Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Värttinä - Miero (2006 Finland) @320

If Värttinä had never recorded another album after ‘iki’ in 2003 their achievement would have been momentous, an unrivalled catalogue celebrating a tradition, in performances of unrivalled brilliance. Maybe that’s why Miero has such an incredible effect, sweeping us off our feet with an unexpected surge of creativity that has dug deeper into that ancient tradition, taking our breath away, and stretching the song-writing genius of Värttinä further than we ever thought it might go, with a vocal range previously untapped and blinding instrumentals.

01. Riena/Anathema
02. Valhe/The Lie
03. Mataleena
04. Synti/The Sin
05. Maaria
06. Miero/Outcast
07. Mierontie/Path Of The Outcast
08. Mustat Kengät/Black Shoes
09. Lupaus/The Promise
10. Lumotar/The Enchantress
11. 9 Lukkaa/9 Locks
12. Eerama
13. Vaiten Valvoin/I Lay Awake

Vocals – Johanna Virtanen, Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho
Accordion [2- And 5 Row], Kantele – Markku Lepistö
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Portuguese Guitar [Fado], Guitar [Guitalele], Baglama [Saz] – Antto Varilo
Bouzouki, Soprano Saxophone, Kaval, Low Whistle – Janne Lappalainen
Double Bass – Hannu Rantanen
Drums, Percussion, Voice – Jaska Lukkarinen
Fiddle, Harmonium, Jouhikko, Hurdy Gurdy [Nyckelharpa], Vocals – Lassi Logren
Arranged By – Värttinä

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

La Bricole - Ne vous faites pas Marins (2016 France) @320

The richness and originality of the songs of the ports Boulonnais, which reflect more than two centuries of maritime life since the revolutionary period until today, were saved thanks to the investigations of Michel Lefèvre. We had highlighted the directory by preparing together in 1999 a volume of the Anthology of Chasse-Marée, and I find with pleasure in this disc A.M.T.P.B. who had also been a partner in this publication.
But listening to these songs, finely enveloped by warm sounds, I discover with enthusiasm that a new generation of singers and musicians has chosen to make this heritage live. The trio La Bricole, was able to feed on the collections of its elders and the initiatives that allowed the revival of this popular music of the neighborhoods of the port, and has drawn from the vast repertoire left by the men and women of sea time herring dunes and driftsters from Boulogne.
Michel Colleu
(google-translate from french, sorry)

1. Ne vous faites pas Marins (chanson)
2. Le Chasse-Poutre (chanson)
3. Trois Boulenoises (chanson)
4. Angélique (chanson)
5. Les Punis (chanson)
6. Margrite (chanson)
7. Le Bonheur des Marins (chanson)
8. Les Flamandes-Allemandes (chanson)
9. La Manchotte (mazurka)
10. Un Galion d’Espagne (chanson)
11. Pauvre Mousse (chanson)
12. En revenant de la Pêche d’Islande (chanson)
13. Romance des Prisonniers (chanson)
14. La Vie de Matelot (chanson)

Vincent Brusel (chant, mandoline)
Olivier Catteau (accordéon diatonique, clarinette, chœurs)
Julien Biget (bouzouki, guitare, chœurs)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Отава Ё / Otava Yo - Любишь ли ты? / Do you love? (2018 Russia) @320

The album is published with the permission of the band. Many thanks to the musicians!

The new album of the group Otava Ё "Do you like the love" was released in October 2018 and became the fifth studio album of the group. Five years have passed between the new release and the previous album, which radically changed the fate of Otava E, who turned from a local St. Petersburg folk team into one of the brightest stars of the Russian folk scene, in demand not only in our country but also abroad. Wide fame, international awards, sold-out concerts around the world - all of this together in the past five years, and all this is reflected in the new album, the most mature work of the group in the history of its existence.

The album "Do you love" includes nine tracks, among them all the best songs of the group, well-known for video clips. Including the song "Oh, Dusya, oh, Marusya" and "Sumetskaya", which became the greatest hit on YouTube, having collected there more than 17 million views. Funny humorous songs, the visiting card of Otava Yo, are side by side on the album with monumental lyrical canvases, such as the 8-minute title track "Do you love?". Special guests in the recording of the album were such musicians as Sergey Starostin, the ensemble “Izmailovo settlement”, Roman Lomov and others.

1.Once upon a time on a high hill / Как на горке, на горе 03:41
2.Oh, Dusya my Marusya / Ой, Дуся, ой, Маруся 05:03
3.Brooms / Метёлки 04:34
4.Maidens have sown the flax / Посеяли девки лён 06:35
5.The lord once gave me tea / Раз прислал мне барин чаю 05:24
6.Guelder-rose berries / Загорелась во поле калина 05:10
7.Do you love? / Любишь ли ты? 07:46
8.Sumetskaya / Сумецкая 04:10
9.The ruby rose bush / Червонная роза 03:10

Alexey Belkin: gusli, fife, double reed fife, tin whistle, chalumeau, Galician bagpipe, kaljuka, pandereta, panpipes, voice
Alexey Skosyrev: el. guitar, dr, woodblock, voice
Dmitriy Shikhardin: fiddle, fife, panpipes, vladimirskiy rozhok, voice
Petr Sergeev: bass drum, snare drum, wood block
Timur Sigidin: bass guitar
Julia Usova: violin, glockenspiel, panpipes, voice
with guests:
Anastasia Tikhonova: voice (tks 1, 4, 7)
Alisher Umarov: step (tk 1)
Dina Kolbaya: voice (tks 1, 2)
Eugeniy Lizin: hi-hat (tk 8)
Georgiy Nefjodov: balalaika (tks 1, 5)
Jangir Daushvili: doli (tk 2)
Juriy Tarariko: voice (tks 2, 6)
Ivan Khrebtov: banjo (tk 5)
Mila Plastun: voice (tk 2)
Maria Volkova: voice (tk 1)
Māris Muktupāvels: voice (tk 3)
Maria Shirshova: voice (tk 1)
Olga Tarariko: voice (tk 2)
Sergey Zburzhinskiy: voice (tk 6)
Vasily Telegin: bass g (tk 9)
School children (tk 7): Agata Belkina, Aljona Samsonova, Glikeria Elionskaya, Elizaveta Shalamberidze, Sofia Belkina, Sofia Samsonova, Tatyana Troitskaya, Elya Lee

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Duo Pilartz Gielen - UN (2014 Belgium) @320

These two musicians passionate about traditional music formed their duet in 2010.
Their program is a mix of personal compositions, compositions of friends Belgian, French or English musicians as well as the traditional repertoire.
Will succeed then waltzes, mazurkas, gigues, andros, bourrées and other rondeaux ...
The arrangements of all these dances have been designed for both the concert and the ball, and as a result, music lovers will be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the sometimes buzzing music, sometimes on the edge of the Baroque and the most often very '' roots ''.
For dancers, impossible to remain insensitive to the tempi of hell stuffed, jigs or the languorous waltz and mazurkas that will be offered!
A mix of energy, poetry, power, melancholy and especially joie de vivre ...
(google-translate from french, sorry)

1. Suite de bourrées asymétriques auvergnates 04:01
2. Tryptique (andro) 04:24
3. Suite de gigues irlandaises 05:06
4. Suite de scottiches françaises 05:13
5. Deux rondeaux en couple 04:41
6. Bourrées à deux et trois temps 03:49
7. Valse sur les salins 05:57
8. Les loups du Cantal (mazurkas auvergnates) 04:01
9. Suite de polkas du Centre-France 04:24
10. Suite de bourrées auvergnates à Jo Perrier 05:06
11. Deux gigues espagnoles 04:37

Luc Pilartz: Violon, Cornemuse
Simon Gielen: Accordéon diatonique

Jeroen Geerinck: guitare
Vincent Sionneau:  vielle à roue
Adeline Ghilain:  flûte traversière

Friday, September 13, 2019

Amorroma - Carrousel (2011 Belgium) @320

Amorroma is available in a variety of line-ups, to suit many different settings and sizes of concert hall.  They play either amplified or acoustic depending on the number of musicians or on the type of performance (dances and bals are most often amplified so that the dancers can hear the musicians clearly. The group is primarily a duo, with Sarah Louise Ridy on Baroque harp and Jowan Merckx on whistles, recorders, bagpipes, vocals, bugle and percussion.

As a trio Amorroma features either Elly Aerden on vocals, or Vincent Noiret on double bass.

The quartet line-up features both Elly Aerden and Vincent Noiret, and is the original line-up for the CD Là-bas dans ces Vallons.

Octet: The concert performances of the album Carrousel features a stunning line-up of 8 musicians in total. Sarah and Jowan, together with regular quartet members Elly andVincent, are joined by Tristan Driessen on Oud, Luc Pilartz on fiddle, Toon van Mierlo on uillean pipes, French bagpipes, diatonic accordion and clarinet, and Marten Decombel on mandola and guitar.  This combination gives a wonderful variety of musical colours and allows for great expression.


1.   Germaine / Germaine
2.   Re gai / Bon sang
3.   Deuil d’amour / Où qu’ti?
4.   Deepening Dusk / The Coalmine Canary / Green River, swift swallows
5.   J’avais un amant / L’olivier
6.   Rien ne va plus / Sparsa Fontana
7.   De rijkste van ‘t hele kerkhof / Heilspellende liefde
8.   Goeie nacht, merrie / Uw wilgen schieten, uit d’aarde tot in den hemel / Kijk, die zon daar
9.   Verjaardag
10.  Bootsman / Froedipus
11.  De kraai

CD 2
1.   Danger de vie / Savoir vivre
2.   Bloemenwei
3.   Warme winterwendewals
4.   Les temps pliés / Revenons à nos moutons
5.   Courgoul / Montcineyre
6.   Pasodoble para el tío
7.   L’ardoise du Tchero
8.   Stil leven
9.   Running on wheels / Good old York, the small pear

CD 3
1.   Le renardeau / L’abeille de terre / La sauterelle
2.   Les sables d’eaux pâles
3.   Les blés d’or / Les Terres Noires
4.   Muiñeira do Sar
5.   Het moeras van Tardinghen
6.   Le cas danse / La cigale
7.   Le marais de Bourges / Au fil de l’eau / Carrousel
8.   La vita ti parla


Sarah Ridy: harp (arpa doppia)
Jowan Merckx: (blok)fluiten, bugel, Centraal-franse doedelzak in G, A en lage D, gaita, percussie, klokkenspel, schalmei en zang

Elly Aerden: zang
Vincent Noiret: contrabas
Toon Van Mierlo: diatonisch accordeon, uillean pipes, Centraal-franse doedelzak in lage D en C, klarinet
Maarten Decombel: mandola, bouzouki, gitaar en zang
Luc Pilartz: viool
Tristan Driessens: oud

Grégory Jolivet: draailier
Emanuela Lodato: tamburo, tamburello (op III-4 en III-8)
Jurgen De Bruyn: theorbe (op II-3)
Philippe Laloy: basfluit (op II-3)
Gwen Cresens: bandoneon (op II-3)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cadavre Exquis - Lost in tradition (2010 France) @320

For 2005, Cadavre Exquis, a french folk band, is playing a fusion style music, nurrished by the different influences brought by each musician. Folk, jazz, pop, french traditional music, as well as more recent style like electro are mixed into the band's pieces of music, in order to "spice" folk bal with unknown flavours. Feeling free to carry away dancers on short cuts, Cadavre Exquis might be sometimes ... "Lost in Tradition" ? Let's get caught up and soon you will feel your legs giving a hint of a few dancing steps!

1. Le quart d'heure d'avance (bourrée 3 temps)
2. Lost in tradition (cercle circassien)
3. Costard (kost ar c'hoad)
4. Tapas nocturne (bourrée 2 temps)
5. Exquisse (mazurka)
6. Epanchement temporel (valse à 5 temps)
7. Zéro zéro cercle (cercle circassien)
8. Et demain (valse)
9. Post-it et bout de ficelle (scottish)
10. Dro c dro (hanter dro)
11. Mary pop plinn (suite plinn)

Maxime Bouchet : bass
Fabienne Deroche : hurdy-gurdy
Stéphane Guy : accordion
Stephan Pacchiano : guitars, cajon
Patrick Quemere : flute, accordion, whistle

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TONDO - L'adorable Leure ( France / Belgium 2017) @320

TONDO is the encounter of three friends (Belgian and French musicians) who share a common passion for popular music and visual arts. It is also the encounter between the open space of the pictorial TONDO and the in nite movement of the wheel of the hurdy-gurdy. Last but not the least, TONDO brings to mind the round dance, the most popular children’s dance by far, that expresses the simple joy of being together, timeless.
The connections between the two worlds, visual and acoustic, are numerous and stimulating, si- milar to the musicians and the artists of lyrical abstraction, wherein improvisation and the present moment are considered to be musical by nature. Nevertheless, the musical rhythm can create a genuine story, accompanied by descriptions and illustrations.
“L’adorable Leurre”, the title of TONDO’s album, mirrors the work of the painter, Gérard Gasiorowski, whose strength comes from de vagueness between the gurative illusion and the liberty of pictorial gestures.

01. A toi à moi
02. Couleurs Nemours
03. Estève
04. L'adorable Leurre
05. Clotilde
06. Motherwell
07. Jardins Fragiles
08. Soller en Avril
09. Adezzi a Saa
10. Een Schip
11. Petite Suite des arcis
12. Marche d'Orage
13. Principessa

Gilles Chabenat - Vielle à roue
Maarten Decombel - Guitar
Fred Pouget - Clarinet, Cornemuse

Friday, September 6, 2019

Trio Loubelya - Rua da alegria (2017 France) @320

1. Il neige à Porto  4:58
2. Shantil  3:28
3. Andrò a Torino e poi a Casa  3:16
4. Helenash  4:10
5. Hallux  4:20
6. La Quadrature du Cercle  4:43
7. Marie  7:44
8. Lulu Typon  4:23
9. Cinco Tempoush  5:00
10. Mazurka du Dimanche  5:12
11. Toshta Mishta  4:30
12. Vals' Constant  4:51

Marie Constant: accordéon diatonique, accordina
Rolland Martinez: contrebasse, clarinette
Florent Lalet: saxophones soprano, ténor, baryton, flûte traversière

Camille Passeri: trompette, piano
Guillaume Viala: vibraphone
Raphaёl André: trombone
Aladin Chaboche: guitare électrique, euphonium
François "Paco" Labat: davul, calebasse
Nicolas Pujos: saxophone alto
Kévin Balzan Dorizas: hélicon
Florent Rousset: rek

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sous Le Pont - Et là c'est quoi (2015 France) @320

01. Leo
02. DéchetsToxiques
03. ScottishDuBateleur
04. RéveilTrombone
05. Fukushima
06. EtLàCEstQuoi
07. AlphaAhpla
08. CelluleDeCrise
09. MazurkaDélirante
10. Porchakovitch
11. LacNuit
12. Gromasio 

Guillaume Viala : Marimba
Léa Lachat : Accordion
Raphaël André : Trombone

Sous Le Pont - Sous Le Pont (2012 France) @320

Sous Le Pont are characterised by their unusual instrumentation (trombone, marimba & accordion) and their original repertoire which is mainly written for couple dances, but it doesn't end there!
The musical arrangements galvanise interactions amongst dancers and are pefectly suited for dance workshops.

1. C'est fini - valse à 8 temps
2. Avant l'orage - scottish
3. Mazurka pour Elisa
4. En fleurs- valse
5. Polka ascensionnelle
6. Les trois marches - gavotte de grenoble
7. Plaqk - cercle circassien
8. Fouet - valse
9. Le baller mécanqiue - valse à 5 temps

Léa Lachat : Accordéon
Guillaume Viala : Xylophone, Percussions
Raphaël André : Trombone, PetiteGuitare

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Duo Tanghe Coudroy - Oiseaux de nuit (2010 France) @320

1. Slängpolska de Mörkö
2. Lördagskvällen
3. Mariannas Vals
4. Polska du Värmland
5. Halling efter Anders Nedreli
6. Brudpolska d'Orsa
7. Hjärtat jag dig älskar
8. Brudvals du Jämtland
9. Patapin / Ça continue / Pizza
10. Rundtom
11. Loudéac
12. Lätt om foten
13. Valse à Hum
14. Blåvingen

Aurélien Tanghe - guitare
Martin Coudroy - accordéon

WÖR - SSSHT (2017 Belgium) @320

01. VB 71bis  
02. Bethleem       
03. Prinzes       
04. Begijnen       
05. Polonoisse       
06. l'Ordre       
07. Dp Lxii       
08. Gedachten       
09. Menuet       
10. Péeken       
11. Weversmarche       
12. Aimable       
13. Meijskensberg  

Fabio Di Meo (bariton en saxofoon)
Jeroen Goegebuer (viool)
Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven (doedelzak en sopraansaxofoon)
Bert Ruymbeek (accordeon)
Jonas Scheys (gitaar)

WÖR - Back to the 1780's (2015 Belgium) @320

Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Leuven decided to write down their favourite music. As time passed, however, the paper turned yellow, the ink began to fade, and the music itself was left to gather dust along with the faded manuscripts …

That is, until now! With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from these manuscripts.

They released 2 albums ('Back to the 1780's' (2015) and Sssht (2017) and toured both in Europe and America.

1. DG 178    
2. Ioannes    
3. Imperiael    
4. Zerezo    
5. Cocarde    
6. March    
7. Schipperken    
8. Railleuse    
9. Scherpenheuvel    
10. Lavandière    
11. Paillas    
12. We Are WÖR    
13. Boereveught    

Bert Ruymbeek - Accordion
Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven - Bagpipes, Musette, Soprano Saxophone
Fabio Di Meo - Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jeroen Knapen - Guitar
Naomi Vercauteren - Violin

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Morrigan - Wreckers (England 1995) @320

A genial offering if somewhat out of time. The Morrigan are an old fashioned folk rock band -no excuses- they sound quite happy to be one. Consequently this could so easily have come from the fag end days of the Electric Muse's first flush. They have markedly similar intentions to those of later Sprigguns, and a sound made all the more amusing by bursts of pure proggery and acoustic interlude. Chiefly "trad arr." the material comes slick and substantial - loads of guitars, synths, electric percussion. Even their originals fit snugly with the overall formula though fave nips from the folk quarter are a claustrophobic but highly effective Yarrow, with so much caged in energy, and a stately Agincourt Carol, heavy on the deep booming beat. Then to top it all off splendidly, The booklet has them all posing windswept on the local moor. Predictable but perfectly fitting. OK, Wreckers is not cutting edge in the slightest, but it's a hoot of a way to spend an hour or so and it'll put a ruddy big smile on your mug. 
Simon Jones, Folk Roots magazine, Great Britain 

01 - The Miller's Dance
02 - Yarrow
03 - The Wreckers
04 - Banks Of Green Willow
05 - Cold Haily Windy Night- Drowsy Maggie
06 - The Agincourt Carol- La Rotta
07 - Cold Blows The Wind
08 - Wheels Turning
09 - When The Rain Comes Down
10 - Dark Girl Dressed In Blue- The Doubting Page

Cathy Alexander / vocals, keyboards, 12-string acoustic guitar (2), recorder, EWI (9)
Colin Masson / vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, sequencing, co-producer
Mervyn B. / flute (3,4,8,10), vocals
Dave Lodder / keyboards (3), bass (5), electric (6,8-10) & acoustic (7,8) guitars
Archie / drums, timpani (3), talking drum (6), triangle (1), acoustic & electric percussion, vocals 
Scottish Jon / bass (3)
Chas Pinder / vocals (8)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Cecilia - Danser En Couple, Ensemble Au Bal (2009 Belgium) @320


01. Valse pour Noël – Pierre Hervé – Valse
02. Shalom Aleichem – Trad. (bew. Gil Aldema) – Yiddishe Scottish
03. Plumeau – J. Leeflang – Scottish Impaire
04. Rozenjig – Trad. (bew. J. Leeflang) – Gigue à Trois
05. La Valse des Chevaux de Bois – D. Denecheau – Valse
06. Chiens Battus & Chats Perdus – S. Delicq / J. Leeflang – Rondeau en Couple
07. Rosina Wals (feat. Mira) – B. Friedmann – Valse des Bras
08. Scottish “Ah, Ca Ira” – Trad. – Scottish
09. Mazurca “La Principessa” – Maurizio Martinotti – Mazurka à Robert
10. Cisters of Mercy – Guido Piccard – Valse Ballade
11. Scottish pour Maud – B. Vanderheijden – Scottish
12. De Narrendans van Mater & Seven Stars – Trad. – Jig / Chapelloise
13. De Nachtwacht – Trad. – Valse Ecossaise
14. Finse Scottish – Trad. – Scottish Contrepartenaire
15. Boîte de Jazz – C. Josué (bew. J. Leeflang) – Mazurka à 11 Temps

Greet Wuyts: diatonisch accordeon
Thomas Hoste: elektro-akoestishe draailier, cister
Jan Leeflang: doedelzak, fluit

Mira: fluitje

Kendirvi - Pied-à-terre (2016 Bretagne / France) @320

01.Ar beg melen (dañs plin ton kentañ)    
02.Ar beg melen (dañs plin bal)
03.Ar beg melen (dañs plin ton diwezhañ)    
04.Le géant qui voulait danser (rond de St-Vincent)    
05.A la esquina (mazurka)    
06.Plac'hig Bro-Gwened (an dro)    
07.Marjolaine et Romarin (valse)    
08.Kazel-ha-kazel (polka)    
09.Soir de fête (carillon)    
10.Trabedibeda (pach pi)    
11.La tour de Gabel (aéroplane)    
12.La ronde des noctambules (ridée 6 tps)

Kendirvi - Aux bazars du monde (2008 France / Bretagne) @320

01. Ar Kilim (Hanter dro)
02. La tour de Gabel (Aeroplane)
03. Bal à Moncalieri (Mazurka)
04. A la cour du riad (Tour sur l`dre)
05. La caja fileteada (Pilé menu)
06. Le cheval caméléon (Galop nantais)
07. Drôle de muse (Bourrée 3 temps)
08. Allez, viens! (Avant deux de Bazouges)
09. Oulala laridé (Laridé 8 temps)

Kévin COLAS : bombardon, clarinet, sax, vocals
Romaric BOUGÉ : trumpet, vocals
Jérôme LEBORGNE : diatonic accordion, vocals
Agnès PELÉ : violin, vocals
Jean-Marie LEBORGNE : guitar, vocals
Julien MÉHEUST : drums, vocals
Vincent VALO : bass, cellobass, feet, vocals

Guests :
Alami BEN ABDALLAH : ûd, vocals
Nourredine SIDOUM : derbouka, bendir, choir
Abbé NGAYIHI : choir
Florian KERGOURLAY : guitar
Gaël TRÉGOUËT : banjo, choir
Amélie LAPLANCHE : keyboard
Loïc VALO : classical guitar

Friday, August 23, 2019

Telenn Gwad - Vremya, Kogda Angely Uchili Poetov Lubit (Time When Poets Taught Angels To Love ) [Russia 1996] @320

If we knew, how elf’s music sounds, the world around of us would be absolutely different - simply because we would be different. 

There are the musicians who are able to hear this music. Full of air flying sounds of a flute, slow guitar fingering, a silent baritone of violoncello and contrabass, Oleg Bojko's sad and “out-of-body” voice – this is Telenn Gwad band. You close eyes - and the habitual world is dissolved, remains only darkness, noise of surf - or it is a wind has entangled in branches of a yew-tree? They do not compose music - it comes to them, it is only necessary to be disposed, open to it, and fingers run on strings, and indefinitely beautiful melody will be born, invented by unknown Kelt bard many centuries ago, - or may be by elf?.. 

Guitarist Oleg Boyko is from Murmansk, flutist Pavel Markelov was born in Magadan. 
Boundless open spaces, miser beauty of the North, the wild, protogenic nature – probably it is a secret of Russian and Kelt souls similarity? Both musicians have graduated from Gnesinski Music Academy and now live in Moscow. In 1995 when two men and two instruments met for the first time, it turned out, that they’ve got the same vision of music. So has Telenn Gwad appeared. The Breton tradition finds new breath in the modern European symphonic form - Telenn Gwad is sometimes compared to Alan Stivell, the French harpist who has given the name to the group in absentia (in Gallic language “Telenn Gwad” means “Blood of a harp” or, more poetically, " Requital to angels "). 

01 - Mountains Of Rain And Sun
02 - My Own Country
03 - Medvyano Karilion (Honey Corillion)
04 - Heart In The Stone
05 - Runtime
06 - Farewell, Nancy
07 - Velichanie (Glorifying)
08 - Durmun
09 - On The Banks Of The Lee
10 - Lullaby
11 - Heart In The Stone 2

Oleg Boyko - vocal, guitar 
Pavel Markelov - flute

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

KV Express - Zafon (Belgium 2016) @320

The repertoire of KV Express is entirely made up of personal compositions of Sophie Cavez which creates a universe at the same time powerful, festive and sensitive. The pieces are inspired by the traditional music of here and elsewhere and the poetic writing of the author Carlos Ruiz Zafòn.
The different instruments intermingle in arrangements that make both the feet and the ears dance.
The musicians invited on this new record are all very active in different areas and styles of music. The richness of their experience and influences is found in the repertoire and adds a unique sound. The diatonic accordion game and Sophie's compositions are quite innovative in the world of folk music. A modern sound that recolores traditional music.
After 2 cd's ("Luna" and "D-Sensation"), KV Express presents its third opus "Zafon" which will be performed on stage with Bo Waterschoot on bass and Jo Zanders on percussion.

01. Zoé
02. Zafon
03. Malone
04. Polska des Pineau
05. Jonyboy
06. Janelle
07. Rose
08. 1302
09. Six qui prend
10. Little monster
11. Annif
12. Valse Pado - to the edges
13. Berceuse pour Mariu

Sophie Cavez: Accordion - diatonic, Bass, Voice
Jo Zanders: Percussions
Didier François: Nyckelharpa
Julien Padovani: Rhodes
Karim Baggili: Oud
Fabiola Fernandes: Voice
Grégory Jolivet: Vielle à roue

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Väsen - Essence (1993 Sweden) @320

Essence is the folk music group Väsen's third album, released in 1993 by the French record company Auvidis. On the record is Väsen's big hit song "Josefin's baptismal roll" which over the years has become one of their most popular songs. Roger Tallroth wrote the song when his niece was baptized.

01 - Hellstedts Gamla Brudmarsch
02 - Flodens Död
03 - Rådmansvalsen
04 - Idas Farväl
05 - Amanda
06 - Trollpåsen
07 - Spelmansglädje
08 - Polska Efter Wesslén
09 - Långt Ner I Småland
10 - Isbrytaren
11 - Josefins Dopvals
12 - Pennknivsmördaren
13 - Urgammal Vals
14 - Åkerbystålet
15 - Sugghugg
16 - Vals Efter Gustaf Strutz
17 - Knuss-Olles Livstycke
18 - Tulle Lulle Lova
19 - Isbrytarvalsen
20 - Branten
21 - Forslund

Mikael MARIN: alto, violino grande 
Olov JOHANSSON: nyckelharpa, kontrabasharpa, oktavnyckelharpa 
Roger TALLROTH: 12 strings guitar, tenor guitar 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Väsen - Brewed (2017 Sweden) @320

Väsen return to the studio with 15 new original compositions, steeped in the tradition of Uppland, Sweden, yet crafted in a modern way that has become unique to this trio of revered musicians.

01 - Väsenvalsen
02 - IPA-Gubben
03 - Sommarpolskan
04 - Ellis & Andrés bröllopssvit
05 - Bråkstaken
06 - Mellow D
07 - Framtidens Marsch
08 - Jungfrun av Norge
09 - Gudda
10 - Stråkmakarns polska
11 - Tröstemarsch
12 - Tiomiljonerspolskan
13 - Hogmarkar’n
14 - Tanja
15 - Sonias promenad

Mikael MARIN: alto, violino grande 
Olov JOHANSSON: nyckelharpa, kontrabasharpa, oktavnyckelharpa 
Roger TALLROTH: 12 strings guitar, tenor guitar 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Amazing Blondel - Fantasia Lindum (England 1971) @320

Fantasia Lindum was an album released by the band Amazing Blondel in 1971. It featured the style of music which they described as "pseudo-Elizabethan/Classical acoustic music sung with British accents". The album title is taken from the musical sequence which makes up the first side of the album: a fantasia is a free musical composition with its roots in the art of improvisation; Lindum is the Latin name for the city of Lincoln.

01 - Fantasia Lindum
02 - To Ye
03 - Safety In God Alone
04 - Two Dances
05 - Three Season Almain
06 - Siege Of Yaddlethorpe

John Gladwin / lead vocals, 2nd lute, double bass, theorboe
Terence Wincott / recorders, crumhorn, harpsichord, piano, harmonium, percussion, woodwind, vocals
Edward Baird / 1st lute, glockenspiel, dulcimer, guitar, vocals
Jim Capaldi / snare drums (6)

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Steeleye Span - On Tour (England 1982) @320

Live recording of two Steeleye Span concerts on February 8 and 9, 1982 at the Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia;
Twelve of these tracks were reissued, remixed and digitally remastered by Nigel Pegrum and Warren Barnett in his studios in Cairns (Northern Queensland), on Raven Records' CD Gone to Australia.

01 - The King
02 - Black Jack Davey
03 - Sails Of Silver
04 - Little Sir Hugh
05 - Let Her Go Down
06 - Alison Cross
07 - Bach Goes To Limerick
08 - Thomas The Rhymer
09 - I Have A Wish
10 - Longbone
11 - I Live Not Where I Love
12 - Gone To America
13 - Gaudette
14 - All Around My Hat

Performer [Steeleye Span Member] – Bob Johnson, Maddy Prior, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Tim Hart.

m-zA - m-zA (2005 France / Bretagne) @320

1. Le moulignier (Traditionnel)
2. Amusez-vous jeunes filles (Traditionnel)
3. La vache noère (Traditionnel)
4. Dessous les lauriers blancs (Traditionnel)
5. Le couteau (Théodore Botrel)
6. La jeune Elise (Traditionnel)
7. La jardinière en mon vaisseau (Traditionnel)
8. Tu as vingt ans (Blain / Traditionnel)
9. Le bois d'ébène (Jehanne / Gattepaille / Pétel)
10. Rosette (Traditionnel)
11. Sans soucis (Traditionnel)  

Guillaume Bassompierre: veuze, percussions
Guillaume Blain: chant, guitare acoustique
Nicolas Guérin: basse, chœurs
Guillaume Hallereau: chant, bombarde, flûte traversière
Claire Leyzour: violon, chœurs

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Left Blank's Compil Folk 40


Le Bal de l'Éphémère - Azuré (2015 France) @320

from official site:

The "Bal de l'éphémère" was born from the common desire to propose a repertory to dance "trad" on original compositions and texts.
We Dance Mazurka, circles, Scottish, Chapelloises, waltzes... But we can also discover the "dance of the Ephemeral" on stage in concert version.
Is that Trad? what about neo-trad? of the French song?, music of the world? This is all a little bit, with the influences of each one and the particular care taken for the composition, the musical arrangements and the writing of the texts.
A first self-produced CD "Azuré" was released in 2015, the second "Hylé" in 2018.

(google-translate from french, sorry)

1. Swing Circus (le cercle de l'amour)
2. Nuidanse (valse 8... temps qui passe)
3. Le vieux pays (Mazurka/polka)
4. Bourrées de Marrakech (ivresse d'une bourrée 2 temps)
5. L'élan (chappeloise)
6. Eva (valse)
7. Kostar Chouette
8. Salaam-Shalom (gavotte pour la paix)
9. La valse du Salus (valse)
10. Fil de lune (mazurka)

Raphaëlle Yaffee (Violon, Voix)
Cathy Donin (Accordéon, Voix)
Gérard Thevenet (Guitare, Voix)
Olivier Utard (Basse)
Loeny Di Thirriac (Percussion)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Lors Landat & Thomas Moisson - An Tan Skornet (2013 France / Bretagne) @320

On the face of it, this is a duo album of Breton singer Lors Landat and accordionist Thomas Moisson.. However, the album has very much a band sound – this is partly due to the full sound that Thomas creates with his accordion, but also as a result of the guest musicians on flute, guitars and double bass. This is a wonderful album of traditional Breton folk singing (in Breton language), with a powerful voice and great music. Other than one small exception (the very last number, provided as a bonus track, where the singing is backed by a strange soundscape instead of music), I like this album a lot.
© Michael Moll

1. Edan Dek Miz / Ar Meliner (Laridenn)    
2. Rod Peurbadel (Valse)    
3. Ar Serjant-Major (Ton Berr Gavotenn)    
4. Me N'Ouzon Ket... (Tamm Kreiz)    
5. Ar Paour Hag Ar Pinvidig (Ton Fonnus Gavotenn)    
6. An Tan Skornet    
7. Deomp D'Ar Bal (Pach Pi)    
8. Ur Plahig A Dachenn    
9. Lorberezh (Mazurka)    
10. An Ti-Plouz (Kas A Barh)    
11. Gwerz An Anaon

Thomas Moisson: Accordion
Lors Landat: Vocals
Julien Le Mentec: Contrabass, Keyboards
Sylvain Barou: Flute
Roland Conq: Guitar, Mandolin

Stelenko - Kan ha swing (2012 France / Bretagne) @320

01. Maitre Laurent (ridée 6 tps)
02. Swing menez 1 (ton simpl de gavotte montagne)
03. Swing kreiz (tamm kreiz)
04. Swing menez 2 (ton doubl de gavotte montagne)
05. Frehel (valse)
06. Le fils de l'avocat (ronde de la région de Loudia)
07. Le sentier Charmant (baleu)
08. Le fils du roi (ronde de la région de Loudia)
09. Rythme'n riquegniée
10. Maon bon vieu mari (scottish)
11. Cousin cousine (rond de Saint-Vincent)
12. Galant homme (Cochinchine)
13. La fille de rose (hanter dro)

Estelle Cadou - chant et percu
Pascal Ouin - saxo et bombarde
Eric Richard - accordéon chromatique
Claude Corbel - guitare
Vincent Thomas - basse

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Novar - Emerald (2016 France / Belgium) @320

NOVAR, it’s new.
Bits of trad, bits of electro.
The brightness of the hurdy gurdy of Thierry Nouat and the darkness of Toon van Mierlo’s bagpipes.
Massively supported by Jeroen Geerinck's keyboard and the accordion of Aurélien Claranbaux that hits you like a punch in the dark.
A band of musicians renowned for their absolutely “neo” sound.
NOVAR, a universe that arises from the depths of the earth.

1. La descente au moulin / Les miroirs / Emerald 5:39
2. Thionne / Goshawk 3:36
3. Blue ciel belge / Cassie et PJ 4:36
4. Sharky / Jom and Terry 3:37
5. Bateau bleu 4:58
6. A kiss in Berlin / Novar 3:41
7. Rue Savaron / Chevêche / L'effraie du clocher 5:42
8. Ostal / Les pinguins 2:21
9. Plus de café / Zelem city 3:44
10. Nico 4:57
11. Les flamands roses 3:30

Thierry Nouat : Hurdy Gurdy
Toon van Mierlo : Bagpipes, Diatonic Accordion, Saxophone
Aurélien Claranbaux : Diatonic Accordion
Jeroen Geerinck : Mandola, Keyboard

Sunday, July 28, 2019

BivOAc - **** (2014 France / Bretagne) @320

Les BivOAc :
Raphaël Chevalier : violon, banjo
Ronan Le Gouriérec : saxophone baryton, bombarde
Ronan Robert : accordéon diatonique, chant

Les **** :
Laurent Carré : saxophone ténor
Jean-Marie Nivaigne : batterie
Jean-Louis Pommier : trombone
Geoffroy Tamisier : trompette

1. Case à baryton (8:09)
2. Crack ma poule / Les rigadots (4:51)
3. Ronds à l'ouest (4:02)
4. J'ai perdu ma montre (6:08)
5. J'aime pas les OGM moi (4:01)
6. Swing d'Addis (7:07)
7. Balafon... Ou pas (2:59)
8. Danse à Bamako (5:49)
9. Le capitaine de soirée (4:34)
10. Décroisons les doigts (6:26)
11. Le femme que j'aime (6:08)
12. Moâ, toâ, koâ (5:25)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Garmarna - Guds Spelemän (Sweden 1996) @320

Guds spelemän is Garmarna's second full-length album, released in 1996. All songs except "Njaalkeme" are sung in Swedish. The album contains a number Scandinavian gloomy folklore songs.

01 - Herr Mannelig
02 - Vänner och Fränder
03 - Halling från Makedonien
04 - Min Man
05 - Varulven
06 - Hilla Lilla
07 - Drew Drusnaar-Idag som igår
08 - Njaalkeme
09 - Herr Holger
10 - Guds Spelemän

Bass – Björn Eriksson* (tracks: 2, 6)
Drums, Goblet Drum, Djembe – Jens Höglin
Guitar, E-Bow, Jew's Harp – Rickard Westman
Hurdy Gurdy, Violin, Viola, Jew's Harp, Sampler, Backing Vocals – Stefan Brisland-Ferner
Lute, Viola, Backing Vocals – Gotte Ringqvist
Vocals – Emma Härdelin
Voice – Pål Torbjörn Doj (tracks: 8)
Written-By – Trad.* (tracks: 1 to 9)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hedningarna - Trä (Sweden 1994)

As popular in their own country as Top 40 rockstars are in the U.S., Scandinavia's
Hedningarna is starting to get the attention they deserve from the rest of the world as well. Combining elements of indigenous/traditional music and percussion with modern electronic instruments and a ton of adrenaline, this band has released some of the most inspiring/maddening/insatiably passionate music this reviewer has ever heard. 

While the lyrics are all sung in Scandinavian, translations are enclosed in the liner notes-the lyrics actually make for damned good reading on their own; from "Tina Vieri": "I haven't seen my mother/since the coffin lid was fastened/nailed down with tin nails/struck down with copper spikes." And, because this is a Northside release, this fucker is recorded clean. There are rumors that Hedningarna are going on tour soon-if they ever come to your town, you'd be an idiot to miss them.

01 - Täss'on Nainen 4:25
02 - Min Skog 4:06
03 - VargTimmen 4:20
04 - Gorrlaus 5:08
05 - SkrauTvål 3:02
06 - Pornopolka 2:35
07 - Räven 4:53
08 - SåglåTen 3:27
09 - Tuuli 5:36
10 - Täppmarschen 3:31
11 - Tina Vieri 6:20

Drums [Bass], Vocals, Backing Vocals – Sanna Kurki-Suonio
Horns, Oud, Vocals – Hållbus Totte Mattsson
Percussion, Vocals – Björn Tollin
Sampler [Joik] – Wimme Saari* (tracks: 9)
Violin, Bagpipes, Harp, Flute, Vocals – Anders Stake
Vocals, Backing Vocals, Harp, Violin – Tellu Paulasto

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