Saturday, February 25, 2017


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La Base Duo - Lo Bas Temps (2013 France) @320

Musique trad folk de Gascogne

1. Le Roi Renaud (rondeau)
2. La Bergerie (bourée planière)
3. Damisèla (scottish)
4. Lo Bas-Temps (mazurka)
5. La Bach En Terre Plane (branle d`ossau)
6. Blu Boha (bourée 2 temps)
7. Les Dernières Roses (mazurka)
8. La Craba Congo (congo)
9. Novèth Ostau (gavotte)
10. Los 4 Gatons (rondeau)

Didier OLIVER : Violon, Boha, Flûtes, Pércussions, Voix
Joachim MONTBORD : Cuatro, Boha, Percussions, Voix

Friday, February 24, 2017

Rue Pascale Quartet - Poésie Urbaine (France 2010) @320

Flute, soprano sax, trombone, alto sax enrich the warm sound of the old electro and diato.
This formula a perfect complement melodies are light, counter-singing, rhythmic, and improvisation, always remaining at the service of dance.
Popular and invigorating, the colours harmonics reinforced by the flute and the trombone, the ball Rue Pascale Quartet has already conquered many of the dancers at the various balls and festivals.

Fabrice Guignard (trombone à coulisse)
Grégory Jolivet (Vielle alto, lap steel, effets)
Thierry Pinson (accordéon diatonique, saxophone alto)
Cyril Berthet (Flûte traversière, saxophone soprano)

1. Laura
2. La fannette
3. La planche / Les laulaus
4. La rêveuse du 13e
5. Pitôme
6. Harmoniac
7. La rose et le rosier
8. Ani
9. La tornade
10. Lisboa

V.A. - 2005 - La musique bretonne - L'anthologie vol.2 (2CD) - Les groupes à danser

CD 01

01. ARVEST E kroazhent ma buhez
02. ARKAN Dub & drone
03. BIVOAC L'épongiste
04. BRUG AR MENEZ Gavotte de Bannalec
05. DALC'H SONJ Hag ar blez-man
06. DEUS 'TA Dañs-tro mod ar poher
07. FORZH PENAOS Petit air pour se serrer dans les fêtes
08. LES FRERES GUICHEN Ker an dour
09. IHNZE Guedenn
10. KATE ME La beauté à quoi sert-elle ?
11. KENDON Scottish
12. KOSKERIEN La danse
13. LIAMM Ar miliner laer
14. MANGLO Suite de la barbais
15. NIJAL Dérila

CD 02

01. PSG Andro PSG
02. DAVID PASQUET GROUP Andro waraok
03. PENNGOLLO Lez ar drina
04. PLANTEC Kalon
05. ROZAROUN Les filles de Questembert
06. SKEDUZ Téquila pourlet
07. STARTIJENN Bron's battle ton doubl
08. STRAKAL Rond des cousins
09. STROBINELL Plinn klervi-ton doubl
10. TALAR De 6 à 7...
11. TERMAJIK Suite fisel
12. TRIBUIL Suite de Loudéac
13. TRI YANN Fransozig
14. WIG A WAG E ti Lisa

Les Piliers de Bal - Open Bal (France 2013) @320

Les Piliers de Bal, these are 6 young musicians from Berry, proposed a ball in their own image : warm, friendly and modern, between tradition and renewal.
Their creed is, it is the open ball : a ball with a unifying and dynamic.

1. Power bourrée (bourrée 2 temps)
2. Agitation (scottish)
3. Polka d'el pipo (polka)
4. Valse carpone (valse)
5. La coop (bourrée 3 temps)

Céline Vaschalde (violon alto)
François Girault (flûtes à bec, saxophone alto)
Sylvain Pinoteau (cornemuse, clarinette)
Rémy Molina (guitare, basse, bouzouki, stomp)
Etienne Pinoteau (Vielle à roue alto électro-acoustique)
Pierre Girault (Vielle à roue électro-acoustique)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Home Service - Early Transmissions [1984 England] @320

The Home Service was formed by a group of jobbing musicians who were basically working the London theatres, and they became the house band for the National Theatre, where they provided the music for, amongst other things, Bill Bryden's spectacular vision - the production of The Mysteries, a way-marker for English theatre and also an acknowledgement of the English folk revival. It was an eight-piece band with Bill Caddick on vocals and guitar, Jonathan Davie on bass guitar, Howard Evans on trumpets, Michael Gregory on drums, Steve King on keyboards, John Tams on vocals, Graeme Taylor on guitars and vocals, and Roger Williams on trombone. The brass and drums allied with electric guitar and keyboards generated a powerhouse of music, and made Home Service a band with attitude, a band with balls, and a band with the skill and the confidence to let the music dominate. This album is a compilation of their first LP recording of 1984 plus their 45rpm single (remember them?) from 1981.
~Mel Howley~

01 - Don't Let Them Grind You Down
02 - One More Day
03 - Never Gonna Be A Cowboy Now
04 - Peat Bog Soldiers
05 - Chaconne
06 - The Old Man's Song
07 - Doin' The Best I Can
08 - She Moves Among Men
09 - Walk My Way
10 - Doing The Inglish
11 - Bramsley

Bass – Jonathan Davie
Dobro – Bill Caddick
Drums – Michael Gregory (2)
Guitar – Graeme Taylor
Keyboards – Steve King (4)
Percussion – Michael Gregory (2)
Trombone – Roger Williams
Trumpet – Howard Evans
Vocals – Bill Caddick, Graeme Taylor, John Tams

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Blå Bergens Borduner - Inga könstiheter (Sweden 2015) @320

1. Släng polskan
2. Ppp
3. Gullbrand
4. Mäster Ekholms polska
5. Gånglåt från Äppelbo Finnmark
6. Rulins far
7. Mjölnar Johansson
8. Grabbarnas intåg i medeltiden
9. Ljusa o bruna polskan
10. Tre polketter
11. Morgapolskan
12. Magdalena
13. Skåska
14. Stålbadet

Anders Norudde Stake: Swedish bagpipes, violin, moraharpa, Hardanger fiddle and recorder.
Ulf Karlsson: violin and bagpipes
Göran "Freddy" Fredriksson: bouzouki, guitar and hurdy-gurdy
Stefan Ekedahl: cello, flute and bagpipes

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tükrös - Tükrös tábor (Hungary 2002) @192

01. Gömör: Vasvári verbunk és frisse 4.27
02. Gömör: Juhásznóta, csárdás és friss 8.06
03. Abaúj: Györkei verbunk 2.22
04. Abaúj: "Édesanyám súgok néked valamit" 1.22
05. Abaúj: Magyarbődi csárdás és friss 8.25
06. Szatmár: Pásztornóták 4.20
07. Szatmár: Verbunk, csárdás és ugrós 8.08
08. Magyarpalatka (Mezőség): Ritka és sűrű magyar 5.19
09. Magyarpalatka (Mezőség): Egy pár: lassú cigánytánc, rítka csárdás, szökős és sűrű csárdás 15.15
10. Magyarpalatka (Mezőség): Korcsos 3.21

Éva Korpás: voice
Gergely Koncz: violin
Attila Halmos: violin
Péter Árendás: viola
Endre Liber: cimbalom, viola
András Lelkes: double bass
Attila Oláh: voice (02)
László Papp: voice, rhythmic shouts (06, 07,09)
Levente Lajkó: voice, rhythmic shouts (06, 09)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Steeleye Span - Dodgy Bastards (England 2016) @320

In an age when it is not uncommon for an artist to take five years to follow up a successful album, the creativity that Steeleye Span displayed in their early years is still astonishing. In the decade between their debut and 1980’s Sails Of Silver, they released twelve records alongside touring the world and enjoying a string of hits. Now with their 50th anniversary fast approaching, the band have come close to matching that work rate – readying themselves for the release of Dodgy Bastards, their eighth album in twelve years.

Such inspiration has come both from the individuals involved (Steeleye mainstays Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp and Liam Genockey alongside Jessie May Smart, Andrew Sinclair and Julian Littman in the current line-up) and the source material. Having set the writings of the late Terry Pratchett to music on the successful Wintersmith album and revisited their own past on 2015’s Catch Up, this latest outing finds them returning to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound.

Dodgy Bastards draws on the work of 19th century American scholar Francis James Child and his collection of English and Scottish Ballads. The album is appropriately titled, containing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirits – the perfect subject material for Steeleye Span’s dark take on the music of the British Isles.

Such epic tales require a suitable musical backdrop and the record is firmly in the band’s classic musical mould. ‘Brown Robyn’s Confession’ sets the tone but with a new twist, violinist Jessie May Smart taking the lead vocal before the distinct tones of Maddy Prior join her on the striking chorus. Elsewhere each member plays their part, allowing the music to explore a variety of different paths as the songs ebb and flow in keeping with their characters and events – with Prior and Littman even adding a spoken word / rap element to long time band favourite ‘Boys Of Bedlam’.
Always moving forward, always in touch with their roots, Steeleye Span are as 
inspired and as inspirational as ever.

– Phil Udell

1. Cruel Brother
2. All Things Quite Silent
3. Johnnie Armstrong
4. Boys of Bedlam
5. Brown Robyn’s Confession
6. Two Sisters
7. Cromwell’s Skull
8. Dodgy Bastards
9. Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary
10. The Gardener
11. Bad Bones
12. The Lofty Tall Ship/Shallow Brown

Maddy Prior, vocals;
Jessica May Smart, violin, lead vocals [5];
Julian Littman, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals;
Andrew ‘Spud’ Sinclair, guitar, vocals;
Rick Kemp, bass, vocals;
Liam Genockey, drums, percussion
with guests:
John Spiers, melodeon;
Hattie Webb, harp

All tracks trad. except
Track 7 Rick Kemp;
Track 8 Andrew Sinclair;
Track 11 Julian Littman

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hedningarna - Kult (Sweden 2016) @320

20 never before released tunes that make an audacious summary of a truly strange, brave and creative band.
The producer Dag Lundqvist has now mixed the 20 songs recorded between 1992 and 2006.
All constallations of the band throughout the years are represented on this CD.

In 1992 Hedningarna had a great break through with their very own mixture of Scandinavian folkmusic and the female Finnish singers runosong which together became a whole new genre of music that seemed to come from the earth itself.
It echoed far across the ocean to USA where some papers cried out ”This is the next big thing!” and the Spaniards evidently felt some kind of relationship with the sucking threestep of the Swedish polska and embraced the band to their hearts.
Rock clubs and festivals booked them to the largest stages and the tours were many and long and went across Europe and USA for some hectic years.
They became an inspiration to other folk musicians and got a lot of followers, but the interest from media died down and the door to the rock scene is nowadays very narrow.
Still, Hedningarna’s creativity never died down and at every recording session there has been some tunes left over. The members have changed over the years around the core Anders Norudde and Hållbus Totte Mattsson and on the CD Kult they are all represented. The producer Dag Lundqvist has now mixed the 20 songs recorded between 1992 and 2006.

1. Älgen Äter / Hanna-PerOls
2. Renkvist
3. Ruoskan Roiske
4. Kanalaulu
5. Röjsekatten
6. Gyttorp
7. Björnlåten
8. Ságojohka
9. Rieben – Vandringen
10. Stackaren
11. Itketys
12. Manatu
13. Kaaten Sanat
14. Vettoi
15. Norra Hunna
16. Bulldog
17. Sue-Olvo
18. Kuule Kuu
19. Hilen Hurtta
20. Björnskytten-Fupolskan

Saturday, January 21, 2017

V.A. - 2005 - La musique bretonne - L'anthologie vol.1 (2CD) - Les groupes à danser


01 Ar Re Yaouank - M.A.I.
02 Carré Manchot - An dro-Neg la cho
03 Loened Fall - An daou vreur Ton Doubl
04 Karma - Gavotte pourlet
05 Filifala - Histoires maternelles
06 Skolvan - Tournemine & gasdebois
07 Tan Ba'n Ti - Dans-tro
08 Menestra - Hanter dro
09 Hamon Martin Quintet - Les draps de lit
10 Darhaou - Suite plin
11 Follenn - En triplette
12 Marialla - Aline
13 Spontus - Danse des spontailhou
14 Pennou Skoulm - Suite de ridées
15 Pevar Den - Suite fisel
16 Emsaverien - Vendanges
17 Ti Jaz - Rêves sauvages
18 Gwenfol Orchestra - Anna


01 Diaouled ar Menez - Dans fisel
02 Dir Ha Tan - Mazad ha ma mamm
03 Kouerien Saint-Yann - Suite de branles marichins
04 La Godinette - Suite dïen avant-deux Saint-Jeanl
05 Kanforded Ar C'Hoat - Dans fisel
06 Kistnidiz - An dro
07 La Mirlitantouille - Les guédennes
08 Kanfarded Rostren - Dans fisel
09 Sataneset - An-droElfenn
10 Ar Skolferien - Gavotte à deux violons
11 Dremmwel - Re zo re
12 Galorn - Highlands
13 Senerien Du - L'artilleur
14 Tammles - Sans bagage
15 Diwall - E-kichen ar mor
16 Bleizi Ruz - Trouz e kerdiez
17 Korriganed - Sonit plac'hed yaouank
18 BF 15 - Rond de Loudia

Sunday, January 15, 2017

La Forcelle - Lestrille (2014 France) @320

The Forcelle presents his second album. You will find roundels Landes and Lomagne, a Correnta and energetic congo, evidence of the Gascon anchor the group. But you will also hear the Galician colors, Swedish, all in the poetic universe of the duo that mixes tradition and creation.

A sensitive musical background, two musicians in symbiosis, great energy, some suspicions of humor, love and delicacy ... These are the ingredients that unite the duo, eager to share with the dancers, the music lover or simply loafer .
(google translate, sorry)

1. Suite de rondeaux
2. Mazurka do veilho / Mazurka à Camille
3. Scottish de Aby / Septentrionale
4. Cercle de Barbastro / Diaz / Des moines
5. Rondeau de Lestrille / Bourdillan
6. Loliña / Noche en Barbastro
7. Suite de Congos
8. Ivana / Mazurka de Montcuq
9. Suite de bourrées
10. Scottish dark
11. Courante de Joseph Roméo
12. L'amolaire / Les Valcerves
Lolita Delmonteil-Ayral (accordéons diatoniques, chant)
Camille Raibaud (violon)
Invité : 
Arnaud Bibonne (cornemuse des landes de Gascogne)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chimera - Uitgevlogen (Holland 2010) @128

350 pressed limited - Very Rare!

Well, this is going to be a very interesting review as three legendary Dutch folk groups have a new album released. Something to look forward to seen the fact that Dutch folk is still a rarely recorded style. In the series about Dutch folk which I wrote for Folkworld, I interviewed all three the bands, so even for you the names might sounds familiar. First of all the band Folkcorn.[25] A band that was founded almost forty years ago and is one of the last survivors of the golden area of Dutch folk during the seventies. The group kept on releasing albums during the past years and always in a constant good quality. This new one is called Wie sal dan and contains eighteen traditional songs and dances from the period 1500-1850 from known sources such as Oude en nieuwe hollantse boerenlietjes en contredansen. The sound will sound familiar to all of you following the band and the Dutch traditional folk in general. Accordion, recorders, guitar and percussion are the main ingredients and the voices of all four of the musicians. Although they use the accordion and guitar, I think Folkcorn is one of the few groups that stay close to the original acoustic atmosphere of the songs and dances. A nice new album which will be enjoyed by the lovers of the more authentic traditional style.

The second album is by the trio Twee violen en een bas you can read an interview with violinist Jos Koning.[23] Like Folkcorn, Jos Koning has been part of the golden area of the Dutch folk and played in groups such as Crackerhash and Perelaar. With twee violen en een bas, Konings plays with Niki Jansen on violin and Willem Raadsveld on bass. This new album I personally consider as a highlight in the career of Koning and the best album by Twee violen en een bas, until today. They focused on music from the eighteenth century which tells about the Dutch royalties. The seventeen tracks show a trio that is passionate for their music and through the years has created an own, highly professional sound. I love the combination of the two violins and the way Raadsveld supports the gracefulness of the violins with his deep sound of the double bass. Their choice of asking Sytse Buwalda, with his high pitched voice, to sing on two tracks, gives an extra dimension to the album. This is the more romantic, almost classical approach of Dutch traditional music. Played by musicians who are capable of putting the music in a historical perspective and doing this in such a way that brings them at the top of Dutch (folk) music.

The third album is from the legendary group Chimera. They recorded two albums in the late seventies, early eighties, both considered as being a highlight in Dutch folk(rock). It is almost thirty years after their last album Obstakels and the past two years Bas Verkade, one of the founding members, kept telling me that together with his wife Marry Verkade, the other founding member, and their son Maryn Verkade they were planning a restart of the band. Occasionally a demo track was send by MP3 and suddenly this new album is there. Only 350 CD’s are made, so when interested you need to be fast. They can be ordered through the webpage of the band. The album contains nine new tracks, no remakes of old folk songs this time. Most of the lyrics are written by Marry and the music she wrote together with Bas. The trio is backed by Hans de Lange on drums and percussion. The first thing that you will notice is the recognizable voice of Marry, who sounds exactly like thirty years ago. Also the sound of the recorder with the strings played by Bas en Maryn, it all sounds very familiar and trusted. Somehow it really feels like a first new step, the recordings are not made in a professional studio and that can be heard occasionally and somehow I have the feeling that they feel a bit shy to really bring their music out in the open, which is understandable thirty years after the last output. But this album shows that Chimera has raised and is slowly finding a new balance and own sound. On this album you will find a few beautiful songs and tunes, still a bit unpolished, but very promising. Keep following this band as I’m full of confidence that they will surprise us in future, for now ... good that they are back! 
© Eelco Schilder

01 - Memory Song
02 - Uitgevlogen
03 - De Basiliek
04 - Romein
05 - Handen
06 - Dromer
07 - Afscheid
08 - De Slaapwandelaar
09 - Hart van Steen

Marry Verkade / vocals, flutes, recorders
Bas Verkade / guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Marijn Verkade / bass, bouzouki
Hans de Lange / drums, percussion 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa (Warsaw Village Band) - Infinity (2009 Poland) @320

Here is the latest, already the fourth studio album by Warsaw Village Band, our next, long–awaited child;  and it was in fact the birth of a little human being that became the direct inspiration and cause for the creation of this album. In such situations, certain moments come when, lying beside the child, you observe its breathing, and you start to think about the countless, nameless generations that preceded us. You imagine those for whom we ourselves are going to be just an anonymous past without a face. After all, we are all born in a particular place and time, and shaped by culture of our ancestors. We live in big cities, seek our place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, people, shelters, pictures, so that later we can hand them down to our children, who are born in a particular place and time, seek their place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, people, shelters, pictures, so that later.. You begin feeling it clearly the moment you call others into being. No matter whether you live in Japan, the US, England, Germany or Poland – behind you stand the same generations, which like the rings of a tree, have accumulated their every trace in music, art, language – in a word – CULTURE. You emerge from it, enrich it and then pass it on. Ad infinitum. And here is how the idea of "Infinity" came into being – the need to take a dip in tradition, derive from it and create contemporary and modern compositions – to inspire other generations. 
Once again! 
 Wojtek Krzak

01. Wise Kid Song
02. 1,5 h
03. Over The Forest
04. Skip Funk
05. Is Anybody In There?
06. Heartbeat (Maja & Natu IncarNated chant)
07. Polska Fran Polska
08. Lazy Johnny Dance
09. Polka Story
10. I've Met The Girl
11. Little Baby Blues
12. Circle No. 1

Maja Kleszcz – vocals, cello 
Magdalena Sobczak–Kotnarowska – vocals, dulcimer 
Sylwia Swiatkowska – vocals, violin, suka, fiddle from Plock
Wojtek Krzak – violin, violin 7/8, nyckelharpa, drums 
Piotr Glinski – baraban drum, percussion 
Maciej Szajkowski - frame drums 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Faburden - 337 (2016 France) @320

Faburden draws its identity from the soil of the Traditional Music of Gascony... adding various sound experiments.
The result is a music of solid, rooted and magmatic dance that changes constantly.
The traditional instruments (hurdy-gurdy, violin, bagpipes of the Landes de Gascogne, string tambourine) associated with the drums and a fantasy of musicians creating a timeless music, both very old and modern.
The codes of the dance music of Gascogne are respected and transcended. The compositions of this album merge with traditional melodies, but in an innovative, powerful and limitless atmosphere.
Matèu Baudoin : Chant, Tambourin à cordes
Arnaud Bibonne : Bohas, Bohassas
Julien Esteves : Batterie, Percussion
Simon Guillaumin : Vielle à roue ténor éléctroacoustique, Vielle à roue soprano
Camille Raibaud : Violon
1. Suite de rondeaux
2.  Scottish cagette - La chenille
3. Bourrée du Berry - Bourrée de sauvetage
4. Valse 337
5. Vlase des cinq étangs
6. Bourrée du bonhomme de neige - Bourrée de Carbon Blanc
7. Mazurka des champs - Mazurka de l'armoire
8. N'am Traversat nau lanas
9. La diligente - Le vent de lève
10. Nau Plumetas qu'a l'Auca
11. Tres son seroletas - Mazurka de lothbrok
12. Les bohas d'Uzeste - Congo du 49.3
13. 13. Suite de rondeaux des Landes

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Triakel - Triakel [1998 Sweden] @320

With just four pumps of the harmonium, Garmarna vocalist Emma Härdelin, Hoven Droven fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson, and harmonium player Janne Strömstedt unleash "Old Sara," a taut, stark-naked dirge that serves as the leadoff track to their wondrous self-titled debut for Northside Records. Triakel tackle traditional Scandinavian folk music with a reverence that belies their youth, bringing to mind Shirley and Dolly Collins' arrangements of English folk songs in the '50s and '60s. Härdelin's round, throaty wonder of a voice wraps itself around each and every word like candle wax, preserving the melody beneath a blanket of lilting vowels and rolling Rs. Like all good traditional sets, this one focuses on the genre's most common themes: love, murder, sex, and madness. That this talented group can deliver these
pieces with such a remarkable blend of gentleness and fury -- using only three instruments -- is truly a feat. One needs only to listen to a few seconds of "In Paradise" or "Birthday Party" to be completely immersed. By the time the listener arrives at the icy closer, "Fair Young Love," the warm center of this trio's debut begins to glow brighter, and the vastness of Triakel's seemingly simple vision is revealed.

01 - Gammel Sara
02 - I himmelen
03 - I fjol gjett je gjeita
04 - Tusen tankar
05 - Mjölnarens måg
06 - Oväntad bröllopsgäst
07 - Om dagen står du städs för mig
08 - Födelsedagsfesten
09 - Alla gossar
10 - Lapp-Nils Polska
11 - Lejonbruden
12 - En vacker vän

Harmonium – Janne Strömstedt 
Violin – Kjell-Erik Eriksson 
Vocals – Emma Härdelin

La Bamboche - Née de la Lune (1980 France) @VBR256

Vinyl Rip

After 3 years of touring with the formation called "electric" La Bamboche records his second album. The group changed, Pierre "Tiboum" Guignon replaces Bernard "Beps" Chauchat. This recording mainly comprises the compositions of the members of the group. "La Bourrée infernale" remains the emblematic piece of La Bamboche at that time. Later, Michel Poncet (double bass) will replace Jacques Boisset and Michel Di Napoli will join the group. The hurdy-gurdy on the cover is that of Évelyne Girardon (luthier Jean-Luc Bleton).
Out of print.

01 - Bourrée Infernale
02 - Si J'avais Une Amie - Brume Noire
03 - Romarin
04 - La Gare De Moulins
05 - La Bourrée Du Diable
06 - La Route De Padoue
07 - Je Suis Née Sous La Lune
08 - Les Chavans
09 - Laissez Faire
10 - Scottish Des Réaux - La Boulangerie
11 - C'est À Vous Les Jeunes Filles
12 - En Passant Par Lyon

Jacques Boisset : basse, chant
Jean Blanchard : violons, cornemuses, épinette des Vosges, chant
Évelyne Girardon : vielles à roue, chant
Pierre Guignon : batterie, percussions, chant
Daniel Olivier : guitares, chant

Arasta Bazar - Le Grand Balzar (2012 France) @320

Arasta bazar exists of Julia Demaugé : violon, sanza
Antoine Bernaus : guitare, dombra, saz
Sabrina Calvo: percussions.
Their balfolk music has a lot of oriental influences (hence their name: the artisanal market in istanbul).
So besides the traditional folk ball dances, also expect a few turkish dances, all played by instruments you rarely hear.

1. Radio Balzar (kost'ar cardiaque pour le Saint Patrick) 3:10
2. Poisson Lampe (rondeau de minuit) 3:25
3. Les XV's (chappeloise surprise) 4:37
4. Le Retour du Haïdouk (bourrée à trois temps pour les amants de l'Yvette) 6:10
5. L'Antre de la folie (cercle, glissades et chamboule tout mental) 3:05
6. Yüzün Gördüm Dedim (gavotte de l'Aven à l'ottomane) 6:21
7. Aslan Sütü (scottish impaire et lait de lion) 4:59
8. Macadam scottish (scottish urbaine) 3:05
9. Adieu l'ami (M.Z.K et les blessures de l'amour) 5:44
10. Le Grand Balzar (bourrée à deux temps) 5:05
11. Le Plinn express (fin) 7:33

Monday, January 2, 2017

Trio Dhoore - Momentum (2016 Belgium) @320

1. Transatlantic groove
2. Eb & vloed
3. Endless dancing
4. Gepetto / Pinokkio
5. Momentum
6. Huiswaarts
7. Flandinavian
8. The Goderich tornado
9. Spelemei
10. The Wicklow way
11. Maasland jig / Wij 3
12. Wat voorafging...

Brigada Victor Jara - 1977 (Portugal) - Eito Fora @320

This 1995 edition on CD is very hard to find.
A very beautiful album.

The Brigada Víctor Jara (Portuguese for Víctor Jara Brigade) is a Portuguese folk band, with a career of more than 30 years and among the most influential bands of the Portuguese folk.
The band was formed in 1975, by a group of young people from Coimbra that was participating in one of the massive literacy campaigns carried out by the provisional governments that administered Portugal in the years after the Carnation Revolution of 1974.

01 Cantiga da Ceifa (Beira-Alta)
02 Coro das Ma‡adeiras (Minho)
03 Ao Romper da Bela Aurora (Alto Alentejo
04 O Senhor da Serra  Meu (Ribatejo)
05 Cantiga Do Bombo (Beira-Baixa)
06 Manolo Mio (Tras-Os-Montes)
07 Pezinho da Vila (Açores)
08 Senhora Do Almortao (Beira-Baixa)
09 O Anel Que Tu Me Deste (Douro Litoral)
10 Mariao (Tras-Os-Montes)
11 Baile Mandado (Algarve)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Nathalie et Olivier Daviau - La terre est froide (Noëls – Chabrettes Limousines) (2013 France) @320

This Christmas album has quite an interesting story.
In 1985, Nathalie and Olivier recorded a tape of traditional christmas tunes, most of which were borrowed from Abbot Victor Porville's book "Lou chabrettaïre de nadalou et de nostra dama".
They made a recording in the chapel of Claude Girard village. Olivier played on bagpipes and Nathalie accompanied him on the organ and also played on chabrette. It was one of the first recordings, which in addition to chabrette attended grande chèvre.
Unfortunately the original recording no longer has been published because of technical problems.
In 2013, Nathalie and Olivier with their friends re-recorded the album, giving us the opportunity to hear the very same Christmas music.
The only thing that has changed, so it is the quality of recording - it is a little better.
1) La Sainte Compassion
2) La Passion de Jésus Christ
3) L’horloge de la Passion 
4) Noël de madame Besseyrot
5) Bergers écoutez la musique – Presta lo me
6) Nadalet (Revelhatz-vos pastouraus)
7) L’âme entendit
8) Chantez peuple de l’univers. D’où viens-tu bergère
9) La légende de la bergère 
10) Tous les anges dans nos campagnes 
11) Auvi Diù
12) Ribatz ribatz sount arribatz 
13) Un joune pastre soumeilhava (1)
14) Un joune pastre soumeilhava (2)
15) Nadalou
16) L’Annountiatiu 
17) Réveillez-vous les gens
18) Lo boun Diu, la Senta Vierza
19) La Passiu
20) Anem anem totas filhetas
21) N'i a guaire qu'ai auvit
22) Cantique de Sainte Marthe
23) La terra es fridza  

Musicians :
Nathalie Daviau (Organ, chabrette limousine en Sib, song),
Olivier Daviau (Grande chèvre en Fa, chabrettes limousines en Sol et en La, hurdy gurdy en Sol et en Fa, song)

Guests :
Julien Barbances (Violin),
Romain Ben Ali (Saxophone),
Michel Lecam (Song)
Philippe Randonneix (Song)
Pauline Randonneix (Song)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rémi Geffroy - Entre-deux (2012 France) @320

Thanks to Cino!

1. Entre-Deux
2. Suite De Planières
3. Elle
4. La Gifle
5. Un Jour En Normandie
6. Nouveau Départ
7. Diatopia
8. Le Détour
9. L'oeil Du Cyclone
10. Sous Les Roses
11. Innocence
12. L'estropié

Rémi Geffroy : accordéons diatoniques,
Maxime Absous : guitare,
Clément-Son Dang : violoncelle

Monday, December 26, 2016

Pekel - Dijkfolk (2006 Netherlands) @320

Pekel is a 4-piece ensemble that plays traditional music from The Netherlands, often arranged and adapted to modern
influences. On this disc are also several own-composed
melodies and songs in which their traditional roots are clearly recognizable. This is their 5th CD and it proves that Pekel is the leading traditional band of The Netherlands. Instruments include acccordion, keyboards, cistern, guitars, bagpipes, recorder, flutes, jew’s harp, percussion, violin, saz, viola.
1. Marguerite     5:01
2. De Stilte Voor De Storm     5:08
3. Franse Frits     3:08
4. Jan Soldaat     3:52
5. De Hongerige Matroos / Kermisgans     4:14
6. Vaarwel Bruidje Schoon     4:12
7. Madlot / Baonopstekker / Gort Met Stroop     4:00
8. Heimwee     5:34
9. Wieringen / Kielzog     4:23
10. Boerinneke Van Buiten     3:12
11. Vagevuur En Spijt     3:58
12. Swart Laat Je Scheren     7:21

Erno Korpershoe - Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Theo Schuurmans - Bagpipes, Vocals, Percussion, Jew's Harp, Flute, Tin Whistle
Peter Moree - Guitar, Zither, Bagpipes, Recorder, Vocals
John Bazuijnen - Vocals, Double Bass, Guitar
Hans Troost - Violin, Viola (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 12) 

Claeys, Paris, Chabenat, Decombel - Live en Flandre (Belgium/France) @320

Contribution from an Anonymous FY's friend.
Thank you. This album deserves!

Here are four musicians who do not claim to form a group as evidenced by the lack of a name for this ensemble. The cover says he is simply the meeting between the two protagonists of the 1995 CD (already ...) "Water and almonds", Frédéric Paris and Gilles Chabenat, (I will not make you The insult to present you ...) and two Flemish musicians then quasi beginners at the time and who have made their way since, thanks to the influence of this recording of the past century ;-). Accordionist Wim Claeys is now well known, particularly for its role in of Ambrozijn and Tref . He also played for several years in duo with Marteen Decombel, certainly the least known of the four thieves here, guitarist and mandolin player who also rotates with the bagpipe Remi Decker and with Wim Claeys in Goze and works with Urban Trad , Ambrozijn , Naragonia Etc ...

If, as I said in the introduction, our four musicians do not pretend to form a real band and if this recording is more simply presented as the recording of a concert in 2005, it is quite different from listening : The listener can only feel the true symbiosis between the four instrumentalists and if the clarinet and, to a lesser extent, the hurdy-gurdy, are sometimes a little more on the front, there is really a group sound that does not incite Not at all to realize
an analytical listening musician by musician. It is much more enjoyable to be caught by this overall sound at the service of an expression present at each note. Moreover, the quality of the sound recording is almost that of the studio.

Hardly any new melodies here but of the picks of well chosen standards. The advantage of being called F. Paris or G. Chabenat is to be able to draw standards in his own repertoire. They do not deprive themselves of it and it is not I who will complain, especially since the way they revisit them justifies these new recordings. Mr. Decombel and Mr. Claeys also each brought a piece.

"In Flanders" certainly evokes for some of you a scottisch from F. Paris and, for others, one of the most beautiful songs of our traditional repertoire ("We will go to Flanders"). In order not to be jealous, the two succeed each other here, the second in a truly gripping version from beginning to end, with just the right thing to return to the theme from time to time. Also note a very nice resumption of the mazurka "L'anternaire" (here, it is written like that!) more minor than ever ...

Jean-Luc Matte
Infos mumuses

01 - Ou t'en vas-tu
02 - Van Belle nr 56
03 - Nous irons en Flandre
04 - En Flandre
05 - L'anternaire
06 - Marouska
07 - Baudimic - Adele - Bleu nuit - La mante
08 - 1-11
09 - Doedelyoudo
10 - Le fil - Montagnarde
11 - Les moissons
12 - L'impasse
13 - Bonus

Wim CLAEYS (Accordéon diatonique)
Frédéric PARIS (Cornemuse, Clarinette, Flûte)
Gilles CHABENAT (Vielle à Roue [Hurdy-gurdy])
Maarten DECOMBEL (Guitare, Mandole)

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