65 episodes

A weekly podcast of music and conversations with unique artists in the world of traditional music. Host Neil Pearlman sits down with world class musicians to chat and make music together.

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

A weekly podcast of music and conversations with unique artists in the world of traditional music. Host Neil Pearlman sits down with world class musicians to chat and make music together.

    Natalie MacMaster

    Natalie MacMaster

    The one and only Natalie MacMaster shares insights from her remarkable journey. From first learning how to open up to an audience to touring the world to raising a musical family, listen in as she shares why music is still such a central part of her life.

    More info: www.natalieanddonnell.com

    • 48 min
    Special Quarantine Episode

    Special Quarantine Episode

    Here are the various initiatives/projects talked about in this episode:

    Stay at Home Festival (www.stayathomefestival.com)

    Tune Supply (www.tune.supply)

    Passim PEARFund / Keep Your Distance Fest (www.passim.org/pearfund)

    Artist Relief Tree (www.artistrelieftree.com)

    Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund (www.equalsound.org/corona)

    • 40 min
    Anna Massie

    Anna Massie

    Brilliant Scottish multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie sits down with Neil in the middle of Celtic Connections to share her story growing up with traditional music in Scotland. Along the way she shares some of her strongest musical influences and tells the story of how she started playing with Blazin' Fiddles.

    • 55 min
    Mark Hellenberg (Pokey)

    Mark Hellenberg (Pokey)

    This episode features a legendary innovator in the world of contradance music. Mark Hellenberg is known for pushing the envelope with the role of percussion in this traditional music and dance scene and over the years he has worked with many of the top bands driving dance halls around the US. In this conversation he chats with Neil about his journey, variety of musical tastes and his perspective on experimenting without destroying the core traditional feel. 

    • 48 min
    Jani Lang

    Jani Lang

    Janos (Jani) Lang is a Hungarian fiddler living in Glasgow and in this episode he shares a unique story of moving to Scotland to follow his love of Celtic music only to find himself tapping back into his roots playing Romanian, Hungarian and Roma music. He talks about the experience of immigrating to the UK and his current work with Ando Glaso, featuring traditional musicians from the local Roma community to build bridges between them and the mainstream Scottish culture.

    • 40 min
    Pete Sutherland

    Pete Sutherland

    A pillar of the traditional music community of northern Vermont, Pete Sutherland is widely recognized across the US and beyond for his unique musical voice on fiddle, piano, banjo, song and as a songwriter. This conversation focuses in on Pete's work mentoring the next generation and his thoughts on tune and songwriting, but hits on many other subjects in the process. It was recorded at the Northeast Heritage Music Camp, partly in front of a live audience and completed later in the week at a spare moment

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

lgibb99 ,

Wide variety of traditions

I learned about this podcast from a performance Neil was in. I’ve listen to at least a dozen episodes so far. What a treasure! I discovered a lot of new people and a lot of new traditions. Plus it’s a good chance to know more about some of my favorite performers.

HHceol ,

Insightful, Introspective, Incredible!

I love hearing about the variety of musical traditions Neil covers in his interviews! I’ve been a listener for several years and he really has a wonderful way of communicating with his guests. Many of these conversations have shaped the way I decided to forge my own musical path and are invaluable resources for any traditional musician wanting to enter the professional world.

scm_one ,

5 stars.

Really wonderful podcast. Great host and great guests!

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