Andrew McGregor is "doing his best to give the people anything they can grab onto," said a neighbor.
I've written about current bands performing their own arrangements of songs originally recorded by folklorists on field recordings in 1930s Louisiana. It reminded me that I hadn't mentioned a similar project involving field recordings of a Scottish Gaelic singer from Duluth, Minnesota.
"What a daft idea... these people need practical help."
He played "Amazing Grace" as a tribute to his late friend and colleague.
"Local boy takes down hate preacher in the most Scottish way possible."
WOMEX always starts off with a gala evening event in which the host country presents a sampling of its musical culture. This year the program was produced by the virtuoso bagpiper Budinho.
As Father's Day approaches my thoughts turn to my dad. He passed away more than a decade ago at the age of 89. Dad was born in a village in Poland, the son of poor peasants who made their living peddling household goods.
Welsh music is either the poor stepchild of the Celtic world, or its best-kept secret. So I was glad to see a whole contingent of Welsh musicians showcasing and schmoozing at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
The Pipers, who clinched the title of "Live Act of the Year" at the annual Scots Trad Music Awards in 2007 and 2010, performed