Ann with an E

The talented Amybeth McNulty stars in this new adoption of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables) filmed on location in Prince Edward Island. Beautiful scenes, music, drama and a great story line makes this show irresistible!

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Medieval Mothers

The stories are below aren’t pulled from “Game of Thrones.” Promise.

In the rough-and-tumble setting of medieval England, royal mothers were expected to do far more than just ensure their children, the future monarchs, were healthy and well-educated. She had to wield all her influence and patronage to keep her son in power—and keep her husband from killing him.

Before the Norman Conquest of 1066, royal succession was not fixed. The inheritance rights of young children were often passed over to ensure that an experienced warrior was on the throne. It provided the perfect recipe for royal intrigue, and mothers with sons to defend often faced down tradition—and their own husbands—along the way. Queens were supposed to value their roles as both wives and mothers, but when forced to pick between the two, their children always came first.

Read more from Smithsonian.com.

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The Fairest Flower

Born in Montana, Lindsay Straw has always been a fan of great ballads and mellow folk-inspired music. Her passion finally started turning into something serious when she enrolled within the ranks of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. This is where she had the opportunity to meet fellow talented musicians and explore traditional folk music from the most fascinating European and American traditions.

Lindsay managed to stay quite busy in Boston, working with fellow students in The Ivy Leaf, a band with a passion of trad folk and Celtic melodies. Her solo work is particularly notable for her mellow vocals, stunning harmonies and intricate musicianship, bringing the songs to life with delicacy, yet energy and verve.

Her recent studio effort, The Fairest Flower of Womankind, Lindsay managed to collect stories, old folktales and ballads with a common thread: portraying strong, positive and inspirational female figures through her interpretations, and by bringing these melodies back to life for a modern audience. Armed with her guitar and bouzouki, Lindsay collaborates with a host of talented musicians, enriching her performances with stunning layers of accordion, fiddle, concertina and a lot more. While the arrangements remain strongly based on the sheer, heartfelt energy of her bare vocals and instrumental, other musicians truly add an additional dimension to her work, making for a genuine, colorful and tantalizing sound.

The production of this release is crisp, tasteful and understated, placing emphasis on the performance value and capturing Lindsay’s emotional performances, as well as the great chemistry she has managed to developed with her band members and studio collaborators for this particular project.

The Fairest Flower of Womankind is actually Lindsay’s second studio album, following her well-received debut release, My Mind From Love Being Free. It is interesting to see how Lindsay worked on these recordings differently. On her first album, the idea was simply to create a collection of great songs and beautiful melodies. On this second effort, her vision could almost be compared to creating a concept album, since all the songs have been selected and rearranged with a common thread line in mind, namely Lindsay’s connections with these songs as a woman.

5 Stars from Celtic Radio!

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Appalachian Paddy

The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of story telling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base, as well as critical acclaim in numerous publications.

Here are the Elders playing one of the recent tunes called “Appalachian Paddy” which tells the story of Dinny McCann a sliver of a man who emigrates to America and becomes part of the fabric of America – Appalachian.

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House of Hamill

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan have been making music for many years, and they happened to cross paths about a decade ago, somewhere in the backstage of a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Ever since then, they shared quite a few musical adventures, touring around the country, although they finally decided to collaborate in 2014.

Also busy with his band “Enter the Haggis”, Brian immediately struck up great stage chemistry with Rose, and moved to Philadelphia, where the pair started “House of Hamill. The young duo have over 25 years of collective experience as musicians and songwriters, and they both excel at a wide variety of instruments, from fiddle to classical violin and guitar. Their songs are always on the edge of traditional and innovation, as they clearly enjoy what they are playing and their performances are electrifying. The pair debuted earlier in 2016, with “Wide Awake”, an album chockfull of mesmerizing melodies that redefine what’s traditional, with personality and verve.

One of the most striking aspects about the songs on the album, and the performances of this talented pair of musicians, is definitely the rare ability to truly touch the audience with their enthusiasm and deep passion for the craft. With so much experience, Rose and Brian are true naturals, and they know what it takes to keep the audience engaged, whether on a stage or in the recording studio.

On songs such as “Heart Shaped Box” or “Daydream”, the duo explores some really uplifting melodies with some fun and heartfelt executions. Tracks such as “Guns Of The Magnificent Seven” and “Fierce Cottage” are absolutely electrifying with energy seeping through each note, even during the most mellow moments. The latter song is particularly striking for its tense, dark atmospheres, combined with the uplifting rhythm section and the masterfully executed fiddle leads and rhythm guitar arrangement.

House of Hamill channels the diverse background and wealth of talented skills of both musicians involved within this project. They achieve a truly interesting blend of folk, which is rather separated from the pair’s other projects and bands, but yet it still retains that common denominator: passion, heart and feeling behind everything they do.

5 stars from Celtic Radio for this Celt-Folk Dream Team!

Wide Awake



5.0 Stars!

 
   

Track List

1. The Pinnacle
2. Nightmare
3. Memory
4. Fierce Cottage
5. Daydream
6. Guns Of The Magnificent Seven
7. Flashback
8. Son Ar Rost
9. Wide Awake
10. Heart Shaped Box
 

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