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 Twelve unpublished compositions blend traditional Salentine and Middle Eastern music, new balkan and afro, defying gender boundaries.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).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

McCalmans - The Greentrax Years [2010 Scotland] @320

A double CD compilation of song highlights marking the folk vocal group’s 24-year association with Greentrax Recordings. The McCalmans released their first Greentrax album Peace And Plenty in 1986, the year the label was launched - it was subsequently awarded a Gold Disc by The Scottish Music Industry Association. ‘The Macs’, who had previously recorded with EMI and RCA to name but two major labels, intended to give Greentrax the essential ‘leg-up’ for the then fledgling label, but were so happy with the experience they stayed! This compilation has been specially selected by The McCalmans and Greentrax managing director Ian Green from the many albums the band has recorded for the label. The selection clearly indicates the huge repertoire of The McCalmans, plus the songwriting strength within the band, which has only experienced two line-up changes in forty-five years. The current line-up is Ian McCalman, Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg, however the singing and playing of Hamish Bayne and the late Derek Moffat are also included in this compilation.

01 - Tullochgorum 'Peace And Plenty'
02 - Isle Of Eigg 'Flames On The Water'
03 - Scots Abroad 'Scots Abroad'
04 - Farewell Tae The Haven 'Flames On The Water'
05 - Ramblin' Rover 'Listen To The Heat'
06 - All Over This Town 'Scots Abroad'
07 - Hawkes And Eagles 'Flames On The Water'
08 - From Greenland 'Tangled Web'
09 - Highland Laddie & Roll The Woodpile Down & A Hundred Years Ago 'Songs From Scotland'
10 - Corrywreckan Calling 'Coming Home'
11 - Men Of The Sea 'Peace And Plenty'
12 - Coming Home 'Coming Home'
13 - Niel Gow's Apprentice 'Honest Poverty'
14 - Highlands Tomorrow 'Where The Sky Meets The Sea'
15 - The Bells Of Tghe Town 'Peace And Plenty'
16 - Lady's Evening Song 'Ettrick Shepherd'
17 - Twa Rexcruitin' Sergeants 'Songs From Scotland'
18 - Yankee Boots 'Tangled Web'
19 - Lying Truth 'Scots Abroad'
20 - Far, Far From Wipers I Long To Be 'Songs, Poems And Music Of World War 1'
21 - Both Sides The Tweed 'Tangled Web'
22 - Let's Recycle 'Coming Home'
23 - Scotland's Story 'Scots Abroad'

01 - Festival Lights 'Festival Lights'
02 - Rolling Hills of The Borders 'The Music and Songs of Scotland'
03 - Victory Parade 'Coming Home'
04 - Shian Road 'Flames on The Water'
05 - American Accent 'Scots Abroad'
06 - Pint o' Wine 'Tangled Web'
07 - Wrecked Again 'High Ground'
08 - Yellow on The Broom 'Keepers'
09 - Still Gonna Die 'Coming Home'
10 - Back of The Aisler 'Keepers'
11 - Risk of Frost 'Coming Home'
12 - Scotland 'Peace and Plenty'
13 - The Broom o' The Cowdenknowes 'Scots Abroad'
14 - (Leave Us) Our Glens 'Keepers'
15 - Leaving Denmark 'Scots Abroad'
16 - W.M.D 'Tangled Web'
17 - Keepers 'Keepers'
18 - Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands 'Hard Night's Day'
19 - The Moor Road 'Coming Home'
20 - The Highland Road 'Peace and Plenty'
21 - Lochs of The Tay 'High Road'
22 - Strange Dawn 'McCalman Singular'
23 - The 12 Folk Days of Christmas 'Scots Abroad'

La Machine - Les Rôdeurs (France 2005) @320

1. Le coix (Barbances, La Machine)
2. Le déserteur (trad., Barbances)
3. Les rôdeurs (Barbances, La Machine)
4. Vous qui n’avez pas d’amant (trad.)
5. Mariez moi (Trad.)
6. La clef sous la porte (Barbances, La Machine)
7. Golden (Trad.)
8. Valse de G.Sand (Trad.)
9. Bourrée de l’Artense ( Trad.)
10. Joli capitaine (Trad.)
11. Rond d’argenton (Trad.)
12. Le Viso (Riou, La Machine)
13. Jean-Baptiste (Barbances, La Machine)
14. Il est encore temps (Barbances, La Machine)

Musiciens :
Julien Barbances (chant, cornemuse 20 pouces, violon, oud, pandeiro, harmonium)
Gregory Jolivet (vielle à roue alto vielle en ré, chœur)
Marc Riou (djembe, bougarabou, congas, bender, tambour basse, bongos, tringle, choeur)
Jean-Laurent Cayzac (contrebasse, guitars, violoncello, sonailles, chœur)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Old Blind Dogs - Five (Scotland 1997) @320

"Breathing new life into old tunes and more importantly old songs" (Folk Roots)

"Old Blind Dogs have created an instantly recognizable trademark sound built around fiddle, percussion, bass and lan F Benzie's commanding voice that is equally capable of moving your heart as it is your feet" (The Lemon Tree)

"Innovative, exciting and original... With them the traditional is still alive and well and
moving towards the 21st century" (The Living Tradition)

01 - Glen Kabul / Trip To Pakistan / The Fourth Floor 5:04
02 - The Battle Of Harlaw 4:58
03 - Lord MacDonald's March To Harlaw / The Mither Tap / The Cauldron 4:05
04 - Parcel O' Rogues 6:07
05 - The Walking Nightmare / The Shopgirl /Croix Rousse 4:35
06 - Janine's Reel / In And Out Of The Harbour 3:48
07 - The Lowlands Of Holland 5:06
08 - Johnny O' Braidislee 4:35
09 - Leaving Lochboisdale 4:11
10 - Summerside / Mouy'ton Mayo / Andros 2 / Andros 3 5:14

Jonny Hardie (fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, guitars, vocals)
Buzzby MacMillan (cittern, bass, whistle, vocals)
Fraser Fifield (Border pipes, saxophone, whistles)
Davy Cattanach (percussion, vocals)
Ian F Benzie (guitar, lead vocals)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Albion Band - The BBC Sessions (England 1996) @320

01 - The New St. George
02 - I'll Go and List for a Sailor
03 - Hanged I Shall Be
04 - Harvest Home-The Gas Almost Works
05 - La Sexte Estampie Real
06 - Hopping down in Kent
07 - The Horse's Brawl
08 - Old Sir Simon the King
09 - Holm's Fancy-Cuckolds All Awry
10 - Poor Old Horse
11 - Postman's Knock-Black Joke
12 - Boycott's Bouree
13 - Time to Ring Some Changes
14 - Rainbow over the Hill
15 - Down the Road
16 - Uncle Bernard's-Albion Sunrise-Bacup Tune-Jenny Lind

Accordion [Button], Concertina, Vocals – John Kirkpatrick (tracks: 1 to 4)
Acoustic Guitar – Simon Nicol (tracks: 13 to 16)
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Martin Carthy (tracks: 1 to 4)
Concertina – John Rodd (2) (tracks: 5 to 8)
Drums – Dave Mattacks (tracks: 5 to 16), Michael Gregory (2) (tracks: 5 to 16), Roger Swallow (2) (tracks: 1 to 4)
Electric Bass – Ashley Hutchings (tracks: all)
Electric Guitar, Vocals – Graeme Taylor (tracks: 9 to 16), Simon Nicol (tracks: all)
Electric Piano – Graeme Taylor (tracks: 9 to 12)
Fiddle – Ric Sanders (tracks: 9 to 16)
Horn [Tenor] – Phil Pickett (tracks: 13 to 16)
Melodeon, Vocals – John Tams (tracks: 9 to 16)
Oboe – Sue Harris (tracks: 1 to 4)
Synthesizer – Pete Bullock (tracks: 13 to 16)
Tambourine – Simon Nicol (tracks: 1 to 4)
Trumpet – Howard Evans (tracks: 13 to 16)
Vielle, Woodwind – John Sothcott (tracks: 5 to 8)
Vocals – Eddie Upton (tracks: 5 to 8), Shirley Collins (tracks: 5 to 8)
Woodwind – Phil Pickett (tracks: 5 to 16)

Tracks 1-4 recorded 9/5/1973 
Tracks 5-8 recorded 22/7/1976 
Tracks 9-12 recorded 31/5/1977 
Tracks 13-16 recorded 11/4/1978

Friday, August 17, 2018

Värttinä - Ilmatar (2000 Finland) @320

The album is named for the Finnish goddess of air Ilmatar who, according to the creation story in the Kalevala, creates the world from two eggs from the eagle Kokko (which is also the name of an earlier Värttinä album). A version of this story (in English and Finnish) is printed in the liner notes of the United States release.

01 - Itkin
02 - Käppee
03 - Laiska
04 - Liigua
05 - Milja
06 - Äijö
07 - Kivutar
08 - Linnunmieli
09 - Lieto
10 - Sanat
11 - Meri

Mari Kaasinen, Riikka Väyrynen, Susan Aho: Voice
Markku Lepistö: Accordion [5-row, 2-row And 1-row Accordions], Jouhikko
Marko Timonen: Bass Drum [Galician], Talking Drum [Tama], Surdo, Shekere, Percussion [Klong Yaw, Bucket, Broom], Bells, Percussion [Various]
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Saxophone [Soprano], Kaval
Pekka Lehti: Double Bass
Kari Reiman: Fiddle
Antto Varilo: Guitar [6 & 12 String Guitars], Cümbüş [Cümbüs Tanbur], Kantele [10-string Kanteles], Voice
Hughes de Courson: Kantele [Cluster], Piano [Wires], Producer
Gilles Chabenat: Vielle [Á Roue] (tracks: 1, 3, 9, 11)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Värttinä - Iki (2003 Finland) @320

Iki is Värttinä's 11th album (9th studio album), released in 2003. It continues Värttinä's trend of having more original compositions, while retaining a folk influence in the songs and their style.
iki was released on February 28, 2003 by BMG Finland in Finland, to coincide with Värttinä's 20th anniversary concert in Helsinki. Later in the spring of 2003, it was released by Frea in Benelux, Resistencia in Spain, Westpark Music in Germany, NorthSide in the United States, Koruna Music in Japan, and in the United Kingdom and France.
In Songlines' July/August 2003 issue, iki was the 24th selection on their "50 World Music Albums You Must Own".

01 - Syyllinen Syli (Part 1) 1:30
02 - Tuulen Tunto 5:00
03 - Sepän Poika 3:19
04 - Tauti 4:04
05 - Morsian 4:45
06 - Nahkaruoska 3:08
07 - Maahinen Neito 4:23
08 - Potran Korean 2:33
09 - Vihi 3:31
10 - Hopeat 5:36
11 - Tumma 4:30
12 - Syyllinen Syli (Part 2) 4:13

Johanna Virtanen, Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho: Vocals
Lassi Logren: Fiddle, Fiddle [Octave], Jouhikko, Nyckelharpa, Vocals
Antto Varilo: Guitar [6 & 12 String], Baglama [Saz], Dobro, Portuguese Guitar [Fado], Kantele, Kantele [Bass], Organ
Hannu Rantanen: Double Bass
Jaska Lukkarinen: Drums, Percussion
Markku Lepistö: Accordion
Janne Lappalainen: Bouzouki, Saxophone, Cavaquinho, Low Whistle

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Spontaani Vire - Korkea Kofeiinipitoisuus (Finland 2008) @320

A contemporary Finnish long-distance music band, characterized by energy, virtuosity and complexity. The extravagant music of the album was inspired, among other things in the Balkan music, the new tango and the Nordic folk tradition.

01 - Pallopään Sottiisi (Ball-head's Schottis)
02 - Das Das
03 - Menneisyyden Hiljaiset Kahleet (The Silent Chains Of Our Past)
04 - Malmi
05 - Tilda
06 - Kusiaisen Kuolo (Yellow Ant's Death)
07 - Evoluutio (Evolution)
08 - Polskat (Polskas)
09 - Kesäillan Csardas (Csardas Of A Summernight)
10 - Anfisa

Johanna Juhola: Accordion [5-row Standard Bass Accordion], Claviola
Sara Puljula: Double Bass
Emilia Lajunen: Fiddle, Nyckelharpa
Eero Grundström: Harmonium, Grand Piano, Keyboards [Nord Electro]

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tempest - The Tracks We Leave (USA 2015) @320

01. Rantin' Rovin' Robin (3:51) 
02. The Tracks We Leave (6:26) 
03. Vagabonds (2:31) 
04. September Gig (3:24) 
05. Alle Mann Hadde Fota (4:46) 
06. Fog On The Bay (3:00) 
07. Ganesh (4:36) 
08. The Brown Coffin (5:22) 
09. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie (3:36) 
10. The Leitrim Set (3:59) 
Bonus Track on 2015 release:
11. Surfing To Mecca (4:09) 

Lief Sorbye / lead vocals, acoustic & electric mandolins, mandoguitar, mandola, bodhrán, flute, harmonica
Greg Jones / guitar, Vocals
Kathy Buys / fiddle, vocals
Josh Fossgreen / bass
Adolfo Lazo / drums
Robert Berry / keyboards, producer
David Dilullo / congas, doumbek

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Beleño - Na Ca'l Fuau (Spain - Asturias 1985) @320

Beleño was the axis of connection of the majority of those who consider ourselves heirs of what was called the "Renaissance of traditional Asturian music". Thanks to Beleño we have Llan de Cubel, Felpeyu, Xose Ambas, Corquieu and all the impressive list of musicians and folk groups that have marked history and left a mark in many festivals and concerts inside and outside our borders.
And the soul of Beleño was called Fernando Largo. A musician with capital letters, a genius, a composer and an idol for all of us, for those chiflaos that besides listening to Dire Straits, Leonard Cohen or Eric Clapton, we were not ashamed to put all the music of bagpipes, harps, violins and flutes at the astonished stare of teenagers who fell in love with Rick Astley, The Communards or The Police. (Miki López)

01 - L'estecheiro 2:46
02 - Xotas De Llaciana Ya Lleitariegus 4:32
03 - Cau'l Chouzano / Polka D'ochobre 7:33
04 - Marcha D'Anton El Neñu 3:10
05 - Pal Ximielgue La Xana 4:31
06 - Catuxa 4:49
07 - Beilla La Curuxa / Garrotin / Rumba D'Ibia) 5:25
08 - Na Ca'l Fuau 6:46

Acoustic Guitar, Voice – Nacho García Muñíz
Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Pandeiro, Voice – Xuan Prado
Flute, Whistle, Vocals – Lluis Gómez De Benito
Harp, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Voice – Fernando Largo
Mandolin, Violin, Pandeiro, Bodhrán, Voice – Frankie Delgado
Violin, Mandolin, Voice – Dani Garcia

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