About Dan Greenwood

Dan Greenwood, by day, is that insurance salesman John Prine sang about, but by nights and weekends masquerades as a dad, husband, gardener, amateur musician, homebrewer and platform tennis enthusiast.

Folkfinds: Rob Fong’s “Katy Hill”

For those concerned about traditional music’s appeal to the youth today, this week’s Folkfinds is Rob Fong of Asheville, NC. Rob fell in love with Southern traditional music a few years ago and has since become a skilled Piedmont guitarist, banjo player and fiddler. That may not be unusual, except … → read more

Folkfinds: John Daniel Lane’s “Walk Along John to Kansas”

Midwestern fiddler John Daniel Lane takes a panoramic high-definition view of American fiddle music and clearly enjoys experimenting with different styles. There’s a distinct and acknowledged John Hartford influence to his playing and repertoire, but he’s as likely to be playing Irish, Scandinavian, or hyperlocal Missouri styles and tributes to … → read more

Folkfinds: Mat Walklate’s “Cold In Hand”

English harmonica wiz Mat Walklate is another incredibly versatile performer on his instrument. While his focus can vary depending on which of the several bands he’s playing with, he works predominantly in Irish traditional music and blues, frequently mixing in old-time, bluegrass, ska, pop, country and whatever else catches his … → read more

Folkfinds: John Walkenbach & Friends’ “Opera Reel”

We didn’t realize it when we picked this week’s tune, but old-time instrumentalist John Walkenbach has been tangentially featured in Folkfinds previously; he is among the old-time mentors Mexican banjo picker Juan Cordero found in the Tucson Old-Time Music Circle. ‘Opera Reel,’ our favorite from his Soundcloud page, does present … → read more

Folkfinds: Richie Rosencrans’ “The Longford Weaver > Carrousel Prime (Dreamer’s Circus)”

Portland Oregon’s Richie Rosencrans gigs around town on bouzouki with his mostly-Celtic bands The Stomptowners, Na Rosai and Outbound Traveler. He uses his personal Soundcloud page to post what he calls rough demos and ideas; many tunes feature his deft clawhammer banjo or other instruments, and we’re the luckier for … → read more

Folkfinds: John Ashley Murphy’s “New Hot Springs Creek”

photo of John Ashley Murphy by Sheila Newman © 2007

John Ashley Murphy is a fiendishly talented harmonica player who’s only recently gotten around to releasing his debut album, ‘Midstream.’ While the influence of his rock roots is evident in his playing, John’s involvement in the Charlottesville old-time scene (with band Faster than Walking) has affected his repertoire and composition … → read more

Folkfinds: Brendan Taaffe’s “Train On The Island”

  Brattleboro, VT’s Brendan Taaffe takes a wide ranging approach to folk; he’s got a Masters in Irish fiddle, has studied mbira playing and choral arrangement in Zimbabwe, and composes new songs in American traditions including shape note and old-time. His band The New Line focuses on incorporating his mbira … → read more

Folkfinds: Ludvig O’Rourke’s “Jack Wilson”

  Back to Sweden once again, where something must be in the water. Ludvig O’Rourke is another excellent young Swedish banjo picker and fiddler; he had only been playing banjo for about a year when he made his first pilgrimage to Clifftop in 2014. An early jam there went so … → read more