Earle Hitchner

at the Celtic Cafe

Earle Hitchner

Besides contributing articles and reviews to the Wall Street Journal, Earle Hitchner is a weekly music columnist for the Irish Echo newspaper. He has also written on music for Billboard, MTV’s Sonicnet, Details, New Choices, and The Oxford American, and been a seven-time nominating judge for annual awards given by the Association for Independent Music (AFIM).

Earle has provided liner notes for more than 50 recordings, including the Grammy-nominated "The Celtic Album" by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1998. In 1999, he wrote six essays for the widely praised reference book "The Companion to Irish Traditional Music," co-published by Cork University Press and New York University Press. He has also consulted on four film documentaries of Irish traditional music broadcast on public television, and lectured on the subject at Boston College, New York University, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The Celtic Café is honored to feature Earle Hitchner's many articles that have appeared on our site!

Recent Columns

The Sound of Silence In Memorium Tommy Makem
Rufus Harley The best jazz bagpiper you never heard of
Getting It Right What Exactly Is Authentic Irish Music?
Trad Two-Step

Green Linnet Records Sold to DMGI

Earle's Top 10 lists

Ten Celtic CDs You Shouldn't Be Without The essentials, from Sonicnet.com, 2000
Top 10 Traditional Albums of 2005 Ceol from the Irish Echo, January 25, 2006
Top 10 Traditional Albums of 2004 Ceol from the Irish Echo, January 19, 2005
Andy McGann, 2004 Artist of the Year Ceol from the Irish Echo, January 26, 2005
Top 10 Traditional Albums of 2003

Ceol from the Irish Echo, January 21, 2004

Mike Rafferty, 2003 Artist of the Year Ceol from the Irish Echo, January 28, 2004

Archived Columns

Hibernian Humor Finds Expression in Song "Songs of tippling wit": St. Patrick's Day 2000
Clogless and Fancy Free Jean Butler and Colin Dunne
Seamus Egan Breakout Year for Talented Multi-Instrumentalist
Solas America's Own Irish-Music Band
Kevin Burke The 20-year fiddling veteran's first solo album
Paul Brady Navigating the Pop/Traditional Divide
Yorkshire Singer Kate Rusby "The sweetheart of England's folk scene"
Squeezebox Sensations at Quebec Festival Le Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon
Remembering Tony Cuffe The "never to be forgotten" Scottish musician