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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

  • 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.…

  • Svaneborg Kardyb: Over Tage

    Svaneborg Kardyb: Over Tage

    From Northern Denmark and based in Aarhus, Svaneborg Kardyb are a distinctive duo comprised of Nikolaj Svaneborg on Wurlitzer piano and Juno synthesiser and Jonas Kardyb on drums and percussions. Having first met in 2013, the two musicians gradually forged an uplifting, melodic and conversational style…

  • Dustin O’Halloran: Silfur

    Dustin O’Halloran: Silfur

    Born in Arizona and raised in Los Angeles, American pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran moved to Northern Italy in the late 1990s when still a member of indie rock band Devics. Settling in Europe coincided with the launch of his solo career with two solo…

  • Vieux Farka Touré et Khruangbin: Ali

    Vieux Farka Touré et Khruangbin: Ali

    Four studio albums into their career, Khruangbin remain the ultimate all-embracing musical globetrotters. While deeply rooted in the music scene of their native Houston in Texas, the trio is also animated with an insatiable curiosity for the non-Western music scenes. Boasting a vast musical knowledge…