Pia Raug is a sensitive, warm Danish folk singer-songwriter, rooted in a thoroughly american-inspired 1970s tradition that approaches blues, country and pop with as much reverence
As someone partly brought up in Hungarian culture and near the pulsating history of its folk music, the hammered dulcimer is close to my musical heart.
There’s probably no genre of Christmas music copied as widely, among people with no connection to it, as Hawaiian music.
Or, well, genre is not really the right word.
One thing you’re often told about Christmas music is just how fake it is. How commercial. How plastic.
As long as there have been Christmas records, there have been solo instrumental Christmas records.
Folk revivals have happened with some regularity during the 20th century. It is a style which tends to come back into fashion a lot.
Alan Mills could elocute. He had a distinguished voice with authority. He was a classically trained operatic bass.
The concept of the “overproduced” record is an interesting one.
The Kingston Trio is, quite straightforwardly, the most important band in the history of music that people don’t normally know about.
The album Christmas With The Louvin Brothers surely must have sounded incredibly old-fashioned in 1961.