West Philly Square Dance

The West Philly Square Dance happens monthly on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  Live old-time music, all dances are called, and everyone is welcome.  My friends Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey of Hoot and Holler were the band this past Friday along with dance caller Donna Hunt, so I decided to do a [...]

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Folk Dance in Budapest

"Táncház, which translates as "dance house" is "a "casual" Hungarian folk dance event (as opposed to stage performances). It is an aspect of the Hungarian roots revival of traditional culture which began in the early 1970s, and remains an active part of the national culture across the country, especially in cities like Budapest. The term is derived from a [...]

Bahto Delo Delo: Roma Music from Clejani, Romania

https://youtu.be/9V2tIZo2FEc I came across a Taraf de Haidouks CD in 1999 at a record shop, really liked the photo on the cover, and wore the disc out from repeated listening.  I was really excited that Marin "Tagoi" Sandu's band, Bahto Delo Delo was to perform at Martyrs' in Chicago. on July 11.  Sandu is the son of Nicolae Neacsu, one of the [...]

Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention

After Clifftop, I was going to go home, but why not hit another festival? I headed over to the Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA.  These two festivals were pretty different: Clifftop = woodsy camp with small stage in a field & mostly old-time.  Galax (click for lovely photos from VirginiaFolklife.org) = you drive up and see a huge [...]

Clifftop

After 2 years of failed attempts (car problems, etc.) I finally made it to Clifftop in West Virginia for the old-time music festival.  The official name is The Appalachian String Band Festival but everyone refers to it as Clifftop.  It is old-time jamming overload and it was wonderful!  I really appreciate being at a festival where [...]

Upland Tasting Room, 4842 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN ‎ (317) 602-3931

The Upland Tasting Room, an extension of the brewery in Bloomington, IN, serves excellent beer, welcomes dogs, and best of all (besides the beer!) they support local acoustic/folk music.  There is a traditional Irish session every Sunday, 6-9:30 p.m., and most Fridays and Saturdays feature songwriters and bluegrass.  New Augusta Bluegrass Band  is a regular on [...]

Irish Session at Fergie’s Pub, Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

I love Philadelphia, and when in Philly, I go to Fergie's Pub, 1214 Sansom St., on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. In the corner of the downstairs bar is the best traditional Irish music around. The mood at Fergie's is beyond cozy and the jigs, reels, and banter are fierce and energetic. Philadelphia has loads of fantastic Irish musicians [...]

Mariachi @ Adobo Grill, 110 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Every Thursday at Adobo Grill Mariachi Sol Jalisciense performs from 6:30-9 p.m.-(which is also 1/2 price margarita night). Conversation is easy as the band plays with no amplification.  I love that Mariachi Sol Jalisciense  are great musicians and true entertainers- they sometimes stroll the restaurant to serenade tables and celebrate birthdays.  The guitarist, Alex, said the band they [...]

Irish Session @ The Golden Ace Inn, 2533 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201

The Golden Ace Inn, Indianapolis, IN  This eastside bar has been owned by the McGinley family since 1934.  The weekly Irish session, begun in 1999 by Doug Lammer, is hosted by Jim and Kate Smith and Jenny Thompson, and has been strongly supported by the McGinleys throughout the years.  A group of dedicated sessioneers ensure a [...]