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

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   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

KIRK SUTPHIN & RILEY BAUGUS: Long-Time Piedmont Pals

Baugus & Sutphin: Longtime Piedmont Pals

      KIRK SUTPHIN & RILEY BAUGUS Long-Time Piedmont Pals Old Blue Records 705   The title of this CD by Kirk Sutphin & Riley Baugus is particularly apt. The two met on their grade school bus. Riley was bringing his violin for music class and Kirk … → read more

RED HEN STRINGBAND: Birds of a Feather

Red Hen: Birds of a Feather

      RED HEN STRINGBAND Birds Of A Feather Wepecket Island 016   Red Hen Stringband is a very special aggregation of master musicians. At first they appear as an old-time stringband with fiddle, banjo and all, but one listen will indicate that we’re dealing with something … → read more


Grobner & Kolodner: Sun Rise

    MARK GROBNER and        KEN KOLODNER Sun Rise Sunrise Music 11   Mark Grobner and Ken Kolodner are both world class masters of the hammered dulcimer. Ken has performed and recorded with Helicon, Laura Risk, Elke Baker and his son Brad. Mark spends … → read more

JOHN JACOB NILES: The Boone-Tolliver Recordings

        JOHN JACOB NILES The Boone-Tolliver Recordings LM Dupli-cation 4 LM Dupli-cation Website   “Over coffee and liqueurs we would sometimes listen to John Jacob Niles’ recordings. The metallic clang of his dulcimer never failed to produce ecstasy… Like a psalmodist, he intoned his verses in … → read more

RYAN McGIVER: Troubled in Mind

Ryan McGiver: Troubled In Mind

        RYAN McGIVER Troubled in Mind Ryan McGiver   Ryan McGiver’s debut album, Troubled in Mind, features mostly traditional music from his native Catskill Mountains. Ryan is a fine singer whose intimate style resembles Nick Drake at times and he accompanies himself well on guitar. What … → read more


Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson: Lady Diamond

        BRYONY GRIFFITH and      WILL HAMPSON Lady Diamond Selwyn 0007   English fiddler and traditional singer Bryony Griffith and melodeon player and dancer Will Hampson have played together in various ensembles for the past 20 years. These include Bedlam, The Newcastle … → read more