I was biking the other day, thinking about who or what I should next post, yet, while a score of artists came into my thoughts, I couldn’t get too terribly excited about doing a write-up or a “share” for any of them. Then I saw a friend of mine who is an Irish folk dancer. This, and the passing of St. Patrick’s Day, got me thinking, nothing classifies folk rock as needing words, so why not post some of my favorite instrumental folk rock? So, in honor of last week’s green shenanigans, allow me to introduce you to a group called Stonecircle. The group is made up of 4 women and a man, and, despite what you might presume given their sound, they actually hail, as a group, from Salt Lake City, Utah.
While they identify themselves as being “Celtic fusion,” the fact that they’ve covered such standards as “Shady Grove” and “She Moved Through the Fair” prove to me that they’ve got some major folky blood running in their musical veins. Anyway, a look-see at http://www.stonecirclemusic.com will provide you with bios of the members, as well as a pretty solid list of songs to stream.
However, to get four free songs will require a trip, (as always, as ever) to the iLike application of Facebook (see prior posts for the how-to if you are unfamiliar with how to install or use it.)
My personal favorite, for rocking out on St. Paddy’s Day or whenever is “Road to Lisdoonvarna” but “Apples in Winter” (of the freebies) is a close second. This address will bring you to both, plus two more that have, *gasp!* lyrics- http://ilike.com/artist/search?artist_qp=stonecircle
So, even though the holiday has passed, you now have the right tunes to go try out your jigging toes and make up whatever words you want to go along with ’em…
If you haven’t filled your jonesing for rockin’ traditional tunes, check out SongHenge, http://www.songhenge.com an online database and community that prides itself in archiving and sharing “free and legal Celtic music downloads” and is run by a dedicated individual named Marc who also does downloadable playlists and podcasts each month(although the podcasts are part of a subscription service, and so will not be free). While there, you can even sign up to receive FREE issues of Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, so that you can regularly have a new set of tunes to track down and check out!
Right now, there a zip file of 17 songs for St. Patrick’s Day up for grabs, and I definitely encourage you to get it before it’s gone!
Want a Free Sample of Song Henge?
See Marc’s article “17 Free Celtic Music Downloads for St. Patrick’s Day”. You will receive a ZIP file like this nearly every month. Download “17 Celtic Music Downloads for St. Patrick’s Day” (64 MB ZIP)