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The Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents traditional Celtic singer Sean Tyrrell in concert on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sean Tyrell

Who says the luck of the Irish is only fit for March? With 50 years of experience in the folk music scene, Galway native Sean Tyrell has carefully honed his craft in song and strings. He weaves intricate tales that have garnered international critical acclaim, both for his three solo albums and numerous collaborations. Monday […]

A sober-yet-still-cynical Justin Townes Earle plays cuts from his new album Single Mothers at the Jefferson on Sunday. Photo credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

Justin Townes Earle avoids the artistic slump of maturity

The highlight of the back half of Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter’s superlative fifth record, is “White Gardenias,” a tribute to one of Earle’s favorite musicians, jazz singer Billie Holiday. Holiday seems an unlikely inspiration on Earle, who’s nominally an alt-country troubadour. But a close listen to the way he sings on […]