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Getting Celtic on the coast

Ask Randy Labbe what Celtic music sounds like and you're likely to get a fair amount of hemming and hawing.
Fiddle me this
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 22, 2011

Erica Brown is more than a pretty girl with a fiddle

Just hitting the backside of her mid-twenties and already coming up on two decades into her career as a fiddle/violin player and singer here in Maine and beyond, Erica Brown is one of the youngest true veterans on the circuit you're likely to find.
Bluegrass connections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 08, 2011

Putnam Smith laments, We Could Be Beekeepers

Reviewing his sophomore full-length, Goldrush , I accused Putnam Smith of wishing it were 1909 instead of 2009.
Back in black (and yellow)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2011

Brown Bird shape the sound of human existence

Last fall, Brown Bird officially downsized to two incredibly-talented partners in vocalist/guitarist/percussionist David Lamb and MorganEve Swain handling fiddle, cello, upright bass, and vocals.
Ghosts in the marina
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 27, 2011

Review: The David Wax Museum mesmerize Club Oberon

The Mexicano Americana folk band the David Wax Museum’s album-release party for Everything Is Saved at Oberon February 3 was a triumph in every way: musically, theatrically, even socially and politically.
Not so statuesque
By JON GARELICK  |  February 11, 2011

Changing rooms

The only big difference between the Carolina Chocolate Drops' show at the Paradise Saturday night and the one at the Somerville Theatre back in January was the venue.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, live at the Paradise Rock Club, October 16, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  October 22, 2010


Fiddle me this

I tend to suspect a solid percentage of what appear to be roots-movement bands are, in fact, punk bands who realized they get taken more seriously when they play acoustic guitars and pretend they've always been huge Johnny Cash fans.
Kingsley Flood don't even like alt-country
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 16, 2010