TODD MENTON - Rosie In The Stars

"Minnesota native Todd is probably best known to readers for his long-time membership of award-winning punk-folk outfit Boiled In Lead, although he's also been active on the solo front, having so far chalked up three albums on his own since 2002. Rosie In The Stars is the successor to 2008's The Dolmen Field, and finds Todd following the Pied Piper muse of electric folk-rock through a dozen tracks of predominantly traditional songs and tunes with two choice original compositions thrown in (Johnny Come Away, a fun ballad involving lost love, an apparition and flying saucers, and the gentler Rosie,"a dream song for Dublin").

On just over half of the album, Todd's forthright singing and guitar, harmonica and bodhran playing is backed by a trusty, heavy-duty electric guitar, bass and drums combo (Steve Lehto, John Wright and Matt Jacobs) that thrusts ahead in an admirably unplodding fashion while retaining a measure of necessary sensitivity. The Glendalough Saint (from the singing of Brendan Behan) and Telecasted shanty Rio Grande both come off well, but it's even better when Todd brings in Pat McCormick's uilleann pipes and a guest singer (Susan Esbjornson) on The Tan Yard Side, which is then topped with a tumbling acoustic-guitar instrumental coda (the slide Rathawaun). The remaining tracks present Todd in solo mode, with straightforward acoustic versions of The Outlandish Knight and Molly Bawn (pleasing enough but not outstanding), a set of reels played on mandolin and bodhran-accompanied renditions of Soldier Will You Marry Me and the shanty, Hog-Eye Man.

Altogether, a likeable record that proves there's still plenty of life in the hoary old folk-rock dog yet.

David Kidman

February 23, 2015

Minnesota based New Folk Records is pleased to announce the signing of one of today’s finest Irish folk bands...Makem and Spain

Every generation has a few acts that define where a musical genre is going, performers so confident in their chosen field that they are able to completely embrace the genre and yet introduce something new to it. In Irish folk music today, that act is Makem and Spain.

Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and three male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. Makem and Spain are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans that have never experienced the joy of folk music. Rory, Mickey and Liam have honed their craft over nearly two decades of international performances and are now one of the truly stalwart, road-tested Irish vocal groups available. They have played before millions of people from Canada to Texas, from California to the Caribbean and over to Ireland, highlighting national PBS specials and popular Irish talk shows along the way.

Our first release together will be Sessions Vol. 1 with a bonus DVD, This deluxe package will be released in March in North America and throughout Europe through Music and Video Distribution (

The Sessions feature a multitude of guest musicians that the band traveled the country to record with including but not limited to Roger McGuinn, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Paxton, Schooner Fare, The Shaw Brothers, Gordon Bok and David Mallett.

Songs featured include:
Roll on Columbia (feat. Dave Mallett and the Mallett Brothers)
My Creole Belle (feat. Tom Paxton)
Shenandoah (feat. Bill Staines)
Glory Train (feat. Noel Paul Stookey)
Four Strong Winds (feat. Roger Mcguinn)
Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Makem and Spain solo)
Run, Come See Jerusalem (feat. Gordon Bok)
Michael Row the Boat Ashore (feat. The Shaw Brothers)

The band believes that preserving these songs is critical and that this project was a tribute to these remarkable musicians and the music that have created.

"[Makem & Spain] show people of many different backgrounds that old songs don't have to die, if a small group of men or women love them and make sure to get together once in a while to sing them." -Pete Seeger

February 4, 2014

New Folk Records is pleased to announce
that signing of Canada’s own
Bang on the Ear

From Cornwall, Ontario to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island this Celtic Rock group has entertained audiences all over North America. Formed in 2006 by the husband and wife combination of Bradley & Michelle McMillan, Bang On The Ear's Popularity has grown over the past few years and is now become a large draw in the North American Irish music scene. They have also performed At Canada's Irish Festival 5 Consecutive years. The band has built a strong following placing emphasis on combining the sounds of traditional Irish music and fusing it with Folk, Rock, Country and that Glengarry County sound.

New Folk will be releasing their 3rd full length CD called "Pub's, Pints, & Pipes" This new album is a fantastic, high energy musical treat for anyone interested in Irish music. The CD will be available in the States Mid-March. Look for information about shows this summer as the band is going out to bring their music to as many new fans as possible. This is not a show you will want to miss.

"Good time, high energy, Celtic-rock that will keep Bang On The Ear busy on the bar and festival circuit of Canada and the US for the foreseeable future"

OCTOBER 29, 2013

SAN DIEGO - American Fiddle Rock band, Lexington Field, announced today they have joined HepTown Records out of Sweden. The distribution deal will be for Lexington Field's new, full-length album No Man's War, which was officially released on May 28, 2013 on New Folk Records & Blind Eye Records. The official European release date will be November 1, 2013. In Germany, Switzerland, and Austria the release date will be on November 15, 2013.

Established in 2002 and based out of Lund, Sweden, HepTown Records is one of the leading underground labels of Scandinavia and distributes all throughout Europe. Also on HepTown Records are Celtic Punk heavyweights, Sir Reg, out of Sweden.

"We are excited to work with HepTown Records and have our new album No Man's War be available to a new audience. It is about time we started to spread American Fiddle Rock throughout Europe. They work with some amazing bands, including Sir Reg, and we hope this is just the first of many albums we can distribute across the Atlantic Ocean with HepTown Records."
- Beau Gray, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Lexington Field

You can visit HepTown Records at and check out the latest news and info about Lexington Field at

Every person faces challenges in their own life, and whether or not we overcome them isn't important. It's how we are changed by them that defines us. No Man's War is about that transformation.

JULY 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The American Fiddle Rock band Lexington Field, out of San Diego, CA, announced today they will be going on their first national tour August 2 through 25, 2012. The name of the tour is titled the "2012 Midwest Missile Tour" since most of the dates will take place in the Midwest part of the country. After a successful Kickstarter Project in June to help fund the rest of the costs, Lexington Field is now ready to go.
They will be playing 22 shows across 20 American cities, including debut stops in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Francisco. Lexington Field will also share the stage with some great Celtic Rock bands such as The Fisticuffs, Screw City Saints, The Langer's Ball, Hounds of Finn, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Rusty Nail, and many more talented bands across different genres.

"We are extremely excited to finally put our American Fiddle Rock experience on the road and give the rest of America a taste of what we have been trying to do here in the Southwest since 2009. It is the next big step for Lexington Field and a great way for us to promote our new EP, Poor Troubled Life, which we released on New Folk Records back in March of this year. Not to mention we get to play with some awesome bands, and see the rest of this beautiful country" - Beau Gray, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Lexington Field
Here are the details:

August 2 - Las Vegas, NV - McMullan's
August 3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Piper Down Pub
August 4 - Denver, CO - Scruffy Murphy's
August 5 - Lincoln, NE - Duffy's Tavern (w/ On Approach, Aim Your Arrows, A Summer Better Than Yours, All My Friends Are Dinosaurs, Dude Won't Die, Hoo Doo Buzzards)
August 6 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room (w/ Flannigan's Right Hook, Three Dollar Band)
August 8 - St. Louis, MO - Plush (w/ Rusty Nail)
August 9 - Indianapolis, IN - The Rathskeller (w/ Highland Reign)
August 10 - Midlothian, IL - Sullivan's (w/ The Fisticuffs, The Ridgelands)
August 11 - Racine, WI - McAuliffe's Pub (w/ The Fisticuffs)
August 12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (w/ The Fisticuffs, Screw City Saints)
August 13 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Music Joint (w/ The Fisticuffs)
August 15 - Des Moines - Vaudeville Mews (w/ The Robby Michael Band, KICK)
August 16 - La Crosse, WI - Bodega Brew Pub (w/ Wild Colonial Bhoys)
August 17 - St. Paul, MN - Shamrocks (w/ The Langer's Ball)
August 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Cheapo Records (In-Store Acoustic Set)
August 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ The Langer's Ball, Hounds of Finn, The Union Suits)
August 21 - Missoula, MT - Sunrise Saloon
August 22 - Spokane, WA - Carr's Corner
August 23 - Seattle, WA - High Dive (w/ The Fun Police, The Bog Hoppers)
August 24 - Silverton, OR - Mac's Place
August 25 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah (w/ The Dirt Floor Band)

Visit Lexington Field online...
Official Website:

Paddy O'Brien, 2012 recipient of the Gradam Ceoil
Traditional Composer of the Year Award from TG4

Irish button accordion master Paddy O'Brien was recently recognized at the recent Gradam Ceoil Irish Traditional Music Awards, sponsored by TG4, the Irish language television network. Needless to say, Paddy was quite overwhelmed by this great honor, which was completely unexpected. The concert was recorded on March 24 and broadcast in Ireland on April 8. The full concert is now available for viewing on the TG4 website (see link below).

The broadcast kicked off with a bang: several of Paddy's compositions, SARAH'S DELIGHT, THE WOODEN CITY POLKAS, and THE SMALL HILLS OF OFFALY, as performed by the ensemble from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. After a short interview, Paddy also performed a couple of his compositions, TINY THE TROOPER and THE TURF CUTTER, with accompaniment from guitarist Tommy O'Sullivan.




OCTOBER 11, 2011
SAN DIEGO - Lexington Field, San Diego's finest American Fiddle Rock band, announced today they have signed with New Folk Records. Lexington Field is set to record a new, six-song EP set for an early 2012 release under New Folk Records. The deal also includes national distribution of their debut full-length album Old Dirt Road which was officially self-released on May 25, 2011.

New Folk Records is based out of Savage, Minnesota. Their catalog has over 150 releases including records from Paddy O'Brien, Dáithí Sproule, Wild Colonial Bhoys, and Hounds of Finn.

"After a lot of hard work we finally found a partner with New Folk Records to help us reach a larger audience across the United States and ultimately the world. They have a great reputation for working with acts in the Celtic genre where our style of American Fiddle Rock fits right in. We are ready to put the show on the road and hit the studio this month to record a hard-hitting, catchy, energetic six-song EP for our debut New Folk Records release."
- Beau Gray, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Lexington Field.

"We are thrilled to be able to work with Lexington Field. They are dedicated and talented musicians that work hard day in and day out to be the best at what they do. Their music is exciting, original and on the front line of an amazing new musical direction that is becoming a huge part of today’s Irish Music."
– Ken Onstad, President, New Folk Records

Check out the latest news and info about Lexington Field at


June 2011

Playing songs and interviewing artists from the recently released CD, The Sailor's Cravat, NEW FOLK wants to thank the following stations for their support.
Check them out!

KFAI, Fresh Air Community Radio, Minneapolis
Listen to the Paddy O'Brien radio interview with Dan Rein, host of “Century Song” here

Radio Heartland, Saint Paul MN (internet and HD radio)

KBEM, Minneapolis Public Schools, 88.5, Minneapolis MN

KFAI, Fresh Air Community Radio, Minneapolis MN

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio, Tampa, FL

Kidnappers Ceilidh, New Zealand, No. 118

Kidnappers Ceilidh, New Zealand, No. 116

Celtic Roots Radio 6/18 and Celt in a Twist 6/19

WNCW 88.7 Boone, Charlotte, Greenville, North Carolina

WFUV, 90.7 New York, NY

CKJS Radio 810 AM, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

WRUR 88.5, Rochester, NY

KBOO Community Radio, Portland, OR

WWUH, West Hartford, CT

KBCS, Bellevue, WA

WUNH, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

April 2011

There is a new CD coming soon Daithi - Lost River will be available mid-summer.
It is a remarkable collection of tunes that features some of Daithi's friends in support.
More news soon!

Joel at KDUZ in Hutchinson MN is a fan and is featuring New Folk artists on his Wednesday show.

Joel Niemeyer
Sports Director/Assistant Program Coordinator
PO Box 366
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Ph: (320) 587-2140
Fax: (320) 587-5158

March 2011

NEW FOLK is pleased to be able to let you know that Paddy O'Brien's new CD will be released in Ireland through Cló Iar-Chonnacht,

They are an amazing label and we appreciate their support.


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