Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rura - Despite the Dark (Scotland 2015) @320


An eagerly awaited second album from the exciting and powerful band Rura.

In a few short years Rura have established themselves well on the Scottish folk scene and indeed thoughout Europe, with their attendance at many Festivals.

Renowned for their rugged, energetic arrangements. if you love folk music, bagpipes, dancing... this is for you!

This album, Despite The Dark was produced by Ali Hutton (The Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs).

The band features three "BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year" finalists and an "All Ireland Bodhran Champion." Winners of "The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2011 - Best Up And Coming Artist." 

Jack Smedley (fiddle, backin vocals), Steven Blake (bagpipes, whistle), David Foley (bodhran, flute), Adam Holmes (vocals, guitar), Adam Brown ( guitar, backing vocals).

"Rura are increasingly inventive within the medium - the fast, repeated pipe-and-fiddle 
phrases at the end of Dark Reel pull classical Minimalist patterns into folk music with 
breaktaking effect, a brilliant fusion of the old and the new." Alan Morrison, Herald 
Scotland.

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01 - Dark Reel 7:38
02 - Weary Days 5:24
03 - The Smasher 5:46
04 - Cauld Wind Blast 6:14
05 - The Glorious 45 6:05
06 - Between the Pines 4:34
07 - Drone Song 5:10
08 - The Lowground 6:29
09 - The Lasher 7:10

Jack Smedley (fiddle, backin vocals)
Steven Blake (bagpipes, whistle)
David Foley (bodhran, flute)
Adam Holmes (vocals, guitar)
Adam Brown ( guitar, backing vocals)

Rura - Break It Up (Scotland 2012) @320


Rura won the ‘Best Up And Coming Artist’ award at the 2011 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and were also Danny Kyle Award winners that year. Their powerful music has already created a buzz throughout the traditional music scene and their debut album is eagerly awaited by all.

This five-piece band from the West of Scotland combines the passions and influences of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. Among them, they feature three BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year finalists and an All-Ireland Bodhran Champion.

The album is a fine balance of tunes (including a Pibroch) and songs. The instrumental sets are tight and generate great excitement, while the stunning vocals of the most recent member, Adam Holmes, has brought greater depth to the band.

The album was recorded at the Glo-Worm Studio in Glasgow and was produced by the experienced composer and musician Aidan O’Rourke, who was also a Trad Awards winner in 2011.

Once again Greentrax is at the cutting edge of contemporary young bands pushing traditional music beyond restrictive boundaries. Greentrax is proud to present Rura to a wider audience and a great future for the band is envisaged.

Band members are David Foley (bodhran and flute), Steven Blake (pipes and whistles), Jack
Smedley (fiddle), Chris Wade (guitar) and Adam Holmes (singer/songwriter).

Highly recommended.

“It has been a pleasure to watch these guys grow as musicians. Individually and collectively
they have forged a sound with fire, passion and drive. It’s going to be exciting watching them kick their music up to the next level…” (Phil Cunningham)

“Rura are the hottest new band on the Scottish scene right now. With their cracking blend of pipes and fiddle, and mellifluous vocals and songs by Adam Holmes, they’re set to go far. Festivals book them now!” (Simon Thoumire)


01 - Intro 5:10
02 - The New Yorker 2:22
03 - Mary 4:16
04 - Sorley's 5:44
05 - Break It Up 5:45
06 - Elliott's 5:18
07 - Allegory 4:38
08 - Viva 4:54
09 - Jigs 4:33
10 - Lament For Donald Ban 7:18

Bagpipes – Steven Blake
Bodhrán – David Foley (6)
Fiddle – Jack Smedley
Flute – David Foley (6)
Guitar – Chris Wade (3)
Vocals – Adam Holmes
Whistle – Steven Blake

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Värttinä - Vihma (1998 Finland) @320


01 - Vihma
02 - Tielle Heitetty
03 - Emoton
04 - Päivän Nousu Nostajani
05 - Laulutyttö
06 - Uskottu Ei Uupuvani
07 - Maa Ei Kerro
08 - Kylän Kävijä
09 - Mieleni Alenevi
10 - Neitonen
11 - Aamu
12 - Kauan Kulkenut
13 - Vihmax (Vihma Remix)


Kirsi Kähkönen: Vocals
Mari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sirpa Reiman: Vocals
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Reeds, Whistle
Pekka Lehti: Contrabass [String Bass], Organ [Hammond]
Marko Timonen: Drums
Kari Reiman: Fiddle, Kantele, Cimbalom
Antto Varilo: Guitar, Cümbüs
Susan Aho: Accordion

Monday, July 23, 2018

Värttinä - Kokko (1996 Finland) @320


01 - Tuulilta tuleva
02 - Kokko
03 - Ottajat
04 - Korppi
05 - Pyry
06 - Halla
07 - Iro
08 - Merten kosijat
09 - Omani
10 - Pojaton
11 - Emoni ennen


Kirsi Kähkönen: Vocals
Mari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sirpa Reiman: Vocals
Riitta Kossi: Accordion
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Reeds, Whistle
Pekka Lehti: Contrabass [String Bass], Organ [Hammond]
Marko Timonen: Drums
Kari Reiman: Fiddle, Kantele, Cimbalom
Antto Varilo: Guitar, Cümbüs

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Värttinä - Seleniko (1992 Finland) @320


01 - Seelinnikoi 3:40
02 - Lemmennosto (Awakening Of Love) 2:53
03 - Kylä Vuotti Uutta Kuuta (The Village Awaits The New Moon) 5:08
04 - Sulhassii (Bride Grooms) 2:55
05 - Matalii Ja Mustii (Sad And Mournful) 2:57
06 - Hoptsoi 3:21
07 - Suuret Ja Soriat (Tall And Handsome) 3:42
08 - Leppiäinen (Gentle As Alder) 2:45
09 - Pihi Neito (Stingy Girl) 2:41
10 - Mikä Miulla Mielessä (What's On My Mind?) 3:38
11 - Kiirama 3:36
12 - Hyvä Tyttönä Hypätä (Good To Stay A Single Girl) 3:45
13 - Fanfaari (Fanfare) 2:16
14 - Paukkuvat Pasuunat (Thundering Trumpets) 4:02


Kirsi Kähkönen: Vocals
Mari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sirpa Reiman: Vocals
Riitta Potinoja: Accordion [5-row Accordion], Organ [Hammond], Keyboards (track 11)
Tom Nyman: Bass, Keyboards (tracks: 3, 14) 
Reijo Heiskanen: Guitar, Bouzouki(track 7), Percussion (tracks: 1, 3)
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Saxophone, Kaval, Tin Whistle
Kari Reiman: Fiddle, Kantele, Banjo
Tom Nekljudow: Percussion
Anu Laakkonen: Trumpet

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Värttinä - Aitara (1994 Finland) @320


01 - Katariina 2:14
02 - Tumala 3:28
03 - Maamo 3:59
04 - Niin Mie Mieltynen 4:02
05 - Mie Tahon Tanssia 3:05
06 - Tammi 4:04
07 - Pirsta 2:33
08 - Outona Omilla Mailla 3:27
09 - Travuska 4:52
10 - Yötulet 3:04
11 - Kannunkaataja 3:59
12 - Aitara 2:49


Kirsi Kähkönen: Vocals
Mari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sari Kaasinen: Vocals
Sirpa Reiman: Vocals
Riitta Potinoja: Accordion [5-row Accordion], Organ [Hammond
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Reeds, Whistle
Pekka Lehti: Contrabass [String Bass], Organ [Hammond]
Anssi Nykänen: Drums [Aitara-drums]
Kari Reiman: Fiddle, Kantele, Cimbalom
Antto Varilo: Guitar, Cümbüs

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Albion Band - Lark Rise to Candleford (England 1980) @320


Lark Rise to Candleford is the name of a trilogy by Flora Thompson. The titles of the individual volumes are Lark Rise (1939), Over to Candleford (1941), and Candleford Green (1943; all published by Oxford University Press and in paperback as a Penguin Modern Classic). The village names are fictional but based on real places: Candleford was Buckingham; Candleford Green is thought to be partly based on Fringford - where Flora Thompson spent her childhood - but this has not been proved.

Keith Dewhurst transformed the three books into two plays, both put on at the National Theatre, London and directed by Bill Bryden and Sebastian Graham-Jones: Lark Rise in March 1978, and Candleford in November 1979.

01 - The Girl I Left Behind Me
02 - Lemady; Arise And Pick A Posy
03 - All Of A Row
04 - Tommy Toes
05 - John Dory
06 - Witch Elder
07 - All Of A Row (Reprise)
08 - Abroad For Pleasure
09 - The Day Thou Gavest
10 - Battle Of The Somme
11 - The Grand Circle Dance
12 - Speed The Plough
13 - Snow Falls
14 - Cart Music
15 - The Holly And The Ivy
16 - Postman's Knock
17 - Hunt Music
18 - Scarlet And The Blue
19 - Dare To Be A Daniel
20 - Jacob's Well
21 - Jacob's Well (Reprise)

The Ensemble
The Albion Band:
Pete Bullock: keyboards;
Bill Caddick: vocals, triangle;
Ashley Hutchings: bass guitar, vocals;
Doug Morter: electric guitar;
John Tams: vocals, melodeon;
Graeme Taylor: electric guitar, vocals
with
Martin Carthy: vocals;
Shirley Collins: vocals;
Howard Evans: trumpet, flugelhorn;
Michael Gregory: drums;
John Kirkpatrick: vocals, button accordion, concertina, melodeon;
Brian Protheroe: vocals, keyboards;
Steve Saunders: trombone, euphonium, tuba;
Martin Simpson: banjo;
The Cast
Laura: Valerie Whittington
Pumpkin: Brian Protheroe
Boamer: Bill Caddick
Jerry Parish: John Tams
The Vicar: Brian Protheroe
Edmund Timms: Paul Davies-Prowles
Albert, Laura's Father: Brian Protheroe
Thomas Brown, Postman: Martin Carthy
John, Laura's Husband: Brian Protheroe

Monday, July 16, 2018

Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses (England 1971) @320


No Roses is an album by Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band. It was recorded at Sound Techniques, and Air Studios in London, in the summer of 1971. It was produced by Sandy Roberton and Ashley Hutchings (Shirley Collins' husband at the time). It was released in October 1971 on the Pegasus label.


01 - Claudy Banks (4:37)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Ian Whiteman – piano; Dave Bland – concertina; Alan Cave – bassoon; Lol Coxhill – alto saxophone

02 - Little Gipsy Girl (2:16)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Dave Mattacks – sticks; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Dave Bland – hammered dulcimer; Tony Hall – melodeon

03 - Banks of the Bann (3:38)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Dolly Collins – piano; Simon Nicol – acoustic guitar; Richard Thompson – acoustic 12-string guitar; John Kirkpatrick – accordion

04 - Murder of Maria Marten (7:28)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Nic Jones – backing vocals and fiddle; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Tim Renwick – electric guitar; Dave Mattacks – drums; Barry Dransfield – fiddle; Francis Baines – hurdy gurdy

05 - Van Dieman's Land (4:59)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Ian Whiteman – piano; Simon Nicol – acoustic guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Dave Bland – concertina; Colin Ross – Northumbrian smallpipes; Alan Lumsden – ophicleide

06 - Just as the Tide Was A-Flowing (2:13)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Maddy Prior – backing vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Richard Thompson - electric guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Simon Nicol – acoustic guitar; Dave Bland – concertina

07 - The White Hare (2:43)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar, percussion; Roger Powell – drums; Tim Renwick – acoustic 12-string guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Royston Wood – backing vocals; Lal and Mike Waterson – backing vocals; Steve Midgen – French horn

08 - Hal-An-Tow (2:54)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar, percussion; Roger Powell – drums; Tim Renwick – acoustic 12-string guitar; Richard Thompson – slide guitar; Dave Bland – hammered dulcimer; Tony Hall – melodeon; Royston Wood – backing vocals; Simon Nicol – backing vocals; Gregg Butler – serpent; Trevor Crozier – jew's harp

09 - Poor Murdered Woman (4:17)
Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Dave Mattacks – drums; Dolly Collins – piano; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Dave Bland – concertina

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Albion Band - Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival (England 1998) @185VBR


Live 1977 and 1987 At The Cambridge Folk Festival

Recorded at the 13th Cambridge Folk Festival on July 29, 1977
01 - Boycott's Bouree.mp3
02 - Y'acre of Land.mp3
03 - La Sexte Extampie Royale.mp3
04 - Postman's Knock-Black Joker.mp3
05 - Merry Sherwood Rangers.mp3
06 - Gresford Disaster.mp3
Recorded at the 23th Cambridge Folk Festival on August 1, 1987
07 - Gentleman's Agreement-Busy Gardener-Falling Star.mp3
08 - Harvest Anthem.mp3
09 - The Shipwreck.mp3
10 - Orion's Belt.mp3
11 - The Rose and the Rock.mp3

  
The Albion Dance Band of 1977
John Tams - lead vocals, melodeon
Simon Nicol - vocals, guitar
Graeme Taylor - vocals, guitar
Ric Sanders - fiddle
Phil Pickett - woodwinds
Pete Bullock - keyboards, baritone saxophone
Ashley Hutchings - vocals, bass guitar
Michael Gregory - drums

The Albion Band of 1987
Cathy Lesurf - lead vocals
Phil Beer - vocals, guitar, mandolin; Eric Hine, keyboards
Martin Bell - fiddle, keyboards
Ashley Hutchings - vocals, bass guitar  
Trevor Foster - drums

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bardou - A Feather Upon the Shore (Belgium 2005) @320


Bardou's second album (2005) introduces vocals by both leaders, along with James' 19-string arch-guitar with super-treble strings...in fact, two of them! (one nylon, one steel - both built by Alan Perlman) With partner Mariusz Radwanski (nyckelharpa, vocals) and seven guest musicians, these mostly-original compositions and arrangements are even more magical.


01 - Enchanted Meeting
02 - A Feather Upon the Shore
03 - Signs for You
04 - Lokiboo's Labyrinth
05 - The Alchemist's Dance
06 - The Fisherman's Farewell
07 - Tomorrow's Promise
08 - Cancion y danza
09 - Home Before the Gale
10 - Sheebeg Sheemore
11 - Wanderer's Way
12 - Marv Pontkallek


Mariusz Radwanski: Nyckelharpa
James Kline: 11-strings arch guitar
guests:
Christophe Delporte:  Accordion (tracks: 6)
Sébastien Walnier: Cello (tracks: 3, 9, 11)
Sam Geustmans: Electric Bass, Double Bass
Ariane de Bièvre: Flute, Percussion (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11)
Nicolas Boseret: Uilleann Pipes, Pipe (tracks: 2, 9)
Ariane Plumerel: Violin (tracks: 3, 9, 11)
Maïa Frankowski: Vocals (tracks: 3, 9)

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