Saturday, July 18, 2015

Aligot Elements - La Révoltés du Pounti (France 2000) @320

CK: Great group!

Their music is unclassifiable because born of a meeting between musicians from different backgrounds who all wear a personal look at the traditional music played in Auvergne.

01. Tiennet 4:55 
02. Transcorrezien 5:48 
03. Les Trois 4:56 
04. Aligotherapie 4:17 
05. Sudre 4:19 
06. Catogan 3:51 
07. Boeing 4:32 
08. Salle de bains 8:29 
09. Fajo la feto 5:33 
10. La Plaine Jacquot 4:42 
11. Ballade pour Benoit 4:17 
12. La Comete 6:16 
13. La Mantille 2:57

Sylvie Mathé: vielle à roue, voix
Jean-Paul Faurie: contrebasse
Richard Héry: batterie, percussions, clarinette, kora
Fabrice Planchat: violon alto, accordéon diatonique, cornemuses du Centre
François Breugnot: violons, violon ténor, low-whistle, voix, percussions
Philippe Faurie: guitares, voix

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Orion - Strawberry Town (Belgium 2009) @192

CK: Fantastic album!

The fourth album over more than two decades (following 1990, Blue Room and Restless Home) by this Belgian group is another gem of contemporary Celtic music, melding folk with classical references and stylings to delightful effect. Replete with catchy hooks and melodies, it provides a wide range of moods and atmospheres – the ethereal and emotionally stirring, the stately and almost church-like, buoyant Breton and Flemish dance signatures, through to tight and punchy, propulsive rhythmic grooves with fiery playing. Not that there is any jagged juxtaposition here; rather, the composing of sequenced sets, weaving wider European references into their Celtic tapestry, is intricate refined and sophisticated. 

All of them (Rudy Velghe, fiddle, viola, nyckelharpa, guitar, keyboards; Raquel Gigot, accordions; John Faulkner, vocals, bouzouki; Erwan Berenguer, guitar; Gwenael Micault, keyboards) play lead and support roles in the complex layering of their instruments to create arresting synergies and rhythmic interest. They deserve to be ranked amongst the best contemporary Celtic groups. Their ability to draw on people of the calibre of Philip Catherine and Pat Desaunay, amongst an array of other excellent musicians who play and/or are thanked, show wide peer respect. 

Some standout features include the haunting and emotional character of Faulkner’s vocals on the ancient homicidal ballad story behind Strawberry Town and crisp mouth music, Arne van Dongen’s warm and richly toneddouble bass, percussive textures added by Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, and a charming tribute to harpist Turlough O’Carolan’s melodic 18th century music.

Kevin T. Ward

01. Ton ar liestalegoù
02. La bourdaine/LeBelloy/Kernivinan's jig
03. Strawberry town
04. Four teeth hornpipe/Mr Morceau's Fancy/Kasper's reel
05. Ravna gora/Porz Téolenn
06. The harper's heir
07. He mantu/He le com an uro (mouth music)
08. Menuet Marguerite
09. Sint-Jorisdansen/Rondedansen
10. Song for Terri
11. The open gate/Wolfie's waltz

Raquel GIGOT: chromatic and diatonic accordion 
Rudy VELGHE: fiddle, nyckelharpa, viola, guitar, harmonium, keyboards 
John FAULKNER: vocals, bouzouki 
Erwan BERENGUER: guitar 
Gwenaël MICAULT: piano, harmonium, keyboards 

Philip CATHERINE: guitar 
Gérard HIRSCH: harp 
Johnny "Ringo" Mc DONAGH: bodhran 
Jean-Philippe PONCIN: bass clarinet 
Arne VAN DONGEN: double bass 
Pat DESAUNAY: guitar, foot percussion 
Piet VAN BOCKSTAL: oboe 
Marc KEYAERT: keyboards 
Fabian FIORINI: piano 

Shirly LAUB: violin 
Frédéric D'URSEL: violin 
Tony NYS: viola 
Martijn VINCK: cello 
Toon FRET: flute 
Nathalie LEFEBVRE: clarinet 
Koenraad HOFMAN: double bass 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Shillelagh - Germaine (France 2008) @256

Thanks to Waters for this contribution!

For this third album, Shillelagh has concocted a subtle mix of current ballroom dances (Schottish, chapeloise, bourée, etc ...) and Flanders dance. Registration allows public to feel the energy of the dancers mingling with the energy of the music. Shillelagh takes us into the friendly atmosphere and festive time they create a ball. The sound is that of an accomplished group, who plays for the pleasure of the ears and legs. for "Germaine" they have six guests who give such a particular color to "Pieternelle" Flanders dance ever danced plsu. "Germaine" c is the name of the beautiful waltz 1930 by Joseph Colombo ends this CD. Gabriel Lenoir (violin), Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion) and Aurélien Tanghe (guitar) aillient wonderfully musical and dynamic quality for dancing. C As is written in the booklet: "This record is the result of several years of complicity between dancers and us." 
"Julie Coclet"

01 - Les beaux jours - Scottish
02 - C'est l'aventure + Feu d'artifice + C'est la fête - Cercles circassiens
03 - Nuit - Mazurka
04 - Polka van Hever (Trad.)
05 - Mazurka van Hofstade (Trad.)
06 - Pieternelle (Trad.)
07 - En vrille - Bourrée d'Auvergne
08 - Brindezingue - Bourrée d'Auvergne
09 - Sans souci + Feuilles d'automne + L'équilibriste - Chapeloises
10 - Framåt - Scottish
11 - Russische Polka (Trad.)
12 - Wals van Kortenberg (Trad.)
13 - Ça m'ressemble + P.H. bourrée - Bourrées 2 temps
14 - Germaine (valse)

Gabriel Lenoir (violin)
Benjamin Macke (diatonic accordion)
Aurélien Tanghe (guitar)

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hello friends.
Only some news in Folk Yourself.

Now we have a player for fun in listening to some selected songs. It takes a bit to load, but worth it. It's just a test. We will see ...
From time to time I will change the list.
Good thing is that while you listen to a track, you can change the page that music will continue playing in the same spot.

Another thing is that I started to list of FY followers to the bottom of the page.
Now we can see the list with more viewing space.

Hug to everyone.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cristina Pato - Latina (Spain 2015) @320

Cristina Pato is a modern day Renaissance woman. A pop star of the ‘gaita’ (the Galician bagpipe) in her native Spain, she moved to New York to attain her Doctorate in collaborative piano and push her career in an entirely different direction. Pato daringly skirts the boundaries of jazz, classical and world music, and in her forthcoming album Latina, she and her band The Cristina Pato Quartet delve into the musical diaspora of latin music. In her own words: “it is a way to embrace my heritage through music exploring the connections between the country of origin of the word [Latina], Italy, and the countries that are nowadays considered Latino. Using the metaphor of one of the essential rhythms of traditional music: the 6/8, Latina is a musical journey that begins with the Italian Tarantella and travels through Spain and Latin American 6/8 rhythms like the Joropo or the colombian Llano; the peruvian Festejo or the Galician muiñeira.” Pato has also made a name for herself as a break-out member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. She often steals the show with her passionate, energetic performances on stages throughout the world and will be featured in Morgan Neville’s.

01. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Fandango: Prueba de Fuego
02. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Landó: María Landó
03. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Tanguillo: The High Seas
04. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Joropo-Festejo: Muiñeira de Chantada
05. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Currulao: Currulao de Crisis
06. The Latina 6/8 Suite: Tarantella-Muiñeira: Epilogue
07. Llegará, llegará, llegará
08. Let's Festa
09. Tarantella-Muiñeira (without narration)

Cristina Pato: gaita, piano, voice; 
Edward Pérez: double bass; 
Eric Doob: drums; 
Victor Prieto: accordion.

Cristina Pato, Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos, Roberto Comesaña - Rústica (Spain 2015) @320

Four great personalities of the Galician music come together in a project called RÚSTICA, a very special album published FOL music and goes on sale on 10 February 2015. Rustica is the result of chance encounters, synchronicities, affinities and discoveries. It's a love letter to the great cultural heritage of Galicia, friendship and excitement. Old songs sung with deep feeling and a harmonious development that brings our days with a touch of magic elves and mysteries of old Gaita, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, tambourines and voice are the instruments which have been growing RÚSTICA songs a hidden treasure that now comes to light.

01. Meu Cabalo
02. Mens
03. Asubíasme de Lonxe
04. Erbecedo
05. Grao a Grao
06. Alalá Tristina
07. Ruada Macabra
08. Cardadores

Cristina Pato: gaita, voice
Davide Salvado: voice, percussions
Anxo Pintos: hurdy-gurdy
Roberto Comesaña: accordion

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Duo Absynthe - Duo Absynthe (2011 France) @320

01. Dave
02. Amazone
03. Kerleguer Vinca
04. Nina
05. La partida
06. Monster Cafe
07. Petekindjeswals Depardu
08. Mazurka a Clement
09. Albiztur
10. Arin arin
11. Evening glory
12. British Swing
13. Vieille chamelle

Aurélien Claranbaux (Accordéon diatonique) et 
Sylvain Letourneau (Guitares)
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