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Spellbinding Music is an independent blog based in Ireland curating contemporary, modern classical, ambient, roots, electronic, jazz and folk music…and everything in between. Read More

  • Christine Ott: Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)

    Christine Ott: Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)

    Christine Ott is a classically trained pianist, teacher and composer based in Strasbourg. Since the beginning of her career, she has also been instrumental in preserving and promoting the sound of the Ondes Martenot, the early electronic instrument introduced in 1928 by Maurice Martenot. A…

  • Lisa O’Neill: All of This is Chance

    Lisa O’Neill: All of This is Chance

    There is the source from which all cultures rise,And all religions,There is the pool in which the poet dipsAnd the musician.Without the peasant base civilisation must die,Unless the clay is in the mouth the singer’s singing is useless.Patrick Kavanagh – The Great Hunger (1942) section XIII A…

  • Erik Hall: Canto Ostinato

    Erik Hall: Canto Ostinato

    Based in Michigan, Erik Hall is a musician, composer and producer who has already recorded with bands like NOMO and Wild Belle or as a solo artist under the In Tall Buildings moniker. As a multi-instrumentalist fascinated by minimalism, Erik Hall recently devoted himself to…

  • Leyla McCalla: Breaking the Thermometer 

    Leyla McCalla: Breaking the Thermometer 

    Born in New-York and based in New Orleans, folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla is the daughter of Haitian parents who emigrated to the US in the 1960s. In other words, Haiti and Haitian culture have always been a grounding presence throughout her discography…

  • Benedicte Maurseth: H​á​rr

    Benedicte Maurseth: H​á​rr

    A folk singer, musician, author and composer from the Hardanger district in south-western Norway, Benedicte Maurseth is a leading exponent of the Hardanger solo fiddle tradition. Having studied the instrument with master musician Knut Hamre for the past thirty years – a continuing process –…

  • The Return of…Pachyman

    The Return of…Pachyman

    From Porto Rico and now based in Los Angeles, Pachy García aka Pachyman is a multi-instrumentalist reviving the classic roots dub reggae sound of the 1970s and early 1980s. Originally a drummer and vocalist with synth-punk band Prettiest Eyes, Pachy García has gradually returned to…

  • Neil Ó Lochlainn & Cuar: Umhaill

    Neil Ó Lochlainn & Cuar: Umhaill

    As a flute player, a double bass player and a composer, Clare-born musician Neil Ó Lochlainn has a natural a foothold in several radically different traditions, especially in his role as leader of Ensemble Ériu, the enchanting acoustic septet he co-founded in 2011 with concertina…

  • Ichiko Aoba: Windswept Adan

    Ichiko Aoba: Windswept Adan

    Relatively unknown in the West hitherto, Ichiko Aoba is a folk singer-songwriter from Japan who has been active on the music scene for the last ten years. Blending a personal dreamscape with minimalist classical guitar accompaniment, the singer has released six solo albums to date.…