Bluegrass and Celtic

Thanks to the wide success of the Punch Brothers, Bluegrass is making waves again! I was able have a little chat with Luke Fraser of The Bombadils  before he headed to the concert and that’s when he recommended two bands: The Creaking Tree String Quartet and The Foggy Hogtown Boys.

Creaking Tree String Quartet:

Genre: Acoustic Instrumenttal Roots MUsic.


Andrew Collins – mandolin
Brad Keller – guitar
Brian Kobayakawa – bass
John Showman – violin

From: Toronto, ON



They earned a Juno Award nomination for their 2003 debut CD. Their follow-up “Side Two” won the Pushing The Boundaries trophy at the 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, was named Instrumental Album of the Year at the Indie Acoustic Project Awards, and “Old Crow” won Instrumental Song of the Year at the International Acoustic Music Awards. Their third album “The Soundtrack” was nominated for the Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and won two Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Now, after 8+ years as a band, The Creaking Tree String Quartet present their fourth and finest album “Sundogs” a collection that highlights the group’s lauded versatility with depth and maturity. It’s the group’s most far-reaching and ambitious recording project to date; a diverse and inspired collection of 12 new works that not only push the quartet into new territory but bring an elite group of renowned guests along for the journey. Adam Warner and Sly Juhas on drums, Michael Davidson on piano and Burke Carroll on pedal steel, all perform on the record.


The Foggy Hogtown Boys

Genre: Country/Bluegrass


Max Heineman-Bass

John Showman-Fiddle

Andrew Collins-Mandolin

Chris Coole-Guitar

Chris Quinn-Banjo

From: Toronto,ON



Although, the group draws a great deal of inspiration and material from the “golden age” of bluegrass and country music, solid original songs written by members in the band blend well among the old chestnuts.  In 2005 they released “Northern White Clouds” – a 100Canadian content bluegrass album that features some excellent writing from all the members of the band. In 2007 – “Pigtown Fling” – a collection of original bluegrass and old-time instrumentals.Their latest album “The Golden West” (2008) is a mix of original and traditional bluegrass music with elements of old-time music and honky-tonk thrown in.


Jimmy’s Playlist

My friend in Lyon France has his own idea of the new and the cool so he always has his own comer in this site. Enjoy!

Scotland’s Aaron Jones and his partner Claire Mann make up half of a brillant new Celtic-German group called Litha. They just released their new album “Dancing of the Light” with contemporary folk and traditional jigs and reels, songs and instrumentals from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. Really worth a listen, very pleasant 🙂-Jimmy

Created by David Lemm through Muckle Hen Productions. The song is from Chris Bradley’s debut album ‘Voices’.

THE STEEL WHEELS – “Rain In The Valley” . . . from their soon-to-be-realeased CD, “Lay Down, Lay Low”. Always great to be back in WNCW’s Studio B. Thank you Martin Anderson and Dennis Jones. Be sure to see The Steel Wheels at Merlefest 2012.

Album: The Ravishing Genius Of Bones

Wow, I haven’t seen a parking lot performance like this before. Epic!-Me

Genticorum concert at the beautiful Ellen Theatre in Bozeman,Montana, February 1, 2011.Reel Circular, from the album Swim Rowers (2011)
Reel-Circular (Daniel Boucher, Bristol, CT)
The Trans-Lanaudière-Express (Pascal Gemme)

Filmed by Jem Moore:

The music video for ‘Paper Airplane’ from Alison Krauss & Union Station’s new album “Paper Airplane”. Available April 12th on Rounder Records.
Get it here:
The song is “Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird A’ Chuain” by Julie Fowlis. I know this song off her album Mar a Tha Mo Chridhe-Me

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