“Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world.” ― Jane Yolen.
In this interview, Andy Irvine chats with Ruth Hazleton about Australia, songwriting, traditional song and his lifetime passion for the songs of Woody Guthrie. It features three songs: ‘Gunshot Creek’, ‘Banks of Bann’ & ‘Polly on the Shore’. From his website: “ANDY IRVINE is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a […]
This interview features Tim Meyen and Pip Thompson from Super Rats – discussing Romanian (Roma) lautari music, the complexities of learning traditional music from different cultures, and the surprising merits of the humble lemon crisp biscuit. Super Rats is a pun. It sounds like the Romanian word supărați, meaning “annoyed ones”. ‘Lautari’ music comes from […]
Stuck in lockdown in Melbourne, I’ve been listening to a lot more music at home – particularly in the evenings while I potter about, preparing food in the kitchen. After interviewing Zulya last week, I decided to revisit her earliest album, Aloukie. Not having heard it for many years I was absolutely delighted to listen […]
Since arriving in Australia from Ireland in 2010, Áine Tyrrell has become a popular presence at Australian festivals and venues. She is proudly bold, outspoken and her songs have been described as “anthems for humanity”. In February 2019, Áine released Return to the Sea; her third studio release. Throughout the album, there is a clear narrative that explores […]
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