Delightful Fado and Beyond from Carla Pires

Carla Pires – Aqui

Carla Pires – Aqui (Ocarina, 2016)

Aqui is a superb album by award-winning fado vocalist Carla Pires.  The album contains a set of impassioned vocal performances accompanied by exquisite guitar arrangements. Although the majority of the album features captivating fado songs, Carla Pires also adds other passionate styles such as Argentine tango and Brazilian samba.

The lineup includes Carla Pires on lead vocals; Luis Guerreiro on Portuguese guitar; Pedro Pinhal on classical guitar; André Moreira on acoustic and electric bass; Filipe Raposo on piano; Marcelo Mercadante on bandoneon; Edu Miranda on mandolin, cavaquinho, and seven-string guitar; and Rui Vaz, Pedro Casaes, and Margarida Antunes on backing vocals.

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Artist Profiles: Carla Pires

Carla Pires

Portuguese artists Carla Pires initiated her singing career in 1993. She participated in various musical projects, recording soundtracks and appeared as an actress in Portuguese TV series. For three years she played the role of young Amalia Rodrigues in the highly popular Portuguese musical about the iconic fado singer.

Carla Pires’ debut album was Ilha do meu fado, released in 2005. She started touring internationally in 2008, performing in France, Spain, Austria and Algeria. Since then, she has regularly toured abroad, presenting her music in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2012, Carlas Pires showcase at French world music showcase Babel Med Music in Marseilles.

Carla Pires

In 2014, Carla Pires toured The Netherlands with a live show called Fado, a co-production between the Portuguese National Contemporary Ballet and the International Danstheater (Amsterdam). The show won the Audience Dance Award in 2014.

Her third album Aqui was dedicated to Lisbon and features a mix of fado, tando and samba.


Ilha do meu fado (Ocarina, 2005)
Rota das Paixões (Ocarina/World Village, 2012)
Aqui (Ocarina, 2016)


Passionate Boleros from Costa Chica

Various Artists – Mexico: The Best Boleros from Costa Chica

Various Artists – Mexico: The Best Boleros from Costa Chica (ARC Music, 2018)

The compilation Mexico: The Best Boleros from Costa Chica showcases the thriving bolero scene in the Costa Chica region of southern Mexico, in the Pacific Coast region. Boleros are passionate love songs that are popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

This anthology includes the finest artists from the region, including veteran performers as well as rising talent. It was originally curated by Mary Farquharson, one of the co-founders of Corasón Records, Mexico’s leading world music label. Corasón licensed it to Arc Records for international distribution.

Mexico: The Best Boleros from Costa Chica demonstrates Mexico’s musical hybridization, featuring Spanish guitar and poetic influences along with percussion that came from the Afro-Cuban tradition.

Mary Farquharson wrote the liner notes and the CD booklet includes the Spanish-language lyrics.

The lineup includes:

Pedro Torres set: Pedro Torres on vocals and guitar and Alberto Urbán on requinto.

Fidela Peláez set: Fidela Peláez on vocals; Celerino Jiménez on requinto; guitar; Jorge Jiménez on guitar; Javier Sosa on bongo; and César Adrián Reyes on electric bass.

Chogo Prudente set: Chogo Prudente on vocals and guitar; Héctor Diaz on lead guitar; Rai Jhalel Prudente on quijada de burro (ox jaw) and arcusa; and Anibal Cruz López on bongo.

Los Tres Amuzgos set: Elfego Torres on second voice and guitar; Miguel Castañeda on requinto and third voice; and Margarito Antonio on first voice and guitar.

Las Hermanas García (daughters of the great requinto player Mariano García): Celia García on first voice; Laura García on second voice and guitar; Mariano García on requinto and musical direction; and César Adrián Reyna on electric bass.

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Del McCoury Band Headliner at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Spring 2020

Del McCoury Band

The Del McCoury Band will return to Pittsboro, North Carolina for his fifth performance at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival. The spring edition of the festival will take place May 7 – 10, 2020.

Other artist scheduled to perform include Donna the Buffalo, Rising Appalachia, Keller Williams, Driftwood, Dr. Bacon, Loamlands and 50 other acts.

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Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn To Release Collaborative Album

Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn – Wu Fei & Abigal Washburn

Guzheng master Wu Fei and skilled banjo player Abigail Washburn have announced their self-titled debut collaborative album, scheduled for release on April 3 on Smithsonian Folkways Records. The album combines American old-time music and Chinese traditional music.

Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn will be presenting the songs from this album in the Washington, DC area and New York City in April.

Thursday, April 2nd: The Music Center at Strathmore – North Bethesda, MD
Saturday, April 4th: The Sheen Center for Culture and Thought – New York City, NY


Artist Profiles: JigJam


JigJam is an award-winning ensemble from Ireland. The quartet combines traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana. they call this genre iGrass.

Multi-instrumentalists Jamie McKeogh and Daithi Melia and fiddler Cathal Guinan all hail from Co. Tullamore. Multi-instrumentalist Gavin Strappe was born in Co. Tipperary.

All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture and have developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music while staying true to their Irish roots.


Oh Boy! (JigJam Records, 2014)
Hello World ( JigJam Records, 2015)
Live in Tullamore ( JigJam Records, 2017)
Phoenix ( JigJam Records, 2019)


Artist Profiles: Orlando Julius

Orlando Julius

Nigerian music legend Orlando Julius was born in 1943 in Ilesa, Nigeria. He performs classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic edge, constantly pushing musical boundaries.

Julius is one of the initial Afrobeat forerunners, preceding even Fela Kuti.

Starting in the 1960s, he brought together traditional African sounds and rhythms with American pop, soul, and R&B.

He spent many years in the United States working in partnership with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and South African musician Hugh Masekela, and his voice has been a fundamental part of the invention, growth, and popularization of Afropop.

Julius released a widely admired Afrobeat album titled Jaiyede Afro. In 1966, he released Super Afro Soul, which made him a national celebrity in Nigeria. The record’s dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was ahead of its time, and shaped the funk movement that swept over the United States in following years.


Super Afro Soul (Polydor, 1966)
Orlando Ideas (Philips, 1972)
Orlando Julius and The Afro Sounders (Philips-West African-Records, 1973)
Love Peace & Happiness (Jungle Records, 1978)
Disco Hi-Life (Jofabro, 1979)
Dance Afro-Beat (Afro-Beat Records, 1984)
Jaiyede Afro, with The Heliocentrics (Strut Records, 2014)


Artist Profiles: Zedashe

Zedashe Ensemble

Zedashe, from the eastern are of the Republic of Georgia, came together in the mid-1990s. The ensemble sings a repertory consisting of ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from the Kiziqian region, and Georgian folk dances.

The ensemble also performs love songs, historical ballads, and ritual circle dances that are accompanied by the chunir (Svan lute), panduri (Kiziq lute), chonguri (Gurian lute), doli (drum), chiboni (goat-skin bagpipes), and accordion. Zedashe has toured internationally with appearances at major festivals and universities in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania and the US.

The Zedashe ensemble is based in the medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, in eastern Georgia. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the current incarnation of the ensemble was founded in the mid-1990s.


Where Mountains Meet Heaven ‎(Space Cadette Records, 2000)              

The Raising Of Lazarus ‎(Space Cadette Records,  2002)           

In The Footprint Of Our Ancestors: Ancient Polyphony Of Georgia ‎(Zedashe Cultural Center,  2006)        

Bridges To The Divine: Ancient Polyphonic Chants From Georgia ‎(Zedashe Cultural Center)     

Enduring Fortress ‎(2010)              

Intangible Pearls ‎(Electric Cowbell Records, 2013)          

Our Earth And Water ‎(Living Roots Music, 2015)   


Artist Profiles: The Gloaming

The Gloaming – Photo by Rich Gilligan

Dublin-based The Gloaming is a five-piece ensemble featuring some of the globe’s finest Celtic musicians, including singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, fiddle maestro Martin Hayes, hardanger fiddle virtuoso Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and New York-based pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett, also kkown as Doveman, best known for his work with The National, Grizzly Bear, and Nico Muhly.

The Gloaming’s self-titled 2014 debut album and subsequent recordings received widespread acclaim.


The Gloaming (Real World Records, 2014)
2 (Real World Records, 2016)
Live at the NCH (Real World Records, 2018) Artist Profiles: The Gloaming


Sahba Motallebi and Rahim AlHaj to Perform in New York City

Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi

Two masters of Middle Eastern string music, Iranian tar master Sahba Motallebi and Iraqi ud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj are set to on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, New York City. The concert is presented by the World Music Institute.

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Concert details at at World Music Institute


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