The Franz Family’s wonderful take on ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

This is an Advent tradition for me. I love the Franz Family’s version of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’; it’s far and away my favourite version of this Advent hymn.

The Franz Family website appears to be no more, but their Facebook page is here, and their iTunes site here.


Coming soon to a folk festival near me: The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester will be performing at this year’s Edmonton Folk Music Festival August 6th-9th. Here they are playing ‘Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s Arms’.

The Earls of Leicester are a tribute band for the music of Scruggs and Flatts (see info here). They’re all pretty talented, but I’m especially a fan of Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien, although apparently Tim won’t be playing with them when they’re at the folk festival. This is because he’s touring with his other band, Hot Rize, who will be performing at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in Stony Plain the week before.

The Earls of Leicester and their take on ‘Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s Arms’

I was born in Leicester and these guys don’t look like any Earls of Leicester I would recognize! But they are great bluegrass players!

The Earls of Leicester, featuring Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien are a group of like-minded musicians banding together to recreate the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys.

Led by thirteen-time Grammy-winner Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester features the talents of some of Nashville’s most gifted musicians, including hit songwriter Shawn Camp on guitar and lead vocals, Tim O’Brien on mandolin, bassist Barry Bales (Douglas’s cohort in Alison Krauss & Union Station), fiddler Johnny Warren (son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys band), and acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman.