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Eurolectric: Electric Folk from Europe features reviews of Holdviola's Túl a Vízen, Qntal's Qntal VII, Plu's Tir a Golau, and Maarja Nuut's Une Meeles. It includes music from Hungary, Germany, Wales, and Estonia.
Eurotunes: Instrumental Folk CDs from European Artists features reviews of Back to the 1780s by Wör, the self-titled CD by Bjäran, In The Round by Leveret, and Beppe Gambetta and Tony MacManus's Round Trip. It includes music from Belgium (Flemish music), Sweden, England, Scotland, and Italy.
Song for Ireland: Irish Music for St. Patrick’s Day features reviews of Solas's All These Years, Nuala Kennedy‘s Behave the Bravest, and the self-titled album from The Jeremiahs.
Womenfolk: British Folk Music by Women features reviews of Lady Maisery's Mayday, The Rheingans Sisters' Already Home, Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor, and the CD Songs of Separation, by various women including Jenny Hill, Karine Polwart, Hazel Askew, Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans, Eliza Carthy, and Kate Young.
Folk Alliance: Lomax Challenge Videos is an explanation of the Lomax Challenge at Folk Alliance International, and contains embedded videos of folk performers playing songs collected by the Lomaxes, including Dom Flemons, Peggy Seeger, Cody Brewer, and Gerald Trimble.
Powers of Two: Traditional Folk Duos features reviews of John Roberts and Debra Cowan's Ballads Long and Short: The Best of Every Sort, the self-titled CD by The Farwells, and the self-titled CD by Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller. It includes music from England and the United States.
Highlands and Islands: Recent Recordings of Celtic Music features reviews of Laura MacKenzie's From Uig to Duluth, The Battlefield Band's Beg & Borrow, and Barrule's Manannan’s Cloak. It includes music from Minnesota, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.
The Lomax Legacy In Louisiana: Great Music Comes Out of the Archive features reviews of the various artists compilations I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country and Brand New Old Songs: Recycling the Lomax Recordings. They feature mostly Cajun and Creole music, and artists include Josh Caffery, Joel Savoy, Claire Caffery, Michael Doucet, Dirk Powell, Megan Brown, David Greely, Zachary Richard, Canray Fontenot, Beausoleil, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Wayne Toups, Magnolia Sisters, Feufollet and Cedric Watson.
Celebrate the Midwest's Multi-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America is an extended review and discussion of James Leary's book and CD set by that title.
Americana for the Fourth of July features reviews of The Bumper Jacksons' Too Big World, Grant Dermody's Sun Might Shine on Me, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons's Take Yo Time, The Foghorn Stringband's Devil in the Seat, and Wayne and Max Henderson's Rugby, VA.
Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!) features reviews of Dom Flemons's Prospect Hill, Lakota John's Lakota John and Kin, Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson's Live at the Hamilton, and the compilations Blues Sweet Blues Volumes One and Two and We Are the Music Makers.
New Stirrings at Spoutwood Farm is an introduction to the Spoutwood Farm May Day Fairie Festival, at which for three days each year, an organic farm in bucolic Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, transforms itself into Faerieland.
Celtic Canadian Connections features reviews of Norah Rendell's Spinning Yarns, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville's Les Vents Qui Ventent, Chris Jones's Dacw’r Tannau, and Moxie's Planted. It features music from Ireland, Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Wales, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
The Lomax Connection features reviews of Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, The New Line's Cant Hold the Wheel, and Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle's Anna & Elizabeth.
Traditude: Traditional Music With a Twist features reviews of Mélisande [electrotrad]'s Les Métamorphoses, Trad. Attack's self-titled e.p., Gerald Trimble's Uncharted, and Altan's The Widening Gyre.
Lead Belly: Songster of Mythic Proportions is an extended review of the Smithsonian Folkways box set on Lead Belly.
Carlos Núñez Concert Honoring Alan Lomax's Spanish Fieldwork describes the occasion of a concert by Galician bagpipe player Carlos Núñez honoring the fieldwork of Alan Lomax. Lomax, who lived in Europe for most of the 1950s because he had been blacklisted at home, loved Galician music, and shared Carlos's belief that Galicia was essentially Celtic, which greatly colored his fieldwork.
Hot Albums Before Folk Alliance 2015 features reviews of Eamon O’Leary, Nuala Kennedy, and John Doyle's The Alt, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa's The Falling of the Pine, Spuyten Duyvil's The Social Music Hour Vol. 1, and Lauren Sheehan and Zoë Carpenter's Tillamook Burn.
Hungary for Music: Folk and Electro-Folk From Hungary features reviews of the self-titled CD by Bognár Szilvia és az etNoé, Holdviola's CDs Madárka and Vándorfecske, Holdviola's DVD Vándorfecske (Lemezbemutató Koncert), and the CD Szájról Szájra by Bognár Szilvia, Herczku Ágnes, and Szalóki Ági.
Electrifying the Folk features reviews of Marah's Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, Crumbling Ghost's Crumbling Ghost II, and Sourdeline's Sourdeline & Friends, featuring members of Fern Knight. It features music from England, France, and Pennsylvania.
Farewell, Fair Ladies: American Roots by Women features reviews of Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick's Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray, The Quebe Sisters' Every Which-a-Way, Betse Ellis's High Moon Order, and Martha Burns's, Old-Time Songs. These CDs would be filed under Americana.
Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor features reviews of Písnĕ z Hradů á Zamků, Místečko, Čechomor v Národním, and Čechomor 25 let Český Krumlov Live, all by Czech band Čechomor.
Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe features reviews of Euphorica's Archa, Grál's Grál I, Bohemian Bards’ The Roots of Grál, Igriczek's Magyarok Fénye, Fonó Zenekar’s Vadbarokk, and Szécsényi László's Indulj el Egy Úton. It includes folk, folk-rock, and medieval music from Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Killer Legends Available on DVD and iTunes is a second discussion of the film Killer Legends, a documentary about urban legends including interviews with me. It includes a rebuttal of criticisms made by Jason Colavito here. This led to another blog post by Colavito, and a discussion between us in its comments section, here.
Nord Encore: Recent Canadian Folk Releases features reviews of Stan Rogers's The Collection, Laura Smith's Everything Is Moving, The Bombadils' Fill Your Boots, De Temps Antan's Ce Monde Ici-Bas, and Maja and David's Nord. It includes music from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Denmark.
Killer Legends Brings Legends to Life is a discussion of the film Killer Legends, a documentary about urban legends and true crime cases including interviews with me. I am interviewed in the film about the legends known as "The Hook" or "The Hookman" and "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs."
Living Traces of Wales at Folk Alliance 2014 features reviews of Calan's Jonah, Gwenan Gibbard's Cerdd Dannau, Delyth and Angharad Jenkins's (DnA's) Adnabod, and Olion Byw's Mudo/ Migrating. The albums contained traditional and original folk music in Welsh.
The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014 features reviews of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins's The Wheel of Time, The Tillers' Hand on the Plow, The Tillers and Uncle Mike Carr's Wild Hog in the Woods, Billy Strings and Don Julin's Rock of Ages, and Old Buck by Riley Baugus, Emily Schaad, Debra Clifford, and Sabra Guzmán.
A Garland of English Folk, Old and New features reviews of The Young Tradition's Oberlin 1968, John Kirkpatrick's Every Mortal Place, The John Kirkpatrick Band's The Complete John Kirkpatrick Band, and The Owl Service's Garland Sessions.
Clannad's Nádúr and Other New Celtic Recordings features reviews of Clannad’s Nádúr, Carlos Nuñez's Discover, Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer's The Murphy Beds, and Sarah McQuaid's When Two Lovers Meet and The Plum Tree and the Rose.
Eurotrad: European Roots Music Recordings features reviews of Kardemimmit's Autio Huvila, Kari Tauring's Nykken & Bear, Aulaga Folk's A Menos Cuarto, and Kapriol’s Andé and Ridderspoor. It includes music from Finland, Norway, Spain, and the Frisian region of the Netherlands.
Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings features reviews of Geoff Kaufman's Sea Song Sampler, Bob Walser's Outward Bound on the J.M. Carpenter, William Pint and Felicia Dale's Blue Divide, and the Various Artists compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys. The last features performances by Shane MacGowan, Sean Lennon, Ivan Neville, Ricky Jay, Marc Almond, Tim Robbins, Susanna Hoffs, Todd Rundgren, Macy Gray, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith, Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski, Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Michael Stipe, and Courtney Love.
The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations is a general introduction to British and American May Day and May-related calendar customs, including descriptions from Chaucer, Malory, and Shakespeare.
More Canadian Finds From Folk Alliance 2013 features reviews of Le Vent du Nord's Tromper le Temps, The Slocan Ramblers' Shaking Down the Acorns, Pharis and Jason Romero's Long Gone Out West Blues, Ennis's The Fortunate Ones, and Sprag Session's self-titled CD. It includes music from Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia.
Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Americans features reviews of Spuyten Duyvil's New Amsterdam, Boiled in Lead (BiL)'s The Well Below, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's Child Ballads, The Langer’s Ball's The Devil or the Barrel and Lauren Sheehan's The Light Still Burns.
Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Brits features reviews of the self-titled CD from 9Bach, Joy Dunlop's Faileasan, Sam Lee's Ground of its Own, Jim Moray's Skulk, and Karine Polwart's Traces. It includes music from England, Scotland, and Wales.
Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Canadians features reviews of April Verch's Bright Like Gold, The Jerry Cans' Nunavuttitut, The Once's Row Upon Row of the People They Know, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac's Seinn, and Hurlevent's Ensorcelé à l’Aube. It includes music from Ontario, Nunavut, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.
Jack the Giant Slayer: Some Folklore Background is a general description of Jack Tales, based on my longer article found here.
From Wit and Mirth to Secret Songs of Silence: A Brief Introduction to Bawdy Songs is an introduction to the folk tradition of bawdy or off-color songs, and introduces our Bawdy Song show.
In Defense of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a defense of the film rebutting several unfavorable reviews.