Tag - Folk

M&V – What We Saw at Folk Alliance, Day 4

Yes, indeed - we heard a ton of music! Today we kick off our fourth (and final) 'What We Saw at Folk Alliance'  with The Armagh Rhymers, one of Val's absolute favorites from the Conference. The Armagh Rhymers need to be seen to be believed. One of the most...

Read more...

M&V – Who we heard at Folk Alliance: Late Night Day 2 + Day 3 :-)

Yes, indeed - Mark made it all the way through to KKFI's own Shapiro Brothers at 2:30 AM on Thursday. Valerie did not.  So only Mark got to hear Ordinary Elephant, Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm, and Shapiro Brothers) in their private showcases, but we all get to hear...

Read more...

Get Your Irish Music Here! (Irish Tune Types)

Irish instrumental music is by and large dance music, at least until comparatively recently. Now, except for isolated communities of interest, it’s mostly listening music, notwithstanding the vestigial audience participation – hand clapping, foot stomping, thigh slapping, etc. Arthur Young wrote in A Tour of Ireland (1776-1779): "Dancing is very...

Read more...

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?

Welcome to Mark & Val’s annual tribute honoring Traditional/Folk musicians who have passed in the prior year. It was a rough year for Traditional/Folk music lovers and today we’ll be honoring: Oliver Mtukudzi, known as Tuku; legend of the Zimbabwean music scene; celebrated as much for his messages in his...

Read more...

Foolkiller Christmas, Part I

Foolkiller Christmas, Part I is focused mostly on the British Christmas tradition through songs from the 13th century to the present day. We start with the Christmas story in carols, beginning with the Annunciation and ending with ‘… a ship came sailing in…’ (presumably up the Thames) from Bethlehem...

Read more...