Monday, December 27, 2010

Hotel Palindrone - Dial 1702 (2007 Austria) @320

1. NAG'S BOURREE & QUOI ALORS (Natterer | Barbances)
2. LANDLER 1702 (trad.)
4. TRAVEL FLOW (Steiner)
9. MEXMAD 2 & DREHER (Steiner)
10. LARIDE 8 TEMPS (Steiner)
11. PASSHÖHE (Steiner)

Albin Paulus - clarinet, bagpipes, jew’s harps, shawms, flutes, vocals,
John Morrissey - Mandola, chitarra battente, vocals.
Peter „Nag“ Natterer - bass, saxophones, piano, electrified pump organ.
Stephan „Stoney“ Steiner - violin, viola, hurdy gurdy, diatonic accordion, nyckelharpa, vocals.

Hotel Palindrone - Samo Riba (live) (2003 Austria) @320

3. ANDRO: SAMO RIBA (St. Steiner) - listen!
4. 5/4 & 7/8 (trad.)
5. SCOTTISHES: Scottish für Hans Hermann / the Addictable (St. Steiner)
6. SUITE PLINN (trad.)
9. DE JUNGE WETFRU (Groth/trad.) / POLSKA
10. BRANNTWEIN: Le Brandevin (R. Amyot)
11. BRANLES: Maitre de la Maison / Branle d'Ecosse (trad.)
12. FÜNFERWALZER: Family Affair / Early Birds (St. Steiner)
13. BOURREES: Chasse au Faisan (St. Steiner)/ La Charge (M. Paris)
15. CERCLES "NOBODY'S PERFECT": Movrin aus Hötting / Elle est parfaite / Foliada
16. ...

Albin Paulus - clarinet, bagpipes, jew’s harps, shawms, flutes, vocals,
John Morrissey - Mandola, chitarra battente, vocals.
Peter „Nag“ Natterer - bass, saxophones, piano, electrified pump organ.
Stephan „Stoney“ Steiner - violin, viola, hurdy gurdy, diatonic accordion, nyckelharpa, vocals.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Llangres - Entá (2008 Spain) @320

The New album of this Asturian Celtic Band.

01 - Nel Entamu
02 - Trece Güeyos
03 - 3-4's
04 - La Povisa
05 - Mensaxe
06 - Corales Frayaos
07 - DRB
08 - Entá Yera Ceo
09 - Fandangu & Mambo
10 - Pieslla-y
11 - L'Abellugu

Esther Fonseca: Voice
Yago Prado: harp, acustic guitar and bass pedal
Viriu Fernández: bodhran
Doufu R. Fernández: Violin
Borja Baragaño: Asturian bagpipe and uilleann pipes

Track 05 - Mensaxe


Friday, December 10, 2010

Llangres - Esnalar (2005 Spain) @320

Asturias, a mountainous region just east of Galicia along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, is another of the marvels of Iberian culture and music. The quintet Llangres hails from Asturias, and Esnalar ("To Fly"), their second release, demonstrates their unique Asturian take on Celtic music, continuing with a staggering array of instruments, and adding vocalist Esther Fonseca. This addition brings the structure of Esnalar more into the mold of contemporary-traditional Celtic music from the British Isles, with instrumental medleys strategically interspersed with vocal songs.
Esnalar demonstrates growth and development of Llangres' instrumental excellence since their debut recording "Stura." The vocals of Esther Fonseca, while pleasant and competent, are not on the same level as the instrumental performances, but in no sense detract from the enjoyment of the recording.
-Jim Foley-

01 - Peñarrubia
02 - Esnalar
03 - Rio Verde
04 - La Carbonera
05 - La Pastorina
06 - Soscobiu
07 - Carolina
08 - La Inariega
09 - Vientu  d´adios
10 - Rondes
11 - Pasu del Eo
12 - Memoria de los Carbayos

Esther Fonseca: vocals
Yago Prado
: harp, acustic guitar and bass pedal

Viriu Fernández: bodhran
Héctor Braga: mandolin, fiddle and cello
Borja Baragaño: Asturian bagpipe and uilleann pipes
David Martín: flute
Alberto Ablanedo: Bouzouki
Pablo Lato: Bass
Emilio Gutiérrez: Synthesizer
César Monte: Electric Guitar
Carlos Carriles: Backing Vocals
Yoni Iglesias: Drums

Track 01 - Peñarrubia


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Llangres - Stura (2002 Spain) @320

The folk music band Llangres was born in Asturias, a country placed in the north of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain), which belongs to the old Celtic countries placed in the Atlantic Finisterres.
In our country a strong and powerful cultural movement in defense of the musical heritage, involving Celtic music, has been growing along this last years. Llangres belongs to this movement, being part of the last generation Celtic music bands.
From its creation in 1999, Llangres has adopted a clear position for the asturian traditional music. Llangres tries to recreate traditional topics. but their aim are their own compositions. Llangres' digest is mainly composed by their own songs and compositions. 

01 - Ca la zarramica
02 - Ca la piesca
03 - Porcía
04 - Deva
05 - Viaxe a Lorient
06 - Castandiello
07 - Stura
08 - Cornamuses
09 - El retornu
10 - Llangres
11 - Señardá

Yago Prado: harp, acustic guitar and bass pedal
Viriu Fernández: bodhran
Héctor Braga: mandolin, fiddle and cello
Borja Baragaño: Asturian bagpipe and uilleann pipes
David Martín: flute

Track 02 -
Ca la piesca


Thursday, November 25, 2010

John Renbourn - So Early In The Spring (1979 England) [2006 Remaster] @320

2006 reissue of this 1979 album by one of Britain's greatest folk performers. 12 tracks including 'To Glastonbury', 'Lindsay' and the title track.

01. So Early In The Spring 4:05
02. Lindsay 2:39
03. The Mist-Covered Mountain Of Home/The Orphan 3:21
04. To Glastonbury 3:17
05. The English Dance 2:57
06. The Bank Of Sweet Primroses 4:08
07. Blues Run The Game 4:05
08. Great Dreams From Heaven 3:58
09. Peacock Rag 2:25
10. If You Haven't Any Hay 2:32
11. The Young Man That Wouldn't Hoe Corn 3:51
12. Buckets Of Rain 2:51

John Renbourn: guitar and vocal


Friday, November 19, 2010

John Renbourn - Sir John Alot Of Merrie England (1968 England) [2002 Castle Remaster] @320

An instrumental album (originally called Sir John Alot of Merrie England) featuring John Renbourn with his Pentangle bandmate Terry Cox on percussion and Ray Warleigh on flute. Originally released in England in 1968, the same year that Pentangle started to record, Sir John Alot was steeped largely in English folk music. Highlights include "The Trees They Do Grow High" (aka "Long A-Growing"), solo guitar miniatures such as "Lady Goes to Church," the epic "Morgana," with its sharply nuanced tempo and timbre changes, and the sprightly "My Dear Boy." Some parts of this album are surprisingly contemporary sounding, such as the bluesy "Transformation," which sounds like "What'd I Say" transposed for acoustic guitar and African drums; "White Fishes," which veers dangerously close to quoting George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things"; and "Sweet Potato," which sounds like a folk-rock song without words, even as Renbourn quotes "Satisfaction" at one point.

01 - The Earle Of Salisbury
02 - The Trees They Do Grow High
03 - Lady Goes To Church
04 - Morgana
05 - Transfusion
06 - Forty Eight
07 - My Dear Boy
08 - White Fishes
09 - Sweet Potato
10 - Seven up
11 - The Earle Of Salisbury (Alternative Take 4)
12 - Transfusion (Alternative Take 2)
13 - Forty Eight (Alternative Take 1)

John Renbourn: Guitar
Terry Cox: Finger cymbals, African drums, Glockenspiel
Ray Warleigh: Flute


Monday, November 15, 2010

John Renbourn - The Lady And The Unicorn (1969 England) @320

This record contains a variety of instrumental pieces including medieval music, folk tunes and early classical music. The oldest are probably the English dance tune 'Trotto' and the Italian 'Saltarello', to which I have added a drone accompaniment, tuning the guitar to DGDGCD. 'Lamento di Tristan' and 'La Rotta' are fourteenth century Italian pieces played originally on vielle. They too are without harmony but have the tune doubled either on sitar or glockenspiel.
The three part conductus 'Veri Floris', composed during the Notre Dame period, is a setting for the words 'Under the figure of the true flower which the pure root produced, the loving devotion of our clergy has made a mystical flower constructing an allegorical meaning beyond ordinary useage from the nature of a flower".
This is followed by the triple ballade 'Sancuer-Armordolens-Dameparvous' of Guillaume de Machaut.
'Bransle Gay' and 'Bransle de Bourgogne' are from the danceries of Claude Gervaise, composed in about 1550. The first is played on solo guitar but the second uses flute, fiddle and has a second guitar line added. The anonymous 'Alman' is taken from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and is followed by 'Melancholy Galliard' by the English lutanist John Dowland. The sequence concludes with the 'Sarabande' in B Minor by J. S. Bach.
The album ends with two short guitar pieces, 'The Lady And The Unicorn' and an arrangement of the sixteenth century song 'Westron Wynde', and arrangements for flute, viola and guitar of two folk songs: 'My Johnny Was A Shoemaker' and 'Scarborough Fair'.
I have not presumed to reproduce early music as it would originally have been played, but hope nevertheless that the qualities of the music can be enjoyed, though interpreted on more recent instruments.

01. Trotto / Saltarello
02. Lamento Di Tristan / La Rotta
03. Veri Floris / Triple Ballade
04. Bransle Gay / Bransle De Bourgogne
05. Alman / Melancholy Galliard
06. Sarabande
07. The Lady And The Unicorn
08. My Johnny Was A Shoemaker / Westron Wynde / Scarborough Fair

John Renbourn: guitars and sitar
Terry Cox: hand-drums and glockenspiel
Don Harper: viola
Lea Nicholson: concertina
Tony Roberts: flute
Ray Warleigh: flute
Dave Swarbrick: violin


Sunday, November 14, 2010

John Renbourn - A Maid In Bedlam [2004 Remaster] (1977 England) @320

A superb collection of traditional songs and Renaissance dances, it features the sublime voice of his Pentangle mate Jacqui McShee.

01. Black Waterside
02. Nacht Tanz / Shaeffertanz
03. A Maid In Bedlam
04. Gypsy Dance / Jews Dance
05. John Barleycorn
06. Reynardine
07. My Johnny Was A Shoemaker
08. Death And The Lady
09. The Battle Of Augrham / 5 In A Line
10. Talk About Suffering

John Renbourn: Guitars, vocals
Tony Roberts: Vocals, flute, recorders, oboe, piccolo
Jacqui McShee: Vocals
Sue Draheim: Fiddle, vocals
Keshav Sathe: Tabla, finger cymbals


Friday, November 12, 2010

Chimera - Obstakel (Netherlands 1981) @256

Their second album, called ‘Obstakel', was recorded shortly after their successful debut album. The atmosphere of this album is different from the first one. The, more or less, acoustic sound was replaced by a rock oriented sound. “Obstakel shows how we developed as a band. Don’t forget, we never intended to become a folk band and we liked several kinds of music. Actually, one of the things we wanted to achieve was to break away from traditional folk music. We started using a synthesizer and drummer Hans de Lange joined us. One of the things we wanted to try was using contemporary lyrics, so we asked the Dutch poet Bertus Aafjes if we could use one of his poems.”

“I do not really think the two albums differ all that much. Our method of working remained the same: we looked for something we liked and familiarized ourselves with it. Although the atmosphere is different because of the synthesizer and drums, we were in fact just developing our ideas. On the A side of Obstakel we play solid folk rock, while on the B side we explore the limits of our possibilities and creativity. We had so many ideas and it seemed as if we were in a hurry to use them all at once.”

During the recording of Obstakel, the band started to write their own lyrics; a new phase in their development. These songs were meant for the third album, which was never recorded. “After Obstakel, we were even more successful. We were asked for many concerts, both in Holland and Germany, and an international tour was our next step. But none of us were professional musicians and we (Bas and Marry) had two young children. So in 1982 we decided that our children came first and we stopped with the band. We gave our last concert at the famous Rotterdam folk festival that same year. It was a hard decision for us to make as we loved what we were doing, but we wanted to take our responsibility as parents.”

01 - De stalknecht
02 - De stinkzwam
03 - De klem
04 - Wachten
05 - De waardin
06 - De laatste brief
07 - La rotta

Ruud Schotting: Electric Bass
Kees Mook: Violin
Bas Verkade: Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer 
Koos Leezer: Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer, Organ [India], Mandolin, Tin Whistle 
Marry Verkade: Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Percussion
Hans de Lange: Drums & percussion


Le Vent Du Nord - Les amants du Saint-Laurent (Canada 2004) VBR~256

Album kindly offered by our friend Trialuser(123)

Their second album, Les amants du Saint-Laurent, was also nominated by ADISQ in 2005 in addition to being chosen album of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. 2005 was also the year that saw the group being rewarded as North American traditional artist of the year in Austin, Texas. Their show was nominated for an OPUS award and was named Show of the year by the American radio-concert series Bound for Glory. The group also appeared on the top-ten charts of a few radio stations, as high as #1 on CIBL Montréal and #5 on BBC3 in the UK, ahead of such well-known artists as Youssou N’Dour and Peter Gabriel.

01. Les amants du Saint-Laurent
02. La semaine du paysan
03. Marguerite
04. Train de vie
05. Du haut du balcon
06. Nous sommes si bien à table
07. Le bon buveur * Le reel du quatrième
08. C’est une jeune mariée
09. Gigue à trois
10. La valse à huit ans
11. Cré mardi * La turlutte du rang des Sloans
12. Le retour du fils soldat
13. De la chambre à la cuisine

Simon Beaudry: Vocals, bouzouki, guitar
Nicolas Boulerice: Vocals, electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy, piano, piano accordion, snare
Benoit Bourque : accordion diatonique, mandolin
Olivier Demers : Violin, guitar, foot-tapping, mandolin, vocals
Patrick Graham : tambourine, shaker
François Marion : bass et bass violin
Daniel Roy : flageolets


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

John Renbourn - The Hermit (1976 England) 2004 Remaster Castle @320

Renbourn's first post-Pentangle (or nearly post-Pentangle) solo album, joined briefly by fellow guitarist Dominique Trepeau and featuring further contributions by John James, is one of his most beautiful recordings, and also among his most spare guitar instrumentals. Some of the material is drawn from lute and harp sources, and it is ear-opening to hear some of the more familiar pieces among the latter (such as "O'Carolan's Concerto") transcribed for guitar, but Renbourn isn't above adapting themes from television commercials, either. The mood of much - though not all - of this record is one of serious introspection, as Renbourn stays generally within a classical guitar mode. He has fun with the material, and the CD booklet also includes musical transcriptions of some of the tunes on the record, for the benefit of Renbourn's fellow guitarists.
- Bruce Eder (AMG)

01 - The Hermit
02 - John's Tune
03 - Goat Island
04 - Old Mac Bladgitt
05 - Faro's Rag
06 - Caroline's Tune (duet with Dominic Trepeau)
07 - Three Pieces By O'Carolan:
     (a) - Lamentation Of Owen Roe O'neil
     (b) - Lord Inchiquin
     (c) - Mrs. Power
08 - The Princess and The Puddings
09 - The Bicycle Tune
10 - Pavanna (Anna Bannana)
11 - Medley:
     (a) - A Toye
     (b) - Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home (duet with John James)
Bonus tracks:
12 - Luckett Sunday
13 - New Nothynge (duet with John James)
14 - Luke's Little Summer
15 - Minuet In D Minor (duet with Stefan Grossman)
16 - From The Bridge (duet with John James)

All tracks (1976) except tracks 12, 14 & 16 (1977); track 13 (1985); track 15 (1986)

John Renbourn - Guitars


Sunday, November 7, 2010

John Renbourn - The Black Balloon (1979 England) @320

This album is one of John's 'medieval' style albums, with 13th and 16th century pieces mixed with a couple of Renbourn tracks. The songs are all credited as being 'traditional arranged Renbourn' - but at least The Pelican and The Black Balloon are certainly not traditional.
The flute is played by Tony Roberts, the tabors by Stuart Gordon.

01 - The Moon Shines Bright
02 - The English Dance
03 - Bourree I and II
04 - Medley- The Mist Covered Mountains of Home-The Orphan-Tarboulton
05 - The Pelican
06 - The Black Balloon

John Renbourn: guitar
Tony Roberts: flutes
Stuart Gordon: Tabors


John Renbourn - The Enchanted Garden (1980 England) @320

THE ENCHANTED GARDEN, the John Renbourn Group's follow-up to A MAID IN BEDLAM, is a delight. Although Renbourn's typically exquisite six and 12-string guitars are at the forefrontof the arrangements, it's ex-Pentangle singer Jacqui McShee's angelic voice that first arrests the listener. Although less well known than Sandy Denny, Maddy Prior, or June Tabor, McShee is every bit their equal.The flute, woodwind, and reed coloring that Tony Roberts adds to these eight tracksenhances the proceedings without becoming overbearing. Subtle hand percussion and tabla also underpin many of the songs. A blend of early music and traditional British balladry, THE ENCHANTED GARDEN is
endlessly fascinating, with a breathtaking guitar tour de force in the opening "Pavane Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie/Tourdion".

01. Pavane "Belle, Qui Tiens Ma Vie" / Tourdion
02. The Truth From Above
03. Le Tambourin
04. The Plains Of Waterloo
05. The Maid On The Shore
06. Douce Dame Jolie
07. A Bold Young Farmer
08. Sidi Brahim

John Renbourn: guitar and vocals
Tony Roberts: flute, clarinet, glockenspiel, recorder, vocals, wind, whistle, recorder, cornemeuse
Jacqui McShee: vocals
John Molineux: dulcimer, mandolin, vocals
Kesh Sathie: percussion
Glem Tommy: drums
Keshaw Sathe: cymbals, tabla
John Monineux: dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin, vocals, whistle, spoons and psaltery


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bagad De Lann-Bihoué "55 ans" (Bretagne 2007) @flac

01. SON AR PONEY (3:12)
02. SIX TEMPS EN L 'AIR (3:48)
03. DANS PLINN (3:54)
09. DESAGORE (5:15)
12. BALEU (2:05)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spud - A Happy Handful (Ireland 1975) @256 - Vinyl rip

Spud released 2 albums on the Philips record label - their 1975 debut 'A Silk Purse' and 'The Happy Handful' (also in 1975). With these two albums already under their belt, the band brought in Paul McGuinness to manage the band. Paul did his first record deal with Sonet which resulted in the release of Spud's third album, 'Smoking on The Bog', in 1978. The band toured for over 8 years and all the ex-members still play.

01 - A Sailors Wife {Knox, Smith}
02 - Twa Corbies {Trad. arr. Spud}
03 - Madrigillicuddy {Kenny}
04 - He Rolled Her to the Wall {Trad. arr. Spud}
05 - Deire Taobh Ahaon {Trad. arr. Spud}
06 - Whip Jamboree {Trad. arr. Spud}
07 - Down by the Glenside {Trad. arr. Spud}
08 - Finders Favourites {Trad. arr. Spud}
09 - All the Dancing Ladies {Kenny}
10 - The Wild Rover {Trad. arr. Spud}

Dermot O’Connor - guitars, vocals
Don Knox - fiddle
Austin Kenny - mandolin, 5-string banjo, recorders
Michael Smith aka 'Smithy' - bass guitar


Monday, October 18, 2010

Spud - A Silk Purse (Ireland 1975) @320 - Vinyl rip

Spud released 2 albums on the Philips record label - their 1975 debut 'A Silk Purse' and 'The Happy Handful' (also in 1975). With these two albums already under their belt, the band brought in Paul McGuinness (an old Trinity friend of Don Knox) to manage the band. Paul McGuinness (who later went on to wealth and fame as U2's manager) did his first record deal with Sonet which resulted in the release of Spud's third album, 'Smoking on The Bog', in 1978. The band toured for over 8 years and all the ex-members still play. -Irish Rockers-

01 - Tenpenny Piece 2:32
02 - Blackleg Miner 3:33
03 - Brisk Young Widow 3:18
04 - Open The Door Softley 6:03
05 - For The Love Of Sarah Gilder 5:04
06 - Lucan Dairy 1:17
07 - Wind In The Willows 5:10
08 - Brian Borus March 4:53
09 - Crow On The Cradle 4:21
10 - Nancy Brown 3:32
11 - Newry Highwayman 4:08
12 - A Sows Ear 5:50

Dermot O’Connor - guitars, vocals
Don Knox - fiddle
Austin Kenny - mandolin, 5-string banjo, recorders
Michael Smith aka 'Smithy' - bass guitar


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marthe Vassallo, Nolùen Le Buhé, Patrick Marie, Mathieu Hamon - Gwerzioù et Chants de Haute Voix (France 1993) @320

This album has now historical-documentary value - not to mention the musical quality! 
Commendably, gave Keltia MUSIQUE and the channel France 3 Ouest participating, then still very young singers in 1993 the possibility under the artistic direction of Erik MARCHAND an album of traditional Breton songs (gwerzioù and sonioù) record.

The fact that this decision was the right one, shows that they now include all 4 to the cream of the Breton Gesangsszene. 
Marthe Vassallo is currently on the CD of Leoned case to hear Nolùen Le Buhé has released the end of 1999 an exquisite CD at COOP BREIZH: "KOMZ A RAER DIN ... " , Mathieu HAMON is last on the new CD of Roland BROU been heard. 
One CD for anyone interested in Breton singing tradition and the present generation of Breton musicians - and apart from full of beautiful melodies that only à capella be carried forward. 

1. Da gregiñ ganti/Le mal de dents 3:16
2. Son ar mezvier 3:17
3. Erwanig al Lintier 12:17
4. La mort de l'amante 3:49
5. Frañsez 5:31
6. Ar c'haz bihan rouz 2:32
7. Al lutun 3:12
8. Piv a za ganin d'ar vro uhel 2:53
9. À ta santé cher camarade 3:02
10. Mil mallac'h Toue 5:06
11. An aotroù a Benn ar Pont 4:57
12. Son an dreitourez 3:54
13. La bergère muette 3:08

Mathieu Hamon: chant
Nolùen Le Buhé: chant
Patrick Marie: chant
Marthe Vassallo: chant

Roland Becker "Monsieur Kerbec Et Ses Belouzes" (France 2004) @ 320

Weird album by sax player Roland Becker fusing old-time sounding jazz with Breton music. In the beginning I was put off by a sound a bit, but album grew in nicely.

1. In The Gav'Hot
2. Le Pachpi D'Henri
3. Un Armoricain A Paris
4. The Midnight Whistler
5. Gavotenn Circus
6. L'Héitière De Keroulas (Romance Bretonne)r
7. La Gavotte, Le Jazz Et La Java
8. Le Doux Secret De Monsieur Hénaff
9. Fanch Ragtime N°5
10. Monsieur Kerbec
11. De Pont-Aven A Casablanca
12. Belle-Ile 1937
13. Microsillon Tradicomique
14. Le Triomphe De Tête De Cuir

violon, violon Stroh
accordéon chromatique
Cédric LE GOFF
piano, orgue Hammond
Dominique LE BOZEC
jâse, batterie, clarinette
Célia BEST, stripteaseuse
François CAIGNEC, trombone
Philippe GLOAGUEN, guitare
Gaby KERDONCUFF, chant
Philippe LEGRIS, tuba
Frédéric LEMAIRE, trompette
Youenn LOREC, violon
Gaston LORHO, bandonéon
Claude NADEAU, chant
Marthe VASSALLO, chant
et autres faiseurs de bruit...

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Mireille Ben Ensemble "Miniatures" (Italy-2006) @ 320

Solo release from Lyonesse founder Mireille Ben - French singer, living in Italy issued in 2006 by Ethnosuoni Folk Club.

1. Le deuil d'amour
(Trad. Bourbonnais - Barbillat et Touraine)
2. L'oiseau mis en cage / Par un beau jour / Anniversaire
(Trad. Morvan - A. Millien / Trad. Nivernais - Barbillat et Touraine / G. Coltri)
3. Au pays de Lérida
4. Les douze mois de l'année
(Trad. Anjou)
5. Le maître de la maison
(Trad. Alsace)
6. Mazurka de Lanternaire
(Trad. Auvergne)
7. C'est sur le pont de Lyon
(Trad. Savoie - C. Servettaz)
8. Le conseil de guerre
(Trad. Vendée)
9. Dedans Lullion
(Trad. Louisiane)
10. Belle jardinière du roi
(Trad. Bretagne)
11. La boulangère
(Trad. Auvergne)

Mireille Ben: voce
Oliviero Biella: chitarra
Gabriele Coltri: cornamuse del centro Francia, clarinetto
Claudia Klinzing: violino, sega musicale, voce
Gianbattista Piantoni: batteria
Alfredo Savoldelli: contrabbasso, basso elettrico

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Jean Le Meut "Pe yuvankiz kuhet - Traditional Songs from Brittany" (Bretagne 1994) @320

Jean Le Meut, a simple farmer and a master of his craft, is one of Brittany’s finest traditional singers. This album is a long-awaited tribute ot the Vannes musical tradition (fr0m Celtic Music USA)

1. Komz e hrer dein a ziméein
2. Disul vitin, a pe sauen
3. Er jouis
4. Deit-hu genein, plahig yuvank
5. M'em boe-me choejet un dous
6. E parrez kervignac
7. A pe oen-me yuvank
8. A pe oen-me goasig yuvank
9. En oed a drihueh vlé
10. Mandal
11. Ha tri galand ag ur memb ker
12. Paotred yuvank er ger-men

New Member

Good news for our blog!
My old russian friend Yojik is joining with us.
With him on our team, you can expect good and rare folk albums!
I think, we are walking to be the best Folk blog on the net :)))

Be welcome Yojik!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sari Kaasinen & Otawa - Mie kun (Finland 2006) @192

Member of Värttinä

Requested by Joan

01 - Vielä Mie Laulan
02 - Neuvoeli Emonen
03 - En Mie Olis´ Muuten Itkeny
04 - Liitäisin
05 - Voi Mie
06 - Huoli
07 - Miull´ On Huone Huolta Täynnä
08 - Kyll´ Sen Näkkee
09 - Mie Kun
10 - Äitimaa
11 - Murhe
12 - Korppi

Sari Kaasinen: vocals
Jussi Kaasinen: mandolins
Karoline Kantelinen: vocals
Jukka Kyllonen: percussion and vocals
Tero Palo: bass
Raisa Day: violin and bowed
Markus Rantanen: stringed instruments and vocals
Laura Ranger: accordion


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Le Vent Du Nord - La Part Du Feu (Canada 2009) @192

Requested by trialuser, our Rapids contributor.
Thanks a lot trialuser!

Original posted by oberon at metamorpheusmp3
Thank you oberon!

The Quebec folk scene isn't a youngster any more, but it's still full of very vital energy, tempered with skill and a lot more sophistication, as the new disc by one of the region's top bands shows. There's plenty here to please longtime fans, in the instrumentals, with some wonderful playing, and the songs, many traditional, and some original. The quartet (plus guests) wheel freely through it all. By now they've developed into a superb, tight unit, but one which so obviously enjoys the music.
They do what they do, and it very well, but they do stretch boundaries a
bit on "Rossignolet," which is gloriously atmospheric, almost as if they'd been produced by Daniel Lanois, and, because it stands out so much, is possibly the best thing here. But, truthfully, the album is a series of highlights, with the songs possibly coming out ahead of the instrumentals, although "Mamzelle Kennedy" is an excellent piece of work. This is a band that's confident enough to add to the tradition, and become vital in moving it on.

01 - Lanlaire
02 - Octobre 1837
03 - La Mine
04 - Petit Rêve V
05 - Mamzelle Kenedy
06 - Les Métiers
07 - Élise
08 - Le Coeur En Trois
09 - Rossignolet
10 - Montcalm
11 - L'attente
12 - Le Cavalier Et La Belle/Reel A Kerri
13 - Écris-Moi

Simon BEAUDRY: Vocals/voix, Bouzouki, Guitare
Nicolas BOULERICE: Vocals/voix, Vielle à Roue [Hurdy-gurdy], Piano
Réjean BRUNET: Guitare basse, Accordéon, Accordéon diatonique
Olivier DEMERS: Violon, Guitare, Percussion
Michel BORDELEAU: Violon, Mandoline (5,11)
Jean-François BRANCHAUD: Violon (8)
André BRUNET: Violon (8)
GRÜV'N BRASS: Saxophone, Trompette, Trombone
Patrick GRAHAM: Percussion (2,3,7)


Le Vent Du Nord - Dans Les Airs (Canada 2007) @320

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Peek in a kitchen window on a Saturday night in some Quebec  villages, and you’ll see French, Irish, and Native American roots intertwine. You’ll hear the sound of a land where instruments were once scarce, the mouth music and foot tapping that makes Quebecois music unique. You may glimpse a later arrival, too: the button accordion that an enterprising 19th-century potato company helped spread across rural Canada. And, of course, you’ll see locals singing their favorite songs, drinking, flirting, dancing, and doing what for centuries Quebecois have been famous for: having a contagiously good time.

Le Vent du Nord, a young quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists, captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen, infusing old Quebec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Their latest album, Dans les airs, meshes old songs they learned from the forgotten songkeepers of French Canada—including a school janitor on Cape Breton—with their own reels and tunes inspired by family traditions and the sounds of Ireland, Scotland, and medieval France. It’s a Saturday night get-together with a gently modern twist.

01 - Rosette
02 - La Piastre Des États
03 - La Veillée Chez Poirier
04 - La Traversée
05 - Tour À Bois
06 - Le Vieux Cheval
07 - Petit Rêve III
08 - Les Larmes Aux Yeux
09 - La Beauté Du Mariage
10 - Du Labrador À Montmagny
11 - Le Berger
12 - L'heure Bleue
13 - La Fille Et Les Dragons

Simon BEAUDRY: Vocals/voix, Guitare
Nicolas BOULERICE: Vocals/voix, Vielle à Roue [Hurdy-gurdy], Piano
Réjean BRUNET: Vocals/voix, Basse acoustique, Accordéon diatonique
Olivier DEMERS: Violon, Foot-tapping, Mandoline
Pierre-Luc DUPUIS: Harmonica
Michel BORDELEAU: Caisse claire


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Värttinä - Live In Helsinki (Finland 2001) @320

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Live, Värttinä  is quite an experience, at least judging from this disc, recorded in the band's homeland in 2000. The group's studio albums give no indication of the wild live performances of Finland's favorites. At the band's heart, as always, are the vocals of the four singers, who can growl like spirits released from hell, wail like banshees out to claim souls, and then turn into angelic souls harmonizing on a cappella tracks like "Käppee." The singers trade lines back and forth at hypnotic speed while the band behind them, consisting of wonderfully seasoned musicians under the leadership of fiddler Kari Reiman, frames the songs with stop-on-a-dime precision. And it's all done with the kind of style that isn't fashion, but pure taste.

Värttinä  has set the standard for new Finnish music, working from the tradition to create something that's rooted but new, and the bandmembers have established themselves as leaders of modern Finnish folk. The enhanced CD includes a video of "Aijö," the record's devilish opening track, which makes for fabulous viewing to complement the listening experience. From the extended applause and two encores that close the album, it's clear that Värttinä enjoys goddess status at home -- and on the basis of Live in Helsinki, it's easy to understand why.

01 - Äijö (Antto Varilo / Kirsi Käkhönen) – 4:54
02 - Viikon vaivane (traditional / Sari Kaasinen) – 4:17
03 - Käppee (M. Kaasinen) – 2:26
04 - Hoptsoi (Kari Reiman) – 3:08
05 - Meri (K. Reiman / Sirpa Reiman) – 5:33
06 - Liigua (Susan Aho) – 5:23
07 - Kylä vuotti uutta kuuta (trad.) – 4:43
08 - Pihi neito (trad. / S. Kaasinen) – 3:24
09 - Mie tahon tanssia (Janne Lappalainen / S. Kaasinen) – 3:18
10 - Laulutyttö (K. Reiman / S. Reiman) – 3:05
11 - Outona omilla mailla (K. Reiman / S. Reiman) – 3:14
12 - Ukko Lumi (trad.) – 3:24
13 - Seelinnikoi (trad. / S. Kaasinen) – 3:18
14 - Vot i kaalina (trad.) – 3:0

Susan Aho - vocals, percussion
Mari Kaasinen - vocals
Kirsi Kähkönen - vocals
Riikka Timonen - vocals
Janne Lappalainen - bouzouki, saxophone
Markku Lepistö - accordion
Pekka Lehti - double bass
Kari Reiman - violin
Marko Timonen - drums, percussion
Antto Varilo - guitars


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thank you to all contributors!
I'm sincerely happy with these good friends :)
I received 2517 Rapids until now!
This is equivalent to 5 months of Rapidshare!
Thank you very much!
This blog is going on!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Dear friends,

My amount of Rapids (Rapids are the virtual currency which has been RapidShare is developed) is valid until the end of this month.
After that I will not be able to continue paying the Rapidshare service.
For new posts I can host them in other free services, but the problem is that all the current albums are posted in Rapidshare.
Once my account is closed, the files will be deleted.
Therefore it would be interesting to continue with my account on Rapidshare.

Readers who have, like me, a Rapidshare account, can send me Rapids as a donation.
For one month, the value is 495 Rapids (1 Rapid is worth Approximately 1 Cent (euro cents) or 0.01 euro).
If enough people contribute with a little quantity of Rapids, I can keep this blog with all its contents.
Those who contribute by sending 50 or more rapids, you can choose 2 albums on my list to upload, which will be posted immediately.
For to do it, when sending the rapids, put the user name (or blog-nickname) and the names of the albums you want.

For those friends who find this interesting form of aid, see below how to help:

1) Log into your Rapidshare account.
2) In the left column of your screen locate the item "Send Rapids to a friend!"

3) A window will appear to type my public ID.
Copy and paste this code: 4912EB6BF1EB1D3ACCC26EFA6B129FA8
4) for those who want to contribute more than 50 Rapids, is allowed to send a message to me.
Put in the message, your nickname and ask to upload two albums.

Maybe this way, with everyone's help, we can continue with this old blog for a long time.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bleizi Ruz "An teuz" (2001-France/Bretagne) @ 320

01 - Binioudéac  3:22
02 - Baleudéac  2:43
03 - Binioudéac 2  3:07
04 - The Crow  4:46
05 - Tournez, Tournez Done  4:12
06 - An Teuz  4:15
07 - Ar C'hoat  2:30
08 - An Teuz 2  3:30
09 - Seven  3:43
10 - Son Ar Bleizi  3:54
11 - Plinn Ar Sizun 1  3:20
12 - Bal Ar Sizun  1:27
13 - Plinn Ar Sizun 2  5:47

Gaël Nicol: Bagpipes [Binioù Coz], Bombarde, Choir
Mikaël Seznec: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Choir
Herri Loquet: Drums, Goblet Drum [Derbouka], Djembe, Udu, Snare [Caisse Claire Écossaise]

David Hopkins (2): Bodhrán, Karkabas [Krakebs], Vocals
Celestino Lopez: Congas [Tumbadoras]
Jean-Luc Roudaut: Vocals
Eric Liorzou: Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [Tres], Mandola, E-Bow, Frame Drum [Tambour], Vocals
Christian Sarrau: Saxophone, Choir

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