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English, Music, 8 seasons, 73 episodes, 2 days, 18 hours, 39 minutes
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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Episode 70: Alicia Svigals

As she prepares to release her long awaited second solo album Fidl Afire, Alicia Svigals sat down with Neil to share stories from her life as a major figure in the revival of Klezmer music. Listen in to hear about the early days of the Klezmatics, the creation of Svigals seminal first solo album Fidl, Itzhak Perlman's In the Fiddler's House and more!
6/4/202455 minutes, 24 seconds
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Season 4 Teaser

A preview of some of the upcoming episodes for the second half of Season 4 while we take this week off! Hear some of the music that will be featured in the next few episodes and sneak peek of who is coming up..
5/9/20182 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 24: Kinan Idnawi

Season 2 finale episode features Neil's conversation with Syrian Oud player Kinan Idnawi. Kinan talks about growing up in a musical family in Syria, pursuing the Oud at conservatory in Damascus and travelling around the world exploring the ways in which the Oud can fit in to so many different traditions and genres and building bridges between people through music. 
4/12/201753 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 23: Mariel Vandersteel

Fiddler and graphic designer Mariel Vandersteel joins Neil for episode 23 to share her artistic journey so far, from quitting the violin in 8th grade to discovering Irish and Scottish fiddle music, touring internationally with several bands, studying Hardanger Fiddle in Norway and her latest endeavor: going back to school for a new degree while practicing her graphic design work and still somehow making room for music.  [Music: Return From Helsinki, by Ian Stephenson]
4/5/201751 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 22: Stash Wyslouch

Guitarist and singer Stash Wyslouch is this week's featured guest. He talks with Neil about his eclectic musical journey, from the Colombian music his mother played for him growing up, to his love of heavy metal, to diving deep into old-school bluegrass and old-time recordings and finally ending up with an amalgamation of all of it in his own band. Along the way, Stash and Neil find common ground in their drive to create music that comes from their various disparate influences and Stash explains how he could only make the music he wanted to after he learned not to care so much. 
3/29/201747 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 21: Owen Marshall

One of New England's finest guitarists, Owen Marshall joins Neil to talk about teaching himself Irish guitar while being homeschooled in Vermont, and all the places music has taken him, from local community contradances to jamming with Tuvan throat singers at a festival in Belgium. 
3/22/201752 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 20: Greg Boardman

Greg Boardman is the founder of Maine Fiddle Camp and a captivating performer and teacher whose influence on traditional music in Maine cannot be overstated. For the twentieth episode of TradCafe, Neil and Greg met in the Trinity Church of Lewiston, Maine to talk about the search for personal identity through music, how musicians are uniquely suited to build community and Greg's cross-cultural explorations with the Somali immigrant community in town.
3/15/201751 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 19: Yann Falquet

Quebecois guitarist and singer Yann Falquet (of the band Genticorum) joins Neil for this week's episode. In this wide ranging conversation they talk about Yann's discovery of the guitar through Rush, the similarities between Irish and Quebecois traditions, the best dumpling houses in Montreal and more!  [Note: We apologize for background noise, technical difficulties from a still young podcast!] 
3/8/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 18: Jeremiah McLane

A major force in the New England music scene, Jeremiah McLane has had a significant influence on sound of contemporary folk music in the Northeast, from contradance bands to performing artists. In this episode, Neil and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground in their experiences as pianists who come to folk music with a Jazz informed perspective. Jeremiah reflects what drew him to focus on the accordion and how his creative goals have continued to shift with each new project.  (Music credits: Sound of Sleat [Scottish pipe tune, played before conversation] and La Violette de Méne [Breton dance tune, played after conversation])
3/1/20171 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Episode 17: Maeve Gilchrist

In this episode Neil is meets up with harp visionary Maeve Gilchrist to look back at what has already been an incredibly varied musical career. Maeve takes us behind the scenes in her artistic development as she moved from Scotland to the United States and continues to explore new territory for an instrument that should not be underestimated: the Celtic harp, or Clàrsach. 
2/23/201748 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 16: Pete Rushefsky

Pete Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl--a Yiddish instrument in the same family as the hammered dulcimer. Neil visited Pete at his apartment in Brooklyn to learn about a part of the Klezmer music tradition that was nearly lost to the world. Pete shares the his approach to European Klezmer traditions--simultaneously historic/academic and freshly creative--and reflects on a musical journey that began with a blues band at a Bar Mitzvah in Rochester, NY and has led most recently to performances with Itzhak Perlman and the most iconic musicians of the Klezmer revival.
2/15/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 15: Lissa Schneckenburger

Neil and Lissa sit down in Brattleboro, VT for a conversation about Lissa's upbringing in the rich tapestry of New England fiddle music in Maine. Along the way they talk about her evolution from a student of any fiddle music she could find to an established tradition bearer with her own recognizable sound and Lissa discusses the challenges of balancing music business with creativity and family life.  
2/8/201757 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 14: Joey Abarta

In this episode Neil chats with Boston based Uilleann piper Joey Abarta about his musical journey from California to Boston, going back to the old sources in order to find his own sound and organizing meetings of bagpipers in Tokyo Karaoke clubs.  
2/1/20171 hour, 1 minute, 49 seconds
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Episode 13: Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley is the lead singer of Solas, mastermind behind VOCO and a member of many other stand out groups including The Lomax Project and tUnE-yArDs. In this, the first episode of Season 2, Neil and Moira chat about her varied musical experiences and background from growing up on a farm in Vermont to studying piano in Indiana to living in California singing everything from traditional Balkan music to Irish songs to her own fiercely original material. 
1/25/20171 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Episode 12: Greg Liszt

Banjo wizard and inventor of the 4-finger style Greg Liszt joins Neil this week to talk about his work with iconic bands Crooked Still and the Deadly Gentlemen, his experiences starting a music career while in grad school for biology and how he brings a scientist's outlook to creativity and the banjo. 
11/23/201647 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 11: Troy MacGillivray

Master Nova Scotia fiddler and pianist Troy MacGillivray tells Neil about breaking the keyboard during is first gig when he was less than 10 years old, the similarities between Cape Breton Island and the island of Fanø in Denmark, and how he finds his own personal expression in the old traditional tunes. 
11/16/201656 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 10: Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy shares with Neil how he came from Newfoundland to Vermont while crafting a unique sound that has been a huge influence on New England traditional music. They chat about Keith's work with the iconic band Nightingale, his latest work as a solo artist and how he first got involved in a larger traditional music community while studying in Toronto. 
11/9/201652 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 9: Darol Anger

Genre-defying fiddle legend Darol Anger opens up about his experiences creating a new genre of music in David Grisman's quintet and how that has affected his creative output since. He and Neil also get the musical conversation going with some duo improvisations around modern Bluegrass and Irish tunes. 
11/2/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 8: Shannon Heaton

Shannon Heaton, one of Boston's top Irish flute players and singers, chats with Neil about first learning Irish music from a Belgian in Nigeria, crafting a solo show and exploring new ways to present traditional music through mediums like classical composition and podcasting. 
10/26/201658 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 7: Christian Dawid

One of the top Klezmer clarinetists in the world, Christian Dawid talks with Neil about discovering Yiddish music in postwar Germany, the vibrant Jewish music scene in Berlin and his experiences as a non-Jewish German in the Klezmer world. 
10/19/201655 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 6: Jens Linell

Jens Linell, percussionist with Swedish/Norwegian band Sver, sat down with Neil at the Sierra Fiddle Camp this summer. Starting with his discovery of the complexities of Swedish traditional music as a music student, Jens talks about developing his unique style of tambourine playing, performing solo concerts and how differently his creativity works depending on what instrument he's playing. 
10/12/201658 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 5: Natalie Haas

Trailblazing cellist Natalie Haas talks about her creative process with fiddler Alasdair Fraser, how she finds musical inspiration in collaboration across the globe, and how her sister's classical violin teacher mistakenly thought that sending the girls to Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp would keep them on the straight and narrow! All this, plus tunes from Scotland and Galicia on this week's episode of TradCafe.
10/5/201643 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 4: Wendy MacIsaac

Neil sits down with legendary Cape Breton fiddler Wendy MacIsaac to play a few tunes and chat about growing up on Cape Breton, working with Mary Jane Lamond and Cape Breton supergroup Beolach, and passing the traditions on to the next generation. 
9/28/201653 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 3: Isa Burke

Singer, fiddler, guitarist and songwriter Isa Burke talks with Neil about her trio Lula Wiles, growing up in a musical family in Maine and finding inspiration for each new song in the most unexpected places. This episode also features a song of Isa's off the new Lula Wiles album and an exclusive look behind the scenes at the writing, re-writing and recording process of that track. 
9/21/20161 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 2: Nic Gareiss

The second episode of TradCafe features visionary percussive dancer Nic Gareiss. Nic talks with Neil about finding new ways to express himself in the ways different cultures approach dance and shares the unlikely origin story of his experimental trad band This is How We Fly.
9/14/201654 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 1: Mike Block

Cellist Mike Block joins Neil for the first episode of Trad Cafe. Known for his pioneering String Camp in Vero Beach, FL and his work with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Mike talks about how taking on new and diverse challenges—like answering Craigslist ads for rock bands in NYC and performing with Mark O'Connor—has transformed him into the multifaceted musician he is today.
9/7/20161 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds