Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hedningarna - Kult (Sweden 2016) @320


20 never before released tunes that make an audacious summary of a truly strange, brave and creative band.
The producer Dag Lundqvist has now mixed the 20 songs recorded between 1992 and 2006.
All constallations of the band throughout the years are represented on this CD.

In 1992 Hedningarna had a great break through with their very own mixture of Scandinavian folkmusic and the female Finnish singers runosong which together became a whole new genre of music that seemed to come from the earth itself.
It echoed far across the ocean to USA where some papers cried out ”This is the next big thing!” and the Spaniards evidently felt some kind of relationship with the sucking threestep of the Swedish polska and embraced the band to their hearts.
Rock clubs and festivals booked them to the largest stages and the tours were many and long and went across Europe and USA for some hectic years.
They became an inspiration to other folk musicians and got a lot of followers, but the interest from media died down and the door to the rock scene is nowadays very narrow.
Still, Hedningarna’s creativity never died down and at every recording session there has been some tunes left over. The members have changed over the years around the core Anders Norudde and Hållbus Totte Mattsson and on the CD Kult they are all represented. The producer Dag Lundqvist has now mixed the 20 songs recorded between 1992 and 2006.

1. Älgen Äter / Hanna-PerOls
2. Renkvist
3. Ruoskan Roiske
4. Kanalaulu
5. Röjsekatten
6. Gyttorp
7. Björnlåten
8. Ságojohka
9. Rieben – Vandringen
10. Stackaren
11. Itketys
12. Manatu
13. Kaaten Sanat
14. Vettoi
15. Norra Hunna
16. Bulldog
17. Sue-Olvo
18. Kuule Kuu
19. Hilen Hurtta
20. Björnskytten-Fupolskan

Saturday, January 21, 2017

V.A. - 2005 - La musique bretonne - L'anthologie vol.1 (2CD) - Les groupes à danser


CD1

01 Ar Re Yaouank - M.A.I.
02 Carré Manchot - An dro-Neg la cho
03 Loened Fall - An daou vreur Ton Doubl
04 Karma - Gavotte pourlet
05 Filifala - Histoires maternelles
06 Skolvan - Tournemine & gasdebois
07 Tan Ba'n Ti - Dans-tro
08 Menestra - Hanter dro
09 Hamon Martin Quintet - Les draps de lit
10 Darhaou - Suite plin
11 Follenn - En triplette
12 Marialla - Aline
13 Spontus - Danse des spontailhou
14 Pennou Skoulm - Suite de ridées
15 Pevar Den - Suite fisel
16 Emsaverien - Vendanges
17 Ti Jaz - Rêves sauvages
18 Gwenfol Orchestra - Anna

CD2

01 Diaouled ar Menez - Dans fisel
02 Dir Ha Tan - Mazad ha ma mamm
03 Kouerien Saint-Yann - Suite de branles marichins
04 La Godinette - Suite dïen avant-deux Saint-Jeanl
05 Kanforded Ar C'Hoat - Dans fisel
06 Kistnidiz - An dro
07 La Mirlitantouille - Les guédennes
08 Kanfarded Rostren - Dans fisel
09 Sataneset - An-droElfenn
10 Ar Skolferien - Gavotte à deux violons
11 Dremmwel - Re zo re
12 Galorn - Highlands
13 Senerien Du - L'artilleur
14 Tammles - Sans bagage
15 Diwall - E-kichen ar mor
16 Bleizi Ruz - Trouz e kerdiez
17 Korriganed - Sonit plac'hed yaouank
18 BF 15 - Rond de Loudia


Sunday, January 15, 2017

La Forcelle - Lestrille (2014 France) @320





The Forcelle presents his second album. You will find roundels Landes and Lomagne, a Correnta and energetic congo, evidence of the Gascon anchor the group. But you will also hear the Galician colors, Swedish, all in the poetic universe of the duo that mixes tradition and creation.

A sensitive musical background, two musicians in symbiosis, great energy, some suspicions of humor, love and delicacy ... These are the ingredients that unite the duo, eager to share with the dancers, the music lover or simply loafer .
(google translate, sorry)

Tracklist:
1. Suite de rondeaux
2. Mazurka do veilho / Mazurka à Camille
3. Scottish de Aby / Septentrionale
4. Cercle de Barbastro / Diaz / Des moines
5. Rondeau de Lestrille / Bourdillan
6. Loliña / Noche en Barbastro
7. Suite de Congos
8. Ivana / Mazurka de Montcuq
9. Suite de bourrées
10. Scottish dark
11. Courante de Joseph Roméo
12. L'amolaire / Les Valcerves
 
Lolita Delmonteil-Ayral (accordéons diatoniques, chant)
Camille Raibaud (violon)
Invité : 
Arnaud Bibonne (cornemuse des landes de Gascogne)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chimera - Uitgevlogen (Holland 2010) @128


350 pressed limited - Very Rare!

Well, this is going to be a very interesting review as three legendary Dutch folk groups have a new album released. Something to look forward to seen the fact that Dutch folk is still a rarely recorded style. In the series about Dutch folk which I wrote for Folkworld, I interviewed all three the bands, so even for you the names might sounds familiar. First of all the band Folkcorn.[25] A band that was founded almost forty years ago and is one of the last survivors of the golden area of Dutch folk during the seventies. The group kept on releasing albums during the past years and always in a constant good quality. This new one is called Wie sal dan and contains eighteen traditional songs and dances from the period 1500-1850 from known sources such as Oude en nieuwe hollantse boerenlietjes en contredansen. The sound will sound familiar to all of you following the band and the Dutch traditional folk in general. Accordion, recorders, guitar and percussion are the main ingredients and the voices of all four of the musicians. Although they use the accordion and guitar, I think Folkcorn is one of the few groups that stay close to the original acoustic atmosphere of the songs and dances. A nice new album which will be enjoyed by the lovers of the more authentic traditional style.

The second album is by the trio Twee violen en een bas you can read an interview with violinist Jos Koning.[23] Like Folkcorn, Jos Koning has been part of the golden area of the Dutch folk and played in groups such as Crackerhash and Perelaar. With twee violen en een bas, Konings plays with Niki Jansen on violin and Willem Raadsveld on bass. This new album I personally consider as a highlight in the career of Koning and the best album by Twee violen en een bas, until today. They focused on music from the eighteenth century which tells about the Dutch royalties. The seventeen tracks show a trio that is passionate for their music and through the years has created an own, highly professional sound. I love the combination of the two violins and the way Raadsveld supports the gracefulness of the violins with his deep sound of the double bass. Their choice of asking Sytse Buwalda, with his high pitched voice, to sing on two tracks, gives an extra dimension to the album. This is the more romantic, almost classical approach of Dutch traditional music. Played by musicians who are capable of putting the music in a historical perspective and doing this in such a way that brings them at the top of Dutch (folk) music.

The third album is from the legendary group Chimera. They recorded two albums in the late seventies, early eighties, both considered as being a highlight in Dutch folk(rock). It is almost thirty years after their last album Obstakels and the past two years Bas Verkade, one of the founding members, kept telling me that together with his wife Marry Verkade, the other founding member, and their son Maryn Verkade they were planning a restart of the band. Occasionally a demo track was send by MP3 and suddenly this new album is there. Only 350 CD’s are made, so when interested you need to be fast. They can be ordered through the webpage of the band. The album contains nine new tracks, no remakes of old folk songs this time. Most of the lyrics are written by Marry and the music she wrote together with Bas. The trio is backed by Hans de Lange on drums and percussion. The first thing that you will notice is the recognizable voice of Marry, who sounds exactly like thirty years ago. Also the sound of the recorder with the strings played by Bas en Maryn, it all sounds very familiar and trusted. Somehow it really feels like a first new step, the recordings are not made in a professional studio and that can be heard occasionally and somehow I have the feeling that they feel a bit shy to really bring their music out in the open, which is understandable thirty years after the last output. But this album shows that Chimera has raised and is slowly finding a new balance and own sound. On this album you will find a few beautiful songs and tunes, still a bit unpolished, but very promising. Keep following this band as I’m full of confidence that they will surprise us in future, for now ... good that they are back! 
© Eelco Schilder


01 - Memory Song
02 - Uitgevlogen
03 - De Basiliek
04 - Romein
05 - Handen
06 - Dromer
07 - Afscheid
08 - De Slaapwandelaar
09 - Hart van Steen


Marry Verkade / vocals, flutes, recorders
Bas Verkade / guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Marijn Verkade / bass, bouzouki
Guest:
Hans de Lange / drums, percussion 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa (Warsaw Village Band) - Infinity (2009 Poland) @320


Here is the latest, already the fourth studio album by Warsaw Village Band, our next, long–awaited child;  and it was in fact the birth of a little human being that became the direct inspiration and cause for the creation of this album. In such situations, certain moments come when, lying beside the child, you observe its breathing, and you start to think about the countless, nameless generations that preceded us. You imagine those for whom we ourselves are going to be just an anonymous past without a face. After all, we are all born in a particular place and time, and shaped by culture of our ancestors. We live in big cities, seek our place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, people, shelters, pictures, so that later we can hand them down to our children, who are born in a particular place and time, seek their place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, people, shelters, pictures, so that later.. You begin feeling it clearly the moment you call others into being. No matter whether you live in Japan, the US, England, Germany or Poland – behind you stand the same generations, which like the rings of a tree, have accumulated their every trace in music, art, language – in a word – CULTURE. You emerge from it, enrich it and then pass it on. Ad infinitum. And here is how the idea of "Infinity" came into being – the need to take a dip in tradition, derive from it and create contemporary and modern compositions – to inspire other generations. 
Once again! 
 Wojtek Krzak
 

01. Wise Kid Song
02. 1,5 h
03. Over The Forest
04. Skip Funk
05. Is Anybody In There?
06. Heartbeat (Maja & Natu IncarNated chant)
07. Polska Fran Polska
08. Lazy Johnny Dance
09. Polka Story
10. I've Met The Girl
11. Little Baby Blues
12. Circle No. 1


Maja Kleszcz – vocals, cello 
Magdalena Sobczak–Kotnarowska – vocals, dulcimer 
Sylwia Swiatkowska – vocals, violin, suka, fiddle from Plock
Wojtek Krzak – violin, violin 7/8, nyckelharpa, drums 
Piotr Glinski – baraban drum, percussion 
Maciej Szajkowski - frame drums 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Faburden - 337 (2016 France) @320


Faburden draws its identity from the soil of the Traditional Music of Gascony... adding various sound experiments.
The result is a music of solid, rooted and magmatic dance that changes constantly.
The traditional instruments (hurdy-gurdy, violin, bagpipes of the Landes de Gascogne, string tambourine) associated with the drums and a fantasy of musicians creating a timeless music, both very old and modern.
The codes of the dance music of Gascogne are respected and transcended. The compositions of this album merge with traditional melodies, but in an innovative, powerful and limitless atmosphere.
Matèu Baudoin : Chant, Tambourin à cordes
Arnaud Bibonne : Bohas, Bohassas
Julien Esteves : Batterie, Percussion
Simon Guillaumin : Vielle à roue ténor éléctroacoustique, Vielle à roue soprano
Camille Raibaud : Violon
Tracklist:
1. Suite de rondeaux
2.  Scottish cagette - La chenille
3. Bourrée du Berry - Bourrée de sauvetage
4. Valse 337
5. Vlase des cinq étangs
6. Bourrée du bonhomme de neige - Bourrée de Carbon Blanc
7. Mazurka des champs - Mazurka de l'armoire
8. N'am Traversat nau lanas
9. La diligente - Le vent de lève
10. Nau Plumetas qu'a l'Auca
11. Tres son seroletas - Mazurka de lothbrok
12. Les bohas d'Uzeste - Congo du 49.3
13. 13. Suite de rondeaux des Landes

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Triakel - Triakel [1998 Sweden] @320


With just four pumps of the harmonium, Garmarna vocalist Emma Härdelin, Hoven Droven fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson, and harmonium player Janne Strömstedt unleash "Old Sara," a taut, stark-naked dirge that serves as the leadoff track to their wondrous self-titled debut for Northside Records. Triakel tackle traditional Scandinavian folk music with a reverence that belies their youth, bringing to mind Shirley and Dolly Collins' arrangements of English folk songs in the '50s and '60s. Härdelin's round, throaty wonder of a voice wraps itself around each and every word like candle wax, preserving the melody beneath a blanket of lilting vowels and rolling Rs. Like all good traditional sets, this one focuses on the genre's most common themes: love, murder, sex, and madness. That this talented group can deliver these
pieces with such a remarkable blend of gentleness and fury -- using only three instruments -- is truly a feat. One needs only to listen to a few seconds of "In Paradise" or "Birthday Party" to be completely immersed. By the time the listener arrives at the icy closer, "Fair Young Love," the warm center of this trio's debut begins to glow brighter, and the vastness of Triakel's seemingly simple vision is revealed.


01 - Gammel Sara
02 - I himmelen
03 - I fjol gjett je gjeita
04 - Tusen tankar
05 - Mjölnarens måg
06 - Oväntad bröllopsgäst
07 - Om dagen står du städs för mig
08 - Födelsedagsfesten
09 - Alla gossar
10 - Lapp-Nils Polska
11 - Lejonbruden
12 - En vacker vän


Harmonium – Janne Strömstedt 
Violin – Kjell-Erik Eriksson 
Vocals – Emma Härdelin

La Bamboche - Née de la Lune (1980 France) @VBR256


Vinyl Rip

After 3 years of touring with the formation called "electric" La Bamboche records his second album. The group changed, Pierre "Tiboum" Guignon replaces Bernard "Beps" Chauchat. This recording mainly comprises the compositions of the members of the group. "La Bourrée infernale" remains the emblematic piece of La Bamboche at that time. Later, Michel Poncet (double bass) will replace Jacques Boisset and Michel Di Napoli will join the group. The hurdy-gurdy on the cover is that of Évelyne Girardon (luthier Jean-Luc Bleton).
Out of print.


01 - Bourrée Infernale
02 - Si J'avais Une Amie - Brume Noire
03 - Romarin
04 - La Gare De Moulins
05 - La Bourrée Du Diable
06 - La Route De Padoue
07 - Je Suis Née Sous La Lune
08 - Les Chavans
09 - Laissez Faire
10 - Scottish Des Réaux - La Boulangerie
11 - C'est À Vous Les Jeunes Filles
12 - En Passant Par Lyon

Jacques Boisset : basse, chant
Jean Blanchard : violons, cornemuses, épinette des Vosges, chant
Évelyne Girardon : vielles à roue, chant
Pierre Guignon : batterie, percussions, chant
Daniel Olivier : guitares, chant

Arasta Bazar - Le Grand Balzar (2012 France) @320


Arasta bazar exists of Julia Demaugé : violon, sanza
Antoine Bernaus : guitare, dombra, saz
Sabrina Calvo: percussions.
Their balfolk music has a lot of oriental influences (hence their name: the artisanal market in istanbul).
So besides the traditional folk ball dances, also expect a few turkish dances, all played by instruments you rarely hear.

Tracklist:
1. Radio Balzar (kost'ar cardiaque pour le Saint Patrick) 3:10
2. Poisson Lampe (rondeau de minuit) 3:25
3. Les XV's (chappeloise surprise) 4:37
4. Le Retour du Haïdouk (bourrée à trois temps pour les amants de l'Yvette) 6:10
5. L'Antre de la folie (cercle, glissades et chamboule tout mental) 3:05
6. Yüzün Gördüm Dedim (gavotte de l'Aven à l'ottomane) 6:21
7. Aslan Sütü (scottish impaire et lait de lion) 4:59
8. Macadam scottish (scottish urbaine) 3:05
9. Adieu l'ami (M.Z.K et les blessures de l'amour) 5:44
10. Le Grand Balzar (bourrée à deux temps) 5:05
11. Le Plinn express (fin) 7:33

Monday, January 2, 2017

Trio Dhoore - Momentum (2016 Belgium) @320


Tracklist:
1. Transatlantic groove
2. Eb & vloed
3. Endless dancing
4. Gepetto / Pinokkio
5. Momentum
6. Huiswaarts
7. Flandinavian
8. The Goderich tornado
9. Spelemei
10. The Wicklow way
11. Maasland jig / Wij 3
12. Wat voorafging...






Brigada Victor Jara - 1977 (Portugal) - Eito Fora @320

This 1995 edition on CD is very hard to find.
A very beautiful album.

The Brigada Víctor Jara (Portuguese for Víctor Jara Brigade) is a Portuguese folk band, with a career of more than 30 years and among the most influential bands of the Portuguese folk.
The band was formed in 1975, by a group of young people from Coimbra that was participating in one of the massive literacy campaigns carried out by the provisional governments that administered Portugal in the years after the Carnation Revolution of 1974.

01 Cantiga da Ceifa (Beira-Alta)
02 Coro das Ma‡adeiras (Minho)
03 Ao Romper da Bela Aurora (Alto Alentejo
04 O Senhor da Serra  Meu (Ribatejo)
05 Cantiga Do Bombo (Beira-Baixa)
06 Manolo Mio (Tras-Os-Montes)
07 Pezinho da Vila (Açores)
08 Senhora Do Almortao (Beira-Baixa)
09 O Anel Que Tu Me Deste (Douro Litoral)
10 Mariao (Tras-Os-Montes)
11 Baile Mandado (Algarve)

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