Category Archives: Music

A Kinrowan Estate story: The Calamity Janes

They called themselves the Calamity Janes and were a Americana group that showed up here.. Jack hadn’t booked them, indeed hadn’t even heard of them, but they decided to visit us one fine summer day as they’d heard they could … Continue reading

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Mike Carver’s Shining Down

Judith Gennett penned this review. This season, independent CDs by Former Red Clay Ramblers are popping up everywhere. This one, Shining Down , is by Mike Craver, whose forte is piano, but who also plays guitar, percussion, and theramin. The … Continue reading

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NYConnection’s Urban Griot

A griot is a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa. A bit presumptive, perhaps, for a quartet of white guys from Finland and Israel … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of September: Louisiana’s Lost Bayou Ramblers, live music by Kathryn Tickell, Ottawa based urban fantasies by Charles de Lint, Norwegian saxophonist Karl Seglem, Gus on the Estate Kitchen garden and other Autumnal matters

Every good fiddler has a distinctive sound. No matter how many play the same tune, each can’t help but play it differently. Some might use an up stroke where another would a down. One might bow a series of quick … Continue reading

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Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Kalenda

You know that moment when you hold your breath as you start up a record by a group whose previous record is one of your favorites ever, and you hope this new one is still just as great and maybe … Continue reading

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Billy Strings’ Turmoil & Tinfoil

If you love acoustic guitar playing, or if you love bluegrass music — or both — you have to check out the duet that Billy Strings plays with Bryan Sutton on a traditional tune called “Salty Sheep,” on Billy’s new … Continue reading

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Jack Cooper’s Sandgrown

Jack Cooper’s two-man band Ultimate Painting has made three albums and is working on a fourth, but in the meantime he has released his first solo album. Sandgrown is a song cycle that paints a sonic picture of his hometown, … Continue reading

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Anna Tivel’s Small Believer

Anna Tivel’s Heroes Waking Up rose to the top of my best-of list in 2016, which is unusual for a singer-songwriter album. I was therefore ecstatic to learn that she has a new record out already this year, and Small … Continue reading

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Various Artists’ Italia 3: Atlante di Musica Tradizionale — Roots Music Atlas; Various Artists’ Italian Café

Have you ever had one of those occurrence in which you put a CD on the player and sit down with the booklet, then look at the player, convinced that somehow the wrong disc got in there? The introduction to … Continue reading

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Karl Seglem’s Nordic Balm

I was initially leery of this album titled Nordic Balm with its whiff of New Age, but because I was very favorably impressed with Karl Seglem’s 2012 release NyeSongar.no, I resolved to set aside my prejudices and approach it with … Continue reading

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