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Iona Fyfe – Scots Singer of the Year

In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.

The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: 
„As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „

Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018

On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe

Playlist Iona Fyfe

Website Iona Fyfe

Website Graham Rorie

singer / songwriter

Roots of Woody Guthrie: Celebrating Woody at 100 –…

Roots of Woody Guthrie: Celebrating Woody at 100

July 14th, 2012 will mark the 100th birthday of the great songwriter, author and artist Woody Guthrie.  On today’s show we’ll honor Guthrie by playing a number of his songs and taking a look at some of the sources for the melodies he used and influences on the style in which he played and sang.

I have just discovered the site of Down Home Radio Show and I am exploring the great resources on this site.

“Down Home Radio Is A Hardcore, Unreconstructed, Paleo-acoustic, Folk Music Program.”

One of the recent shows was a podcast dedicated to Woody Guthrie whose 100th birthday was on July 14th 2012.

In this show you can hear 12 songs by Woody Guthry, each followed by an earlier version of a song that might be the original of Woodys song:

Woody Guthrie wrote very few original melodies, he took melodies of old time songs, folk and other songs and rewrote them with his own words to make them his own and into the songs we know today.

This is a very interesting show, for everybody who is interested in Woody Guthrie. You can listen to the show or download the podcast at:

Podcast Down Home Radio: Roots of Woody Guthrie: Celebrating Woody at 100

Woody Guthrie – 1945

Woody Guthrie Live 1944

This rare segment of BBC Radio’s Children’s Hour features a brief interview with folk singer Woody Guthrie. He recorded “The Wabash Cannonball” and “900 Miles” for this broadcast.

Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie 1940

There is another show dedicated to Woody Guthrie at Down Home Radio Show:

This week Henrietta and Eli discuss outlaw ballads and how criminals are transformed into popular heroes. In conjunction with that and of extra special interest, they rebroadcast a show Henrietta produced for WNYC radio back in 1940. It is Leadbelly’s show and he has as his guest, Woody Guthrie. This program has not been heard since it was first broadcast 67 years ago! Down Home would like to thank WNYC and archivist Andy Lanset for providing us with this rare material.

An interesting video is the following video about the making of the movie Woody Guthrie at 100:

The Making of Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection from Smithsonian Folkways

Down Home Radio Show:


Regina Spektor – Great Voice, Great Songs – Three…

I have recently discovered Regina Spektor when the cellist of her band Daniel Cho was tragically drowned before a concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

Regina Spektor grew up in Moskow where she began to play the piano. When she was 9 they emmigrated to the USA. Regina has studied the piano and composition, and she began to write her own songs and started her carreer as a singer/songwriter. She has produced several CDs, the latest CD is Far.

She plays the piano or the guitar to accompany her songs, but sometimes she just uses drum sticks to play the rhythm, or she has a band to play with her. Her songs have been used for TV series and movies. She writes interesting songs that are often influenced by her classical education as a musician.

NPR has produced several concerts with Regina Spektor, three concerts are available:

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009:

New York-based singer, pianist and songwriter Regina Spektor returns to Mountain Stage for the second time to perform songs from her recent album, Far. The album was recorded with three high-profile producers — Mike Elizondo, Jeff Lynne and Garrett “Jackknife” Lee — in addition to David Kahne, who worked on Spektor’s critically acclaimed 2006 album Begin to Hope. As Mountain Stage host Larry Groce notes, Far sounds concise thanks to Spektor’s distinct style and approach to singing, writing and playing.

With assists from Daniel Hae-Wan Cho on cello, Kaoru Ishi Bashi on violin and John McKenzie Smith on drums, Spektor’s rhythmic, nimble piano style and acrobatic, unconventional vocals are unifying factors in her thought-provoking songs. The latest single from Far, the powerful “Laughing With,” is included in this performance.

  • “The Calculation”
  • “Eet”
  • “Folding Chair”
  • “Machine”
  • “Laughing With”
  • “Dance Anthem of the ’80s”
  • “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
  • “Blue Lips

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008:

September 22, 2008 – In the early 2000s, Russian-born Regina Spektor was making music in tucked-away clubs on New York’s Lower East Side. By 2003, she’d landed a record deal with Sire, and her self-released album Soviet Kitsch was reissued by the label.

Spektor’s tantalizing piano playing and her quirky character pieces helped land her widespread exposure, particularly after the 2006 release of Begin to Hope. Buoyed by the hit song “Fidelity,” the album was critically acclaimed, and helped cement Spektor’s place as a pop-music phenomenon.

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006:

October 3, 2006 – Regina Spektor makes quirky, artfully orchestrated music with hip-hop rhythms, inspired pop melodies and the passion of punk rock. On tour for her latest CD, Begin to Hope, Spektor visited the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of music, originally webcast live on Oct. 3.

One of my favorite songs by Regina Spektor is Machine. I have added two videos of this song to this post – she plays together with her band including Dan Chon on cello:

Regina Spektor – Machine – Live Paris Bataclan 01-07-09

Regina Spektor – Machine Live (Bonnaroo 2010)

Additional information about Regina Spektor




Wikipedia (Engl.) about Regina Spektor: about Regina Spektor (German) with bio and CD reviews:

This post in German:

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Chantal Kreviazuk – At the Jackson-Triggs Estate Amphitheatre

On the CBC concerts on demand page currently a concert with Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk was featured. I was immediatly fascinated by the performance of Chantal Kreviazuk. She has a great voice and sings the songs with a lot of power and feeling.

The concert was recorded on Jun. 27, 2009 at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Chantal played the piano to accompany herself, and was supported by Kevin Fox on the cello and Karen Graves on the violin. I have the impression, that this concert was really a great event

Chantal Kreviazuk has now become one of Canada’s top music artists. Her performance at the Jackson-Triggs Estate Amphitheatre was sold out but Canada Live was there to record the magic as Chantal presented songs from her latest release called “Plain Jane”, along with some past favourites. Joining Chantal that night was Kevin Fox on cello and Karen Graves on violin.

Download of this concert has been removed in the meantime – you can listen to my youtube playlist instead:

It is not possible to embed the official videos, but I have found some good live videos:

Chantal Kreviazuk – “Surrounded” (Live)

Time – Chantal Kreviazuk @ Eaton Centre

Additional information


youtube channel with many official music videos:


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Since We Met: The Best of 1996-06 – Chantal Kreviazuk