Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wolfstone - Unleashed (1991 Scotland) @320

Wolfstone is a Scottish musical group - formed in Inverness, Scotland in 1989 by fiddler Duncan Chisholm and guitarist/vocalist Stuart Eaglesham - which plays Highland music combined with rock and roll. The band's repertoire consists of both original songs and traditional folk pieces. Wolfstone split in 1997 after much difficulty with its record label, but reformed in 1998 to fulfill its recording contract, and has subsequently continued.

01 - Cleveland Park
02 - Song for Yesterday
03 - The Silver Spear
04 - Sleepy Toon
05 - Hector the Hero
06 - The Howl
07 - Here Is Where the Heart Is
08 - Hard Heart
09 - Erin

Duncan Chisholm: fiddle
Stuart Eaglesham: acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Struan Eaglesham: keyboards
Ivan Drever: acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Andy Murray: electric guitar, vocals
Allan Wilson: pipes, whistle, flute
Additional musicians
Neil Hay: bass guitar
John Henderson: drums

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Barataria Project (SPAIN 2015) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]

Very Good!

The Barataria Project is an instrumental music band from Madrid that blends melodies of European and Celtic tradition with latest styles. 

In his first album we can find eight tracks of complete fusion between cultures, including ancient and traditional melodies that are disguised as latin, funk, reggae, rock, jazz ... These eight tunes work over a rhythmic loop, on which they are added melodies and improvisations of keyboards, wind instruments and guitars.

released June 26, 2015 

Band: The Barataria Project 
Album: The Barataria Project (2015) 

Recorded in Madrid between February and April 2015. 
Produced, mixed and mastered by Javi Díez 

The Barataria Project are
Alberto Molina (piano and keyboards) 
Juan Martínez Andrés (guitar, octaved guitar, loop live performance) 
Miguel Parrondo (clarinet and tenor saxophone) 
Guest Artist: 
Javi Díez (drum programming) 

Twitter: @baratariaband 

Cover picture by Millán Pérez García 

All Rights Reserved 
2015 - The Barataria Project

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Waking Guild - In the House of the Goats (USA 2015) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]


In the House of the Goats is the exciting and long awaited debut LP of
Portland's folk chamber ensemble, The Waking Guild. The album calls you in
from long days of running wild, invites you to a warm spot by the hearth
and treats your imagination to fanciful bite sized vignettes.

Flutist and composer Jason O'Neill-Butler initially formed the band with
concertinist Melissa Luna. The two used the streets of Europe as both
woodshed and stage and were captivated by imagery, stories and the many
creatures they stumbled upon. They slept in abandoned buildings, tended
baby goats and pilgrimaged for hundreds of kilometers, all the while
sculpting their timeless and delicate sound.

Since the Guild's inception it has expanded to include violinist and visual
artist Sharon Cannon, cellist Owen Hoffman-Smith and pianist Beth Ariel
Karp. Drummer Jay Harris was also featured on the album.

"Belying its name, the Waking Guild makes dreamy, often languid
instrumental music for the ravishing combo of violin, cello, flute and
concertina. Occasionally flirting with tweeness, the band’s folk-tinged
originals more often create a beguilingly intimate atmosphere, sometimes
reminiscent of the lamented Penguin Cafe in its more whimsical moments."
Brett Campbell - Willamette Weekly

Friday, November 20, 2015

Brandywine Bridge - An English Meadow (England 1978) @320

Sheila Copson, Stuart Hague and Dave Grew came together in November 1974 and went full time in December 1975. Brandysine Bridge have since implanted themselves on the minds of audiences all over britain and the continent.
If you saw them on stage with their entertaining presentation, humour and wit then you can now take them into the privacy of your own living room and enjoy the more serious side of - Brandywine Bridge.

01 - An English Meadow
02 - Dreamwater
03 - Three Lovers
04 - Congreve's Rockets
05 - Hickory House Tunes
06 - Bonnie Prince
07 - Black Anna's Bower
08 - Sea Wife's Lament
09 - Set of Tunes
10 - Toss Your Pennies
11 - Billy the Budgie
12 - The Ox

Dave Grew: Guitar, Banjo, Whistle, Vocals
Sheila Hague: Vocals, Recorder, Guitar
Stuart Hague: Vocals, Mandolin, Concertina, Bodhrán, Tambourine

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Brandywine Bridge - The Grey Lady (England 1977) @320

Mid 70's UK Folk rarity featuring fragile folk music played on treble recorder mandolin, guitar, banjo, bodhran etc. This three piece trad folk band at no time gives up its distinctly British musical flavour and the end results are beautifully memorable.

01 - Bodhran Jigs
02 - The Grey Lady
03 - Evening Aire
04 - New Jigs (Clancy's Fancy, Jackson's Favourite)
05 - King Richard III
06 - Forced Duty
07 - Quorn Dollies
08 - Fisherman's Night Song
09 - Barrow Bumps
10 - Jack Hall

Dave Grew: Guitar, Banjo, Whistle, Vocals
Sheila Copson: Vocals, Recorder, Guitar
Stuart Hague: Vocals, Mandolin, Concertina, Bodhrán, Tambourine

Friday, November 13, 2015

Capercaillie - Roses And Tears (2008 Scotland) @320

Fourteen albums in, new folk pioneers Capercaillie continue to demonstrate why they've been at the forefront of the roots renaissance in their native Scotland for the best part of the last three decades. 
Roses and Tears delivers all you'd expect from the experienced eight-piece ensemble and proves a more than welcome return after a long six-year wait for new material following 2002's Choice Language. 

01 - Him Bo
02 - Turas An Anraidh
03 - Don't You Go
04 - The Aphrodisiac
05 - Barra Clapping Song
06 - Seinneam Cliu Nam Fear Ur
07 - Oran Sugraidh
08 - The Quimper Waltz
09 - Soldier Boy
10 - A' Racan A Bh' Againne
11 - Rose Cottage Reels
12 - Leodhasach An Tir Cheinh

Karen Matheson: Vocals
Ewen Vernal: Bass, Vocals – 
Signy Jakobsdottir: Bells, Gong, Goblet Drum [Darabuka]
Manus Lunny: Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals
Che Beresford: Drums
Charlie McKerron: Fiddle 
Michael McGoldrick: Flute, Whistle, Pipe
David Robertson: Percussion
Donald Shaw: Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Producer

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ghent Folk Violin Project - Tatoeage (Belgium 2013) @320

The Ghent Folk Violin Project started in 2012 and is an initiative of violinist/composer Wouter Vandenabeele, a fixed value in the Belgian folk and worldmusic scene. GFVP mixes traditional melodies with new compositions where the violin plays the important role. 

Each violin player contributes with it’s own style and background: Lotte Remmen with a beautiful classical tone, Naomi Vercauteren with a great folk swing and the jazz experience of Anouk Sanczuk. Wouter blends these sounds together with his own style that leans against all these styles.

Singer Hanneke Oosterlijnck shines out with beautiful interpretations of old texts. The whole group is supported by the skillfull guitar playing of Jeroen Knapen.

01. Wals voor Lotte en Alfons Deloor
02. Moordlied
03. In den verleden tijd
04. Moi je connais
05. Contredansen
06. De schipper
07. Er is maar een weg naar Hundelgem
08. Valse vigilante pour les annulaires qui disent non
09. Tatoeage
10. Mazurka van Zemst
11. Polonaises
12. Coureur
13. Steltendans uit Zoerle-Parwijs

Wouter Vandenabeele - Violin, compositions
Anouk Sanczuk - Violin, compositions
Naomi Vercauteren - Violin
Jasmijn Lootens - Cello
Susan Clynes - Piano, Voice

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ilana J - Angel (2015) UK [FREE PROMOTION]

Ilana J is a British singer songwriter whose critically acclaimed debut EP 'Free Falling From The Ground Up' was inspired by how she feels about her music, which is back in her following a long break; " I am letting the music and the lyrics 'free fall' out of me and am growing everyday from the 'ground up' which is intensely fulfilling on a whole new level".

Ilana's new single 'Angel' is released to help her friend Kim who has a 12 year old son with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neuro-development condition which affects 1 in 15,000 live births.

Ilana  says "I have known little Josh since he was a toddler and have watched him grow over the years. Josh is a joy to be around and he has a wonderful nature, but with no treatment currently available, he and his family face many challenges both now and in the years ahead.

The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics firmly believes that with the right research effective treatments and an eventual cure can be found. This strongly-held belief drives their fundraising efforts and they are FAST approaching a cure for Angelman Syndrome."

'Angel' is available for free download on SoundCloud: 

It can be purchased from iTunes for $0.99

All proceeds are being donated to F.A.S.T.

The accompanying music video is here on YouTube.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Users Contributions

Hello everybody!
I created a new menu page on the blog to receive contributions of our friends users.
Who want to participate send me the links via email.
Let's avoid using the message box for this purpose.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Abnoba - Abnormal (Italy 2010) @320

"Abnormal" is the second album of the young band of Piedmont-Val d'Aosta, published four years after the release of the debut album, "Vai Facile", which aroused much attention and criticism in public. In this period of fruitful waiting, training could deepen their style, opening further research music (composition and executive) to jazz, reggae, funk and improvisation. The metissage obtained, which cleverly combines musical worlds formally away to the music of oral tradition typical of the western Alps, is a valid attempt at re-appropriation of their cultural identity in a contemporary way. It is in this scenario, the echoes avant-garde, the seven musicians to create original compositions starting from the traditional dictation: the synthesis of archaic instruments such as the bagpipes and the accordion, modern and electronic, outlines the new creative horizons, becoming the paradigm of make a new musical. 

In this recording project, is equipped also other artists who in recent years have shared a lot with the group, such as the Ligurian Stefano Valla, the most important player of the Four Provinces Fife, French Grégory Jolivet to the hurdy gurdy, singer Sabrina Pallini and Paolo Bonfanti to the electric guitar. Abnormal with the Abnoba totaled well as "novel" bearers of a possible new interpretation of tradition.

01. Albeena delight 
02. Spasuttle
03. Le Rigaudon de Saint Dwich / Horrible Fast Fanciullo 
04. La Dragona e la Marchiatta 
05. Scendeno giu' dai monti 
06. Bofonchio 
07. Neve on Helen 
08. Emargire 
09. Monferrina in Re 
10. Self 
11. La Barbunota 
12. La Mort de la Mie
13. Bofonchio Live (Bonus Tracks)
14. La Dragona rmx (Bonus Tracks)

Vincent Boniface: sax soprano, clarinetto, cornamuse, organetto, low whistle, armonica, percussioni 
Simone Bottasso: organetti, flauto traverso 
Paolo Dall'Ara: cornamuse, flauti, tarota , bombarda 
Marco Mammo Inaudi: basso elettrico, basso fretless 
Pietro Numico: tastiere: clavia nord stage, clavia nord lead, fender rodhes, Yamaha S80 e pianoforte 
Luca Rosso: batteria

Sabrina Pallini: voce 
Valeria Benigni: voce 
Gre'gory Jolivet: ghironda 
Stefano Valla: piffero delle 4 province 
Paolo Bonfanti: chitarra elettrica 
Voces Nocturnae: coro 
Francesco Motta: bouzouki

Abnoba - Vai Facile (Italy 2006) @320

ABNOBA’s recording debut has all the signs of becoming an important addition to the Italian world music scene. Vai facile takes hold from the first listen, and has the qualities to enchant both folk music afficionados and those in search of more modern sonorities.

But far from being a mere hybrid mishmash of styles, ABNOBA’s music is perfectly balanced, forging a wide variety of sounds into solidly constructed original pieces that are unashamed of their folk roots (in Northern Italy and elsewhere) while having their sights clearly set on the future. As the band’s members says “ABNOBA’s music is the fruit of artistic research whose aim isn’t so much to rediscover or reappropriate a particular folk repertoire as to provide the raw materials for composition and improvisation, creating a real evolution in folk music.” On Vai facile, these three foundation stones of tradition, compostion and improvisation come into perfect alignment.

Hours of amusement can be had tracing the myriad different shadings and musical fragments that are brought together to form a music of great stylistic cohesion. One of the band’s intentions is in fact to interweave musical cultures from past and present, to come up with melodies inspired by the Italian and French traditions and fuse them with influences ranging from jazz and Balcan music, to classical harmony and funk.

It was in the summer of 2004 that Vincent Boniface (clarinet, bagpipes, flutes), Simone Bottasso (melodeons), Paolo Dall’Ara (bagpipes, flutes, tarota), Pietro Numico (piano), Marco 'Mammo' Inaudi (bass guitar) and Giovanni 'Zap' Delfino (percussion) had the idea to form ABNOBA. These young musicians, all from Northern Italy, who had previously been involved in projects and collaborations both in Italy and abroad decided they wanted to follow in the footsteps of groups like Harmoniraptus, Stygiens and the Suriscot Trio. Harnessing their experience and knoweldge they started from their own ethnic background using classical folk instruments but modifying and adapting them and using new techniques to extend their possibilities. ABNOBA’s aim is partly “to try to create an Italian avant-folk whose sounds and ideas will attract a wider audience not necessarily au fait with the history of the instruments used.”

01 - Quand lo boier
02 - Oltre le mura
03 - Saltarello
04 - Nové grassenc / Strumentale I
05 - Marche du roi René
06 - L'estaca / Strumentale II
07 - Venetz embe ieu
08 - Sicut lupi / Strumentale III
09 - Lhi carn marinas / Coda
10 - L'estrange deluge / Strumentale IV

Vincent Boniface - clarinet, cornmuse,flute
Simone Bottasso - organetti diatonic
Paolo Dall'Ara - cornmuse, flute, tarota
Pietro Numico - piano
Marco (Mammo) Inaudi - bass
Giovanni (Zap) Delfino - percussion
Patrick Bouffard - ghironda (hurdy gurdy)
Sabrina Pallini - voce
Silvia Carbotti - voce
Sebastien Tron - electric ghironda

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ougenweide - Herzsprung (2010) Germany @320

Even if I had really not expected: appeared in the spring of 2010 with Herzsprung
but in fact a new studio album from Ougenweide, full 14 years after her last album Sol. Although there have always been times corresponding announcements, which never followed something concrete. Nearly a full decade, the work which go to Herzsprung, between 2000 and 2009, the fifteen tracks were recorded.

From ancient warriors are with Olaf and Frank and Stefan Wulff Casalich least three more there; for Frank Wulff unfortunately it was his last album with Ougenweide, he died in March 2010, just weeks before the release of Herzsprung. Whether it is related to the fact that practically the whole album is characterized by an elegiac mood? Although, who could have guessed? But I will not anticipate, because only the new singer Sabine Maria tear should be mentioned. It is certainly not easy to follow in the footsteps of Minne Graw (which has completely retired from the music business), but Sabine Maria tear creates brilliantly. A real find!

Musically Herzsprung is much more to the classic albums of the '70s Ougenweide-oriented than before Sol. Away with the New Age-inspired sounds with advanced electronics - artificial folk rock is back in fashion. Wherein the skirt portion remains relatively small limits! But the pieces are artfully arranged and correspond to the usual high standard Ougenweide. This by no means closes to modern sounds, but without chumming to the zeitgeist; a piece of such a sad song softly and provides the finest art pop. The instrumentation is primarily acoustic nature and includes such peculiar things like conch, Waldoline, nyckelharpa or Clarinettino. In particular, Frank Wulff an arsenal running on such strange-sounding instruments.

The lyrics are employed once again almost completely on the German language, with a couple of Old and Middle High German poems may not be missing. Some texts are based on translations of foreign poetry, so are several settings of works by the British-Italian poet Christina Rossetti case. Chance of Italian and Provençal texts are used.

With Herzsprung Ougenweide is a convincing comeback succeeded. More of that!

01 - Tritons Ruf
02 - Herzsprung
03 - Phol Ende Uuodan
04 - Ein Leis Und Traurig Lied
05 - Dy Minne
06 - Einem Lieben
07 - Uisk Flo Aftar Themo Uuatare
08 - Dansa Jojoza
09 - Lilien & Rosen
10 - Ella Mia
11 - Der Welsche Tanz
12 - Ich Sachs Eins Mals
13 - Echo
14 - Partite Amore
15 - Epilog

Sabine Maria Reiss: vocals
Frank Wulff Raven: Guitar, Flute, Krummhorn, nyckelharpa, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, monochord, Timpani, conches, Clarinettino, zither, koto, electric piano, celesta, Clavioline, bouzouki, Gemshorn, Waldoline, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion
Stefan Wulff: Bass & percussions
Olaf Casalich: Vocals & Percussion
Hinrich Dageför: Guitar, Mandolin & Kalimba
Martin Engelbach: Drums
Krzysztof Gediga: Bass Clarinet, Accordion

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Djal - Nuits Blanches (France 2000) @320

01 - La Marionnette Sans Fil
02 - Leurre De Vérité - Arabesque
03 - Le Pied Yayahte
04 - L'allumeuse Et L'aveugle - Crépuscule
05 - The Third Mode
06 - Le Prince Sans Rire
07 - Mouth Of The Tobique - Reel Du Lièvre
08 - Vivement Vendredi - Le Trophée Du Chameau
09 - Malrif - Pieds Nus Dans L'ascenseur
10 - Nuit Blanche - Journée Noire
11 - Du Jour Au Lendemain

Jean Banwarth (bouzouki) 
Sylvain Barou (flûtes traversière en bois, uillean pipes, low whistles)
Daniel Gourdon (violon)
Yann Gourdon (vielle à roue)
Jérémie Mignotte (flûte traversière en bois)
Stéphane Milleret (accordéons diatoniques)
Christophe Sacchettini (flûtes à bec, percussions)
Claude Schirrer (basse)

Buy the album here  

Djal - Repliques (France 2006) @320

01 - Odalisque - Chapeloise
02 - L'émotion de censure & La ligue contre le concert & Ouch mademoiselle- & 
03 - L'école des lucioles - Bourrée 3 temps
04 - Troublant trou noir - Pilé menu
05 - U Filliu & Le nombril du monde - Mazurka
06 - L'émasculée conception - Rondeau en couple
07 - Le corps du kyste - Suite plinn
08 - Colifot & Sympatique's Day - Sympatique's Day
09 - L'antre de Vénus - Polka
10 - Les oeufs en Meuriette - Farelquesh

Jean Banwarth (bouzouki, guitare, guitare 12 cordes),
Daniel Gourdon (violon, violon électrique),
Jérémie Mignotte (flûte traversière en bois),
Stéphane Milleret (accordéon diatonique, accordina),
Christophe Sacchettini (flûtes à bec, whistles, percussions),
Claude Schirrer (basse, guitare),
Sébastien Tron (vielle à roue électroacoustique, dounounba, percussions 

Buy the album here

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Minuit Guibolles - ... et sous une fleur de verre... (France 2005) @320

1. George Clooney Vs Dolly
2. ... Et sous une fleur de verre...
3. La fille de l'aire
4. Djinns et pattes d'elfes
5. Paumes d'amour
6. Az élett Kelte
7. Quantum
8. Larme à gauche
9. Paix et l'hideuse haine
10. Jour de pluie (Danser)
11. Bonus track

Musicians :
Boris TROUPLIN : Bagpipes - flutes - steel drum.
Pascal SEIXAS : doublebass - fender bass - guiro.
Baltazar MONTANARO : Violin.
Aurélien CLARANBAUX : Diatonic accordion.
Adrien CHENNEBAULT : Percussions, drums.
Guests :
Stéphane BALMINO : sing (10)
Vincent LENORMANT : electric guitar(2 and 8)
Vincent Chazot : Tamari (2)
Yska BENZAKOUN : Violoncello (5)
Cristel LAGUARIGUE : Alto (5)
Théo CECCALDI : Violin (5)
... and the voice of Josef NADJ (6 and 9)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Les Doigts De Carmen - En Compagnie (France 2011) @320

"En compagnie" the first album out of this strange trio of folk dance Lyon makes up the directory as a mosaic of traditional music and dance (styles, territories, tunes, compositions ...).
Nine prestigious guests came from Auvergne, Brittany, Paris, Lyon and Brussels to extend their many contributions to the studio stage ...

1. Lubelya / Des Ris dans les Huniers (scottish)
2. Mazurbloise (mazurka)
3. Les Ventres Noirs / La Parisienne (bourrées d’Auvergne)
4. Suite de Locqueltas (hanter dro)
5. The fly Fishing Reel / Beare Island / Over the Moor to Maggie (reels)
6. Boules et guirlandes / la résolution de l'Huître (ridée 6 temps)
7. Port Charlotte (valse à 5 temps)
8. Kiss in the Night (mazurka)
9. Les doigts de Carmen (scottish)

Jérémie MIGNOTTE (flûte traversière en bois, cajon)
Diego MEYMARIAN (violon)
Thomas RESTOIN (accordéon, concertina)

Virginie BASSET (violon)
Maude MADEC (bombarde, talons)
Anne NIEPOLD (accordéon diatonique)
Danielle SASSO (concertina)
Fabien GUILOINEAU (guitare)
Johan JACQUEMOUD (contrebasse)
Camille PASSERI (bugle, trompette)
Tiennet SIMONNIN (accordéon chromatique, uilleann pipe, pieds)
Sébastien TRON (vielle à roue électroacoustique, mélodica, orgue, voix)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Djal - Extra Bal (France 2003) @320

They're French, they're fresh, and they're fun. They're also fabulous musicians. Based in Grenoble, Djal combine influences from jazz and Arab music (ubiquitous in France just now) with traditional material from the Savoie region and beyond. 
Their instrumentation includes fiddle, flute, hurdy-gurdy, button box, bouzouki, recorder, bass, bombarde, dulcimer, guitar, and various drums. The overall sound is rich and varied, with plenty of punch and the added depth of a seven-piece band.
This is a live recording, made at a home gig with an atmosphere halfway between a
barn dance and a rave. There's a primal energy on tracks like Hollwenn and the opening set of three bourés. Michel Bordeleau'S great Québecois Reel des 4 Fers en l'Air is given an inspired treatment, and it's followed by a trio of jigs with more than a touch of Irish about them. Gavottes, rondeaus and other Breton dances are mixed in among the standard French forms. With the exception of Michel' reel and a couple of polkas, all the tunes are by band members. Most of the tracks here are up-tempo dance music, but there are some gorgeous slow numbers. Ivoirine is a stately air, and the waltz Masque Rouge is one I intend to learn.

Improvisation is one of Djal's strengths. Several of its members have one foot in jazz, and their extended solos are a joy to hear. Yann Gourdon's demonic hurdy-gurdy is awesome on Hollwenn and elsewhere. Christophe Sacchettini's flutes are pure magic, and Daniel Gourdon's fiddle brings an eerie swirling quality to several tracks. The rhythm section is also worth a mention: imaginative, incisive and irresistibly intoxicating. All in all, this is an excellent CD and a wonderful example of the best French music. Available from and ADA distribution.

Alex Monaghan

01. L'ivresse de la répression publique / Tendres silences / Les chevaliers serviles (D. Gourdon)
02. La dérive des incontinents (S.Milleret)
03. Masque rouge (S.M.)
04. Le reel des 4 fers en l'air (Michel Bordeleau)
05. La tentatrice chauve / César et Monique / A tune for Elsa (S.M. / S.M. / D.G.)
06. Ivoirine (S.M.)
07. Hollwenn (D.G.)
08. Egérie aux éclats (D.G.)
09. Polka à Jolive / L'acrobate / Monster café (Trad / D.G. / Nigel Eaton)
10. La treizième fée (S.M.)

Jean Banwarth (bouzouki)
Daniel Gourdon (violon)
Yann Gourdon (vielle à roue)
Jérémie Mignotte (flûte traversière en bois)
Stéphane Milleret (accordéons diatoniques)
Christophe Sacchettini (flûtes à bec, percussions)
Claude Schirrer (basse)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Toctoctoc - L'ombre et la lumière (France 2014) @320

"The shadow and the light" reveal dark and glittering universes, spontaneous reflections of the spirit of the women and the men in our time duality these songs of which are inspired.
The "popular" instrumentation (hurdy-gurdy with wheel, diatonic accordion, diverse instruments with breath and obviously the voice) turns to a sensitive and creative sound which accompanies you, like a sound and poetic laboratory, in the world of the current traditional musics, in perpetual evolution.
TOCTOCTOC, it's the need to create a sound space inside, which it is possible to let live positive feelings, but also the bitternesses of the life, real commitment to make expanding of a message of sharing and confrontation.
As in the dance, in which the public is invited, the meeting remains the best moment of our existences, ceaseless alternation of shadow and light.

1. Ronde au réveil (rondeau en couple) 5:12
2. Topé savait comment (scottish) 4:56
3. L'ombre et la lumière (mazurka) 4:32
4. He Did & He Didn't (polka) 2:57
5. En route (polka) 1:43 
6. Pierres précieuses (kost ar c'hoad) 3:19
7. L'Exil (hanter dro) 6:59 
8. Cachaça (bourrée 3 temps) 1:17
9. Mandarina Punch (bourrée 2 temps) 2:33 
10. Notte Tempo (valse) 3:21
11. L'ombre du hibou / Kuma (cercles circassiens) 5:01 
12. Spooke Boelet (polska) 3:44
13. La lune n'existe pas (polska) 5:01 
14. Aziman / Ouaivazy (bourrées 2 temps) 7:46
15. C'était bien (mazurka) 5:35 

Musicians : 
Vincent Boniface (cornemuse, clarinette, flûtes, accordéon diatonique et percussions)
Anne-Lise Foy (chant, vielles à roue) 
Stéphane Milleret (accordéon diatonique, accordina)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orion - Orion 1987 (Belgium 1987) @128

Kindly offered by a Folk Yoursef's friend. Thank you friend!
Very rare, never released on CD - Taken from a cassete tape.

The Celtic band Orion has been a going concern since 1987.
Its music testifies to a wholly personal approach of the Celtic tradition. Powerfully swinging dance tunes alternate with haunting slow airs, graceful melodies and beautifully crafted traditional songs. On their first three albums, Orion also guides the listener through less known music by Turlough O’Carolan, the blind Irish harpist from the 18th century.
Today the band is playing almost exclusively its own compositions, combining a multitude of musical influences.

1 - Charlie's Buttermilk Mary
02 - Julia Delany / Rakish Paddy
03 - Belfast Hornpipe / Jolly Beggar Reel
04 - Cliffs of Moher / Castletown Connors / Coleraine Jig
05 - Paddy Ryan's Dream / Jenny Nettles
06 - Tripping Up The Stairs / Paddy Carthy's Reel
07 - M' O'Connor
08 - Michael Rilly's / Musical Priest / Music In the Glenn

Gerard Hirsch : guitar, cittern
Rudy Velghe : fiddle 
Gilles Hirsch : hammered dulcimer, mandoline, banjo

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Aligot Elements - La Révoltés du Pounti (France 2000) @320

CK: Great group!

Their music is unclassifiable because born of a meeting between musicians from different backgrounds who all wear a personal look at the traditional music played in Auvergne.

01. Tiennet 4:55 
02. Transcorrezien 5:48 
03. Les Trois 4:56 
04. Aligotherapie 4:17 
05. Sudre 4:19 
06. Catogan 3:51 
07. Boeing 4:32 
08. Salle de bains 8:29 
09. Fajo la feto 5:33 
10. La Plaine Jacquot 4:42 
11. Ballade pour Benoit 4:17 
12. La Comete 6:16 
13. La Mantille 2:57

Sylvie Mathé: vielle à roue, voix
Jean-Paul Faurie: contrebasse
Richard Héry: batterie, percussions, clarinette, kora
Fabrice Planchat: violon alto, accordéon diatonique, cornemuses du Centre
François Breugnot: violons, violon ténor, low-whistle, voix, percussions
Philippe Faurie: guitares, voix

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Orion - Strawberry Town (Belgium 2009) @192

CK: Fantastic album!

The fourth album over more than two decades (following 1990, Blue Room and Restless Home) by this Belgian group is another gem of contemporary Celtic music, melding folk with classical references and stylings to delightful effect. Replete with catchy hooks and melodies, it provides a wide range of moods and atmospheres – the ethereal and emotionally stirring, the stately and almost church-like, buoyant Breton and Flemish dance signatures, through to tight and punchy, propulsive rhythmic grooves with fiery playing. Not that there is any jagged juxtaposition here; rather, the composing of sequenced sets, weaving wider European references into their Celtic tapestry, is intricate refined and sophisticated. 

All of them (Rudy Velghe, fiddle, viola, nyckelharpa, guitar, keyboards; Raquel Gigot, accordions; John Faulkner, vocals, bouzouki; Erwan Berenguer, guitar; Gwenael Micault, keyboards) play lead and support roles in the complex layering of their instruments to create arresting synergies and rhythmic interest. They deserve to be ranked amongst the best contemporary Celtic groups. Their ability to draw on people of the calibre of Philip Catherine and Pat Desaunay, amongst an array of other excellent musicians who play and/or are thanked, show wide peer respect. 

Some standout features include the haunting and emotional character of Faulkner’s vocals on the ancient homicidal ballad story behind Strawberry Town and crisp mouth music, Arne van Dongen’s warm and richly toneddouble bass, percussive textures added by Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, and a charming tribute to harpist Turlough O’Carolan’s melodic 18th century music.

Kevin T. Ward

01. Ton ar liestalegoù
02. La bourdaine/LeBelloy/Kernivinan's jig
03. Strawberry town
04. Four teeth hornpipe/Mr Morceau's Fancy/Kasper's reel
05. Ravna gora/Porz Téolenn
06. The harper's heir
07. He mantu/He le com an uro (mouth music)
08. Menuet Marguerite
09. Sint-Jorisdansen/Rondedansen
10. Song for Terri
11. The open gate/Wolfie's waltz

Raquel GIGOT: chromatic and diatonic accordion 
Rudy VELGHE: fiddle, nyckelharpa, viola, guitar, harmonium, keyboards 
John FAULKNER: vocals, bouzouki 
Erwan BERENGUER: guitar 
Gwenaël MICAULT: piano, harmonium, keyboards 

Philip CATHERINE: guitar 
Gérard HIRSCH: harp 
Johnny "Ringo" Mc DONAGH: bodhran 
Jean-Philippe PONCIN: bass clarinet 
Arne VAN DONGEN: double bass 
Pat DESAUNAY: guitar, foot percussion 
Piet VAN BOCKSTAL: oboe 
Marc KEYAERT: keyboards 
Fabian FIORINI: piano 

Shirly LAUB: violin 
Frédéric D'URSEL: violin 
Tony NYS: viola 
Martijn VINCK: cello 
Toon FRET: flute 
Nathalie LEFEBVRE: clarinet 
Koenraad HOFMAN: double bass 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Shillelagh - Germaine (France 2008) @256

Thanks to Waters for this contribution!

For this third album, Shillelagh has concocted a subtle mix of current ballroom dances (Schottish, chapeloise, bourée, etc ...) and Flanders dance. Registration allows public to feel the energy of the dancers mingling with the energy of the music. Shillelagh takes us into the friendly atmosphere and festive time they create a ball. The sound is that of an accomplished group, who plays for the pleasure of the ears and legs. for "Germaine" they have six guests who give such a particular color to "Pieternelle" Flanders dance ever danced plsu. "Germaine" c is the name of the beautiful waltz 1930 by Joseph Colombo ends this CD. Gabriel Lenoir (violin), Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion) and Aurélien Tanghe (guitar) aillient wonderfully musical and dynamic quality for dancing. C As is written in the booklet: "This record is the result of several years of complicity between dancers and us." 
"Julie Coclet"

01 - Les beaux jours - Scottish
02 - C'est l'aventure + Feu d'artifice + C'est la fête - Cercles circassiens
03 - Nuit - Mazurka
04 - Polka van Hever (Trad.)
05 - Mazurka van Hofstade (Trad.)
06 - Pieternelle (Trad.)
07 - En vrille - Bourrée d'Auvergne
08 - Brindezingue - Bourrée d'Auvergne
09 - Sans souci + Feuilles d'automne + L'équilibriste - Chapeloises
10 - Framåt - Scottish
11 - Russische Polka (Trad.)
12 - Wals van Kortenberg (Trad.)
13 - Ça m'ressemble + P.H. bourrée - Bourrées 2 temps
14 - Germaine (valse)

Gabriel Lenoir (violin)
Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion)
Aurélien Tanghe (guitar)

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