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Musical Comedy:Shamus and Steve’s Crazy Celtic Journey to Glasgow

Musical Comedy:Shamus and Steve’s Crazy Celtic Journey to Glasgow

Shamus and Steve’s Crazy Celtic Journey to Glasgow is a musical comedy in the bardic tradition of storytelling. Artist Steven Hawson sent me a message about his new musical project. My curiosity was piqued. This isn’t just any project. It’s a comedy using Celtic music as a vehicle. The story of Shamus and Steve is […]

The High Drive:Playing music that is firmly rooted in the Celtic traditions

The High Drive:Playing music that is firmly rooted in the Celtic traditions

The High Drive: Playing music that is firmly rooted in the traditions of Scotland, Ireland, the Ottawa Valley and Cape Breton. Band members: Arthur Ross (fiddle) Nate Douglas (guitar/vocals) James M Law (drums) The ecstatic soul-plunging drums of The Rizla greeted me as I explore the music of The High Drive. Canadian members Arthur Ross […]

The Spotlight’s on The Varese’s

The Spotlight’s on The Varese’s

Varese is a town and commune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 km north of Milan. Which is an interesting name for a band (They are called The Varese’s pronounced as The Va-Ray-Zees). And I think the place has nothing to do with this Liverpool based band if you ask me but who cares? They […]

Mumford and Sons by Photography G

Mumford and Sons by Photography G

My friend Garrett Hacking of Photography G showed me new band pictures he took recently. And it’s not just any band. It’s Mumford and Sons who took the music world by storm. Their debut album Sigh No More(2009) landed on the UK charts at #11  and peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200. Their […]

Dan Aston and The Way Home Interview.

Dan Aston and The Way Home Interview.

Dan Aston is a young singer/songwriter from Cornwall UK. He shares his musical ideas in this interview with humor and enthusiasm! The Way Home was release last year but things got crazy and it took me months to get back to Dan Aston about the interview we’ve talked about. Dan is a charismatic young singer/songwriter […]

Pierre Massé Talks about His New Album Entre deux, Enter Two

Pierre Massé Talks about His New Album Entre deux, Enter Two

Entre deux, Enter Two is the new album by French-Canadian artist Pierre Massé and he has interesting things to say about the album’s creation.   http://store.pierrotechnique.com/album/entre-deux-enter-two   The ever poetic and passionate French-Canadian Pierre Masse finally released Entre deux, Enter Two, his full-length album. I posted my review the day the album came out. But […]

Book Preview: THE SPIRIT of IRELAND An Odyssey Home A  Memoir by Emmy Award Winning Writer Alan Cooke

Book Preview: THE SPIRIT of IRELAND An Odyssey Home A Memoir by Emmy Award Winning Writer Alan Cooke

Alan Cooke wrote a haunting follow up to the electric Naked in New York Memorable quotes from THE SPIRIT of IRELAND An Odyssey Home A  Memoir by Emmy Award Winning Writer Alan Cooke   It is true that certain events in life can alter us forever. It could either be a journey, a birth or […]

Garrett Hacking In Focus: People often tell me I “photograph emotion”

Garrett Hacking In Focus: People often tell me I “photograph emotion”

  It might surprise you, readers of this article if I tell you that Celtic rock was responsible in my discovery of photographer Garrett Hacking.  Yes he is part Irish and he was surrounded by the culture while growing up. His works are emotional and dynamic. Action is the word that comes to mind when […]

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