Spirit Family Reunion
"Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section-- and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations -- it's the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant."
-Paste Magazine Best of What's Next
Mandolin Orange is Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. These up-and-comers hail from Chapel Hill, NC. Andrew's fine tunes mixed with their superb vocal blend and exciting musical accompaniment make for an extrordinary entertainment experience.
The Blue Shadows- Althought this Canadian band is no longer together, you should check them out. Click on the bands name to hear a segment on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross about the band. Their double CD "On The Floor Of Heaven" is available on iTunes.
Watch them on YouTube.
Johnny Gallagher - Johnny Gallagher of Bundoran, Ireland booked a tour of northwest Ireland for two of my bands, Brenda Linton and Rain Dance. Johnny had Harry's Guitar Shop, owned by Rain Dance's very own Harry Tueting, repair a guitar for him and invited us to come over and play some shows with his band, Boxtie. The tour was great fun and Rain Dance and Johnny Gallagher and Boxtie had a wonderful time gigging together. Brenda's band toured Ireland May 4-22 2006. Please visit Johnny's website at http://www.johnnygallagher.com. There you can find out all things relating to Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band. We also want to thank Steve McGovern of Cootehall for booking most of the dates for Brenda's tour.
Eva Cassidy - Eva was a one-of-a-kind singer. She became famous (after her tragic death in 1996) when her recording of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" received air-play in England. It was voted one of the top 100 vocals of the century there. There is a wonderful website about Eva at www.evacassidy.net/eva.
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole - Known as Iz, this Hawaiian singer released a beautiful medley of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World" on his Facing Future CD. This medley was featured in the movies "Meet Joe Black" and "Finding Forrester" and was also used in an episode of "ER". He had a truly remarkable voice. Click here to learn more about IZ.
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