Friday, December 28, 2018

The Chieftains - The Essential Chieftains (IRELAND 2006) @320

01 - Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
02 - O'Sullivan's March (The Theme From Rob Roy)
03 - An Poc Ar Buile,The Dingle Set
04 - Carolan's Concerto
05 - The Wind That Shakes The Barley,The Reel With The Beryle
06 - Sea Image
07 - Boil The Breakfast Early
08 - The Women of Ireland (The Love Theme From Barry Lyndon),The Morning Dew
09 - Full Of Joy
10 - The Green Fields Of America
11 - Santiago De Cuba
12 - The Donegal Set
13 - Jabadaw
14 - The Bells Of Dublin,Christmas Eve
15 - The French March
16 - The Stone
17 - The Cloak,Tabhair Dom Do Lamh (Give Me Your Hand)
18 - Chasing The Fox (From The Ballad Of An Irish Horse)

01 - I Know My Love (Ft The Corrs)
02 - Shenandoah (Ft Van Morrison)
03 - Country Blues (Ft Buddy & Julie Miller)
04 - Ladies Pantalettes - Belles of Blackville - First House in Connaught (Ft Béla Fleck)
05 - The Foggy Dew (Ft Sinéad O'Connor)
06 - Red is the Rose (Ft Nanci Griffith)
07 - The Squid Jiggin' Ground - Larry O'Gaff (Ft The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
08 - Lambs in the Greenfields (Ft Emmylou Harris)
09 - Guadalupe (Ft Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos)
10 - Mo Ghile Mear ('Our Hero') (Ft Sting)
11 - Cotton-Eyed Joe (Ft Ricky Skaggs)
12 - Molly Bán (Bawn) (Ft Alison Krauss)
13 - Long Journey Home (Ft Elvis Costello & Anúna)
14 - Love Is Teasin' (Ft Marianne Faithfull)
15 - The Rebel Jesus (Ft Jackson Browne)
16 - Il Est Né - Ca Berger (Ft Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
17 - Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór (Ft The Rankins)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pamela Wyn Shannon - Courting Autumn (USA / Wales 2007) @320

Thanks to graaf24!
"A Most Beautiful Album...(Pamela's) singing is gentle and sensitive, and (she) creates a lovely and slightly strange atmosphere - but also occasionally a very unsettling one - that last verse of Cold Blows the Wind made me shiver. I loved Netherworld, and the subtle insistence of the arrangement. And of course I loved Ca' The Yowes - the sitar so haunting and so appropriate, curiously enough. (Pamela's) version of the song is utterly lovely, so sweetly poignant…It was one of the mother's and my grandmother's favourite songs, and we sang it a lot at home when I was growing up."

01. O Bittersweet Dear Madeline
02. Tis Rambletide In Ambleside
03. Courting Autumn
04. Woolgathering
05. Ca' The Yowes
06. September's Way
07. Pipkin
08. Michaelmastide
09. Netherworld
10. Vespertine Autumn
11. Cold Blows The Wind
12. Fare-Thee-Forlorn

Pamela Wyn Shannon: guitar, vocals, mountain dulcimer, banjo. glockenspiel, harmonium, bowed psaltery, string Arrangement
Bill Shontz: recorders & recorder arrangement
Liz Knowles: violin, viola, cello, cello reversed, string Arrangement
Michelle Kinney: cello
Kathlean Lawrence: spinning wheel
Chris Hale: sitar, backing vocals
Stephan Katz: cello
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: violin
Anna Patton: clarinet & penny whistle

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fleuves - Fleuves (France / Bretagne 2016) @320

Emilien Robic : Clarinette
Romain Dubois : Fender Rhodes et programmations
Samson Dayou : Basses

Anthonin Volson : Percussions
Youn Kamm : Trompette
Loeiza Beauvir : Chant
Youenn Lange : Chant

1. Le fil
2. Dañs plinn
3. Riqueniée
4. Rond de Saint-Vincent
5. N'evnig a zo er c'hoed
6. Pilé menu
7. Cercle
8. Dañs fisel
9. Marv eo ma mestrez
10. Andro
11. Hanter-dro

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Birkin Tree - The Continental Reel (1996 ITA) @320

During their long career the band Birkin Tree has played more than a thousand concerts in Italy and in Europe and is the only Italian band of this kind – and one of the few in the world – who regularly plays in Ireland.
In the last few years the band has accompanied during their Italian tours the piper Liam O'Flynn, the duo formed by fiddle player Martin Hayes and guitar player Dennis Cahill, singers Niamh Parsons and Cyril O’Donoghue, accordion players Murty Ryan and Derek Hickey and concertina player Tony O’Connell.

01 - Evil Suggestion / Micko Russell's / Mary O'Keefe's
02 - We Ye Go To Flanders / An Ancient Dream
03 - The Bastard's Gone Away / Danny's Wedding
04 - Scully Casey's / Griselda / Becky's Jig
05 - The Bridge Of Longago / The Pit Stop
06 - The Little Tail
07 - Britta's Hornpipe / Continental Reel / Sean's Reel
08 - Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes / Ossian's Air
09 - Michèle / Humours Of Clara
10 - The Nightingale / Joyful Kate
11 - The Shaskeen / The Floating Crowbar / The Man Of Aran
12 - The Doubtful Advocate / The Chinese Flu 

Elena Buttiero: harp, keyboards.
Daniele Coronna: fiddle, bouzouki.
Luigi Fazzo: guitar, voice.
Carlo Galantini: fiddle.
Gioirgio Profetto: voice, guitar.
Fabio Rinaudo: uillean pipes, whistles.
Marcello Scotto: bodhran, concertina.
Simone Sisani: flute.
Cecilia Forti: Voice on track 02.
Devis Longo: sax soprano and tenor (track 09) and voice on track 02.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parasol - Voyage [1996 France] @VBR

Voyage ... "This CD represents a trip for me, a trip to the Land of Dreams, emotions and dance, and of course it starts with Cabanes et du Berry with its two bourrées, a waltz and a mazurka "Musette", two gavottes of water, of wind ... and of calm, a waltz "inevitably" German, an odd scottish "italo-parasolesque" obviously, three pieces of Catherine, a "Whisper", a polska "Swedish-classical" and an "alien" mazurka, a circle for the ball and a 5-stroke waltz that "chasse les nuages" to listen to three more "cachés" pieces of Parasol history. " 
Gérard Godon

01 - Gavotte des bords de Loire
02 - Revêuse (scottish impaire)
03 - Valse de Brème (valse 3 temps)
04 - Souffle dAnges (mazurka)
05 - Murmure
06 - Adèle (polska)
07 - Mazurka de l'ancien temps
08 - Chasse les nuages (valse 5 temps)
09 - Cercle des ronds (cercle circassien)
10 - Trois couleurs (valse 3 temps)
11 - Gavotte de Sancerre
12 - La dégagée (bourree 3 temps)
13 - Bourrée des grandes poteries
14 - Scottish Cajun
15 - Bourrée des grandes poteries... muette

Gérard Godon : Accordéon
Catherine Grimault : Violon

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kings & Beggars - Gryphon (2018 Ukraine) @320

Ensemble plays European early and folk music, which was enjoyed by the noble people at the royal court and the simple people in the cities and villages – this where the name “Kings & Beggars” came out.

The gryphon, a legendary creature from ancient myths,not accidentally has become the symbol of our jubilee album. Just as a gryphon is a combination of a lion and an eagle, so our album contains music of different times and nations, ours and yours favorite songs and melodies. Enjoy this travel thru time and countries with us!

01. Al'entrada Del Temps Clar 03:14
02. Chansoneta Tedesca 04:04
03. Falalan 03:41
04. Salterello II 02:53
05. Pastime With Good Company 03:27
06. Vittrad (Garmarna cover) 02:17
07. Migla, Migla, Rasa, Rasa (Skyforger cover) 04:00
08. Totentanz 02:25
09. Ai Vis Lo Lop 04:21
10. Ecco La Primavera 02:04
11. Tourdion 03:37
12. Meie Din Liechter Schin 03:43
13. Mayenzeit One Neidt 03:21
14. Reihentanze 04:16
15. Kalenda Maya 03:30
16. Mirie It Is 02:51
17. Schiarazula Marazula 02:24

Anna Vasylchenko – medieval fiddle, recorders, litvinian shawm, vocals, galician gaita. 
Marta Hovdysh – hurdy-gurdy, recorders, vocals. 
Max Kerner – bouzouki, saz. 
Yevhen Grinevich – recorders, medieval shawm, vocals. 
Artur Temchenko – tambourins, tar, daf, medieval drum, darbuka, zills. 

Guest musician: Vera Brenner - vocals (12, 13), dudelsack (12).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Бурдон (Burdon Folk Band) - Дівиця (Divytsia) (2013 Ukraine) @320

Burdon (“bour-don” - drone) is a folk band from Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. The young folk musicians formed the group in 2002 and have quickly developed their music-making to an impressive level and built up a rich repertoire of traditional tunes, rural ritual songs, old ballads and cheerful dances.
Burdon's repertoire is mostly based on traditional music from Ukraine, Hungary and Romania. Their music is based on age-old tunes in modern arrangements, which paint a vivid, dramatic world full of excitement, love, mystic and enchantment. Many of the songs are taken from the local tradition of unique ethnic groups who live around Ukrainian-Polish-Slovakian borders: Lemko, Boiko and Hutsul. Some are from other parts of mysterious Carpathian region, particularly from survived Hungarian minority Csángo living in Romanian region Moldva.
With all this multicultural mix Burdon creates its own unique sound with female vocals, fiddles, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, moraharpa, double bass and percussion. They played many festival concerts around Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Germany and Canada, where they have easily captured audiences. 

1. Зозулечка (Ukrainian) (04:31)
2. Степанида (Central Ukrainian) (03:17)
3. Ramo druze moj/Sirba (Balkan) (05:51)
4. Мороз (West Ukrainian) (04:56)
5. Рудий (Ukrainian) (03:06)
6. Гуси (Ukrainian/Macedonian) (07:24)
7. Fato mori dusmanke (Macedonian) (04:01)
8. Maruntel (Romanian/Chango) (04:35)
9. Milo mou kokkino (Greek) (04:44)
10. Рано (Central Ukrainian) (03:58)
11. Дівиця (by Max Petrenko) (03:35)
12. Лужок (East Ukrainian) (05:48)

OLENA YEREMENKO – violin, vioara cu goarna, mandolin, moraharpa, vocal.
ROST TATOMYR – bouzouki, vocal, saz.
LUBKO MARIASH – drums, percussions, hurdy-gurdy, didgeridoo, jews harp.
OKSANA HRYNKO – vocal, accordion.
DANA BONCHUK – vocal, gardon.
IVAN OHAR – double bass.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Various With Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - The Original Transatlantic Sessions (2009 Multinational) @320

Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of musical productions by Glasgow-based Pelicula Films Ltd, funded by- and produced for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and RTÉ of Ireland. The productions comprise collaborative live performances by various leading folk, bluegrass and country musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America, who congregate under the musical direction of Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas to record and film a set of half-hour TV episodes. The Television director is Mike Alexander and the producer is Douglas Eadie.

In addition to the TV productions, public performances of the Transatlantic Sessions have been staged recently by some of the participating artists, receiving critical acclaim in the press and six series albums have been released in both CD and DVD format by Whirlie Records.


01 - Aly Bain - Far From Home - Big John McNeil
02 - John Martin - May You Never
03 - Michelle Wright - Guitar Talk
04 - Jay Ungar - Goodbye Liza Jane
05 - Mary Black - Farewell Farewell
06 - Jay Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
07 - Kathy Mattea - Ready For The Storm
08 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Talk To Me Of Mendocina
09 - Iris Dement - Let The Mystery Be
10 - Davy Spillane - Daire's Dream
11 - Karen Matheson - Cana Nan Gaidheal
12 - Cathal McConnell - The Dark Woman Of The Glen
13 - Guy Clark - Dublin Blues
14 - Jay Ungar - You Low Down Dirty Dog
15 - Jerry Douglas - Uncle Sam - Rain On Olivia Town
16 - Dougie MacLean - Turning Away
17 - Mark O'Connor - Grey Eagle
18 - Michelle Wright, Iris Dement & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - Will The Circle Be Unbroken

01 - Aly Bain - Scotland
02 - Emmylou Harris - Wheels Of Love
03 - John Martyn - Don't Want To Know
04 - Mary Black - The Loving Time
05 - Molly Mason - The Lover's Waltz
06 - Dick Gaughan - Both Sides The Tweed
07 - Simon Thoumire, Jim Sutherland - Jim's Jig - Little Cascades - Fox In The Town
08 - Iris Dement - Sweet Is The Melody
09 - Karen Matheson - Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
10 - Guy Clark - Dark As A Dungeon
11 - Jay Ungar - Ronfleuse Gobeil
12 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Goin' Back To Harlan
13 - Kathy Mattea - I Will
14 - Mark O'Connor - Cat In The Bag
15 - Emmylou Harris - Green Rolling Hills
16 - Aly Bain - A Maiden's Prayer
17 - Kate & Anna, Rufus, Emmylou, Mary, Karen & Rod - Hard Times

01 - Jay Ungar & Aly Bain - Big Scioty
02 - Guy Clark - Black Diamond Strings
03 - Emmylou Harris - For No One
04 - John Martyn - Spencer The Rover
05 - Davy Spillane - Boulavogue - Mrs. McLeod
06 - Rod Paterson - Auld Lang Syne
07 - Michelle Wright - The Reason Why I'm Gone
08 - Russ Barenberg - Big Bug Shuffle
09 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Gentle Annie
10 - Savourna Stevenson - Mexican Monterey
11 - John Martyn - Big Muff
12 - Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
13 - Iris Dement - Our Town
14 - Mark O'Connor - Jesse Polka
15 - Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - Macilmoyle
16 - Dougie MacLean - This Love Will Carry
17 - Martyn Bennett - MacCrimmon's Lament
18 - Dick Gaughan - Wild Mountain Thyme

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Talar - Talar (France / Bretagne 2005) @320

The five musicians sign a disc still rooted in the Breton tradition and impregnated with the musical touch which made 'le talar'. Their musics are acouctic, energetic and lively and at the same time they offer an incredible diversity of themes. Reflecting the creativity of the present Breton musical scene, that new opus gives more than his due to original compositions and new tunes.

1. De 6 à 7 (Ridées) 5:52
2. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton simpl) 3:02
3. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Bal) 2:11
4. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton doubl) 3:52
5. Le sourire du Léonard (Ronds de Landeda) 3:44
6. Ti Ken` (Ronds de St-Vincent) 4:33
7. Petits plaisirs (Valse) 5:04
8. Mad e soñj (Laridé) 3:24
9. Madame T (Mélodie) 2:21
10. 7 août 1845 (Hanter dro) 5:35
11. Oh oui! (Pilé menu) 3:38
12. Le Rocher à la Vache (Maraîchines) 2:49
13. Bugaleaj (Mélodie / marche) 2:18
14. Bahamas Mystery Tour (Tours / mélodie) 4:08

Gwénolé AYOUL : bombardon, oboe
Frédérik BOULEY : fiddle, viola, mandoline
Olivier CAILLON : sax, soprano, biniou, veuze;
Philippe JEGOU : guitar
Erwann TOBIE : accordion, octaver
Guests :
Fañch BADEAU : bass, double bass, accordion
Michel BONAMY : flute
Davis BOURDEAU : clarinet
Sylvain GIRAULT : vocal

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bon Débarras - Bon Débarras (Canada 2009) @320

Dominic Desrochers : guitar, banjo, washboard, triangle, vocals
Jean-François Dumas : guitar, banjo, harmonica, foot percussion, snair, vocals
Luzio Altobelli : accordion, vocals

1.Fille d'un avocat-Brandy calumet 06:29
2.Bosco Stomp/One-step de chameau 05:17
3.Reel Tao 05:48
4.La débrouille 03:20
5.Bouquet de toundra 03:54
6.La malmariée et son mari enseveli 05:10
7.Reel du Fjord 03:27
8.L'île ensorcelée 04:32
9.Le quêteux 03:53

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nightnoise - At The End Of The Evening (Ireland 1988) @320

A seamless blend of Celtic music, jazz, and classical chamber music has given Nightnoise their distinct sound. Nightnoise was initially conceived as a duo formed by Irish guitarist Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, formerly of Skara Brae and the Bothy Band, and classically trained American violinist Billy Oskay, shortly after Ó Domhnaill moved to Portland. The duo concept grew into a full ensemble when a demo tape by Oskay and Ó Domhnaill became the band's first album with the addition of clavinet player Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and flute player Brian Dunning. Mícháel's sister, Tríona had previously played with her brother in Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, and Relativity, a group they shared with Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and his accordionist/keyboardist brother, Phil. Ireland-born Dunning had played classical and jazz flute before moving to traditional folk music with the group Puck Fair. When Oskay left the band after the release of their fourth album, Johnny Cunningham seemed a natural replacement. 
Cunningham's expressive fiddling provided an extra edge to the band's arrangements. When he elected to leave the group following the release of their album The White Horse Sessions in 1997, he was replaced by John Fitzpatrick. In the late '90s, Nightnoise relocated to Ireland, where they started appearing weekly on Irish television show Brid Live, broadcast by RT1 in Dublin. The group supplied instrumental accompaniment for Japanese vocalist Mimori Yusa's album Mimori Yusa Meets Irish Superstars. Windham Hill commemorated the work of the band in 2006 by releasing Pure Nightnoise, a best-of collection. 
~ Craig Harris

01 - Windell  3:47
02 - Of A Summer Morn  3:21
03 - Hugh  3:39
04 - Jaunting  3:35
05 - The Courtyard  2:48
06 - "Bring Me Back A Song."  4:50
07 - Snow On High Ground  3:43
08 - At The Races  3:06
09 - Forgotten Carnival  3:30
10 - The Cuillin Hills  2:47
11 - Her Kansas Sun  3:35
12 - End Of The Evening  5:06
13 - The Swan  3:17

Flute, Panpipes – Brian Dunning
Guitar, Keyboards, Whistle, Music By [Additional] – Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
Keyboards, Whistle, Accordion, Vocals – Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Violin, Viola, Keyboards, Engineer – Billy Oskay
Written-By – B. Oskay* (tracks: 1, 5, 11), B. Dunning* (tracks: 4, 9), M. Ó Domhnaill* (tracks: 1, 2, 6, 13), T. Ní Dhomhnaill (tracks: 3, 7, 8, 10. 12)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Garmarna - Vittrad (Sweden 1994) @320

"Our first full-length album, with all its demands on the material. This album opened a lot of doors, especially outside of Sweden, and received a lot of critical acclaim which really helped getting things going."

1. Straffad Moder & Dotter / Mother and Daughter Punished (5:03) 
2. Garmgny / Garm's Bark (3:33) 
3. Namndemans-Ola / Commissioner Ola (2:30) 
4. Kulleritova (0:53) 
5. Vittrad / Crumbling Away (4:00) 
6. Skallen / Cranium (3:11) 
7. Flusspolska / Tonsilitis Polska (1:11) 
8. Antiokia / Antioch (3:04) 
9. Liten Kersti / Little Kersti (5:22) 
10. Inte sörja vi... / We won't grieve... (2:53) 
11. Domschottis / Judgment Schottische (3:46) 
12. Den Bortsålda / Sold Away (4:23) 
13. Styvmodern / Stepmother (2:50) 
14. Klevabergselden / Kleveberg's Fire (4:55) 

- Stefan Brisland-Ferner / violins, viola, hurdy-gurdy, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Emma Härdelin / lead vocals, violin & flute
- Jens Hoglin / drums and percussion
- Gotte Ringqvist / lute, violin, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Rickard Westman / bouzouki & guitars
Guest artists:
- Hans Lebanzski & Nicklas Holmgren / sampling & rhythm
- Elina Nordvall-Meijer / vocals
- Jorgen Fahlberg / additional guitars

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Garmarna - Garmarna (2003 Expanded Edition) (Sweden 1993) @320

Adding modern touches to traditionally based Swedish folk music has made Garmarna one of top groups of the Scandinavian Folk resurgence of the '90s. Their debut album, 1994's Vittrad, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy while their second album, 1996's Guds Speleman, received the Swedish Grammy award "Album of the Year." Released in the United States, the album placed high on the CMJ New Music chart. In late 1996, Guds Speleman reached the fifth posotion on a Top 25 list compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Societe-Radio Canada. Their third effort, Vedergällningen (Vengeance), released in March 1999 reached number eight on the European world music chart.

Formed in 1990, Garmarna was inspired by Olov Johansson's musical score for a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Initially a trio featuring Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner, and Rickard Westman, the group quickly built a solid local reputation. An interview with a radio reporter following their set at the Umea Folkmusik Festival led to an invitation to perform at a major festival in Autsfred, Sweden. The festival performance proved pivotal. Drummer Jens Hoglin, who was added for the festival, has remained with the group. Audience members included Emma Hardelin, who subsequently joined the band as lead vocalist, and Mats Hammerman, president of the Massproduktion record label, who quickly signed the group. Soon after releasing an EP in 1993, Garmana began touring throughout Sweden. The following year, the band caught the ear of Drew Miller, bassist of Minneapolis-based band Boiled in Lead and the owner of an independant label, Omnium. Impressed by what he heard, Miller signed Garmarna for North American distribution. Their debut album, Vittrad, released in Sweden in April 1994, was reissued as Crumbling Away. Garmarna performed their debut North American tour in March 1995. In Autumn 1996, Garmarna received the prestigious jury's prize, the Iron Gustav Award, for their performance at the Malzhaus Festival in Germany. Garmarna later performed a song by Mats Wester and Py Bäckman at the Eurovision Song Contest. During a tour in 1998, the group performed a collection of songs based on the medieval work of Hildegard von Bingen. Emma Hardelin performed songs by Benny Andersson of ABBA during a show that was broadcast throughout the world on New Year's Eve 1999. Vengeance was issued that same year. A self-titled release also appeared two years later. ~ Craig Harris

This album is a remastered version of their self-titled 1993 debut EP, which has been expanded on CD by the addition of six songs from their 1992 demo.

01 - Lill-Mats Polska
02 - Skenpolska
03 - Jordbyggarlaaten
04 - Herr Olof
05 - Traanpolska
06 - Cow-Call From Haelsingland
07 - Klevabergselden
08 - Garmgny (unreleased bonus track)
09 - Flusspolska (unreleased bonus track)
10 - Maanpolska (unreleased bonus track)
11 - Antiokia (unreleased bonus track)
12 - Skenpolska (unreleased bonus track)
13 - Klevabergselden II (unreleased bonus track)

Bouzouki, Guitar, Guitar [Luteguitar] – Rickard Westman
Double Bass – Björn Eriksson
Guitar [Luteguitar], Violin, Jew's Harp – Gotte Ringqvist
Percussion, Vocals [Death Grunts] – Jens Höglin
Violin, Hurdy Gurdy, Jew's Harp, Viola – Stefan Brisland-Ferner
Vocals, Violin – Emma Härdelin

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sandy Denny - North Star Grassman and The Ravens - 2CD (England 1971) [2011 Deluxe Edition] @320

The North Star Grassman and the Ravens is a 1971 album by English folk rock singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. Built mostly around her own compositions, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens is distinguished by its elusive lyrics and unexpected harmonies.

01 - Late November
02 - Blackwaterside
03 - The Sea Captain
04 - Down In The Flood
05 - John The Gun
06 - Next Time Around
07 - The Optimist
08 - Let's Jump The Broomstick
09 - Wretched Wilbur
10 - The North Star Grassman and The Ravens
11 - Crazy Lady Blues
12 - Next Time Around (demo)
13 - Walking The Floor Over You (duet with Richard Thompson)
14 - Lord Bateman (instrumental)
15 - If You Saw Thru' My Eyes (duet with Ian Matthews)

16 - The Sea Captain (demo)
17 - The Optimist (demo)
18 - Wretched Wilbur (demo)
19 - Crazy Lady Blues (demo)
20 - Lord Bateman (demo)
21 - Late November (BBC Session Bob Harris)
22 - The Lowlands of Holland  (BBC Session Bob Harris)
23 - Blackwaterside (BBC Session Sounds on Sunday)
24 - The North Star Grassman and The Ravens (BBC in Concert)
25 - Bruton Town (BBC in Concert)
26 - Next Time Around (BBC in Concert)
27 - John The Gun (BBC in Concert)

Sandy Denny - lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2/3/11), piano (1)
Jerry Donahue - electric guitar (1)
Richard Thompson - electric guitar (1-5/7-9), accordion (2), vocals (4), acoustic guitar (6-7/9-10), bass (7/11)
Trevor Lucas - acoustic guitar (1/5/8)
Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar (11)
Pat Donaldson - bass (1-3/8-10)
Tony Reeves - bass (4/6)
Gerry Conway - drums (1-4/6-7/9-11)
Roger Powell - drums (8)
Ian Whiteman - piano (4-8/10-11), flute organ (10)
Barry Dransfield - violin (5)
Royston Wood, Robin Dransfield - backing vocals (5)
Harry Robinson - string arrangements (6/9)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ivan Kupala - Kostroma [1999 Russia] @320

Ethno-dance-project was formed in 1995 as russian copy of "Deep Forest" on basement of authentic slavic folklore. Three DJs of "Radio Chance", Saint-Petersburg, being impressed by the album "Boheme" of "Deep Forest" started to work in the same direction. In a few years they have prepared material for the 1st album. The folk songs from old vinil discs and recorded during folk-expeditions in the 2nd half of the XX century became a basis for the album.

The path chosen by Ivan Kupala does not imply dance hits conveyor stamping. First you have to dig around in dusty archives, to ride with the recorder on quiet villages, to find old women and old men who can still remember the old tunes, to persuade them to sing all that stuff into the microphone (a fragment of this difficult process is represented at the seventh minute of the final track of the album). Then hard work in the studio, composing instrumental accompaniment for these vocal, which also have problems: in a purely electronic reading the lyrics are not sound. But in order to score all those horns, accordion and rattles into the tone-pot of synth, they must be first learned to play. And only after all of these works you can learn a new program with a concert vocalists.

01. Kupala
02. Kostroma
03. Brovi (Eyebrows)
04. Vinograd (Grapes)
05. Molodost (Youth)
06. Svatochki (Matchmakers)
07. Vorotechki (Gates)
08. Kalyada
09. Kanareyka (Canary)
10. Galya
11. Polosa (Strip)

Ivan Kupala - Radio Nagra [2002 Russia] @320

Ivan Kupala (Midsummer) is a folk pagan festival dedicated to pagan god Kupala, celebrated in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. Midsummer is an old tradition of celebrating almost the whole of Europe. Before baptism of Russia celebration was timed to the day of the summer solstice (June 20-22, in the old style of UTC in the III century). After Christianity they began to celebrate the holiday on the birthday of John the Baptist - June 24, old style. With the transition to a new style of date of birth of John the Baptist has moved on 7 July (XX-XXI centuries) as well as the Orthodox Church lives by the old style. According to this fact festival has lost an astronomical solstice line. Ethno-dance-project 'Ivan Kupala' was formed in 1995 as russian copy of "Deep Forest" on basement of authentic slavic folklore. Three DJs of 'Radio Chance', Sanct-Peterburg, being impressed by the album "Boheme" of "Deep Forest" started to work in the same direction. In a few years they have prepared material for the 1st album. Basis for the album were the folk songs from old vinil discs and recorded during folk-expeditions in the 2nd half of the XX century.

"Nagra" is the tape-recorder, which recorded the songs that were used on the album. Grannies were recorded in Russian and Belorussian villages by members of band during folk-expeditions.

01. Pchyoly (Bees)
02. Velik den' (The day is great)
03. V roosche (In the grove)
04. Rosy (Dews)
05. Yascher (Lizard)
06. Pchyoly-2 (Bees-2)
07. Dyatel (Woodpecker)
08. Geo
09. Nana
10. Perepyolka (Quail)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Maggie Holland - Still Pause (1983 England) @VBR

Maggie Holland was born and bred in Hampshire (southern England) and first became involved with music through the local folk club scene in the late sixties. Her first professional musical work was as bass guitarist and eventually, singer  in the blues/goodtime duo Hot Vultures with Ian A. Anderson. The Vultures toured in Britain, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, covering approximately 30,000 miles per year during 1973-79; Maggie was also the sole driver. The duo expanded into the English Country Blues Band in the late seventies, with Rod Stradling and Sue Harris (later Chris Coe).

01 - Time To Kill
02 - Vandy
03 - Mad Lydia's Waltz
04 - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
05 - Bye Bye Bohemia
06 - The Banks Of The Nile
07 - If He's Gone
08 - The Great Valerio
09 - Peach Picking Time In Georgia
10 - Icarus
11 - The House Carpenter
12 - Black Cat
13 - Homunculus

Maggie Holland, vocals, guitar [1, 3-5, 7, 9-10, 12-13], banjo [2, 5-6, 9, 11], acoustic bass 
[2], electric bass [1, 3-5, 7, 9-13];
George Norris, vocals [1-2, 5, 7-8];
Sean Mayes, piano [1, 7-8];
Alex Forsyth, tenor saxophone [1, 4], soprano saxophone [10, 12];
John Kirkpatrick, button accordion [3, 10];
Ian A. Anderson, bottleneck guitar [9]

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tri Yann - Dix Ans, Dix Filles [1973 France] @320

01 - Les filles de Redon
02 - Hirvoudou
03 - Liberty
04 - L'âge de nos vingt ans
05 - Marv Pontkallek
06 - Rond de Saint-Vincent revival
07 - Heidless cross
08 - Jig
09 - The rising o' the moon
10 - Chansonnette pour palper des droits d'auteur
11 - War bont an Naoned
12 - L'abandon... la saison...

Jean-Paul Corbineau: Chant, guitares, cuillères, harmonica
Jean Chocun: Chant, guitares, banjo
Jean-Louis Jossic: Chant, dulcimer, flûte, guimbarde
Bernard Baudriller: Chant, contrebasse, violoncelle, bodhran

Monday, September 3, 2018

Efrén López - El Fill Del Llop (Spain 2015) @320

Efrén López is the guitarist of the group "L'Ham de Foc".
Nine original instrumental pieces and two old songs, one Flamenco and one Occitan with new arrangements. Compositions that use exclusively acoustic traditional instruments and influences of Greek, Turkish, Persian and Medieval music.

01 - Kurtoğlu Zeybeği
02 - Plaerdemavida
03 - Como Al Pie Del Suplicio Estuve
04 - O Gios Tou Lykou
05 - Aralık (Ferahfezâ)
06 - Asbe Sangi
07 - Lo Boièr - Iria
08 - Vallsabollera
09 - Bourrees de la Carrasca de la Vaca
10 - Azinhaga
11 - Abracadabra

Bagpipes [Galician Gaita] – Raquel García
Bendir, Vielle, Dilruba, Recorder – Miriam Encinas
Goblet Drum [Tombak] – Jérôme Salomon
Instruments [davul, çöğür, Bulgari, Meydan Saz, Kopuz, Cura Saz, üç Telli Bağlama, Fretless Guitar, Cretan Laouto, Ud, Kurdish Tanbur, Persian Santur, Bass Citole, Citole, Shofar, Gothic Harp, Hurdy Gurdy, Guitarró, Llaüt, Bandúrria, Mandola, Irish Bouzouki, Claps, Banjo], Vocals – Efrén López
Kanun – Sofia Lambropoulou
Ney – Itzhak Ventura, Christos Barbas
Ney, Bagpipes [Bulgarian Gaida], Kaval – Meira Segal
Percussion [cymbals, Square Drum From Peñaparda, Tambourine, Bottle, Udu, Legüero, Claps, Shaker, Bendir, Adufe, Tavil, Nagara, Metals, Crakebs, Sabar] – Alex Tobias
Percussion [doira, Bendir, Davul, Daf, Gungru] – Diego López
Rebec [Cretan Lyra] – Kelly Thoma, Stelios Petrakis
Strings [yaylı Tanbur, Bass Yaylı Tanbur] – Evgenios Voulgaris
Vocals – Iván López, Raúl Micó
Arranged By, Music By, Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Efrén López

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bandadriatica - Babilonia (Italy 2015) @320

Babilonia is the title of the fourth recording work of Bandadriatica, produced by Finisterre,
distributed in Italy and abroad by Felmay and promoted with the support of Puglia Sounds

The Salento ensemble, led by the organist and singer Claudio Prima, has focused its research on the origins of the music of the Adriatic Sea in recent years. In this CD he pushes his gaze to Turkey, Lebanon and Armenia. The Bandadriatica sailed to the East to identify the common traits of different traditions and, as usual, to rewrite traditional music, with numerous new songs in the lyrics and music, filtering the fabric created by the threads of different traditions encountered and retranslated with their own sensitivity. In fact, Babylon is a meeting of cultures, a challenge for communication. The Adriatic has always been a Babylon of languages ​​and cultures and the BandAdriatica has traveled the routes of incommunicability to rediscover traditions that speak to each other thanks to ancestral phonemes. This time the navigation touches the extremes of the Mediterranean: the meeting with the Lebanese, Turkish, Armenian musicians (Rony Barrak, Burhan Ocal, Nure Dlovani, Deniz Koseoglu) has confirmed the concrete opportunity of a dialogue between different cultures, coming from regions of the world that share traditions and rituals. The music of Southern Italy, represented by the dialect of Salento, as an archaic language, through Eastern Europe, come to Turkey, in a backward journey that investigates the origins of Adriatic music. The CD brings together different genres and languages, harmonized by the desire to overcome the concept of geographical and musical boundary. Twelve unpublished compositions blend traditional Salentine and Middle Eastern music, new balkan and afro, defying gender boundaries. The first single that gives the title to the album speaks of the concrete possibility of transforming our perception of the concept of cultural diversity. 

"In the time of division and confusion, in modern Babylon of incommunicability and racism, music makes it possible to understand and exchange, practicing the idea of ​​belonging to the same story, the history of the extraordinary peoples who have made the sea great. Mediterraneo », underlines Claudio Prima.

01 - Me perdu 4:55
02 - Turkayak 4:40
03 - La capu 4:48
04 - Babilonia 4:38
05 - Bint el shalabiya 3:45
06 - Pizzica Balkan 4:33
07 - Il bivio 4:28
08 - Mania DGL 4:08
09 - Terra 3:40
10 - Giga 4:06
11 - Salignano 5:25
12 - Tre balli in maschera 4:50

Claudio Prima (organetto, voce)
Emanuele Coluccia (sax contralto)
Vincenzo Grasso (clarinetto, sax tenore)
Andrea Perrone (tromba)
Gaetano Carrozzo (trombone)
Morris Pellizzari (chitarre, kamalè ngonì, saz)
Giuseppe Spedicato (basso elettrico, tuba)
Ovidio Venturoso (batteria, cajon)
Ospita Rony Barrak (percussioni)
Deniz Koseoglu (saz)
Nure Dlovani (violino)
Enza Pagliara e Rachele Andrioli (voce)
Roberto Chiga (tamburello).

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