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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Agnes Buen Garnas & Jan Garbarek - Rosensfole (1988 Norway) @320

By request

Jan Garbarek is best known as a saxophonist, originator of a distinctive instrumental sound associated with the German ECM label, for whom he has played on dozens of solo and group projects. Ms. Gamas is a Norwegian singer who specializes in folk material. These popular songs, myths and legends have been given a completely contemporary treatment by Garbarek with synthesizers, hand drums, and a great variety of wind instruments. The result is an unforgettable record that is neither folk, ethnic, jazz, new age, or space music, but is simply an original and highly effective work of art.

01. Innferd 0:54
02. Rosensfole 2:45
03. Margjit Og Targjei Risvollo 16:08
04. Maalfri Mi Fruve 5:12
05. Venelite 7:34
06. Stolt Øli 4:54
07. Signe Lita 4:13
08. Lillebroer Og Storebroer 2:35
09. Grisilla 7:15
10. Utferd 1:14

Agnes Buen Garnas: Vocals
Jan Garbarek: Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Percussion 

Music based on medieval songs from Norway 
Digital Recording, Autumn 1998, Bel Studio, Oslo 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Triakel - Thyra [2014 Sweden] @320

"Thyra," this is the title from 1912 to 2001, surviving Swedish singer of traditional folk, Thyra Karlsson, meant. It is regarded as one of the best in their field in Sweden and collected in his lifetime a lot of popular songs. Your thus applies this plate of Triakel as a dedication.he powerful, sometimes roughly accented sounding Swedish language forms a very important aspect in the expression of this music and again I experience a Swedish lesson in the hope of learning something about it again. In the liner notes welcomes the daughter of Thyra Karlsson, that her mother will find more attention and a larger audience through this plate. So I hope that besides the band also Triakel this review may help a little.

This is the fifth studio album by the Swedish band and the focus is very much directed to the moment of their interpretation by the trio format and economical instrument with two violins and harmonium. And this is 'top notch', just like the song. The atmosphere is very vividly rendered, so you will inevitably entrained in this blast of various emotions. Because they are many different, except for the hope that is connected to the emigration to America ("Amerikaresan") or the atmosphere of the slow and sometimes a little sad, melancholic acting titles such as "Lantflickans Klagan". In this song I think quickly on similar sounding Celtic songs.

But with a perfect integration between vocals and violins in the opening song first develops a cheerful upbeat mood that is at "Kom blicka In På En Kyrkogård" replaced by a slightly swaying waltz atmosphere and at "Sparvens Visa" by the drones-sounding harmonium even a mystical orientation experiences. In "Om Jag En Gång Skall Ha En Man" strikes me that keep coming up such parts of a song that guides me in my memory in other directions: to Ireland to Scotland to elements that music from Louisiana who established themselves as Cajun was. Music is just international influences come from different regions and with migrations were widespread. Very happy and elated ecstatic us the "Skolsång", an atmosphere that frequently encounter in their life-term on the board.

At the end of this very good record there is a special feature, because with "Hjältevisa Vid Fem År" we hear an original song by Thyra Karlsson, from the book "Reading For Children Vol.7". The lecture is solo and quite lively. This is a nice touch, grab a song dedicated to the end as the final statement of her to do so.

Wolfgang Giese

01 - Lillade Anna
02 - Kom Blicka In Pa En Kyrkogard
03 - Sparvens Visa
04 - Gubben Och Gumman
05 - Om Jag En Gang Skall Ha En Man
06 - Tusen Tankar
07 - Skolsang
08 - Med Tarar
09 - Amerikaresan
10 - Lantflickans Klagan
11 - Herr Peder
12 - Var Blommar Fridens Stangel
13 - Skomakarvisa
14 - Stjarnorna Blinka
15 - Thyra Karlsson - Hjaltevisa

Fiddle – Emma Härdelin, Kjell-Erik Eriksson
Harmonium – Janne Strömstedt
Vocals – Emma Härdelin
Songwriter – Thyra Karlsson

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Michael Flynn - The First Time, the Last Time [2013 CANADA] @320

KC: Great songs, great voice, I liked a lot!

After a devastating string of events, Michael Flynn brought his guitar and some recording gear to a seaside house in Northern Ireland and wrote and recorded his first solo album The First Time, The Last Time. He considers The First Time, The Last Time the most important thing he’s ever done, and he looks forward to playing shows in support of the album this year and beyond.

He started playing piano at age four and has since learned a wide range of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophone, American fife and is now teaching others how to play. He also currently plays guitar in the Toronto band Dirty Bird.

01 - Even After You're Gone
02 - Picture of a Picture
03 - Outside of Here
04 - Invisible Friend
05 - Destroyed
06 - Hole
07 - Push Me
08 - Loose Ends
09 - Better Place to Leave
10 - We All Blow Up
11 - Island Under Water
12 - Mind
13 - The First Time, the Last Time

Michael Flynn: Composer, Vocals and all instruments.




Monday, March 9, 2015

Western Skies Motel - Prism [Denmark 2015] -- FREE GROUP PROMOTION

Western Skies Motel is the solo project of Danish guitarist René Gonzàlez Schelbeck. Exploring the intimate nature of the classical guitar, Prism unfolds around a theme of balancing light and darkness and uncovers an undercurrent of reflections on solitude in the creative process. Relying on a variety of open tunings, mantric repetitions and droning strings, Western Skies Motel seeks to create a timeless space where the guitar becomes the lens in which the nuances reveal themselves. The album also sees Western Skies Motel experimenting with the 3rd bridge technique, pioneered by such experimentalists as Fred Frith and Keith Rowe, to create porous harp like timbres that weave through the thirteen pieces, offering a lightness and transparency to the restricted sonic palette of the collection.

Drawing on inspiration from Glassian minimalism through simplistic flamenco to the pattern-based musical tradition of West Africa, Prism lands somewhere between contemporary classical and modern folk. Prism is the debut full-length album from Western Skies Motel and was recorded live with most of the material written on sight. Western Skies Motel has previously released the EP Reflections on Audio Gourmet.

Here's a link for a preview:


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Triakel - Sånger från 63º N [2004 Sweden] @320

Emma Hårdelin is a Goddess. Really. Truly. Go read our reviews of her vocal work with Garmarna and you'll see what I mean. Just consider what Kim Bates had to say in reviewing their last CD, Hildegard von Bingen: 'the fiddle lines are wonderful throughout this album, conveying what the beauty in these sophisticated melodies, grabbing the heart of the melodies and blending effortlessly with Hardelin's voice. The hurdy-gurdy provides the drone that almost certainly accompanied these melodies in Hildegard's time. But it must be said that a great deal is resting on Hardelin, and that she delivers magnificently.' I think that she is indeed one of a select group of female Nordic vocalists whom the ancient Nordic deities blessed with magic! (The other two are Lena Willemark of Frifot and Jenny Willhelms of Gjallarhorn.) Liking the music of Garmarna more than just a bit, I was a bit hesitant to hear what she sounded like in another group as I was afraid that it might not equal the work she did in that group. Happily, I was wrong, quite wrong.

Sånger från 63º N -- which is on sale here in the States from cdRoots which provided this review copy -- is probably one of the finest Nordic CDs I've had to pleasure to hear in quite some time. Triakel consists of Emma Härdelin (vocals), Kjell-Erik Eriksson, (fiddle), and Janne Strömstedt (harmonium) which makes them akin to what Våsen was like when I heard them play at Bowdoin College sans percussionist a few years ago. (Barb Truex has a full review of that memorable concert here.) All three are well-known within the circles of Swedish folk music. Emma and Kjell-Erik are also members in Garmarna and Hoven Droven.

Cliff Furnald on cdRoots notes that 'Triakel began life as a New Year resolution. After a party together Kjell-Erik and Janne honoured their agreement to perform together on harmonium and fiddle in December 1994. It was a success, and they were keen to follow it up. When Emma Härdelin added her voice to the duo the group was complete. During the past few years the group has toured throughout Sweden and also played in about 10 different European countries. They have also appeared several times in the Unites States and Canada.' This is definitely one New Year resolution that I'm very glad was kept!

Triakel, which means 'sweet, black licorice' in the Jämtland dialect of Sweden. And more importantly, Triakel is a splinter off Hoven Droven, one of the rockier of the new Nordic neo-traditional groups. By that, I mean that both Hoven Droven and Triakel are FHL (Faster Harder Louder) and they both compose new material that somehow sounds quite old. Neat trick! Again, I must stress that the vocals of Emma Hårdelin are what makes this CD what it is. As April Gutierrez said of their 1998 Northside release titled Triakel: 'It 'feature[s] the crisp, delightful vocals of Härdelin. I'm not certain what it is about Nordic countries, but they seem to grow masterful female singers on trees; Härdelin is no exception. The sparse arrangements laid down by the fiddle and harmonium allow her voice to drive the songs, and the overall matching of instruments, voice and lyrics is very fine indeed.' I've heard Frifot live in a small venue -- If Emma is even close to Lena when heard live, it would be both an uplifting and somewhat scary performance as both their voices are beyond merely good. If the Norns sing, these two girls are what they sound like.

This is not to slight the other two musicians in Triakel, Kjell-Erik Eriksson and Janne Strömstedt, as they too are superb. On Sånger från 63º N -- which means Songs from the 63rd Latitude (the superb liner notes are in English and Swedish!) -- their playing of fiddle and accordion superbly underscore her voice. Without them, this music would not have the full, energetic sound that it has.

My opinion is that this is an album any lover of Nordic music will want to hear now. Go buy it from cdRoots so you too can savor it. It's that good!

Cat Eldridge - Green Man Review

01. Veit (Where D’you Think...? )   2:22
02. N'Lars och N'Mas (Maclay and Macrae)   1:44
03. Lihll'-Pe i Floa (Wee Willie Wattie) 2:06
04. Lilltåa, Tåtilla (Little Toe) 4:08
05. Grannar och vänner (Friends and Neighbours)   2:52
06. Min docka (My Pretty Maid)   3:43
07. Barnamörderskan (The Cruel Mother)   3:12
08. Guds fruktan/Steklåt (Trust in God)   3:12
09. Älksaren i gluggen (The Lover at the Window)   1:58
10. Nu haver denna dag (Now One More Day)   4:36
11. Den gråtande drängen (The Farm Lad Who Cried)   2:51
12. Bli som far (In Your Father’s Footsteps)   3:17
13. Tordyveln/Polska (The Dung Beetle’s Wedding)   2:38
14. Långmasaguten (Young Ricky Rider)   1:29
15. Farväl alla vänner (Farewell to You All)   3:55
16. I Jamtlann (Jämtland)  3:04

Emma Härdelin - vocals
Kjell-Erik Eriksson - fiddle
Janne Strömstedt - harmonium
Anders Larsson - guest vocals on Min docka

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Triakel - Ulrikas minne - Visor från Frostviken [2011 Sweden] @320

Westpark give us regularly wonderfully minimalist gifts from Scandinavia. The new sign of life of many years of cult-Folker Triakel fits seamlessly into the label history: for instance, can be beautiful folk music.

Triakel prove once more as musical ambassadors of their country.Much to "Ulrika Minne" is extremely catchy, which, given the work-up of traditional songs treasures Sweden also is close; Finally, these are the sounds and lyrics of ordinary people, where the meaning was not spun by avant-garde and stands, but according to expressed emotion in sounds. When it comes Triakel hence the little big feelings, especially nowadays where you can not be too often because the hustle and bustle of everyday life rarely gives the chance. By switching off one should not equate TRIAKELs music or the sighted song material, however; too diverse are the emotions to which it moves the minds of the listeners, and eagerly and passionately puts the trio to this. As examples of just waltz ends "Sara" and "Kråkvisa" are mentioned as well as the almost gejodelte "Dryckesvisa". This shows once more, supposedly typical folk music styles are as near to the world. The man encounters if not themselves, yet in each case a brother a sister respectively in dealing with such songs. The Einfindung in the dreamy advances "Brännvinet", "Stina" and "Näktergalen" is therefore in no way dependent on the origin of the recipient; Only the open ear is enough.

Rarely sound Triakel euphoric as in "Karna" and so fragile as the final fragment with guest singer. Friends of unreinforced or non-electronic winged Lumsk and Hedningarna and especially the fabric of the Swedish Silence labels should definitely listen and immediately, download the translation of the lyrics from the site of the record company ... for the record Welgen and wiser becoming.

CONCLUSION: Triakel continue to be a figurehead, when it comes to Scandinavian folk music. Although they lay hands on "Ulrika Minne" to foreign, this takes away none of its relevance. At the same time you order turns out, the timelessness of the material used - and Leisetreter know what to do.

01. Uti Friska Gräset Gröna  2:13
02. Sara  2:33
03. Dryckesvisa  1:49
04. Brännvinet  3:43
05. Kråkvisa  2:24
06. Karna  2:54
07. Stina  3:02
08. Visa Från Raukasjö  3:51
09. Polska Efter Fredrik Andersson, Raukasjö  2:10
10. Näktergalen  2:51
11. De Unga Jäntorna  2:16
12. Kallt Väder  4:35
13. Filligutten  2:49
14. Väckelsevisa  3:06
15. Just På Timman 24  1:57

Vocals, Fiddle – Emma Härdelin
Fiddle – Kjell-Erik Eriksson
Harmonium – Janne Strömstedt
Vocals – Bodöoktetten (tracks: 13), Mattias Warg (tracks: 5)
Bass – Lars Ericsson (tracks: 2)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Berrogüetto - Hepta (Spain 2001) @256

For those who still don't know them, the band Berrogüetto is considered by many around the world as one of the best Galician bands. This accomplishment stands out in itself if we take into account that one of the contestants for that title answers by the name of Milladoiro. Much of the success of the band is due to the acceptance of their first two albums, Navicularia and Viaxe por Urticaria, both of them true masterpieces whose main quality is the original and contemporary approach taken by the musicians to the traditional tunes.
There was therefore much expectation surrounding their third release, premiered in December 2001 in the Galician town of Santiago de Compostela. Hepta (seven in ancient Greek) is built around the number 7 and its several meanings in nature and society. Seven are the colors of the rainbow, seven are the main arts, seven are the musical notes, seven are the days of the week.

01 - Nanatsu
02 - Vinte Anos
03 - Heptacordo
04 - Baixando de ti
05 - Armenia
06 - Samesugas
07 - Setestrelo
08 - Hebdomadaria
09 - Albores
10 - Cantos de Monzo
11 - Gali@matías.tacom
12 - Alquimista de Soños
13 - Azul graso

Anxo Pintos (hurdy-gurdy, violin, saxophone, piano, bagpipes)
Isaac Palacín (Percussion)
Quico Comesaña (Bouzouki and harp)
Quin Farinha (violin)
Santiago Cribeiro (accordeon and piano)
Guillermo Fernández (guitar and bass)
Guadi Galego (vocals and bagpipes).
Guest musicians: 
Djivan Gasparian (duduk, Armenia)
Markus Svensson (nyckleharpa, Sweden)
Kalman Balogh (cimbalom, Hungary)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Anne-Marie Sanderson - Shadows & Sparks (2015) - FREE GROUP PROMOTION

Anne-Marie Sanderson is a British singer-songwriter, based in Portland, Oregon.  Her new EP, Shadows & Sparks, explores themes of light and dark, mystery and certainty, love and loss.   The songs are arranged for a chamber-folk ensemble with Sanderson on guitar and vocals, Mirabai Peart (Joanna Newsom) on violin, Anna Fritz (Portland Cello Project), and regular live band member and partner Erin Stephens on percussion. 
Her 2013 EP, Eloquence, received glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining recognition in equal measure for her well-crafted songs, inventive guitar techniques, and her enchanting vocal stylings.  Following in the tradition of timeless singer-songwriters, her music is often compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, but fans and critics alike recognize that Anne-Marie Sanderson is all her own.

1.    Shadows & Sparks (4:49)
2.    Lilac Time (4:20)
3.    The Outside of Town (3:41)
4.    It May Not Always Be (5:39)
5.    Lullaby (4:49)

releases 03 February 2015 

Anne-Marie Sanderson - vocals & guitar 
Mirabai Peart - violin 
Anna Fritz - cello 
Erin Stephens - percussion 

All songs written and arranged by Anne-Marie Sanderson 
Recorded and mixed by Josh Powell at The Map Room in Portland, OR 
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk 

Photography by Keri Friedman


A preview video is available to watch/embed too:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Maddy Prior & The Girls - Bib & Tuck (England 2002) @320

Maddy goes back to basics with this new all-female acoustic trio.
Joining Maddy are her daughter Rose Kemp, at 17 already a blossoming singer and songwriter in her own right, and Abbie Lathe on vocals, guitar, keyboards and whistle.
With an emphasis on vocal harmony, the three will be turning their talents to a variety of traditional and contemporary material—drawing on Maddy's long and varied career, with gems from the Silly Sisters vaults, original songs from Maddy, Rose and Abbie, and a few surprises.

01. Accappella Stella (2.17)
02. I Am the World (2.06)
03. A Stitch in Time (2.51)
04. Hush Hush (3.18)
05. Rain (4.15)
06. Sweet Thames Flow Softly (4.43)
07. Down in the Valley (1.51)
08. I Need You to Turn to (3.10)
09. Drop of Blood (3.36)
10. Sparkling Rills (1.48)
11. True Colours (3.22)
The Cotton Triangle
12. Blow Boys Blow (Roud 703; G/D 1:2) (2.18)
13. The Dead Are Not Dead (1.06)
14. Homeless (1.46)
15. Haul Her Away (Roud 395) (2.03)
16. Cotton Fields (Roud 11662) (3.12)
17. Blow the Man Down (Roud 2624) (1.18)
18. Cropper Lads (2.51)
19. Doffin' Mistress (Roud 2133) (1.25)
20. Liverpool Judies (Roud 928) (4.25)

Maddy Prior: vocals
Rose Kemp: vocals
Abbie Lathe: vocals, guitar, keyboards, whistle

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Maddy Prior with Hannah James & Giles Lewin - 3 For Joy (England 2012) @320

A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her long career on exploring various musical avenues. "3 For Joy" is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that Maddy loves so much alongside two musical partners.

Together with Giles Lewin of the Carnival Band (who played on Maddy's last solo album, 2008's Seven For Old England) and accordion player Hannah James, the singer crafted an album that sits perfectly within her canon. There are elements that stretch back to her very first recordings with Tim Hart, others that are completely new.

As ever, the material on the record reflects Maddy's passion for seeking out new sources and inspiration - all seemingly disparate origins yet brought together into one natural whole by Prior and her remarkable collaborators.

01. Lock the Door Larriston / As a thoiseach (4:00)
02. The Raiders (4.09)
03. Dacre's Gone to the War (2.27) 
    All three songs are originally from Fyre & Sworde: Songs of the Border Reivers
04. Brisk Young Widow (Roud 2438) (1.44)
05. Doffing Mistress (Roud 2133) (2.12)
06. Serving Girl's Holiday (4.50)
07. Of All the Birds (Roud 496) (1.16)
08. Nanine (2520)
09. Gankino Horo tune (3.26)
10. Nauchila Sa Hubava Doina (1.48)
11. An Undoing World / Der Glater Bulgar (6.02)
12. The Factory Girl (Roud 1659) / Buck Dance (2.50)
13. Wondrous Love (Roud 5089) (2.34)
14. Oh My Nanny tune (3.51)

Maddy Prior: vocals.
Hannah James: vocals, accordion.
Giles Lewin: vocals, violin, viola, recorder, bagpipes

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beatriz Pichi Malen - Plata (2000 Argentina) @320

Offered by Ova Chez, a FY's friend.

The Mapuche Indians marked the Argentinean history till the last quarter of the 19th century, when their military domination of the country's wide open spaces was crushed by the Argentinean army, finally armed with the most sophisticated weapons available at the time.

Today, the Mapuche culture and people are still alive in Argentina, much to the surprise of the white dominant society, which is just beginning to re-discover the indigenous foundation of their country.

Beatriz Pichi Malen is an heir to this history, dedicating her life to the search and transmission of the ancient Mapuche songs.

Beatriz Pichi Malen was born in Los Toldos, Province of Buenos Aires, and is the great great granddaughter of Coliqueo, the famous 19th-century Mapuche Chief. Since 1984 she has been active in the dissemination of Mapuche culture and history, collaborating with many educational institutions all over Argentina. Workshops and seminars on Mapuche song and dance make up an important part of her activities, especially with important festivals like the Festival de Cosquin, Province of Cordoba.

In 1994 she was awarded first prize in the category "vocal soloist" at the Festival de Cosquin, Argentina. That same year she began a series of presentations on Mapuche culture throughout Argentina, including a performance at the amphitheater of the Argentinean House of Deputies. In 1995 she was awarded the "Condor de Oro", followed in 1997 by, the "Argentinean Music Award" from Tribuna Musical Argentina in the ethnic music category. Tribuna Musical Argentina also selected one of Beatriz Pichi Malen's songs for the international CD release of the institute.

In 2000 the artist recorded her first CD of ancient Mapuche songs called Plata. The same year Beatriz Pichi Malen was the invited artist to take part in the Argentinean tour of Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate.

01 - Kurüf Tayül (Cancion sagrada del viento)
02 - Poyenekayan (Seguire amando)
03 - Gürü Tayül (Grito del zorro)
04 - Ül Kantun (Canto popular)
05 - Logkanao (Danza mapuche)
06 - Canción Para Dormir a un Niño
07 - Nayen (Cancion de amor)
08 - Canción del Viudo
09 - Iapinilke Mapu (Tierra de Iapinilke)
10 - Müxün Tayül (Cancion Uxun)
11 - Pewen Tayül (Cancion del Pewen)
12 - Ül Kantun (Canto popular)
13 - Maci Ül (Cancion de la Machi)
14 - Iapinilke Mapu (Tierra de Iapinilke)
15 - Antü Tayül (Cancion del sol)
16 - Pensamiento de Aime Paine

Beatriz Pichi Malén: Voice and Mapuche Instruments
Nestor Lencenella: Synthesizers
Sergio Lencenella: Bass

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Whirling Pope Joan - Spin (1994 England) @192

'Whirling Pope Joan' were hurdy gurdy player Nigel Eaton and singer Julie Murphy. They
released one classic and groundbreaking album in 1994 called 'Spin' which included many
new compositions and versions of English, Breton and Welsh folk songs, This classic and rare album also has songs by Jimmy Sommerville and American songwriting genius Terry Allen.

1. Doldrum
2. Donna Lombarda
3. Ffoles Llantrisant
4. Puit D'Amour / Tiennet
5. False True Love
6. Sept Marins
7. Jasmine Sweet
8. Searching For Lambs / Lost Hearts
9. Captains Courageous
10. Ffarwel I Aberystwyth / Cote Pile
11. Scotis Lwyd / Scotis Syml
12. Bloodlines
13. Sept Marins Again / Hanter Dro

Ian Luff: Bass
Nigel Eaton: Hurdy Gurdy, Synthesizer, Drum Programming
Julie Murphy: Voice

Julie Murphy - A Quite House (2012 Wales) @320

Julie Murphy’s voice has been described as “one of the finest of these islands” by BBC Folk on 2’s Mike Harding and has led to collaborations with music legends like Robert Plant, Danny Thompson and John Cale. Well known internationally for her work with innovative Welsh folk group fernhill she is also a highly respected songwriter and is about to release a new solo album, “A quiet house”, her first since “Lilac tree” ten years ago. The new album, recorded in her front room with engineer Jens Shroeder and produced by Murphy will be released on her own label and available on bandcamp via her website and at gigs.

The very personal, english language songs were written at the piano, an instrument Murphy started playing about two years ago ” when the house became suddenly quiet ” and are influenced ” as much by the paintings of Chagall and Ceri Richards as they are by folk song and the music of Steve Reich and Joanna Newsom “. The only other musician on the album is Welsh Canadian Ceri Owen Jones on trombone and harp. Jones, now living in Wales has a background in avant garde improv, jazz and ska which he explored as a member of Edmonton’s Chamber Graffitti, Calgary band No More Shapes and as guest musician with Tucson bands Calexico and Giant Sand.

The songs were recorded live, mostly first takes, with only the spoken word elements overdubbed. The piano and harp on Convoy, a setting of a poem by the Cornish poet Charles Causley, were completely improvised and the track includes murphy reading short entries from her father’s diary.

1. Piano Abstract
2. The Fountain
3. You Are Flown From Me
4. The Sugarspell
5. Kathleen
6. Convoy
7. Essex Song
8. Piano Lyrical

Julie Murphy: Vocals, Piano.
Ceri Owen Jones: Trombone, Harp ['Telor' Harp]

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gatos del Fornu - Na Cai (Spain 2008) @320

Gatos del Fornu is a group emerged from a traditional Bandina formation has been gradually evolving into a closer typical Asturian folk group training, but failed to completely abandoning its first incarnation. In Na Cai, Gatos del Fornu still retain elements Bandina although the arrangements are increasingly elaborate.

01 - El chigre
02 - Mar
03 - Temperendengue
04 - Ramu
05 - Saldiguera
06 - Saltones de l'Arena
07 - Son d'Arriba
08 - Xota Xedré
09 - Ayer vite na fonte
10 - Careo
11 - La danza

Guillermo Pérez (gaita, whistles)
Miguel Ángel Fernández (acordeón diatónico)
Daniel Díez (guitarra)
Moisés Cortina (tambor y cajón) 
Raúl Alonso (pandero y pandereta). 
Silvia Quesada (voz principal, panderetas)
Rubén Bueno (flauta, whistles, voz)
Moisés Álvarez (bouzouki)
Luis Senén Fernández (bajo).

Friday, November 28, 2014

Guichen - Brozhers (France 2011) @320

KC: Fantastic album!

Propelled by the huge success of the group Ar Re Yaouank phenomenon that changed the Breton music scene in the 1990s, Fred (accordion) and Jean-Charles (guitars), provide compositions that combine with strength and conviction, the authenticity of a tradition of inspiration mixed with powerful modern music. 20 years on stage, touring around the world and a desire always keen to convince the public, make this duo a staple of the Breton scene, folk and Celtic.

01 - Mc Bride's
02 - Gougane
03 - Wild Wanderer
04 - Stêr Argant
05 - Dublin's Jig
06 - Island Bird
07 - Den Bleiz
08 - Dieub
09 - Sant Nigouden
10 - Battle Swing
11 - Kerl
12 - Ker Sec'h - Part1
13 - Ker Sec'h - Part2
14 - Ker Sec'h - Part3

Fred GUICHEN : accordions
Jean-Charles GUICHEN : guitars
Guests : 
Mighty Stef : vocals
Robbie HARRIS : percussions

June Tabor - Airs & Graces (1976 England) - 1989 Remaster @320


June Tabor's first solo record is an understated triumph full of good songs, great arrangements, and a crack group of backing musicians led by the guitar playing of Nic Jones. Much of Airs and Graces is pure British folk, and Tabor has much fun with such ancient numbers as "While the Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" and "Young Waters." The standout track, however, is her version of Eric Bogle's brilliant anti-war ode "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda." Sung a cappella, you can almost feel the bitterness in her voice, a breathtaking, stunning moment indicative of how amazing she can be. Reissued on compact disc by Shanachie.

01 - While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping (1:44) 
02 - Plains of Waterloo (4:38) 
03 - Bonny May (4:53) 
04 - Reynardine (2:54) 
05 - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (6:19)
06 - Young Waters (5:07) 
07 - Waly Waly (4:58) 
08 - The Merchant's Son (2:36) 
09 - Queen Among the Heather (3:49) 
10 - Pull Down Lads (2:55)

June Tabor: vocals
Nic Jones: acoustic guitar, fiddle
Tony Hall: melodeon
Jon Gillaspie: piano, organ, roxichord, bassoon, sopranino

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leahy - Leahy (Canada 2006) @320

Leahy is the name of a Canadian folk music group. The eight band members, all from the Leahy family of 11 siblings, are from Lakefield, Ontario and have been touring Canada and internationally since the early 1980s when they were known as The Leahy Family. In 1985, they were the subject of a short film entitled Leahy: Music Most of All which received an Academy Award in the category of "Best Foreign Student Film". The members of Leahy take great pride in their Irish roots and their Canadian upbringing.

The line-up of the group varies depending upon the availability of its members who come and go due to marriage, raising children, and other commitments. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the band recorded a number of privately released LPs and cassettes (most of which used the same title, The Leahy Family) which were sold at their concerts and they were frequent guests at the Big Valley Jamboree concerts in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In 1997 the band resumed recording with their "relaunch" album, Leahy which also introduced the group's new branding. Leahy was an instrumental album, but the band also includes vocal performances in their live performances and subsequent albums have included both vocals and instrumentals.

Despite their established history, they were awarded two Juno awards in 1998, for Best New Group and Best Instrumental Artist The following year, Leahy took a third Juno Award, for Best Country Group or Duo. Also in 1998, Leahy were added as the opening act for Canadian country singer Shania Twain's 1998 Come on Over Tour and were featured in two television specials from the tour, Live and The Specials, performing with Twain on the song "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)".

The group's members are both instrumentalists and dancers, with several members skilled in fiddle-playing (most notably the group's best-known member, Donnell). The female members of the band often perform step-dancing-style routines and do most of the singing.

01. "B Minor" (Traditional) – 3:55
02. "Cape Breton Medley" (R. Cooper, Wiley Hunter, Jr., Traditional) – 5:11
03. "McBrides" (Dónal Lunny, Declan Sinnott) – 4:15
04. "The French" (Traditional) – 4:39
05. "The Call to Dance" (Gordon Duncan, Howie MacDonald) – 4:05
06. "Alabama" (G. Cahn, Ned Landry, J. Yeffen) – 3:40
07. "Don Messer Medley" (Don Messer, Traditional) – 3:05
08. "Csárdás" (Traditional) – 4:04
09. "Colm Quigley" (Donnell Leahy, Traditional) – 6:02
10. "The Coulin" (Traditional) – 4:44

Donnell Leahy — Fiddle
Erin Leahy — Piano, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Bass
Angus Leahy — Fiddle
Maria Leahy — Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Siobheann Donohue (née Leahy) — Bass, Vocals, Fiddle
Doug Leahy — Fiddle
Denise Flack (née Leahy) — Vocals
Frank Leahy — Drums

Lau - Lightweights & Gentlemen (Scotland/England 2007) @320

Recorded in the winter of 2006, Lau's debut album, LIGHTWEIGHTS AND GENTLEMEN, sound like men willing to redefine how a trio can sound. Arming themselves with both highly original repertoire and some superb takes on traditional song, their fearless appetite for imrpov digs deep into a wild array of genres and spits them out as a perfect folk-jazz stew.

01 - Hinba.mp3
02 - Butcher boy.mp3
03 - The Jigs.mp3
04 - Results.mp3
05 - Unquiet Grave.mp3
06 - Souter creek.mp3
07 - Kris's.mp3
08 - Freeborn Man.mp3
09 - Moorhens.mp3
10 - Gallowhill.mp3
11 - Twa Stewarts (bonus track).mp3

Kris Drever - guitar, vocals
Martin Green - accordion
Aidan O'Rourke - fiddle

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lau - Race the Loser (Scotland/England 2012) @320

The most musically adventurous trio in British folk team up with Tucker Martine, the US producer who has worked with REM and Gillian Welch, and the results are perhaps predictably unexpected. Lau are a remarkable band, particularly live, thanks to their stirring, complex, partly improvised compositions and the virtuoso interplay between fiddle, accordion and guitar. The new element here is electronic music: it is used to create percussive effects that are matched against their instrumental work on the ambient Far from Portland (a tribute to Martine's home city), or against Kris Drever's vocals on the sturdy Saint Monday, one of several songs dealing with industrial decay and hard times. But as ever with Lau, the mood constantly changes. Save the Bees switches from sombre to cheerful and back, while Torsa is a gentle, then upbeat example of Lau's exquisite and hypnotic musicianship at its best.

01 - Saint Monday.mp3
02 - Far From Portland.mp3
03 - The Bird That Winds The Spring.mp3
04 - Missing Pieces.mp3
05 - Save The Bees.mp3
06 - Torsa.mp3
07 - Throwing Pennies.mp3
08 - Noltland Castle.mp3
09 - Beer Engineer.mp3

Kris Drever - guitar, vocals
Martin Green - accordion
Aidan O'Rourke - fiddle

Lau - Arc Light (Scotland/England 2009) @320

Arc Light is the second studio album by contemporary folk three-piece Lau, released on March 30, 2009 on Navigator Records.

The album's bonus track is a cover of The Beatles' song, "Dear Prudence". The track originally appeared on a compilation issued free with Mojo magazine.

Like its predecessor, Lightweights and Gentlemen, Arc Light garnered strong critical acclaim upon release. Chris Nickson of Allmusic described the album as "stirring and utterly wonderful," while Michael Quinn, of BBC Music remarked that "what astonishes most about Lau is the orchestral quality of the sound." Music webzine The Line of Best Fit stated that: "Arc Light is testament to their constant need to push themselves as musicians, and as innovators of the folk movement."

01 - The Burrian
02 - Winter Moon
03 - Horizontigo
04 - Salty Boys
05 - Banks of Marble
06 - Stephen's
07 - The Master
08 - Frank and Flo's
09 - Temple of Fiddes
10 - Dear Prudence

Kris Drever - guitar, vocals
Martin Green - accordion
Aidan O'Rourke - fiddle

Additional musicians:
Stuart Nisbet - pedal steel guitar
Corrina Hewat - backing vocals
Karine Polwart - backing vocals
Inge Thomson - backing vocals
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