Saturday, June 9, 2018

Treacherous Orchestra - Origins (Scotland 2012) @VBR


Treacherous Orchestra are an 11 piece band featuring musicians from (amongst others) 
Shooglenifty, the Peatbog Fairies and Salsa Celtica. Following their hugely successful debut at Celtic Connections in 2009, the band have been bringing their considerable talent together and have, at last, produced a studio album titled ‘Origins’.

Like something from a Celtic Noah’s ark (and, let’s face it, we get the rain for it up here) this band come in two-by-two… double helpings of pipes, fiddles and percussion are joined by 
accordion, banjo and guitar to produce a sound that’s as big as the band, and then some. The membership reads like a who’s who of latest generation of Scottish tradition based music…

-Neil McFadyen-


01 - Overture
02 - March Of The Troutsmen
03 - Superfly (Sheepskins Beeswax/Taybank Shenanigans/Superfly)
04 - Look East (Wade On The Water/Look East)
05 - Prelude
06 - Sea Of Clouds (Sea Of Clouds/Mare Nubium)
07 - Sea Of Okhotsk
08 - Easter Island
09 - Sausages (Ben Williams Of Tiree/Garry Porch Of Avernish/Phit Dae A Dae/Maverick Angels) 


Accordion – John Somerville
Acoustic Guitar – Ali Hutton (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8), Barry Reid (2) (tracks: 8), Innes Watson 
(tracks: 6, 7, 9)
Bagpipes [Pipes], Whistle – Ali Hutton, Ross Ainslie
Banjo, Guitar [Tenor Guitar] – Éamonn Coyne*
Bodhrán – Martin O'Neill
Double Bass, Bass Guitar – Duncan Lyall
Drums, Percussion – Fraser Stone
Electric Guitar – Barry Reid (2)
Fiddle, Strings – Adam Sutherland (2), Innes Watson
Flute – Bo Jingham, Kevin O'Neill (11)
Harmonium – Martin O'Neill (tracks: 8)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Amorroma - Op Voyage [2001 Belgium] @192


AmoRRoma is the brainchild of Jowan Merckx, who is very much at home in early music and in traditional European dance music ‘balfolk’. In his work he is exploring new grounds trying to bring together the best of both worlds. The result of this craftmanship is a kind of gentle ‘chamber music’ you can dance to, songs to dance to and dances to sing to, well crafted melodies that cling to your ears. The music has touches of the past and still sounds new, it’s wonderfully melancholic and you can dance to it. It is original dance music that has a place on the concert stage as well.

Sarah L. Ridy, on arpa doppia, is new to the group and proves a perfect companion. She brings her skills and taste as an accomplished player and is not afraid to follow Jowan on this adventurous path. Guest musicians singer Elly Aerden and bass player Vincent Noiret contribute perfectly where necessary.

This is a personal and colourful music, a trip around central Europe, with flavours of French
chanson, valse musette and early music. It’s at the same time an exploration of new musical possibilities by skilled musicians while all the charm and the nostalgia of the dance music are still there, a wonderful combination.


1. Sandy's Smile/Lena 
2. Blinde Duiker/Toulouse or not Toulouse 
3. Alborada du val du sel/Muiñeira de Sando 
4. Windy Days/Nathan's Jig/'t Vals bewijs 
5. Rivalité 
6. Over de grens 
7. Jotie/Bourée des deux lions 
8. Alleen in het zomergras/Mazurka de la peau/Cathy's Frolics/Syracuse 
9. Muziekdoos/Hoogwater 
10. Vandalen in Horst 
11. Bicherie 
12. "Cister" of Mercy 
13. Waterloos zaad/Moemoe 


Jowan MERCKX: Dudelsack, Flûte, Percussion, Bugle  
Gregory JOLWET: Vielle à Roue [Hurdy-gurdy] 
Gérard HIRSCH: Harpe celtique 
Raquel GIGOT: Accordéon diatonique 
Pascal CHARDOME: Guitare 
Giny BEECKMAN: Hautbois 
Martin BAUER: Viola da gamba 
Rudy VELGHE: Violon 
Guido PICCARD: Epinette, Cistre 
Vincent NOIRET: Contrebasse 
Philip MASURE: Guitare 
Didier LALOY: Accordéon diatonique 
Gregorio MELGOSA: Pandereta, Bombo, Conches, Tamboril

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