A beautiful crossover release that combines classic folk with pop sensibilities, and more.
The Gothard Sisters stand out as a really hard-working group of musicians, keeping close bonds not only with family, but also with the roots of a genre of music they know and love deeply. Folk music is timeless, pure and unadulterated, and one of the most intriguing things about The Gothard Sisters is that they keep celebrating their love for the genre, while stamping their own personality on the music they perform. As a result, listeners can enjoy something that’s broader and more direct, definitely allowing the band to combine their musicianship with their compositional sensibilities...
We listen to a ton of music every day, and every once in a while, we have the pleasure to come across something truly special. This is definitely the case of Charlie Zahm and his brand new release, “Sing Me A Song Of A Lad Who Is Gone”.
Throughout his extensive career, Charlie managed to stand out as a great soloist, bringing the feel, sound and spirit of Celtic music to stages throughout the USA. His deep, baritone vocals have been described as “once-in-a-generation” and Charlie received praise and accolades for his work.
Gwyneth Glyn is a singer and performer hailing from Wales. Her music borrows from the ancestral local folk tradition, going for a memorable, lush and understated sonic palette that brings the staples of folk music to a modern audience...
If you are familiar with physics, you might know about string theory: We won’t pretend to understand all the inner mechanisms and the knick knacks of this deep scientific topic, but the juice is simple: tiny particles can have an influence on the biggest objects of the universe. Stuff we can’t even see can affect entire galaxies.
Even the smallest change can have a ripple effect and change the shape of everything. This is definitely something that’s also found in the music of We Banjo 3 - This talented line-up of musicians set out to create a simple, yet rich arrangements where even the smallest details matter. The performances on “String Theory” are beautiful and organic. The way the album was recorded feels natural and lively, highlighting the group’s chemistry as a unit and truly allowing their “groove” and rhythm cohesion to stand out.
The recording has a pleasant live feel and a nice roomy tone that feels realistic and engaging, almost as if the band was playing in the room with you. We particularly love this kind of production, because it feels intimate and genuine - there aren’t any noticeable lush studio effects reminding you that you are listen to a “session” - it is just pure and unadulterated talent, captured in the most authentic way.
We Banjo 3 set out to combine the classic melodies of Celtic folk and Irish music with a vibe and a sound that borrows from Americana, Blues, Appalachian Folk and many other essential forms of American roots music. The resulting sound is traditional - yet innovating.
The songs on the album features some jaw-dropping playing, and they are also engaging, dance-friendly and entertaining! It is always refreshing to hear a group of young and passionate musicians who really believe in what they do and love to bring something new to the music scene with their vision and unique approach to folk music.
Find out more about We Banjo 3 and listen to their releases through their official website: We Banjo 3
5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
String Theory - WB3
1. This Is Home 2. Good Time Old Time 3. Happiness 4. Island Orchard 5. Ain't Nobody Else Like You 6. Kentucky Grind 7. Trying To Love 8. Crann Na Beatha (Tree Of Life) 9. Little Liza Jane 10. Aunt Jemima's Plaster 11. Two Sisters 12. Chair Snappers' Delight
Get Up Jack is a band with a truly magnetic approach to their sound. They are widely appreciated by audiences and critics alike for their unique blend of Irish folk.
The group features multi-instrumentalist John Haggerty, as well as seasoned performer and songwriter Mike DeAngelis, drummer Scott Apicelli, guitarist/banjoist Crick Diefendorf, bassist Tom Pirozzi and harmonics Doug Johnson.
Their performances are energetic, upbeat and dynamic, and they are able to engage their audience with their stomp-laden songs, fascinating melodies and timeless harmonies.
Overtime, their earnest musical compositions and heartfelt performances earned them comparisons with masters of the crafts, including artists like The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones or The Clancy Brothers, just to mention but a few. However, Get Up Jack certainly set out to build their own way and follow their own path with their one-of-a-kind sound and vision.
Their most recent studio effort, “Alive & Well - Volume II", is a collection of songs that embody the band’s unique vision and sonic aesthetics. The album features 14 tracks that showcase a really broad dynamic range from this band. On songs such as “The Scotsman”, the band immediately fires up an energetic number with a tasteful arrangement and some thought-provoking lyrics that have a strong storytelling quality.
“Boys of The Old Brigade” expands on the energy and adds more to the table, with sing-alongs that are memorable and meant to include the audience in a really powerful experience. “Go Lassie Go” is certainly one of the most entertaining moments on the album, with its passionate groove and entertaining tempo.
What we particularly love about this band is that they are not only skilled entertainers: their music alternates moments of free inhibition and pure unadulterated energy, with other instances that are more introspective, intimate and emotions. On songs such as “I’ll tell me ma”, they also reveal a more understated and reflective side.
Find out more about the Get Up Jack and stay tuned for tours and releases by visiting their website: Getupjackband.com.
5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
Alive and Well Volume II
1. Galway Races 2. Bonnie Highland Laddie 3. Paddy on the Railway 4. Galway Girl 5. Big Strong Man 6. I'll Tell Me Ma 7. The Ramblin' Rover 8. Brennan on the Moor/Johnson's Motor Car 9. Streams of Whiskey 10. Go Lassie Go 11. The Girls From Derry 12. Festival of Galway 13. Boys of the Old Brigade 14. The Moonshiner 15. The Scotsman