Tim O'Brien (b. March 16, 1954 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is an American bluegrass, old time and celtic musician. O'Brien plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and mandocello and is an accomplished vocalist. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s and became part of the music scene there. In 1978 he founded the bluegrass group Hot Rize. Hot Rize had its own offshoot band called Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers.
Guitarist Paul Tasker & singer Iona Macdonald formed Doghouse Roses in late 2005 after one too many nights listening to old music whilst drinking red wine. They soon developed a sound that lies in the spaces between Pentangle and Fairport Convention, with a nod to Gillian Welch on the way. Doghouse Roses have released two EPs to date and their full length debut, “How’ve You Been (All This Time)?” was released on the 6th of October, and preceded by a single, “Greener the Grass / Years”, in May.
“A sharing of gold is but brief, but a sharing of song lasts long.”
- Gaelic Proverb Mary Jane Lamond is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit. This sharing has garnered Mary Jane numerous JUNO and East Coast Music award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience. Her latest recording, SEINN, is released on September 18. It reflects the great love and respect that Mary Jane and Wendy have for Nova Scotia tradition, and for each other.
Fiddlers’ Bid are internationally respected as leading exponents of their unique musical heritage and rich fiddle tradition and are global ambassadors for Shetland. A dynamic four fiddle front line joins with a powerhouse of piano, bass, guitar and Scottish harp to create a “display of stunning virtuosity”. Since their formation in 1991, the "flying fiddles and furious talent" of Fiddlers’ Bid have astounded audiences all over the world with their expressive, high energy music and performance. "Beware: Fiddlers’ Bid is infectious and habit-forming”.
Robby Hecht’s music represents a return to the early 70s golden era of acoustic pop where thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics were blended with timeless melodies to impact mainstream music and culture. His debut album Late Last Night, produced by Lex Price (Mindy Smith) and mixed by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse), was released in May of 2008 and features an impressive list of guest performers including Mindy Smith, Jeff Coffin, Thad Cockrell, Jill Andrews of The Everybodyfields, John Deaderick (Patty Griffin), Andrea Zonn (James Taylor) and more.
Kathleen MacInnes was born and brought up on South Uist, Western Isles, in a Gaelic speaking home, and has enjoyed an interesting career in television, as an actress, presenter and singer. Kathleen's various projects on television include being presenter of 'Tacsi', a Scottish Bafta award-winning television show of Gaelic and Celtic arts and culture; a part in the Gaelic 'soap' 'Machair'; parts on BBC TV's comedy shows such as 'Ran Dan' and 'PC Alasdair Stewart'; the film 'Interrogation of a Highland Lassie'...
Pete Roe is a Bristol based singer, guitarist, pianist and brilliant song writer. His fantastic debut album "Propellor" was released in 2006.
Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter Kim Edgar released her debut album, butterflies and broken glass, on 25th February 2008.
It’s no surprise that Kim describes the album as a set of short stories, rather than songs, with a collection of children’s stories and a degree in English Language & Literature under her belt:
“I hope that these stories about the everyday, in its beauty and its broken-ness, will tell a familiar story to many people - to those who have observed acts of kindness as well as acts of cruelty, and those who find hope in life’s details.”