Archive for January, 2015


Melrose Quartet sings Wedding Bells from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This wonderful a capella song should be a standard at every wedding (at least those that have bells!). Written by Jess Arrowsmith (on far left) for friends who were getting married.
I couldn’t help myself and boosted the bass –just a touch.

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Roots Minimalism: Spiro plays The City and the Stars from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

Spiro live at the Met’s Main Stage in Bury, UK. Performance was part of the Homegrown festival presented in cooperation with EFEx (English Folk Expo).

Spiro do Terry Reilly/Philip Glass takes on an old English Folk Tunes. The group creates quite the wall of sound based on the structure set up in the head of the piece.

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman perform “52 hz” at EFEx from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

This duo was another pleasant surprise at the English Folk Expo. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have returned to the performance circuit after a stint of intensive parenting. This may have broadened the subject matter of Roberts’ songwriting –although they also performed several traditional ballads– and I was very much taken with this poignant song, a very different approach to the subject of the whale within a folk setting.

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.