Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mick Conneely - Selkie (Ireland 2001) [320]

Mick Conneely: fiddle, bouzouki
Mick Conneely Sr.: fiddle
Niall O'Callanain: bouzouki

Those who have heard Mick's fiddle playing before are likely to remember his gutsy, intense, style of playing, admittedly  influenced by that of Frankie Gavin, with whom Mick shares a penchant for "self-accompaniment" with much double-stopping as well as tricky bow work, and those who like it will enjoy greatly the music on "Selkie." The album was recorded live and analog in a German studio, with bouzouki accompaniments by Niall O'Callanain, and a guest appearance by Mick Conneely Sr. on fiddle. Mick's choice of tunes, a nicely balanced combination of old standards and newer tunes, provides the perfect vehicle for a great display of his abilities as a player and as an improviser. Although it is difficult and unfair perhaps to single out one track over the others, the hornpipes "The Showman's Fancy" and "Flee as a Bird" stand out in my mind for the sheer virtuosity of Mick's playing, while the reel track "The Glen of Aherlow/The Bear Island Reel/The Green Fields of Glentown" makes a brilliant medley played with great flair. Mick's acknowledgement of his debt to the tradition is expressed through having his father, Mick Senior, play on a couple of tracks, one in duet with his son, and another where Mick Junior accompanies his father on bouzouki, Alec-Finn-style. You can definitely hear where Mick Junior got a lot of his music, as his father's playing would deserve an album all of its own.

Tracklist:
1.    Jenny's Wedding; The Old Bush; Scotch Mary    5:16
2.    Cailleach An Airgid; The Cat In The Corner; The Looharadhawn's Jig    4:37
3.    The Road To Cashel; Salthill Prom    3:12
4.    The Providence; The Eel In The Sink; The Culfada    5:35
5.    A Roll Of The Dice; A Fig For A Kiss    3:39
6.    The Showman's Fancy; Flee As A Bird    4:22
7.    Dinny O'Brian's; Farewell To Connacht; The Gravel Walk    5:45
8.    Farewell To Jim; That's More Of It    3:08
9.    The Jug Of Punch; Sergeant Early's Dream; Oaddy Fahy's Reel; Mullingar Races    5:11
10.    McGlinchey's; McFadden's Handsome Doughter; I Have No Money    4:29
11.    The Humours Of Bandon; Planxty Maggie Brown    4:40
12.    The Glen Of Aherlow; Ríl Bhéarra; The Green Fields Of Glentown    6:04
13.    The Bird InThe Bush; The Longford Tinker    3:51

BF.15 - Primeur (France 1997) [320]

Musicians:
Michel Aumont: clarinettes
Stéphane Morvan: bombardes, biniou
Philippe Ollivier: accordéon
Yvon Rouget: violon

Coop Breizh 4013390

Michel Aumont forms at the conservatory of Caen . Arriving in Brittany he learns the clarinet with traditional pipers and puts the instrument in the Breton groups. He will lead the fest-noz for twenty years with the band BF 15. It creates the clarinet Quintet in the 80s that will counterpoint Breton traditional music and contemporary music, improvised. He recorded with this training two CDs: Musique têtue & Bazh du. Many tours and albums will follow, especially with Louis Sclavis and Sylvain Kassap .

It occurs in many contexts shows or festivals, for example the Rencontres internationales de la clarinette populaire (International Meeting of the popular clarinet) .

It makes the bass clarinet his favorite instrument with which he placed alongside many artists in music, theater, dance and visual arts. Daniel Paboeuf (saxophonist), Jerome Thomas (juggler), Markus Schmid (mime dancer), Jean-Claude Charbonel (painter) ... In 2006, he participated in the creation of the show Emma the clown and his orchestra, played in 2010 at the Théâtre du Rond-Point.

Beyond all these meetings and creations, he continues to develop his particular musical universe he calls armorigène anchored in the lively music of Brittany and turned to music "d’ailleurs et de plus tard."

After Armorigène trio in 2008, Armorivielle project in 2009, he organized in 2010 the first public rehearsal of his septet Le Grand Orchestre Armorigène in the fisel festival .

In 2012, he actively participated in the album  Vers les lueurs de Dominique A, where together with his interpretations on this important wind section on the latest composition of the French singer.

In 2013, the first working sessions are planned for the Run show Jean-Luc Anneix (from the novel Running of Jean Echenoz ) which he wrote the music. The creation and first dates are scheduled in 2014.

End of 2014, it is also and above all the creation of Rhapsody Barbarian, with his Grand Orchestra armorigènE ...

Stephane Morvan grew up in a family of musicians. He made his first steps with his brother playing as a "couple biniou & bombarde".

At this time his passion for the wooden flute was growing and he improved his technic thanks to many local musicians. He then got some experience while playing in bands such as DAOUARN, BF15, FROGGY STEW, SHAFALI, PADDY WHACK, TINTAL, FLUTES 4 and duo MORVAN-PERROCHES. He founded JAPHTAL, an innovating trio, a subtle mix of breton music and indian rythms.

His passion for flute making began in the 90's, when he started making flutes for himself, based on Rudall & Rose or Pratten originals. It's only in 2005 that he decided to create his flute making company along with Youenn LeBihan, genious of music and instrument making (he makes his own bombardes and binious and plays in bands such as Gwerz, Skolvan).

Today Stephane is professionally setup as a flute maker in his own workshop in Finistere (Brittany) and has acquired a worldwide reputation, as his flutes are being played by some of the best flute players from Brittany, Ireland, USA, Spain...


Tracklist:
1.    Romantique    0:22
2.    Ridées six temps    3:49
3.    Suite de Loudéac (Rond)    3:51
4.    Baleu    1:56
5.    Rond    3:27
6.    Riquegnée    1:25
7.    Rond de St Vincent    5:18
8.    Enervé    0:19
9.    Gavotte des montagnes (Ton Simpl)    2:41
10.    Tamm kreiz    1:30
11.    Ton doubl    4:06
12.    Hanter dro    7:00
13.    Décidé    0:34
14.    Suite fisel (Ton simpl)    1:57
15.    Bal    1:15
16.    Ton doubl    1:51
17.    An dro    5:25
18.    Dépouillé

Enda Scahill - Pick It Up (Ireland 2002) [320]


Enda Scahill comes from a very musical family from Corofin in East Galway and has long established himself as one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish banjo playing. His solo album Pick It Up (SUNCD 36. 2000) was widely acclaimed. Enda has been described as “just about the strongest banjo I’ve have ever heard” (Art Ketchin, Celtic Beat) and Irish American News in Chicago said “Enda does things on the banjo which should be impossible”. Irish Music Magazine has described his playing as “simply divine”.

Enda has been a member of the Brock McGuire Band since its inception in 2001; has performed with Sessions from the Hearth whose debut album was acclaimed by Hotpress as “the best ever live recording of Irish Music”; with the Furey Brothers and most recently with The Frankie Gavin Band in Ireland and Canada. He has been All Ireland Champion 4 times on Banjo and Mandolin and was finalist in the Celtic Note Young Musician of the Year in 1999.

Tracklist:
1.    The Black Frog / The Sanctuary (Jigs)    3:03
2.    Maeve's Reels (Reels)    3:57
3.    Gan Ainm / The Big Reel of Ballynacally / The Red Haired Lass (Reels)    3:25
4.    The Happenchance(comp Enda Scahill) / An Tri si a Rian (Hornpipes)    2:59
5.    Fahy's Jig / Charlie Lennon's / P.J. Kings (Jigs)    4:08
6.    The Blacksmith / Paddy Raftery's (Jigs)    4:48
7.    Gan Ainm; Cepta Byrne's, The Shannon Jig (Jigs)    4:12
8.    The Pondering Jig / The Maid at the Spinning Wheel (Jigs)    3:42
9.    Gan Ainm / Liz Carroll's Slow Reels)    3:17
10.    The Soporific Hornpipe, The New Post Office, Gan Ainm (Hornpipe/Reels)    4:19
11.    Gan Ainm; The Taproom, The Yellow Cow (Reels)    3:22
12.    The Kerry Fling (Reels)    4:22

Mairi Campbell - Mairi Campbell (Scotland 2005) [320]

Mairi Campbell is an influential and pioneering figure in Scottish music. She is a viola player, a singer and a songwriter whose music has a rooted and powerful quality. Her musical interests are wide ranging: from playing Scottish dance music to pushing the boundaries of the traditional music scene with her soundings and improvisations.

Mairi won Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She has previously won Scots Singer of The Year and Tutor of The Year. She has also received the Live Ireland Music Award for Best Female Musician of the Year and for Best Composition of the Year.

Mairi’s voice was heard worldwide when her version of Auld Lang Syne (with David Francis as The Cast) was used in a pivotal scene in the film Sex and The City. Mairi also runs music retreats on the isle of Lismore.

“her voice can stop the clock” – The Scotsman

“consummate, visionary musicianship” – The Herald


Tracklist:
01 Home (Is Not What I've Left Behind)
02 Portobello Sands
03 Don't Ever Give Up
04 Scent in the Air
05 Goodbye Grey –
06 iPod Wii Play –
07 Paperweight –
08 She Stitched Upon My Heart
09 Remember My Love
10 Haul Away
11 Recession Song

The Cast - Greengold (Scotland 2007) [320]

Tracklist:
1.    Smile or cry    4:02
2.    Deirdre's song    2:53
3.    The lea-rig    3:37
4.    Young Betty    2:35
5.    The day dawn    4:35
6.    A red red rose    2:45
7.    Higher Germany    3:45
8.    There is a light    4:02
9.    The auld refrain/Miss Betty Ann Gordon    3:44
10.    Jean Yelland    2:46
11.    Song for Cove    5:42

The Cast - Colours Of Lichen (Scotland 1996) [320]


1.    Giant    2:44
2.    Broom o the Cowdenknowes/Tha mi tinn    5:12
3.    Aviemore/Ca the stirks frae oot the corn/The drummer/The Argyle Bowling Green    3:58
4.    Hall of Mirrors    3:05
5.    Lullabye for a very new baby    2:35
6.    Memories of Fr Angus MacDonnell    4:05
7.    The Duke of Gordon's birthday/London lasses/Da eye wifie/The Fyrish reel    3:57
8.    The piper and the maker    4:31
9.    Eventide    4:02
10.    Basker's delight/Mrs McGhee/The black hoe    3:24
11.    The auld refrain    2:03
12.    John Anderson, my jo    2:51

The Cast (Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis) - The Winnowing (Scotland 1993) [320]

Mairi Campbell and David Francis, also known as The Cast, are one of Scotland's most enduring collaborations, having worked together creating songs and shows for 25 years. Based in Edinburgh, they have recorded and written five albums of Scottish folk song, both old and new.

Their contributions to the current revival of traditional and roots music in Scotland is significant. As well as being a storyteller, guitarist and lyricist, Dave facilitates and organizes artistic development courses for traditional musicians and is helping shape Scotland's creative development through the traditional music forum, a body that promotes and advocates traditional music in Scotland.

Mairi has taught both privately and, with the Scots Music group, is musical director of the folk choir, Sangstream. In 2007, she founded the 'Lismore Music Retreats' and runs several weekend courses each year.

Since 2011 They have both been songwriters for the Youth Music Theater projects, writing musical thater for young people.
In 2014 they were invited to write a series of songs based on stories (the Bothy Project) for the Fife Council.

In 2008 their version of 'Auld Lang Syne' was used in the pivotal scene of the movie, 'Sex and the City', after Sarah Jessica Parker heard them sing it live for Sean Connery and President Clincton at the Lifetime Achievement Awards in Washington DC in 1999.

When The Cast work their own particular magic they manage to invoke a very particular sense of timelessness, of music emerging from shadows and, naturally, into the light.
The Scotsman, 31Aug 07, Jim Gilchrist

Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis add strong original material to their usual Burns and traditional Scottish repetoire/ Haunting voice, sparse guitar and fiddle: a gentle poignancy prevades.
BBC Radio 2 New Releases 2007

1.    Auld Lang Syne    4:12
2.    The Scots Callan o' Bonnie Dundee    5:21
3.    Archie Campbell / Marjorie Campbell / Miss Lyall's Strathspey/ Miss Lyall's Reel / The St Kilda Wedding    5:55
4.    The Step-Dancing Song    2:46
5.    The Flowers o' the Forest    3:41
6.    Green Grow The Rashes    5:27
7.    The Bright Fields of England / Crossing to Ireland    5:02
8.    Kilkelly    6:19
9.    Ye Banks and Braes    3:59
10.    The Royal Visit    3:35

Monday, March 28, 2016

Berrogüetto - Navicularia (Spain 1996) @192


"De Navicularia", a manuscript written in Galician-Portuguese by Vigairo Lemos, relates the story and experience of the crew of a Galician ship that was kept in quarantine at St. Simon, an island close to Galician coast. At the same time three other ships of different origins lived the same situation. Those days the crew of the four ships coexisted at St. Simon and the island became a melting pot.

Navicularia, Berrogüetto's first album was a public and critical success, receiving significant recognitions. Its discourse surprised for its combination of tradition and modernity. The album is nowadays considered as a genre essential.

The record contains eleven songs, where the members of Berrogüetto play over fifty instruments. It offers traditional themes as "Anubía" or "Vilalbalcán" but also compositions by their own members as "Valseiro" or "Navicularia".

Navicularia also includes the special collaboration of the six singers/percussionists from the Galician traditional group “Cantigas e Agarimos”.

After this amazing market release, the band began a successful international tour, performing at festivals and concert halls across Galicia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France and the UK. The tour confirmed the vitality and prestige of this Galician group that became one of the most important world music bands.


01 - Navicularia
02 - Valseiro
03 - Rosendo en Sabaxáns
04 - Vilalbalcán I
05 - Vilalbalcán II
06 - Anubia
07 - Cancro crú
08 - Jota de Mordómo - Danza de Gargamala
09 - Mornoambarina
10 - Jota da gheada
11 - O mandil


Santiago Cribeiro: acordeón, teclados, piano
Paco Juncal: violín
Quico Comesaña: bouzouki e harpa céltica
Guillerme Fernández: guitarra acústica, baixo eléctrico
Anxo Pintos: gaitas, zanfona, saxo soprano, frauta de pico, violín
Isaac Palacín: batería e percusións
Guests:
"Cantigas e Agarimos" singers and percussionists:
Teresa Triáns, Isabel Vilaseco, Maite Castro, Ana Blanco,
Eva Blanco, Ana García, Patricia Blanco

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kitus - Apres l'After (2009 France) @320



You like dancing? If so, you'll be thrilled, if this is not the case, you will discover a passion you unexpected! Our desire is to make you up from your chair at any cost and it hopes to achieve! Four instruments: a fiery accordion, flute crazy, guitar and violin refined lit, these are the ingredients of our training, embellished with a pinch of complicity, a touch of festivity and a large dose of conviviality , will you cook with a repertoire of traditional dances from Central France, inviting you to his table and you serve a ball on a platter consisting of dances as delicious as each other; the menu: scottishes, waltzes, bourrée 2 temps et 3 temps, polkas and mazurkas other delight both your feet than your ears! Enjoy!

Tracklist:
1 - Marsillat / Carré de L'Hypothénuse
2 - Adèle Blanc Sec / Badinerie / 25c rue Morel Ladeuil
3 - On a bien cinq minutes
4 - Jean Pons / Pierre Laboura
5 - Recuerdos / Polka de la Limagne
6 - En Haut du Col / Florine / Encore une nuit à l'auberge
7 - La Bussière / L'Artifice
8 - Mazurka de St Alyre
9 - Polka de Maurs
10 - Santa Morena
11 - Jam Session / Après l'after

Kitus : 
Fabien Guiloineau (Guitare, bouzouki)
Yannick Guyader (accordéon diatonique)
Luc Roche (Violon)
Sylvain Vuidart (Flûtes)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Carreg Lafar - Profiad (2002 Wales) @VBR


Carreg Lafar has the talent, the energy and the dedication to emerge from the Welsh music scene into the world and Celtic music marketplace. Their name, which means "echo stone," reflects their dynamic sound.

On their third album, Profiad (Experience), the Cardiff-based folk group has produced a recording featuring high-quality engineering by Lawson Dando, the soaring voice of Linda Owen Jones and the beautiful fiddle of Rhian Evan Jones. Profiad is a step forward from their very capable first two albums, Ysbryd y Werin and Hyn.

While Carreg Lafar mines some of the same traditional material as Welsh artists Sin
James, Plethyn and others, they bring an up-tempo sensibility to the songs. (The CD liner notes don't provide full translations, but give you at least a sense of what the songs are about.)

Profiad opens with the nice a cappella number "Y Dryw Bach," and soon gets even better. The rousing title track next up is especially stunning, with both energy and atmospherics. Antwn Owen Hicks is brilliant on the pipes. Owen Jones delivers the lyrics "Mae byd yn gweni arnaf, fel yn y dyddiau gynt (the world is smiling on me, as in the old days)" from the Welsh children's song with spirit.

This is followed by another fine, if more sedate piece, "Lloer Dirion," which is in the Loreena McKennitt mode; wistful and romantic, with Claudine Cassidy on cello. Hicks does the male lead vocal on "Dic Penderyn," also a showpiece for the guitar of Lawson Dando. It's a song about the Welsh hero and martyr of the 1831 riots. Davies adds an acoustic "heaviness" not present in the first two albums.

The vocal tunes are interspersed with a nice selection of reels, jigs and airs of both original and traditional origin. "Dyffryn Cletwr" is a more traditional song of "hiraeth" or longing, sung by Antwn, with a flute punctuating the a cappella verses.

"Cariad Cyntaf," a beautiful song about first love -- with the unforgettable opening line: "Mae'r prydferthaf ail i Eden (Your beauty is second only to that of Eden)" -- is another excellent version of a traditional song.

I like this album very much, it's fun to listen to and really energizing. But this seemingly perfect gem of an album is missing something. Perhaps the contemporary production itself makes them sound emotionally disconnected from the folk tradition they are interpreting. It remains to be seen, then, whether this CD passes the test of time.

But this is not to downgrade a very attractive package of songs, beautifully produced and enjoyable to listen to. Overall, the musicianship is a high quality. This band does what it does very, very well.Despite the fact that Dylan Davies has left the band, Carreg Lafar could be the first Welsh group that makes a mark outside of Wales.

- Rambles - 
written by David Cox


01 - Dryw Bach
02 - Profiad
03 - Lloer Dirion
04 - Dic Penderyn
05 - Llanllechid
06 - Y Gwanwyn
07 - Dyffryn Cletwr
08 - Seren Y Bore
09 - Cariad Cyntaf
10 - Tri Pheth
11 - Iechyd O Gylch

Linda Owen Jones (vocals)
Rhian Evan-Jones (fiddle)
James Rourke (flute)
Antwn Owen Hicks (pipes and vocals)
Danny Kilbride (guitar)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Annbjørg Lien - Prisme (Norway 1996) @VBR


On her third international solo album Lien goes new ways in relation to the musical tradition she carries. The traditional costume is left at home, and Prism is recorded with jeans on. The result is a typically un-Norwegian and Swedish sounding album, where Lien expands her horizons creating traditional folk music fused with modern instrumentation like percussion and electronic instruments, in addition to the classic wind and string instruments as we know from the Nordic traditional music.

01 - Villvinter (Wild Winter) 2:52
02 - Fonix (Phoenix) 4:08
03 - Cantabile 3:59
04 - Luseblus (Sweater Blues) 3:33
05 - Vidvandre (Wandering) 4:01
06 - Aprilbarnet (Child Of April) 3:23
07 - Korstog (Crusade) 4:35
08 - Hauk 3:59
09 - Prisme (Prism) 5:12
10 - Floteren (The Log Driver) 4:12
11 - Galadriel 3:56
12 - Valhalling 3:26
13 - Ringen (The Ring) 3:37

Annbjørg Lien: Fiddle and Nyckelharpe
Roger Tallroth: 6 and 12 string guitars
Bjørn Ole Rasch: Keyboards
Mikael Marin: Viola
Rune Arnesen: Percussion
Hans Frederik Jacobsen: Flute and Pipes

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sväng - Karja-La (2014 Finland) @320



"The harmonica has been important instrument for Finnish folk players since 1850's. Besides traditional Finnish harmonica style SVÄNG takes influences of music from all around the world: The unique sounding quartet plays Finnish tango and folk music, but takes also influences of groovy Balkan-style, Swedish hambo as well as old time-fiddle dance tunes or rag time. Big part of the repertuar is original works by the band members.

The combining element in this unique mixture of styles is the original groove created by the rare chord harmonica Harmonetta and the ultimate low bass harmonica. On the swinging groove the two virtuoso soloists create rich melodies with their diatonic and chromatic harmonicas with a strong, improvising attitude and joy of playing!

The aim of SVÄNG is to give a new life to the extraordinary sound of harmonica band with music that has not been played on this kind of band before. The debut cd of SVÄNG has successfully captured the fascinating feel of their energetic live performances."
(CD Baby)

Eero Turkka: chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Eero Turkka got interested in blues harp as a little boy and ended up studying in Sibelius Academy. Besides harmonica he plays several other ethnic instruments and sings in multiple bands, including Turkka & Paalanen, Äijä, Trepaanit and Cedip Tur. Eero has graduated from Sibelius Academy in 2006.

Eero Grundström: chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Eero Grundström is finalizing his studies in Sibelius Academy. He is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer and true improvisation wizard and has worked in all musical fields including free improvisation, theatre, circus, rock, jazz and modern. Apart from harmonica, Eero plays harmonium and other keyboards. His other projects are Spontaani Vire, Iso Karhu and Von & Af.

Jouko Kyhälä: chord harmonica “Harmonetta”, chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Dr. Kyhälä graduated from Sibelius Academy folk music department in 1999 as the first to major harmonica. He completed his post gradate studies and became the first Doctor of Harmonica Arts in April 2007.
Kyhälä has multiple musical capacities having worked with folk, jazz, pop, improvisation and modern dance projects as a composer, musician, performer, etc. Kyhälä plays keyboards and harmonica in over 20 albums. His other projects include Markku Lepistö & co, Pekka Lehti & Outo Voima.

Pasi Leino: bass harmonica
Pasi Leino is the most senior member of the band. He worked several years with a best known Finnish harmonica trio/quartet “Raimo Sirkiä”. This trio was active almost 10 years between 1980 and 1990. They were victorious in 1994 Trossingen harmonica festival.

Tracklist:
1. Schengen 5:57
2. Eksyneen Tango 4:34
3. Eeron Ja Nedan Häävalssi 4:39
4. Niilon Polska 4:46
5. Naskon Rakija 6:05
6. Jeppo! 4:31
7. Kyytiläinen 5:24
8. Impivaara 7:44
9. Karja-la 9:01

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Annbjørg Lien - Aliens Alive (Norway 2002) @320


With Aliens Alive fiddler Annbjørg Lien shows that she is not only an exciting and courageous artist, it tells us how bold she is in relation to looking back in the Norwegian folksong tradition, while she at the same time appears as a contemporary musician with her eyes lifted forward. Lien has a personal song to her fiddle that is both melancholic and teasing, and are showing as a red thread that extends through the whole album. This album is based on recordings from six concerts in 2001, and Lien appears like a complete fiddler and a modern tradition interpreter. She show a mature safety which give her fiddle a varied and solid appearance. The concert admissions is no blueprint of the versions found on previously released albums.

01. The Rose - 5:11 
02. Loki - 5:36 
03. Origins - 14:35
04. The Water Lily - 5:13 
05. Morning Mood - 0:31 
06. Knepphalling - 4:12 
07. Larry Goes Log-Driving - 5:30 
08. Luseblus - 5:02 
09. Astra - 5:12 
10. Inoque - 4:40 
11. Aliens Alive - 9:58 
12. Fykerud's Farewell to America - 4:44 

Per Hillestad  -  Percussion, Drums 
Morten Lund  -  Mastering 
Drew Miller  -  Graphic Remix 
Annbjørg Lien  -  Fiddle, Arranger, Concept, String Instrument 
Rune Arnesen  -  Percussion, Drums 
Roger Tallroth  -  Guitar, Arranger 
Bjørn Ole Rasch  -  Arranger, Jew's-Harp, Keyboards, Producer, Sampling, Concept 
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen  -  Flute, Jew's-Harp, Vocals

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Annbjørg Lien - Felefeber (Norway 1994) @320


The first album that Annbjorg Lien released after her attention-getting appearance on The Sweet Sunny North is a virtuoso performance from start to finish. Norwegian fiddling is less fast and flashy than Celtic or Appalachian styles, concentrating on delicate nunaces of tone rather than lightning-fast runs, and Annbjorg pulled out a set of beautiful and meditative pieces for this release. Her original compositions are arrestingly lovely, with the sleepy sounding title track sounding a bit like a Scottish lament played by a playful and creative pair of musicians. Elsewhere she plays solemn traditional hymns and sprightly folk tunes with vaguely Eastern European sounding time changes. The standout track is "The Plucked Halling," a musical tribute to a virtuoso fiddler who was renowned for his mastery of technically challenging tunes. This track quite appropriately strings together over a dozen different melodies in quick succession, and does it with a stately grace that is amazing to hear. Felefeber was a splendid breakout album, and a perfectly balanced and expertly played work that arrived just when it would be most noticed.

01 - The Water Lily 3:32
02 - Halling After Ola Mosafinn 2:41
03 - Springar After Kristiane Lund 3:36
04 - Fiddle Fever/Fiddlemania 5:11
05 - The Battle of the Drones 4:12
06 - The Lost Sheep 3:19
07 - The Plucked Halling 4:11
08 - The Moose Hunter 3:06
09 - A Little Child 5:48
10 - Dragos 4:15
11 - The Nordfjord Halling 3:47
12 - The Hildale Man 3:23
13 - Amen 3:35
14 - The Miller Boy's Bridal March 2:46

Annbjørg Lien: Fiddle, Arranger, Concept, String Instrument 
Roger Tallroth: Guitars, Arranger 
Iver Kleive: Church organ
Steinar Ofsdal: Flutes
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