocky Mountain octopus of immune misery. There was a Continental Divide between my ex-city immune system and being truly Rocky Stocky.