from_CD: Beloved (2014)
Hometown: Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Description: Sometimes tradition can stem from unlikely places. Avourneen, a Denver-based trio that specializes in Irish folk, doesn’t have direct geographic ties to Ireland. The band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native, violinist CL Morden, an import from California, and Aeryk Parker, a longtime Colorado resident and talented multi-instrumentalist. It was the music of Ireland that brought the trio together. Since launching in 2014, the band has quickly become one of Colorado's best-known Celtic outfits, with plenty of promise and potential to expand further.
Similiar: The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Bob Dylan, Flogging Molly, Liz Carroll
Instruments: guitar, fiddle, flute, penny whistle, bodhran, mandolin, harmonica
Personal Fact: Two of the band members visited Ireland in 2015, and the trip provided plenty of inspiration. Our second record is set to include songs written during that two-week trip.
Band: Abby Green
CDs: Why Should I? (2015), Fig For a Kiss (2011), Éiníní (2008)
Hometown: Austin, TX
Description: Abby Green brings Irish songs to life with her expressive vocals, unique arrangements of harmony and supportive Irish bouzouki playing. She travels nationwide researching, performing, and sharing the Celtic music she loves. This is her third CD, and she has also compiled a book of songs, The Tradition of Irish Song, complete with a harmony learning CD. Traditional music is meant to be shared and experienced by everyone! Enjoy!
Similiar: Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Rachel Walker, Cathie Ryan, Karan Casey
Personal Fact: I love cheese. When I travel, I order the same cheese based dish from every restaurant I visit and compare. Baltimore/Anapolis: Crab dip. Ohio: Grilled Cheese. Texas: cheese enchiladas.
Band: The Selkie Girls
CDs: Long Time Traveling (2014), Parting Glass (2013)
Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA
Description: The Selkie Girls feature soaring vocal harmonies and outstanding instrumentalists to create a vibrant , warm and energetic sound. They sing some old favorites as well as newer songs from Celtic traditions. Alli Johnson, the lead singer, sings in Scots Gaelic on several pieces inspired by the love of the language and a desire to keep it alive. Many of the members come from Scottish or Irish heritage.
Similiar: Julie Fowlis, Celtic Crossroads, Old Blind Dogs
Personal Fact: After visiting Edinburgh this year, I hope to take the band back there to perform our music “under the castle”.
Band: LQR (Liquor)
from_CD: 10 Pinter
Hometown: Bladel, The Netherlands
Description: What does a bottle of whiskey sound like after six born musicians have had their way with it? What does rock ‘n’ roll taste like when these same guys blend their passion for Irish folk, steaming Americana and solid rock into a swinging cocktail?
The answer is: LQR, short for Liquor. The label mentions folk rock since 2007. Those who uncork this bottle will taste a unique palette of styles from the entire music history. Traditional craftsmanship fired at you with a nod to folk giants like Flogging Molly and the Pogues. With Irish whiskey, its equivalent from the Scottish Highlands and countless foaming miracles from the Low Countries as other sources of inspiration.
Similar: The Pogues, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, The Dreadnoughts, Rumjacks
Influences: Folk, Punk Rock, Gypsy Ska, Americana, Blue Grass
Instruments: Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass, Drums
Personal Fact: This is our first full-length album. We're trying to add something new to the Celtic Punk Folk scene.
Band: The Fretless
from_CD: The Fretless
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Description: The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres they play using only string instruments. There are countless fiddle styles across Canada and around the globe that have been stagnating over time, and The Fretless is working to incorporate a new approach and a new audience. As a band, all four members have come from very different traditional and contemporary backgrounds, and are influenced by a vast array of art. However they are unified in their goal to continually develop their amalgamated sound in order to push traditional music as far as possible.
Similiar: Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, Alistair Fraser, Crooked Still
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Banjo, Voice
Personal Fact: We like CHEEEESE