Saturday, December 7, 2019

i Fratelli Tarzanelli - Vivat Vivere (2017 France / Belgium) @320

Tracklist:
01. Bourka
02. Pietro
03. Hilltop
04. Griffon
05. La guerre des boules
06. Fabiola
07. Emile
08. Pärsti
09. Alice
10. Rigodon à Nono
11. Fields of love

Pablo Golder: accordéon diatonique
Baltazar Montanaro: violon baryton
Jeroen Geerinck: guitare (11)

Steeleye Span - Est'd 1969 (England 2019) @320


Unlike many long established bands who only add a few songs off any new album into their set lists, Steelye Span have added nearly all of ‘EST’D 1969’ into their current set list.

Take a song like ‘Harvest’, which sounds like it has been around a lot longer than it has.  A classic Steeleye Span song anchored in English history and one of the many on this album which utilises the band’s harmony vocals to great effect (all bar drummer Liam Genockey contribute backing vocals). Ian Anderson guests adding his flute playing to ‘Old Matron’, a song that wouldn’t look out of place on an early Jethro Tull album.

Maddy Prior sings a cheeky vocal on ‘Domestic’, where the second part of the song deals with a wife and her husband’s lack of ‘courage’ in the bedroom. The song also highlights that Steeleye Span have never been afraid to push the rock side of their folk rock credentials.  The song features plenty of guitar and solos from Julian Littman and Andrew ‘Spud Sinclair.

The band’s take on ‘The January Man’, written by Dave Goulder and performed by Christy Moore and Mike Harding amongst others, harks back to the 60’s folk boom as Tim Hart used to sing this. In fact the album is a good mix of modern production and sound, giving a new sound to many traditional songs and folk ballads.

Maddy’s and former member Rick Kemp’s daughter Rose Kemp wrote the excellent album closer ‘Reclaimed’. The band debuted this one on last year’s autumn tour. Sung a cappella it sounds wonderful on the headphones and the wise words of the song show nothing is permanent -

‘Roots and time will move concrete and iron,

And ivy and water will loosen any mortar,

And all that man has built will crumble down to silt’.

Newer members (both joined in 2017), multi-instrumentalist Benji Kirkpatrick and violin player Jessie May Smart, are adding to the band’s overall sound, especially the acoustic instruments played by Kirkpatrick.

Steeleye Span are sailing with confidence into their fiftieth anniversary, backed by this very enjoyable album and the band’s seemingly endless love of getting out and performing live in order to keep their songs and traditional music alive. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


1. Harvest (7.31)
2. Old Matron (5.02)
3. The January Man (4.49)
4. The Boy and the Mantle (Three Tests of Chastity) (Roud 3961; Child 29) (6.31)
5. Mackerel of the Sea (Roud 3968; Child 36) (6.42)
6. Cruel Ship's Carpenter (Roud 15; Laws P36A; G/D 2:201, 2:202) (6.52)
7. Domestic: John Hobbs (Roud 21966) / My Husband's Got No Courage in Him (Roud 870; G/D 7:1367) (6.32)
8. Roadways (5.07)
9. Reclaimed (3.12)

Maddy Prior: vocals;
Liam Genockey: drums, percussion;
Julian Littman: guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals;
Jessica May Smart: violin, vocals;
Andrew ‘Spud’ Sinclair: guitar, vocals;
Benji Kirkpatrick: bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals;
Roger Carey: bass, vocals
with guests
Ian Anderson: flute [2];
Sophie Yates: harpsichord [4]

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ciac Boum - Volume 5 (2017 France) @320

Tracklist:
1. La tramontaine
2. Maraîchines
3. Sous la fleur d'oranger
4. Suite à Manoue ''Bransles de Noirmoutier''
5. Vela l'printemps
6. On dit de moi ''Rond de Barbâtre''
7. Tout là haut
8. Mr. Barouf
9. Grain d'orge
10. BB
11. Suite d'avant deux des groles
12. Bang bang ''Rond de l'île d'Yeu''

Christian Pacher: violon, accordéon diatonique, chant
Julien Padovani: accordéon chromatique, Moog Sub37, Rhodes, harmonium, percussions, choeurs
Robert Thebaut: violon, percussions, choeurs

Invités
Colin Delzant Petitpoisson: violoncelle (1,3,4)
François Robin: veuze (2)
Romain Chéré: banjo (3,11)
Carlo Crisponi: chant (7)
Christiane Bopp: trombone

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ciac Boum - Volume 4 (2014 France) @320

Tracklist:
01. Rond de l'île d'Yeu "Quand nous sommes à Paques" (trad.)
02. Suite de branles "Lé Feuilles de Léare"/"Suus la nostra Trilha" (trad.)
03. Valse "La complainte du marinier" (trad.)
04. Avant-deux "Soulèvement"/"de Saint Paul" (Robert Thébaut/trad.)
05. Suite de Maraichines (trad.)
06. Valse "Les rêves du Géant" (Julien Padovani)
07. Rond de l'île d'Yeu "Devant Bordeaux" (trad.)
08. Rond de Barbatre "Voici le mois de mai" (trad.)
09. Suite Marchoise "Baramine"/"de Pressac" (Antoine Turpault/trad.)
10. Valse "Par un beau clair de lune" (trad.)
11. Mazurka du levant (Robert Thébaut)
12. "N'écoute pas" (Claude Durand XIXè siècle)

Christian PACHER : violon, accordéon diatonique, chant
Julien PADOVANI : accordéon chromatique, percus, chant
Robert THEBAUT : percus, violon, mandoline, chant
Invités :
Gregory JOLIVET
Chloé CHATLAM LAWRENCE


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Le Bour - Bodros Quintet - "5" (2014 France / Bretagne) @320

Tracklist
1. Roc'h Vrein
2. Kannerez Dour
3. Stanke
4. Burtulet's Rain
5. Surman
6. Claire's Lullaby
7. Black Thorn
8. Baleu
9. Spern Du
10. Discotish
11. Lady Ray
12. Kerguerwen

Timothée Le Bour: saxophones soprano, alte et baryton
Youen Bodros: accordéon diatonique
Erwan Moal: guitares acoustique et électrique
Erwan Volant: basse électrique et basse fretless
Erwan Menguy: flûtes traversières en bois

invité:
Boubacar "Bari" Souleymane: calebasses

 

Ciac Boum - Volume 3 (2012 France) @320

Tracklist:
1. Polka à Micheneau
2. "Quand le meunier"
3. Avant-deux Méli Mélo
4. Valse à Janelle
5. Rond de Marguerite
6. Mardi gras "Selvaggio"
7. Marchoise "Plaisentement" - "Bourrée Ratatam"
8. Un jour que j'étais tout seul
9. Scottish de la Borne
10. Valse "Les filles du passavent"
11. Poraïe "Les femmes sont bêtes"
12. Mazurka à Auzaneau et Moïse
13. Suite maraichines "Nin-Nin" - "I n'aé pas d'argent"
14. Polaïe simple "L'herbe est verte"

Christian PACHER : violon, accordéon diatonique, chant
Julien PADOVANI : accordéon chromatique, kick, chant
Robert THEBAUT : guitare, violon, mandoline, chant
Invités :
Julien BARBANCE : chabrette, chant
Dany DECORNULIER : chant
Blandine BROSSARD : choeurs
Perrine VRIGNEAU : choeurs

 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Maddy Prior, Hannah James & Giles Lewin - Shortwinger (England 2017) @320


Though (rightly) highly regarded as a solo singer of great stature, character and accomplishment who’s already chalked up a distinguished half-century of performing history on the folk scene (and indeed beyond), Maddy Prior’s always also enjoyed collaborating with fellow singers and musicians, whether in duo format (initially with Tim Hart, later with June Tabor) or group context (Steeleye Span, The Carnival Band) or several points in between. Of which the most memorable have been The Girls (where she was joined by Abbie Lathe and her own daughter Rose) and latterly, the eponymous trio with Hannah James and Giles Lewin, who together released a stunning and world-embracing album (3 For Joy) six years ago in 2012.

That album’s followup has thus been long awaited, and here it is at last. Shortwinger, named after a word for a hawk (particularly one of the goshawk genus), is an intelligently assembled sequence of songs and instrumental pieces that follows a loosely folk-mythological theme in exploring the occurrence and role of birds and hares in folk culture. So even before you listen to the first note you know you’re in for a treat, something pretty special that will both stimulate and satisfy, challenge and educate and greatly please.

01. Austringer (3.16)
01. Jenny Wren (3.15)
01. Flying Boy (4.11)
01. The Grey Heron (3.11)
01. Swallow (2.40)
01. The Lucky Blackbird / House of White Roses (7.13)
01. Murmuration (7.14)
01. The Owl (1.41)
01. The Fabled Hare (13.45)
01. The Lark in the Clear Air (Roud 24791) (2.04)
11. The Curlew (2.45)

Maddy Prior: vocals.
Hannah James: vocals, accordion.
Giles Lewin: vocals, violin, viola, recorder, bagpipes
with
Barney Morse-Brown: cello [4]

Left Blank's Compil Folk 43


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Variomatic - Wink! (2014 Belgium) @320

The Belgian 6 piece band creates homemade compositions with a powerful folk rock blending Bal Folk a la Dedale with a dose of Blowzabella, and with frequent more or less obvious references to well known hits or TV tunes. The most obvious connotation of TV music on the album has to be in their "The A-Team" set - these guys must be great fans of this 80s TV institution. Variomatic's instruments create a mighty full contemporary folk sound, featuring sax, accordion, hurdy gurdy, guitar/banjo, bass and drums and percussion.
This one of those albums that should not really be missing in any good collection - it's music that makes happy and wants you to jump up and dance - as they say happiness is priceless so how can you afford not to have this album!
© Michael Moll

Tracklist:
1. Tunis / Icon   
2. Scota Nova
3. Iza
4. Kerliguen / Belle Ile
5. L'oiseau Blue
6. De Montford / The A-Team
7. Recalcitrante Wals
8. Basta Pasta
9. British Swing
10. Rodebud / Beanfield / Famous Wolf
11. Joco

Bert Leemans: accordion
Koen Garriau: alto Saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Stef Vanstraelen: drums, percussion, vocals
Koen Dewaele: electric bass
Dirk Verhegge: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
Paul Garriau: hurdy-gurdy


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Le Sextet à Claques - En live (2013 France) @320

Tracklist:
1. Ouverture (Olé !)
2. Caraïbes (Scottish)
3. Laryngo-Rhino-Pharyngite (Suite de cercles circassiens)
4. Goliath (Rondeau)
5. Valse à Ti'Broise (Valse)
6. Agrucitrus (Rond de Saint Vincent)
7. Swing babouch (Freestyle Twist)
8. Snoflinga (Langdans)
9. Saperlipopette ! (Bourrée à 3 temps)
10. Scottish du point du jour, Ramon y cornichon, Dark lemon (Suite de scottishes)
11. Tournée des zicos (chauffe Marcel !)
12. Enjoy ! (Bourrée à 2 temps)
13. Run after the ring (Poursuite de cercles circassiens)

Cécile Delzant (Violon)
Camille Passeri (trompette, accordéon)
Valère Passeri (Violon)
Anthony Jambon (guitare)
Florian Huygebaert (percussions)
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)

Le Sextet à Claques - La Marque Rose [EP] (2010 France) @320

Tracklist:
1. Trafic d’Orgasmes (6’53)
2. Nass (2‘43)
3. La belle (4’18)
4. La P’tite Fée (5’26)
5. Là, si on vous faisait plaisir… (4’33)
6. Derniers Sourires (3’44)

Cécile Delzant (Violon)
Camille Passeri (trompette, accordéon)
Valère Passeri (Violon)
Anthony Jambon (guitare)
Florian Huygebaert (percussions)
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)

Friday, November 8, 2019

FéO - FéO (2012 France) @320

Féo is a unique mix of folk musicians with very different backgrounds.
Ranging from a traditional musician, to a progressif folkie, or an accordion genius.
They met eachother one day, and Féo was born. Breathing both authenticity and modern sounds,
these 5 weirdos create music that surpasses generations.

Philippe Duval (flûte traversière, voix, percussions)
Aurélien Claranbaux (accordéon diatonique)
Antonin Pauquet (contrebasse)
Benoit Roblin (vielle à roue)
Sébastien Janjou (guitares)

Tracklist:
1. A deux c'est mieux (Polka) 

2. Ca bande? (Hanter dro)
3. Cajette (Cercle)

4. So wet (Kost ar choat)
5. Carmen (Mazurka)
6. 2 mouvements (Bourrée 3 temps)
7. Pas prévu (Bourrée 3 temps)
8. Scottishs rurales (scottish)
9. L'infernale (Bourrée 2 temps)
10. Valse à Julie (Valse)
11. C'est pas faux / La poule et la bombe (Cercle)


 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Ruth Keggin - Turrys (2016 Isle of Man) @320

Ruth Keggin is a Gaelic singer, firmly rooted in rich Manx heritage, who brings pride, passion and a purity to her engaging vocals.
In Turrys, her second release, she has created a rich and varied album which gracefully bows its artistic head to Scottish, Irish, and Manx musical traditions, accentuating the close relationship and yet highlighting the distinctiveness of each. Accompanied by guitar (David Pearce), double base (Vanessa Hutchinson), flute (Ruth Keggin) and flute/concertina (Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin), the music is authentic and engaging.
Much of Turrys is sung in Manx, a beautiful and lyrical language which adds immeasurably to the authentic nature of the album. Liner notes helpfully outline track origins, translating the lyrical richness of each song for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Those familiar with Runrig’s Macdonald brothers will recognise Heeym yn Geurey as the beautiful Scottish song Chi mi’n geamhradh, now translated into Manx. A story of love lost and the oncoming of winter, which is sung beautifully by Keggin, who delivers with emotion and feeling. Guitar, flute and double bass bring a reflective and atmospheric backdrop to her heartfelt vocals.
The gentle delivery of Irree ny Grieney, a contemporary song celebrating sunrise over land and sea, is warm and inspiring, with evocative yet uncomplex guitar accompaniment complementing Keggin’s refreshing vocals, which paint enticing pictures of coastal seascapes.
Napoleon’s Chanter is a set of two well-known Irish march tunes, the first of which is an enjoyable and contemporary take on Chanter’s Tune and secondly Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Driving guitar rhythms and spirited flute-playing result in a vibrant and lively track, guaranteed to set the feet tapping.
Recording samples of Ardnamurchan pistol shrimp add a rich and peaceful ebb and flow to Ushag Varrey, a peacefully reflective and haunting track, inspired by themes of environment and nature, written by Manx musician Bob Carswell. Keggin’s vocals bring an innocence and purity that fully immerses the listener in this beautiful piece.
In Turrys, (Manx Gaelic for journey), Ruth Keggin takes the listener on a musical exploration of Gaelic music linking Irish and Scottish themes to the Isle of Man’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage. She skilfully weaves stories and themes across musical cultures whilst subtlety encouraging and educating the listener along the way.
Traditional, yet creative, familiar yet new, Keggin has created an album which guides the listener on the most delightful and enjoyable of musical journeys.
Andy McMillan (c)

Tracklist:
1. Irree ny Grieney
2. Arrane Sooree
3. Flitter Dance
4. Heeym yn Geurey
5. Little Red Bird in the Pines
6. Napoleon’s Chanter
7. Carval
8. Tra va ruggit Creest
9. Ushag Varrey

Ruth Keggin: vocal, flute
David Pearce: guitar
Vanessa Hutchinson: double bass
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin: flute, concertina


Ruth Keggin - Sheear (2014 Isle of Man) @320

Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin was awarded a grant by Culture Vannin to produce a solo album of traditional and contemporary Manx songs. The twelve track album was recorded on the West coast of Scotland and features vocals, guitar, double bass, fiddle and wooden flute.
CD cover Sheear (‘Westward’) is a live studio recording featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way.
Ruth (vocals, piano and flute) performs along with guitarist David Pearce and double-bassist Vanessa McWilliam. Irish flautist and sean nos singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister also feature on several songs.
The twelve-track album comprises a plethora of different textures, from unaccompanied pieces like Arrane y skeddan (Song of the herring) through to a more unusual soundscape of bowed guitar, prepared piano, shimmering fiddle and eerie double-bass harmonics used in Tree eeasteyryn boghtey (Three poor fishermen).

Tracklist:
1. Fin as Oshin    
2. Keayrt dooyrt my ghraih veen rhym    
3. The road to Clady    
4. Oikan ayns Bethlehem    
5. Roish my row flaunys er ny chroo    
6. She 'neen aeg mish as aalin    
7. Tree eeasteyryn boghtey    
8. Carval Chreneash    
9. Arrane y skeddan    
10. Graih foalsey    
11. S'feayr yn oie    
12. Holdfast

Ruth Keggin: vocals, piano, flute
David Pearce: guitar
Vanessa McWilliam: double bass
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin:  irish flute, sean nos sing
Tomas Callister: fiddle


Friday, November 1, 2019

Beat Bouet Trio - Révolution Rurale (2014 France / Bretagne) @320


 HIP-HOP FEST-NOZ

A cocktail of human beat box / machines, accordion and singing in Breton sauce. In concert, the festival in Fest Noz in teuf, as an aperitif, in the car, on i-tune, this trio is heard everywhere. We hear ska, rap, reggae, funk with a dash of electro tunes or dance rhythms rather countries of Rennes, Nantes and Redon. Often committed texts that give meaning today.
More than dancing, it unclassifiable and original trio passed a message. While the functionality of the Fest Noz dance was only dancing does putting more current text, music, styles ... then we sombrerions in folklore and Britain would be silent in the din of globalized music thought not to speak, denounce anything, and do only the hearing and money. But not here: Gaza Naoned, who heads the dough around the world "moé" ... topics challenge. Through this same trio Beat Bouet preserve us from this hell, taking a standardized Unidentified Musical Object brilliantly. Real musical gifts, original arrangements. A beautiful discovery that this new group and some tubes to listen to on this album.
Romain Sponnagel
(sorry, google-translate from French)

Tracklist:
01. Intro   
02. La nouzille (Loudia)   
03. Bang bang (avant deux de travers)   
04. En avant clash (kerouézé)   
05. La fille de rochefort (pas de 7)   
06. Gaza 87 (bourrée 3 tps)   
07. Avouene (rond de St-Vincent)   
08. Sans pap' a babylone (passe-pied)   
09. Blues du pantin rural (baleu)   
10. La monnaie (tour)   
11. Naoned (maraîchine)   
12. Ragga lady (hanter-dro couplé)   
13. La marie du moulin (pilé)   
14. Generation Y (cochinchine)   
15. Pas d'fachos dans nos quartiers (Loudia)   
16. La valse des canuts (valse)   
17. Outro

Tristan LE BRETON : Human Beat Box
Gurvan MOLAC : Chant Haute Bretagne
Ivan RAJALU : Accordéon diatonique

 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Zlabya - Live (2017 France) @320

Tracklist:    
1. Colère du Patron 05:36
2. Circulo 06:04
3. Lilou Dallas 05:31
4. La Fille En Feuille D'Arbre 05:16
5. De Potvis 06:10
6. Besac 04:40
7. La Pégreuse 05:56
8. Les Animaux Et Les Choses 06:44
9. Je Veux Ça 04:50
10. La Vielle Dame Et Le P38 06:45
11. Sweet Sally Grey 05:52
12. Harmonikka Tuuli 09:59

Raphaël Decoster : Accordion
Pierre Droual : Violin
Theo Kaiser : Trumpet, Guitars
Jean-Baptiste Guerrier : Double Bass
Florian Huygebaert : Drums

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BD Swing Orchestra - En concert que c'est ! (2003 France / Bretagne) @320

The BD Swing Orchestra has created a dynamic, explosive and festive sound through its distinctively youthful, open and convivial approach to traditional Breton music. On this disk, its 15 young musicians from the Tregor (north-western  Brittany), merge their love of traditional music with their talent for revitalising it, plus a fair dose of fun and infectious good humour. True music of its time !

Tracklist:
01. Un ton hag a swing (6:34)
02. tit jaune (5:37)
03. Ce sont deux jeunes gens (4:33 )
04. Les Mystères de Paris (4:10)
05. A samuraï in Plescop (3:57)
06. A samuraï in Plescop (4:43)
07. Danouët tribe (5:33)
08. PMVX NDD ! (PDJS) (3:53)
09. L'air emballé (5:17)
10. El Pinguin de Namibia (6:35)
11. Crispation de la cellule familiale (7:44)
12. Restez groupic'h ! (7:43)

Julien CORNIC
François CORNIC
Ronan LE DISSEZ
Jérôme HENRIQUET
Lila BOUGEARD
Delphine QUENDERFF
Romain PANSARD
Erell OLLIVIER-JEGAT
Jean-Marie LALANDE
Alan TASSIN
Erell COUPIER
Kristof MARQUIER
Sandie CRAMPON
Pascal CREAC'H
Jaouen LE GOIC

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Katé-Mé - Live (2008 France / Bretagne) @320

 Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover and The power of live sound. 
Highly recommended!

July 2009: after thirteen years of good and loyal services Katé-Mé gives his last concert at the festival of Cornwall in Quimper and announces a break of the group. March 2016: seven years later, the band hit the road again.It is the return of one of the major groups of the Breton music of the years 2000. Seven years after its "pause", Katé-Mé continues to enjoy an excellent reputation, due to its rather rockic stage performances, its committed texts and a recognizable sound among a thousand: mixture of singing "trad-scat-rap", of couple biniou-bombarde alternated with a section of bombardes, and a rhythmic bass-guitar-battery very coherent. The group's image is also marked by his discography: the live album and his three original albums, Katé-Mé, Entrance and La république des papillons, remain outstanding recordings of this era.Katé-Mé was inspired by the singing tradition (French) of high Brittany (Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine, Eastern Morbihan and Côtes d'Armor) to create his songs. The band has also been inspired by other influences such as rock, funk, jazz, ragga or rap. The texts of the songs are sometimes from the popular tradition, sometimes written by Sylvain Girault. The music is mostly composed by the band's musicians. To a question put to him in 2007, the group answered: "The singing and the trad music of Upper Brittany is our culture, our impregnation, our common musical language. We use it to create our own music, to talk to others, to express ourselves singularly. We are looking for music that is both rooted and universal. "For this ephemeral return, in 2016, Katé-Mé revisits its repertoire, with an even more "rock" sound and texts rewritten to bring them in line with current events and a strong desire to reinforce their constativeness in the social and economic aspects. ecological.
(google-translate from french, sorry) 

Tracklist:
1. Trad Collection 3'51
2. Du Coq A L'ane 3'54
3. La Ronde Des Mendiants 5'27
4. Au Ban De La République 5'08
5. Le Vielleux Aveugle 5'08
6. Papillon 4'10
7. La Fille Du Député De Nantes 4'40
8. Le Dépouilleur 4'57
9. Nevouziste 5'43
10. Milouin 2'25
11. Misère 3'29
12. Pauvre Martin 4'00
13. Fortune 4'29
14. La Casquette 5'43
15. Les Garçons De Guérande 5'29
16. La Beauté A Quoi Sert-Elle ? 5'14

Sylvain Girault: chant
Erwan Hamon: bombarde, chant
Philippe Janvier: biniou, bombarde, chant
Job Défernez: basse, chant
Patrice Paichereau: guitare électrique
Hervé Naizin: batterie
Ronan Fouquet: son



Katé-Mé - La République des papillons (2006 France / Bretagne) @320

Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover 
Highly recommended!

Katé-Mé is certainly one of the groups that has the most kneaded material from the soil of the traditional music of  haute-Bretagne.
This trend is particularly noticeable at the level of singing that does not hesitate to mix influences trad 'and escaped ragga. Their third album, La République des Papillons, confirms the success of this project: the use of traditional instruments, the writing of texts on current themes as well as musical compositions in the traditional way, go hand in hand with the the impact of varied rhythms and all-out experimentation to develop one of the most exciting Celtic fusions of the moment.
 (google-translate from french, sorry)

Tracklist:
01. Trad' Collection (3'58)
02. Au Ban De La République (5'14)   
03. Fortune (4'07)
04. Le Vielleux Aveugle (4'52)
05. La Chanson Des Doigts (3'25)
06. Pauvre Martin (3'54)
07. Le Facteur De Landudé (4'40)
08. Papillon (3'30)
09. Misère (4'00)
10. La Ronde-Danse (6'43)
11. Berceuse Pour Endormir Sa Fille/ Du Coq À l'Âne: Le Retour (9'16)

Erwan Hamon - Bombarde
Philippe Janvier - Bombarde, Bagpipes
Sylvain Girault - Vocals
Hervé Haizin - Drums
Job Defernes - Bass
Patrice Paichereau - Guitar

Friday, October 18, 2019

Spoum - Magnetik (2016 France / Bretagne) @320

Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover. 
Highly Recommended!

Tracklist:
01. De nada Mister Naga (kas abarh)
02. Pulsar (gavotenn - ton berr)   
03. Hello Dr Shmoulk ! (scottish)   
04. Vent - Sol - Air (cercle circassien)   
05. Magnetar (gavotenn - ton hir)   
06. Néodyme et les autres (rond de St Vincent)   
07. Hypnoptyk (hanter dro)   
08. Bobine et Cuivre (rond de Loudia)   
09. Sambaleu (baleu de Loudia)   
10. Les Aimants du Pont Neuf (contre rond Loudia)

Julien Ryo - saxophones
Yann Cariou - flûtes bois & bambou
Jean-Baptiste "jb" Lécuyer - trompette   
Erwan Volant - guitares
Christophe "Choun" Runarvot - basse
Pierre Le Toux - batterie / percussions


 

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.

Tracklist:
DISC 1
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

DISC 2
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).

Tracklist:
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!

Tracklist:
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.

CD1
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

CD2
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

CD3
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

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Followers