Alison Brown’s Live at Blair and Colin Hay’s Live at the Corner are worth buying.
Colin Hay plays the Queenscliff Music Fetival.
The host of "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" (featuring Heidi Talbot) talks about the program’s eight year run with the Boston Globe.
Eileen Ivers performs An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas at the Columbia Theater.
Good news from NPR’s Folk Alley. Gráda’s Natural Angle was selected as one of Folk Alley’s Best Folk Albums of 2010! They are joined by artists such as Patty Griffin and Natalie Merchant. Congrats to Gráda!
You can isten to the Folk Alley "Best Of" episode here.
Catie Curtis recently performed for White House staffers as party of their holiday festivities. Check out ’Twas the Night Before the White House whcih was recorded while rehearsing for the event.
Listen to Dala perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Listen here.
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s Legacy is included in Uprooted Music Revue’s Top 20 albums of 2010.
Legacy is "arguably among the finest bluegrass recordings made in a decade…perhaps in the last 25 years…maybe longer. It is that good." (Bluegrass Unlimited)
AmericananUK also reviews Legacy.
Heidi Talbot, The John Hartford Stringband, Karan Casey & John Doyle and Peter Rowan Bluegrass are included in Acoustic Guitar’s Essential Acoustic albums of 2010 list.
Joe Derrane’s "Tango Derrane" (from Grove Lane) is included in Irish Times’ Top 50 Musical Moments of 2010.
Luka Bloom’s Dreams in America is included in Irish Central’s "Off the Road" Best Music of 2010.
Téada’s Ceol & Cuimhne and Nuala Kennedy’s Tune In are included in critic, Siobhan Long’s, Irish Times Top 10 list of 2010.
Solas and Bearfoot tie in Herald Review’s Top 5 Concerts of the year.
Michael McGoldrick will play Celtic Connections opening concert on January 13th.
Heidi Talbot and Téada play Christmas shows to celebrate the season.
What do Heidi Talbot and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh listen to during the holidays? Read here on the Music Road blog.
Noam Pikelny discusses his Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass with Gaper’s Block.
Alison Brown Quartet and Joe Craven contribute to this year’s Putumayo World Christmas Party.
The Indigo Girls’ Holly Happy Days (featuring Alison Brown) "... is refreshing and captures the essence of the holidays in celebratory, romantic and spiritual glory."
Watch this Colin Hay performance of "Overkill" from "Live at Eddie’s Desk" (Melbourne).
This week’s broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion will feature a performance by John Doyle. Also appearing on the program is Elvis Costello, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, vocalist Jearlyn Steele, Rich Dworsky, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.
We are very excited for Catie Curtis who will be performing at the White House on Monday, December 13th as part of their holiday festivities. It’s a private tour for staffers, etc. We have not been informed if President Obama will be in attendance. This is her first time performing at the White House.
Catie has also recently reached over 7100 views on her “It Gets Better” video on youtube.
Compass Records celebrates two GRAMMY nominations in the 53rd annual GRAMMY awards. In the American Roots Field, Compass Records garnered nods for Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s Legacy in the category for Best Bluegrass Album and The John Hartford Stringband’s Memories of John in Best Traditional Folk Album category.
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS at 8 PM ET/PT on Sunday, February 13th from Los Angeles, California. The full list of GRAMMY nominees can be viewed here.
Check out the two newest episodes of Grooveable Feast, hosted by our very own Richard Julian. The two newest episodes feature Nu-African Jazz singer, Somi, and Little Willies guitarist, John Campilongo. Click here to watch both.
Compass Records congratulates Dala on their recent Candian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.
Dala’s Everyone is Someone is available for pre-order before its release on January 25th.
...the former Cherish the Ladies lead singer has hit her stride; her singing is unabashedly confident and self-assured, the choice of material (including traditional and contemporary songs plus a few Talbot/McCusker compositions) is stellar, and the arrangements -- Rusby references notwithstanding -- and musicianship supporting her are both outstanding and well-conceived.
All of this is evident on the highly entertaining, boisterous “Sally Brown,” an Anglo-American sea chantey that here is transformed into something resembling a Salvation Army hymn channeled through a Cajun festival, complete with horn section. Talbot, along with guest vocalist Eddi Reader, brings the right amount of verve and salt to a song, which almost certainly did not originate as something young ladies would sing.
Talbot goes to a completely different place on the emotional spectrum on the very next track, “Bantry Girls,” a lament for the Irishmen gone to fight abroad. The song has been covered by numerous male and female singers, but Talbot nonetheless brings forth its tenderness and tragedy; and her vulnerability and vibrato are eloquently enhanced by Carr, McCusker and double-bassist Ewen Vernal.
Other tracks of note include “Willie Taylor,” a cautionary ballad of love, devotion, and betrayal (with fearsome consequences) featuring cameos by Michael McGoldrick and Phil Cunningham; “Bleecker Street,” a Greenwich Village variant of “Patrick Street” -- about a one-night stand in which it’s the sailor who gets victimized -- that incorporates a riff from “Johnny’s Jig,” which McCusker devotees will recognize from his “Goodnight Ginger” album; and a cover of “At the End of the Day,” an overlooked Sandy Denny masterpiece that still tugs at the heartstrings. Speaking of covers, Talbot does herself proud by bringing in the authors of “Hang Me” (Kris Drever) and “Start It All Over Again” (Karine Polwart) to add harmony vocals to her renditions of their respective works.
Talbot, by the way, is to be the featured vocalist in this year’s “Christmas Celtic Sojourn” production -- one of many future appearances in the US, one would hope and trust.
Eileen Ivers perfromed at the annual Lincoln Square Holiday Tree Lighting and discusses being the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" with The Hunstville Times in preperation for her performance there of An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas, Dec. 2nd.
"Musicians have to work so hard at marketing themselves, constantly ... [Richard Julian’s The Grooveable Feast] allows viewers to peek through a keyhole, and see the real people behind the music.” (Baristanet.com)