Thursday, May 23, 2019

Battlefield Band - Scottish Folk - Farewell to Nova Scotia (1976 Scotland) @320

Farewell to Nova Scotia is Battlefield Band's debut (studio) album. It was first released on LP in 1976 on the Breton label Arfolk as Scottish Folk and on the Escalibur label as Volume I - Farewell to Nova Scotia
A1 - Richmond - Le Reel Du Pendu  2:33
A2 - Farewell To Nova Scotia  4:20
A3 - Denis Murphy's Slide  2:33
A4 - The Bonny Whaling Laddie  5:15
A5 - The Bonny Wee Lassie Who Never Said No  3:13
A6 - Pipe Tunes  6:10
B1 - The Rybuck Shearer  4:45
B2 - The Fourposter Bed - Staten Island - Colonel Rodney  3:07
B3 - The Back O'Benachie  5:05
B4 - Revie's Reel - Mary McMahon  2:50
B5 - The Forfar Sodger  3:13
B6 - Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore  5:37

Brian McNeill: fiddle, vocals
Alan Reid: keyboards, vocals
Ricky Starrs: guitar, mandolin, vocals

Kentigern - Kentigern (1979 Scotland) @VBR192

Kentigern was a group formed in 1978 out of a regular session at the Victoria Bar, Glasgow. 
This was a band who realised the increased range of variation which could be achieved by having more members, at a time when larger groups were relatively uncommon. This put them at the forefront of a musical development which increasingly saw individual band members being given opportunities to lead sets or take solo numbers, thus helping to inspire many others.
A1 - Culen Bay-Jig O' Slurs-Seagull  4:19
A2 - The Corncrake  3:57
A3 - Breton Tunes-Greenwoodside  3:52
A4 - The Weary Farmers  2:30
A5 - Pipe Major Donald McLean Of Lewis-The Weavers Of Newley-Kail And Pudding-Loch Roag  3:28
A6 - The Iron Horse  2:20
B1 - The Last O' The Tinkler  4:18
B2 - Rathven Market-The Conundrum  3:03
B3 - Gin I Were Shot O' Her  2:08
B4 - Hebridean Air-The Braes Of Tulimet-The Braes Of Mellinish  3:35
B5 - Wild Roving No More  4:30
B6 - Put Me In The Great Chest-The Three Peaks Of South Uist-South Uist  2:23

Jim Barnes: cittern, guitar, vocals;
Sylvia Barnes: vocals, dulcimer, guitar, bodhrán;
John Gagahan: whistle;
Jimmy McGuire: fiddle, banjo;
Dougie Pincock: pipes, whistle;
Sandy Stanage: cittern, guitar, banjo

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Huldreslåt - Vallfärd Och Viljevandring (Argentina/Sweden 2015) @VBR

We are Huldreslåt, a Swedish-Argentine trio that perform Nordic Folk music with a particular taste of the Baltic island of ‪Öland‬.

01 - Genklang Från Det Förflutna (intro)
02 - Käringen På Barnsöl
03 - Plötslight En Da (En Hyllning Till Allan Edwall)
04 - Böl-Olles Schottis
05 - Bryggstolen Går
06 - Johannas Blonsterkrans / Vägen Till Punkahaju
07 - Infirmus - När Du Blifwer Sjuk
08 - Kajsas Vaggvisa
09 - Vallfärd
10 - En Midsommarnattsdröm
11 - Barnsull
12 - Alvarsången
13 - Änderäle (outro)

Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson – Vocals, Mungiga, Kulning.
Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson – Vocals, Guitar & EADGBE Guitar, Irish Bouzouki, Härjedalspipa, Vevlira.
Martín Fuchinecco - Fiddle, Kantele, Accordion, Säckpipa, Guitar, Nyckelharpa. 

Duo TTC - Aux objets trouvés (France 2013) @320

The chromatic accordion is one of the most common instrument in the world ; it is also an instrument emblematic of France. However, it remains marginal in the revival of the music, trad, especially compared to its little brother, the diatonic accordion. Tiennet Simonnin and Thomas Restoin provide a duo a little against the current in the world of trad ! Side directory, it is a sacred recipe : a good dose of compositions, a sprinkling of traditional tunes, a touch of musette, sprinkled with jazz, variety, and even disco. In short, everything (or almost) goes ! Innovative approach ? Not really : the " old " collected in the course of the Twentieth century passed without resort to a jam-packed traditional to a hit song of 1900... With the duo TTC, Tiennet and Thomas adhere to the vision of things : the trad yes, but yes also to all the musics that surround us today, as long as it makes good music to dance to ! Surprises guaranteed...

1. Louisette / Les harcouettes
2. Aux objets trouvés
3. La folkia
4. Pull the knife and stick it again.....
5. Namu
6. Léon la lune
7. La menteuse / Tout feu tout flamme
8. Flâneuse
9. California roll / Captain courageous
10. Sur le fil
11. Danse macabre / Capitaine Flam

Thomas RESTOIN : accordéon chromatique, accordina
Tiennet SIMONNIN : accordéon chromatique, whistle
Invités :
Rachel AVERLY : flûte traversière
Anne-Lise FOY : chant
Johan JACQUEMOUD : contrebasse
Stéphane MAUCHAND : cornemuses 16 et 20 pouces

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vilsevind - Dag o Natt (Argentina/Sweden 2019) @320

Vilsevind is the new band of Sergio and Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson (ex Huldreslåt). The name (pronounced Vílsevind) means "errant wind" in Swedish and describes the essence of his music perfectly: a musical journey on the back of the boreal winds, crossing the seas of the North in search of new horizons. Founded in the year 2017 by the Argentine Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson and the Swedish Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson, their music can be categorized as Swedish folk (Nordic folk, Scandinavian folk) and shares many characteristics with Celtic music and fantasy / epic movie music.

01. Ingång: dag 02:06
02. Fuego 03:05
03. Ödeblues 04:05
04. Flat White / Elfshot 03:50
05. Thorsten fiskare 06:14
06. Majsol 05:06
07. Törnetaggsnår 03:50
08. Virvelsinn 05:36
09. Kalabalik 04:02
10. Tusentals färdas 04:34
11. Utgång: natt 02:37
12. Oración (Bonus Track) 05:00

Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson – Vocals, Concertina.
Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson – Vocals, Irish bouzouki, Guitar, Mandilin, Hurdy Gurdy, Jaw's Harp, Offerdalspipa.
Albert Castillo Asenjo – Bodhrán
Alejandro Sganga - Fiddle
Alejo Nobili – Cretan lyra, Sarange, Percussion. 
Carlos Yoder - Percussion.
Félix Pérez - Guitar.
Lucas de Carlo – Percussion
Manuel Villar Lifac - Contrabass, Cello, Sitar.
Martín Corrupio - Hurdy Gurdy.
Patricio Villarejo - Cello.
Piotr Nowotinic - Hurdy Gurdy, Bawu.
Samuel Izcaray - Viola, Violin.
Santiago Molina – Galician bagpipe, Irish Flute, Low Whistle, bansuri.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Topette!! - Chez Michel EP (2015 England / France)@320

Some bands are meant to be. The new Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette is one such…a collective of uninhibited musical adventurers playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit.

1.Bourree Morvandelle / La Lustree 03:26
2.Meatballs Whiskey and Beer 04:16
3.Deule Duece / RSB 03:54
4.Maybe Macedonian? 03:55
5.Spots Tail 03:50
6.Hamouda / Droneless 03:00
7.The Almond and the Olive 05:00
Andy Cutting - Diatonic Button Accordion
Julien Cartonnet - Bagpipes and Banjo
James Delarre - Violin
Tania Buisse - Bodhran
Barnaby Stradling - Acoustic Bass Guitar

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Toctoctoc - Bonsoir Clara ! (2009 France) @320

A door opens and admits these three musicians who crossed their musical horizons to investigate the fantastic world of the dance. It is thus about a meeting, about an alliance between the power of the voice and about the hurdy-gurdy of Anne-Lise Foy and about the volcanoes of Auvergne, about the ardour of the bagpipe and about the clarinet of Vincent Boniface & about the Valley of Aosta (French-speaking region of Italy) and of the strength of the accordion diatonic of Stéphane Milleret & alpine mountains.
In the crossroads of these three trans-regionalist cultures, is born a universe profoundly human around the European traditional music. The pleasure to make people dance, to unite them & to propose them always a different play, starts then creativity in the research for an original & unpublished directory.
The music of Toctoctoc arises especially from the friendship between the components of the group. They arise from apparently different realities within the vast panorama of the traditional music managing to produce a new tone in a formation of the most classic : the Trio hurdy-gurdy / bagpipe / accordion. The directory is completely unpublished & consisted for the dance, dips into the contemporary sensibility inheritance of the minimal music, the rock, the jazz and the composed songs. The rhythmic & melodic colour of the singing and the trad music satisfies the ears, which listen to, and the feet, which dance in a dimension sometimes intimate & often full of energy & life.

1. Nous, D'un Côté / Vache Folle (Scottish) 7:15
2. La Bohème De Marcel (Valse) 4:32
3. Boing (Andro) 4:55
4. Rossigolet Du Bois (Bourrée 2t) 4:09
5. Vici Luna (Gavotte De L'aven Caresse) 4:56
6. Dans Les Grandes Largeurs (Bourrée 3t) 3:31
7. La Rumeur Est Née Chez Léon (Suite Plinn) 9:37
8. Tom / Tomette (Bourrée 2t) 6:28
9. La Délaissée (Gavotte) 9:24
Vincent BONIFACE : bagpipe, clarinet, percussions
Anne-Lise FOY : vocals, hurdy-gurdy
Stéphane MILLERET : diatonic accordion , accordina

Monday, April 1, 2019

John Renbourn Group - Live in America (1982 England) @320

Originally a two-LP set, this 70-minute concert CD recorded on April 16, 1981 in San
Francisco features the core of the band that appeared on The Enchanted Garden — Jacqui McShee on vocals, Tony Roberts on flute, krumhorn, and pipes, John Molineaux on dulcimer, violin, and mandolin, and Keshav Sathe playing the tabla. The repertory is rooted, of course, in English folk music, including "The Trees They Grow High," a beautiful a cappella number ("Ye Mariners All"), and "John Barleycorn Is Dead." Renbourn's playing is showcased throughout, most notably on "English Dance," a dazzling 3½-minute guitar solo; "Breton Dance," by contrast, is a vehicle for the entire band. McShee's crystalline vocals hold much of the spotlight, and the disc is worth owning just for her performance, her presence making this as valuable as any Pentangle release.

01 - Lindsay
02 - Ye Mainers All
03 - English Dance
04 - The Cruel Mother
05 - Breton Dances
06 - The Trees They Grow High
07 - Farewell Nancy
08 - Van Diemanx's Land
09 - High Germany
10 - Sidi Brahim
11 - The Month of May is Past-Night Orgies
12 - John Dory
13 - So Early in the Spring
14 - Fair Flower
15 - John Barleycorn is Dead

Recorded at the The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA. April 18,1981.

John Renbourn: Guitar, Vocals
John Molineux: Dulcimer, Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals
Tony Roberts: Flute, Crumhorn, Bagpipes [Northumbrian Small Pipes], Harmony Vocals
Keshav Sathe: Tabla
Jacqui McShee: Vocals

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fairport Convention - Myths and Heroes (2015 England) @320

Myths and Heroes is a 2015 studio album from electric folk band Fairport Convention. 
Recording for the album began in March 2014 and concluded in November. During their winter tour at the beginning of the year, the band played some of the material destined for the album as a taster for their live audience. The album became available for pre-order on the Fairport Convention website from January 1st 2015 (and was also available at all shows on the band's subsequent tour) and was released officially in March, along with limited edition Vinyl copies of the album.

01. Myths And Heroes (Chris Leslie) 03:21
02. Clear Water (Ralph McTell) 04:00
03. The Fylde Mountain Time - Roger Bucknaill's Polka (Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg) 03:09
04. Theodore's Song (Chris Leslie) 04:55
05. Love At First Sight (Chris Leslie) 03:53
06. John Condon (Richard Laird, Sam Starrett, Tracey McRory) 05:54
07. The Gallivant (Ric Sanders) 04:59
08. The Man In The Water (Rob Beattie) 03:57
09. Bring Me Back My Feathers (Anna Ryder) 03:58
10. Grace And Favour (Chris Leslie) 04:23
11. Weightless - The Gravity Reel (James Wood, Chris Leslie) 04:03
12. Home (PJ Wright) 04:15
13. Jonah's Oak (Ric Sanders) 03:57

Simon Nicol - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Dave Pegg - vocals, bass guitar, bass ukulele, double bass, bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo
Chris Leslie - vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, violin, banjo, celtic harp, tenor guitar, chromatic harmonica, whistle
Ric Sanders - violin, keyboards, ukulele, bass ukulele
Gerry Conway - drums, percussion
Matt Pegg - bass guitar on tracks 1,4,10,12
Joe Broughton - violin on "The Gallivant"
Paloma Trigas, Aria Trigas - violin on "The Gallivant"
Rob Spalton - trumpet on "The Gallivant"
Jake Thornton, Benjamin Hill - alto saxophone on "The Gallivant"
Emma Jones - tenor saxophone on "The Gallivant"

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Loreena McKennitt - Live In San Francisco At The Palace Of Fine Arts (1994 Canada) @320

Promo-only CD that was sold exclusively through Loreena's website ( There are two versions of this disc, both for sale only through her website. There was a first version with full artwork but only 6 tracks, and then there's this one that was made only for radio stations and other promotional stuff. This is a more complete version of the same concert with 10 tracks.

01 - The Mystic's Dream 7:25
02 - Santiago 5:25
03 - She Moved Through The Fair 5:37
04 - Between The Shadows 4:18
05 - The Stolen Child 5:29
06 - The Dark Night Of The Soul 6:19
07 - Marrakesh Night Market 6:44
08 - The Lady Of Shalott 8:51
09 - The Bonny Swans 6:56
10 - Prospero's Speech 4:17

Loreena McKennitt: Vocals, Keyboards, Harpe
Brian Hughes: Guitars, Oud
Hugh Marsh: Violin
Rick Lazar: Percussion
Steve Lucas: Bass
Kiki Misumi: Cello, Keyboards

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kormorán - Folk & Roll (Hungary 1984) @320

Back then, in the 60s and 70s, Hungary had a strong rock movement (though only few bands like OMEGA and, in lesser degree, LOCOMOTIV GT became known outside the Eastern Bloc). And Hungary has rich folk traditions. KORMORÁN were probably the first who combined these parts in absolutely natural, organic way.
Founded in 1976, the band released a couple of singles, took part in ''Kőműves Kelemen'' rock opera, came through some line-up changes and only in 1984 released their first LP ''Folk & Roll''. The title says it all: folk traditions and rock power. In many ways it was a revolutionary record. ''Folk & Roll'' defined the band's future sound for many years, most of these songs became classics and were re-recorded, live and in studio, by different KORMORÁN line-ups. Many of them are played in concerts till now. And, last but not least, songs are memorable.

This album does not contain long epics, but songs are quite complex in structure, have good contrasts between lighter and heavier parts, the interplay between acoustic (violin, flute, bagpipes, Turkish pipe) and electric rock instruments is masterful. There is a lot of things to discover with each new listen.

The release of ''Folk & Roll'' made it evident that a unique band, powerful, versatile and at the same time very Hungarian in nature, was born. Personally I prefer some later KORMORÁN records, but nothing would be possible without this short (by today's standards) album. Essential part of the band's discography. Highly recommended.

Prog Archives - NotAProghead 

01 - Zöld Szemű Rózsa
02 - Védelmezz!
03 - Egy Ágyon Egy Kenyéren
04 - Trák Attak
05 - Alig Volt Zöld
06 - Ne Sírj
07 - Ilju Haramia
08 - Ha Meghalok
09 - Gyere Ki, Te Gyöngyvirág
10 - Adjon Az Isten
11 - Macedon Expressz
12 - Jöjj Be Szobámba
- Péter Gál / violin, vocals
- Gergely Koltay / folk shwn, bagpipe, flute, recorder, zhiter, vocals
- József Margit / bass guitar, vocals
- László Neumayer / drums, percussion, vocals
Guest musicians:
- Szilveszter Jenei / acoustic guitar, electric guitars, vocals
- Endre Csillag / guitar
- László Dés / soprano saxophone
- Kamilla Dévai Nagy / vocals
- Poliviosz Korogiannopulosz / Turkish chash
- Gyula Papp / Hammond organ
- Csaba Szíjgyártó / viola, violin
- Levente Szörényi / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bird-percussion

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuenda - Tuenda 3 ( 2011 Asturias / Spain) @320

1. Ronda de Tarna.
2. Xirandilles de Cardo.
3. Boda ya muñeira de Tormaleo.
4. Romance de la Serrana.
5. Xirandilles de L'Esllavayu.
6. Cantar del goxeiru.
7. Danza de Cortes.
8. Ca Sindo.
9. El miou maridín.
10. Aguinaldo de San Xuan y guilandu La Robellada.
11. Cantares de Navidá d'Urria.
12. L.lixera de La Malvea / Cadorna.
13. Cantar de Mazar.
14. Muñeira de Perl.lunes

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tuenda - Tuenda (Asturias / Spain) @320

01. Non, non, Maruxa
02. Xuoves Santu
03. Aguilandos de Las Murias ya Pandu
04. L'Arrobáu/La Florentina
05. Danza de Tameza
06. El Rosco
07. El Ramu de Suarías
08. Buena pro y ḥoguera
09. Llixeros
10. El vieyu
11. Añada de Miyares
12. Ñon hai tal andar
13. Ramu de Vidal
14. Xotas d'Urría ya Sotu'l Barcu
15. Gerineldo
16. Pa Roma
17. La Fogueira

Ogam - Li Ma To [1995 Italy] @320

Finally, in a renewed guise, the reissue of the first record work of the Ogam, the one that made the music of the Marches group known to fans of World music. A meticulous and prestigious work that enhances the group's great predisposition to assemble different traditional musical cultures. The original compositions tell of travels, of ancestral sensations and are dedicated to one of the greatest Italian orientalists: Matteo Ricci, called by the Chinese precisely Li Ma To, a Jesuit father who in the sixteenth century. first he succeeded in entering the Celestial Empire and making known the Christian religion and Western culture.

01 - Li Ma To
02 - Idea
03 - Aria
04 - Sona
05 - Pokhara
06 - Kafka
07 - Cavaliere Tedesco
08 - Orient Express
09 - Like Wake Dirge
10 - Principe Della Notte
11 - Ballo In Re Minore
12 - Pamir

Angelo Casagrande: cello, electric bass, darabouka, caxixi, bouzouki, Indian drums, vocal
Luciano Monceri: Acoustic and electric guitars, celtic harp, guitar synt
Maurizio Serafini: uillean pipes, highland bagpipe, whistles, khaen, harmonica, Chinese oboe
Alessandro Svampa: drums
Stefano Conforti: oboe, sax
Monica Cotechini: fiddle, violin.

Friday, March 8, 2019

John Renbourn Group - John Barleycorn (1996 England) @320

A compilation of recordings by the John Renbourn Group from 1977 to 1980.

01 - Pavane 'belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie' Tourdion
02 - Maid On The Shore
03 - Death And The Lady
04 - Truth From Above
05 - Schafertanz Nachtanz
06 - My Johnny Was A Shoemaker
07 - John Barleycorn
08 - Blackwater Side
09 - Gypsy Dance
10 - Jews Dance
11 - Bold Young Farmer
12 - Sidi Brahim
13 - Talk About Suffering

Monday, March 4, 2019

Happy Birthday CrimsonKing! All the best and a lot of good music!
folkyourself team

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Symbio - Phoresy (Sweden 2016) @320

Symbio draws the listener in with their intoxicating combination of vast audio landscapes and earthy grooves, driven by a deliciously unexpected combination of hurdy-gurdy and accordion.
The duo creates a playful dialogue full of joyful energy, subtleties and virtuosity, where two becomes more than the sum of its parts. This is musical storytelling at its finest, told by heartfelt storytellers through soaring melodies, rich soundscapes, irresistible grooves and finely tuned musical communication.

Symbio was named Best New Artist of the Year at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards 2016 and the duo is regarded as one of the most interesting new bands from the Swedish Folk & World music scene. With their strong stage presence, and a magical combination of hurdy-gurdy and accordion, the duo surprises their audience and takes them on a moving and dreamy musical journey.

The music of Symbio has been described as original compositions where folk, minimalistic art music and electronic dance music meets and creates a cinematic experience for the listener. During concerts they perform with both seriousness and joy, telling personal and vivid stories about the music. Through a playful, energetic and close interaction Symbio creates new music where two becomes more.

The duo was founded in 2011 and was awarded with the ”Scholarship for young music ensembles” from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016. Since the release of their debut album ”Phoresy” (2016) they have been touring extensively in Sweden and Europe. Their second album ”Rising” was released in September 2018.

”- Symbio is a project that is very close to our hearts and we are very passionate about the music we make together. We feel that we have found music that speaks to our hearts and we want to share this music with the world, hoping that it will touch other people ́s hearts.”

1. Noir Animal
2. Arctic Surfing
3. Islossning
4. Moby Dick
5. Phoresy
6. Le Fil
7. Cirou
8. Godnattsång
9. Traction

Johannes Geworkian-Hellman - Hurdy-Gurdy
LarsEmil Öjeberget - Accordion

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thalweg - Berbèro.Celtic (France 2001) [320]

2000, Arcueil, Île-de-France, France
Hocine Boukella (vocals, guitar),
Marc Israël (bass), Samy Chiboub (drums),
Moulay Aït Si Ahmed (guitar),
Manu Le Houezec (flute, saxophone, bombarde),
Amine Chaffaï (violin)

01 - Toughach Ajejig
02 - Aman
03 - Tchina
04 - Ad Ezzi Ssaâ
05 - Tala
06 - Khamsa
07 - Win A Win
08 - Aurés

Information from a concert performed (when???) with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra:

Hocine Boukella: guitar and voice
Clément Janinet: violin
Michel Sikiotakis: flute and saxophone
Khiliff Miziallaoua: guitar
Eric Rakotoarivony: bass
Hervé Le Bouché: drums
Amar Chaoui: percussion

In its relatively short career, Thalweg has brought together, with impeccable
originality, the traditions of the sun and the desert with those of rain, fog and
leafy woods, the south Mediterranean with the landscapes of the North Atlantic. With this apparently antagonistic fusion of cultures, the members of Thalweg have brought together words, melodies, rhythms and sonorities of such diverse origins that would otherwise seem irreconcilable. An idea that combines Celtic melodies with subtle hybrids from jazz and other popular music, and is finally spiced with the joy and vitality of Berber rhythms.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Presença das Formigas - Pé de Vento (Portugal 2014) @320

A Presença das Formigas is a Portuguese band, whose compositions combine elements of traditional and popular Portuguese music with influences from jazz, classical music and world music.

01. Ai Que Ricas Orelhinhas (04:26)
02. Bolinhas de Sabão (02:40)
03. Dá-me o Amanhã (02:57)
04. Largar, Partir (03:24)
05. O Aprendiz de Feiticeiro (03:48)
06. O Pulo do Lobo (04:20)
07. Assim Como Quem não Quer (02:26)
08. Orla dos Malditos (04:29)
09. Planície (03:25)
10. Que Serei? (02:37)
11. Senhora do Almortão (04:23)
12. Vai Tão Sozinho (03:58)

- André Cardoso / Acoustic/classical/Portuguese guitars
- Miguel Cardoso / Electric bass, double bass
- Manuel Maio / Violin, mandolin, vocals
- Sara Vidal / Vocals
- Nuno Silva / Accordion
- Rui Lúcio / Drums, percussion
- António Silva / Electric Guitar [5,10]
- Filipa Meneses / Piano [11]
- Hélder Costa / "Braguesa" Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [7,10]
- João Afonso / Lead Vocal [7]
- João Paulo Esteves da Silva / Piano [9]
- Luciano Cuviello / Percussion [10]
- Luis Arrigo / Glockenspiel, Vibraphone [7,11]
- Luis Pastor / Lead Vocal [10]
- Rui Ferreira (Caps) / "Cavaquinho", Fretless Bass, Percussion, Keyboard [1,[2,4,5,6,8,10,11]
- Teresa Campos / Lead Vocal [7,11]
- Danylo Gertsev, Jean-Marc Charmier, Katariin Raska, Luciano Cuviello, Manu Sabaté, Nikolaos Tsantanis, Silvia Petrosino / Texts [8]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Laüsa - Laüsa (France 2017)

Sparkle in gascon
"Incandescent parcel that detaches itself from an inflamed body or springs from the friction of two bodies"

Laüsa [lahuzo] is a musical journey that draws its identity from the Gascon musical tradition and allows a few detours "through songs".

Like the various identities that can compose a territory, their music is multiple, open and generous: we can hear Mediterranean and Atlantic influences, as well as sounds borrowed from current music.

Rich with texts and personal compositions, as well as repertoire resulting from carefully arranged collections, Laüsa brings a new look on traditional music.

01 - Nau Gojatas
02 - Lo Carbonier
03 - Lo Melic
04 - Los Caulets
05 - La-Baish A La Ribera
06 - Los Tilholers

Lolita Delmonteil Ayral: Accordéon / chant 
Camille Raibaud: Violon / Mandoline / Chant 
Julien Estèves: Bouzouki / Guitare Ténor / Chant 
Juliette Minvielle: Chant / Percussions

Saturday, January 19, 2019

A Presença das Formigas - Ciclorama (Portugal 2011) @320

Portuguese folk, progressive and colourful!!
A Presença das Formigas - winners of Zeca Afonso Prize 2009 - take Portuguese traditional music as source of inspiration to create unique songs and compositions.
Their music recalls fado, peasant songs, traditional dances, and it is, at the same time, refined and contemporary... A distinctive mixture of sounds managed with taste and originality!
01. Ai Que Ricas Orelhinhas
02. Bolinhas de Sabao
03. Da-me o Amanha
04. Largar, Partir
05. O Aprendiz de Feiticeiro
06. O Pulo do Lobo
07. Assim Como Quem nao Quer
08. Orla dos Malditos
09. Planicie
10. Que Serei
11. Senhora do Almortao
12. Vai Tao Sozinho

André Cardoso / classic guitar, steel guitar, Portuguese guitar, oud, cavaquinho, vocals
Cecília Pessanha / recorders
Filipa Meneses / piano, Fender Rhodes, acordion
Luís Arrigo / drums, percussion, timpani, glockenspiel
Manuel Maio / violin, mandolin, cavaquinho, vocals
Miguel Cardoso / bass guitar, double bass, viola braguesa, jew's harp
Teresa Campos / vocals
Amélia Muge / vocals (2)
Fraser Fifield / bagpipes, soprano saxophone, low whistle, kaval
Ricardo Matosinhos / horn
A. José Martins / synthesizer, percussion (2)
Danylo Gertsev / choir

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Broes - Route du Soleil (Belgium 2015) @320

Broes is a quintet based in Ghent. In nearly five years of existence, Broes has explored many musical paths in the world of folk music and have acquired an impressive number of accolades. In the same year the band was formed, the internet site "Folkroddels" crowned Broes as "Best Newcomer of the Year". In 2013 they were the winners of Dranouterrally, the biggers folk and world music festival of Belgium.
They have toured throughout China two years in a row and even made it to Belarus, International folklore festival. The first year in China (2013) was a little tour with three concerts in Nanjing, the second year (2014) they travelled from Honk Kong to Beijing, 10 concerts on 4 different international jazz and world music festivals. Even they played on the Convention of Europe of 2014 in Strasbourg.
Their compositions are peppered with a love for gypsy, jazz, balkan, folk and Latin music. Danceable and energetic feel-good music with room for improvisation: that's Broes's business card.

1. Alyzee  03:35
2. Route du Soleil  05:24
3. Irish Whispers  04:01
4. Muselleque  02:47
5. El Pimpie  04:10
6. Winterland  04:26
7. Broezil  04:51
8. Gnor  04:08
9. Event Horizon  04:08
10. Poble Sec  03:37
11. Introduction  02:04
12. Danza Arabica  05:29

Anouk Sanczuk: Violin
Elke De Meester: Chromatic accordion
Florian De Schepper: Guitar
Frédéric Dothée: Double bass
Simon Raman: Drums

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