Penguin Eggs

Record Reviews

Súile (Independent) Clann Mhic Ruairí is four brothers from Donegal; Aodh, Tony, Dónall, and Seán Mac Ruairí; and Megan Nic Ruairí, Tony’s daughter.  Everyone sings and Megan, Dónall, and Aodh also play piano, bodhran, and guitar, respectively. They’re helped out by…
Innocent Road (West Sound Music) There’s no need for elaborate phrases to sing the praises of this duo. Their music is stripped down, old-time country, deceptively simple in the way Hank Williams was “simple”.  Caleb Klauder is originally from Orcas Island,…
Further Down the Line (Independent) As hard a traveling a man as he is, Scott Cook doesn’t give into the usual world weary platitudes associated with the 21st century wandering singer-songwriter. He’s a thoughtful guy, throwing a hard look at his…
Thunderchild (Independent) This is the debut disc (since her 2013 EP) for Montreal’s Bobby Dove. The gifted singer/songwriter has dedicated the disc to her mentor, Bobby Hill, singer, songwriter, musician, teacher, historian, and one of Canada’s first country music DJs, who…
The Boston States (Independent) Fiddler Katie McNally, joined on The Boston States by viola player Shauncey Ali and keyboard player Neil Perlman, is well-versed in music and fiddle traditions—both from an academic perspective and wide-ranging experience from accompanying Galician bagpiper Carlos Nunez, to…