Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bill Ebet Band - Klemedenn er blei (2006 Bretagne) @320


Bringing together artists from all over Brittany, the Bill Ebet Band book on this disc, all of which are taken live, alloys trad'jazz bold. Except the last track (composition of Gildas Le Buhe) all songs of this disc comes from a repertoire of around Vannes. The style of Bill Ebet? Is it possible to qualify? One thing is sure, these are stories of Brittany, which invites himself Africa, Jazz and spontaneity.

Tracklist:
1. Lonely Ridenn
2. Kentehma splann
3. Nag er verhig
4. Disul vintin
5. Job Kerlagad
6. Pe oen ér park
7. Sudard er Fur
8. Iniù enta plahig
9. Sellet

Gildas Le Buhé : vocals, tenor saxophon
Erwan Volant : guitars
Pierre Tardivel : doublebasse, bass, 'n gouni
Jean-François Le Gouarin : bombardon
Glenn Le Merdy : percussions
Olivier Urvoy : alto and baryton saxophon
Ronan Bléjean : box accordion
Ronan Le Dissez : wodden flute
Hervé Le Buhé : dijeridoo

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maria Kalaniemi - Maria Kalaniemi [1992 Finland] @320


Maria Kalaniemi, a master of free-bass button accordion and one of the worlds´ leading contemporary accordionists. Once a member of pioneering groups, Niekku, Aldargaz from the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, where she now teaches, her roots are in folk and classical music but her sights and abilities go far beyond existing styles. Technically brilliant as a player and adept at improvisation, she is also very powerful, intuitive and sensitive composer, with pieces that stylistically touch in numerous areas but feature her own personality as the driving force. Melody is the meaning and with Maria the listeners are sure to feel her message deeply.

Kalaniemi is also a member of the international accordion collective, Accordion Tribe. She
has toured and performed as solo, duo and trio units and with several ensembles throughout
Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.

Maria has released many albums with many ensembles; the latest is Vilda Rosor "Wild Roses" (Aito Records, 2010). Vilda Rosor is Maria Kalaniemi's intimate excursion to her Finnish-Swedish roots featuring her deeply emotional voice and accordion plus many special guests.


01 - Hermannin Riili
02 - Skymningpolskan
03 - Taklax I
04 - Samuell Disktroemin Polska
05 - Olin Sairas Kun Luokseni Saavuit
06 - Yxi Kaunis Papillinen Polska
07 - Farmorspolskan
08 - Taklax Ii
09 - Varpusen Polska
10 - Hjortingen
11 - Taehdet Taivaalla

Accordion – Maria Kalaniemi
Bass – Tapani Varis (tracks: 1)
Guitar – Olli Varis (tracks: 1, 2)
Harmonium – Timo Alakotila (tracks: 10)
Mbira – Kimmo Pohjonen (tracks: 6)
Nyckelharpa – Arto Järvelä (tracks: 6)
Piano – Timo Alakotila (tracks: 5)
Tambourine – Björn Tollin (tracks: 2, 8)
Violin – Arto Järvelä (tracks: 1, 10), Sven Ahlbäck (tracks: 3, 4, 7 to 9)
Producer – Timo Alakotila


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MoTa - MoTa (France 2012) @320


MoTa is born of the encounter between musicians from different worlds who wish to propose a personal interpretation of the traditional music that surround them. Highlights of their experiences within different formations of contemporary music, traditional and jazz, the four musicians of MoTa defend a music resolutely alive and in motion, where the aesthetic intersect and feed.
 
Tracklist:
1. It's Kiff (Bourée)
2. Laryls Oulan (Scottish)
3. MacMogette (Maraichine)
4. Kab (Kas a barh)
5. Les mémoires d'un poisson rouge (Cercle Circassien)
6. Entre deux Mers (Valse)
7. Les gens pensent (Avant-deux de travers)
8. L'apache (Ridée)
 
Erwann TOBIE : Accordéon diatonique
Florian KERNEIS : Batterie
Laurent HILAIRET : Warr guitar
David MORAND : Trompette / Bugle

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Griff Trio - Yoraré (Belgium 2014) @320


The album YORARE by Griff Trio is the result of 10 years of playing together, meeting people all over the world and hours of questioning themselves about their artistic identity. Until this album, their music was a lucky melting pot of different tunes from different parts of Europe. The more exotic, the better!
But slowly, the idea to work with their own traditional music, the underrated Belgian folk music, started to grow.
Putting their nose into dusty Walloon manuscripts, old Flemish songbooks or listening to rattling field recordings was like reading grandparent's personal diaries. Simple people's stories, anecdotes of yesteryears, humble melodies of street dances…
They could have played those melodies in their most rough form, like a bunch of photocopies, but they preferred to confront them to their imagination and artistic desires...
So no nostalgia in this record, but the breath of 21st century troubadours. 

Tracklist:
01. Les Rescapés du Bal Champêtre
02. Oh! Ma Mère
03. Bargoensch Drinklied
04. Menuet de l'Hermite
05. Hôliolô
06. Naar Oostland
07. L'argent du Meunier
08. Hansken
09. Berceuse de Maffle
10. Mali Maffle
11. Ballet sous la Pluie
12. J'ai Perdu Mon Oiseau
13. Yoraré
14. Si l'Amour vous Gêne
15. Sneeuwwit Vogelke
16. Riololo
17. Boerenvreught

Musicians
Colin Deru: Bagpipes, Whistles, Voice
Rémi Decker: Voice, Whistles, Bagpipes
Raphaël De Cock: Voice, Whistles, Pipes

Guest Musicians
Marc Malempré: Voice

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ti Jaz - Live In Ar Vag (France 2001) @192

Tracklist:
1. Gavotte Ar Stang        6:34
2. Scottish à Victorine        3:19
3. Fisel d'amour        4:10
4. Rythm'n Breizh        3:06
5. Goermel Fever        6:52
6. Straedou Sant Friscoe    3:08
7. The Fucking Flute        5:38
8. L'arc en ciel        4:18
9. Complete Mandingue        4:21
10. Koat Mandou                4:55
11. Gavotte du Manouche        6:09
12. Présentation        1:14
13. Sympathy for Diaoul        4:33

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ti Jaz - Musiques de Basse-Bretagne (France 1985) @320


Bernard Lasbleiz: Accordeon diatonique, chant
Richard Dilly: Basse electrique
Jacques Le Pendu: Clarinette basse, clarinette
Olivier Mell: Bombarde
Camille Olivier: Saxophone, biniou
José Ponzone: Trumpet (tracks: 6, 12)

Tracklist:
1. Suite Plinn: Ton simple
2. Suite Plinn: Bal
3. Suite Plinn: Ton double
4. Hanter Dro "Bamenjou"
5. Laridé 8 Temps
6. Ar vartoloded
7. En Dro "Cilu"
8. Gavotte: Ton simple
9. Gavotte: Tamm kreiz
10. Gavotte: Ton double
11. Tricot
12. Karotchoc



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shooglenifty - The Untied Knot (Scotland 2015) @320


This is Shooglenifty’s seventh studio album, and the first to feature a collection of songs. The breathtaking ‘puirt a beul’ (mouth music) of Gaelic vocalist Kaela Rowan brings a captivating and energising new element to the band’s sound, and further confounds any attempt to categorise them.

The Untied Knot drops additional pins in the Shoogles’ map of international influences, this time hitting the road from Scotland to Rajasthan. Watch out for James Mackintosh and Kaela Rowan’s The High Road To Jodhpur, a tune that makes that connection explicit, whilst Burns’s Tam o’Shanter is the ‘closer to home’ inspiration for the title track by Quee MacArthur.

Former band member Luke Plumb’s fresh compositions – the psychedelic Arms of Sleep and The Highway Carpark, a ‘hurry up and wait’ classic – are included, whilst new mandolin player Ewan MacPherson makes his mark with three tunes. His Somebody’s Welcome To Somewhere, a tongue-in-cheek Highland march, features the princely pipes of a guesting Ross Ainslie. Ewan also contributes a dark nautical romp The Devil’s Breath Hornpipe, and speedy pair of reels clearly spawned by the Shoogle dance gene: Samhla Reel/Scolpaig.

A dazzling contribution by Garry ‘Banjo’ Finlayson, The Scorpian (sic) is a fascinating and enigmatic creature, whilst Fitzroy’s Crossing, the striking Antipodean closing track by Shooglenifty front man Angus R Grant, is proof positive that there is no musical journey this band can’t take.


01 - The Untied Knot | The Fall | Mile Marbhaisg Air A' Ghaol 5:53
02 - The Scorpian | The Devil's Breath Hornpipe 4:18
03 - Samhla Reel | Scolpaig 6:15
04 - Somebody's Welcome To Somewhere 6:16
05 - Do Chrochadh A Thoill Thu, Thoill Thu | Nighean Rudh' Bhàn Bh'aig Dòmhnall 
Ruadh Piobair | The Spice Of Life 4:51
06 - The Highway Carpark 4:06
07 - Peaches | Monkswell Road | Meal Di Bhrògan 5:10
08 - The High Road To Jodhpur | Am Bothan A Bh'aig Fionnghuala 3:46
09 - The Arms Of Sleep 5:34
10 - Ruidhleadh Mo Nighean Donn | Am Buachaille Dubh Fionnghal 4:52
11 - Fitzroy Crossing 6:06

Angus R. Grant: Fiddle
Garry Finlayson: Banjo, Banjax, Darabouka
Ewan MacPherson: Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Jaw Harp, Zurna
James Mackintosh: Drums, Percussion, Programming, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboard, Vocals
Malcolm Crosbie: Guitars
Quee MacArthur: Bass
with:
Kaela Rowan: Vocals on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10
Luke Plumb: Mandolin on tracks 6 and 9
Conrad Ivitsky Molleson: Bass on tracks 1, 4 and 8
Ross Ainslie: Whistle on tracks 1 and 11, Pipes on track 4
Dave Milligan: Piano on track 4

Monday, March 20, 2017

Carreg Lafar - Aur (2016 Wales) @320


Carreg Lafar are a five-piece band from Wales and Aur is their fourth album in a career that has spanned 20 years.  From the front cover picture, with its carefully arranged Victoriana it’s clear that this is going to be an album of traditional music and a glance at the track list confirms it will be in Welsh. 
Welsh traditional music has never had the exposure of its Gaelic cousins and yet this album shows it is a vibrant genre in its own right, which deserves to more widely heard and appreciated.  Carreg Lafar, along with other bands such as Allan Yn Y fan, are certainly providing us with an opportunity to listen and we would be missing out if we didn’t take up their invitation.


01 - Aderyn Bach
02 - Cariad Aur
03 - Bwthyn Fy Nain
04 - Llangyfelach Lon
05 - Naid Tros Lannerch
06 - Y Cadno
07 - Glan Môr Heli
08 - Tom, Dic A Chwrw
09 - Baban Bach
10 - Titrwm Tatrwm

Linda Owen Jones (vocals)
Rhian Evan-Jones (fiddle)
James Rourke (flute)
Antwn Owen Hicks (pipes and vocals)
Danny Kilbride (guitar)

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Kitus - Eh bien, dansez maintenant! (France 2013) @320


Tracklist:
1 - Rossignol / Le lierre (Bourrées 2 temps)
2 - Sur le pont / Nulle part (Scottishs)
3 - Mazurka des maçons (Mazurka)
4 - Les Mandets / Le château de St Ilpize (Bourrées 3 temps)
5 - Vert anis / Paris-Clermont (Chapelloises)
6 - Les mouettes (Valse à 8 temps)
7 - Bourrée de Vichy / A bout de souffle (Bourrées 2 temps)
8 - Une amande (Valse)
9 - Samarqand (Scottish)
10 - Conscription (Air)
11 - Ythier / Rochefort (Bourrées 3 temps)
12 - Capitaine (Mazurka)
13 - Bleu curaçao / Les rameaux (Cercles circassiens)
14 - La belle Monique / Daguerre (Bourrées 2 temps)

Fabien Guiloineau : guitar, bouzouki
Yannick Guyader : accordion
Luc Roche : violon, viola
Sylvain Vuidart : flute

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Niamh Parsons - Kind Providence (2016 IRE) [256m4a]

It has been said that Niamh Parsons may not be the most famous Irish Balladeer, but many feel she's the best. Described in the Boston Herald as both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal, Niamh's albums have been 'must-have' collector's items for any lover of songs and singing. Niamh has recorded six studio albums and one live album to date. For the last 9 years, Niamh has been playing in a duet with Ennis-based Graham Dunne—there is a spiritual bond between Niamh and Graham when they perform, which draws out the essence of the songs.


Tracklist:
1    Across the Blue Mountain    4:02   
2     The Road to La Coruna    4:41   
3     Willie O    3:24   
4     Sweet Daffodil Mulligan    2:41
5     Shores of Lough Bran     4:03
6    Valentine O'Hara    4:23   
7     Lappin'    5:27   
8     When Fortune Turns Her Wheel    2:50   
9     The Slave's Lament    3:35
10     The Monaghan Jig    5:41   
11     After Aughrim's Great Disaster    5:55   
12     Carrickfergus (feat. Elena Alekseeva)    6:55

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Décibal - Autochtone (2016)


The second CD of Décibal is first and foremost a beautiful object. Clean lines, bright colors, simple text, presents the essential. A design made by Chloe Boureux.
It is also 15 songs from the repertoire Berry with, from time to time, compositions of Cyril Berthet, Benedict Roblin, Nigel Eaton and Cédric Loosli [...] A mixture
fine line between collecting and contemporary.
After ten years of existence, Décibal has chosen for this album the map of the Berry. It is very successful. No doubt Décibal going by his music, his enthusiasm and his warm presence on stage to discover to the young generations of the shake in berry a little forgotten in recent years.
This CD is the result of a beautiful evolution of four friends who broke to make us happy.
Thierry Pinson

Tracklist:
1. La Bergère au chateau
2. Beau vigneron
3. Tip top, quelle belle journée
4. La filleuse
5. Bergère à marier
6. Bourrée GV - Montagnarde
7. Starters - Sans doute
8. Branle d'Ecueillé - Branle des étangs - Branle des secours
9. Scottish à Hugo - Scottish distillée
10. Le sommeil de Jeanneton
11. Le départ du soldat - O ma Jeanne
12. Le déserteur
13. La garçonnière - Bourrée à Mesmin
14. Bourrée à Roblin - Entre deux - Ouest Sang
15. Valse de Brécy

Cédric LOOSLI : Bouzouki, Chant
Cyril BERTHET : Saxophone soprano, Flûte traversière, Chant
Benoît ROBLIN : Vielle à roue, Chant
David ROBLIN : Percussions, Basse, Chant

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ewen Delahaye Favennec - Kan Tri Men (2011 FRA) [320]


Tracklist:
1.    An hihi a garan    3:32
2.    Viviane et Merlin    4:32
3.    Les enfants de l'an 2000    4:24
4.    Torrey Canyon    3:46
5.    Kerviel blues    3:03
6.    Amour et liberté    4:49
7.    Hallelujah    4:32
8.    Maro eo ma mestrez    4:07
9.    Marzurka mon joli navire    3:11
10.    Juste un courant d'air    4:02
11.    Chair à canons    4:43
12.    Vieux bout de mégot    4:39
13.    La réponse de Seattle    6:10

Ewen Delahaye Favennec - Tri Men (2008 FRA) [320]

Tracklist:
1.    Vieux Frere    3:47
2.    Sous l'Hangar    2:52
3.    La Prison de Pontanezen    3:54
4.    Identity    4:08
5.    Spered An Tan    3:34
6.    Les Belles Années 70    2:11
7.    Sur le Port de Conrcarneau    6:45
8.    Logonna    3:04
9.    A la Guerre    3:04
10.    A Lampedusa    4:25
11.    Sonneurs!    3:07
12.    Pollution Solution    2:50
13.    Faut Qu'Il Aille    3:50
14.    Ballazeux (Bonus)    3:34

Ewen Delahaye Favennec - Kan Tri (2003 FRA) [192]

"I traveled to Britain
in cities in the country,
I did all trades
sometimes I worked
I sold cardboard,
scrap and ham,
but I 'tell you that the most beautiful of all trades
it is still singing! "

Gerard Delahaye et Melaine Favennec

Here they drew near, and around them the light gray found only in Brittany. Three violins, three guitars, but above all three voices, and three paths. Three personalities of the Breton scene gather for fun.

They started the journey together in the Cooperative Nevenoe. It was in 1973 they marched on different roads since, song, storytelling, entertainment for children, fest noz, television. They were seen everywhere. They met sometimes encountered often, and most importantly, they remained friends.

They are musicians of course; but foremost singers and storytellers. They are Britons, but each carries in himself, in his heart and in his head, his own country, his own Brittany, their own tradition. A dreamland, party and play, that we visit, laughing, crying, dancing. Years of occupation have given their malice words, the direction of each other and the desire to share with the public.

There will be three suites frenzied violins, from the depths of the ages, but also ballads, love songs, taken from their own directory or created for the occasion. Two hours of travel, holiday, emotion.

These three artists met in the early 1970s after an intense collaboration within the musical cooperative Nevenoe from 1973 to 1979, each led his own solo career: Patrik Ewen tale for all age groups and young people Gérard song Delahaye and song Melaine Favennec. While continuing their solo career, they created the Trio in 1999, during a concert, and he has since continued at a rate of about 20 to 30 concerts a year.

Their musical influencesdisplayed  are the French songs, traditional Breton and Celtic, the American folk but also the blues and rock. Initially composed of existing songs, their repertoire has gradually built around original songs that fit musically in these registers. They sing mostly in French, but also claim Breton and English.

Their originality lies of course in these mixtures, but also because they are three soloists and three men with a great experience of the scene, each capable of singing as a leader or as a chorister. They navigate between a wide variety of environments, the shared laughter (Le Port de Concarneau) to protest-song (A Lampedusa), Celtic electrified blues (Sous l'hangar) to the traditional ballad revisited (An hini a garan ). They seek to give their songs a current or updated as timeless feel while working the form of words and melodies .

They are all three guitarists and violinists (or fiddle fiddler would be more accurate) and Patrik Ewen brings the colors of the banjo, harmonica and accordion.


Tracklist:
1.    La noce à Marie    4:01
2.    Boked eured    0:52
3.    Le soldat d'Algérie    4:27
4.    E kreiz an noz    3:53
5.    Luskellerez evit eur bugel koz    4:32
6.    Ma vallée au bord de la mer    2:48
7.    Je n'oublierai jamais    4:00
8.    Chaque jour est un nouveau jour    4:10
9.    L'Ile de Batz    4:26
10.    Kisses sweeter than wine    2:42
11.    La vie comme la mer    1:04
12.    J'ai voyagé en Bretagne    2:18
13.    Elle est jeune elle est jolie    2:55
14.    Serafina elf    5:24

Kiharakolmio - Perso (2009 FIN) [320]

Musicians:
Heikki Korkeakoski (mandolin, guitar, electric guitar, vocals),
Juhani Lautamaja (double bass, couscous, vocals),
Antti Paalanen 1-, 2-, 3-row accordion, vocals),
Timo Saukko (harmonium, vocals)


tracklist:
1     Kolmion Kutsu    (Composed By – Paalanen*, Lautamaja*, Saukko*)    0:28
2     Kiharakolmio    (Composed By – Paalanen*)    3:20
3     Elämän Suola    (Composed By – Paalanen*)    4:21
4    Kukkarallia    (Composed By – Trad*)    (3:01)
 -    Karva-Herkoon Polkka
 -     Hevospolkka
 -     Ojasen Poijan Polkka   
5     Muikkupottu-ukko    (Composed By – Korkeakoski*)    2:56
6     Peli-Jussin Syömämarssi    (Composed By – Trad*)    2:56
7     Kinkun Sulattelua    (Composed By – Paalanen*, Trad*)    2:15
8     Avopäin    (Composed By – Paalanen*)    7:06
9     Tähti Taivaalta    (Composed By – Paalanen*, Paalanen*)    2:29
10    Intohimojenkka    (Composed By – Trad*)    (3:45)
 - Näsijärven Jenkka   
 - Vartiamäen Aleksin Sottiisi   
 - Nurkkatanssit   
11     Riisikeppijumppa    (Composed By – Korkeakoski*)    3:15
12     Loivennus    (Composed By – Paalanen*)    3:15

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bal O'Gadjo - Vents d'Ouest, Vents d'Est (France 2015) @320

Tracklist:
1. Vent d'Ouest, vent d'Est (Cercle circassien) (7:07)    
2. Bourée qu ouzo (Bourrée à 2 temps) (4:58)    
3. Valsaval (Valse) (6:27)    
4. Oriental Forro / Damisela (Scottish) (7:17)    
5. Compostella (Valse à 5 temps) (4:51)    
6. Désertion (Chapelloise) (5:38)    
7. Comme raide (Bourrée à 3 temps) (3:44)    
8. Rumelaj (Trad macédonien) (5:57)    
9. Fabulous circle (Cercle circassien) (6:16) 

Paul Oliver (Violon, mondole)
Gwenn Guiffant (Flûte, Chant)
Lucile Magnan (Violoncelle, Chant)
Fabian Bucher (Guitare, Mandoline)
Samuel Wornom (Percussions orientales)
 
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