Christmas Cheers! We are Warming Up.

So many tunes, to little time. It's always like that year after year. But I got a few of these goodies from the artists I've interacted in the last few weeks so I am bringing you their Christmas musical efforts. They are all great to hear and the tunes will add warmth to this month of reflection and …

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James Law’s Neknomination (Fiddle Version)

  As the extraordinary fiddler of the Canadian Celtic trio NUA, his projects don't go unnoticed. As in the case of this Neknomination, where he shows his amazing instrumental excellence through guitar and fiddle. I did a brief message exchange with him and came up with interesting facts, including a forthcoming new album from NUA! 1. Can …

Brishen and Podcast #24

Members: Quinn Bachand, lead guitar Richard Moody, violin Reuben Wier, rythm guitar & vocal Joey Smith, upright bass. It has long been regarded that Canada is a melting pot of the best traditional music in Europe. What I admire about the Victoria, BC quartet Brishen is how they combine Jazz with world and folk elements. When …

The Log Drivers: Folk and Modern Beauty

The Log Drivers

The Log Drivers deliver another fresh sound from Canada. They combine that love for traditional style and modern sensibility to create a kind of sound that teeters between the ancient and the urban. Even fiddler and singer Julie Fitzgerald maintains that jazzy vibe with an understated vocal delivery that comes out elegant and timeless. I …

A Tune for Burns Supper

Robert Burns was a charmer with sad eyes. Anyone can draw their own conclusions but that’s what I see in him ( the portrait by Alexander Nasmyth) and in his poems. There’s that heart breaking beauty in all his works. It is interesting how history can transcend his growing up in up poverty and hardship …