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The Jerry Cans

Nunavut roots rockers The Jerry Cans kick off the year with “Arnalukuq.” The video is dedicated to those who experience domestic abuse, and the lyrics express love and support for those affected. The word ‘piujupaalujutit,’ which means ‘you are beautiful’ is repeated throughout.


Sad news from the website of Scottish band Shooglenifty.

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our brother Shoogle, Angus R Grant, passed away last night after a short illness. We would like to thank his doctors and the team from St Columba’s Hospice who enabled him to die peacefully at home surrounded by family and close friends. Here follows a short appreciation …

Angus R Grant

Angus first picked up a fiddle at five years old. He was given a quarter sized instrument by his uncle and the family were amazed when in just few days he had three tunes on the go. Perhaps they shouldn’t have been so surprised. As the son of the renowned left-handed fiddle player and teacher from Lochaber – Aonghas Grant – his destiny was to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Not that he saw it quite in the way that Grant Sr intended. In fact, his teenage years were full of filial rebellion, as he gave up the fiddle and took up the electric guitar. It was the time of punk, and a do-it-yourself vibe. Spending hours practising pibroch and puirt tunes seemed less attractive than thrashing away at a guitar. In those days, playing fiddle was decidedly uncool, ironically something Angus did much to change in the next 30 or so years.

Source: Shooglenifty | Angus

“Da Eye Wifey” – Cambridge (U.K.) Folk Festival on 2 August 2015

“The Pipe Tunes” from the first album, Venus in Tweeds (1994)

“Tammienorrie” – Cambridge Folk Festival 2007


One of the aspects that makes Malian popular music so compelling is the unique blend of Western and traditional instruments, like kora, balafon and ngoni. One of the lesser-known, but no less important instruments, is the njarka: a small, one-stringed violin, made from a gourd and stringed with the tail-hair of a horse.

Brehima “Youro” Cisse is a master of the njarka, and currently touring with Malian bluesman Mamadou Kelly, as part of his band Ban Kai Na. Youro was faced with unusual dilemma last week, when the one string of his njarka snapped and he needed to find a replacement.

Luckily, the band’s manager Christopher A Nolan swung into action, contacting a Hudson Valley neighbor with a nearby horse farm. A visit was arranged, and Maggie the Pony was kind enough to donate a tail hair or two for the cause. The results were a success.

Maggie: 1     Guitar Center: 0


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Mamadou Kelly and Ban Kai Na Remaining Tour Dates:

  • July 27 Joe’s Pub, Manhattan NY
  • July 29 BSP, Kingston NY
  • Aug 5 Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • Aug 6 Balliceaux, Richmond VA
  • Aug 7 Bossa Bistro, Washington DC
  • Aug 10 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY
  • Aug 12 Half Moon, Hudson NY



Listen to Djamila:


Photos: Christopher Nolan
Text courtesy of Tom Pryor

The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors English Country Dance every Monday at St. Mark’s on the Hill on Reisterstown Road and American Contra and Square Dancing every Wednesday at the Lovely Lane Church on St. Paul Street. The BFMS Open Sing is Thursday at Guitars of Pikesville. 888.646.BFMS

The Institute of Musical Traditions presents The Kennedys at Allyworld in Takoma Park, MD on Monday. 301-754-3611

At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Monday: The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience; Tuesday & Wednesday: Leon Russell; Thursday: Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. 410-268-4545

On Tuesday there’s an old-time music jam led by Ken and Brad Kolodner at Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the Station North Arts District. 443-956-1702

Thursday, Letitia Van Sant and Slow Down Tommy are at the Four Hour Day Lutherie on Harford Road. (410) 637-3728

Thursday is bluegrass night at The 8×10 with The Woodshedders, Plank Stompers, and Herb N’ Hanson. Friday it’s The John “Papa Gros” Band with special guest Cris Jacobs and Cara Kelly & the Tell Tale. 410-625-2000

Another Thursday show is the Anders Osborne and Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton MD. 410-822-7299. The same bands are at the 9:30 Club in DC on Friday. 202-393-0930

On Friday, Uptown Concerts at The Cellar Stage Baltimore features Seth Kibel & the Music Pilgrim Trio. The Cellar Stage is located in Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton on Harford Road. 410-521-9099

The Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival Battle of the Bands Round 2 is Friday at Union Craft Brewing.

In another Friday show, Andrew McKnight will appear at the 333 Coffeehouse in the Annapolis Friends Meeting House. (443) 333-9613

Saturday, Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio with guest multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy are at Germano’s Piattini Restaurant in Little Italy. 410.752.4515

Also on Saturday, Creole Carnaval will be at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC with music by Brushy One String (Jamaica), Emeline Michel (Haiti), and Casuarina (Brazil). 202-994-6800

Next Sunday at 5pm, the Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series presents the Grandsons’ Alan MacEwen and Scott McKnight with singing host Geoffrey Himes at An Die Musik Live. (410) 385-2638

New Charm City Junction video

Posted: December 23, 2015 in Videos

Charm City Junction backstage at Helicon’s 30th Annual Winter Solstice concert, Saturday, December 19, 2015.

Brad Kolodner: banjo
Patrick McAvinue: fiddle
Alex Lacquement: bass
Sean McComiskey: accordion

The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors English Country Dance every Monday at St. Marks on the Hill on Reisterstown Road and American Contra and Square Dancing every Wednesday at the Lovely Lane Church on St. Paul Street. The BFMS Open Sing is Thursday at Guitars of Pikesville. 888.646.BFMS

The Institute of Musical Traditions presents Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD on Monday. 301-754-3611

WTMD presents an evening with Sun Club on Wednesday at 8pm in WTMD’s performance space in Towson. Tickets are available at MissionTix. We’ll be broadcasting the show live on 89.7 FM.

At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Wednesday: Marshall Tucker Band; Thursday: ‘How I Got the Blues’: a multi-media show with Toby Walker and special guest Cory Seznec. 410-268-4545

The next Live Lunch in WTMD’s performance space in Towson is the Freddie Jones Band on Thursday. Come see the band live at noon or tune in to 89.7 WTMD.

Uptown Concerts presents Songs for the Holiday Season by Lynn Hollyfield with Dave Abe, Jimmy Brink, & Steve Wolf at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville on Thursday. 410-795-1041

Mountain Ride, Fiery Deep and Jordan August Band are at The 8×10 on Thursday. Saturday it’s A Very Jerry Christmas with Cris Jacobs and Friends. 410-625-2000

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents “Seasons of Light” with the duo Magpie at Seekers Church in Takoma Park MD on Friday. 301-754-3611

Another Friday show features Red Sammy at 1919 on Fleet Street in Fells Point.

Vox Pulchra & Tina Chancey will perform early and traditional holiday music from around the world at The Corner Store in Washington on Friday and Saturday. Sunday at 5pm it’s OCEAN Celtic Quartet‘s Winter Solstice concert.

Saturday is Helicon’s 30th Annual Reunion Winter Solstice Concerts at Kraushaar Auditorium of Goucher College with guests fiddler Elke Baker, stepdancer Jonathan Srour, and old-time/Irish music quartet Charm City Junction. Helicon is Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock and Chris Norman. Two shows at 3:30 and 7:30. 410-243-7254

Kipyn Martin

Kipyn Martin

Saturday is Folk Music Night at Perry Hall United Methodist Church on Belair Road from 7:00-10:00 pm. There’s an open mic, and featured guest Kipyn Martin. 410-529-7176

Also Saturday, Ensemble Galilei brings Irish, Scottish, early and original music to the Churches of the Nativity and Holy Comforter. 410-433-4811

The OCEAN Quartet has a Winter Solstice concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring. (301) 434-4050

Irish instrumental band Lúnasa with vocalist Karan Casey will be at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday. 240-567-5775

Christmas From Ireland in Maryland takes place Sunday at 2:30pm at The Severna Park Community Center in Severna Park. The show features Peter Brice, Catherine Marafino, Patrick McAvinue, Matt Mulqueen, Shannon Dunne and their students.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien

Detour Playlist
Paul Hartman
November 1, 2015 5:00PM – 7:00PM

* = some songs for Halloween

Time, artist, song, album, label, notes

4:58PM Stan Rogers “The Witch of the Westmorland” Between the Breaks… Live! [Borealis] Canada *

5:03PM The Kingston Trio “Zombie Jamboree” All Sides of the Kingston Trio [Silverwolf] *

5:05PM Jimmy Walker with Paul Westmoreland and His Pecos River Boys “Detour” Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1945 [Bear Family] Opening theme; Various artists CD

5:11PM Tim O’Brien “The Tulips on the Table” Pompadour [Howdy Skies]

5:14PM Terakaft “Tafouk Télé (The Sun is There)” Alone [OutHere] Mali

5:19PM Fred Eaglesmith “Spookin’ the Horses” Lipstick Lies & Gasoline [Razor & Tie] Canada; Playing in the Baltimore area this week

5:25PM Guy Davis “Taking Just a Little Bit of Time” Kokomo Kidd [M.C. Records]

5:29PM Garmarna “Gamen (Vulture)” Vengeance [NorthSide] Sweden *

5:33PM Bob Dylan “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: 1965-1966 The Best of the Cutting Edge [Columbia/Legacy]

5:40PM Solas “The Ditching Boy” The Turning Tide [Compass] USA/Ireland

5:44PM Teddy Thompson “Let Me Roll It” Let Us In: Americana – The Music of Paul McCartney …for Linda [Reviver] England; Various artists CD

5:49PM Richard Thompson “Oops! I Did It Again” 1000 Years of Popular Music [Beeswing] England

6:55PM Debi Smith “Haunted” Hits & Holidays [] Playing in the Baltimore area this week *

5:58PM Free the Honey “Jenny Caught a Catfish” Fine Bloom []

youssou-ndour-fatteliku6:01PM Youssou N’Dour et le Super Étoile de Dakar “Immigres” Fatteliku [RealWorld] Senegal; see video below

6:10PM Richard Thompson “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” Rumor & Sigh [Capitol] England; By request

6:15PM Loudon Wainwright III “Vampire Blues” More Love Songs [Rounder] *

6:20PM Pentangle “Reynardine” So Early in the Spring [Green Linnet] England *

6:24PM Insingizi “Basitshelile” Siyabonga (We Thank You) [ARC Music] Zimbabwe

6:28PM Mari Black “Draggin’ the Bow” Flight []

6:32PM Kepa Junkera “Nondik jo Maurizia?” Bilbao 00:00h [Resistencia] Spain (Basque Country); w/Béla Fleck

6:38PM The Turnpike Troubadours “Bossier City” The Turnpike Troubadours [Bossier City/Thirty Tigers] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

6:43PM Hillfolk Noir “North Idaho Zombie Rag (Mix 8)” Pop Songs for Elk [Self-released] *

6:47PM The Devil Makes Three “Deady Body Moving” I’m a Stranger Here [New West] *

6:50PM Calan “Gwdihŵ Shoes” Dinas [] Wales

6:52PM Dick Gaughan “No Gods and Precious Few Heroes” The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Folk [ARC Music] Scotland; Various artists CD

6:56PM Väsen “Johsefins dopvals” Trio [NorthSide] Sweden; Closing theme


Free download in November at Mark Erelli outlines the songwriting process for “By Degrees” on his website.
Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli

From Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba‘s latest album Ba Power.

Playlist for Sunday, July 26th

Posted: July 26, 2015 in Playlist, Videos

Detour Playlist
Paul Hartman
July 26, 2015 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Time, artist, song, album, label, notes

5:00PM The Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet “Ocean” Spinning World [Green Linnet]

5:04PM Kiran Ahluwalia “Hayat” Sanata: Stillness [] India/Canada

5:08PM Jimmy Walker with Paul Westmoreland and His Pecos River Boys “Detour” Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1945 [Bear Family] Opening theme; Various artists CD

5:14PM Hungrytown “Further West” Further West [Listen Here!]

5:17PM Brooks Williams “Frank Delandry” Shreveport Sessions [Red Guitar Blue Music]

5:21PM Fairport Convention “The Deserter” Liege & Lief [Island] England

5:27PM Flynn Cohen “Conversation With Death” The Lazy Farmer [Wepecket Island]

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

5:31PM Kate Campbell “Bury Me in Bluegrass” Songs From the Levee [Compass]

5:35PM Dü-Şems Ensemble “Apo Ta Glika Su Matia” Music From Turkey & Greece [ARC Music] Turkey

5:42PM Eliot Bronson “Rough Ride” (single) []

5:46PM Joseph Scala “Must Be You” Skin + Bones []

5:48PM Slim Sly Slender “Sullivan’s Island” High []

5:55PM John McCutcheon “Overalls & Snuff/The Connaughtman’s Rambles” Joe Hill’s Last Will [Appalsongs]

The Dustbowl Revival

The Dustbowl Revival

5:59PM The Dustbowl Revival “Drop in the Bucket” With a Lampshade On []

6:05PM Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys “‘Tite fille de la campagne” Voyageurs [Self-released]

6:09PM Martyn Joseph “Badlands” Tires Rushing By in the Rain [] Wales

6:13PM Joan Baez “Brothers in Arms” Recently [Guardian]

6:18PM The Once “Sail Away to the Sea” The Once [Borealis] Canada (Newfoundland)

6:25PM Tillamook Burn “Roberta” Tillamook Burn EP []

6:28PM Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy “Wedding Day Jig” One [Linus] Canada (Nova Scotia & Ontario)

6:33PM Carlos Núñez “Amanecer” Discover [RCA Victor/Sony] Spain (Galicia); w/Paddy Moloney, Derek Bell, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (Ireland)

6:38PM The Neilds “Treasure in the Rock” XVII [Self-released]

6:42PM James Hill “For So Long” The Old Silo [Borealis] Canada

6:46PM Jansberg “Kometens Hale” Terra Nova [GO’ Danish Folk Music] Denmark

6:49PM Kamerunga “Fannie Bay” Terra Australis [ARC Music] Australia

6:56PM Väsen “Johsefins dopvals” Trio [NorthSide] Sweden; Closing theme