Hobbyhorse ~ New Folk Baroque

Combining elements of Celtic, British, American and World traditions in an intricate form of acoustic folk music first developed and named Folk Baroque in 1960's Britain.



Genres:  Folk Baroque, Celtic, Acoustic, Singer Songwriter, Folk, Neofolk, Chamber Folk, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic Folk

Band Members:
Annie Aronson: Lead vocals, rhythm acoustic guitar, frame drum, percussion, tin whistle.
Phil Campbell:  Lead acoustic guitar, mandola, vocal harmonies.

Facebook:  facebook.com/hobbyhorsemusic


Hobbyhorse is Annie Aronson & Phil Campbell. They have been playing music together since 1999.

Their music is a unique blend of poetic originals and Celtic classics with exhilarating combinations of acoustic guitar, mandolin, frame drum, tin whistle and vocal harmonies. 

They live in Palo Alto, California, but perform regularly for audiences around the world online through Facebook Live and Streetjelly.com.

In addition to playing in Hobbyhorse, Phil is a highly sought after music teacher in Silicon Valley. Annie has a BFA in textile arts and graphic design. 

Hobbyhorse has performed at many festivals around the San Francisco bay area and beyond including Palo Alto World Music Day, Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Cur-Ville Festival, The Annual Midsummer Celtic Faerie Festival, BayCon Sci Fi and Fantasy Convention, GoGirls Music Fest, and many more.

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"Hobbyhorse is a magical blend of old world mysticism and modern sources - a spirit quest fireside folk for Led Zeppelin and Celtic music fans."  - Sam Hawk, Artist's Connection TV 

"Acoustic Celtic Shred Guitar!" - Zest Radio Show

“I find the music simultaneously stimulating and relaxing (if that makes sense), as well as being downright enchanting!” – DD Rocker,  Iron Maidens Radio Show

“Hobbyhorse’s music embodies the magic that is woven in the art of folk music ….it is authentic, spirited & manifest from the love of creation rather than ‘music industry’ profit motive. Each song is a delight of discovery. ”- DJ Frederick,  Seldom Heard Radio

“The entire CD has several sections where the talents of the artist are proven over and over again. While I have not seen them in person, I can only imagine from what I have heard and read from those that have had the opportunity to see them, it is an experience you soon won’t forget” – SageKatt , PaganPages.org


Below are some examples of traditional Celtic songs in Hobbyhorse's repertoire. Shows include a combination of traditional and original material. 

  • Sally Sits a Weeping
  • She Moved Through the Fair
  • Danny Boy
  • John Reilly
  • I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
  • Molly Malone
  • Rattlin' Bog
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Parting Glass
  • Lord Franklin
  • The House Carpenter
  • Scarborough Fair
  • John Barleycorn