DANIEL KOULACK and KARNNEL SAWITSKY: Fiddle and Banjo: Tunes from the North, Songs from the South

Koulack and Sawitsky's Fiddle and Banjo

      DANIEL KOULACK and KARNNEL SAWITSKY Fiddle and Banjo: Tunes from the North, Songs from the South Self-released www.hearthmusic.com   I adore this album. The title says exactly what it is, fiddle and banjo, and Koulack and Sawitsky apply them to a handful of wonderful tunes and sparkling … → read more

HALTADANS: EP

Haltadans EP

          HALTADANS EP Haltadans www.haltadans.com   Discussions of Shetland Islands fiddling often begin with Aly Bain and proceed to Fiddlers’ Bid, the latter so famed that locals simply call it Da’ Bid. Both Bain and Da’ Bid deserve their accolades, though they would recoil at attempts … → read more

KATHERINE FIRST and THE KITCHEN PARTY: Dancing Tables and Dancing Chairs

        KATHERINE FIRST and       THE KITCHEN PARTY Dancing Tables and Dancing Chairs Fiddle First Music 002 www.katherinefirst.com In Ireland, one of the greatest honors a family can bestow upon a visitor is to invite that person into their kitchen. The kitchen is considered the room of greatest … → read more

LE BRUIT COURT DANS LA VILLE: Les Vents Qui Ventent

          Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville Les Vents Qui Ventent Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville www..lebruitcourtdanslaville.com   To say that the second album from Québécois power-trio Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville (loosely translates as “The Word Around Town”) has been a long-anticipated event … → read more

JUURI & JUURI: Pelimannit

        JUURI & JUURI Pelimannit Aania 23 www.aania.fi   After a decade together, Finnish musicians Eero Grundström (Harmonium, harmonica, voice) and Emilia Lajunen (5-string fiddle, nyckelharpa, voice) have finally made an album. Well, not one album, but two. The band name, which translates to ‘Root & Root’ … → read more

ARNE ANDERDAL: Godsruta

Arne Anderdal: Godsruta

        ARNE ANDERDAL Godsruta: Tradisjonmusik frå Hallingdal og Hemsedal Etnisk Musikklubb 81 www.etniskmusikklubb.no   Norwegian Arne Anderdal has played the Hardanger fiddle (like a normal fiddle but with four sympathetic drone strings) and investigated the music of the Hallingdal and Memesdal regions for much of his life. … → read more

DENNIS STROUGHMATT: La Belle Blondine

Dennis Stroughmatt: La Belle Blondine

        DENNIS STROUGHMATT La Belle Blondine Swallow 6223 www.swallowrecords.com www.creolefiddle.com   When you studied US history, you probably never learned about the French Creole settlers who founded the Illinois territory 300 years ago along the Mississippi and the Wabash Rivers. With the The Louisiana Purchase the influence … → read more