Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Arbadétorne - Adjuse (France 2005) @320

Thanks to Matty Groves!

 A beautiful invitation to the traditional dance music.
Far from any attachment to the past, Arbadétorne favors the dynamics of the game related to the tempo, dance, phrasing and relationships that may exist between the violins and the diatonic.
Two great voices and four instrumentalists in not singing and dancing voice.

(google-translate, sorry)

 Michaël Auger (Accordéons diatoniques, chant)
Maxime Chevrier (violon, chant)
Jean-François Rambaud (Guitare, percussions, chant)
Emmanuel Vrignaud (Chand lead, veuze, violon, alto, hautbois, clac-bois)

01. Le petit bonhomme
02. Adjuse
03. Le petit Marcelot
04. Trop court faut l’allonger
05. Le flambeau d’amour
06. Mazurka à A. Chaillou
07. Mon père est au cabaret
08. Polka à P. Faucher
09. Toutes les filles des environs
10. Le grand vicaire de Challans
11. Scottish des frères Bregeon
12. La petite lingère
13. Soldat infortuné
14. Qui veut ouïr une chanson

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Iron Horse - The Wind Shall Blow Forever More (2004 Scotland) @320

After a long absence, this release marks the welcome return to silicon of one of the most exciting Scottish bands of the nineties. The Wind Shall Blow For Evermore is in many ways a return to the best of Iron Horse.
It's a return to the original line-up, with three of the founders: Gavin Marwick on fiddle, Annie Grace on whistles, and Ross Kennedy on vocals. The missing talents of Mr Rod Paul and Miss Lynn Morrison are substituted by latecomer Stevie Lawrence on stringy things and new boy Stuart Glasgow on keyboards, but fortunately neither of them has opted for long blonde hair.
It's a return to the roots of the band, to the mix of old and new material, which they brought so vividly to life a decade ago. The last two Iron Horse albums were teetering on the brink of the New Age Celtic abyss, but this one is back on traditional terra firma. Ross Kennedy brings old chestnuts like Duncan Gray and Twa Corbies to vivid life, and tells a very convincing tale of lost love with Helen of Kirkconnel. Gavin Marwick's tunes are as rich and rare as ever: The Clover Field vies with the slower, slightly Scandinavian Marstein for pride of place. Most importantly, it's a return to top form for Iron Horse. The opening track could come from either of the band's first two albums: full of fire, with an untamed beauty. MacLeod's O'Rafferty is a wonderful tune, which deserves to be up there alongside Paddy O'Rafferty whence it was derived. The slow air Cille Choirill is a masterpiece, mournful and enchanting, and the waltz that follows, is equally captivating. The set of reels starting with Da Grocer is another winner, combining dazzling technique with a deep passion for the music.
This album is much, much more than a harking back to former glory: there are plenty of pleasant surprises. Stevie plies the wheel of his hurdy-gurdy to great effect, turning Marstein into a spine-tingling triumph, and he also contributes a lovely jig in Cara's Bite. Eastern European influences are also a new departure: Charlie McKerron's Bulgarian Red continues its popular run, and it's joined by a couple of traditional tunes from similar vineyards. And there's more. So whether you're a long-time fan of Iron Horse, or just a lover of good music who hasn't been lucky enough to encounter them before, this CD is essential listening - and extremely enjoyable too.

01. Jig - Givingamp / The Braes of Mayen / MacLeod's O'Rafferty
02. Medley - Marstein / In Watercolour / Templewod
03. Song - Duncan Gray
04. Medley - Da Grocer / The Bride's Reel / Birlin' in Brittany / The Cambridge Hornpipe
05. Song - The Twa Corbies
06. Medley - Cille Choirill / Jim's Prayer
07. Medley - Cara's Bite / Jump At the Sun / Jig of Life
08. Song - Helen of Kirkconnel
09. Medley - Amber & Steel / Brook's Bouree
10. Medley - I Love My Bouzouki / Hungarian Tune / Bulgarian Red
11. Song - The Handsome Cabin Boy
12. Medley - The Emigrant / The West End Reel / The Clover Field

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Simon Simonssons Kvartett - Längs Gamla Stigar Och Färdevägar [1989 SWEDEN] @192

Twisting tunes from a region dominated by dense forests, huge mountains and the
beautiful Älvdalen river. The quartet is made up of Simon Simonsson and Ola Bäckström (fiddles), Ale Möller (bousouki, mouth organ and willow pipe) and Stefan Ekedahl (cello, bagpipes). The CD is a tribute to the self-willed Evertsberg fiddler Ekor Anders, and demonstrates a way of expressing his musical ideas with a broader sonority than can be produced just with fiddles. 

01. Längs gamla stigar och färdevägar / Ekor Anders Andersson
02. Faut Margit lieken / efter E. Britt
03. Vals / e. Pål Karl Persson, E. Åhs
04. Jemsken / e. E. Åhs
05. Dickapolskan / e. E. Britt
06. Silkesvalsen / e. E. Åhs
07. Barkbrödslåten ; Söderstens minne ; Barbro Pers polska
08. Näsvisa / e. Död Erik Andersson
09. Hedningspolskan / e. Ekor Anders Andersson
10. Trollpolskan / e. E. Britt
11. Vals / e. S.A. Svensson
12. Polska / e. Pål Karl Persson
13. Garbergbrudens dödsmarsch ; Marsch / e. S.A. Svensson
14. Vallåtspolska / Ekor Anders Andersson
15. Pappbiten / S. Simonsson ; Polska / e. Pål Karl Persson
16. Polska / Guligs Anders ; Turklåten / e. L. Åhs
17. Död Erik-sviten / e. Död Erik Andersson, S. Simonsson
18. Brudmarsch / e. Ekor Anders Andersson ; Halling

Simon Simonsson: Violin
Ola Bäckström: Violin
Ale Möller: Bouzouki 
Stefan Ekedahl: Cello, Bagpipes

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Béla Halmos - Az A Szép Piros Hajnal (Hungary 1989) @192

01 Vajdakamarási táncok 9.06
02 Galícia közepébe 4.10
03 A pávának három tolla aranyos 4.54
04 Legényes 5.19
05 Ha kiindulsz Erdély felől 12.34
06 Forgatós 4.19
07 Szalmazsúpos a mi házunk teteje 8.24

Béla Halmos : violin
Sándor Csoóri Jr : kontra violin
Antal Fekete : kontra violin
Pál Havasréti : double-bass, hit gardon
András Berecz : voice
László Kelemen : kontra violin
Péter Éri : gordonka, cello, double-bass
Márta Sebestyén : voice
Zoltán Juhász : furulya, peasant flute
Tamás Petrovits : cimbalom

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mames Babegenush - Mames Babegenush with strings (Denmark 2016) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]

Mames Babegenush is the East meeting the North. Strong Scandinavian roots merges with the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe, from the great ambience of Nordic pine trees to lively weddings in Romania the music of Mames Babegenush gives a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy.

The band is based in Copenhagen (Denmark), has existed for 14 years and are soon our with fifth album release via German world-label Galileo Records (out on vinyls/cd/online). Last album was received with top reviews from magazines like Songlines and fRoots and blogs like AllAboutJazz.com. 

01. Tornado Albastru
02. Timofei’s Hora
03. View from a Drifting Room 
04. The Mist
05. Olympia
06. Fundador
07. Mountain Dance
08. Before
09. Dream City (dedicated to Konsonans Retro)
10. Point 9
11. My Turkish Princess
12. Strannik
13. Podolian Prom

Emil Goldschmidt: Clarinet
Lukas Bjørn Rande: Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone 
Bo Rande: Flügelhorn, Pocket Trumpet
Nicolai Kornerup: Accordion
Andreas Møllerhøj: Double Bass
Morten Ærø: Drums
Andrea Gyarfas Brahe - Violin
Lisa Marie Vogel – Violin
Sidsel Most – Bratsch
Samira Dayyani – Cello (#1 and #5) 
Live Johansson – Cello (except #5) 
String arrangements by Nicolai Kornerup

Recorded in front of a live audience between the 18th and 20th of November 2016 at The Village Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Recording engineer: Thomas Vang
Mix and master: Brian Mørk Hansen

Left Blank's Compil Folk 52

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jean-Charles Guichen - Chadenn Denel [2012 France] @320

Jean-Charles Guichen is an outstanding guitarist; His remarkable discography, first in the
formation Ar Re Yaouank, a glorious band of fest-noz of the 90s, then in quartet, duo ... His great instrumental mastery allows him to combine captivating melodies and catchy rhythms in a style of its own, easily identifiable. He offers here original compositions where traditional inspiration, virtuosity and rock energy coexist. "L'univercelte" or the vibration of a passionate guitarist composer.

01 - Just Guitar
02 - Ar Vein Roz
03 - Vibration 432
04 - Selaouet
05 - Border Lines
06 - Fantomes deus Landugen
07 - Chadenn Denel
08 - An Erv C'hlas
09 - Solo de l'Ankou
10 - Seizh Enez
11 - Kroaz Kermel 1970

Jean-Charles Guichen: Guitars

Monday, October 2, 2017

Muzsikás - Blues for Transylvania (Hungary 1990) @320

Their second domestic release, also with Sebestyen, is part celebration and part commemoration of a troubled history. This recording explores the traditional music of the Romanian region of Transylvania (taken from Hungary after World War I). Even the fast and furious songs have a meditative quality. This is another outstanding release from one of Europe's premier folk ensembles.

01 - Old Song from Somogy
02 - 'Legényes' from Kalotaszeg
03 - My Lord, My Lord
04 - Szapora
05 - Outlaw Song
06 - Dawn Song from Bodonkut
07 - On My Way to Kolozsvár Town
08 - 'Cimbalmos' from Bonchida
09 - Kati-Kata
10 - Old Wedding Song
11 - The Time is Autumn

Sándor Csoóri: Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Fiddle [Contra Fiddle], Vocals
Dániel Hamar: Bass, Vocals 
Péter Éri: Fiddle [Contra Fiddle], Tambura, Cello, Bombarde, Recorder, Bass, Vocals 
Mihály Sipos: Violin [Lead Violin], Vocals
Márta Sebestyén: Voice, Recorder 

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