Category Archives: Folk

Meet the Musicians: Frenchy and the Punk


  Frenchy and the Punk can be seen at conventions and festivals across the US and in Europe.  Their music is a marvelous mélange of mellifluous melodies and deliciously diverse ditties, the best description comes from the source. John N Collins (JNC): How would you describe your band? Samantha Stephenson (SS): We call it Indie Folk Punk Cabaret. (JNC): Who are your band members? (SS): Samantha Stephenson – Vocals, Percussion, Drums Scott Helland – Guitar, Live Guitar Looping, Vocals, Drums (JNC): Can you

Music for the medieval – Pirates and Wenches, now on CD


Renaissance Festivals are a great place to set the modern world to the side and escape to an otherwhen and see performances from jousting, sword fighting, jugglers, fire eaters and concerts with music of another time.  The band Pirates and Wenches have been offering up their music at the Olde World Village with their own, original music and traditional shanties. Jared Vaden plays his violin and other instruments for the band.  Ramberto Bastell is on the guitar and brings a strong Spanish influence to

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and The Clockwork Dolls?

Unfortunately no, but it would be wonderful to have them in the area performing. I was at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Public Museum recently for the grand opening party of their Civil War exhibit and spent some time taking some photos. Over the Memorial Day weekend I was at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, an amazing event where The Clockwork Dolls were one of several great bands. I ran into Allison of The Clockwork Dolls and discovered that not

The Bawdy Boys Entertain Their Way Through Tales, Toasts, and Timeless Tunes at the World Steam Expo!

Once again the Detroit based band, the Bawdy Boys, drank and sang their way through the Memorial Day Weekend at the World Steam Expo. They describe their music as Folk/Celtic/Pirate and, I would add, drinking music, though they mainly drink between songs.  Of course, their music segues into toasts, humorous banter, jokes, and tales, which gives the members plenty of time to maintain sufficient moisture in their throats to move on to their next song. They sing traditional Irish songs as well