MarchFourth (Sept. 28)
Moya Brennan (Dec. 10)
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys | Go figure. Big Sandy decided to celebrate a quarter-century of making swinging roots and rockabilly by doing an all-acoustic re-recording of his earlier hits. What a Dream It’s Been proves his energy is just as enticing unplugged. Sept. 15, Tin Angel, tinangel.com.
Battlefield | None of the founders remain, but the founding principles of carrying Scottish traditional music into the future are even stronger 40 years on. Sept. 25, Ardmore Music Hall, ardmoremusic.com.
Brad Hinton | These days it seems Philly can’t have an acoustic roots project without Brad Hinton. The go-to country/folk/bluegrass/everything man self-releases his second recording, Whippoorwill, tonight. Sept. 26, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
MarchFourth Marching Band | M4 puts on a steamy show: Percussion and brass tightly wound over a mass of tunes inspired by NOLA, Eastern Europe and Brazil. Sept. 28, Ardmore Music Hall, ardmoremusic.com.
La Santa Cecilia | Big, big fun, laughing and dancing, code-switching like mad — this may be the coolest Chicano band ever. La Santa Cecilia is from L.A., but they only occasionally nod to Los Lobos, courtesy their impressive lead guitarist. There is an accordion, too, but the sound coming from it could be tropical as easily as conjunto. Oct. 29, World Café Live, worldcafelive.com.
Moya Brennan | They’re selling her as the voice of Clannad. Fair enough, if you remember that band. She’s also the inspiration for Enya. Still before your time? Brennan’s got a startlingly pure voice in the traditional Irish style and this Irish Christmas show is a can’t-miss. Dec. 10, Tin Angel, tinangel.com.
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