VIDEOS: Finger-style guitarist Jim Hurst releasing new solo CD

•October 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Recently, in Nashville, I had the chance to see a solo performance by award-winning fingerstyle guitarist Jim Hurst. Jim was supposed to perform with another award winner, dobroist Rob Ickes, at an after-hours IBMA showcase. Ickes, as it turns out, was ill and couldn’t perform. Hurst, took to the microphone, explained Ickes’ absence, and proceeded to blow away a small, but appreciative, crowd. As much as I enjoy Ickes’ playing, I didn’t miss him during this show.

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VIDEOS: Funny video announces banjo player's latest release

•October 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Noam Pikelny is one of the country’s finest banjo players. But he can’t sing. Rather than listen to banjo jokes, I guess he decided to poke fun at himself and his singing. His latest release, called “Beat the Devil and Carry A Rail” (Compass Records), will be available on Oct. 25, 2011. In the meantime, Funny or Die has release a very funny video featuring Pikelny, fellow banjoist and humorist/actor Steve Martin, TV’s Ed Helm, and others.

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VIDEO: Duo to perform free show of Irish music in America at Stoughton Library

•October 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Traditional Irish music will be coming to the Stoughton Public Library from 2-3 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The award-winning duo of Atwater-Donnelly, a husband-wife group from Rhode Island, will perform this free show with the theme of Irish Music in America. Aubrey Atwater, an accomplished musician, singer and step-dancer, and her husband, Elwood Donnelly, also a multi-instrumentalist, play to packed houses throughout New England, performing traditional music as well as some originals.

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VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Exceptional show from The Honey Dewdrops

•October 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s not often I come away from a show absolutely wowed by a performance. The Honey Dewdrops, a Virginia couple who played at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass., for the first time Saturday night, brought a mix of harmonies, musicianship and stage presence that left me wanting more. Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman displayed the powerful vocals of other duos like David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, and while their styles differ, the Dewdrops bring a warmth to the stage that is endearing.

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VIDEOS: Virginia duo bringing mountain music to Mansfield on Saturday

•October 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

If you are drawn to the music of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, then the music of the Virginia-based duo The Honey Dewdrops might be just who you’d enjoy seeing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse. The husband-wife team of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman have been compared to Welch-Rawlings because of their beautifully blended vocals, and well-crafted songs with powerful images of faith, family and nature. Indeed, their voices seem lifted straight out of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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VIDEOS: The Roys a local bluegrass surprise in Music City

•October 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I was pleasantly surprised to find a local band among the flurry of groups in Nashville last week. The Roys now call Nashville their home, but Elaine and Lee Roy told me they occasionally get back to their hometown of Fitchburg, Mass. Despite their Bay State roots, this duo seems steeped in Nashville culture, from their shiny black tour bus emblazoned with their huge image to their latest release, “Lonesome Whistle,” which is all bluegrass.

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Video & audio interview: Folk guitar great Bert Jansch dies of cancer at 67

•October 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Bert Jansch, a founding member the seminal band Pentangle and amazing fingerstyle guitarist, died Oct. 5, 2011, of cancer. The Scottish folk musician was a leading force in the British folk revival of the 60s. He was 67. Continue reading ‘Video & audio interview: Folk guitar great Bert Jansch dies of cancer at 67’