The cognoscenti all know Gerry
O'Beirne-- originally from Ennis, County Clare,
along Ireland's music-rich west coast -- a renowned singer,
songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Gerry met Rosie Shipley
in a recording studio in Texas in 2002 and they have been
playing music together ever since. They tour the globe and can often
be found in Dingle in the West of Ireland, which has become their
musical home. Yesterday I Saw The Earth Beautifulis Gerry and Rosie's long-awaited duo album featuring
Gerry's instrumental compositions and songs interwoven with Rosie's
selection of traditional fiddle music from Ireland, Cape Breton, and
Linq offers a powerful song dealing with the devastating
effects of bullying on our youth. "As an indie music writer, I
feel seriously outclassed here. Linq has no business being on an
indie site. She should be opening for Bob Dylan. Or Joni Mitchell.
Janis Ian would love her too. It's not just Linq's talent that puts
her on this level. As a protest folk singer/songwriter and activist,
she somehow manages to avoid the 'Everything Sucks' sub-genre that so
many indie protest folkies fall into." Indie-Music.com
Jackie Arredondo performs hooky, Nashville-style country
/ pop with quite a lot of flair. A teacher as well as a singer,
Jackie helps develop "rough talent" into successful artists
for Sony Music Latin, but has stepped out on to the stage with a
couple of nice platters. Smartly produced, sounds like mainstream
material, well worth a listen.
Nice press, here, for Darynyck,
a Columbus, OH duo: "I hate to admit this, but these
guys might be too good for me to review." -Quarantine
They've got a new CD,
their second, interestingly titled The Chaotic LP, with some
nice hooks and pop grooves- get it from CDBaby, learn more about them here,
click below to listen to the title cut....
Jayne is a musician and record store owner (The Last Record Show
in Santa Rosa CA) with a new album, Folk University, or
"Folk U" . The album, which features his Laughing Gravy
alumni, is a 12 song musical romp featuring tunes by Bob Dylan, Woody
Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Fred Neil, to name a few. Nice selection of
songs, good players, definitely worth a listen. Click below to hear a
If you only go out once
between now and Christmas, we can heartily recommend heading to
Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on December 10th for a rare
chance to see the Roche Sisters -- Maggie, Terre, AND Suzzy, as
they continue an almost-20-year tradition of doing holiday shows.
"Since we were children,
Christmas music has always been a part of our lives," Suzzy said in a
story in Bucks Local News, "each holiday season to regale
passersby with Christmas carols".
The sisters' legendary
arrangements of Xmas classics from their "We Three Kings"
album plus some Roche classics are reportedly on the program.
"For us, the show is a fun way to celebrate the holidays
without having to go to a mall," Suzzy said. We couldn't agree more,
don't miss this if you are anywhere near Bucks County December 10; more info here...
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11: The percentage decline in
private donations to the nation's biggest charities last year ? the
steepest one-year drop in 20 years, according to Philanthropy 400, an
annual survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Six of the 10 largest
private charities reported a decrease, including the United
Way (No. 1 ), the Salvation
Army (No. 2), the American Cancer Society (No. 7), and
the Y (No. 10). The survey reflected the sluggish economic recovery;
contributions are not expected to rebound by the end of 2010.