Curtis McPeake: Banjo Newsletter Cover Story

Curtis McPeake​ is on the cover of the May issue of Banjo Newsletter​ and the feature story is a lovely in-depth interview of Curtis conducted by Robert Piekiel​. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

The article also contains a great review of Curtis & Andy’s new CD, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad). Here’s an excerpt:

The CD is done entirely with a four-piece band–Curtis on banjo, Andy May on guitar & vocals, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, and Tim Dishman​ on bass.The result is a performance with lots of refreshing “breathing space” in each song, with each instrument tastefully placed in the context of the whole selection…. It’s one of those albums you can listen to over and over and hear something a little different each time. Old or young, veteran or novice, all will enjoy this treasure.

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Meet Andy May – Video

See more Andy May videos on YouTube.

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The Walls on Innis Oirr.

“Room for Roots” in Ireland

Ireland - October 2016

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We traveled the highway west nearly to Galway then took the Wild Atlantic Way, a lovely, winding coastal road, south and arrived in Doolin as night was falling. …We wound up in O’Connor’s Pub, where there was a wonderful traditional session going as we entered. Little did we know at the time that this pub is one of the top venues in all Ireland for exactly …read post

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“Room for Roots” in Sweden

"Room for Roots" in Stockholm - Andy May 2016 Tour

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October 3-10, 2016: Three very different gigs and some historic visiting!  See full photo album on Flickr

  • Izzy Young and the Folklore Centrum
  • Brian Kramer’s International Blues Jam
  • Tourist-ing
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Izzy Young, the New York Folklore Center, and Folklore Centrum

When I was a teenage musician in NYC in the 1960s, Izzy Young was one of the people who occupied a place pretty much in the center of the folk music world. He owned the Folklore Center, which he had opened in the late ’50s (I think) on McDougal Street. There, he sold a variety of books and LP records embracing a wide range of folk and ethnic music. Izzy was passionate – about folk music, about poetry, about politics, about social justice… about many things.

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