Saturday, October 12, 2019

Zef - Génépi fugace (2017 France) @320

Zef, opus 5, "Génépi Fugace", is a diptych, a hurricane mass with one hand, a sweet note on the other.
A double mirror album;
- On one side Zef in full, which will be the fifth album.
- On the other side the Zeffeurs. Formula created during a festival, it stages the various musicians of the group, combining them in multiple duets. It releases many intimacies.For his fifth album ZEF is tinged with temptation. A clever mix of adventurous plants will be brought together in this slow-ripening vintage. We will find the fleeting notes of flying dances and insolent curves to the edge of drunkenness.
It is high time to stop the time and to be amazed by the angels.

A crossover between the overall sound, matured, textured, aged cask, and the fragility of more intimate and spontaneous duets.

1. Pélican
2. Krump
3. Tissus
4. T-Shirt / La Chânôtt
5. Little Sister
6. Le Mondine
7. Lo Riu
8. Tash
9. Mazurka Soffice
10. Génépi fugace

1. Tonton Bordel
2. Scottisch à Julo
3. Just Merlot (#03)
4. Marocco
5. Coccinelle
6. Solitude
7. Gentleman's Blues
8. Triolan
9. Fandango / Typon
10. Musike Mazurka
11. Scottish du Taraf / Face au Vent

Baltazar Montanaro - violon, violon baryton, chant
Damien Dulau - guitare
Jean-Michel Martineau - basse
Aurélien Claranbaux - accordéon diatonique
Laurent Geoffroy - accordéon diatonique, accordina

Friday, October 11, 2019

MANdolinMAN - Unfolding the Roots (2016 Belgium) @320

‘Unfolding The Roots’ is the latest album of traditional Flemish folk music with a mandolin twist by Belgian four-piece band, MANdolinMAN. After their first album ‘Old Tunes, Dusted Down’ and a second album on which they explored the bossa nova style, MANdolinMAN have returned to their roots.
‘Unfolding The Roots’ sees the foursome dig even deeper into Flemish folk music and once again breathe new life into old tunes and melodies from the province of Flemish Brabant. Played on four mandolins, the music takes on new forms and the historic melodies are injected with contemporary vigour.
‘Unfolding The Roots’ is a microcosm of Flemish folk music with 12 polkas, waltzes, mazurkas and the long line folk dances made up of couples on either side, the contra dances.  The arrangements are pristine, a credit to the album’s music director and MANDolinMAN’s founder, Andries Boone. Other musicians include mandolinists Dirk Naessens (Black Velvet, Amorroma and MacRahl) and Peter-Jan Daems (Tantra and famous guitar trio Snaarmaarwaar) and mandocellist Maarten Decombel (Naragonia Quartet, Snaarmaarwaar and Les Tisserands).

1. Polka charleston Nederokkerzeel
2. Schottische Eppegem and Elewijt
3. Mazurka Houtem
4. Schottische Hever
5. Waltz Eppegem and Zemst
6. De Reuzekens
7. Polka Antwerp
8. Schottische Wezembeek-Oppem
9. Mazurka Zaventem
10. Polka Leefdaal
11. Rumba Del Raval (With Stefan Bracaval)
12. Contredans Ghent (in A minor) (With the Brasschaats Mandoline-orkest)

Andries Boone: mandoline
Peter-Jan Daems: 10-snarige mandoline
Maarten Decombel: mandocello
Dirk Naessens: mandoline

MANdolinMAN - MANdolinMAN Plays Bossa Nova (2013 Belgium) @320

After their first cd, 'Old Tunes, Dusted Down' – MANdolinMAN now takes on the challenge of exploring yet another musical style: Bossa Nova! On their new album (release February 2013), the foursome perform well-known Bossa Nova classics as well as self-written compositions. A unique take on the sound of Brasil!

1. Agua de Beber   
2. Bossa 'La Mer Du Nord'   
3. Caramel   
4. Choromanda   
5. Karolientje   
6. Ni Bossa Ni Tango   
7. Rumba Del Raval   
8. Meditação   
9. Desconocida   
10. Sol Da Manhã   

Maarten Decombel: mandocello
Andries Boone: mandola
Dirk Naessens: mandolin
Peter-Jan Daems: mandolin

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where the Time Goes - 3CD [Compilation] (England 1985) @320

43 tracks in total. Compiled by Trevor Lucas and Joe Boyd, includes album recordings, live tracks, out-takes, demos plus the previously unreleased 'Two Weeks Last Summer', 'Gypsy Davey', 'Walking The Floor Over You', 'After Halloween' and 'Full Moon'. Includes a 20-page booklet with lyrics, photos, and track annotations, and a 12 inch square box.

01 - The Lady
02 - Listen, Listen
03 - Next Time Around
04 - Farewell, Farewell
05 - The Music Weaver
06 - Tomorrow Is A Long Time
07 - The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
08 - The Pond And The Stream
09 - One Way Donkey Ride
10 - Take Away The Load (Sandy's Song)
11 - One More Chance
12 - Bruton Town
13 - Blackwaterside

01 - Tam Lin
02 - The Banks Of The Nile
03 - Sail Away To The Sea
04 - You Never Wanted Me
05 - Sweet Rosemary
06 - Now And Then
07 - Autopsy
08 - It'll Take A Long Time
09 - Two Weeks Last Summer
10 - Late November
11 - Gypsy Davey
12 - Winter Winds
13 - Nothing More
14 - Memphis, Tennessee
15 - Walking The Floor Over You

01 - When Will I Be Loved
02 - Whispering Grass
03 - Friends
04 - Solo
05 - After Halloween
06 - For Shame Of Doing Wrong
07 - Stranger To Himself
08 - I'm A Dreamer
09 - John The Gun
10 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
11 - By The Time It Gets Dark
12 - What Is True
13 - The Sea
14 - Full Moon
15 - Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Sunday, October 6, 2019

fol&ar - Fol&Ar (2008 Portugal) @320

The fol&ar project was born in 2006, joining a group of instruments with a mind of their own with a group of musicians passionate about dance and traditional music.

With themes inspired in dances from all over Europe, we started introducing our ball project. In that first project we gathered the unique sound of each instrument with the intimate environment of music sharing. From the joy of the malhão to the intimate drag of the mazurka, we created a group of themes to whom we can individually relate and a sound that defines us as a whole.

In 2008 we introduced our first album, also called fol&ar, made of only original theme songs, guest starring Ana Lúcia Palminha (voice), Alexandre Matias e Duda Amaro (percussions), produced by Nuno Gelpi e ourselves.

Reaching our grown up age, but keeping the same work line and the same care we give each theme, we are presenting ourselves in 2012 with a new line up that broadens the horizons to our approach to traditional music.

1. Tocandare (hanter dro)    4:32
2. Pólvora no Olhar (círculo circassiano)    4:46
3. Valsas e Mazurcas para quê? (mazurca)    3:45
4. Carmo 3 da Manhã (valsa)    4:07
5. Malhão da Graça (malhão)    2:54
6. Íntima Satisfação (valsa de 8 tempos)    4:36
7. Baú Vermelho (bourrée)    3:28
8. Caracol da Graça (Mazurca)    4:18
9. Valsa do João sem Medo (valsa de 5 tempos)    4:44
10. Gatafunho (bourrée)    4:52
11. 21 Gramas (mazurca)    5:09

Fernando Lyra
João Salvado
Nuno Gelpi
Miguel Gelpi

Ana Lúcia Palminha (voice)
Alexandre Matias & Duda Amaro (percussions)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Ballsy Swing - Le pain quotidien (2017 France) @320

Formed in the ruins of an ancient Roodanian miroiterie, this group carries with it a story worthy of a traditional tale, an ode to the tragic youth of musicians who had for sustenance only a few pizzas marinated in jasmine tea.
In this maze of dark cellars, three promising members were reared in cages with intensive listening to Bach, Jean-Michel Jarretelle and other occult repertoires of Auvergne drunk. And during their childhood they were often seen trailed, chained, on the floors of the most improbable balls, fed only with zucchini fins and muslin nutria, with the intention of making them the future great manitous of the industry. Hip hop musette with committed lyrics.
Taking advantage of a clear night moonless they managed to escape, taking refuge for a while in the cabaret strip-tease, to conclude this epic on the floors of folk balls.
Today Colin Delzant (cello), Valère Passeri (violin) and Lucas Thebaut (diatonic accordions) are proud to offer you the fruit of this incredible journey: a music that will make you dance, scream, can be even take off at the sound of this swing ... which comes from far!
(google-translate from french, sorry)

01. Scottish à Chloé
02. Polska de Chambérat / Pad'poufs (Polska / Bourrée 3 temps)
03. À nos mamans / Bourrées de Criées / Bourrée du 22 novembre (Bourrées 2 temps)
04. Coup de houle / Diving Suit / La grâce dans l'oeil / Feux dans l'eau (Noirmoutiers)
05. Atlantis Octopus (Mazurka)
06. La danse des Cacahuètes / Valse des petits Tours
07. Chauvinisme / Volverback (Bourrées 2 temps)
08. Élégie aux deux pigeons (Valse)
09. Les pulls à Lucas (Chapelloise)
10. St-Pierre-des-Dents / Lo Gazion (Rondeaux)
11. Le palais de la Tortue / Encore plus au Nord / Happy Ending / La bay des chevauchées (Cercles)

Colin DELZANT : Violoncelle
Valère PASSERI : Violon
Lucas THEBAUT : Accordéon diatonique

Aurélien CLARANBAUX : Accordéon diatonique
Joanny NIOULOU : Cornemuse
Marou THIN : Flûte traversière

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Balor - La place du carrousel (2012 France) @320

Balor is a folk music from the region of Morvan. they are dynamic young musicians that mixes traditional and modern music.

1. Avant de s'en aller derrière chez nous
2. Deux oiseaux sur un toit
3. C'est l'heure
4. Anita
5. Balorzurka
6. Bourrée valsée
7. Du haut de mon balcon
8. Updown and arround
9. Ma maîtresse et monsieur le conte

Eudoxie Sebastia : diatonic accordion
Floranne Renaud : flute, backing vocals
Grégoire Durand : violin, backing vocals
Yannick Grossetete : cajon, percussions, guitar, vocals
Paul Grossetete : guitar, bass, backing vocals
Léa Trani : backing vocals
Jean-Pascal Pin : hurdy-gurdy
Killian Flatot : diatonic accordion

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Vegetal Jam - Danza del Bosque Encantado (2012 Spain) @VBR

Vegetal Jam is a Folk musical duo founded in 2012. It is formed by accordionist David Aznar, from Zaragoza, and violinist and cellist Miguel Guallar, from Ejea de los Caballeros.
The name of the group means in Spanish "Vegetable jam", since they declare themselves as a rhythm jam: Natural music, without added sugars. It is a Folk style for dancing, mixing Aragonese rhythms and the rest of Europe, with songs of its own composition.
On December 21, 2012 they released their first album, Danza del Bosque Encantado, which was presented on January 11, 2013. In it all songs are danceable compositions, predominantly waltzes and mazurkas.
In 2013, winners of the Villanua Street Music Festival (Huesca) and finalists in the Aragonese Music Awards, in the category of best cover, remain.
They put melody at the head of the Aragón Televisión program "A fair day", with the song entitled "Jota de Almendras".
In 2014 they presented their second album, entitled "Valnerols", which was presented on February 22, 2014 at the Arbolé Theater in Zaragoza.
They have performed at important music festivals in Spain and Portugal.

01 - Coles Scottish de Bruselas (Scottish)
02 - Jazz Mazurka (Mazurka)
03 - Cuarto Creciente (Rondeau)
04 - Manzana de Caramelo Ecológica (Vals 3 tiempos)
05 - Bosque Encantado (An dro)
06 - Jota de Almendras (Jota)
07 - Baño Maria (Mazurka)
08 - Barrio Sur (Klezmer)
09 - 40 Luciérnagas (Vals 5 tiempos)
10 - Lua (Chapelloise)
11 - 1171 Sobre el Mar (Mazurka)
12 - Corazón Verde (Circulo circasiano)
13 - Polka Regadera (Polka)
14 - L'Acordéon Prêté (Vals 3 tiempos)
15 - Jazz Mazurka (Bonus track)

David Aznar: Chromatic accordion 
Miguel Guallar: Cello and violin
Jonás Gimeno: Panderetas
Diago Lezaun: Dulzaina (Spanish double reed instrument in the oboe family)
Daniel Salanova: Drums
Fernando García: Bass

Friday, September 27, 2019

FatDog - New Found Land (2014 Sweden / Norway / England) @320

With members from Sweden, Norway and England, and based on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border, FatDog cross boundaries every time they meet, both literally and musically. Three are established folk musicians anchored in the musical traditions of Scandinavia and Britain. Three are accomplished jazz musicians with an ear both for the local and the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the experimental.

FatDog’s instrument line-up usually raises a few eyebrows: concertina, trumpet, cittern, clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone and double bass. Having no percussionist, the rhythm section is provided by the buzz of the hurdy-gurdy, the chug of the concertina and, on occasion, the thrash of a cittern. The resulting rhythmic drive is unobtrusive but irresistible. Not least, Anders’s hurdy-gurdy, combining drones, melody and rhythmic ‘trompette’, is a powerhouse at the centre of the band. Patrik’s bubbling clarinet, Hallvard’s sonorous sax and Gunnar’s inventive trumpet each provide both improvisation and chords, playing off the melody and each other in constant movement. Underlying it all is Putte’s double bass, solid and playful at the same time.

FatDog’s repertoire always has at least one foot in folk music, either taking a traditional song or tune as their point of departure or composing new ones in the folk idiom. The rhythms of Scandinavian dance are well represented here, while influences from Macedonia to Morris dance turn up without seeming out of place.

About half of the material on New Found Land consists of songs featuring Richard’s rich baritone. Whether singing in Norwegian, French or his native English, his style, honed over 40 years of singing traditional material, is honest and direct. Two of the tracks featured are six-voice a cappella songs - providing a change of musical scenery and giving the lie to the common conception that jazz musicians can’t sing! 

01. Jonas Slängpolska
(Jonas Åkerlund, arr Patrik Wingård)
A slängpolska is a swirling variant of the Swedish 3/4 polska dance. We learned this one from the Swedish fiddler Jonas Åkerlund.

02. Ring The Changes
(Richard Burgess, arr Patrik Wingård)
A Welsh Morris dance tune leads the way in Richard’s tribute to village England.

03. Halling Etter Sjur Eldegard
(trad, arr FatDog)
A halling is a 2/4 dance found in Norway and Sweden, traditionally danced by men to show off their agility.

04. Se Solens Skjønne Lys Og Prakt
(trad, arr FatDog)
‘See the sun’s beautiful light and glory’. The words of this Norwegian hymn concern sunsets and faith, and were written by Birgitte Kaas Huitfeldt in 1734.  Richard, who lives close to her estate, has added his own respectfully agnostic verse at the end.

05. Sexling
(trad, arr FatDog)
A dance from Svarteborg in Bohuslän, Patrik, Anders and Putte’s home county.

06. Hog-Eye
(trad, arr FatDog)
A sea-shanty considered so obscene by collectors that the lyrics were apparently ‘camouflaged’.

07. Polonäs Från Sexdrega
(trad, arr FatDog)
A Swedish processional

08. Sandansko Oro
(trad, arr FatDog)
A classic Macedonian dance tune in 22/16 time

09. Terre Neuve / Isdalen
Terre Neuve (trad, arr FatDog)/Isdalen (Anders Ådin, arr FatDog)
This French sailor’s song, learned from Emmanuel Pariselle, deals with the deprivations of sailing off the Banks of Newfoundland, not least missing Mum’s cabbage soup. Anders wrote Isdalen when living in Bergen, Norway.

10. Emigrantskipet
(trad, arr Richard Burgess)
In 1904 the steamer ‘Norge’ sailed from Copenhagen with emigrants on board. Tragedy struck in the Atlantic when the ship got too close to the island of Rockall. 635 lives were lost. The ballad was written shortly after the event

11. Bay Of Biscay
(trad, arr FatDog)
Richard learned this song from the great singer and flute-player Cathal McConnell from Fermanagh on one of his many trips to Norway.

12. Gubbvalsen
(Anders Ådin, arr FatDog)
Anders’s ‘old man’s waltz’ – which, if you try to dance, is not a waltz at all…

Gunnar Halle - trumpet, voice
Patrik Wingård - clarinet, flute, voice
Hallvard Godal - saxophone, bass clarinet, voice
Richard Burgess - voice, concertina, guitars
Putte Johander - bass, voice
Anders Ådin - hurdy-gurdy, guitar, voice

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Guilhem Desq - Visions (France 2018) @320

Guilhem Desq breathes new life and innovation into this old-world instrument, the hurdy gurdy. His sound is unmistakable as he electrifies this originally acoustic instrument and plays a wide variety of genres on it – anything from traditional European folk to Middle-Eastern, contemporary rock, hip-hop and electro.

After a year touring worldwide with more than 60 shows (India, USA, New Zealand, Israël, Bulgaria, Italy, France…) Guilhem Desq comes back to release his first solo album “Visions”. An album “100% hurdy gurdy” which feature original songs recorded from his  instrument as the only source of sounds. Not only an album but a whole project which is going beyond music, from building his instrument to directing and animating his latest music video “Le château magique”.

01. Le château magique 04:10
02. Visions 03:45
03. La libellule et le baobab 05:06
04. Sand Sailor 04:13
05. Cicatrices (free) 04:13
06. Omen (free) 03:40
07. Break your Crank 03:38
08. Jusqu'en haut de la montagne 05:32
09. Arbol 04:24
10. Le château abandonné 07:14

All the sounds of this album were recorded from my hurdy gurdy, except for my voice (Visions & Sand Sailor), bells by my father (Break your Crank), and trombone by Renaud Perrot (Le château abandonné).

Buy the album HERE

Bazar Blå - Twenty (2016 Sweden) @320

“Twenty” is about the magical gravitational forces of music and its mysterious effects on life itself. Just as much as it marks our twenty-year anniversary as Bazar Blå, this music is also a celebration of the rare friendship that has kept us together for all these years. A unique musical and personal connection which inspires us to push boundaries and develop as musicians and as a collective. From the very beginning, Bazar Blå has functioned as a sort of safe-house for musical experiments and exchange of artistic ideas, many of which have found their ways into our music and thus into our musical personalities.
Seven eventful years have passed since our previous release and, looking back, it seems both like yesterday and a very distant past. At times we came close to getting lost forever, but we just could not rush this music or force it into existence. Now it is here and we are very happy to present this next step in the evolution of Bazar Blå.
(from official site)

Two decades on the road, apparently with a few sticky patches in recent years, Bazar Blå is a Swedish trio based around the nyckelharpa of Johan Hedin, with the somewhat surprising addition of drums and bass behind this renaissance folk instrument. Although Twenty is their sixth album, this is the first time I've heard Bazar Blå's music - not so surprising, as they lean strongly towards world music and don't really incorporate the Swedish dance traditions I am more familiar with. In over an hour of new compositions, only one or two of the dozen tracks here approaches the driving dance style of much Scandinavian music: the rest is dark, brooding, intense, following another strand of Scandinavian tradition, well played and absorbing but more tantric than toe-tapping.
Ten of the numbers on Twenty were written by bass-player Björn Meyer, with the other two credited to Hedin. Percussionist Frederik Gille doesn't get involved in the composing, but his contribution to the sound is pivotal, providing the rhythm which holds these shifting wintry tapestries together. He has an over-fondness for sleigh bells, but otherwise the percussion is first class. I had hoped for more sparkle in the nyckelharpa, and this only really comes through on Strax and Dussinpolskan - although the bass mandola does add some brilliance to Bazar Blå's music too. There is a strong Swedish character to this album, mixed with Middle-Eastern and Asian flavours, so if you enjoy the gloomy and mysterious aspects of Nordic music, or the more laid-back side of Balkan or Arab traditions, Twenty may well suit your tastes.
© Alex Monaghan

1. Àziza
2. Svävaren
3. Tio i Tre
4. Lugnet
5. Dussinpolskan
6. Flytten
7. Strax
8. Klockan två
9. Lunken
10. Stillheten
11. Haft
12. Hymn

Johan Hedin: nyckelharpa
Björn Meyer: acoustic & electric 6 string bass guitar, bass mandola
Fredrik Gille: percussion

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Andy Cutting - Andy Cutting (2010 England) @320


1. Uphill Way
2. Cuckoo’s Nest / Old Molly Oxford
3. CEG
4. Atherfield
5. Charlie / Come Back!
6. Edges / Thin Waltz
7. Still Hearing You / The Resplendent Jig
8. Granton Fish Bowl
9. Covered in People
10. Potato / Theatre
11. Old Light
12. The Abbess

Andy Cutting - melodeon
Mike McGoldrick - whistley things
Tim Harries - double bass 
Ian Carr - guitar

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Värttinä - Miero (2006 Finland) @320

If Värttinä had never recorded another album after ‘iki’ in 2003 their achievement would have been momentous, an unrivalled catalogue celebrating a tradition, in performances of unrivalled brilliance. Maybe that’s why Miero has such an incredible effect, sweeping us off our feet with an unexpected surge of creativity that has dug deeper into that ancient tradition, taking our breath away, and stretching the song-writing genius of Värttinä further than we ever thought it might go, with a vocal range previously untapped and blinding instrumentals.

01. Riena/Anathema
02. Valhe/The Lie
03. Mataleena
04. Synti/The Sin
05. Maaria
06. Miero/Outcast
07. Mierontie/Path Of The Outcast
08. Mustat Kengät/Black Shoes
09. Lupaus/The Promise
10. Lumotar/The Enchantress
11. 9 Lukkaa/9 Locks
12. Eerama
13. Vaiten Valvoin/I Lay Awake

Vocals – Johanna Virtanen, Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho
Accordion [2- And 5 Row], Kantele – Markku Lepistö
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Portuguese Guitar [Fado], Guitar [Guitalele], Baglama [Saz] – Antto Varilo
Bouzouki, Soprano Saxophone, Kaval, Low Whistle – Janne Lappalainen
Double Bass – Hannu Rantanen
Drums, Percussion, Voice – Jaska Lukkarinen
Fiddle, Harmonium, Jouhikko, Hurdy Gurdy [Nyckelharpa], Vocals – Lassi Logren
Arranged By – Värttinä

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

La Bricole - Ne vous faites pas Marins (2016 France) @320

The richness and originality of the songs of the ports Boulonnais, which reflect more than two centuries of maritime life since the revolutionary period until today, were saved thanks to the investigations of Michel Lefèvre. We had highlighted the directory by preparing together in 1999 a volume of the Anthology of Chasse-Marée, and I find with pleasure in this disc A.M.T.P.B. who had also been a partner in this publication.
But listening to these songs, finely enveloped by warm sounds, I discover with enthusiasm that a new generation of singers and musicians has chosen to make this heritage live. The trio La Bricole, was able to feed on the collections of its elders and the initiatives that allowed the revival of this popular music of the neighborhoods of the port, and has drawn from the vast repertoire left by the men and women of sea time herring dunes and driftsters from Boulogne.
Michel Colleu
(google-translate from french, sorry)

1. Ne vous faites pas Marins (chanson)
2. Le Chasse-Poutre (chanson)
3. Trois Boulenoises (chanson)
4. Angélique (chanson)
5. Les Punis (chanson)
6. Margrite (chanson)
7. Le Bonheur des Marins (chanson)
8. Les Flamandes-Allemandes (chanson)
9. La Manchotte (mazurka)
10. Un Galion d’Espagne (chanson)
11. Pauvre Mousse (chanson)
12. En revenant de la Pêche d’Islande (chanson)
13. Romance des Prisonniers (chanson)
14. La Vie de Matelot (chanson)

Vincent Brusel (chant, mandoline)
Olivier Catteau (accordéon diatonique, clarinette, chœurs)
Julien Biget (bouzouki, guitare, chœurs)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Отава Ё / Otava Yo - Любишь ли ты? / Do you love? (2018 Russia) @320

The album is published with the permission of the band. Many thanks to the musicians!

The new album of the group Otava Ё "Do you like the love" was released in October 2018 and became the fifth studio album of the group. Five years have passed between the new release and the previous album, which radically changed the fate of Otava E, who turned from a local St. Petersburg folk team into one of the brightest stars of the Russian folk scene, in demand not only in our country but also abroad. Wide fame, international awards, sold-out concerts around the world - all of this together in the past five years, and all this is reflected in the new album, the most mature work of the group in the history of its existence.

The album "Do you love" includes nine tracks, among them all the best songs of the group, well-known for video clips. Including the song "Oh, Dusya, oh, Marusya" and "Sumetskaya", which became the greatest hit on YouTube, having collected there more than 17 million views. Funny humorous songs, the visiting card of Otava Yo, are side by side on the album with monumental lyrical canvases, such as the 8-minute title track "Do you love?". Special guests in the recording of the album were such musicians as Sergey Starostin, the ensemble “Izmailovo settlement”, Roman Lomov and others.

1.Once upon a time on a high hill / Как на горке, на горе 03:41
2.Oh, Dusya my Marusya / Ой, Дуся, ой, Маруся 05:03
3.Brooms / Метёлки 04:34
4.Maidens have sown the flax / Посеяли девки лён 06:35
5.The lord once gave me tea / Раз прислал мне барин чаю 05:24
6.Guelder-rose berries / Загорелась во поле калина 05:10
7.Do you love? / Любишь ли ты? 07:46
8.Sumetskaya / Сумецкая 04:10
9.The ruby rose bush / Червонная роза 03:10

Alexey Belkin: gusli, fife, double reed fife, tin whistle, chalumeau, Galician bagpipe, kaljuka, pandereta, panpipes, voice
Alexey Skosyrev: el. guitar, dr, woodblock, voice
Dmitriy Shikhardin: fiddle, fife, panpipes, vladimirskiy rozhok, voice
Petr Sergeev: bass drum, snare drum, wood block
Timur Sigidin: bass guitar
Julia Usova: violin, glockenspiel, panpipes, voice
with guests:
Anastasia Tikhonova: voice (tks 1, 4, 7)
Alisher Umarov: step (tk 1)
Dina Kolbaya: voice (tks 1, 2)
Eugeniy Lizin: hi-hat (tk 8)
Georgiy Nefjodov: balalaika (tks 1, 5)
Jangir Daushvili: doli (tk 2)
Juriy Tarariko: voice (tks 2, 6)
Ivan Khrebtov: banjo (tk 5)
Mila Plastun: voice (tk 2)
Maria Volkova: voice (tk 1)
Māris Muktupāvels: voice (tk 3)
Maria Shirshova: voice (tk 1)
Olga Tarariko: voice (tk 2)
Sergey Zburzhinskiy: voice (tk 6)
Vasily Telegin: bass g (tk 9)
School children (tk 7): Agata Belkina, Aljona Samsonova, Glikeria Elionskaya, Elizaveta Shalamberidze, Sofia Belkina, Sofia Samsonova, Tatyana Troitskaya, Elya Lee

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Duo Pilartz Gielen - UN (2014 Belgium) @320

These two musicians passionate about traditional music formed their duet in 2010.
Their program is a mix of personal compositions, compositions of friends Belgian, French or English musicians as well as the traditional repertoire.
Will succeed then waltzes, mazurkas, gigues, andros, bourrées and other rondeaux ...
The arrangements of all these dances have been designed for both the concert and the ball, and as a result, music lovers will be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the sometimes buzzing music, sometimes on the edge of the Baroque and the most often very '' roots ''.
For dancers, impossible to remain insensitive to the tempi of hell stuffed, jigs or the languorous waltz and mazurkas that will be offered!
A mix of energy, poetry, power, melancholy and especially joie de vivre ...
(google-translate from french, sorry)

1. Suite de bourrées asymétriques auvergnates 04:01
2. Tryptique (andro) 04:24
3. Suite de gigues irlandaises 05:06
4. Suite de scottiches françaises 05:13
5. Deux rondeaux en couple 04:41
6. Bourrées à deux et trois temps 03:49
7. Valse sur les salins 05:57
8. Les loups du Cantal (mazurkas auvergnates) 04:01
9. Suite de polkas du Centre-France 04:24
10. Suite de bourrées auvergnates à Jo Perrier 05:06
11. Deux gigues espagnoles 04:37

Luc Pilartz: Violon, Cornemuse
Simon Gielen: Accordéon diatonique

Jeroen Geerinck: guitare
Vincent Sionneau:  vielle à roue
Adeline Ghilain:  flûte traversière

Friday, September 13, 2019

Amorroma - Carrousel (2011 Belgium) @320

Amorroma is available in a variety of line-ups, to suit many different settings and sizes of concert hall.  They play either amplified or acoustic depending on the number of musicians or on the type of performance (dances and bals are most often amplified so that the dancers can hear the musicians clearly. The group is primarily a duo, with Sarah Louise Ridy on Baroque harp and Jowan Merckx on whistles, recorders, bagpipes, vocals, bugle and percussion.

As a trio Amorroma features either Elly Aerden on vocals, or Vincent Noiret on double bass.

The quartet line-up features both Elly Aerden and Vincent Noiret, and is the original line-up for the CD Là-bas dans ces Vallons.

Octet: The concert performances of the album Carrousel features a stunning line-up of 8 musicians in total. Sarah and Jowan, together with regular quartet members Elly andVincent, are joined by Tristan Driessen on Oud, Luc Pilartz on fiddle, Toon van Mierlo on uillean pipes, French bagpipes, diatonic accordion and clarinet, and Marten Decombel on mandola and guitar.  This combination gives a wonderful variety of musical colours and allows for great expression.


1.   Germaine / Germaine
2.   Re gai / Bon sang
3.   Deuil d’amour / Où qu’ti?
4.   Deepening Dusk / The Coalmine Canary / Green River, swift swallows
5.   J’avais un amant / L’olivier
6.   Rien ne va plus / Sparsa Fontana
7.   De rijkste van ‘t hele kerkhof / Heilspellende liefde
8.   Goeie nacht, merrie / Uw wilgen schieten, uit d’aarde tot in den hemel / Kijk, die zon daar
9.   Verjaardag
10.  Bootsman / Froedipus
11.  De kraai

CD 2
1.   Danger de vie / Savoir vivre
2.   Bloemenwei
3.   Warme winterwendewals
4.   Les temps pliés / Revenons à nos moutons
5.   Courgoul / Montcineyre
6.   Pasodoble para el tío
7.   L’ardoise du Tchero
8.   Stil leven
9.   Running on wheels / Good old York, the small pear

CD 3
1.   Le renardeau / L’abeille de terre / La sauterelle
2.   Les sables d’eaux pâles
3.   Les blés d’or / Les Terres Noires
4.   Muiñeira do Sar
5.   Het moeras van Tardinghen
6.   Le cas danse / La cigale
7.   Le marais de Bourges / Au fil de l’eau / Carrousel
8.   La vita ti parla


Sarah Ridy: harp (arpa doppia)
Jowan Merckx: (blok)fluiten, bugel, Centraal-franse doedelzak in G, A en lage D, gaita, percussie, klokkenspel, schalmei en zang

Elly Aerden: zang
Vincent Noiret: contrabas
Toon Van Mierlo: diatonisch accordeon, uillean pipes, Centraal-franse doedelzak in lage D en C, klarinet
Maarten Decombel: mandola, bouzouki, gitaar en zang
Luc Pilartz: viool
Tristan Driessens: oud

Grégory Jolivet: draailier
Emanuela Lodato: tamburo, tamburello (op III-4 en III-8)
Jurgen De Bruyn: theorbe (op II-3)
Philippe Laloy: basfluit (op II-3)
Gwen Cresens: bandoneon (op II-3)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cadavre Exquis - Lost in tradition (2010 France) @320

For 2005, Cadavre Exquis, a french folk band, is playing a fusion style music, nurrished by the different influences brought by each musician. Folk, jazz, pop, french traditional music, as well as more recent style like electro are mixed into the band's pieces of music, in order to "spice" folk bal with unknown flavours. Feeling free to carry away dancers on short cuts, Cadavre Exquis might be sometimes ... "Lost in Tradition" ? Let's get caught up and soon you will feel your legs giving a hint of a few dancing steps!

1. Le quart d'heure d'avance (bourrée 3 temps)
2. Lost in tradition (cercle circassien)
3. Costard (kost ar c'hoad)
4. Tapas nocturne (bourrée 2 temps)
5. Exquisse (mazurka)
6. Epanchement temporel (valse à 5 temps)
7. Zéro zéro cercle (cercle circassien)
8. Et demain (valse)
9. Post-it et bout de ficelle (scottish)
10. Dro c dro (hanter dro)
11. Mary pop plinn (suite plinn)

Maxime Bouchet : bass
Fabienne Deroche : hurdy-gurdy
Stéphane Guy : accordion
Stephan Pacchiano : guitars, cajon
Patrick Quemere : flute, accordion, whistle

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TONDO - L'adorable Leure ( France / Belgium 2017) @320

TONDO is the encounter of three friends (Belgian and French musicians) who share a common passion for popular music and visual arts. It is also the encounter between the open space of the pictorial TONDO and the in nite movement of the wheel of the hurdy-gurdy. Last but not the least, TONDO brings to mind the round dance, the most popular children’s dance by far, that expresses the simple joy of being together, timeless.
The connections between the two worlds, visual and acoustic, are numerous and stimulating, si- milar to the musicians and the artists of lyrical abstraction, wherein improvisation and the present moment are considered to be musical by nature. Nevertheless, the musical rhythm can create a genuine story, accompanied by descriptions and illustrations.
“L’adorable Leurre”, the title of TONDO’s album, mirrors the work of the painter, Gérard Gasiorowski, whose strength comes from de vagueness between the gurative illusion and the liberty of pictorial gestures.

01. A toi à moi
02. Couleurs Nemours
03. Estève
04. L'adorable Leurre
05. Clotilde
06. Motherwell
07. Jardins Fragiles
08. Soller en Avril
09. Adezzi a Saa
10. Een Schip
11. Petite Suite des arcis
12. Marche d'Orage
13. Principessa

Gilles Chabenat - Vielle à roue
Maarten Decombel - Guitar
Fred Pouget - Clarinet, Cornemuse

Friday, September 6, 2019

Trio Loubelya - Rua da alegria (2017 France) @320

1. Il neige à Porto  4:58
2. Shantil  3:28
3. Andrò a Torino e poi a Casa  3:16
4. Helenash  4:10
5. Hallux  4:20
6. La Quadrature du Cercle  4:43
7. Marie  7:44
8. Lulu Typon  4:23
9. Cinco Tempoush  5:00
10. Mazurka du Dimanche  5:12
11. Toshta Mishta  4:30
12. Vals' Constant  4:51

Marie Constant: accordéon diatonique, accordina
Rolland Martinez: contrebasse, clarinette
Florent Lalet: saxophones soprano, ténor, baryton, flûte traversière

Camille Passeri: trompette, piano
Guillaume Viala: vibraphone
Raphaёl André: trombone
Aladin Chaboche: guitare électrique, euphonium
François "Paco" Labat: davul, calebasse
Nicolas Pujos: saxophone alto
Kévin Balzan Dorizas: hélicon
Florent Rousset: rek

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sous Le Pont - Et là c'est quoi (2015 France) @320

01. Leo
02. DéchetsToxiques
03. ScottishDuBateleur
04. RéveilTrombone
05. Fukushima
06. EtLàCEstQuoi
07. AlphaAhpla
08. CelluleDeCrise
09. MazurkaDélirante
10. Porchakovitch
11. LacNuit
12. Gromasio 

Guillaume Viala : Marimba
Léa Lachat : Accordion
Raphaël André : Trombone

Sous Le Pont - Sous Le Pont (2012 France) @320

Sous Le Pont are characterised by their unusual instrumentation (trombone, marimba & accordion) and their original repertoire which is mainly written for couple dances, but it doesn't end there!
The musical arrangements galvanise interactions amongst dancers and are pefectly suited for dance workshops.

1. C'est fini - valse à 8 temps
2. Avant l'orage - scottish
3. Mazurka pour Elisa
4. En fleurs- valse
5. Polka ascensionnelle
6. Les trois marches - gavotte de grenoble
7. Plaqk - cercle circassien
8. Fouet - valse
9. Le baller mécanqiue - valse à 5 temps

Léa Lachat : Accordéon
Guillaume Viala : Xylophone, Percussions
Raphaël André : Trombone, PetiteGuitare

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Duo Tanghe Coudroy - Oiseaux de nuit (2010 France) @320

1. Slängpolska de Mörkö
2. Lördagskvällen
3. Mariannas Vals
4. Polska du Värmland
5. Halling efter Anders Nedreli
6. Brudpolska d'Orsa
7. Hjärtat jag dig älskar
8. Brudvals du Jämtland
9. Patapin / Ça continue / Pizza
10. Rundtom
11. Loudéac
12. Lätt om foten
13. Valse à Hum
14. Blåvingen

Aurélien Tanghe - guitare
Martin Coudroy - accordéon

WÖR - SSSHT (2017 Belgium) @320

01. VB 71bis  
02. Bethleem       
03. Prinzes       
04. Begijnen       
05. Polonoisse       
06. l'Ordre       
07. Dp Lxii       
08. Gedachten       
09. Menuet       
10. Péeken       
11. Weversmarche       
12. Aimable       
13. Meijskensberg  

Fabio Di Meo (bariton en saxofoon)
Jeroen Goegebuer (viool)
Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven (doedelzak en sopraansaxofoon)
Bert Ruymbeek (accordeon)
Jonas Scheys (gitaar)

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