Saturday, July 18, 2015

Aligot Elements - La Révoltés du Pounti (France 2000) @320

CK: Great group!

Their music is unclassifiable because born of a meeting between musicians from different backgrounds who all wear a personal look at the traditional music played in Auvergne.

01. Tiennet 4:55 
02. Transcorrezien 5:48 
03. Les Trois 4:56 
04. Aligotherapie 4:17 
05. Sudre 4:19 
06. Catogan 3:51 
07. Boeing 4:32 
08. Salle de bains 8:29 
09. Fajo la feto 5:33 
10. La Plaine Jacquot 4:42 
11. Ballade pour Benoit 4:17 
12. La Comete 6:16 
13. La Mantille 2:57

Sylvie Mathé: vielle à roue, voix
Jean-Paul Faurie: contrebasse
Richard Héry: batterie, percussions, clarinette, kora
Fabrice Planchat: violon alto, accordéon diatonique, cornemuses du Centre
François Breugnot: violons, violon ténor, low-whistle, voix, percussions
Philippe Faurie: guitares, voix

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Orion - Strawberry Town (Belgium 2009) @192

CK: Fantastic album!

The fourth album over more than two decades (following 1990, Blue Room and Restless Home) by this Belgian group is another gem of contemporary Celtic music, melding folk with classical references and stylings to delightful effect. Replete with catchy hooks and melodies, it provides a wide range of moods and atmospheres – the ethereal and emotionally stirring, the stately and almost church-like, buoyant Breton and Flemish dance signatures, through to tight and punchy, propulsive rhythmic grooves with fiery playing. Not that there is any jagged juxtaposition here; rather, the composing of sequenced sets, weaving wider European references into their Celtic tapestry, is intricate refined and sophisticated. 

All of them (Rudy Velghe, fiddle, viola, nyckelharpa, guitar, keyboards; Raquel Gigot, accordions; John Faulkner, vocals, bouzouki; Erwan Berenguer, guitar; Gwenael Micault, keyboards) play lead and support roles in the complex layering of their instruments to create arresting synergies and rhythmic interest. They deserve to be ranked amongst the best contemporary Celtic groups. Their ability to draw on people of the calibre of Philip Catherine and Pat Desaunay, amongst an array of other excellent musicians who play and/or are thanked, show wide peer respect. 

Some standout features include the haunting and emotional character of Faulkner’s vocals on the ancient homicidal ballad story behind Strawberry Town and crisp mouth music, Arne van Dongen’s warm and richly toneddouble bass, percussive textures added by Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, and a charming tribute to harpist Turlough O’Carolan’s melodic 18th century music.

Kevin T. Ward

01. Ton ar liestalegoù
02. La bourdaine/LeBelloy/Kernivinan's jig
03. Strawberry town
04. Four teeth hornpipe/Mr Morceau's Fancy/Kasper's reel
05. Ravna gora/Porz Téolenn
06. The harper's heir
07. He mantu/He le com an uro (mouth music)
08. Menuet Marguerite
09. Sint-Jorisdansen/Rondedansen
10. Song for Terri
11. The open gate/Wolfie's waltz

Raquel GIGOT: chromatic and diatonic accordion 
Rudy VELGHE: fiddle, nyckelharpa, viola, guitar, harmonium, keyboards 
John FAULKNER: vocals, bouzouki 
Erwan BERENGUER: guitar 
Gwenaël MICAULT: piano, harmonium, keyboards 

Philip CATHERINE: guitar 
Gérard HIRSCH: harp 
Johnny "Ringo" Mc DONAGH: bodhran 
Jean-Philippe PONCIN: bass clarinet 
Arne VAN DONGEN: double bass 
Pat DESAUNAY: guitar, foot percussion 
Piet VAN BOCKSTAL: oboe 
Marc KEYAERT: keyboards 
Fabian FIORINI: piano 

Shirly LAUB: violin 
Frédéric D'URSEL: violin 
Tony NYS: viola 
Martijn VINCK: cello 
Toon FRET: flute 
Nathalie LEFEBVRE: clarinet 
Koenraad HOFMAN: double bass 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Shillelagh - Germaine (France 2008) @256

Thanks to Waters for this contribution!

For this third album, Shillelagh has concocted a subtle mix of current ballroom dances (Schottish, chapeloise, bourée, etc ...) and Flanders dance. Registration allows public to feel the energy of the dancers mingling with the energy of the music. Shillelagh takes us into the friendly atmosphere and festive time they create a ball. The sound is that of an accomplished group, who plays for the pleasure of the ears and legs. for "Germaine" they have six guests who give such a particular color to "Pieternelle" Flanders dance ever danced plsu. "Germaine" c is the name of the beautiful waltz 1930 by Joseph Colombo ends this CD. Gabriel Lenoir (violin), Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion) and Aurélien Tanghe (guitar) aillient wonderfully musical and dynamic quality for dancing. C As is written in the booklet: "This record is the result of several years of complicity between dancers and us." 
"Julie Coclet"

01 - Les beaux jours - Scottish
02 - C'est l'aventure + Feu d'artifice + C'est la fête - Cercles circassiens
03 - Nuit - Mazurka
04 - Polka van Hever (Trad.)
05 - Mazurka van Hofstade (Trad.)
06 - Pieternelle (Trad.)
07 - En vrille - Bourrée d'Auvergne
08 - Brindezingue - Bourrée d'Auvergne
09 - Sans souci + Feuilles d'automne + L'équilibriste - Chapeloises
10 - Framåt - Scottish
11 - Russische Polka (Trad.)
12 - Wals van Kortenberg (Trad.)
13 - Ça m'ressemble + P.H. bourrée - Bourrées 2 temps
14 - Germaine (valse)

Gabriel Lenoir (violin)
Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion)
Aurélien Tanghe (guitar)

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hello friends.
Only some news in Folk Yourself.

Now we have a player for fun in listening to some selected songs. It takes a bit to load, but worth it. It's just a test. We will see ...
From time to time I will change the list.
Good thing is that while you listen to a track, you can change the page that music will continue playing in the same spot.

Another thing is that I started to list of FY followers to the bottom of the page.
Now we can see the list with more viewing space.

Hug to everyone.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cristina Pato - Latina (Spain 2015) @320

Cristina Pato is a modern day Renaissance woman. A pop star of the ‘gaita’ (the Galician bagpipe) in her native Spain, she moved to New York to attain her Doctorate in collaborative piano and push her career in an entirely different direction. Pato daringly skirts the boundaries of jazz, classical and world music, and in her forthcoming album Latina, she and her band The Cristina Pato Quartet delve into the musical diaspora of latin music. In her own words: “it is a way to embrace my heritage through music exploring the connections between the country of origin of the word [Latina], Italy, and the countries that are nowadays considered Latino. Using the metaphor of one of the essential rhythms of traditional music: the 6/8, Latina is a musical journey that begins with the Italian Tarantella and travels through Spain and Latin American 6/8 rhythms like the Joropo or the colombian Llano; the peruvian Festejo or the Galician muiñeira.” Pato has also made a name for herself as a break-out member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. She often steals the show with her passionate, energetic performances on stages throughout the world and will be featured in Morgan Neville’s.

01. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Fandango: Prueba de Fuego
02. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Landó: María Landó
03. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Tanguillo: The High Seas
04. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Joropo-Festejo: Muiñeira de Chantada
05. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Currulao: Currulao de Crisis
06. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Tarantella-Muiñeira: Epilogue
07. Llegará, llegará, llegará
08. Let's Festa
09. Tarantella-Muiñeira (without narration)

Cristina Pato: gaita, piano, voice; 
Edward Pérez: double bass; 
Eric Doob: drums; 
Victor Prieto: accordion.

Cristina Pato, Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos, Roberto Comesaña - Rústica (Spain 2015) @320

Four great personalities of the Galician music come together in a project called RÚSTICA, a very special album published FOL music and goes on sale on 10 February 2015. Rustica is the result of chance encounters, synchronicities, affinities and discoveries. It's a love letter to the great cultural heritage of Galicia, friendship and excitement. Old songs sung with deep feeling and a harmonious development that brings our days with a touch of magic elves and mysteries of old Gaita, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, tambourines and voice are the instruments which have been growing RÚSTICA songs a hidden treasure that now comes to light.

01. Meu Cabalo
02. Mens
03. Asubíasme de Lonxe
04. Erbecedo
05. Grao a Grao
06. Alalá Tristina
07. Ruada Macabra
08. Cardadores

Cristina Pato: gaita, voice
Davide Salvado: voice, percussions
Anxo Pintos: hurdy-gurdy
Roberto Comesaña: accordion

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Duo Absynthe - Duo Absynthe (2011 France) @320

Aurélien Claranbaux (Accordéon diatonique) et 
Sylvain Letourneau (Guitares)

01. Dave
02. Amazone
03. Kerleguer Vinca
04. Nina
05. La partida
06. Monster Cafe
07. Petekindjeswals Depardu
08. Mazurka a Clement
09. Albiztur
10. Arin arin
11. Evening glory
12. British Swing
13. Vieille chamelle

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Peatbog Faeries - Dust [2011 Scotland] @320

With their unique approach to the Scottish tradition, Peatbog Faeries play to audiences all over the world. This album takes them in a new direction and could be long time producer Calum McLean's finest hour. As McLean said himself "this album has been the best musical experience of my life".

New members have provided fresh impetus to the direction and creativity of the band: Fiddle player Peter Tickell brings a youthful enthusiasm. He has developed experimental techniques in the use of fiddle effects while remaining rooted in his tradition. Peter currently also plays in Sting's band. Drummer Stu Haikney brings a vast store of experience to the band and incorporates sampling into his live playing.

The band prioritised live takes as the starting point for the album bringing the sound closer to the thrill of their "on stage" performances. The band began the process, in their studio, in Orbost, Skye before doing final takes in the studios of Cumbernauld College. The band loved working with the students there and "handpicked" four of them to take part in the engineering process under the beady eye of Calum Mclean.

01. Calgary Capers  5:09
02. The Naughty Step  5:37
03. Dun Beag  6:15
04. Spiegel and Nongo  6:02
05. Passport Panic  6:09
06. Abhainn a' Nathair (River of Snakes)  5:11
07. Marx Terrace  6:30
08. Bunny for Breakfast  4:06
09. Ascent of Conival  4:45
10. Fishing at Orbost  6:39
11. Room 215  4:24

Peter Morrison: pipes; whistles
Peter Tickell: fiddle; effects
Graeme Stafford: keyboards
Stu Haikney: drums
Tom Salter: guitars
Innes Hutton: bass

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sons Libres - Danses du Soleil (2008 France) @320

Anne Guinot (accordéon chromatique, choeurs)
Adama Diop (chant, djembé, cajon, derbouka )

01. Salamalecs (valse à 5 temps, pour salutations interminables)
02. Ba benéene yoon - A Bientôt (valse à 3 temps)
03. Yaëlle / C'est bien gentil (chapelloise)
04. Pyjama rose (scottish de la petite qui danse)
05. Repères (bourrée 3 temps pour ne pas se perdre)
06. Neige (polska)
07. Mbëgel - Amour (hip hop)
08. Wëndeelu - Tourner (cercle circassien)*
09. Sokhna - L'Epouse (valse du mari perdu)
10. Histoire d'une valse bourrée (bourrée 3 temps)*
11. Beyna (berceuse pulaar)
12. Samay waajur - Mes parents (zouk)
13. Danse du soleil (scottish Dancehall)*
14. Barça wala Balsaq - L'Exil ou la Mort (interlude)
15. Mamadou (mazurka)
16. Gaal gaa ngi rëbbi - La Pirogue va pêcher (trad sénégalais)

Sophie Cavez & Baltazar Montanaro - Escales (2012 BEL) @320

01 - Coco Beloeil
02 - Les Tartes De Chaumont-Gistoux
03 - Aglaë
04 - Ninja Fornicka
05 - Mister The Bridge
06 - L'escale
07 - Porto Bis
08 - L'énigme Du Gingembre
09 - L'asticot De Choc
10 - Milena (Live In Boussu)

SOPHIE CAVEZ: accordéon diatonique

Friday, June 19, 2015

Väsen - Mindset (2013 Sweden) @VBR~240

Mindset reflects very much where the trio is musically at the moment. A set of original tunes with big variations. A band more tuned in to each other, more inventive and more skilled than ever before. 
Väsen is one of the best bands in the world, and once again, they've delivered.

1. Byxen, Fisen & Blåsen 
2. Hembrännarmarsch 
3. Polska for Tom Morrow 
4. Marsch i April 
5. Lilla Kulturbidragsvalsen 
6. Träbens-Jonke 
7. Magnus 
8. Fanny 
9. Johans Vals 
10. Hundlåten 
11. Spacekadetten 
12.Maja & Tobbes Brudvals 
13. Kludd'n 
14. Pilvi & Eskos Brudvals

Mikael MARIN: alto, violino grande 
Olov JOHANSSON: nyckelharpa, kontrabasharpa, oktavnyckelharpa 
Roger TALLROTH: 12 strings guitar, tenor guitar 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Phønix - Nu [2014 Denmark] @320

One more Yojik's contribution!

5 stars in Froots magazine:
“It's is six years since Phønix last made an album, so this latest, excellent one genuinely deserves that old cliché “long awaited”. And it doesn't disappoint.”

“Nu” contains a bouquet of Danish folk songs in new versions and arrangements, as well as a number of instrumental tracks composed by the band members. On the new album the well-known groovy Phønix sound (based on percussion, bass clarinet, accordion and vocals) has been refined with new elements like keys, synth, backing vocals.

01 Skrædderen og Soen (Trad/Phønix) 3.48 
02. Maria (Trad/Karen Mose) 5.04 
03. Rønnild (Trad/Karen Mose) 3.28 
04. Go' tid (Anja Præst/Jesper Vinther) 5.04 
05. Svineryggen (Trad/Karen Mose) 3.31 
06. Stolt Signild (Trad/Karen Mose) 3.53 
07. Nordlys Schottish (Anja Præst/Karen Mose) 3.38 
08. Hr. Peders Sørejse (Trad/Karen Mose) 5.23 
09. Sven N (Trad/Jesper Vinther) 3.39 
10. Den bortsolgte (Trad/Karen Mose/Jesper Vinther) 5.13 
11. Windros reflections (Jesper Vinther/Karen Mose) 4.41

Karen Mose: vokal og keys
Anja Præst: klarinet og basklarinet
Jesper Falch: percussion
Jesper Vinther: harmonika

Monday, June 8, 2015

Duo Bottasso - Crescendo (Italy 2014) @320

Piedmont born Simone (diatonic accordion) and Nicolò Bottasso (fiddle) are confident and conscious musicians, who deeply master the grammar of traditional styles. What’s more, they don’t stand still, for them tradition is not to be placed untouched in a museum. Simone and Nicolò Bottasso play contemporary folk music, whose geographical boundaries sometimes become blurred.

The Bottasso brothers, Nicolò on violin and Simone on diatonic accordion, play a show of world music with their own compositions and reinterpretations of folk songs. The Duo is always looking for a compromise between the delicacy on their instruments and the explosive energy that never fails to these two young musicians: all this combined with the complicity of this two brothers bound by the desire to keep evolving the tradition of their homeland.

In 2014 Duo Bottasso releases his first album Crescendo, featuring Elena Ledda, Mauro Palmas, Gilson Silveira and many others guests. Cresendo symbolizes both the music dynamics and a the story of two brother musicians firmly rooted in the dance music of the Occitan area in Italy, aiming at the adeventuring in the paths of new compositions and improvisation.The Duo played in many important festivals and works as directors and teachers for the orchestral project Folkestra&Folkoro.

1. Cosa faresti se non avessi paura? (S.Bottasso)
2. Diatofonia N.7 (S.Bottasso)
3. Reina (S.Bottasso / M.G.Ledda)
4. Monkerrina (S.Bottasso)
5. Bourrée (trad)
6. Receita de Samba / Scottish sfasà ( Bandolim / S.Peron)
7. The Rose of Raby / Incantata (D.Shepherd / N.Bottasso)
8. Crescendo (S.Bottasso)
9. Magicicada (S.Bottasso) 

Nicolò Bottasso: violin, viola, trumpet
Simone Bottasso: diatonic accordion, flute, baritone sax, electronics 

Elena Ledda: voice  
Jacopo Albini: tenor sax  
Filippo Ansaldi: alto sax  
Christian Thoma: english horn  
Mauro Palmas  
Umberto Fantini: violin  
Maurizio Redegoso: alto  
Manuel Zigante: cello  
Pietro Numico: keyboards  
Luca Curcio: double bass  
Gilson Silveira: percussion

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sophie Cavez & Baltazar Montanaro - Sophie Cavez & Baltazar Montanaro (Belgium 2010) @320

One more Yojik's courtesy :)

01 - Athina
02 - Gaspacho
03 - Poisson D'Avril
04 - Blanche
05 - Turbulences 2
06 - Moufflekes
07 - Torgnoles En Cinq
08 - Radio Poppy
09 - Makedonsko
10 - Ni Huy Ni Non
11 - Capsule

SOPHIE CAVEZ: accordéon diatonique

Accordzéâm - Accordzéâm Symphonique (France 2014) @320

One more Yojik's courtesy :)

In this new disc, Accordzéâm combines the classical universe and Neotrad: there is boldness in the arrangements, comedy Rating certain melodies hidden in their heart ... and all in the interpretation. Using as a thread Dvořák, Accordzéâm Symphony offers a musical journey between the new America, the "old continent" Europe and the Slavic people ... not to forget to slip a little "French touch" in the journey (after all, the group and the orchestra were recorded in Paris)!

01 - Adagio – Allegro molto, symphonie du nouveau monde et d'ailleurs
02 - Largo, symphonie du nouveau monde et d'ailleurs
03 - Scherzo  Molto vivace, symphonie du nouveau monde et d'ailleurs
04 - Allegro con fuoco, symphonie du nouveau monde et d'ailleurs
05 - Danse Slave n°8 op.46
06 - Valse Tatin
07 - Jerusalem Ridge
08 - Je serai toujours un musicien

Nathanaël Malnoury (Contrebasse, chant)
Jonathan Malnoury (Hautbois, guitare, ukulélé, flûte, mélodica, chant)
Franck Chenal (batterie, percussions)
Raphaël Maillet (violon, banjo, mandoline, chant)
Michaël Bideault (Accordéon diatonique, harmonica, chant)

Sophie Cavez & Baltazar Montanaro - Le 3ème Temps (Belgium 2015) @320

It is in the tender and playful world of Baltazar Montanaro-Nagy (violin) and Sophie Cavez (accordion) Le 3ème Temps that was born. Steeped in many cultures, music is deeply organic and moving, all at once rooted and air. Recorded at Shipyard (creative center of new traditional music and world music located in Correns - 83), this third installment will be released March 30, 2015.

Le 3ème Temps offers rearrangements pieces collected from musicians in France and in the world, according to the many tours of the duo since 2008. We find such music from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Brittany, Provence and Galicia, revisited by Sophie Cavez and Baltazar Montanaro-Nagy with the complicity and freedom that characterize them.
Pursuing in parallel his compositions, the duo also offers us four magnificent titles that complement gracefully the imaginary landscapes crossed listening to this album.

This duo, endearing and talented, has a contagious vibratory sense, limitless potential, incredible strength and velvet notes. Their association made a very foolish.
01 - Mahala
02 - Kaks Kirikut
03 - Titi Neti
04 - Polska De Bonnes
05 - Du Cidre Dans Le Désert
06 - Tamara
07 - Artur Rine Vals
08 - Mendoza & Gülseren
09 - Reel Des Eskimos
10 - Cmoll Vals
11 - Usual Happiness
12 - Minha Galera

SOPHIE CAVEZ: accordéon diatonique

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Trio Dhoore - Parachute (Belgium 2015) @320

Trio Dhoore is a great representative of the young generation of Flemish folk musicians. They have powerful melodies composed by themselves, perfect skills for handling their instruments and a good taste! They proof that acoustic music can at the same time swing, touch your deepest soul and be modern in its simplicity.
Toon Van Mierlo
- Naragonia, Hot Griselda -

Some groups seem to come from nowhere and are already forgotten while they are not even out of sight. The guys of Trio Dhoore resolutely opt for the other way. They allow themselves the time to grow in the shade and in the meantime remain constantly scouring the sound and the interplay. In result, as you can hear ... Good tunes of there own making, honest unpretentious folk, swinging like a train. Comme il faut, quoi. Make place for yet another generation of talented folkies!

Maarten Decombel
- Snaarmaarwaar -

1. Cinema Central / Stimulo
2. Hearbeat
3. Way To Kaunas / La Douce Lande
4. Parachute
5. Special Bullets / Air Force
6. Malzacherwals / The Riss Family
7. The Offbeat Jig / Keep Dreaming
8. Very Jeune
9. The Red Rabbit / The Missing Pipes
10. Voor Od En Sára
11. Chameleon
12. Duosprong / Bitching Betty
13. Vihmazurka / Kodumaa 

Koen Dhoore - Hurdy-Gurdy
Hartwin Dhoore - Diatonic accordion
Ward Dhoore - Guitar

Trio Dhoore - Modus Operandi (Belgium 2013) @320

The three Dhoore brothers from Flanders turned a lot of heads with their 2013 debut album Modus Operandi and they are bound to attract more admirers with this even more impressive second release. There is absolutely nothing about this album that is flash or showy. What we head from every track are fine melodies and we are aware of the technical excellence and rare musicality of all three.

1. Kallis
2. Hot Kaspar / Chateau d'Ârs
3. De Kollebloem / De Yurt
4. Retour / Rebelle
5. Ons Sunny / De strakke koefer
6. Coffee Break
7. Vanna Rühnu Kirik
8. Parketpolka
9. DMG / Pater Lieven / Spring Monday
10. Kefir / Late Night
11. Castaar / Kamikaze

12. Voor Toon & Pascale / De Rode Melody

Koen Dhoore (double bass, hurdy gurdy), 
Hartwin Dhoore (bagpipes, diatonic button accordion, flute), 
Ward Dhoore (acoustic guitar)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Beltaine - Miusjik (Poland 2015) @192

Vivid personalities, varied musical experience and inspirations. Musicians that push the boundaries of the traditional music genre’s term. That’s the shortest description of Beltaine – one of the most interesting folk bands in Poland. Primarily Irish and Breton in style, their music marries all types of world music with rhythmic energy and inventiveness of modern beats.

BELTAINE was created in the year of 2002 and after a time of evolving in 2006 it shaped up into a group of seven musicians. They’ve released four studio albums and the live one – recording of the tour with the harp player Jochen Vogel. All of their study albums won „Wirtualne Gęśle” voting organized by Polish Radio and were given the title of the Best Folk Album of a Year.

BELTAINE’s concerts are always rousing music performance, which attract audiences all over the world. So far they have been invited to world music festivals in Malaysia, Mexico, USA and Canada. They also regularly perform at the best festivals all over Europe.

In 2011 Beltaine were given „Irish Music Award” as the Top Celtic Rock Band by American Irish Association.

01 - Two Dogs
02 - Gellete Complete
03 - Db.
04 - Health To The Company
05 - Mjoo (Sic!).
06 - Pol(S)Ka (Feat. Tomasz Drozdek)
07 - Seizh
08 - Chiken In The Bucket
09 - Cruel Sister

Adam Romanski – fiddle 
Grzegorz Chudy – low whistle, vocal, accordion, bombard, bansuri 
Lukasz Kulesza – acoustic guitar 
Bartlomiej Dudek – bass guitar 
Jan Kubek – tabla, cajon, djembe 
Jan Galczewski – irish bouzouki, electric guitar, galician bagpipes, bodhran 
Mateusz Sopata – drums 

Michal Paduch – Synthesizers (chicken in the bucket)
Tomasz Drozdek – Hurdy – Gurdy (pol(s)ka)
Ewelina Ferenc – wokal/vocal (cruel sister)
Mateusz Dyszkiewicz – accordion (chicken in the bucket)
Marcin Polański – Congas (chicken in the bucket)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stelios Petrakis, Efrén López, Bijan Chemirani - [2011 Greece/Spain/Iran] - Mavra Froudia @320

L'Ham de Foc related.

The latest project of this three musicians recognized in different disciplines: Stelios Petrakis, one of the most well-known performers and makers of Cretan lyra al lute of the new generation. Efrén López, Valencian multiinstrumentalist founder of L'Ham de Foc and collaborator with many bands dedicated to European Early music, and percussionist Bijan Chemirani, born into a musical family and heir to the great tradition of persian zarb. We proposed a program of original compositions based on rhythms and scales of different backgrounds: Crete and other Greek islands, Medieval Europe, Turkey and Iran.

01 - Mavra Froudia   5:24
02 - Üç Telli   8:50
03 - Hortus Deliciarum   6:46
04 - Sybritos   5:47
05 - A.A.A.A.A.A.A   6:34
06 - El Núvol D'Oort   8:24
07 - Saros   4:19
08 - Pano Choros   5:37

STELIOS PETRAKIS (Greece): Cretan lyra, Cretan laouto
EFRÉN LÓPEZ (Spain): hurdy-gurdy, rabab, fretless guitar, kopuz, laouto
BIJAN CHEMIRANI (Iran): zarb, bendir, daf

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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L'Ham de Foc - U (Spain 1999) @320

The band L'Ham de Foc was formed by Efrén López and Mara Aranda in 1998. After composing their first material they were invited by the INJUVE (Institute for Spanish Youth Culture) to participate in the yearly tour through various Spanish cities. The live setup required more musicians so L'Ham de Foc was founded after the band grew up to 7 members.

Shortly after that, the musicians got in contact with the independent label Sonifolk and in August of 1999 the first CD “U” (Sonifolk, 20137) was released. With the help of the new album, the band participated in several important Spanish world music and folk festivals. 

After a long tour throughout Spain Efrén López and Mara Aranda continued their musical investigation and moved to Greece for 6 months in order to learn more about traditional Greek music and to meet important musicians. The knowledge obtained during this trip was used in their second album, Cançó de Dona i Home (Sonifolk, 2002).

L'Ham de Foc was one of the leading groups of a new folk movement in Spain, that worked the traditional roots into a new, modern music concept. But L'Ham de Foc's work was not just a superficial look at its roots. The musicians' intention was to go back to where things originally came from, to learn how to play instruments, techniques and performances from first hand. Mediterranean folk music, including their own Valencian music; Greek music; and also music from India or Northern Africa; were main influences for L'Ham de Foc. This mixture was responsible for a widespread acceptance of their music.

Valencia's ancient history played a very important role in the band's music. Throughout the history of the southeastern Spanish coast, different cultures settled down, imposing their cultural roots. Thanks to its harbors, southeastern Spain was an important location for trading and the result was a permanent cultural exchange. Musically spoken, three different zones had the strongest influence: the Arabic countries in the south; the tradition from the Spanish region of Catalonia, France and Italy, denominated as the European zone; the central zone that is identified by a fusion of the north and the south. Hereto belong countries and regions like Greece, Andalusia, Yugoslavia, Albania, the Balearic Islands, Malta, Crete, Valencia, etc. These cultures are characterized by melismatic melodies, polyrhythms, double stringed instruments, wind instruments, quarter tone harmonies, and by the presence of the Arabic culture throughout 700 years.

01 - El Nord
02 - Lluna d'algeps
03 - Al matí
04 - Veritat
05 - Cançó de bressol
06 - D'un joc de flors
07 - Nikita i Estelís
08 - Els camins
09 - La lluna no vol
10 - Rodamons
11 - Si
12 - Dels amors del dimoni
13 - Tocs occitans
14 - La fe

Efrén López: Ud, Zanfona, Dulcimer, Bouzouki, Saz, Lauto, Trompa Marina, Gümbüs and Archilaúd.
Mara Aranda: Tampura, Percussion, Classical Guitar, Vocals.
Pep Ahuir: Baglama [Saz], Bouzouki, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar. 
Diego López: Darbuka, Rig, Didjeridu, Bendir, Snare Drum, Cántaro and Tabla
Eduardo Navarro: Dulzaina Gralla, Tarota, Baguet, Galician Bagpipe, Bulgarian Bagpipe, Chirimía, Crumhorn, Flute, Violin and Mandolin.
Paco Bernal: Bendir, Crótalos, Snare Drum, Cajón and Cántaro.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rún - Samhein (Ukraine 2008) @320

The band RÚN (Rún -- from Gaelic: secret, intention, motion (of a dialog); in the word-combination a rún -- my love, my dear) was founded in 2001 as a result of its members' "Celtic mania" and their striving for creative activity.
"Since then we perform traditional music of Celtic peoples in the form it exists nowadays, focusing primarily on Irish music.e study the authentic performance manner and try to play our repertoire on traditional instruments."
RÚN works in close cooperation with Kiev Irish and Scottish dance schools, organizes joint performances and folk dance master-classes.
RÚN is a friend of ecological NGOs organizations and willingly participates in their actions.

01. A Short Moment of Serenity
02. Wired to the Moon
03. Hardiman the Fiddler
04. Charley Harris
05. Walls of Liscarroll
06. The New Rigged Ship
07. Dia Do Beatha
08. Lord Mayo
09. Black-haired Lass
10. Rights of Blackbird
11. Across the Black River
12. Smoke the Feathers
13. Farewell to Sanity
14. The End of Darkness
15. Na Maithe Mora

Andriy Yakovenko - bouzouki, whistles, flute
Olga Kuzmanenko - bodhran
Anastasia Kandyrina - fiddle, viola
Mykola Ivanov - viola, fiddle, mandolin, gaita
Sergiy Kadenko - guitar

Recorded at the Studio of National Culture and Arts' Management Academy of 
Ukraine (Kyiv), April-September '08
Soundengineer: Taras (Jim) Davydenko
Mixed & mastered by: Sergiy Nagorny, RÚN
Photos: Eugen Sosnitsky, Mykola Ivanov
Cover design: Tetiana Kuzmina, RÚN

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alain Pennec - Accordeon Diatonique (France 1983) @128

By request

Alain Pennec started his musical career in the early 70's during the major revival of celtic culture, learning to play bagpipes and bombarde. He soon began playing in duo (biniou-bombarde) with his brother and also with groups such as Kouerien Sant Yann or Sonerien Du.
He discovered the diatonic accordion in 1978. Between 1980 and 1989, playing with the group Tammles, one of the best loved fest noz groups at the time, he contributed to the renaissance of traditional folk music via more electric interpretations before coming back to a much more accoustic sound.
Since 1990, Alain has been at the origin of many different projects with growing sucess, solos, duos with the storyteller Gigi Bigot, the singer Roland Brou, Youenn Landreau , Sébastien Bertrand with the group Hirio and more recently with Denez Prigent, les Quatre Jean, and his Quartet.
01 - Aeroplanes du Coglais
02 - Larides Gavotte de Pontivy
03 - Scottish du Père Rouxel
04 - Marches des Pays de Vilaine
05 - Suite montagne
06 - Larides de Josselin
07 - Dérobée de Guingamp
08 - Hanter dro
09 - Maraîchines
10 - Drao
11 - Kost ar c'hoat

Alain PENNEC: Accordéon diatonique, Flûte, Northumberland small-pipe, Bombarde. 
Marc JACQUIER: Guitare.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn, founder of Pentangle, dies 

The English guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn has died aged 70 at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Best known for his work with the folk group Pentangle, he had been on tour with the guitarist and singer Wizz Jones.Renbourn was due to play at the Ferry in Glasgow on Wednesday night but colleagues became concerned when he failed to turn up. Police found him at his home on Thursday morning, 26 March, where it is thought he had died from a heart attack. Renbourn’s manager, Dave Smith, who worked with him for about 25 years, described him as a “delight”. “He was just larger than life. Game for anything. He was just finishing off a tour with Wizz Jones – and was looking forward to the next. He was a great teacher – he was always putting himself down as a teacher and running weekend workshops all over Europe, where he would have students come and learn from him.”

Smith added that Renbourn would probably be best remembered for his work with the folk band Pentangle, which he formed with fellow musicians including the guitarist Bert Jansch, who died in 2011. “Obviously that was what brought him into prominence,” said Smith. “But his solo career has been a continuous thing. It never got large because it’s very specialist music, but he’s had an international fan base because of his influential playing style.

”Among those paying tributes to London-born Renbourn was the DJ Cerys Matthews, who said: “So sorry and sad to hear of John Renbourn’s passing. A loving, lovely man. RIP John, it was an honour and pleasure meeting you.” 

Novelist Ian Rankin tweeted: “Ach, and now John Renbourn has died. What a guitarist...” 

He described growing up in a musical house: “My family all played something ... there’s a picture of me when I was about five playing on the banjo, so I went through all kids of stuff, all sorts of music. It was just in the early 60s that I was faced with the terrible dilemma of having to get a job, and finding myself preferring to travel and play.”

Renbourn had an unusual technique whereby he used three fingers on the right and a thumb to the guitar, with filed down pieces of ping pong balls stuck on as artificial nails.

“People tell me I’m living in the dark ages, I’m scorned for using these old ping pong balls,” he told Matthews. “But they work, there’s nothing too much wrong with them - apart from the fact that they’re flammable.”

He did admit that they occasionally fell off. “The Pentangle came out of retirement and we were playing a very big show at the Barbican, and as I was playing, one fell off. I was clever and I had some superglue with me and another one under the chair... I stuck it on, but I didn’t know if the glue was coming out or not, so I bit the top of the superglue, and I stuck my lips together.”

In 2007, the original members of the Pentangle were reunited to receive a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Renbourn was also awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Ards Guitar Festival.

Renbourn leaves two sons and a daughter.
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