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.
Thanks Matty for the FLAC source!


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.
Thanks Matty for the FLAC source!

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.
Thanks Matty for the FLAC source!


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.
Thanks Pollux for the FLAC source!


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.
Thanks Matty for the FLAC source!


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]

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