Friday, February 15, 2019

Thalweg - Berbèro.Celtic (France 2001) [320]

2000, Arcueil, Île-de-France, France
Hocine Boukella (vocals, guitar),
Marc Israël (bass), Samy Chiboub (drums),
Moulay Aït Si Ahmed (guitar),
Manu Le Houezec (flute, saxophone, bombarde),
Amine Chaffaï (violin)

01 - Toughach Ajejig
02 - Aman
03 - Tchina
04 - Ad Ezzi Ssaâ
05 - Tala
06 - Khamsa
07 - Win A Win
08 - Aurés

Information from a concert performed (when???) with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra:

Hocine Boukella: guitar and voice
Clément Janinet: violin
Michel Sikiotakis: flute and saxophone
Khiliff Miziallaoua: guitar
Eric Rakotoarivony: bass
Hervé Le Bouché: drums
Amar Chaoui: percussion

In its relatively short career, Thalweg has brought together, with impeccable
originality, the traditions of the sun and the desert with those of rain, fog and
leafy woods, the south Mediterranean with the landscapes of the North Atlantic. With this apparently antagonistic fusion of cultures, the members of Thalweg have brought together words, melodies, rhythms and sonorities of such diverse origins that would otherwise seem irreconcilable. An idea that combines Celtic melodies with subtle hybrids from jazz and other popular music, and is finally spiced with the joy and vitality of Berber rhythms.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Presença das Formigas - Pé de Vento (Portugal 2014) @320

A Presença das Formigas is a Portuguese band, whose compositions combine elements of traditional and popular Portuguese music with influences from jazz, classical music and world music.

01. Ai Que Ricas Orelhinhas (04:26)
02. Bolinhas de Sabão (02:40)
03. Dá-me o Amanhã (02:57)
04. Largar, Partir (03:24)
05. O Aprendiz de Feiticeiro (03:48)
06. O Pulo do Lobo (04:20)
07. Assim Como Quem não Quer (02:26)
08. Orla dos Malditos (04:29)
09. Planície (03:25)
10. Que Serei? (02:37)
11. Senhora do Almortão (04:23)
12. Vai Tão Sozinho (03:58)

- André Cardoso / Acoustic/classical/Portuguese guitars
- Miguel Cardoso / Electric bass, double bass
- Manuel Maio / Violin, mandolin, vocals
- Sara Vidal / Vocals
- Nuno Silva / Accordion
- Rui Lúcio / Drums, percussion
- António Silva / Electric Guitar [5,10]
- Filipa Meneses / Piano [11]
- Hélder Costa / "Braguesa" Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [7,10]
- João Afonso / Lead Vocal [7]
- João Paulo Esteves da Silva / Piano [9]
- Luciano Cuviello / Percussion [10]
- Luis Arrigo / Glockenspiel, Vibraphone [7,11]
- Luis Pastor / Lead Vocal [10]
- Rui Ferreira (Caps) / "Cavaquinho", Fretless Bass, Percussion, Keyboard [1,[2,4,5,6,8,10,11]
- Teresa Campos / Lead Vocal [7,11]
- Danylo Gertsev, Jean-Marc Charmier, Katariin Raska, Luciano Cuviello, Manu Sabaté, Nikolaos Tsantanis, Silvia Petrosino / Texts [8]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Laüsa - Laüsa (France 2017)

Sparkle in gascon
"Incandescent parcel that detaches itself from an inflamed body or springs from the friction of two bodies"

Laüsa [lahuzo] is a musical journey that draws its identity from the Gascon musical tradition and allows a few detours "through songs".

Like the various identities that can compose a territory, their music is multiple, open and generous: we can hear Mediterranean and Atlantic influences, as well as sounds borrowed from current music.

Rich with texts and personal compositions, as well as repertoire resulting from carefully arranged collections, Laüsa brings a new look on traditional music.

01 - Nau Gojatas
02 - Lo Carbonier
03 - Lo Melic
04 - Los Caulets
05 - La-Baish A La Ribera
06 - Los Tilholers

Lolita Delmonteil Ayral: Accordéon / chant 
Camille Raibaud: Violon / Mandoline / Chant 
Julien Estèves: Bouzouki / Guitare Ténor / Chant 
Juliette Minvielle: Chant / Percussions

Saturday, January 19, 2019

A Presença das Formigas - Ciclorama (Portugal 2011) @320

Portuguese folk, progressive and colourful!!
A Presença das Formigas - winners of Zeca Afonso Prize 2009 - take Portuguese traditional music as source of inspiration to create unique songs and compositions.
Their music recalls fado, peasant songs, traditional dances, and it is, at the same time, refined and contemporary... A distinctive mixture of sounds managed with taste and originality!
01. Ai Que Ricas Orelhinhas
02. Bolinhas de Sabao
03. Da-me o Amanha
04. Largar, Partir
05. O Aprendiz de Feiticeiro
06. O Pulo do Lobo
07. Assim Como Quem nao Quer
08. Orla dos Malditos
09. Planicie
10. Que Serei
11. Senhora do Almortao
12. Vai Tao Sozinho

André Cardoso / classic guitar, steel guitar, Portuguese guitar, oud, cavaquinho, vocals
Cecília Pessanha / recorders
Filipa Meneses / piano, Fender Rhodes, acordion
Luís Arrigo / drums, percussion, timpani, glockenspiel
Manuel Maio / violin, mandolin, cavaquinho, vocals
Miguel Cardoso / bass guitar, double bass, viola braguesa, jew's harp
Teresa Campos / vocals
Amélia Muge / vocals (2)
Fraser Fifield / bagpipes, soprano saxophone, low whistle, kaval
Ricardo Matosinhos / horn
A. José Martins / synthesizer, percussion (2)
Danylo Gertsev / choir

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Broes - Route du Soleil (Belgium 2015) @320

Broes is a quintet based in Ghent. In nearly five years of existence, Broes has explored many musical paths in the world of folk music and have acquired an impressive number of accolades. In the same year the band was formed, the internet site "Folkroddels" crowned Broes as "Best Newcomer of the Year". In 2013 they were the winners of Dranouterrally, the biggers folk and world music festival of Belgium.
They have toured throughout China two years in a row and even made it to Belarus, International folklore festival. The first year in China (2013) was a little tour with three concerts in Nanjing, the second year (2014) they travelled from Honk Kong to Beijing, 10 concerts on 4 different international jazz and world music festivals. Even they played on the Convention of Europe of 2014 in Strasbourg.
Their compositions are peppered with a love for gypsy, jazz, balkan, folk and Latin music. Danceable and energetic feel-good music with room for improvisation: that's Broes's business card.

1. Alyzee  03:35
2. Route du Soleil  05:24
3. Irish Whispers  04:01
4. Muselleque  02:47
5. El Pimpie  04:10
6. Winterland  04:26
7. Broezil  04:51
8. Gnor  04:08
9. Event Horizon  04:08
10. Poble Sec  03:37
11. Introduction  02:04
12. Danza Arabica  05:29

Anouk Sanczuk: Violin
Elke De Meester: Chromatic accordion
Florian De Schepper: Guitar
Frédéric Dothée: Double bass
Simon Raman: Drums

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ballsy Swing - Le paquet libéré (France 2014) @320

Children of folk to their fingertips, the three young musicians of Ballsy Swing are a breath of fresh wind on pa's ball. They manage the challenge of revisiting the most common dances by affixing their touch with flawless technique, elaborate arrangements and a lot of mischief. They will close this festival and will hopefully give you a taste of the next one, for the quarter of century edition!
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)
Valère Passeri (violon)
Lucas Thebaut (accordéons diatoniques)

1. Polka D'Ouze
2. Valse du Port Galland
3. Scottish des aqueducs
4. Crabe de cristal
5. Marcheciel / Bourrée des gaziers
6. Lief
7. Mazurka des gaziers / Britany
8. Marchoise
9. Minuit sous la neige
10. Suite de marches de noces
11. Si seulement j'avais su
12. Princesse Plume / Le bal del'Ogre

Monday, January 7, 2019

Отава Ё [Otava Yo] - Рождество [Rozhdestvo = Christmas] (2011 Russia) @320

1. Kak V Ierusalime
2. Dnes' Khristos Rodilsia
3. Khristos Spasitel'
4. Na Nebe Zor'ka
5. S Dnem Khristova Rozhdestva
6. Nebo i Zemlia
7. Urodilas' Koliada
8. Zapevaite Khristiane
9. Eta Noch' Sviataia
10. Torzhestvuite, Veselites'

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Chieftains - The Essential Chieftains (IRELAND 2006) @320

01 - Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
02 - O'Sullivan's March (The Theme From Rob Roy)
03 - An Poc Ar Buile,The Dingle Set
04 - Carolan's Concerto
05 - The Wind That Shakes The Barley,The Reel With The Beryle
06 - Sea Image
07 - Boil The Breakfast Early
08 - The Women of Ireland (The Love Theme From Barry Lyndon),The Morning Dew
09 - Full Of Joy
10 - The Green Fields Of America
11 - Santiago De Cuba
12 - The Donegal Set
13 - Jabadaw
14 - The Bells Of Dublin,Christmas Eve
15 - The French March
16 - The Stone
17 - The Cloak,Tabhair Dom Do Lamh (Give Me Your Hand)
18 - Chasing The Fox (From The Ballad Of An Irish Horse)

01 - I Know My Love (Ft The Corrs)
02 - Shenandoah (Ft Van Morrison)
03 - Country Blues (Ft Buddy & Julie Miller)
04 - Ladies Pantalettes - Belles of Blackville - First House in Connaught (Ft Béla Fleck)
05 - The Foggy Dew (Ft Sinéad O'Connor)
06 - Red is the Rose (Ft Nanci Griffith)
07 - The Squid Jiggin' Ground - Larry O'Gaff (Ft The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
08 - Lambs in the Greenfields (Ft Emmylou Harris)
09 - Guadalupe (Ft Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos)
10 - Mo Ghile Mear ('Our Hero') (Ft Sting)
11 - Cotton-Eyed Joe (Ft Ricky Skaggs)
12 - Molly Bán (Bawn) (Ft Alison Krauss)
13 - Long Journey Home (Ft Elvis Costello & Anúna)
14 - Love Is Teasin' (Ft Marianne Faithfull)
15 - The Rebel Jesus (Ft Jackson Browne)
16 - Il Est Né - Ca Berger (Ft Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
17 - Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór (Ft The Rankins)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pamela Wyn Shannon - Courting Autumn (USA / Wales 2007) @320

Thanks to graaf24!
"A Most Beautiful Album...(Pamela's) singing is gentle and sensitive, and (she) creates a lovely and slightly strange atmosphere - but also occasionally a very unsettling one - that last verse of Cold Blows the Wind made me shiver. I loved Netherworld, and the subtle insistence of the arrangement. And of course I loved Ca' The Yowes - the sitar so haunting and so appropriate, curiously enough. (Pamela's) version of the song is utterly lovely, so sweetly poignant…It was one of the mother's and my grandmother's favourite songs, and we sang it a lot at home when I was growing up."

01. O Bittersweet Dear Madeline
02. Tis Rambletide In Ambleside
03. Courting Autumn
04. Woolgathering
05. Ca' The Yowes
06. September's Way
07. Pipkin
08. Michaelmastide
09. Netherworld
10. Vespertine Autumn
11. Cold Blows The Wind
12. Fare-Thee-Forlorn

Pamela Wyn Shannon: guitar, vocals, mountain dulcimer, banjo. glockenspiel, harmonium, bowed psaltery, string Arrangement
Bill Shontz: recorders & recorder arrangement
Liz Knowles: violin, viola, cello, cello reversed, string Arrangement
Michelle Kinney: cello
Kathlean Lawrence: spinning wheel
Chris Hale: sitar, backing vocals
Stephan Katz: cello
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: violin
Anna Patton: clarinet & penny whistle

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fleuves - Fleuves (France / Bretagne 2016) @320

Emilien Robic : Clarinette
Romain Dubois : Fender Rhodes et programmations
Samson Dayou : Basses

Anthonin Volson : Percussions
Youn Kamm : Trompette
Loeiza Beauvir : Chant
Youenn Lange : Chant

1. Le fil
2. Dañs plinn
3. Riqueniée
4. Rond de Saint-Vincent
5. N'evnig a zo er c'hoed
6. Pilé menu
7. Cercle
8. Dañs fisel
9. Marv eo ma mestrez
10. Andro
11. Hanter-dro

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Birkin Tree - The Continental Reel (1996 ITA) @320

During their long career the band Birkin Tree has played more than a thousand concerts in Italy and in Europe and is the only Italian band of this kind – and one of the few in the world – who regularly plays in Ireland.
In the last few years the band has accompanied during their Italian tours the piper Liam O'Flynn, the duo formed by fiddle player Martin Hayes and guitar player Dennis Cahill, singers Niamh Parsons and Cyril O’Donoghue, accordion players Murty Ryan and Derek Hickey and concertina player Tony O’Connell.

01 - Evil Suggestion / Micko Russell's / Mary O'Keefe's
02 - We Ye Go To Flanders / An Ancient Dream
03 - The Bastard's Gone Away / Danny's Wedding
04 - Scully Casey's / Griselda / Becky's Jig
05 - The Bridge Of Longago / The Pit Stop
06 - The Little Tail
07 - Britta's Hornpipe / Continental Reel / Sean's Reel
08 - Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes / Ossian's Air
09 - Michèle / Humours Of Clara
10 - The Nightingale / Joyful Kate
11 - The Shaskeen / The Floating Crowbar / The Man Of Aran
12 - The Doubtful Advocate / The Chinese Flu 

Elena Buttiero: harp, keyboards.
Daniele Coronna: fiddle, bouzouki.
Luigi Fazzo: guitar, voice.
Carlo Galantini: fiddle.
Gioirgio Profetto: voice, guitar.
Fabio Rinaudo: uillean pipes, whistles.
Marcello Scotto: bodhran, concertina.
Simone Sisani: flute.
Cecilia Forti: Voice on track 02.
Devis Longo: sax soprano and tenor (track 09) and voice on track 02.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parasol - Voyage [1996 France] @VBR

Voyage ... "This CD represents a trip for me, a trip to the Land of Dreams, emotions and dance, and of course it starts with Cabanes et du Berry with its two bourrées, a waltz and a mazurka "Musette", two gavottes of water, of wind ... and of calm, a waltz "inevitably" German, an odd scottish "italo-parasolesque" obviously, three pieces of Catherine, a "Whisper", a polska "Swedish-classical" and an "alien" mazurka, a circle for the ball and a 5-stroke waltz that "chasse les nuages" to listen to three more "cachés" pieces of Parasol history. " 
Gérard Godon

01 - Gavotte des bords de Loire
02 - Revêuse (scottish impaire)
03 - Valse de Brème (valse 3 temps)
04 - Souffle dAnges (mazurka)
05 - Murmure
06 - Adèle (polska)
07 - Mazurka de l'ancien temps
08 - Chasse les nuages (valse 5 temps)
09 - Cercle des ronds (cercle circassien)
10 - Trois couleurs (valse 3 temps)
11 - Gavotte de Sancerre
12 - La dégagée (bourree 3 temps)
13 - Bourrée des grandes poteries
14 - Scottish Cajun
15 - Bourrée des grandes poteries... muette

Gérard Godon : Accordéon
Catherine Grimault : Violon

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kings & Beggars - Gryphon (2018 Ukraine) @320

Ensemble plays European early and folk music, which was enjoyed by the noble people at the royal court and the simple people in the cities and villages – this where the name “Kings & Beggars” came out.

The gryphon, a legendary creature from ancient myths,not accidentally has become the symbol of our jubilee album. Just as a gryphon is a combination of a lion and an eagle, so our album contains music of different times and nations, ours and yours favorite songs and melodies. Enjoy this travel thru time and countries with us!

01. Al'entrada Del Temps Clar 03:14
02. Chansoneta Tedesca 04:04
03. Falalan 03:41
04. Salterello II 02:53
05. Pastime With Good Company 03:27
06. Vittrad (Garmarna cover) 02:17
07. Migla, Migla, Rasa, Rasa (Skyforger cover) 04:00
08. Totentanz 02:25
09. Ai Vis Lo Lop 04:21
10. Ecco La Primavera 02:04
11. Tourdion 03:37
12. Meie Din Liechter Schin 03:43
13. Mayenzeit One Neidt 03:21
14. Reihentanze 04:16
15. Kalenda Maya 03:30
16. Mirie It Is 02:51
17. Schiarazula Marazula 02:24

Anna Vasylchenko – medieval fiddle, recorders, litvinian shawm, vocals, galician gaita. 
Marta Hovdysh – hurdy-gurdy, recorders, vocals. 
Max Kerner – bouzouki, saz. 
Yevhen Grinevich – recorders, medieval shawm, vocals. 
Artur Temchenko – tambourins, tar, daf, medieval drum, darbuka, zills. 

Guest musician: Vera Brenner - vocals (12, 13), dudelsack (12).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Бурдон (Burdon Folk Band) - Дівиця (Divytsia) (2013 Ukraine) @320

Burdon (“bour-don” - drone) is a folk band from Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. The young folk musicians formed the group in 2002 and have quickly developed their music-making to an impressive level and built up a rich repertoire of traditional tunes, rural ritual songs, old ballads and cheerful dances.
Burdon's repertoire is mostly based on traditional music from Ukraine, Hungary and Romania. Their music is based on age-old tunes in modern arrangements, which paint a vivid, dramatic world full of excitement, love, mystic and enchantment. Many of the songs are taken from the local tradition of unique ethnic groups who live around Ukrainian-Polish-Slovakian borders: Lemko, Boiko and Hutsul. Some are from other parts of mysterious Carpathian region, particularly from survived Hungarian minority Csángo living in Romanian region Moldva.
With all this multicultural mix Burdon creates its own unique sound with female vocals, fiddles, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, moraharpa, double bass and percussion. They played many festival concerts around Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Germany and Canada, where they have easily captured audiences. 

1. Зозулечка (Ukrainian) (04:31)
2. Степанида (Central Ukrainian) (03:17)
3. Ramo druze moj/Sirba (Balkan) (05:51)
4. Мороз (West Ukrainian) (04:56)
5. Рудий (Ukrainian) (03:06)
6. Гуси (Ukrainian/Macedonian) (07:24)
7. Fato mori dusmanke (Macedonian) (04:01)
8. Maruntel (Romanian/Chango) (04:35)
9. Milo mou kokkino (Greek) (04:44)
10. Рано (Central Ukrainian) (03:58)
11. Дівиця (by Max Petrenko) (03:35)
12. Лужок (East Ukrainian) (05:48)

OLENA YEREMENKO – violin, vioara cu goarna, mandolin, moraharpa, vocal.
ROST TATOMYR – bouzouki, vocal, saz.
LUBKO MARIASH – drums, percussions, hurdy-gurdy, didgeridoo, jews harp.
OKSANA HRYNKO – vocal, accordion.
DANA BONCHUK – vocal, gardon.
IVAN OHAR – double bass.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Various With Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - The Original Transatlantic Sessions (2009 Multinational) @320

Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of musical productions by Glasgow-based Pelicula Films Ltd, funded by- and produced for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and RTÉ of Ireland. The productions comprise collaborative live performances by various leading folk, bluegrass and country musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America, who congregate under the musical direction of Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas to record and film a set of half-hour TV episodes. The Television director is Mike Alexander and the producer is Douglas Eadie.

In addition to the TV productions, public performances of the Transatlantic Sessions have been staged recently by some of the participating artists, receiving critical acclaim in the press and six series albums have been released in both CD and DVD format by Whirlie Records.


01 - Aly Bain - Far From Home - Big John McNeil
02 - John Martin - May You Never
03 - Michelle Wright - Guitar Talk
04 - Jay Ungar - Goodbye Liza Jane
05 - Mary Black - Farewell Farewell
06 - Jay Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
07 - Kathy Mattea - Ready For The Storm
08 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Talk To Me Of Mendocina
09 - Iris Dement - Let The Mystery Be
10 - Davy Spillane - Daire's Dream
11 - Karen Matheson - Cana Nan Gaidheal
12 - Cathal McConnell - The Dark Woman Of The Glen
13 - Guy Clark - Dublin Blues
14 - Jay Ungar - You Low Down Dirty Dog
15 - Jerry Douglas - Uncle Sam - Rain On Olivia Town
16 - Dougie MacLean - Turning Away
17 - Mark O'Connor - Grey Eagle
18 - Michelle Wright, Iris Dement & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - Will The Circle Be Unbroken

01 - Aly Bain - Scotland
02 - Emmylou Harris - Wheels Of Love
03 - John Martyn - Don't Want To Know
04 - Mary Black - The Loving Time
05 - Molly Mason - The Lover's Waltz
06 - Dick Gaughan - Both Sides The Tweed
07 - Simon Thoumire, Jim Sutherland - Jim's Jig - Little Cascades - Fox In The Town
08 - Iris Dement - Sweet Is The Melody
09 - Karen Matheson - Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
10 - Guy Clark - Dark As A Dungeon
11 - Jay Ungar - Ronfleuse Gobeil
12 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Goin' Back To Harlan
13 - Kathy Mattea - I Will
14 - Mark O'Connor - Cat In The Bag
15 - Emmylou Harris - Green Rolling Hills
16 - Aly Bain - A Maiden's Prayer
17 - Kate & Anna, Rufus, Emmylou, Mary, Karen & Rod - Hard Times

01 - Jay Ungar & Aly Bain - Big Scioty
02 - Guy Clark - Black Diamond Strings
03 - Emmylou Harris - For No One
04 - John Martyn - Spencer The Rover
05 - Davy Spillane - Boulavogue - Mrs. McLeod
06 - Rod Paterson - Auld Lang Syne
07 - Michelle Wright - The Reason Why I'm Gone
08 - Russ Barenberg - Big Bug Shuffle
09 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Gentle Annie
10 - Savourna Stevenson - Mexican Monterey
11 - John Martyn - Big Muff
12 - Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
13 - Iris Dement - Our Town
14 - Mark O'Connor - Jesse Polka
15 - Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - Macilmoyle
16 - Dougie MacLean - This Love Will Carry
17 - Martyn Bennett - MacCrimmon's Lament
18 - Dick Gaughan - Wild Mountain Thyme

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Talar - Talar (France / Bretagne 2005) @320

The five musicians sign a disc still rooted in the Breton tradition and impregnated with the musical touch which made 'le talar'. Their musics are acouctic, energetic and lively and at the same time they offer an incredible diversity of themes. Reflecting the creativity of the present Breton musical scene, that new opus gives more than his due to original compositions and new tunes.

1. De 6 à 7 (Ridées) 5:52
2. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton simpl) 3:02
3. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Bal) 2:11
4. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton doubl) 3:52
5. Le sourire du Léonard (Ronds de Landeda) 3:44
6. Ti Ken` (Ronds de St-Vincent) 4:33
7. Petits plaisirs (Valse) 5:04
8. Mad e soñj (Laridé) 3:24
9. Madame T (Mélodie) 2:21
10. 7 août 1845 (Hanter dro) 5:35
11. Oh oui! (Pilé menu) 3:38
12. Le Rocher à la Vache (Maraîchines) 2:49
13. Bugaleaj (Mélodie / marche) 2:18
14. Bahamas Mystery Tour (Tours / mélodie) 4:08

Gwénolé AYOUL : bombardon, oboe
Frédérik BOULEY : fiddle, viola, mandoline
Olivier CAILLON : sax, soprano, biniou, veuze;
Philippe JEGOU : guitar
Erwann TOBIE : accordion, octaver
Guests :
Fañch BADEAU : bass, double bass, accordion
Michel BONAMY : flute
Davis BOURDEAU : clarinet
Sylvain GIRAULT : vocal

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bon Débarras - Bon Débarras (Canada 2009) @320

Dominic Desrochers : guitar, banjo, washboard, triangle, vocals
Jean-François Dumas : guitar, banjo, harmonica, foot percussion, snair, vocals
Luzio Altobelli : accordion, vocals

1.Fille d'un avocat-Brandy calumet 06:29
2.Bosco Stomp/One-step de chameau 05:17
3.Reel Tao 05:48
4.La débrouille 03:20
5.Bouquet de toundra 03:54
6.La malmariée et son mari enseveli 05:10
7.Reel du Fjord 03:27
8.L'île ensorcelée 04:32
9.Le quêteux 03:53

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nightnoise - At The End Of The Evening (Ireland 1988) @320

A seamless blend of Celtic music, jazz, and classical chamber music has given Nightnoise their distinct sound. Nightnoise was initially conceived as a duo formed by Irish guitarist Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, formerly of Skara Brae and the Bothy Band, and classically trained American violinist Billy Oskay, shortly after Ó Domhnaill moved to Portland. The duo concept grew into a full ensemble when a demo tape by Oskay and Ó Domhnaill became the band's first album with the addition of clavinet player Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and flute player Brian Dunning. Mícháel's sister, Tríona had previously played with her brother in Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, and Relativity, a group they shared with Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and his accordionist/keyboardist brother, Phil. Ireland-born Dunning had played classical and jazz flute before moving to traditional folk music with the group Puck Fair. When Oskay left the band after the release of their fourth album, Johnny Cunningham seemed a natural replacement. 
Cunningham's expressive fiddling provided an extra edge to the band's arrangements. When he elected to leave the group following the release of their album The White Horse Sessions in 1997, he was replaced by John Fitzpatrick. In the late '90s, Nightnoise relocated to Ireland, where they started appearing weekly on Irish television show Brid Live, broadcast by RT1 in Dublin. The group supplied instrumental accompaniment for Japanese vocalist Mimori Yusa's album Mimori Yusa Meets Irish Superstars. Windham Hill commemorated the work of the band in 2006 by releasing Pure Nightnoise, a best-of collection. 
~ Craig Harris

01 - Windell  3:47
02 - Of A Summer Morn  3:21
03 - Hugh  3:39
04 - Jaunting  3:35
05 - The Courtyard  2:48
06 - "Bring Me Back A Song."  4:50
07 - Snow On High Ground  3:43
08 - At The Races  3:06
09 - Forgotten Carnival  3:30
10 - The Cuillin Hills  2:47
11 - Her Kansas Sun  3:35
12 - End Of The Evening  5:06
13 - The Swan  3:17

Flute, Panpipes – Brian Dunning
Guitar, Keyboards, Whistle, Music By [Additional] – Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
Keyboards, Whistle, Accordion, Vocals – Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Violin, Viola, Keyboards, Engineer – Billy Oskay
Written-By – B. Oskay* (tracks: 1, 5, 11), B. Dunning* (tracks: 4, 9), M. Ó Domhnaill* (tracks: 1, 2, 6, 13), T. Ní Dhomhnaill (tracks: 3, 7, 8, 10. 12)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Garmarna - Vittrad (Sweden 1994) @320

"Our first full-length album, with all its demands on the material. This album opened a lot of doors, especially outside of Sweden, and received a lot of critical acclaim which really helped getting things going."

1. Straffad Moder & Dotter / Mother and Daughter Punished (5:03) 
2. Garmgny / Garm's Bark (3:33) 
3. Namndemans-Ola / Commissioner Ola (2:30) 
4. Kulleritova (0:53) 
5. Vittrad / Crumbling Away (4:00) 
6. Skallen / Cranium (3:11) 
7. Flusspolska / Tonsilitis Polska (1:11) 
8. Antiokia / Antioch (3:04) 
9. Liten Kersti / Little Kersti (5:22) 
10. Inte sörja vi... / We won't grieve... (2:53) 
11. Domschottis / Judgment Schottische (3:46) 
12. Den Bortsålda / Sold Away (4:23) 
13. Styvmodern / Stepmother (2:50) 
14. Klevabergselden / Kleveberg's Fire (4:55) 

- Stefan Brisland-Ferner / violins, viola, hurdy-gurdy, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Emma Härdelin / lead vocals, violin & flute
- Jens Hoglin / drums and percussion
- Gotte Ringqvist / lute, violin, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Rickard Westman / bouzouki & guitars
Guest artists:
- Hans Lebanzski & Nicklas Holmgren / sampling & rhythm
- Elina Nordvall-Meijer / vocals
- Jorgen Fahlberg / additional guitars

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Garmarna - Garmarna (2003 Expanded Edition) (Sweden 1993) @320

Adding modern touches to traditionally based Swedish folk music has made Garmarna one of top groups of the Scandinavian Folk resurgence of the '90s. Their debut album, 1994's Vittrad, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy while their second album, 1996's Guds Speleman, received the Swedish Grammy award "Album of the Year." Released in the United States, the album placed high on the CMJ New Music chart. In late 1996, Guds Speleman reached the fifth posotion on a Top 25 list compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Societe-Radio Canada. Their third effort, Vedergällningen (Vengeance), released in March 1999 reached number eight on the European world music chart.

Formed in 1990, Garmarna was inspired by Olov Johansson's musical score for a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Initially a trio featuring Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner, and Rickard Westman, the group quickly built a solid local reputation. An interview with a radio reporter following their set at the Umea Folkmusik Festival led to an invitation to perform at a major festival in Autsfred, Sweden. The festival performance proved pivotal. Drummer Jens Hoglin, who was added for the festival, has remained with the group. Audience members included Emma Hardelin, who subsequently joined the band as lead vocalist, and Mats Hammerman, president of the Massproduktion record label, who quickly signed the group. Soon after releasing an EP in 1993, Garmana began touring throughout Sweden. The following year, the band caught the ear of Drew Miller, bassist of Minneapolis-based band Boiled in Lead and the owner of an independant label, Omnium. Impressed by what he heard, Miller signed Garmarna for North American distribution. Their debut album, Vittrad, released in Sweden in April 1994, was reissued as Crumbling Away. Garmarna performed their debut North American tour in March 1995. In Autumn 1996, Garmarna received the prestigious jury's prize, the Iron Gustav Award, for their performance at the Malzhaus Festival in Germany. Garmarna later performed a song by Mats Wester and Py Bäckman at the Eurovision Song Contest. During a tour in 1998, the group performed a collection of songs based on the medieval work of Hildegard von Bingen. Emma Hardelin performed songs by Benny Andersson of ABBA during a show that was broadcast throughout the world on New Year's Eve 1999. Vengeance was issued that same year. A self-titled release also appeared two years later. ~ Craig Harris

This album is a remastered version of their self-titled 1993 debut EP, which has been expanded on CD by the addition of six songs from their 1992 demo.

01 - Lill-Mats Polska
02 - Skenpolska
03 - Jordbyggarlaaten
04 - Herr Olof
05 - Traanpolska
06 - Cow-Call From Haelsingland
07 - Klevabergselden
08 - Garmgny (unreleased bonus track)
09 - Flusspolska (unreleased bonus track)
10 - Maanpolska (unreleased bonus track)
11 - Antiokia (unreleased bonus track)
12 - Skenpolska (unreleased bonus track)
13 - Klevabergselden II (unreleased bonus track)

Bouzouki, Guitar, Guitar [Luteguitar] – Rickard Westman
Double Bass – Björn Eriksson
Guitar [Luteguitar], Violin, Jew's Harp – Gotte Ringqvist
Percussion, Vocals [Death Grunts] – Jens Höglin
Violin, Hurdy Gurdy, Jew's Harp, Viola – Stefan Brisland-Ferner
Vocals, Violin – Emma Härdelin

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