Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tref - Accordéon Diatonique (2001 Belgium) @192

What happens when three of the best folk accordeonists of Belgium come together in a band? The result is stunning and makes a surprisingly highly enjoyable listen. Either there is a trend in the Flemish scene to start one-instrument bands (see Trio Viool review!), or the one band got inspired by the other...
Tref are Wim Clays (Ambrozijn, Olla Vogala), Didier Lalo (Pantha Rei) and Bruno Le Tron, plus the odd non-accordenist which is Frédéric Malempré on percussion and berimbeau. The music of Tref is pan European, taking a lot of inspiration in Sweden and Norway (where quite a few of their tunes have their origin), along to the influences from France, Flanders and whereever...
Whoever thinks accordeons are boring, get this album, and you will change your mind. Tref's music is inspiring, it is in no way an accordeon orchestra sound, but innovative modern and lively folk music. It is really fun to listen to this CD, a wonderful collection of tunes (trad, self composed and by other musicians) played in a delightful way. The musicians show not only in their music a sense of humour; their sleeve notes are a wonderful funny mixture of Flemish and French (like the notes of "Walsque": Hé wilde met mij in duo spelen? - Oui. Meer inspiratie was er niet nodig voor dit walsque. 'Ce n'est pas du vent.')
A lot of talent, atmosphere, taste - I loved this album.

01. Pasopvoordetrap! (7:23)
02. Walsque (4:02)
03. La croisière jaune (3:26)
04. Sleepy Pål Karl (5:20)
05. Allez, bourrés! (4:29)
06. Scottische en neige (3:42)
07. Ikea-Sofia (6:12)
08. Valse hésitation (2:49)
09. D'ar Gheivh (2:28)
10. La petite Jaune (3:03)

Wim Claeys: Accordéon diatonique
Didier Laloy: Accordéon diatonique
Bruno Le Tron: Accordéon diatonique
Frédéric Malempré: Percussion, batas.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Capercaillie - Sidewaulk (1989 Scotland) @320

The album that brought Capercaillie to international prominence, Sidewaulk must be considered a classic, and a turning point for traditional Celtic music. This is the album that opened up a generation's ears to the perfect combination of tradition and youth.
Featuring the voice of Karen Matheson, the instrumental wizardry of Manus Lunny, with production by his famous brother Donal Lunny, Sidewaulk dared to take the music where it had never gone before.

01 - Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda
02 - Balindore
03 - Fisherman's Dream
04 - Sidewaulk Reels
05 - Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich
06 - Fosgail an Dorus / Nighean Bhuaidh' Ruadh
07 - The Turnpike
08 - Both Sides the Tweed
09 - The Weasel
10 - Oh Mo Dhùthaich

Karen Matheson: Vocals
Marc Duff: Recorder, Whistles, Bodhran
Mánus Lunny: Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals, Wind Synthesizer
Charlie McKerron: Fiddle
John Saich: Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Donald Shaw: Accordion, Keyboards

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