Category Archives: Celtic

Circa Paleo

Today we have a great treat in store, the amazing band Circa Paleo. They make beautiful enjoyable exciting music.

The band Circa Paleo are:
Jenny on violin (aka The Hot Violinist)
Joshua on drums and bass
James the hottest guitar picker
Jake on bass and drums
Jay also on bass and drums
Michelle on violin
Kelly another guitar slinger
Corrin on violin and cello

Circa Paleo are a mainly Texas-based group who are striving to create energetic and emotionally raw music inspired by instrumental folk melodies and grooves from around the globe. Since 2009 they have released four recordings and toured the nation performing at festivals and folk venues.

They are fascinated by pieces of music from so many corners of the world and they love to keep these sounds flowing to live audiences, they have a rotating line-up of traveling musicians. They generally perform as a four piece, but sometimes bring out the five-piece super-group. Welcome to Circa Paleo. [paraphrased from their bio]

What I can add it that they provide totally enjoyable music, music to make you smile and/or dance. You just cannot help yourself.

The toughest dilemma I had in making up this post was musical selection, there are so many brilliant tunes out there. So I guess I have narrowed it down to my favorite selections.

Since today is the first day of fall and winter is coming I had to include this terrific version of one of my all time favorite TV series themes.
This was recorded @Texas Renfair. You’ll notice a lot more instruments than listed above, it would appear that give them an instrument and at least one of them will be able to play it.
Game of Thrones Theme

Jay and Jessie! ? by Joe Spitler

Here are Circa Paleo at The Mucky Duck in Houston Texas. This song is called Drew Drusnaar and can be found on their Tideland CD and the Live Concert DVD.  You can buy them here.
You can definitely hear the Norwegian folk violin tones in this tune, and I would like to think that the vikings played their drums that way to keep the beat for the poor suckers who were rowing those viking ships across the North Sea to attack England.
Drew Drusnaar (Viking Song)

Jenny ? by Dale Ramp This guy does awesome portraits

I just love the sound of gypsy music, whether it is in Budapest or the gypsy swing as purveyed by Django and his Hot Club five in Paris. And I really like it when it has that middle eastern touch that you hear here. Chills.
Let Jenny (The Hot Violinist) explain this song for you.
Here is an original tune, performed by Circa Paleo, written by me and Mark Varelas. We used an exotic scale that was introduced to me as the Greek Hitzaz scale.
Patsheeva Gypsy Tune

For all you aspiring musicians you can get the sheet music here at The Hot Violinist.


Ohh bliss, this is one of my all time faves, the best Led Zeppelin song ever IMHO.  And they truly do it justice.
Circa Paleo playing Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” at their final performance at So Cal Renaissance Faire.


Finally today something unusual, as in lack of vocals, but Jenny’s haunting violin makes a beautiful replacement for Grace. This could be from a Psychedelic Renaissance Festival. And Kelly’s awesome rabbit ears are just the crème de la crème.
White Rabbit

PA Ren Faire






Today we meet a very unusual young lady, with an awesome voice. Kerli Kõiv hails from Elva, Estonia. Like so many of the singers from the Nordic countries she just uses the one name, Kerli. She is a singer/songwriter/record producer.

Kerli has been singing for quite a while now and has evolved through various genres up to her current one of Transcendental Electronic Music. Kerli has written many songs for herself she also had two songs which she co-wrote for the album Utopia ~ “Skyscraper” and “I Feel Immortal” ~ that were later recorded by Demi Lovato and Tarja Turunen.

Me, personally I am liking her new persona. Oh and did I mention, she’s cute.

So enough of the background, as we always say, let’s get to the music.

On this first one let’s hear Kerli‘s drift on this awesome song.

“Diamond Hard is an audiovisual story about true strength and resilience. Appropriately, this is the first release for which I both produced the music and directed the video on my own, marking an important milestone in my journey as an artist.” ~ Kerli

That’s some journey, and some amazing music. Enjoy.
Diamond Hard

As with the videos from her earlier singles this year (“Feral Hearts” and “Blossom”), the video for “Diamond Hard” is heavily influenced by the nine months Kerli spent in the Estonian forest reconnecting with her roots and her native homeland’s rich culture. Filmed in the town of Loksa, just 50 km north of Tallinn, the imagery within the video alludes to a battle of light vs. dark over a person’s inner spirit and pulls from Estonian folklore and mythology to tell the tale.


Another sublime track, the vocals soar with some outstanding choral backing. One cannot help think of Björk when watching Kerli, but that is not a bad thing. Two amazing talents. The more I am seeing Kerli the more I am impressed by her talents.
“An ode to the plant kingdom, “Blossom” is not just a story of survival, but an audiovisual poem about thriving in the face of obstacles.”

Written by Kerli & Ago Teppand
Produced & Mixed by Ago Teppand
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck
Additional Production by Kerli
Additional Percussion by Kristjan Kallas
Choral arrangement by Kerli
Choir Vocals Ülenurme laulustuudio


In 2015, Kerli left Los Angeles where she had resided since 2008 and returned to her birthplace of Estonia. She sought solitude and the mythical tranquility that could only circulate throughout the lush forested landscapes among the animals, plants, and energies under the Eastern European moon where she first found inspiration as a child.

This deeply personal performance of “Feral Hearts” took place in the forests of Vimsi.

Kerli’s voice soars in this song, she goes through her range pretty much. It is a joy to listen to it.
Feral Hearts (The Sacred Forest Session)




Eivør Pálsdóttir who hails from Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands is a beautiful talented singer / songwriter who I first fell in love with in 2013. There is a link at the bottom of this post if you want to get more background.

So it’s been a while and I thought I should catch up on her career, and listen to some more of her amazing music.

That being said, let’s get to the music.

This is from the album ‘Slør’ and it is Eivør’s latest video.
Breathtaking in its scope, her vocals as ever are amazing.
Although you may not understand a word of the song, she is singing in Faroese, you cannot help but be moved by the song. Wow!!
On Facebook where Eivør introduces this song she give an explanation of how it came to be, which is just so cute.
‘Í Tokuni means “In the fog” and is inspired by a quite scary memory from my childhood when I walked up on a mountain all alone and got lost in the Fog. It took me hours to find my way back home.’
Í Tokuni

Director: Heiðrik á Heygum
Producer: Rúna Ingunardóttir
Director of Photography: Louise McLaughlin


A beautiful song from an earlier album, Bridges, performed live.
Eivør‘s voice just soars on this track, yet at times so very quiet and intimate.

Music by Eivør
Words by Randi Waard
Mixed and Mastered by Hallur Jonsson
Recording by Kringvarp Føroya
Grading and editing by Rúni Friis Kjær

? Sigriður Ella Frímannsdóttir

Finally today a real treat, a guide to the making of her album, “Bridges”, in three parts filmed over the course of a year. They were recorded at Studio Bloch. Prepare for goose bumps. You can own all of the songs, they are on the album.

Bridges ~ Part 1

Video production: Jákupsson in collaboration with Phenexus Productions
Recorded at Studio Bloch
Mixed and Mastered by Addi800
Hair styling by Mariann Klein Ivansdóttir

? Lukas Daugbjerg

In this vid Eivør explains the thought process in producing the album. I found it extremely interesting. This is one driven young lady.
Bridges ~ Part 2 ~ Creating Bridges

Video production: Jákupsson in collaboration with Phenexus Productions
Recorded at Studio Bloch
Mixed and Mastered by Addi800
Hair styling by Mariann Klein Ivansdóttir

? Per Vissing

This final part is just too wonderful for words, she took my breath away.
I can only imagine if I was to see her in concert I would just end up in a heap of exuded emotion.
Bridges ~ Part 3 ~ On my way to somewhere

Video production: Jákupsson in collaboration with Phenexus Productions
Recorded at Studio Bloch
Mixed and Mastered by Addi800
Hair styling by Mariann Klein Ivansdóttir

? Xan Shian

As promised earlier, here is the link to see more Eivør on the old blog, as always please ignore the “Content warning”, Blogger still have not got to the review.