The 2017 Iguana Grant From Club Passim And What’s Coming In 2018…

Every year Club Passim and The Iguana Music Grant fund help artists and organizations to inject the Northeast with new projects, programs and more to reinvigorate the vibrancy of the arts in the region. New records, compilations and community focused programs and projects always line the list of 28-30 grantees and year after year the results are always wonderful.

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For The Love Of It All: An Interview With Jill Turpin Of Green Mountain Bluegrass And Root

Festivals come and festivals go. Sure, there are the usual suspects in certain genres that have stood the test of time. Newport Folk with its rich history in the craft of song. Bending and redefining the rules of what “folk music” is. The giants who have grown exponentially, seemingly to big to ever falter, like Bonnaroo and Coachella. And in the bluegrass realm, fests like Grey Fox, Freshgrass, Rocky Grass and Winter Wondergrass have made it equally as exciting to see artists on stage as it is to sit in your camp ground and pick with new friends.


Mando Maestro: Ethan Setiawan Interview And “Tacks” Track Premiere

The world of New England instrumental music is one that I am really just brushing the surface off of. There are so many incredibly talented artists that are using the varying landscapes from craggy mountain faces and towering pines to rocky coasts and crashing waves to inspire their music that doesn’t have (or need) words to portray a feeling and a story.


Homeless Balloon takes flight with different sounds

Homeless Balloon is not a thing or a band; it's a person. His real name is Helge Krabye, a Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist who cannot be contained by a single genre. Under the Homeless Balloon moniker, Krabye has released music that can be classified as New Age, acid jazz, and blues. But how was this versatility born? Krabye revealed all in this interview.

Q: How would you describe your music?


Composer/percussionist Luis Garay finds rhythm of life in drumming

For Luis Garay, music is a large part of his life. He is a classical, jazz and Afro-Latin multi-percussionist, composer, recording artist, and educator. In other words, he lives and breathes rhythm and melody. His latest album, Humanity, beats with the melodies of his soul.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?


Rock & Roll Is For The Professionals: Interview with Ben Ambrosini of Taken By Canadians

Ambrosini at his home. Photo by Elizabeth Lekas

Self-titled (Blind Owl) begins in a river with harrowing sincerity. Like the undercurrent of every great comedy, and tragedy, the songs howl like melodic questions, begging to know, “Will I ever be worth a fuck?" and "Who will save your soul?"

It’s been a long two years since Taken By Canadians sophomore album, We Eat You Like A Person. Over that time, the band signed to a label, had a lineup change and built a cult following with their genre-defying swagger and laudable contrarianism.

Live Review

Sisters Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer Bring Alabama to Lincoln Center

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer on February 8, 2018

It was a long way from Alabama in the stunning Appel Room at Jazz! At Lincoln Center last week, but legendary sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer gave the room a warm southern welcome that brought us right back to their roots. The duo performed as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, sharing songs off their 2017 record Not Dark Yet and a few great oldies – all with the breathtaking backdrop of New York City behind them, twinkling in the night.



Mark OToole joins Las Vegas elite on new album

Having headlined every casino and nightclub in Las Vegas, Mark OToole can be considered an elite crooner. With his new album This Is The Moment, OToole's gift for soaring, crystalline singing can now be treasured beyond the bright lights.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

The River Arkansas Captures The Essence Of Country Live At Concerts@539

The River Arkansas on February 2, 2018


Those music lovers who are veterans to live shows know that the best concerts are not always in a lavish concert venue. When the right band is playing, a smaller venue can create a captivating intimate show. On Groundhogs day, in a quaint house, in a small Colorado town, the surroundings were set for a night of enchantment, thanks to The River Arkansas.

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A Truly Special Relationship: The Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London

TransAtlantic Sessions on February 5, 2018

Photo: Colston Hall

A highlight of my musical year for nearly a decade has been the Transatlantic Sessions, the series of shows put together by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain. Each year they and their house band are joined by a select group of guests from both sides of the pond. Once again this year, they served up a rich spread of musical styles that judging by the applause sent everyone home fully nourished. As Bain remarked towards the close, the "special relationship" across the Atlantic has come under scrutiny recently, but in the context of this music it remains as strong as ever.