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)
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