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
Sarah Copus is a talented award-winning performer. She sings and writes her own songs, but she is also an accomplished harpist. In her particular case, music is something that truly runs in the family. She has been making music for many years alongside her parents, who are in a new age prog bands. However, in 2016 Sarah took the next step forward and decided to try her hand at a solo career. Even under the young age of 18, she managed to hit the Billboard charts with not one, but two albums, which generated positive responses, airplay and rave reviews on a global scale.
Sarah also performs in Gaelic, and is heavily involved with the Texas Celtic music community, often performing with talented local musicians and attending events, festivals and venues on a regular basis.
Sarah is only 13, yet she already has a stunning debut album under her name and a recent recording called Moorland Winds. This record features powerful renditions of stunning classics, performed with a lot of passion, respect, and humility. The artist herself stated that she decided to record these songs out of her love for these timeless melodies, and her desire to help preserve them for new generations of listeners.
The result is a record featuring some well-known folk songs, but also some performances that have a deep, personal touch and a strong connection with the artist. Sarah managed to showcase her musicianship on this release, not only by highlighting her versatility as a harpist, but also by exposing her vocal chops, with great harmonies, a really nice range, and some amazing arrangements. On this record, other talented musicians also appear, including Sarah’s parents, Randy and Pamela (on guitar and whistle, respectively), as well as Rick Holt (Bodhran), Nathan Kennedy (Fiddle) and James Song (violin).
The album is currently available worldwide via iTunes, and you can learn more about this young talent directly on Sarah’s official website:
1. Wind On The Moor 2. Rights Of Man - Off To California 3. Fields Of Gold 4. Merrily Kiss The Quaker - The Mist Covered Mountain 5. Foggy Dew 6. Gleanntain Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair 7. Hut On Staffin Island - Paddys Trip To Scotland 8. Star Of The County Down 9. Walking In The Air 10. Buttercup Spree - Garrett Barrys - Clare Jig 11. Down By The Salley Gardens 12. Dawning Of The Day 13. Harvest Home - Boys Of Bluehill 14. She Moved Through The Fair
Born in Montana, Lindsay Straw has always been a fan of great ballads and mellow folk-inspired music. Her passion finally started turning into something serious when she enrolled within the ranks of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. This is where she had the opportunity to meet fellow talented musicians and explore traditional folk music from the most fascinating European and American traditions.
Lindsay managed to stay quite busy in Boston, working with fellow students in The Ivy Leaf, a band with a passion of trad folk and Celtic melodies. Her solo work is particularly notable for her mellow vocals, stunning harmonies and intricate musicianship, bringing the songs to life with delicacy, yet energy and verve.
Her recent studio effort, The Fairest Flower of Womankind, Lindsay managed to collect stories, old folktales and ballads with a common thread: portraying strong, positive and inspirational female figures through her interpretations, and by bringing these melodies back to life for a modern audience. Armed with her guitar and bouzouki, Lindsay collaborates with a host of talented musicians, enriching her performances with stunning layers of accordion, fiddle, concertina and a lot more. While the arrangements remain strongly based on the sheer, heartfelt energy of her bare vocals and instrumental, other musicians truly add an additional dimension to her work, making for a genuine, colorful and tantalizing sound.
The production of this release is crisp, tasteful and understated, placing emphasis on the performance value and capturing Lindsay’s emotional performances, as well as the great chemistry she has managed to developed with her band members and studio collaborators for this particular project.
The Fairest Flower of Womankind is actually Lindsay’s second studio album, following her well-received debut release, My Mind From Love Being Free. It is interesting to see how Lindsay worked on these recordings differently. On her first album, the idea was simply to create a collection of great songs and beautiful melodies. On this second effort, her vision could almost be compared to creating a concept album, since all the songs have been selected and rearranged with a common thread line in mind, namely Lindsay’s connections with these songs as a woman.
5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
The Fairest Flower Of Womankind
1. The Forester 2. The Maid On The Shore 3. The Female Rambling Sailor 4. Basket Of Eggs 5. Fair Annie 6. Geordie 7. Young Beichan, Part One 8. Young Beichan, Part Two 9. The Outlandish Knight 10. The Crafty Maid's Policy/Fingal's Cave/Sheepskins & Beeswax 11. William Taylor 12. Sweet Lovely Joan 13. Blow Away The Morning Dew