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“Rolling Downhill” at Old Town School of Folk Music

By Scott. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

Here’s a clip of the new Tangleweed Trio lineup performing “Rolling Downhill” from our latest release, Please Punch Richard For Me, at our favorite Chicago venue, The Old Town School of Folk Music, shot from the soundboard at our recent show with guitar legend, Junior Brown:


Draggin’ the Bow with Tangleweed and Shotgun Party

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video. Tags: ,

This is the second of our encores with our friends in Shotgun Party at the Old Town School last month. We each play the raggy fiddle tune “Draggin’ the Bow”, but we each do it it slightly different ways. This loose rendition attempts to merge the two.


All Night Long, with Tangleweed and Shotgun Party

This is the first of two encore tunes Tangleweed played with Shotgun Party at the Old Town School of Folk Music, the old time chestnut ‘All Night Long’, with some goofy instrument thrown in the mix. Quality entertainment.


Fox on the Town animation by Mindy Fisher

Our friend Mindy Fisher created a fun animation for our interpretation of the old Folk chestnut, Fox on the Town. It debuted Friday night at our CD release show at The Old Town School of Folk Music, and is now available on the interwebs for your viewing pleasure.

You can read more about Mindy’s creative processes at her blog,

You can buy a copy of the new Tangleweed CD, Please Punch Richard for Me, by visiting our merch page, or CDBaby, or by clicking the ‘Buy’ button below.


The Dubliners singing Weilia Walia

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video. Tags: , ,

Tangleweed is getting ready for our Saturday show at the Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend, dusting off some of our Irish repertoire. We’ll almost certainly play this one, perhaps the catchiest song ever written about infanticide.

The footage is from Swedish television in 1973. Ronnie Drew has the lead vocal.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The first three Dubliners records, The Dubliners with Luke Kelly, In Concert, and Finnegan Wakes are three of the finest records you will ever hear in any genre.


Who wants pie?

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video. Tags: ,

We look forward to playing the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest every October. In anticipation of this year’s contest, we offer this footage of last year’s event, with some fine Tangleweed and pie-related footage.

Scott was a finalist the first year of the contest. Since then, though, the band members have only baked loser pies, bringing shame upon us all. For information on this year’s Apple Pie Contest, visit


Hot 78rpm action with the Sons of the Pioneers

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog, video. Tags: ,

There’s a fellow on YouTube by the name of 78Man, who has posted over 800 videos of 78rpm records playing. The result is strangely compelling — like the yule log, but with better music.

One of the more appealing sides offered is the Sons of the Pioneers classic, Cool Water. The description says that this is a 1948 recording, but I think this is the version they recorded in Chicago on March 27th, 1941 for Decca. It was released on Brunswick’s English subsidiary, which would expain the label. Of course, I can’t see the catalog label to confirm this.

A free Dixie cup to the person who can count all the instances of the word ‘water’ in this recording.


Driving and drumming on LSD

Lake Shore Drive, that is. This latest driving and drumming video has our ‘With a Bottle in My Hand/ Farewell Blues’ medley as the soundtrack, and the view from the southbound lanes of Chicago’s most famous motorway providing the scenery.