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Gregg Allman?s Final Trip to Muscle Shoals Roots

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder Records, 2017) Southern Blood is a bittersweet recording. It?s the last studio album by the southern rock legend before he passed away. Gregg Allman recorded Southern Blood at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a place of special significance, where the Allman Brothers Band made some of their first … Continue reading Gregg Allman?s Final Trip to Muscle Shoals Roots

Artist profiles: Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed was born in Willesden, London, UK in 1963. She has Irish and English roots. Tweed is an accordion virtuoso known for her work with The Kathryn Tickell Band (1990-1993), The Poozies, Roger Wilson, Sally Barker and her insatiable appetite for Irish sessions. Tweed has also recorded two releases with Ian Carr, Fyace (Fyasco) … Continue reading Artist profiles: Karen Tweed

Artist profiles: Swp

Swp is a transnational band featuring two Swedish and two British musicians; two men and two women; a combination of Nordic folk fiddling and traditional Celtic music. Their music moves effortlessly from Swedish polska to Irish jig, from Swedish ?vals” to British waltz, with swinging arrangements, memorable original compositions, grace, respect and passion. Band member … Continue reading Artist profiles: Swp

Artist profiles: Susana Seivane

Susana Seivane Hoyo was born August 25, 1976 in in Barcelona, Spain. She is the legitimate heir of a lineage of bagpipe craftsmen: the Seivanes. Her father is a bagpipe maker and her grandfather Xos Seivane is one of the remaining old pipers still alive who together with Ricardo Portela or Moxenas (both deceased) formed … Continue reading Artist profiles: Susana Seivane

Artist profiles: Strunz & Farah

Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah, originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, have pioneered a new expression for the acoustic guitar. Bringing the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic rhythmic and improvisation-rich original compositions these “fieras de la guitarra” (“wild animals of the guitar”) have profoundly influenced guitarists everywhere creating a … Continue reading Artist profiles: Strunz & Farah

Artist profiles: Steve Shehan

Born in Fort Eustis, Virginia, Steve Shehan spent his childhood in the Florida Keys. Later he moved to Europe, living in Sweden, where he started playing professionally as a recording and performing artist. He also worked as a music therapist before moving to France. Before focusing on percussion and composition he studied drums, bass, piano … Continue reading Artist profiles: Steve Shehan

Artist profiles: Stephen Kent

Pioneering didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent was born in Devon, UK. Through his efforts, he has brought the ancient Aboriginal sound into a contemporary context. ‘I want to capture the essence and potential of the didjeridu and to put it on the musical map as a serious instrument with incredible versatility,’ said the composer and multi-instrumentalist. … Continue reading Artist profiles: Stephen Kent

2017 Holiday Gift Guide ? Day 5

                  Acoustic guitar starter kit

The Masterful Irish Craft of Usher?s Island

Usher?s Island – Usher?s Island (Vertical Records, 2017) Usher?s Island is a new superband that brings together some of the greatest contemporary Irish folk music musicians. Andy Irvine, Dnal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle have played with the most iconic Irish and Irish American bands: Planxty, Bothy Band, Lunasa and Solas. The … Continue reading The Masterful Irish Craft of Usher?s Island

2017 Holiday Gift Guide ? Day 4