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

Folkfinds: Scott Hunter’s “Skyline”

  Oakland CA’s Scott Hunter is a veteran, if adamantly amateur (in the best sense of the word), musician – one who does it for love, relaxation, and enjoyment. Fortunately he shares his pieces online so those of who’ve connected with him can experience those same benefits. His sense of … → read more

Folkfinds: William Csorba’s “Up From Columbus”

William Csorba

  It’s been a while since we visited any fingerstyle guitarists, so today we introduce William Csorba of Houston. Will is a prolific young Texan of the resurgent American Primitive guitar school, already several albums and EPs deep. His work takes a cinematic approach to the discipline, frequently guiding the … → read more

Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman”: A Ballad as Prayer

The Early Years I played Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska over and over when I was in high school. It’s a dark, meditative album full of rage and sadness, which soothed me. I was sixteen, and had just moved to a new town. I was miserable. Long-distance phone calls were rare … → read more

Folkfinds: AnTara’s “I Have A House Of My Own With A Chimney Built On Top Of It”

AnTara

  With a Sanskrit name meaning ‘the space between’ while also recalling one of Ireland’s most ancient spots, it’s no surprise that AnTara seeks to apply multiple layers of significance to their music. Sarod player Mattu Noone and percussionist Tommy Hayes form the core, creating a contemporary Irish music by … → read more

Folkfinds: Willi Goehring’s “Up The Hill”

Will Goehring

  Willi Goehring, originally from Illinois, moved to Fayetteville to pursue an MFA in Poetry and emerged as something of an Ozarks renaissance folklorist. Musically, he’s a a multi-instrumentalist well-grounded in old-time, and a tour through his Soundcloud page yields drunken late night square dances, vaudeville patter, and virtuoso performances … → read more

JOHN FLYNN: Poor Man’s Diamonds

JohnFlynn: PoorMansDiamonds

          John Flynn Poor Man’s Diamonds www.johnflynn.net 009 www.johnflynn.net   The prolific John Flynn checks in with a new release that is a truly beautiful album. His bright spirits and the excellence of his song craft buoy the project. John’s good friend Harvey (John Harvey, Philadelphia-based … → read more

Folkfinds: Loran Otzer’s “Martello Tower” (Joined by SPRuNG!)

Loran Otzer

Loran Otzer is a talented though humble Italian sing-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist equally enamored of country, pop, folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. His quirky lo-fi productions frequently call all those to mind, but filtered through the immediacy of Gilberto Gil (whom Loran claims never to have heard) – just, well, Italian. … → read more

GRETCHEN PETERS: Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds

          Gretchen Peters Blackbirds Scarlet Letter 10 www.gretchenpeters.com   Gretchen Peters first moved to Nashville in the 1980s. She has written a long string of some of the best songs from there, often dealing with thorny human issues. “Independence Day” about spousal abuse and a monster … → read more