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Ciaran Algar Releases The Final Waltz

Ciaran Algar -  The Final Waltz
Ciaran Algar – The Final Waltz

Multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Algar has a new album titled The Final Waltz (Fellside). Ciaran plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, and percussion and is one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today.

In 2015, Ciaran began working on a solo project that resulted in his debut solo album, The Final Waltz. The primary vocalist in the band is emerging singer, Sam Kelly. The majority of the album, nonetheless, is instrumental, and the tunes that are used in the sets are a selection of Ciaran’s favorites that he has learned over the last 11 years of playing Irish fiddle. Rather than recording every tune set with fiddle and guitar, Ciaran has combine traditional tunes with a contemporary-style of accompaniment. The Ciaran Algar band will be touring in 2016.

Ciaran’s musical influences come from deep within the Irish tradition. This Irish connection led to Ciaran taking part in the Fleadhs run by Comhaltas, in which he was really successful. Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (fiddle, fiddle slow airs, bodhran) all by the time he was 16 years old.

In late 2011, Ciaran met young singer and guitarist Greg Russell for the first time, and played a few songs with him. The duo has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (and a third nomination) and released two albums, Call and Queen’s Lover, and a live DVD, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar in Concert.


Sierra Hull Releases Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind

Mandolinist Sierra Hull has a new album titled Weighted Mind (Rounder Records). Weighted Mind includes folk-pop, bluegrass, and new acoustic music. The instrumentation is comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals.

Béla Fleck produced the album and also appears on two tracks. Weighted Mind also includes special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens.

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New Fela Kuti 3CD Compilation ‘Highlife – Jazz and Afro-Soul’

Kinitting Factory Records has announced the release of Fela Ransome Kuti and Koola Lobitos’ ‘Highlife – Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969).’ The 3-CD compilation is scheduled for release April 1, 2016.

‘Highlife – Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)’ contains all the Koola Lobitos recordings with a 12-page booklet, including a full discography and essay by Fela Kuti scholar and author Michael Veal. The significant collection of 39 tracks, recorded live at the Afro-Spot in Lagos, Nigeria, in the mid-1960s demonstrates how Fela used a mix of jazz and high-life to create the early beginnings of what was soon to become his characteristic Afrobeat.

The compilation traces Fela’s musical evolution in the decade before he formed the famous Africa 70 band. In 1958 Fela was sent to London by his parents to study medicine but he decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music.

Upon returning to Lagos in 1963 Fela had aspirations of becoming a successful modern jazz musician and became the leader of Koola Lobitos, a popular dance band. ‘Highlife – Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)’ follows Fela Kuti’s career, from highlife (a genre considered to be a West African slant on jazz) to soul to the beginnings of Afrobeat.

Also for Record Store Day (April 16, 2016) Knitting Factory will release a limited edition 10” vinyl single of the 1986 recording of “I Go Shout Plenty”, backed with “Frustration”.



Celtic Supergroup Solas to Release All These Years

Solas - All These Years
Solas – All These Years


Solas, the superb Irish-American Celtic music band has announced the release of its new album titled All These Years. The 20th Anniversary Album is schedule for release on February 19, 2016.

The album features the current lineup of Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, Eamon Mcelholm, Mick Mcauley and vocalist Moira Smiley along with former members of the band.


Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands to Release The Hazel and Alice Sessions

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands - The Hazel and Alice Sessions
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands – The Hazel and Alice Sessions


Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands celebrate the work of pioneering bluegrass duo Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard on their upcoming album The Hazel and Alice Sessions, scheduled for release January 21, 2016.

The Hazel and Alice Sessions includes young prodigy fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves, Americana songstress Aoife O’Donovan, Alice Gerrard herself, and a duet with Linda Ronstadt.

Hazel and Alice were two of the first professional female artists in bluegrass and they paved the way for so many more, though not without difficulty.

Laurie has always been inspired by Hazel and Alice and is herself a trailblazing woman in bluegrass who has now inspired multiple generations as well. Their new album features songs written by Hazel and Alice, plus traditional songs from their repertoire.


Snarky Puppy to Release New Album Family Dinner – Volume Two Featuring Susana Baca and Salif Keita

Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy


Snarky Puppy the rising stars of jazz-rock, are set to release the band’s ninth album, Family Dinner – Volume Two, out February 12, 2016 on Universal Music Classics. The album is a follow-up to the Grammy-winning Family Dinner – Volume One (2014).

Family Dinner – Volume Two includes both the audio album and a companion DVD that contains footage of the recording process, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes b-roll. Recorded in New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Family Dinner – Volume Two will be donated to the charity organization Roots of Music.

With Family Dinner – Volume Two, Snarky Puppy puts its unique stamp on new arrangements of eight re-imagined tracks, and act as the “house band,” with vocals by a selection of eclectic artists representing a variety of genres. The line-up of guest artists includes Becca Stevens, Väsen, Susana Baca, Charlie Hunter, Chris Turner, Salif Keita, Carlos Malta, Bernardo Aguiar, Laura Mvula, Michelle Willis, Jacob Collier, Big Ed Lee, Knower, Jeff Coffin and David Crosby.



Snarky Puppy is led by award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer and arranger Michael League.

Next live dates

December 11th, 2015 – State-X Festival – Den Haag Netherlands

December 31st, 2015 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY

January 1st, 2016 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY

January 4th 2016 – The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL

January 5th, 2016 – Plaza Live Orlando – Orlando, FL

January 6th, 2016 – Jam Cruise 14 – Miami, FL

January 11th, 2016 – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL

January 15th, 2016 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

March 9th, 2016 – Luna Park – Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 6th, 2016 – Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam – Potsdam, NY


Akameyimoh Baby Boy

Young Spirit - Akameyimoh Baby Boy
Young Spirit – Akameyimoh Baby Boy

On Akameyimoh Baby Boy (Canyon Records CR-6513, 2013), Young Spirit performs pow-wow music recorded live at Red Mountain. Unlike other pow-wow groups that feature an all-male cast, Young Spirit features male and female artists.

Performers on this recording include Tawni Andrade (Bishop Paiute), George Faithful (Frog Lake Cree), Gilbert Buffalo (Samson Cree), Truman Chief (Cree), Brad Crain (Cree), Lucas Ernest (Cree), Ian Crate (Cree/Saulteaux), Arianne Sheka (Ho-Chunk), Candace Godwa (Cree), Jessie Waskahat (Frog Lake Cree), Elijah Williams (Northern Paiute), Michael Bellanger Andrews (Ojibwe/Kickapoo/Sac & Fox/Paiute/Navajo), Joseph L. Quincy (Nakoda/Aaniih), and Jacob Faithful (Frog Lake Cree).

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Celtic Supergroup The Gloaming to Release New Album in February 2016

The Gloaming
The Gloaming


Real World Records has announced that 2, the new album from The Gloaming will be released on Friday, February 26 of 2016.

The recording sessions will take place in December at Real World Studios. The album cover will feature another image from Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, the duo responsible for the artwork of The Gloaming’s debut album.

The CD and download versions will be released on February 26th. The LP release will follow on May 6th.

The Gloaming includes Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett.



Country & Eastern Releases Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandith Taranath: Live In Stockholm 1969

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandith Taranath: Live in Stockholm 1969
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandith Taranath: Live in Stockholm 1969
Country & Eastern has released Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandith Taranath: Live in Stockholm 1969 (CE36). The material here is Raag Chandrakauns in a Dhrupad recording from a private concert in Stockholm 1969 with two of the real giants of Hindustani music, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on rudra veena and Pandit Taranath on pakhawaj.

“In the spring of 1969 Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Pandit Taranath Rama Rao were returning from their first teaching trip to U.S. Z. M. Dagar had been at Wesleyan and Taranathji at Ravi Shankar’s school in L.A. if I remember right,” says producer Bengt Berger. “Since I was learning from Taranathji and had stayed in the same house as Dagarsaheb in Chembur I invited them to stop by in Stockholm on the way back to India and managed to secure a few playing occasions for Swedish Radio and TV as well as a couple of concerts. One of them was a private concert in the atelier of the late Swedish painter Axel Törneman in Stockholm. The sound from the private concert is quite good and the music is of course wonderful so, we are happy to offer you their Raag Chandrakauns from this evening.”

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Norwegian Folk Music Masters Participate in Spelemannsmøte


Norwegian accordion player, Tore Viken, recently celebrated his 70th anniversary, and wanted to accomplish a dream to mark the occasion. The vision that Tore had was that his folk musician friends would make a CD together. His friends and colleagues received his wish with enthusiasm, and thanks to a productive co-operation with EMCD, Etnisk Musikklubb and Skansen Lydstudio Tore’s dream has come true.

The Spelemannsmøte CD features many different musical traditions from places such as Gubrandsdalen, Røros, Oppdal and Telemark come together. The melodies are played on regular fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, diatonic button accordion and accordion. In this collection you will find the leading Norwegian folk musicians, people who have won both the national competitions in traditional music and old fashion dance music, Landskappleiken and Landsfestivalen.

Many of these melodies have an ancient sound and are Norway’s national treasures played in a masterly fashion. Some of the musicians include Tron Steffen Westberg, winner of Landskappleiken and the King’s trophy for solo fiddle in 1999; Leif Inge Schjølberg, winner of Landskappleiken for solo fiddle in 1994, 1995 and 1996; Andreas Bjørkås, winner of Landskappleiken for solo fiddle in 2003, 2010, 2012, 2013 (King’s trophy) and 2015; Astrid Sulheim, winner of Landskappleiken for solo fiddle in 2004 and 2011; Olav Luksengård Mjelva, winner of Landskappleiken for solo hardanger fiddle in 2008 and Spellemannsprisen (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy) in 2009; Ottar Kåsa, winner of Landskappleiken for solo hardanger fiddle 2011 (King’s trophy), 2012 and 2015 as well as Spellemannsprisen in 2012.



Track List

1. Gammal reinlender

2. Kømmen frå Kongsvinger, pols

3. Sankthansdagen, vals av Kristen Vang (1902-1979)

4. Springleik etter Ola Aasen (1905-1979)

5. Reinlender etter Ola Nerlo (1888-1960)

6. Sleggveien, vals av Anders Bjernulf

7. Storpolsdansen, sprenglek

8. Sprenglek etter Ola Nerlo

9. Sprenglek etter Ola J. Rise (1877-1954)

10. Junidagen, vals av Andreas Bjørkås

11. Fossegrimen, gangar

12. Lättsam vals, av Pers Erik Olsson (1912-1983)

13. Reinlender av Olav Ivar Rise

14. Sprenglek av Erik Viken

15. Masurka etter Sigurd Aalmen (1903-1964)

16. Påskenatt, vals av Sigurd Biløygard (1917-2012)

17. Skamsarvalsen etter Hans Skamsar (1884-1963)

18. Kvannebergen, laus

19. Fant-Karl-vals etter Jakob Skogum (1923-2013)

20. Lars Krokje, springleik etter Ola Aasen

21. Pols etter Jørgen Wehn (1834-1921)

22. Siste leken Sulhusgubben spella, pols

23. Gjetargutsong

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