Tag Archives: Folk

KELLI RAE POWELL: REDEFINING EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT THE UKULELE

I’ve had to take a hiatus from Apsara for several months, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview folk artist Kelli Rae Powell, whose latest album has taught me more than a thing or two about the versatility and … Continue reading

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RED PLANET: TAKE TIME TO GET TO KNOW ARBOREA

Somewhere between electro-acoustic and folk, and between forest and ocean, emerges the music of Arborea, a husband-and-wife duo from Maine. Since releasing their first album Wayfaring Summer in 2006, Buck and Shanti Curran have toured regularly across the United States … Continue reading

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THE SOUND OF SECRET NAMES: A STRONG FIRST ALBUM FROM TWANG DARKLY

Appalachian Mountain dulcimer doesn’t always take center stage in American folk music, let alone in a rock band. But in the band Twang Darkly, it gets the spotlight. The Sound of Secret Names (Mar. 2012), the first studio album by … Continue reading

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‘UNOFFICIAL’ PEACE: JOHN MCCUTCHEON’S ‘CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES’

Today, just five days before Christmas, U.S. President Barack Obama held a ceremony to conclude the Iraq War. But battles sometimes come to a standstill even without official sanction, as John McCutcheon sang about on his 1984 album Winter Solstice. … Continue reading

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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

We just celebrated Diwali (the Hindu new year) in our household, kicking off a season of new beginnings while winding down the current year. My birthday is also around the corner, so lately I’ve found myself thinking not only about … Continue reading

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