Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ambrozijn - Botsjeribo [2004 Belgium] @320

Without singer Ludo Vandeau and back into its original line is Ambrosia embarked on a new road that has captured her fifth album Botsjeribo. Apart from a few French songs this CD contains many English-language work of Tom Theuns who takes the vocals. Based on American singer-songwriter music was called in the run-up to release today. But the CD Botsjeribo more Anglo-Saxon than American.

What Ambrozijn - and this CD - so special is the next artistic delights, regularly returning to the essentials. Delicious with threesomes - like on stage - playing swinging dances, without electronic gadgets and complicated bragging. Challenging each other, searching for the right balance between fiddle, accordion and guitar. So it exudes fun on Scottish for a happy new year, the traditional Moving Cloud, Doedelyoudo?, and the Gabor Mazurka.

Ambrozijn which shows the artistic and thoughtful material easily and without any embarrassment becomes pleasantly simple back to the roots, their maturity at times. The group is unique in it. Especially in the second half of the CD increases Ambrozijn it to unprecedented levels, culminating so the song Party at Mrs. Garriocks that evolves into a rousing Sirtaki! From a dreamy atmosphere.

01. Like i was to blame
02. The days in Robin's house
03. Scottish for a happy new year
04. The disciple song
05. A Song
06. Tomorrow's memory
07. Moving cloud
08. Botsjeribo
09. Hopping
10. Gabormazurka
11. The cottage of lost play
12. Doedelyoudo?
13. Jésus qui joue l'accordéon
14. Party at Mrs. Garriocks
15. Dessus la mer coulante
16. Botsjeribo (original recording)

Wim Claeys: Accordion, Percussion, Harp, Vocals
Tom Theuns: Banjo, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Wouter Vandenabeele: Piano, Mandolin, Violin
Lode Vercampt: Cello
Kristof Roseeuw: Double Bass
Backing Vocals – Eva De Roovere, Fritz Sundermann
Violin – Isabelle Vandendriessche, Jeroen Baert, Katrien van Remortel, Luc De Gezelle

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jacqui McShee & Friends - English Christmas Carols [1994 England] @320

Jacqui McShee was already singing traditional folk in British folk clubs when
she began working with virtuosic acoustic guitarist John Renbourne in 1966. A year later, she agreed to join Pentangle, a band Renbourne was forming with equally skillful guitarist Bert Jansch, bassist Danny Thompson, and percussionist/drummer Terry Cox. McShee's decision to accept Renbourne's invitation proved pivotal to the history of British music as Pentangle joined with Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span to put British folk-rock on the international map.

McShee's talents were obvious early in her career. In 1969, the Times of London wrote that she "tackles accompanied and unaccompanied folk songs, spirituals, blues, and a variety of songs in other styles; her first interest was folk song." Although Pentangle experienced numerous personnel changes, McShee and Jansch continued to perform under the band's name. In 1995, McShee formed a trio with drummer Gerry Conway and keyboardist Spencer Cozens. The trio's first album, About Thyme, released in August 1994, featured such guests as Ralph McTell, Albert Lee, Mike Mainieri, and John Martyn. The album reached the top of the British folk charts compiled by Folk Roots in November 1995. Expanding to a five-piece band with the addition of tenor and soprano saxophonist Jerry Underwood and bassist/guitarist Alan Thompson, the trio was renamed Jacqui McShee's Pentangle. The group received extremely favorable press. While Dirty Linen explained, "When the last incarnation of Pentangle tried such nontraditional arrangements, they often sounded strained, while McShee's new group pulls it off with grace and style," Folk Roots wrote, "(McShee), who used to sound so fragile you feared she'd break, now has an earthiness in her voice that gives her performance much more passion." The first album by Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, Passe Avant was released in 1999. According to reviewer George Graham, "The sound is miles from the acoustic guitar-dominated arrangements of the earlier Pentangle. The instrumental sound instead is dominated by Cozen's keyboards and the very jazz sax of Jerry Underwood." 

1. The Coventry Carol 3:15
2. In the Black Mid-Winter 4:05
3. Unto Us a Boy Is Born 2:23
4 The Holly and the Ivy 3:11
5. The Moon Shins Bright 1:56
6. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 2:32
7. Song of Joy for Christmas 3:52
8. Silent Night 2:39
9. Rise Up Shepherd 2:15
10. The First Nowell 3:51
11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 3:23
12. The Mistletoe Bough 2:59
13. Winds Through the Olive Trees 1:51
14. Once in Royal David's City 3:14
15. As Joseph Was a-Walking 2:19
16. While Sheperds Watched Their Flocks 2:39

Jacqui McShee: Vocals
Vic Abram: Vocals & guitar
Danny Thompson: Double bass
Tony Roberts: Flute, oboe, whistles, Northumbrian pipes
Ben Ahrens: Percussion

Friday, December 13, 2013

Various Artists - [1996 MULT] - Green Linnet - The 20th Anniversary Collection [1996 Multinational] @256

The great Celtic-music revival that coincided with the mid-'70s founding of Green Linnet Records still gathers momentum. It has little in common with the sentimental vaudeville songs of Irish American St. Patrick's Day parties and even differs subtly but crucially from the chamber-music elegance of the Chieftains. This is a looser music, born in the pubs rather than the concert halls and aimed at dancing and singing along rather than respectful applause. The movement includes some of the world's best singers and best improvising instrumentalists. I would especially recommend the bands--Bothy Band, Silly Wizard, the Irish Tradition, Celtic Thunder, Patrick Street, Trian, Altan, and, above all, Relativity--but there's a wealth of acoustic music out there and The Twentieth Anniversary Collection is the best place to start.

01 - The Rainy Day-First You Must Learn The Grip (Seamus Ennis)
02 - Maudabawn Chapel-The Wild Irishman-The Moher Reel (Kevin Burke-Micheal O'Domhnaill)
03 - Dans Loudieg (Kornog)
04 - Oh Mo Dhuthaich (Capercaillie)
05 - Fermanagh Highland-Donegal Highland-John Doherty's-King George IV (Altan)
06 - Farrell O'Gara-The Flogging Reel (Joe Derrane)
07 - Culloden's Harvest (Deanta)
08 - A Farruquina (Milladoiro)
09 - On Horseback (Eileen Ivers)
10 - Chinese Polka-William Durette's Clog-The Boys Of The Lough (Moving Cloud)
11 - The Golden Keyboard-Mayor Harrison's Fedora (Matt Molloy-Sean Keane)
12 - Lover's Heart (Silly Wizard)
13 - Gray Bob-Cutty's Wedding-Loch Carran-Gray Bob (The Tannahill Weavers)
14 - The Humours Of Ballyconnell-Reel Eboulement-Richie Dwyer's (Trian)
15 - The Humours Of Whiskey (Tim Lyons)
16 - Colonel Fraser (Jerry O'Sullivan)
17 - Loftus Jones (The Irish Tradition)
18 - Music For A Found Harmonium (Patrick Street)
19 - There Was A Lady (Relativity)
20 - The Dionne Reel-Mouth Of The Tobique (Kevin Burke-Johnny Cunningham-Christian Lemaitre)

01 - The Crooked Road-The Foxhunter's Reel (Martin Hayes)
02 - The Cameronian Set The M'Intinn Raoir-Duke Of Gordon-The Cameronian-Lady Of The House (Cherish The Ladies)
03 - The Wishing Tree (Seamus McGuire)
04 - Ballavanich~The Boys From Ballavanich-Mrs. Crehan's (Wolfstone)
05 - Gort To Texas To Honolulu~Master McDermott's-The Plough And The Stars-Dillon Brown (Reeltime)
06 - There Were Roses (Mick Moloney-Jimmy Keane-Robbie O'Connell)
07 - Winnie Hayes' Jig-The Lonesome Jig (John Williams)
08 - Rigney's-Ambrose Moloney's (Paddy O'Brien-Seamus Connolly)
09 - The Two-And-Sixpenny Girl-The Boys Of The Town (Joe Ryan-Eddie Clarke)
10 - Bolen's Fancy-The Dunmore Lasses-The Maid Behind The Bar-The Glass Of Beer (Touchstone)
11 - No Man's Land-Flowers Of The Forest (June Tabor)
12 - Pharaoh (The House Band)
13 - Maud Miller-The Sailor's Return-Paddy Murphy's Wife (James Keane)
14 - The Celtic Lament (Eugene O'Donnell)
15 - Johnny Allen's-Sporting Nell (Billy McComiskey)
16 - Song For Ireland (Dick Gaughan)
17 - Master Crowley's-The Jug Of Punch (Joe Burke)
18 - A Jig And Five Reels The Leitrim Fancy-Around The World For Sport-Rip The Calico (The Bothy Band)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Altan Urag - Nation [2010 Mongolia] @320

By request

Formed in 2002, Altan Urag is an ethnic folk rock band, whose music fuses traditional Mongolian sounds with contemporary influences. The name Altan Urag can be loosely translated as "Kin of the Khan" or "Golden Lineage", referring to Genghis Khan and his ancestors. The band's vision is both to promote Mongolian culture to the world and to introduce traditional music to the young people of their country.

The band's seven members are skilful performers on traditional instruments: morin khuur (horse-head fiddle), ikh khuur (grand horse-head fiddle), bishguur (traditional horn) and yochin (hammered dulcimer) and percussion. The vocalists are throat and long song singers, and have all been trained in traditional and classical Mongolian music.

Altan Urag is Mongolia's youngest professional band ... This band was founded in March of 1998. Altan Urag plays national Mongolian music, foreign classical and modern music, collaborating with foreign musicians. Altan Urag successfully participated in musical festivals organised in China, Japan and Russia. All members of the band are professionals, graduated from the Music and Dance College.

01 - Intro (Ehlel)
02 - Kherulen River (Kherlen)
03 - The Beige Stallion (Sharga azarga)
04 - A White-Jawed Lark (Eruu tsagaan boljmor)
05 - Farewell (Udelt)
06 - The Light (Gegee)
07 - Four Kinds of Khoomei Singing (Huumiin 4-n turul)
08 - Blue Mountains in Distance (Tsenherlen haragdah uul)
09 - Mirage of Far Land (Alsiin gazriin zereglee)
10 - The Town of Jiijuu (Jiijuu Khot)
11 - Two Folk Songs (Ardiin 2 Duu)
12 - The Five Hills of The Steppes (Taliin tavan tolgoi)
13 - The Accent of Beats (Tsohiuriin ai)
14 - Outro (Tugsgul)

B. Erdenebat (Erka): yoochin, piano
M. Chimedtogtokh (Chimdee): pipe, vocals (throat singing)
Ts. Gangaa (Gangaa): great fiddle, bass
P. Oyunbileg (Oyunaa): moriin khuur, vocals (throat singing)
B. Bolortungalag (Tungaa): drums, percussion
B. Burentogs (Burnee): moriin khuur, vocals (throat singing)
Kh. Erdenetsetseg (Erka): vocals (long song)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Maria Kalaniemi - Vilda Rosor [2010 Finland] @320

When “I Fjol,” the first track in Finnish accordionist -- and singer -- Maria Kalaniemi’s Vilda Rosor (Wild Roses) kicks in, the listener might very well do a double take, as the banjo pickin’ of Janne Viksten is among the first sounds to greet the ears. Like most of the material on Vilda Rosor, this is a Finnish-Swedish folk tune, but that banjo -- soon to be joined by lowdown reedy accordion and pluckings from other bandmembers -- wouldn’t seem out of place rising from an Appalachian holler. And then there is Kalaniemi’s voice, strong and clear in the upper registers on the choruses, with an authenticity suggesting late-night jam sessions more than her training at the academy and world-renowned virtuoso status. It is a measure of Kalaniemi’s confidence as a singer that she doesn’t over-emote, bringing touches of vibrato and folk inflections and matching, never overpowering, the diverse instrumental backing on these tunes, with Viksten's banjo occasionally reappearing and fitting in just right (eight musicians are featured in various combinations on the disc, playing instruments including fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, harmonium, jouhikko, and double bass). And in fact, the most downright thrilling moments on Vilda Rosor arrive thanks to her voice on the title track, Kalaniemi’s only composition on the album. “Vilda Rosor” has no pyrotechnical playing on the accordion -- which is used mainly for chordal support -- but instead derives its greatest power from a stunning chorus sung by Kalaniemi, entering suddenly as the reeds swell beneath it. In another twist, the instrumental break in “Vilda Rosor” is taken by Mikko Kosonen on electric guitar, verging toward blues-rock yet spacious enough to find a comfortable place backed only by accordion and banjo.

Another highlight is “Magdalena På Källebro,” a medieval ballad arranged by acoustic guitarist (and frequent Kalaniemi collaborator) Olli Varis, who backs the leader’s vocal with ringing harmonics before the entrance of a deep, nearly orchestral, foundation from, one suspects, Eero Grundström’s harmonium. The tango “Under Fullmånen,” with Kalaniemi unaccompanied, can’t help but suggest Piazzolla and, like the music of the Argentinian nuevo tango master, it brings out the accordion’s capacity for deep soulfulness, while “De Rosor Och De Blader” finds Kalaniemi and friends (notably fiddler Arto Järvelä) equally soulful mixing the Baltic with the Balkan. “Videpiano,” one of two pieces composed by Kalaniemi’s late Accordion Tribe bandmate Lars Hollmer and originally on Hollmer’s Andetag album, is simultaneously stately, sturdy, and heartfelt; here the tune maintains its original flavor in a sparser arrangement, with Kalaniemi -- joined only by a late entry from Grundström on harmonica -- beautifully ornamenting the melodic lines. Andetag’s (and Accordion Tribe’s) “Cirkus II” -- also featuring Kalaniemi and Grundström here -- is a manic, even jarring contrast with the album’s rather melancholic tinge elsewhere, but like “Videpiano” is a welcome inclusion and hopeful indicator that the Hollmer repertoire will take root in more recordings during the years ahead.

01 - I fjol
02 - Vårens väna grönska går (Suvitunnelma)
03 - Videpiano
04 - De rosor och de blader
05 - Under fullmånen (Täysikuu)
06 - Magdalena på källebro
07 - Cirkus 2
08 - Vilda Rosor
09 - Sven i Rosengård
10 - Jeppo (Grannas bastun)

Maria KALANIEMI: voice, accordion
Eero GRUNDSTRÖM: harmonium, harmonica
Arto JÄRVELÄ: fiddle
Mikko KOSONEN: electric guitar
Pekko KÄPPI: jouhikko, voice
Pekka LEHTI: double bass
Olli VARIS: acoustic guitar, dotar
Janne VIKSTEN: banjo

Friday, November 22, 2013

Arvest - Tri Diaoul (2010 France) @320

The group's repertoire comes from very traditional music and contemporary compositions. Arvest is one of the most popular fest-noz groups.
Both singers Yves Jego and Yann Raoul practiced a pure and authentic kan ha diskan.
Guitar and piano are light and rhythmic dance.

Official site:

01 - Tri Diaoul (Pach Pi)
02 - Lec'h Ebet (Laride 6 Temps)
03 - En Bonne Intelligence (Rond Saint Vincent)
04 - Debrit Mat ! (Gavotte)
05 - Atav (Bal)
06 - Goullo (Gavotte Podou Fer)
07 - Liammou (Bourrée)
08 - Une Sombre Histoire (Pile Menu)
09 - Staget
10 - An Alc'hweziou (Valse)
11 - Kuzhet (Hanter Dro)

Yann Raoul: chant
Yves Jego: chant
David Er Porh: guitare, programmations
Aymeric Le Martelot: claviers, mélodica

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kuunkuiskaajat - Kuunkuiskaajat (Finland 2010) @320

Kuunkuiskaajat ('Moonwhisperers') is a Finnish female folk duo made up of Värttinä members Susan Aho and Johanna Virtanen, that represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Työlki ellää". The duo won the Finnish national final, Euroviisut 2010, with 42% of the "super final" vote.
"Työlki ellää" did not qualify for the final, placing 11th in the first Semi-Final on 25 May 2010 - missing the cut by only three points.

01 - Kahden
02 - Ruutuliina
03 - Loputon tie
04 - Taivaallinen
05 - Hääkellot
06 - Työlki ellää
07 - Maailman majoilla
08 - Tumma sydän
09 - Taivaanrinne
10 - Milloinkaan
11 - Työlki ellää (Remix)

Susan Aho: vocals
Johanna Virtanen: vocals

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maddy Prior - Ballads & Candles (England 2000) @320

It was recorded from concert performances during a tour of Cambridge, London and Warwick in 1999/2000 and released on CD in 2000. The songs are drawn from all of Maddy's career. June Tabor joins in for three songs from "Silly Sisters": "Singing The Travels" (that includes an extra verse not in the previous recording), "My Husband's Got No Courage In Him" and "Doffing Mistress". Maddy sings one song about her daughter Rose, and another about her son Alex. There is also a DVD of the same performances, which includes song introductions not on the CD version. "Sing, Sing All Earth" is a song that Maddy had not previously recorded, sung a cappella by the entire ensemble.

01. The Blacksmith (Trad)
02. Blood and Gold (song/trad) / Mohacs (tune/Dan Ar Bras)
03. Boar's Head (Trad)
04. A Virgin Most Pure (Unknown)
05. All In The Morning (Trad)
06. Sing, Sing All Earth (Trad - Copper Family)
07. Doffing Mistress (Trad)
08. Betsy Bell and Mary Gray (Trad)
09. Hind Horn (Trad)
10. Singing The Travels (Trad)
11. Long Shadows (Maddy Prior)
12. The King (Trad)
13. Rose (Maddy Prior)
14. Mother and Child (Maddy Prior)
15. Alex (Maddy Prior)
16. My Husband's Got No Courage In Him (Trad)
17. Blackleg Miner (Trad)
18. Padstow May Song (Trad)

Maddy Prior - vocals
June Tabor - vocals
Rose Kemp - vocals
Steve Banks - percussion
Troy Donockley - guitar, uilleann pipes, low and tin whistle, cittern, vocals
Nick Holland - keyboards, vocals
Rick Kemp - bass, vocals
Peter Knight - violin.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Accordzéâm - Balnéo (France 2011) @320

1. Les mains dans les poches (Scottish)
2. Des Hauts Débats (Mazurka-Valse)
3. Lucy in the sky with coconuts (Valse-scottish)
4. Trinity (Bourrée 3 temps)
5. La Lilloise (Valse 5 temps)
6. Englishman in St Vincent (Rond de Saint-Vincent)
7. Fandango, Go ! (Fandango et arin arin)
8. KostRaphWatt (Kost ar c'hoat)
9. Hotel Califorgna (Scottish)
10. Janis the Zombie Killer (Plinn)
11. Allez Bourrés (Bourrée 2 temps)
12. The Darkest Hour is just before Dawn (Valse lente)

Accordzéâm :
Michael Bideault (Accordéon diatonique)
Raphaël Maillet (Violon)
Jonathan Malnoury (Hautbois, Guitares)
Nathanaël Malnoury (Contrebasse)
Axelle Pringalle (Voix lead mezzo soprano)

Accordzéâm - Tapas (France 2010) @320

01. Jottish (scottisch)
02. Valhermeil (rondeau)
03. Mario (scottisch)
04. Slip Jigs (cercle 3 temps)
05. Natzurka (mazurka)
06. Bourraph (bourree 2 temps)
07. Starwars (cercle)
08. Suite Irlandaise (polka)
09. Suite Suedoise (polska)
10. F.I.N.A.L. (scottish)
11. Jopelloise (chapelloise)
12. Obsession (valse 8 temps)

Jonathan Malnoury (Hautbois, Guitares),
Nathanaël Malnoury (Contrebasse)
Raphaël Maillet (Violon, Banjo)
Michael Bideault (Accordéon diatonique)

Daniel Detammaecker, Nicolas Jourdren - percussions

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault (Scotland - Bretagne 2011) @320

A leading instrumentalist in Contemporary Traditional, British Isles, European
and World music, Calum Stewart is establishing a unique style along his way,
the sound of his Wooden Flute being fundamental to this.
Coming from a new generation of Breton musicians, Heikki Bourgault's
traditional yet modern, unique interpretations, push the limits of the open
tuned guitar.
Originally from the North of Scotland and brought up with the traditional
music of his native Morayshire, Calum Stewart has a developed a distinctive
contemporary-traditional voice. Through collaborations with a vast array of
musicians from many different genres, in the UK and Internationally,
Calum has absorbed many different influences on his musical journey.
Formed through an excisting musical friendship, Calum Stewart
and Heikki Bougault began their musical journey together in 2008.
Rooted in Celtic music of the British Isles, Calum was brought up among
the strong musical traditions of his native Scotland. Starting on the penny
whistle at a young age, Calum then moved onto the Wooden Flute.
Whilst being dedicated to the traditional music of his home land,
Calum is constantly searching for the voice that goes beyond
borders and melodies which are not geographically cemented.
Coming from a new generation of guitarists, Heikki embraces the strong tradition
of Breton musicians, whilst pushing the boundaries of the open-tuned guitar.
His knowledge of Fest Noz dance, both as dancer and musician, nourishes his composition in
the Breton style, whilst giving him a solid base to explore new ground.
This urge to look beyond borders, pushing the limits,
whilst respecting traditions is what brings Calum Stewart and Heikki Bourgault together :
With old instruments, a new sound is forged.

Calum STEWART : wooden flute
Heikki BOURGAULT : acoustic guitar
Guest :
Jacky MOLARD : violin, viola

1 - Scottishe Bihan
2 - Retour au Ty-Anna
3 - Yellow on the Broom
4 - One fine day
5 - La bouche en coeur
6 - Jolie Nanon
7 - Flight to Bogota
8 - The Cherry Tree Waltz
9 - Final Embrace
10 - Polska Jigs
11 - Vergers

Monday, September 16, 2013

Stefano Valla & Danieli Scurati - Per dovi [2009 ITALY] @VBR

Kindly contributed by gaudefroy friend

Appennino Folk Music
Deeply linked to the territory of four provinces and in particular Cegni, country of Giacomo and Ernesto Sala (the most important piffero players of the last century), Stefano Valla and Daniele Scurati are a direct continuation of the repertoire and the musical language of these musicians. Their activity is aimed at keeping alive the music and culture of oral tradition in this mountainous area and to promote the dissemination through festivals, concerts, workshops and conferences.
The duo is pursuing a dual parallel activity playing at parties in the countries of the Apennines, where the dance is still one of the key moments of aggregation (festivities , weddings, festivals, carnivals) and through exhibitions and musical events in Italy and abroad.
At the same time, thanks to their attention to contemporary cultural stimuli, and through experiences in other areas of music (jazz, classical, song writing) interpret their music expresses its vitality and their belonging to their own time.
Area of distribution of pipe, there is still strong ties to the musical repertoire, a repertoire of traditional dances before the assertion of ballroom dancing, are part of it: giga, alessandrina, monferrina,piana, povera donna, the latter with ritual connotations and symbolic details.

01 - Alessandrina cache cache
02 - Marcellina
03 - Valzer in Gennaio
04 - Alessandrina Do La
05 - La neve va con il sole
06 - Polca in La minore
07 - Alessandrina in Re
08 - Piana
09 - Il sirio
10 - Polca Ernesto
11 - Mazurca Per Tillo
12 - Occhi neri
13 - Sestrina
14 - Mazurca Dau pein d'alàs
15 - Vieni bella
16 - Valzer in settembre
17 - Il vecchio e il bambino
18 - Polca Didi di
19 - Giga a quattro

Stefano Valla: Piffero, voix solist 2 & 17, Première voix 9, 12, 15.
Danieli Scurati: Fisarmonica, deuxième voix 9, 12 & 15.
Bernard Blanc: Cornemuse (2)
Marco Domenichetti: Baryton (12)
Ivo Dominichella: Bass (12)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Free Promotion

Jack Pout and The Dirt Level
"Getting Off The Ground"

The debut album from Jack Pout and The Dirt Level, recorded with Mikey Shaw (A.K.A Junior Ras) with photography by Richard Shashamane and now here for your enjoyment!
These ten tracks of Folk/Rock happiness took only 3 days to record but around 5 months of planning, designing and crying to finally reach you. We're really proud to have made this and it was so much fun to create, we really hope you enjoy it and we are, as ever, supremely grateful for you listening to our music.
Come and have a dance with us soon!

Jack Pout - Acoustic/electric guitar and vocals.
Robbie Kuhn - Vocals, percussion and drums.
Ben Asker - Vocals and Bass
Calum McKemmie - Banjo, mandolin and fiddle.

Rum - Rum 1972-1978 (Belgium 2005) UPDATED

RUM 1972-1978


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Benoit Guerbigny en compagnie - La Généreuse (France 2006) @320

Benoit Guerbigny (accordéon, chant)
Aurélien Tanghe (guitare)
Gabriel Lenoir (violon)

01. C'est pas clair (scottish)
02. Noisette (mazurka)
03. Bourrée-Pierre labourait (bourrée)
04. En haut des crêtes
05. Cortège (valse lente)
06. Bourrée-à Jean Pons (bourrée)
07. Avant deux cercle
08. Desert froid / La généreuse (suite de mazurkas)
09. Le chat des voisins / Scottish du 29 mars
10. Madame de Francheville (valse)

Friday, September 6, 2013

MANdolinMAN - Old Tunes, Dusted Down (Belgium 2011) @320

The first fullalbum of MANdolinMAN ( Belgium ) is a real concept album. The whole album is dedicated to the unique fieldwork of Hubert Boone (Nederokkerzeel, °1940) that deserves a musical tribute. The album was recorded and mixed by none other than Luc Weytjens (

1. Polka Elewijt
2. Waltz Eppegem
3. Schottische Zaventem
4. Contredanse Ghent (In F Major)
5. Mazurka Hofstade
6. Polka Hofstade
7. Suite of contredanses 'La Rosalie' & 'La Charle Lorraine'
8. Mazurka Winksele
9. Contredanse Ghent (In A Minor)
10. Polka Hever
11. Waltz Berg

Andries Boone: mandoline
Peter-Jan Daems: mandoline
Dirk Naessens: mandoline
Maarten Decombel: mandola, mandocello

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Capercaillie - At The Heart Of It All (2013 Scotland) @320

The Scottish folk scene is booming, and Capercaillie can take much of the credit. For the past 30 years they have revived and reworked Gaelic traditional music, while introducing new songs and exploring new musical settings. It has been a bold, sometimes uneven project that has seen them experimenting with synthesisers and programmed drums, but this anniversary set is a reminder of their exquisite acoustic work. It's dominated by the fine, pure vocals of Karen Matheson, who is equally at ease with rapid-fire "mouth music" as she is with an emotional Gaelic lament about a 17th-century drowning, and there is classy backing from a band that includes pianist Donald Shaw, of Celtic Connections fame, and master flautist and piper Michael McGoldrick. There are contributions from Scotland's new folk elite, including Julie Fowlis and members of Lau, and there's still an experimental edge, with a dash of jazzy brass added in.

01. S'Och A' Dhomhnaill Oig Ghaolaich.mp3
02. The Strathspey Set.mp3
03. Ailein Duinn Nach Till Thu An Taoblh-Seo.mp3
04. The Jura Wedding Reels.mp3
05. At The Heart Of It All.mp3
06. Abu Chuibhl'.mp3
07. The Marches.mp3
08. Nighean Dubh Nighean Donn.mp3
09. Fainne An Dochais.mp3
10. Cal's Jigs.mp3
11. Lament For John 'Garve' MacLeod Of Raasay.mp3

Karen Matheson: Vocals
Michael McGoldrick: Flute/pipes
Mánus Lunny: Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals, Wind Synthesizer
Charlie McKerron: Fiddle
Ewen Vernal: Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Donald Shaw: Accordion, Keyboards

Album guests include :
Julie Fowlis, Kathleen MacInnes, Darren MacLean, Sineag MacIntyre and Kris Drever. - Vocals
Gerry O’Connor - Banjo
Jarlath Henderson - Uilleann Pipes
Aidan O’Rourke - Fiddle
James Mackintosh - Percussion
Tommy Smith - Saxophone

Monday, September 2, 2013

Snaarmaarwaar - Phosphor Bronze (Belgium 2011) @320

1. Ponto de Encontro
2. Writer's block bourrée
3. Crashing windows
4. Electric sheep
5. Lumi
6. San Vito
7. Carnegie Bourrée
8. Pedras Rubras
9. Thijsjes doopwals
10. Airshopping
11. Blekkerbos
12. Zero step
Maarten Decombel - Mandola
Peter-Jan Daems - Mandolin
Jeroen Geerinck - Guitar

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mister Klof - Octopus [France 2013] @320

An album of invigorating and energetic folk music! Probably one of the best folk dance band of the moment.
1 - Three sharks
2 - Scottish à Oliver Peton / Meatballs, whisky and beer
3 - Muireann's jig / The rolling wave
4 - La prunelle
5 - Bourrée de la chèvre / Bourrée à Cayla / Pot neuve / Bourrée à Durif
6 - Ridée mod koh / The fisherman in the wardrobe / En avant !
7 - Trois tourtereaux / Octopus
8 - Les chamignoux / Bourrée de la loge / Les héritiers
9 - The downstairs neighbours / Colegram
10 - La ponote / The acharavi
11 - La marchande de mirabelles / Bourrée à Gustave Ythier

Julien CARTONNET : pipes, banjo
Sylvain QUERE : guitar, cittern
Tiennet SIMONNIN : chromatic accordion, whistle
Sylvain VUIDART : flute, whistle

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cuarteto Caramuxo - Tiruriru [Spain/Galicia 2009] @320

01. O demo
02. Muiñeira e ribeirana
03. Michuca
04. Pasotriple de Sárdoma
05. Golpe
06. Canto de berce
07. Tiruriru
08. Vals do Jicho
09. Xotis romanés
10. Invernía
11. Canto de segada
12. Muiñeira do sapataso
13. Entre Vigo e Pontevedra (O Golpe de Mar)

Alonso Caxade: acordeón;
Patricia Cela: percusión;
Felipe Agell: clarinete en Sib;
Xoán Carlos Vázquez: clarinete en Sib;
Óscar Prieto: clarinete en Sib e baixo;
Fernando Abreu: clarinete baixo e requinta en Mib

Gravado ao vivo e mesturado en Estudios Abrigueiro (Friol, Lugo) nos meses de xullo e agosto de 2009 por Arturo Vaquero e Jahel Piñeiro; Master: Arturo Vaquero; Producido por : Fernando Abreu e Pablo Carrera; Revisión de textos e tradución o inglés: Patricia Verdial Garay: Deseño gráfico; Elba Fernández (Falcatruada); Imaxe de portada: Músico, de Antón Pulido; Fotos: Gus Abreu

Cuarteto Caramuxo foi, por unanimidade, o gañador do Festival Folk Cancioneiros da Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza celebrado en Vigo e A Coruña en marzo de 2008. O premio consistiu en 6011 euros, a grabación deste CD e a participación nun concerto final do festival, que tivo lugar o 17 de maio de 2008 na Coruña, compartindo o escenario co grupo folk Milladoiro. O Festival Folk Cancioneiros estivo encadrado na celebración do 40 aniversario da Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, en 2007, co obxectivo de divulgar o patrimonio da música popular galega e fomentar entre os grupos folk afeccionados o interese polo repertorio do Cancionero gallego, de Torner y Bal y Gay, e do Cancionero Musical de Galicia, de Castro Sampedro y Folgar; publicacións editadas pola Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tribal Jâze - Tribal Jâze III [France 2011] @320

1 Plinn en plaine 3:00
2 Scottish à casquette 4:05
3 Valse à flore 3:24
4 Indifférence 3:36
5 Polka des caps 3:25
6 Loquet 3:44
7 Les Poissons 3:46
8 La Clef 3:42
9 Vanille 4:05
10 Centurion 5:29
11 Highland of Holland 3:19
12 Jupiler 3:15
13 La Valseuse 4:43

Cédric "le Tiot" Hergault : Tambour & Percu
Boris "le Secos" Nortier : Accordéon diatonique
Marc "le Gros" Buvry : Sax baryton

Tribal Jâze - Trash, Trad & Roots [France 2008]

1 Ouverture en Si bémol mineur 0:32
2 An dro de Travers 4:41
3 La Tordue (Scottish Picarde) 3:53
4 Bourée à 2 ronds 3:28
5 Oudent waltz, suite et fin (Mazurka) 4:37
6 Bambi Roots (Cercle) 5:02
7 Cottage (Mazurka) 3:05
8 Nin Nin Nin (Scottish) 4:47
9 Bourée du tiot 4:24
10 The Miller of Drohan (Valse écossaise) 2:35
11 Dimanche matin (Valse) 4:26
12 De l'aut' jour (Suite de Gavottes) 8:31

Cédric "le Tiot" Hergault : Tambour & Percu
Boris "le Secos" Nortier : Accordéon diatonique
Marc "le Gros" Buvry : Sax baryton

Menestra - Yaouank Forever [France/Bretagne 2007] @320

1. Scottishes
2. Passepieds
3. Mélodie
4. Ronds De Loudéac 1
5. Baleu
6. Ronds De Loudéac 2
7. Riquegnée
8. Valse
9. Ridées De Guillac
10. Ronds De St Vincent
11. Mélodie + Marche + Passepieds
12. Bourées 2 Temps
13. Tours
14. Scottishes (Live)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tribal Jâze - Le Grand Saut [France 2007] @320

1 Branle de la Fosse aux loups 4:17
2 Rottotom 3:20
3 Valse à Manu 3:15
4 Cochinchine 2:47
5 Branle d'Écosse 6:44
6 Pieternelle 2:58
7 La Fenouillède 2:06
8 Rengaine 4:33
9 La Brayonne de Saint Aubin 2:52
10 Mingus 2:51
11 Brindille 6:02
12 Ton ruban bleu 3:49
13 L'Autre Valse 2:14
14 The New Polka 3:04
15 Circus 4:35
16 Petite valse 5:53

Cédric "le Tiot" Hergault : Tambour & Percu
Boris "le Secos" Nortier : Accordéon diatonique
Marc "le Gros" Buvry : Sax baryton

Menestra - Dog of Pride [France/Bretagne 2000] @320

01. Espadon-1 (1'56)
02. Espadon-2 (1'42)
03. Hanter Dro-Début (1'00)
04. Hanter Dro-Transition (1'13)
05. Hanter Dro-Deuxième Thème (0'57)
06. Rond De Saint-Vincent-Thème A (1'38)
07. Rond De Saint-Vincent-Thème B (1'37
08. Premier Rond De Loudéc-Morceau 1 (2'25)
09. Premier Rond De Loudéc-Morceau 2 (0'21)
10. Premier Rond De Loudéc-Morceau 3 (1'18)
11. Baleu (2'07)
12. Deuxième Rond De Loudéac-First Piece (1'10)
13. Deuxième Rond De Loudéac-Second Piece (0'53)
14. Riqueniééee (1'25)
15. Scottish À DD-Premiere D (1'56)
16. Scottish À DD-Deuxième D (0'20)
17. Scottish À DD-Troisième D (3'11)
18. Laridé-Gavotte-Prologue (0'41)
19. Laridé-Gavotte-Ton Unan (1'32)
20. Laridé-Gavotte-Entremets (0'31)
21. Laridé-Gavotte-Daou (1'18)
22. Mazurka À Dd-D1 (0'38)
23. Mazurka À Dd-D2 (2'34)
24. Mazurka À Dd-D3 (0'19)
25. Mazurka À Dd-D4 (1'11)
26. An Dro Mouÿtonmayo-Sans Pat (1'41)
27. An Dro Mouÿtonmayo-Avec Pat (1'04)
28. Bourrés-Thème 1 (0'48)
29. Bourrés-Thème 1 + (2'00)
30. Bourrés-Thème 2 (0'24)
31. Bourrés-Thème 2 + (1'13)
32. Bourrés-Fin (0'07)
33. Mélodie (3'34)

Gurvan Kerboeuf : hurdy-gurdy
Fabien Robbe : guitar
Iltud Le Doré : djembe, derbuka
Tangi Le Doré : bass guitar

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Alambig Electrik - Disadorn 'Noz Fever [France/Bretagne 2010] @320

1. Disadorn 'noz fever
2. Bhangra Laudia
3. Sophia's Jig
4. Les cheveux violets
5. Gavotte du Cloestro
6. Dremm
7. Beg er vil
8. Delhi St Vincent
9. Deit d'er "club" Marie Louise
10. An alc'hweder arvelen
11. A Malian in Scotland
12. Un télégramme pour Anouar

Youenn Le Cam: trompette, bugle, programmations
Roland Conq: guitare, banjo
Goel Runigo: accordéon diatonique
Lors Landat: chant
Pierrick Tardivel: basse, contrebasse, N'goni
Sébastien Boucle: batterie
Florian Juilard: bombarde

Timothée Le Bour & Youen Bodros - Deus pelec'h e teu an avel [France/Bretagne 2011] @320

The group was formed in 2006, and has since become popular in the breton folk dancing community thanks to their innovative music. Timothy Le Bour on the sax, and Youen Bodros on the diationic accordion, will surpise you with breton music, with infuences from jazz, central europe, and oriental music, and recorded with various guest musicians.

1. Tavaranza         5:35
2. 5 rue ty koz     4:51
3. Gavotte ton simple     4:01
4. Tamm kreiz         1:53
5. Ton double         5:50
6. Bro an eoged     8:29
7. Loudia         3:14
8. Valse kerzu         4:56
9. El gato y el pajaro     4:59
10. Klermañ !         5:16 

Timothée LE BOUR : sax alto and sopran
Youen BODROS : diatonic accordion
Guests :
Erwan MOAL : guitar
Florian SATCHE : percussions
Erwan MENGUY : wooden flute
Stevan VINCENDEAU : diatonic accordion
Thomas FELDER : fiddle
Louis-Jacques SUIGNARD : vocals

Brotto Lopez - Le bal [France 2012] @320

With this album Cyrille Brotto (accordion) and Guillome Lopez (flute, boha, singing) celebrate the 10 years they've been performing together. They are the ambassadors of the Occitan (dance)tradition, but also look beyond their own region for musical inspiration. Both live and on cd their music is fantastic, and for this cd they've managed to gather a lot of great guestmusicians to accompany them. Enjoy this fantastic cd, and for those who like folk dances, you can expect a wide variety of dances: branle, mazurka, cercle circassien, rondeau, ronde du Query, bourrée 3t, scottish, waltz, branle biarné,…

1. Dejol pont de Lion (Ronde du Quercy)         3:42
2. Matin s’ei lhevat (Branle)         4:04
3. Bolèga te (Escoticha)         2:56
4. Jeu soi perdut (Mazurkà)         4:15
5. Diga Figa (Escotticha)         3:10
6. La Candèla (Mazurkà)         4:57
7. Les forgerons aiment le vin - Bourrée de Ribeyrolle (Borrèias)         2:33
8. Le bal, qu’es aquò??         1:37
9. Noche en vela ((Mazurkà)         1:57
10. Bestofa         0:27
11. Trihon de Bergon - Para lo lop (Suite de bourrées à 3 temps)         1:30
12. Nau goiatas a Castèthnau (Rondèu)         3:46
13. Vaquì lo polit mes de mai (Valsa trad)         2:58
14. Lo pichon trin (Mazurkà)         3:00
15. Se vòls venir ambe ieu (Cercle circassien)         2:58
16. Tres son seroletas (Chant de la vallée d’Ossau)         3:20

Duo Brotto-Lopez :
- Cyrille Brotto (accordéon diatonique, tustafòna, Amoésa)
- Guillaume Lopez (chant, flûte traversière, fifres, boha, saxophone alto et ténor, Aboès)

Invités :
- Morgan Astruc (guitare, pandeiro, beat box)
- Matèu Baudoin (voix, violon)
- Roman Baudoin (Vielle)
- Guilhem Cavailié (violon)
- Pascal Celma (Contrebasse, basse)
- Julien Estèves (batterie, percussions)
- Eric Fraj (Voix)
- Manu Isopet (Choeur)
- Maxime Lopez (Trompette)
- Camille Raibaud (violon)
- Eric Sabathier (tuba)
- Joan-Francès Tisner (Voix, tricanettes)
- Mickaël Vidal (Sax alto)
- Xavier Vidal (cabrette, violon, trombone)

KV Express - D-Sensation [Belgium 2010] @320

01. Kikicoeur
02. Scottish des boiteux
03. Shnock attitude
04. Petit monsieur
05. D-Sensation
06. Malis
07. Lua cheia
08. Soli
09. Vampiro
10. Artignosc
11. Dandelion

Sophie Cavez: diatonic accordeon, compositions
Cédric Waterschoot: bass guitar
Fred Malempré: percussions

Hot Griselda - Hot Griselda [Belgium 2009] @320

Trying to escape Irish traditional music uilleann piper Stijn van Beek ended up at a folkbal in Nijmegen, looking for some shelter for the autumn cold of 2007. But apparently there was no escape. Before he even managed to enter the dancefloor the haunting sound of the Irish pipes surrounded him once again, this time played by multi-instrumentalist Toon van Mierlo. As a result of this most remarkable meeting Toon and Stijn decided to start playing together with two renowned string-prodigies: Kaspar Laval and Jeroen Geerinck. Hot Griselda was born. And She was hotter than hot, bigger than huge and at times quite sensitive... Hot Griselda hit the folkscene by surprise and hit it hard. After Her first appearance at Boombalfestival summer 2008 a stormy year followed during which She conquered the hearts and minds of the folkies throughout Belgium, Holland and even Portugal. Within a year Her first album was out, containing thirteen steamy tracks of folk with echoes from Ireland, Flanders, Brittany and even heavy metal. Recently Hot Griselda spread her wings to France and Germany, in the meantime working on brand new refreshing material!

1. Schojascheuten / Torgny
2. Honingkoekjes / Ride your pony into town / Calimocho breakfast
3. Dorpeldanske
4. De Walvissenmars
5. Groene Michel (1)
6. Ongelijk spel
7. De hormonale heks
8. Jef en Maria / The golden shower
9. Nadia & de clown
10. Moonlight patrol
11. @Evertjans / Den hemel in
12. Trip to Falsterbo
13. Framboosjes van ver weg / Goedkope tranen

Gunnar Van Hove (bodhran)
Jeroen Geerinck (akoestische gitaar, elektrische gitaar, keyboards, programmatie)
Kaspar Laval (bouzouki, gitaar)
Stijn Van Beek (low whistle, Uilleann pipes)
Toon Van Mierlo (low whistle, melodeon, sopraansaxofoon, Uilleann pipes)

Jeff Caresse - Les Mamelles du Désir [Belgium 2011] @320

3.La mort du chien bourrée
4.La rêverie des bouches à Fortier
5.Pepito Porcino
7.Milongo du mamelon
8.La valse des noeuds
9.Small dried flowers
10.Les mamelles du désir

Productie: Baltazar Montanaro
Clémentine Van den Bergh (Baltazar Montanaro) :Violon, guitare
Jeff Caresse (Sophie Cavez) : Accordéon diatonique
Aurélia De Witte (Aurélien Claranbaux) : Accordéon diatonique

Triple-X - Wodka Vaseline [Belgium 2010] @320

Triple-X is a young Belgian folk band representing strong exciting groovy (dance) folk music, full of energy. The group performed on several stages throughout Europe and is frequently assisted by guests like Stéphane Hardy on Breton bombard, singer Soetkin Collier (Urban Trad)and many others.  Triple-X exists of Bert Leemans  on accordion,  Björn Van Hove on fiddle,  Jeroen Geerinck  on guitar and Ludo Stichelmeyer on percussion.
The fact that Triple-X covered already a serious musical way clearly can be heard on its first album: “Wodka Vaseline”. It has been warmly received by the press publishing reviews and audience, which only acknowledges the reputation of Triple-X as one of the top folk bands from Belgium.

01. Broki / Loki (Scottish)
02. Ingo / Husar (Hanter dro)
03. Living Room Mazurka (Mazurka)
04. Culasse / Moerpipi (Bourrée)
05. Katliejas (Gavottes de montagnes, dañs tro - ton simple, ton kentañ, ton berr)
06. 113 (Gavottes de montagnes, dañs tro - tamm kreiz, tamm diskuizh)
07. Ben & Dirk Houter (Gavottes de montagnes, dañs tro - ton doubl, ton diwezhañ, ton hir)
08. Bedwongen (chant, chanson, complainte, gwerz)
09. Colors Of Sugus (Cercle circassien)
10. Karma (Valse)
11. Roeland En Zijn Klokkenspel (Rock ou folk celtique)
12. Lihll / Pe I Floa (chant, chanson, complainte, gwerz)
13. 26 (Valse)
14. Sweet Goldfish (Bourrée)
Bert Leemans : Accordéon
Björn Van Hove : Violon
Jeroen Geerinck : Guitare
Ludo Stichelmeyer : Percussions
Stéphane Hardy : Bombarde, Sax Soprano
Soetkin Colier : vocals

Zlabya - La Méduse-Boîte (France 2011) @320

Born in 2007, Zlabya dedicates itself to folk music for dancers...
It owes its unusual style to the work of its composers: Raphael Decoster and Olivier Catteau...
With a repertoire influenced by Klezmer, Irish and Tzigane music, Zlabya contributes to the tradition while innovating, to the dancers' greatest pleasure...

In 2008, Florian Huygebaert (percussion instruments) joins the band...
In 2009, after two years spent on various stages of France and Belgium (mainly around the Franco-Flemish area, but also in festivals such as Damada, Genntines, the Boombal festival, Andaças and Roubaix l'accordéon), Fanny Bizien and Olivier Catteau leave the band. They are succeeded by J-B Guerrier (double bass) and Theo Kaiser (trumpet and DADGAD guitar)...

Keeping the dancers' well-being as sole purpose and driving force of its creation, the band turns towards a jazz-inspired aesthetic, preserving space for improvisation within its compositions and arragements.

1. Jammin (4:34)
2. L'amour à Saint-Omer (4:20)
3. Claude (5:12)
4. La vieille dame & Le P (4:43)
5. Manhattan Igloo (5:01)
6. Les marins d'eau douce (5:47)
7. De Potvis (6:51)
8. La Neyge (4:31)
9. Tantz tantz yiddelekh ünd cocek (1:13)
10. Les Toulousains (4:30)
11. Ginger Dog (4:45)
12. La Fille en Feuilles d'arbre (3:19)
13. Harmonikka tuuli (4:54)

Zlabya :
Raphaël Decoster (accordéon)
Yvain Delahousse (Violon)
Laure Gagnon (Flûtes)
Jean-Baptiste Guerrier (Contrebasse)
Florian Huygebaert (Percussions)
Théo Kaiser (Trompette, bugle, guitare)
En Guest star :
Pascale Rubbens accordéon Diatonique
Toon Van Mierlo Saxophone soprano
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