CLANNAD: The Essential

          CLANNAD The Essential RCA/Legacy legacyrecordings.com   The word “essential” can refer to something that is absolutely necessary, its deepest essence, or even both at once. Whether or not this two-disc collection satisfies either definition is very much a matter of individual taste. Clannad began in … → read more

AFRICANDO: Viva Africando

          AFRICANDO Viva Africando Sterns 1120 www.sternsmusic.com   In late 1992, Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sylla (the man behind Syllart Records) arrived in New York City. He was accompanied by Boncana Maïga, a Malian flautist/arranger who had lived in Cuba for 12 years, and three noted West … → read more

KENNEDY’S KITCHEN: Birds Upon The Trees

          KENNEDY’S KITCHEN Birds Upon The Trees Kennedy’s Kitchen www.kennedyskitchen.com   Based in South Bend, Indiana, this family-based acoustic outfit is fronted by singer-guitarist joHn (Spell-check is going berserk, but yes, that’s how he wants it) Kennedy and includes two of his highly talented nephews, Liam … → read more

TOMMY SANDS: Arising From the Troubles

Tommy Sands: Arising From The Troubles

          TOMMY SANDS Arising From The Troubles Elm Grove Music http://www.tommysands.com   The profession of troubadour-peacemaker is a noble one, and nowhere has it proved more challenging, and at long last rewarding, than in Northern Ireland, where Catholic and Protestant children can now attend “mixed” schools … → read more