Articles for the Month of September 2013

Experiencing a Celtic Music Jam

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The last Sunday of the month there is a Celtic Music Jam Session at the Black Market Bar and Grill at 5 Points in Birmingham, AL.  Its a great way to expose yourself free-of-charge to popular Irish tunes played on flute, penny whistle, and fiddle, accompanied by instruments like guitar, a Celtic drum called a bodhran, or in my case, a Celtic mandolin.  But there is room to be more than an audience member.  If you have played Irish music on one of the listed instruments or have a desire to

CD Review: Jefferson Ross–Isles of Hope

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You will be taken on a journey through the rural and suburban Deep South in Jefferson Ross’s latest album Isles of Hopean acoustic collection of songs featuring  tales of, “murderers, shoplifters, car thieves, hypochondriacs, a voodoo witch doctor, a legendary blind blues singer, winos, a dustbowl farmer, Noah, a pothead Tupperware selling mom and a pair of Siamese twins,” as Ross puts it in his notes on the making of the album.  His vocal style and guitar playing are reminiscent of Delta blues, but his lyrics have a conversational quality that invites the listener to kick

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