Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Té - Flamingo's Gambit (Netherlands 2012) @320

Inspired by Lewis Carrol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the Dutch collective Té creates its own musical wonderland. Energetic jigs, lazy waltzes, blazin’ scottishes and mad bourrées, virtuoso played by this tight group of friends. Like Carrol’s tale, the music is layered and colorful. Every melodic line is countered by surprising harmonies, dynamic changes and rhythmic variations. The musicians literally tease, chase and provocate one another and drag each other into wild musical landscapes from which their music can only escape one way: to the dancers.

All tunes are original and written to dance to. Influences from Balkan, Quebecois, French, Scandinavian and Turkish music are always under the surface and emerge in colorful eruptions of pure playing-pleasure.

Té is founded in may 2011 by Sander van der Schaaf (guitar, percussions), Niek van Uden (accordeon), Emilyn Stam (violin) en Conny Essbach (clarinet). Niek van Uden composes most of the tunes, the collective arranges and interpretes.

01. Mad Hatter & Co
02. Bour wat zeg je van mijn reeën
03. Lullaby for a Cheshire Cat
04. De worp
05. Quanto costa?
06. Aldus sprak toen de goudvis
07. Luistervink
08. Steak Bourrée
09. Turkish Tea With a Twist
10. Theelief / Tea Leaf
11. Breiwerk
12. Walsjemenou?!

Niek van Uden: Accordeon
Conny Essbach: Clarinet
Emilyn Stam: Violin
Sander van der Schaaf: Guitar & percussions

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pekel - Oost West Thuis Best (Netherlands 2000) @192

1. Oost West, Thuis Best!     4:29
2. Horlepiep     3:11
3. Groenelands Straatjes     4:47
4. Westzuidwest Van Ameland     3:34
5. Brief Aan Isabel     3:49
6. Van Toeters En Van Belle!     3:32
7. De Zee     4:37
8. Kaap'ren Varen     3:00
9. Raasdonders Met Spek     3:57
10. De Garrenkwak     2:37
11. Je Went Zo Aan De Kade     6:36
12. Wilhelmus     1:52

Erno Korpershoek - Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Theo Schuurmans - Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, Flute, Bodhrán, Drum, Harp, Jug, Jew's Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Vocals
Peter Moree - Guitar, Cittern, Charango, Bagpipes, Flute, Vocals
John Bazuijnen - Lead Vocals, Contrabass, Guitar, Tambourine, Bells, Cymbal
Kees Wagenaar - Lead Vocals, Hurdy Gurdy, Accordion, Triangle

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bukkene Bruse - Spel (2004 Norway) @320

Bukkene Bruse, alone and in creative interaction, creates new Norwegian folk music, yet traditional, with the album Spel. This likable traditional folk band comes up with a live recording of their most famous songs. All in new arrangements together with new material. The sound is good, and in addition the musicians are performing some solo tunes in a convincing manner. This time they also performe with the Norwegian string quartet Vertavo, that gives the album an extra energy.

01 - Folketone Fra Sunnmøre (4:19)
02 - En Enda Villere Vinter (4:10)
03 - Syng I Stille Morgonstunder (3:24)
04 - Trilogi ~ Bruremarsj Fra Østerdalen (3:05)
05 - Trilogi ~ Norafjølls (6:51)
06 - Trilogi ~ Stev (4:35)
07 - Trilogi ~ Fanitullen Goes To America (4:53)
08 - Solospel ~ Tannlausen / Vil Du Koma Til Rinden (3:44)
09 - Solospel ~ Nystev Og Gamlestev (3:06)
10 - Solospel ~ Bømarislåtten (3:53)
11 - Solospel ~ Ein Annan Halling (3:32)
12 - Solospel ~ St. Sunniva (3:33)
13 - Solospel ~ Haslebuskane (2:37)
14 - Solospel ~ Maria, Hun Er En Jomfru Reen (3:03)
15 - Solospel ~ Mit Hjerte Altid Vanker (6:26)

Arve Moen Bergset - vocals, violin & Hardingfele
Annbjørg Lien - Hardingfele & nyckelharpa
Steinar Ofsdal - flute
Bjørn Ole Rasch - pipe organ

Vertavo String Quartet:
Øyvor Volle - violin
Annabelle Meare - violin
Berit Cardas - viola
Bjørg Lewis - cello

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thief On The Roof - Thief On The Roof (Estonia/Denmark 2017) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]

Thief On the Roof is a new possibly up-and-coming fusion guitar duo exploring an eclectic variety of musical styles in their compositions.
Kirsi Tilk is an Estonian-born classically trained guitarist. Some years ago she turned her focus to folk/world and flamenco music as well.
Sune Pors grew up listening to rock, later discovered jazz and learned his trade playing in countless bands and sideman gigs.

Studying both at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, they became friends and combined their wide ranging knowledge in music to form a multi-faceted duo in the spring of 2015.

 While deeply rooted in their respective musical heritages Thief on the roof has developed a personal sound beyond strict borders and traditions. 
Their music is humorous but also 
profound and emotional, raw yet complex and colourful. A concert with this fresh duo can go in any number of directions.

Their repertoire has 
included twisted romantic guitar pieces, Malaysian folk tunes, improvised soundscapes and flamenco standards turned on their head. The duo is not only looking to open up musical borders but national and cultural boundaries as well, by playing international concerts and incorporating folk music from all over the world.

Contact by e-mail kirsitilk@gmail.com or number +45 91712088

Listen HERE (Spotify).

Contact HERE (eMail)

WEB Site + Videos HERE

Left Blank's Compil Folk 25

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Ottopasuuna - Suokaasua [1996 Finland] @320

01 - Sateen Jälkeen
02 - Susiraja
03 - Putkiponi Pauhaa
04 - Jäähyväismenuetti
05 - Hyljekoukku
06 - Pihkatappi
07 - Suokaasua
08 - Surupukuinen
09 - Ohimarssi
10 - Iiris Valssi
11 - Tanssijapoikia

Accordion [2-row], Harmonica, Marimba [Gogo Marimba], Accordion [5-row] – Kimmo Pohjonen
Bass Clarinet, Tin Whistle, Mandolin [Octave Mandolin] – Janne Lappalainen
Fiddle – Kari Reiman
Flute, Tin Whistle, Percussion – Kristiina Ilmonen
Mandolin, Mandola, Cittern, Guitar – Petri Hakala

Kornog - Kornog IV (1987 France) @320

Kornog's music is a fire of wood, four stools in front of the hearth of one of these cabarets
as one does not find in the Breton countryside. Kornog is also and above all: The nudity of 
the acoustic draped in the extreme sophistication of the arrangements, the voice of Jamie the Scotsman, the pride of a walking air come from the Vannes and the old age reinvented by the bouzouki, the wooden flute, the violin and the guitar, the proud suppleness of the Plinn ... 
A very dynamic combination of the violin and the flute, framed by an impressive harmonic and rhythmic interlacing "knitted" by the bouzouki and the guitar.

01 - Ma Wee Wee Croodin Doo  03:00
02 - Ridées à six temps  04:08
03 - Wae Be Tae the Orders  04:58
04 - Ton Bale / Laridé de Grand-Champ  03:54
05 - Air du Mené / Ronde de Loudéac  03:18
06 - Let He Who Likes Sing the Glories of War  02:21
07 - Ton Ar Marc'h Houarn Kaer / Dañs Plinn  04:14
08 - Kiowa Flag Song / Ronds de Loudéac  03:25
09 - Suite des Montagnes  03:55
10 - Dañs A Sailheu / En dro  04:20

Flute – Jean-Michel Veillon
Guitar – Gilles Le Bigot
Violin – Christian Lemaître
Vocals, Bouzouki – Jamie McMenemy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ottopasuuna - Ottopasuuna [1993 Finland] @320

Local tunes mixed with Celtic and bluegrass phrasings trickle through the sensibilities of Helsinki's Sibelius Academy, where Ottopasuuna's members teach. 
Though violinist Kari Reiman also fiddles with Värttinä, these musicians aren't exactly wild, except in a reserved sub-Arctic kind of way. Accept them as classicists, however, and the disc burst open up into a charming world view that in a subdued fashion does for Finnish folk what the 3 Mustaphas 3 do for klezmer. 
The same care and cleverness that go into arrangements shines on the choice of material, which in true folklorist fashion was unearthed by bandmembers from such obscure sources as a 1914 wax cylinder recording, an acetate disc from the 1930s, and an old music book dating back to the early 1800s.

01 - Tsizikpolkka
02 - Kalmukkisottiisi
03 - Kolmospolska
04 - In dulci jubilo
05 - Hippavalta
06 - Kiisken polska
07 - Varpunen
08 - Tyyskä
09 - Polska
10 - Viialan vanhaa kansaa
11 - Honkolan mamman kirnumasurkka
12 - Oira
13 - Limperin polska
14 - Vibergin masurkka
15 - Sudenrita
16 - Lukkarin valssi
17 - Havulintu

Kari Reiman: Fiddle
Kurt Lindblad: Flute, Whistle, Bagpipes [Estonian], Clarinet
Petri Hakala: Mandocello, Mandolin [Octave], Mandolin, Guitar
Kimmo Pohjonen: Melodeon, Harmonica, Marimba

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Parasol - Brume (France 2007) @320

Gérard Godon (accordéon chromatique)
Eric Thézé (saxophone soprane, basse et viole de gambe)
Catherine Grimault (violon)
Corinne Renaud (voix)

1.Brume (scottish impaire) instrumental
2.Damadienne (polka)
3.Contraste (valse)
4.D’arbre en arbre (mazurka)
5.Jardin des musiques (valse à 8 temps)
6.Ils ont simplement oublié (polska)
7.Viis (polka)
8.Carnaval (valse à 8 temps)
9.En écoutant Mozart (mazurka)
10.Brin d’herbe et Yiddish bourrée (bourrée 2 temps)
11.Cabane (scottish)
12.Ils se sont endormis (valse)
13.Brume (scottish impaire) chanté
14.Domadaire (chapelloise)
15.Charleston (scottish)
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