Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Just Press Play with Chris Higgins

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Just Press Play with Chris Higgins

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This week, "Just Press Play ventures into some Celtic sounds with Chris Higgins, the host of "The Music in Thee Glen on 88.1 WTSQ The Status Quo. His Sunday morning program, which airs at 9 a.m., features a mix of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and Appalachian songs. Louise Bichan "Out of my Own Light

Louise is a fiddler, learning traditional music from the age of 7, who is now at the Berklee College of music. She's also a photographer, graduating from the Glasgow School of Art.

The music is a soundscape of images that trace a journey Louise took from her family home in Orkney, an island off the north coast of Scotland, to the prairies of Canada.

The trip was a homage to her grandmother, who made the same journey in 1950, and Lousie carried with her diaries from that time. Stillness, calm and motion are all created by a percussive backing ensemble that features layered synth, cello, chants and exerts from the diaries.

www.louisebichan.co.uk

Na Mooneys "Na Mooneys

Mairad N Mhaonaigh (fiddle and vocals) is a founding member of internationally renowned group Altan. This is a family album with her sister, Anna (whistle and vocals), brother Gearid (guitar) and his son Ciarn (fiddle).

This is refreshingly natural recording of songs and tunes from where they live, the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht, (Gaelic speaking area) in northwest Donegal. While some of the emotive songs will pull heart strings, in the sets, you can feel the warmth of the natural family chemistry sitting and playing around an open fire at home. Great pure drop trad.

namooneys.bandcamp.com Matthew Olwell Cybertrad

Beatboxing, percussive dance and electric bass push traditional tunes on Matthew Olwells debut album.

Matt, who currently lives in Elkins, is the son of celebrated Virginia flute maker Patrick Olwell, the subject of the film, The Keymaster.

The apple didnt fall far from the tree. …

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