I wish more folk music sounded like this. I don’t understand why so many fans of traditional Celtic and Anglo-American music, at least here in the states, insist on acoustic instruments.
1. Cordelia’s Dad. They’re still together, and have just recorded what they describe as their first true rock album. But the video gives some indication of the energy and depth of their earlier work.
2. Bad Livers. Syncopated newgrass from Texas. Despite the poor lighting, this is a highly entertaining cut. Note the electric tuba.
3. Flogging Molly. Heirs to the Pogues. Very Irish, very rockin’.
4. (Update) I couldn’t find a listenable video of them on YouTube, but Nyah Fearties should definitely be on this list as well. Follow the link to listen to some cuts from “the loudest and fastest band ever to use acoustic instruments.”