Wednesday, December 17, 2008

June Tabor - Angel Tiger (1992 England) @320

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01. Hard Love (5.05)
02. Joseph Cross (3.47)
03. Sudden Waves (6.30)
04. Rumours of War (2.59)
05. All Our Trades Are Gone (3.20)
06. Happed in Mist (4.19)
07. The Doctor Calls (3.41)
08. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (4.33)
09. All This Useless Beauty (3.40)
10. Ten Thousand Miles (5.31)
11. Blind Step Away (3.45)
12. Elephant (3.18)

June Tabor: vocals
Huw Warren: piano, cello, accordion [4]
Mark Emerson: violin, viola, accordion, piano [4]
Mark Lockheart: clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophone
Dudley Philips: double bass
Bosco de Oliveira: percussion

June Tabor - Some Other Time (1989 England) @192

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01. Some Other Time (2:53)
02. Night and Day (4:01)
03. You Don't Know What Love Is (3:54)
04. Body and Soul (4:28)
05. This is Always (4:39)
06. Pork Pie Hat (3:39)
07. Solitude (2:16)
08. I've Got You Under My Skin (2:58)
09. The Man I Love (4:05)
10. Meditation (2:02)
11. Sophisticated Lady (5:06)
12. Round Midnight (3:59)

June Tabor: vocals
Huw Warren: piano, cello
Mark Lockheart: saxophones
Danny Thompson: bass
Bosco de Olivera: percussion




Tuesday, December 16, 2008

June Tabor - Aqaba (1988 England) @192

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01. The Old Man's Song (Don Quixote) (3:51)
02. Searching for Lambs (2:46)
03. The Banks of Red Roses (3:51)
04. Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder? (4:27)
05. Aqaba (4:34)
06. Bogies Bonnie Belle (3:17)
07. The Reaper (1:42)
08. Verdi Cries (4:32)
09. The Grazier's Daughter (4:30)
10. Seven Summers (3:40)
11. Mayn Rue Plats (My Resting Place) (2:48)
12. The King of Rome (3:49)

June Tabor: vocals
Huw Warren: piano [1]
Martin Simpson: guitar [4], baritone guitar [4-5], mandola [5]
Ric Sanders: electric violin [3-5, 11]
Dave Bristow: Yamaha DX7 and WX7 synthesisers [5, 8, 10, 12]
Ian Blake: bass clarinet [11]



Monday, December 15, 2008

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More to the Dance (1988 England) @192

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01. What Will We Do? 1:59
02. The Barring Of The Door 3:29
03. Blood And Gold/Mohacs 3:49
04. Cakes And Ale 1:55
05. Agincourt Carol/La Route Au Beziers 4:04
06. How Shall I Your True Love Know? 3:18
07. Hedger And Ditcher 2:41
08. The Old Miner 6:13
09. Almost Every Circumstance 2:48
10. Fine Horseman 4:51
11. Rosie Anderson 8:20
12. Somewhere Along The Road 3:31

Maddy Prior: vocals (all except track 11)
June Tabor: vocals (all except track 12)
Dan Ar Braz: guitar
Huw Warren: keyboards
Jim Sutherland: percussion
Rick Kemp: bass guitar
Andrew Cronshaw: Chinese flutes, whistles, bombarde, concertina
Patsy Seddon: Camac electro-harp (10)
Patsy Seddon & Mary Macmaster (Sileas): clarsachs (2)
Bernard O'Neill: 'cello (6)
Paul James: soprano saxophone, half-long bagpipes
Nigel Eaton: hurdy gurdy (5, 7)
Mark Emerson: violin (9)



Sunday, December 14, 2008

June Tabor - Abyssinians (1983 England) @320

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01 - The Month of January (4.05)
02 - The Scarecrow (5.10)
03 - One Night As I Lay on My Bed (2.24)
04 - She Moves Among Men (The Bar Maid's Song) (3.32)
05 - Lay This Body Down (2.51)
06 - A Smiling Shore (3.05)
07 - The Bonny Boy (2.50)
08 - I Never Thought My Love Would Leave Me (4.11)
09 - The Bonny Hind (4.46)
10 - The Fiddle and the Drum (2.34)

June Tabor: vocals
Dave Bristow: keyboards
Martin Simpson: guitar
Ric Sanders: violin

Friday, December 12, 2008

June Tabor with Martin Simpson - A Cut Above (1980 England) @320

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Updated in 320K

01 - Admiral Benbow (2:41)
02 - Davy Lowston (4:50)
03 - Flash Company (2:42)
04 - Number Two Top Seam (3:11)
05 - Strange Affair (5:50)
06 - Heather Down on the Moor (2:48)
07 - Joe Peel (3:38)
08 - Le Roi Renaud (6:35)
09 - Riding Down to Portsmouth (1:07)
10 - Unicorns (5:09)

June Tabor: vocals
Martin Simpson: guitars
Ric Sanders: violin
Dave Bristow: piano, synthesiser
Jon Davie: bass


June Tabor - Ashes and Diamonds (1977 England) @320

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01 - Reynard the Fox (2:02)
02 - The Devil and Bailiff McGlynn (1:25)
03 - Streets of Forbes (3:20)
04 - Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight (3:10)
05 - Now I'm Easy (4:24)
06 - Clerk Saunders (6:11)
07 - The Earl of Aboyne (5:06)
08 - Lisbon (4:43)
09 - The Easter Tree (2:27)
10 - Cold and Raw (2:20)
11 - No Man's Land - Flowers of the Forest (7:39)


June Tabor: vocals
Jon Gillaspie: synthesiser [1, 4, 7-8, 10-11], piano [3, 5, 11], recorder [10]
Nic Jones: fiddle [1, 7], guitar [4, 7, 10]
Tony Hall: melodeon [1, 10]
Doug Morter: electric guitar [5]
Rick Kemp: bass [5]
Nigel Pegrum: drums [5]

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976 England) @192

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01 - Doffin' Mistress (2.11)
02 - Burning of Auchidoon (1.09)
03 - Lass of Loch Royal (4.06)
04 - The Seven Joys of Mary (3.18)
05 - My Husband's Got No Courage in Him (3.10)
06 - Singing the Travels (Symondsbury Mummers) (2.48)
07 - Silver Whistle (4.12)
08 - The Grey Funnel Line (3.04)
09 - Geordie (4.00)
10 - The Seven Wonders (4.33)
11 - Four Loom Weaver (2.37)
12 - The Game of Cards (3.19)
13 - Dame Durdan (3.01)


Maddy Prior: vocals [all except track 9]
June Tabor: vocals [all except track 3]
Martin Carthy: guitar [1, 6, 9, 10, 13], drum [6]
Nic Jones: fiddle [1, 7-8, 12-13], guitar [3]
Tony Hall: melodeon [1, 6, 10, 13]
Andy Irvine: mandolin [1, 6-7, 12-13], hurdy-gurdy [10]
Johnny Moynihan: bouzouki [6, 10, 13], whistle [7, 12]
Gabriel McKeon: uillean pipes [3, 13]
Danny Thompson: bass [1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12-13]
John Gillaspie: bassons [4], sopranino [4], bombard [4, 10, 13]
Brian Golbey: five-string fiddle [8, 13]



Sunday, December 7, 2008

Väsen - Gront (1999 Sweden) @VBR~224

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Swedish folk band Vasen mix the haunting, lonely sounds of their country's traditional music with a modern sense of humor and a strong melodic assurance. Gront maintains the high levels of energy and musicianship the band has established on its previous recordings, while taking more unorthodox approaches to their arrangements. Traditionalists might find their music a bit watered-down in terms of faithful authenticity, but most others will find it enjoyable and accessible.
-Steve Huey (All Music Guide)-


01 - Ploska 5:01
02 - M. Nykänen 2:44
03 - Stäppen (The Steppe) 4:03
04 - Göskarlen (The Pikeman) 5:25
05 - JTT 6:03
06 - Reel Carrowkeel 4:22
07 - Trana (Crane) 1:49
08 - Svampmannen (The Mushroomman) 6:32
09 - Ekorrn (Squirrel) 4:23
10 - Grontmannen (The Grontman) 3:23
11 - Väntans Vals (Waiting Waltz) 4:29
12 - Näcken 8:35

Olov Johansson: nyckelharpa
Mikael Marin: viola
Roger Tallroth: guitar, and sometimes
André Ferrari: Percussion


Friday, December 5, 2008

Väsen - Whirled (1997 Sweden) @VBR~224

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01 - Kapten Kapsyl
02 - Bambodansarna
03 - Borjar du fatta
04 - Shapons vindaloo
05 - Nitti pomfritti
06 - 30-ars jiggen
07 - Anno 1643
08 - Tartulingen
09 - Sald och solde
10 - En timme i Ungern
11 - Till farmor

Olov Johansson: nyckelharpa
Mikael Marin: viola
Roger Tallroth: guitar, and sometimes
André Ferrari: Percussion


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sìleas - Harpbreakers (1990 Scotland) @320

. 01 - The Drunken Piper/The Seagull (Donald Macleod)
02 - Margaret's Waltz (Pat Shuldham Shaw)/The Dark Island (McLachlan)
03 - Kate Dalrymple/John MacNeill's Reel (Peter Milne)
04 - Voices (Holly Near)
05 - Leannan a bh'agam/'Sann an Ile/The Pinch of Snuff
06 - The Dusty Windowsill (J Harlan)
07 - Willie's Fair and Rare
08 - Dancing the Baby/Dolina Mackay (J Scott)
09 - Mile marbhaisg air a' ghaol
10 - Captain O'Kane (T O'Carolan)The Drunken Piper/The Seagull (Donald Macleod)


Mary Macmaster: metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals
Patsy Seddon: gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sìleas - Beating Harps (1987 Scotland) @192

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01 - The Pipers
02 - The Silver Whistle
03 - Oh Wee White Rose Of Scotland
04 - The Solos
05 - Miss Gordon Of Gight
06 - Puirt A Beul
07 - The Shore Of Gruinard
08 - Ca' The Yowes
09 - The Dogs
10 - Beating Harps


Mary Macmaster: metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals
Patsy Seddon: gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals


Friday, November 28, 2008

Sìleas - Play on Light (1996 Scotland) @192

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01 - Buain A'choirce
02 - May Colvin
03 - Cumha Easbuig Earraghaidheal [Lament for the Bishop of Argyll]
04 - Laill Leathag
05 - Cameron MacFadyen/Dr. Cameron's Casebook/Miss Kirsten Lindsay Morrison
06 - Mo Dhòmhnullan Fhèin (My Own Donald)
07 - Planxty Crockery/Domhnall Dubh
08 - Pi Li Li Liu
09 - Dr. Florence Campbell of Jammalamadugu/Duncan Johnstone
10 - The Castlebay Scrap/Stuarts Rant
11 - Ain't No Sunshine/The Flawless Juggler
12 - Miss Ann Cameron of Balvenie/Amy's Rollerskates/Paddy's Leather ...
13 - Tha Sior Chaoineadh


Mary Macmaster: metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals
Patsy Seddon: gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sìleas - Delighted With Harps (1986 Scotland)@320

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01 - The Brigs (The North Brig O' Edinburgh-The Brig O' Perth)
02 - Cadal Chan Fhaigh Mi (I Can Get No Sleep)
03 - Reels (Millbrae-The Spey In Spate)
04 - Eppie Morrie
05 - Air And Reel (The Chanter's Tune-Marry Me Now)
06 - Da Day Dawn
07 - The Little Cascade
08 - Tha Mulad
09 - 'sol Coltach Mi Ri Craobh Gun Duilleag-Feadan Glan A' Phiobair
10 - John Anderson My Jo
11 - The Judges Dilemma - The Inverness Gathering


Mary Macmaster: metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals
Patsy Seddon: gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bran - Awen (Argentina 1998) @160 (Promo Album)

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Just in the 10th Anniversary of it's 1st edition, it is a pleasure for me to share with all of you this sampler of the "Awen" album which I recorded under the BRAN line up in 79 festive hours between Sept. 22nd of 1997 and April 2nd 1998.This post includes only the first 8 tracks...the zip file encloses CD Notes Lyrics Artwork This is the First Digital Recording ever done in Argentina featuring Celtic Harp. Other traditional instruments were also included such as whistles, pipes, violin, mandola, mountain dulcimer and bodhran, amongst others.
The title of the Album is related to it's opening tune, revealed to me on whistle during a session with BRAN's co-founder and guitar player Xandru Reguera, tune which in fact was pre-existent since we discovered some time after a lost take of it recorded sometime in the past by him! Awen is a welsh word related to the trance of a bardduring the creation act.
Let me comment to you in brief that in the early '90's, the popular Buenos Aires based 'Poitín' band, dissolved to give birth to new bands. One of these was 'Lenda Gwyn' which after a short period gave birth to 'Duir' during the autumn Celtic New Year celebration of Samhain in 1993, proceeding to introduce new repertoire over four years of concert appearances. As one of it's leading members I left ´Duir´on Samhain '97 and began work on a solo harp project, soon after 'Duir' dissolved. That project grew in scope to become a new band: 'Bran'.
As members of 'Bran' we were drawn together by a mutual love for a style we came to describe as 'musical perspective from Celtic roots'.
The band began to weave together old Celtic tunes and new tune of their own, inspired by the feelings and views of the modern Celts, always trying to explore new directions in folk music and the shared Celtic cultural heritage that spans from the British Isles to South America.The band was joined by several other musicians to enrich the whole project and make Bran´s first album a reality. Part of the concept was to record the first Argentine CD featuring the Gaelic harp as one of it´s lead instruments. Through their arrangements, the band tried to unveil and reflect both the marvel and tragedy of a still-vivid Celtic history. This is music born of Argentinian soil that tries to capture some of the symbollism of clan marches, airs, dances, and songs of the scattered Celtic peoples. The band´s sound combines the harmonic dimension of the Gaelic harp, the rythmic pulse of assorted percussions, the weaving counterpoint of fretted instruments, the lilting melodies of fiddle and flutes, plus the undeniable Celtic feeling of the songs. Tracks of the album appeared also in the CELTICA Magazine Sampler.Throughout the years we were able to spread BRAN's music in foreign countries such as Chile, Uruguay, United States, Spain, Ireland,and United Kingdom.
Flowing with the living currents of our migratory ancient forbears, we take part in a musical and symbolic voyage.The music of 'Bran' is like a 'round trip' carryingto 'another dimension' of our lives and back again. We hope dew to your blog it will trip farther reaching the four corners of the world!...

01 - Awen
02 - Open The Door Softly
03 - La Dame Verte
04 - Morrigan & Dagda
05 - Blackbird
06 - Dance By The Mill - Maneo Of Imende
07 - Loch Liath
08 - Añada-Rambling Boatman

The Original 1998 Line Up:
Mauricio Ceballos: flutes (irish & others),jaw harp,vocals.
Sergio Gonzalez: mandolin,mandola,bouzouki, flute, whistles, bodhran
Eliseo Mauas Pinto: Gaelic harps, whistles, percussion, harmonica, lead vocals.
Xandru Reguera: electric and acoustic guitars, fretted dulcimer , cittern
Iñaki Antolin: acoustic and digital percussions, flutes, harmonica


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

OUGENWEIDE (Germany)

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OUGENWEIDE is a Teutonic musical collective formed at the beginning of the 70’s. Their music consists of “pastoral” folk rock compositions with Middle Ages influences. The band features Minne Graw (vocals, Harmonium...), Olaf Casalich (vocals, acoustic percussions), Stefen Wulff (bass guitar, accordion and keyboard), Wolgang von Henko (Mandoline, guitars and vocals), Jurgen Isenbarth (Marimbaphone, Vibraphone, vocals) and Frank Wulff (bombard, bouzouki, mandoline, sitar…).
They recorded their first album in 1973. Since 1974 until the end of the 70’s they published several albums for Polydor label. They released their last album in 1981 before to split up in 1985. The band reformed in 1996 for a reunion album called “Sol”. Both released in 1976, “Orhrenschmausen” and “Eulenspiegel” represent their most notorious efforts. Two classics in the mood of authentic “Pagan” folk rock music with a great variety of acoustic instruments from medieval (with mandolin, flute, Krummhorn…) to “World” (sitar, bongos, marimba…). The result is unique and highly inspired, introducing the listener in an “enchanting” poetic, mythical world. Beautiful lyrics in German accompany tremendous prog folk instrumentations.
With a better capacity of innovation in popular music and with an exquisite sense of medieval music, OUGENWEIDE is the Teutonic version of prog folk bands as GRYPHON, MALICORNE… Their traditional folk music mixed with rock can also be compared to the Germans of PARZIVAL.
OUGENWEIDE’s discography is considered as a valuable document about profane, secular music.

Index discography:
Ougenweide, 1973 up
All die weil ich mag, 1974 up
Ohrenschmaus, 1976 up
Eulenspiegel, 1976 up
Ungezwungen, live, 1977 up
Frÿheit, 1978 up
Ousflug, 1979 up
ja-Markt, 1980 up
Noch aber ist April, 1981 up
SOL, 1996 up
Herzsprung, 2010 up


Ougenweide - Sol (1997) Germany @320

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EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
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01. Terra Sinus Aperit 3:31
02. Gaudete 3:16
03. Drink Down The Moon 3:52
04. Spagna Contrapunto 2:22
05. O Death 3:35
06. King Arthur 3:09
07. Ave Maria 4:14
08. Woe Worth The Tyme 4:14
09. Gentil Señora Mia 3:19
10. Owê 3:53
11. Tourdion 3:23
12. Pasa El Agua 3:23
13. Concerto For Lovers 3:11
14. SOL 4:11

Olaf Casalich-Bauer: Vocals, Percussion, Drums, Djembe
Stefan Rager: Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Programming, Glockenspiel, Toy piano, Harfenzither, Marimba, Bodhran, Udu
Stefan Wulff: Bass, Contrabass, Keyboards, Percussion, Talking Drum, Drum Programming
Frank Wulff: Saz, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, chinesische Schnarrflöte, Maultrommel, Drehleier, Mandoline, Mandola, Keyboards, Alt-Querflöte, Muschelhorn, Tin Whistle, Waterphon, Percussion, Schalmei, Krummhörner, Sitar, Schwirrholz, Digeridoo
Darius Zahir: Keyboards
Wolfgang von Henko: E- und Akustik-Gitarre, Midi-Gitarre, E-Bow-Gitarre, Konzert-Gitarre, Sample-Percussion, Programming
Wolfram Huschke: Cello
Sven Gordon Williams: Drums, Percussion

Tessera Quartett:
Christiane Wulff: Violin
Michail Paweletz: Violin
Karlheinz Mayer: Viola
Gernot Nutzenberger: Cello

Ougenweide - Ja-Markt (1980) + Noch Aber Ist April (1981) Germany @320

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2 albums in one CD - 2007 Edition.
EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
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01. Ich bin ein Folkfreak 4:46
02. Wie der Aufstand der Wehrhufer seinen Anfang nahm 5:34
03. Krokodile sind keine Vögel (Du kannst sagen, was Du willst) 5:02
04. Kein schöner Land 3:15
05. Ja - Markt 7:47
06. Heimat und so... 3:27
07. Laune 4:28
08. Auf weichen Federn 3:37
09. Nie wieder 5:42
10. Muspilli 3:18
11. Noch aber ist April 4:17
12. Dem Stacheldraht die Stacheln klau´n 4:37
13. De Ruiter (Niederlande 17. Jhd.) 4:00
14. Senso Unico 3:02
15. Ich? Dich? 7:48
16. Knopp im Ohr 3:10

Ja-Markt Line-up (1-8):
Pete Sage: Fiddle, Bodhran, Vocals
Pieps Wulff: Flute
Wolfgang Schubert: Oboe
Hermann Süß: Trumpet
Horst Schröder: Trombone
Klaus Nagurski: Saxophone

Noch Aber Ist April line-up (9-16):
Minne Graw: Vocals, Piano, String Ensemble
Olaf Casalich: Vocals, Schlagzeug, Percussion
Jürgen Isenbart: Vocals, Schlagzeug, Percussion
Wolfgang v. Henko: Guitar
Stefan Wulff: Bass, Synthesizer
Frank Wulff: Vocals, Mandoline, Mandola, Bouzouki, Drehleier, Piano, Guitar, Querflöte, chinesische Membranflöte, Bombarde, Tin Whistle

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ougenweide - Frÿheit (1978) + Ousflug (1979) - Germany @320

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2 albums in one CD - 2007 Edition.
EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
Thanks Matty for the FLAC source!


01. Die Bauern sind aufrührig geworden 3:23
02. Diese sind die Henkersbuben 1:45
03. Das heil'ge Reich ist schwer verletzt1:35
04. Ich sinn', ich denke hin und her 3:10
05. Lang erhoffte Friedenstaube 3:23
06. Mit Mann und Roß und Wagen 2:50
07. Lützow's wilde, verwegene Jagd 3:30
08. Zittert, zittert blöde Toren 2:48
09. Schwarz, Rot, Gold 1:54
10. Was zieht dort zur Brigittenau 2:50
11. Deutschland oh zerrissen Herz 3:10
12. Schwefelhölzer, Fenchel, Bricken 2:02
13. Hinweg, die besten Streiter weg 3:12
14. Zu Frankfurt, an dem Main 2:47
15. Tobacco-Lob 4:32
16. Basse danse La Gatta 1:18
17. Ballo Francese aus Il Primo Libro Di Balli (1578) 2:39
18. How can I Keep my maiden head 4:13
19. Schöne Hexe 4:32
20. Ousflug 3:41
21. Orschel Baffmacher 4:02
22. Gerhart Atze 4:00
23. Maienzit 5:25
24. Denunziantenlied 2:03
25. Lügenlied 5:20

Frÿheit line-up (1-14):
Minne Graw: Vocals, Harmonium, E-Piano, Organ,Stringensemble, Synthesizer
Olaf Casalich: Vocals, Percussion
Frank Wulff: Flute, ombarde, Musette, Krummhörner, Alt-Saxophon, Electric & acoustic Guitars, Bouzouki, Dulcimer, Mandolinenbanjo...
Stefan Wulff: bass guitar, E-Baß, Mundharmonika, Harmonium, Marimbaphon, Synthesizer, vocals
Wolfgang v. Henko: Electric & acoustic guitarsMandoline, vocals
Jürgen Isenbart: Marimbaphon, Percussions, vocals

Ousflug line-up (15-25):
Wolfgang v. Henko: E-Guitar, Mandolin
Jürgen Isenbart: Vibraphon...
Minne Graw: Flute, vocals, Marimba, Streicherorgel, Fender Rhodes
Olaf Casalich: Vocals, Percussion
Stefan Wulff: Synthesiser, Flute, vocals...
Frank Wulff: guitars, Clarinettino, Mandoline, Tenorkrummhorn, Sitar, Bouzouki, Banjo.

Ougenweide - Ungezwungen - Live (1977) - Germany @320

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2 albums in one CD - 2007 Edition.
EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
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01. Bald anders (Ohrenschmaus) 6:40
02. Wol mich der Stunde (Eulenspiegel) 6:50
03. Ouwe wie jaemerliche (Ohrenschmaus) 4:04
04. Der Rivale (All die Weil ich mag) 6:09
05. Ougenweide (Ougenweide) 11:46
06. Der Schlemihl (Ohrenschmaus) 3:37
07. Ihr Herren wollt ihr schweigen still (Frÿheit) 3:31
08. Swa gouter hande wurzen sint (Ougenweide) 6:37
09. Wintertanz (All die Weil ich mag) 3:13
10. Till und die Gelehrten (Eulenspiegel) 4:55
11. Ronde (erstveröffentlicht) 3:38
12. Der Fuchs (Ougenweide) 6:29

Ougenweide - Ohrenschmaus (1976) + Eulenspiegel (1976) - Germany @320

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2 albums in one CD - 2006 Edition.
EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
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01. Bombarde-Ment 1:10
02. Kommt ihr Jungfern helft mir klagen 5:03
03. Eines Freitags im Wald 3:11
04. Pferdesegen (Contra Uermes) 2:00
05. Bald anders 6:32
06. Im Badehaus 3:08
07. Owê wie jaemerliche 4:21
08. Engelboltes Tochter Aven 3:01
09. Rumet uz die Schäemel und die stüele 1:54
10. Alfol 1:00
11. Der Schlemihl 3:55
12. Merseburger Spieluhr 0:37
13. Till 0:23
14. Tyllurius Spiegelius 3:21
15. Der Hofmaler 5:05
16. Till und die Gelehrten 4:28
17. Tills Ende und Vermächtnis 5:20
18. Welscher Tanz und Hupfauf 2:46
19. Totus Floreo 2:36
20. Wol mich der Stunde 5:28
21. Durch den Ermel gat dâz Loch 4:58
22. Enzio 2:06

Minne Graw: Flutes, E-Piano, Harmonium, vocals
Olaf Casalich: Percussion, vocals
Wolfgang von Henko: Guitars, Mandolin, vocals
Jürgen Isenbart: Percussion
Stefan Wulff: Bass, guitar, accordion
Frank Wulff: Flute, Krummhorn, Mandolin, Banjo, Bouzouki, guitar,vocals


Ougenweide - Ougenweide (1973) + All Die Weil Ich Mag (1974) Germany @320

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2 albums in one CD - 2006 Edition.
EAC rip - Lame Codec from FLAC source.
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01. Nieman kan mit Gerten 2:26
02. Es stunt ein frouwe alleine 4:50
03. Ouwe 2:29
04. Der Fuchs 5:25
05. Eilenau 1:28
06. Ougenweide 6:08
07. Swa gouter hande wurzen sint 3:19
08. Der Sohn der Näherin 3:10
09. Sarod 2:45
10. Statement zur Lage der ganzen Musica 1:05
11. Es fur ein pawr gen holcz 1:36
12. Der Fuchs und der Rabe (3:00)
13. Der Rivale (6:37)
14. Der Rattenfaenger (3:35)
15. Fuer Irene (3:24)
16. Merseburger... (3:30)
17. Ich spring an disem ringe (2:18)
18. Wan sie dahs (2:16)
19. Der Blinde und der Lahme (6:17)
20. Palaestina Lied (3:41)
21. Wintertanz (3:04)
22. Einen gekroenten reien (3:04)


Line-up/Musicians:
Line-up 1-11
Frank Wulff : tranverse flute, recorders, mandoline, acoustic guitar, Indian harmonium, big drum
Stefan Wulff : E-bass, E-piano, acoustic guitar
Jürgen Isenbart: marimbaphon, xylophone, chimes
Wolfgang von Henko: mandoline, concert guitar, western guitar, electronic guitar, voice
Minne Graw: voice, recorder, harmonium, harpsichord, piano
Olaf Casalich: voice, drums, percussion
Line-up 12-22
Olaf Casalich: vocals, congas, marcas, tabla
Renee Kollmorgen: vocals, percussions, triangle
Brigitte Blunck: vocals, percussions
Wolfgang von Henko: guitars
Stefan Wulff: Harmonium, bass
Frank Wulff: Bouzouki, Sitar...
Jürgen Isenbart: Xylophon, Percussion...
Ulle: back up vocals
Achim Reichel: Fuzz-Bass...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gwendal - Locomo (France 1982) @320

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1. Locomo [4:25]
2. Push-Pull [3:13]
3. A l'est de Moussours [8:00]
4. Nous n'irons plus (1.ème partie) [1:00]
5. Sacra matao [4:07]
6. Basquette [3:42]
7. La perruche et le président [6:59]
8. Nous n'irons plus (1.ème partie) [1:48]

Youenn Le Berre - Flute, gaita, bombard
François Ovide - Guitars
Robert le Gall - Violin, guitar
David Rusaouen - Drums
Pascal Sarton - Bass



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - Ringing The Changes (England 2007) @320

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01. Wake Up! (3:28)
02. Blue Pearl (4:43)
03. Bright Evening Star (3:24)
04. Carol (There Was a Boy) (2:49)
05. Lachrimae Amoris (3:23)
06. The Gift (3:05)
07. Stuff (3:12)
08. Bring Us in Good Ale (3:44)
09. Ring the Bell, Watchman! (2:03)
10. The Changing Face of Christmas (3:11)
11. The Quiet Way Home (3:46)
12. Home (3:44)
13. The Undefeated Sun (3:46)
14. A Latin Latin Christmas (3:15)


Maddy Prior
: vocals
Andy Watts: shaw, C clarinet, Turkish G clarinet, recorder, melodica, vocals
Giles Lewin: violin, recorder, shawm, vocals
Steve Banks: drums, Latin percussion, djembe, violin, guitar, vocals
Jub Davis: double bass, vocals
Steno Vitale: guitar, mandolin, vocals
Terry Jones: vocals [7]

Maddy Prior - Seven For Old England (England 2008) @256

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01. Dives and Lazarus (4.15)
02. Trooper's Nag (2.22)
03. Jock of Hazeldean (4.33)
04. The Collier Lad (2.05)
05. Martinmas Time (4.11)
06. Love Will Find Out the Way (3.27)
07. In Sad and Ashy Weeds (3.12)
08. Bold General Wolfe (3.26)
09. The Cuckoo (4.44)
10. I Heard the Banns (3.12)
11. Came Ye from Newcastle (2.35)
12. Trimdon Grange (4.02)
13. Staines Morris (3.25)
14. North Country Lass (4.02)
15. Come Again (2.41)
16. Magpie (21.48)

Maddy Prior, vocals;
Benji Kirkpatrick, guitar [1, 3, 5-14, 16], bouzouki [2-4], banjo [5], vocals [2, 13, 16];
Giles Lewin, ud [1], violin [2, 4, 9, 11, 14], viola [5-6, 8-9, 14], flute [9], harmonium [10, 16], recorder [6, 7, 14, 16], vocals [2, 16];
John Kirkpatrick, button accordion [2, 4, 11, 13], anglo concertina [8], bass anglo concertina [16];
John Banks, harp [6, 15];
Barney Morse-Brown, cello [9, 14];
Tony Poole, 12-string guitar [9, 16]

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gráda - Cloudy Day Navigation (2007 Ireland) @320

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01. Cooler at the Edge
02. Twenty-One Foot Man
03. Fifty-Ninth Street
04. Red Civic
05. Carousel of Life
06. The Queen and the Solider
07. Maria Letizia's
08. River
09. Lazy Sunday Morning
10. The Eighteenth of June
11. The Gammel Danks
12. Steerer John Begg


Alan Doherty: Flutes, Whistles, Vocals, Percussion
Andrew Laking: Double Bass, Vocals, Guitar
Colin Farrell: Fiddle, Whistle
Gerry Paul: Guitars, Vocals
Nicola Joyce: Vocals, Bodhran

Friday, October 24, 2008

Les Menestriers - Mandrin (France 1978) @256

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Very Rare Album. Vinyl Rip (not released in CD).
Again, I did a custom CD cover-art based in the original vinyl cover.
Thanks to my Belgian friend for more this album!



01 - La Complainte De Mandrin
02 - Gavotte De Caroubel
03 - Les Gars De Senneville
04 - La Peronnelle
05 - Branle Gay Trop Penser
06 - Chapeau De Saulje
07 - Pavane La Pandora
08 - Huit Branles De Bourgogne


Henri Agnel: pandore, lute, oud, zarb, tchek-tcek, chant
Marcelo Ardizzone: oud, guitar, viol, rebec, crumhorn
Jean-Noël Catrice: recorders, crumhorns, chant
Bernard Pierrot: saz, lute, chant

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Various Artists - The Acoustic Folk Box (2002) @192

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01. Jack O'Diamonds - Lonnie Donegan
02. 3/4 AD - Davy Graham & Alexis Korner
03. MacPherson's Rant - The Galliards
04. Twa Corbies - Ray & Archie Fisher
05. Tramps And Hawkers - Bob Davenport
06. The Rocky Road To Dublin - The Dubliners
07. Song Of The Iron Road - Ewan MacColl
08. She Moves Through The Air - Anne Briggs
09. The Times They Are A Changin' - The Ian Campbell Folk Group
10. Across The Hills - The Three City Four
11. Joy Of My Heart - The Fisher Family
12. Anji - Bert Jansch
13. Reynardine - Shirley Collins & Davy Graham
14. Geordie - Julie Felix
15. Dido Bendigo - The Watersons
16. The Two Magicians - AL Lloyd
17. The Moving On Song - The Exiles
18. Sovay - Martin Carthy
19. First Girl I Loved - The Incredible String Band
20. Lyke Wake Dirge - The Young Tradition
21. Transfusion - John Renbourn
22. You Never Wanted Me - Sandy Denny
23. The Cuckoo's Nest - Dave Swarbrick
24. The House Carpenter - Sweeney's Men
25. Spiral Staircase - Ralph McTell

Disc 2
01. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme - Pentangle
02. Bonnie Boy - Shirley Collins
03. The Rout Of The Blues - Robin & Barry Dransfield
04. Bright Phoebus - Lal & Mike Waterson
05. Sorry The Day I Was Married - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior
06. Scan's Polkas - Oak
07. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie/The Friar's Britches - Dick Gaughan
08. The Crafty Maid's Policy - Frankie Armstrong
09. Don't You Weep For Me - Nic Jones
10. The Rose Of Britain's Idle/Glorishears - John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris
11. Hard Times Of Old England - Etchingham Steam Band
12. The Kesh Jig/Give Us A Drink Of Water/The Flower Of The Flock/Famous Ballymore - The Bothy Band
13. The Ant & The Grasshopper - Leon Rosselson & Roy Bailey
14. The Methody Parson - Roy Harris
15. John O'Dreams - Bill Caddick
16. The Rose Of Allandale - Bandoggs
17. The Shepherd Of The Downs - Peter Bellamy
18. Brighton Camp/The March Past - John Kirkpatrick & Chums
19. Harper's Frolick/Bonny Kate - New Victory Band
20. Once In A While - Steve Ashley

Disc 3
01. Miss Drummond Of Perth/Fiddler's Joy/Traditional Reel/The Shetland Fiddler - Battlefield Band
02. Farewell Welfare - Rory McLeod
03. Erin-Go-Bragh - Dick Gaughan
04. Rockin' In Rhythm - Richard Thompson
05. Stephen Baldwin's Schottisches Nos 1 & 2/The Kennet Jig - Old Swan Band
06. In Trim/Mount Hooley/Leamington Bank - Alistair Anderson
07. Lay This Body Down - June Tabor
08. The First Cut Is The Deepest - Martin Simpson
09. Handsome Johnny - The English Country Blues Band
10. If - Vin Garbutt
11. The Maid & The Palmer - Brass Monkey
12. The Monkey/Boys Of The Mill - Blowzabella Shave
13. A B Hornpipe / Mrs Bolowski's - Kathryn Tickell
14. Another Train - Pete Morton
15. Coal Not Dole - Swan Arcade
16. Blood And Gold/Mohacs - Silly Sisters
17. Wasps In The Woodpile - Andrew Cronshaw
18. Patrick Street/The Carraroe Jig - Patrick Street
19. A Bhean Udai Thall - Altan
20. Fraoch A Ronaigh - Mouth Music

Disc 4
01. The Grey Funnel Line - Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane & Mary Black
02. A Call For The North Country - Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies
03. Reconciliation - Ron Kavana
04. Pharoah - The House Band
05. Out Come The Freaks - Chris Wood
06. Moving The Goalposts - Billy Bragg
07. When First I Came To Caledonia - Waterson:Carthy
08. Beeswing - Richard Thompson
09. Molly & Johnny - Dervish
10. Venus In Tweeds - Shooglenifty
11. The Graf Spey/The Boys Of Balisodare - Martin Hayes
12. Jerusalem Revisited - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
13. How Can I Leave - Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight
14. A Place Called England - June Tabor
15. Reel Du Pendu - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
16. Twankydillo - Maddy Prior
17. Llatai - Fernhill
18. The Cobbler's Daughter - Kate Rusby
19. From Where I Lie / Sheepcounting - John Tams
20. 10,000 Miles - Eliza Carthy


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Sunday, October 19, 2008

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gráda - The Landing Step (Ireland 2004) @320

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01. Tread Softly
02. Go Neiri an Bothar Leat
03. Isabelle
04. Weight of the World
05. Seven of Eight
06. All in One Day
07. Manuka Swing
08. Back of Beyond
09. Dear Mary
10. Shock On
11. A L'envers

Gerry Paul: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki
Brendan O'Sullivan: vocals, fiddle, viola
Alan Doherty: vocals, flute, whistle
Andrew Laking: vocals, double bass
Anne Marie O'Malley: vocals, bodhran
Guests:
Vyvienne Long: cello
Bill Blackmore: trumpet
Eamon DeBarra: piano
Dave Hingerty: percussion
Kevin Brady: percussion

Friday, October 17, 2008

Gráda - Endeavour (Ireland 2002) @320

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01. Cathain
02. Pint Of Reference
03. Biodegradable
04. Swallow
05. Anto's Gambit
06. Diamantina Drover
07. Madam I'm A Darling
08. Out In Otaki
09. Once Loved A Boy
10. Snow Leopard
11. Mini Minor
12. Endeavour

Gerry Paul: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki
Brendan O'Sullivan: vocals, fiddle, viola
Alan Doherty: vocals, flute, whistle
Andrew Laking: vocals, double bass
Anne Marie O'Malley: vocals, bodhran
Guest:
Dave Hingerty: percussion

Marguerite Studios, Dublin, Ireland.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Den Fule - Quake (Sweden 1997) @320

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"Quake" compiles Den Fule's two Swedish releases, "Lugumleik" (1993, winner of a Swedish Grammy for Best Folk Album of the Year), and "Skalv" (1995), which introduced vocalist Henrik Wallgren to the band.This compilation is 18 tracks and over 70 minutes long, and contains some Swedish lyrics which may be unsuitable for the braindead.


01. Det är Jag (I'm The One) 4:37
02. Tuss Ola 3:34
03. Munnharpevals (Mouth Harp Waltz) 0:24
04. Offerklippans Sång (Song of the Sacrificial Cliff) 0:47
05. Koptespatke 5:48
06. Lugumleik 5:04
07. Modus Mats 3:43
08. Skalv (Quake) 0:43
09. Snäll (Good) 4:09
10. Vallåt (Herdsman's Tune) 6:21
11. Pål Karls Vals 4:19
12. Storebackepolskan (Big Hill Polska) 4:09
13. Den Blå Slåtten / Ormslå 4:59
14. Skägget (The Beard) 3:44
15. Fly Med Mig (Run Away With Me) 4:58
16. Slängpolska (Swing Polska) 4:40
17. Köpmanpolskan (Merchant's Polska) 3:51
18. Vinge (Wing) 5:09


Ola Bäckström - fiddle
Stefan Bergman - bass
Henrik Cederblom - guitars, electric violin, percussion
Ellika Frisell - fiddle
Christian Jormin - drums and percussion
Sten Källman - saxophones, percussion
Jonas Simonson - flutes, bass saxophone
Henrik Wallgren - vocals

Friday, October 10, 2008

Soïg Siberil - Digor (France 1993) @224

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01. La jiganda
02. Abril - O maio xota de ourense
03. Er miliner - marche de St-Mathieu
04. A tribute to Andy
05. Kishor's tune
06. Beg ar lan
07. Ar menuser - ridée
08. Sweet rain II Plevin jig
09. Plinn ton ar fin
10. La visite à Adèle - marche de la Roche-Bernard
11. Rimodell

Soïg Sibéril: guitares
Jacky Molard: violon, guitare
Jacques Pellen: guitare
Ronan Le Bars: uilleann pipes
Jean-Michel Veillon: flûtes
Dominique Molard: percussions
Youra Marcus: banjo

Den - Just Around the Window (France 1989) @224

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01. Just around the window
02. L'Orient est grand
03. Madame Lulu
04. Five sounds
05. Le rayon vert
06. The last chance
07. Javah
08. Lights out
09. Aube mauve
10. Sweet rain/Plevin jig


Jacky Molard: Violon, guitare, basse, mandoline
Patrick Molard: cornemuses écossaise et irlandaise
Soïg Sibéril: guitare
Jean-Michel Veillon: flûte traversière en bois
Alain Rouquette: Piano, claviers
Philippe Mobers: batterie, percussions

Monday, October 6, 2008

Les Menestriers - Renaissance (France 1980) @320

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Very Rare Album. Vinyl Rip (not released in CD).
Thanks to my Belgian friend for more this album!

01 - Allemande du Roy
02 - Washa Nesa
03 - Pavane et Gaillarde Si je m'en vois
04 - Branle simple et deux Gaillardes
05 - Fantasia sexta
06 - Baxa da Contrapunto
07 - Ricercada Quinta, Quinta Pars, Secunda
08 - Philips Pavin and Galliard
09 - The Frog Galliard
10 - Laveches Galliard
11 - Sir John Smith Almain
12 - My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe
13 - Go from my Window
14 - My Lord of Oxenford's mask


Henri Agnel: lute, pandore, guitar
Marcelo Ardizzone: rebec, viols, guitar
Jean-Noel Catrice: recorder
Bernard Pierrot: lute


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Alain Pennec - Turbulences (France 1999) @224

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01. Bals à quatre
02. Menuet
03. Le soir à la brunette
04. Taraf de trentemoulk
05. The broken bottle
06. The abercairney highlanders
07. Trois garçons au lion d'or
08. La dame blanche
09. Luna Llena
10. The white petticoat
11. Suite Plinn
12. A night in paraty


Alain Pennec: accordéons
Aurore Breger: harpe celtique
Youenn Landreau: didgeridoo
Stéphane Barbier: percussions

Friday, October 3, 2008

Angelo Branduardi - Confesiones de un Malandrín (1993 Italy) @VBR~224

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Uploaded by request.
Branduardi sings most of all songs in Spanish.

01. Puede hacerse (Si può fare)
02. Comete la manzana (Cogli la prima mela)
03. El cerezo (Il ciliegio)
04. La pulga de agua (La pulce d'acqua)
05. Il viaggiatore
06. Forte
07. Devi trattarla bene
08. Cambia il vanto, cambia il tempo
09. Confesiones de un malandrin (Confessioni d'un malandrino)
10. En la fiera del Este (Alla fiera dell'Est)
11. Baile en fa menor (Ballo in fa diesis minor)
12. El regalo del ciervo (Il dono del cervo)
13. Señora (Madame)


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Les Menestriers - Chanson légère à entendre (France 1976) @320

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Very Rare Album. Vinyl Rip.
Again, I did a custom CD cover-art based in the original vinyl cover.
Thanks to my Belgian friend for this album!



Some says that they were pre-history of french folk... Mnnn... If they were, I'm sure they didn't knew it. They just wanted to let us hear and know this ancient music wich was very underrated and, at this time, very despised by the classical-music audience.
All the musicians of "Les Ménestriers" were classical musicians and in that particular band, they tried to be more "cool" than in real classical recordings. So, the records of "Les Menestriers" were often considerated too serious by the folk audience, not serious enough by the classical-music audience.


01 - Chanson légère à entendre (Conon de Béthune)
02 - Lamento di Tristano e Rotta (Anon., 14th c.)
03 - Chançoneta Tedesca (Anon., 14th c.)
04 - Quatre Rondeaux: A Dieu Commant Amourettes (Adam de la Halle)
05 - Quatre Rondeaux: Li Doux Regard de Ma Dame (Adam de la Halle)
06 - Quatre Rondeaux: Dieu Comment Pourrai (Adam de la Halle)
07 - Quatre Rondeaux: Bonne Amourette (Adam de la Halle)
08 - In Seculum Viellatoris (Anon., 13th c.,)
09 - Cavalcando Con Un Giovane Accorto (Anon., 14th c.)

Marcello Ardizzone: rebec, vièle, oud, crumhorn
Berry Hayward: recorder, chalumean, crumhorn
Bernard Pierrot: saz, oud, lute, chant
Henri Agnel: luth, oud, saz, derbouka
Julien Skowron: rebec, vièle

Friday, September 19, 2008

Les Menestriers - Le Bouvier (France 1977) @320

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Vinyl Rip.
Thanks to my Belgian friend for this album!

"Les Menestriers" were founded in 1970 in order to address the increased relevance of medieval music in the contemporary music scene. They presented the repertory as a living art in contact with the Earth. The group was disbanded by 1980. Most of the members are always working as musicians and teachers in classical music area.
Their records doesn't exist on CDs and we can considerate "Les Menestriers" as a forgotten band. You'll hardly find information about them on the net... or elsewhere.
The records of "Les Menestriers" were often considerated too serious for folk audience, not serious enough for classical-music audience.
"Le Bouvier" is probably one of the most easiest record to listen, probably due to the influence of bands like Malicorne.

1. Le Bouvier
2. J'ai vu le loup, le renard, le lièvre
3. Pierre de Grenoble
4. Les trois fontaines
5. Il était une cendrillon
6. Douce dame jolie
7. La Manfredina

Marcello Ardizzone: rebec, vielle, oud, crumhorn
Barry Hayward: recorder, chalumean, crumhorn
Chris Hayward: transverse flute, recorder, crumhorn, derbouka, tambourin, cuillers
Bernard Pierrot: saz, oud, lute, chant


Magpie Lane - The Oxford Ramble (1993 England) @256

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01 - Magpie Lane
02 - As I Walked Through The Meadows
03 - The First Of May
04 - Oxford City
05 - The Oxfordshire Damosel
06 - John Barleycorn
07 - Johnny So Long - Eynsham Poaching Song
08 - Old Molly Oxford
09 - The Boar's Head Carol
10 - The Oxford Scholar
11 - Great Tom Is Cast
12 - Old Tom Of Oxford - Bonny Christ Church Bells
13 - Astley's Ride
14 - The Oxford Ramble
15 - Trunkles
16 - Near Woodstock Town
17 - Double Lead Through
18 - Princess Royal
19 - Husbandman And Servingman
20 - Banbury Bill - As I Was Going To Banbury
21 - Adderbury Medley
22 - May Day Carol

Ian Giles: Vocals, percussion
Andy Turner: Anglo-concertina, melodeon, percussion, vocals
Tom Bower: Flute, recorder, pipe and tabor, percussion, vocals
Mathew Green: Fiddle
Isobel Dams: Cello, vocals
Joanne Acty: Vocals
Peter Acty: Guitar, vocals
Guests:
Chris Leslie: Fiddles on (21); mandola on (1), (7) and (20); Zeta violin on (16).
Mandy Townsend: Hammered dulcimer on (3) and (22).
Heather Bower: Clarinet on (3); recorder on (1); vocals.
Carol Turner: Recorder on (1); vocals.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fairport Convention - Angel Delight (1971 England) @320

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01. Lord Marlborough (3:21)
02. Sir William Gower (4:54)
03. Bridge Over The River Ash (2:12)
04. Wizard Of Wordly Game (4:05)
05. The Journeyman’s grace (4:31)
06. Angel Delight (3:34)
07. Banks Of Sweet Primroses (4:12)
08. Instrumental Medley: The Cuckoo’s Nest/Hardiman The Fiddler/Papa Stoor (3:25)
09. The Bonny Black Hare (3:04)
10. Sickness & Diseases (3:47)Bonus Track (2004 Release)
11. The Journeyman's Grace (3:53)


Dave Swarbrick: vocals, fiddle, viola, mandolin, Cuckoo pipe
Dave Pegg: vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, viola
Dave Mattacks: drums, percussion, harmonium, tambourine, bass guitar
Simon Nicol: vocals, electric& acoustic guitars, viola, electric dulcimer


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fernhill - Ca' Nôs (1996 Wales) @320

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Julie Murphy on vocals; Andy Cutting, button accordionist extraordinaire, who had recently worked in a duo with fiddler Chris Wood and in collaborations with June Tabor and Sting; Ceri Rhys Matthews, leading figure of Welsh piping plays cittern, lute, clarinet, and Pastoral oboe; and Jonathan Shorland, outstanding Welsh flautist who has long been associated with the music and musicians of Brittany. Fernhill - playing a mix of Welsh, Breton, and English music, and ranging from romantic ballad to ritualistic dance songs.

01. Ffarwel I Aberystwyth 3.16
02. Cowboi 2.57
03. Brigg Fair 6.52
04. Gwenith Gwyn 3.04
05. Ridees Pastwn Mawr 5.22
06. March Glas 3.40
07. Le Gabier De Terre-Neuve 6.19
08. Lloer Dirion 4.04
09. Banks Of The Nile 9.44
10. Pilons L'Herbe 3.24


Julie Murphy: vocals
Andy Cutting: accordion
Ceri Rhys Matthews: bagpipes, cittern, lute, clarinet, oboe
Jonathan Shorland: flute


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blowzabella - Octomento (2007 ENG) @320

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Blowzabella produce an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by British and European traditional dance music. Many European bands who experiment beyond the boundaries of "folk" music cite Blowzabella as a major influence.

01. Oliver's and Two Beers 3:51
02. De Montford and Magaloufou 5:31
03. The Origin of the World 4:21
04. New Pneus 1:25
05. Tanteeka and Round the Corner 3:53
06. L' Ance 3:25
07. Black Lake and the Duck 4:18
08. One for Sorrow 2:58
09. Ham Street 4:01
10. Le Galant Indiscret 2:54
11. Jackie Tar 2:14
12. The New Road to Alston and Lottie's 5:52
13. To the Edges and Robin's 3:32
14. Hostilite 3:55


Andy Cutting: diatonic button accordion
Jo Freya: clarinet, saxophones
Paul James: bagpipes, saxophones
Gregory Jolivet: hurdy-gurdy
David Shepherd: violins
Barn Stradling: bass guitar
Jon Swayne: bagpipes, saxophones

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fairport Convention - Babbacombe Lee (2004 Island Remaster) (England 1971) @320

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01. The Verdict (0:28)
02. Little Did I Think (2:19)
03. I Was Sixteen/ John My Son (3:30)
04. Instrumental (1:14)
05. Sailor’s Alphabet (5:42)
06. John Lee (3:07)
07. Newspaper Reading (0:46)
08. Breakfast In Myfair (3:07)
09. Trial Song (3:55)
10. Cell Song (3:34)
11. The Time Is Near (2:33)
12. Dream Song (5:25)
13. Wake Up John (5:23)

Bonus Tracks (2004 Release):
14. Farewell To A Poor Man's Son (4:55)
15. Breakfast In Mayfair (3:59)


Simon Nicol - guitar, dulcimer
Dave Mattacks - drums, electric piano
Dave Swarbrick - fiddle, mandolin
Dave Pegg - bass, mandolin



Ad Vielle Que Pourra - New French Folk Music (Canada 1989) @320

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01. Schottische du Stockfish (4:15)
02. Malloz AR Barz Koz O Vervel (3:07)
03. Chupad Melen/Hanterdro Tid'poc'h (3:10)
04. L' Agacante/Vaise du Milieu/Valse du Faucigny (4:57)
05. La Pucelle d'Ussel (2:38)
06. Les Filles de France (5:53)
07. Suite de Gavottes Evit Leroux (4:32)
08. Bourrées Dans le Jardin (5:31)
09. Polkas Ratées (3:07)
10. Valse des Coquelicots/Java Niaise (1:39)
11. Fillettes des Campagnes (2:31)
12. An Dro Pitaouer/An Dro Evit Jakeza (5:17)
13. La Malfaissante (4:26)


Clement Demers: Accordion, Percussion, Vocals
Gilles Plante: Chalumeau, Bombardes, Recorder, Vocals
Allain Leroux: Bouzouki, Mandolin, Violin, Vocals
Daniele Thonon: Guitar, Accordion, Hurdygurdy, Vocals
Luc Thonon: Bagpipes, Recorder, Sax, Vocals

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fairport Convention - The Woodworm Years (1991 England) @320

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The Woodworm Years was originally released on Dave Pegg's own Woodworm Records label in 1991; the label went under shortly thereafter, but this compilation was reissued twice. The 16-track set (up from 14 in its original form, the two additions being a rollicking live version of the bluegrass standard "Orange Blossom Special" and a sensitive yet playful reading of Mike Waterson's "Rubber Band") collects '80s recordings not only from the band, but from its members' occasional solo albums. That means that The Woodworm Years starts off with a solo electric guitar performance from Pegg and features not one but three solo performances from Simon Nicol's Before Your Time album, not to mention one each from Martin Allcock and Ric Sanders, leaving only ten scattered performances by the full group. The solo tracks aren't bad at all, but they're primarily of interest to die-hard fans, making The Woodworm Years an enjoyable but hardly necessary collection of intriguing side trips.


01 - Level Pegging
02 - The Hiring Fair
03 - Wat Tyler
04 - Portmeirion
05 - Honour And Praise
06 - The Deserter
07 - From A Distance
08 - Rosemary's Sister
09 - Red And Gold
10 - Summer Before The War
11 - Con Casey's Jig - Tripping Up The Stairs
12 - Claudy Banks
13 - Three Jigs For Jamie
14 - Ginnie
15 - Orange Blossom Special (live)
16 - Rubber Band


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fía na Roca - Dez Anos ao Vivo (2004 SPAIN) @192

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01. Mikaela 6.32
02. O afiador de Tella 5.05
03. Trocante 7.00
04. Indo eu 3.53
05. Contravento 4.40
06. Cantar da danza 2.35
07. A Mesquita 4.38
08. Fía na roca 3.25
09. Trulla e carballesa 4.20
10. Dispensando 3.31
11. A cega da pena 3.42
12. De folga 6.34
13. Quer que lle quer 3.04
14. Baile de pandeiras 4.01
15. Sara 4.04
16. Estreliña mariñeira 2.56


Xabier Bueno: gaita galega, saxo soprano e tenor, low whistles, castañolas e crótalos.
Carlos Castro: percusión, batería.
Cris Gándara: baixo eléctrico, contrabaixo.
Sonia Lebedynski: voz, pandeireta.
Giao Rodrígues: guitarra acústica, mandolina.
Roberto Santamarina: violino. Xosé Ramón Vázquez: piano, acordeón, teclado


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - Sing Lustily & With Good Courage (England 1994) @192

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01. Who Would True Valour See [3:08]
02. Rejoice Ye Shining Worlds [2:09]
03. O Thou Who Camest From Above [2:36]
04. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending [3:38]
05. How Firm a Foundation [2:56]
06. O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing [3:48]
07. As Pants The Hart [2:26]
08. The God of Abraham Praise [3:07]
09. The Twenty-Ninth of May or The Jovial Beggars, Monkland [2:35]
10. Light of The World [3:45]
11. All Hail The Pow'r of Jesus' Name [4:02]
12. Lord, in The Morning [2:45]
13. Away With Our Sorrows and Care [3:18]
14. Christ The Lord Is Ris'n Today [3:12]
15. O Worship The King [3:25]
16. And Can It Be? [3:44]


Maddy Prior: vocals
Bill Badley: lute, guitar (19th cent. original), steel-string guitar, mandolin, mandocello, banjo, vocals
Charles Fullbrook: tabors, side drum, bass drum, cymbals, wood blocks, cow bell, vocals
'Jub': double bass
Giles Lewin: violin, recorder [2,13], vocals
Andy Watts: curtal, bassoon (19th cent. original), clarinet in C, recorder [2,7,14], vocals

Monday, September 1, 2008

Caliban - Caliban (1998 USA) @128

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Acoustic Duo featuring members of Tempest

Caliban presents a delightful, eclectic blend of music on fiddle and octave mandola, filling a set with spirited dance-tunes and spellbinding ballads. Their repertoire consists of Celtic and British material, traditional American songs, and tunes from Sorbye's native Norway. Featuring tight vocal harmonies and great instrumental skills, their show has a lively feel and a contagious sense of humor.

01. The Open Door
02. Beeswing
03. The Journeyman
04. Tipsy Sailor
05. Oh No
06. Jeg Lagde Meg Sa Silde
07. The Pony Set
08. Bold John Barleycorn
09. Major Malley
10. What Put the Blood
11. Company of Wolves

Lief Sorbye: lead vocals, octave-mandola, harmonica, bodhran, mandolin on 'The Journeyman'. Michael Mullen: fiddle, harmony vocals, viola on 'Beeswing'.


TO LISTEN:
Beeswing
Tipsy Sailor


Maddy Prior & Carnival Band - Gold Frankincense and Myrhh (England 2001) @192

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01. Melchior (3:26)
02. Caspar (2:21)
03. Balthazar (4:55)
04. Journey to Jericho (6:02)
05. Melima (3:16)
06. Journey to Bethlehem and Song of the Animals (3:22)
07. Welcome Stranger (3:31)
08. Song of Angels (1:44)
09. The Oxen (2:50)
10. The Carnal and the Crane (4:15)
11. Rorate Coeli De Super (3:10)
12. Entre Le Bouef et L'Ane Gris (3:14)
13. Hark! Hark What News (1:46)
14. Bethlehem Down (3:40)


Maddy Prior: vocals;
Bill Badley: renaissance and baroque lutes, guitar, mandolin, vocals;
Steve Banks: djembe, talking drum, saz, violin, vocals;
'Jub': modern and baroque double basses, percussion, vocals;
Giles Lewin: violin, viola, recorders, flute, shawm, vocals;
Raph Mizraki: 'ud, saz, darabuka, balafon, percussion, vocals;
Andy Watts: shawm, recorders, clarinet, Turkish clarinet, bassoon, vocals


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