Sunday, November 17, 2019

Variomatic - Wink! (2014 Belgium) @320

The Belgian 6 piece band creates homemade compositions with a powerful folk rock blending Bal Folk a la Dedale with a dose of Blowzabella, and with frequent more or less obvious references to well known hits or TV tunes. The most obvious connotation of TV music on the album has to be in their "The A-Team" set - these guys must be great fans of this 80s TV institution. Variomatic's instruments create a mighty full contemporary folk sound, featuring sax, accordion, hurdy gurdy, guitar/banjo, bass and drums and percussion.
This one of those albums that should not really be missing in any good collection - it's music that makes happy and wants you to jump up and dance - as they say happiness is priceless so how can you afford not to have this album!
© Michael Moll

1. Tunis / Icon   
2. Scota Nova
3. Iza
4. Kerliguen / Belle Ile
5. L'oiseau Blue
6. De Montford / The A-Team
7. Recalcitrante Wals
8. Basta Pasta
9. British Swing
10. Rodebud / Beanfield / Famous Wolf
11. Joco

Bert Leemans: accordion
Koen Garriau: alto Saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Stef Vanstraelen: drums, percussion, vocals
Koen Dewaele: electric bass
Dirk Verhegge: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
Paul Garriau: hurdy-gurdy

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Le Sextet à Claques - En live (2013 France) @320

1. Ouverture (Olé !)
2. Caraïbes (Scottish)
3. Laryngo-Rhino-Pharyngite (Suite de cercles circassiens)
4. Goliath (Rondeau)
5. Valse à Ti'Broise (Valse)
6. Agrucitrus (Rond de Saint Vincent)
7. Swing babouch (Freestyle Twist)
8. Snoflinga (Langdans)
9. Saperlipopette ! (Bourrée à 3 temps)
10. Scottish du point du jour, Ramon y cornichon, Dark lemon (Suite de scottishes)
11. Tournée des zicos (chauffe Marcel !)
12. Enjoy ! (Bourrée à 2 temps)
13. Run after the ring (Poursuite de cercles circassiens)

Cécile Delzant (Violon)
Camille Passeri (trompette, accordéon)
Valère Passeri (Violon)
Anthony Jambon (guitare)
Florian Huygebaert (percussions)
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)

Le Sextet à Claques - La Marque Rose [EP] (2010 France) @320

1. Trafic d’Orgasmes (6’53)
2. Nass (2‘43)
3. La belle (4’18)
4. La P’tite Fée (5’26)
5. Là, si on vous faisait plaisir… (4’33)
6. Derniers Sourires (3’44)

Cécile Delzant (Violon)
Camille Passeri (trompette, accordéon)
Valère Passeri (Violon)
Anthony Jambon (guitare)
Florian Huygebaert (percussions)
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)

Friday, November 8, 2019

FéO - FéO (2012 France) @320

Féo is a unique mix of folk musicians with very different backgrounds.
Ranging from a traditional musician, to a progressif folkie, or an accordion genius.
They met eachother one day, and Féo was born. Breathing both authenticity and modern sounds,
these 5 weirdos create music that surpasses generations.

Philippe Duval (flûte traversière, voix, percussions)
Aurélien Claranbaux (accordéon diatonique)
Antonin Pauquet (contrebasse)
Benoit Roblin (vielle à roue)
Sébastien Janjou (guitares)

1. A deux c'est mieux (Polka) 

2. Ca bande? (Hanter dro)
3. Cajette (Cercle)

4. So wet (Kost ar choat)
5. Carmen (Mazurka)
6. 2 mouvements (Bourrée 3 temps)
7. Pas prévu (Bourrée 3 temps)
8. Scottishs rurales (scottish)
9. L'infernale (Bourrée 2 temps)
10. Valse à Julie (Valse)
11. C'est pas faux / La poule et la bombe (Cercle)


Monday, November 4, 2019

Ruth Keggin - Turrys (2016 Isle of Man) @320

Ruth Keggin is a Gaelic singer, firmly rooted in rich Manx heritage, who brings pride, passion and a purity to her engaging vocals.
In Turrys, her second release, she has created a rich and varied album which gracefully bows its artistic head to Scottish, Irish, and Manx musical traditions, accentuating the close relationship and yet highlighting the distinctiveness of each. Accompanied by guitar (David Pearce), double base (Vanessa Hutchinson), flute (Ruth Keggin) and flute/concertina (Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin), the music is authentic and engaging.
Much of Turrys is sung in Manx, a beautiful and lyrical language which adds immeasurably to the authentic nature of the album. Liner notes helpfully outline track origins, translating the lyrical richness of each song for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Those familiar with Runrig’s Macdonald brothers will recognise Heeym yn Geurey as the beautiful Scottish song Chi mi’n geamhradh, now translated into Manx. A story of love lost and the oncoming of winter, which is sung beautifully by Keggin, who delivers with emotion and feeling. Guitar, flute and double bass bring a reflective and atmospheric backdrop to her heartfelt vocals.
The gentle delivery of Irree ny Grieney, a contemporary song celebrating sunrise over land and sea, is warm and inspiring, with evocative yet uncomplex guitar accompaniment complementing Keggin’s refreshing vocals, which paint enticing pictures of coastal seascapes.
Napoleon’s Chanter is a set of two well-known Irish march tunes, the first of which is an enjoyable and contemporary take on Chanter’s Tune and secondly Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Driving guitar rhythms and spirited flute-playing result in a vibrant and lively track, guaranteed to set the feet tapping.
Recording samples of Ardnamurchan pistol shrimp add a rich and peaceful ebb and flow to Ushag Varrey, a peacefully reflective and haunting track, inspired by themes of environment and nature, written by Manx musician Bob Carswell. Keggin’s vocals bring an innocence and purity that fully immerses the listener in this beautiful piece.
In Turrys, (Manx Gaelic for journey), Ruth Keggin takes the listener on a musical exploration of Gaelic music linking Irish and Scottish themes to the Isle of Man’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage. She skilfully weaves stories and themes across musical cultures whilst subtlety encouraging and educating the listener along the way.
Traditional, yet creative, familiar yet new, Keggin has created an album which guides the listener on the most delightful and enjoyable of musical journeys.
Andy McMillan (c)

1. Irree ny Grieney
2. Arrane Sooree
3. Flitter Dance
4. Heeym yn Geurey
5. Little Red Bird in the Pines
6. Napoleon’s Chanter
7. Carval
8. Tra va ruggit Creest
9. Ushag Varrey

Ruth Keggin: vocal, flute
David Pearce: guitar
Vanessa Hutchinson: double bass
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin: flute, concertina

Ruth Keggin - Sheear (2014 Isle of Man) @320

Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin was awarded a grant by Culture Vannin to produce a solo album of traditional and contemporary Manx songs. The twelve track album was recorded on the West coast of Scotland and features vocals, guitar, double bass, fiddle and wooden flute.
CD cover Sheear (‘Westward’) is a live studio recording featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way.
Ruth (vocals, piano and flute) performs along with guitarist David Pearce and double-bassist Vanessa McWilliam. Irish flautist and sean nos singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister also feature on several songs.
The twelve-track album comprises a plethora of different textures, from unaccompanied pieces like Arrane y skeddan (Song of the herring) through to a more unusual soundscape of bowed guitar, prepared piano, shimmering fiddle and eerie double-bass harmonics used in Tree eeasteyryn boghtey (Three poor fishermen).

1. Fin as Oshin    
2. Keayrt dooyrt my ghraih veen rhym    
3. The road to Clady    
4. Oikan ayns Bethlehem    
5. Roish my row flaunys er ny chroo    
6. She 'neen aeg mish as aalin    
7. Tree eeasteyryn boghtey    
8. Carval Chreneash    
9. Arrane y skeddan    
10. Graih foalsey    
11. S'feayr yn oie    
12. Holdfast

Ruth Keggin: vocals, piano, flute
David Pearce: guitar
Vanessa McWilliam: double bass
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin:  irish flute, sean nos sing
Tomas Callister: fiddle

Friday, November 1, 2019

Beat Bouet Trio - Révolution Rurale (2014 France / Bretagne) @320


A cocktail of human beat box / machines, accordion and singing in Breton sauce. In concert, the festival in Fest Noz in teuf, as an aperitif, in the car, on i-tune, this trio is heard everywhere. We hear ska, rap, reggae, funk with a dash of electro tunes or dance rhythms rather countries of Rennes, Nantes and Redon. Often committed texts that give meaning today.
More than dancing, it unclassifiable and original trio passed a message. While the functionality of the Fest Noz dance was only dancing does putting more current text, music, styles ... then we sombrerions in folklore and Britain would be silent in the din of globalized music thought not to speak, denounce anything, and do only the hearing and money. But not here: Gaza Naoned, who heads the dough around the world "moé" ... topics challenge. Through this same trio Beat Bouet preserve us from this hell, taking a standardized Unidentified Musical Object brilliantly. Real musical gifts, original arrangements. A beautiful discovery that this new group and some tubes to listen to on this album.
Romain Sponnagel
(sorry, google-translate from French)

01. Intro   
02. La nouzille (Loudia)   
03. Bang bang (avant deux de travers)   
04. En avant clash (kerouézé)   
05. La fille de rochefort (pas de 7)   
06. Gaza 87 (bourrée 3 tps)   
07. Avouene (rond de St-Vincent)   
08. Sans pap' a babylone (passe-pied)   
09. Blues du pantin rural (baleu)   
10. La monnaie (tour)   
11. Naoned (maraîchine)   
12. Ragga lady (hanter-dro couplé)   
13. La marie du moulin (pilé)   
14. Generation Y (cochinchine)   
15. Pas d'fachos dans nos quartiers (Loudia)   
16. La valse des canuts (valse)   
17. Outro

Tristan LE BRETON : Human Beat Box
Gurvan MOLAC : Chant Haute Bretagne
Ivan RAJALU : Accordéon diatonique


Friday, October 25, 2019

Zlabya - Live (2017 France) @320

1. Colère du Patron 05:36
2. Circulo 06:04
3. Lilou Dallas 05:31
4. La Fille En Feuille D'Arbre 05:16
5. De Potvis 06:10
6. Besac 04:40
7. La Pégreuse 05:56
8. Les Animaux Et Les Choses 06:44
9. Je Veux Ça 04:50
10. La Vielle Dame Et Le P38 06:45
11. Sweet Sally Grey 05:52
12. Harmonikka Tuuli 09:59

Raphaël Decoster : Accordion
Pierre Droual : Violin
Theo Kaiser : Trumpet, Guitars
Jean-Baptiste Guerrier : Double Bass
Florian Huygebaert : Drums

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BD Swing Orchestra - En concert que c'est ! (2003 France / Bretagne) @320

The BD Swing Orchestra has created a dynamic, explosive and festive sound through its distinctively youthful, open and convivial approach to traditional Breton music. On this disk, its 15 young musicians from the Tregor (north-western  Brittany), merge their love of traditional music with their talent for revitalising it, plus a fair dose of fun and infectious good humour. True music of its time !

01. Un ton hag a swing (6:34)
02. tit jaune (5:37)
03. Ce sont deux jeunes gens (4:33 )
04. Les Mystères de Paris (4:10)
05. A samuraï in Plescop (3:57)
06. A samuraï in Plescop (4:43)
07. Danouët tribe (5:33)
08. PMVX NDD ! (PDJS) (3:53)
09. L'air emballé (5:17)
10. El Pinguin de Namibia (6:35)
11. Crispation de la cellule familiale (7:44)
12. Restez groupic'h ! (7:43)

François CORNIC
Jean-Marie LALANDE
Pascal CREAC'H
Jaouen LE GOIC

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Katé-Mé - Live (2008 France / Bretagne) @320

 Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover and The power of live sound. 
Highly recommended!

July 2009: after thirteen years of good and loyal services Katé-Mé gives his last concert at the festival of Cornwall in Quimper and announces a break of the group. March 2016: seven years later, the band hit the road again.It is the return of one of the major groups of the Breton music of the years 2000. Seven years after its "pause", Katé-Mé continues to enjoy an excellent reputation, due to its rather rockic stage performances, its committed texts and a recognizable sound among a thousand: mixture of singing "trad-scat-rap", of couple biniou-bombarde alternated with a section of bombardes, and a rhythmic bass-guitar-battery very coherent. The group's image is also marked by his discography: the live album and his three original albums, Katé-Mé, Entrance and La république des papillons, remain outstanding recordings of this era.Katé-Mé was inspired by the singing tradition (French) of high Brittany (Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine, Eastern Morbihan and Côtes d'Armor) to create his songs. The band has also been inspired by other influences such as rock, funk, jazz, ragga or rap. The texts of the songs are sometimes from the popular tradition, sometimes written by Sylvain Girault. The music is mostly composed by the band's musicians. To a question put to him in 2007, the group answered: "The singing and the trad music of Upper Brittany is our culture, our impregnation, our common musical language. We use it to create our own music, to talk to others, to express ourselves singularly. We are looking for music that is both rooted and universal. "For this ephemeral return, in 2016, Katé-Mé revisits its repertoire, with an even more "rock" sound and texts rewritten to bring them in line with current events and a strong desire to reinforce their constativeness in the social and economic aspects. ecological.
(google-translate from french, sorry) 

1. Trad Collection 3'51
2. Du Coq A L'ane 3'54
3. La Ronde Des Mendiants 5'27
4. Au Ban De La République 5'08
5. Le Vielleux Aveugle 5'08
6. Papillon 4'10
7. La Fille Du Député De Nantes 4'40
8. Le Dépouilleur 4'57
9. Nevouziste 5'43
10. Milouin 2'25
11. Misère 3'29
12. Pauvre Martin 4'00
13. Fortune 4'29
14. La Casquette 5'43
15. Les Garçons De Guérande 5'29
16. La Beauté A Quoi Sert-Elle ? 5'14

Sylvain Girault: chant
Erwan Hamon: bombarde, chant
Philippe Janvier: biniou, bombarde, chant
Job Défernez: basse, chant
Patrice Paichereau: guitare électrique
Hervé Naizin: batterie
Ronan Fouquet: son

Katé-Mé - La République des papillons (2006 France / Bretagne) @320

Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover 
Highly recommended!

Katé-Mé is certainly one of the groups that has the most kneaded material from the soil of the traditional music of  haute-Bretagne.
This trend is particularly noticeable at the level of singing that does not hesitate to mix influences trad 'and escaped ragga. Their third album, La République des Papillons, confirms the success of this project: the use of traditional instruments, the writing of texts on current themes as well as musical compositions in the traditional way, go hand in hand with the the impact of varied rhythms and all-out experimentation to develop one of the most exciting Celtic fusions of the moment.
 (google-translate from french, sorry)

01. Trad' Collection (3'58)
02. Au Ban De La République (5'14)   
03. Fortune (4'07)
04. Le Vielleux Aveugle (4'52)
05. La Chanson Des Doigts (3'25)
06. Pauvre Martin (3'54)
07. Le Facteur De Landudé (4'40)
08. Papillon (3'30)
09. Misère (4'00)
10. La Ronde-Danse (6'43)
11. Berceuse Pour Endormir Sa Fille/ Du Coq À l'Âne: Le Retour (9'16)

Erwan Hamon - Bombarde
Philippe Janvier - Bombarde, Bagpipes
Sylvain Girault - Vocals
Hervé Haizin - Drums
Job Defernes - Bass
Patrice Paichereau - Guitar

Friday, October 18, 2019

Spoum - Magnetik (2016 France / Bretagne) @320

Funk / Jazz-Rock / Fest-Noz Crossover. 
Highly Recommended!

01. De nada Mister Naga (kas abarh)
02. Pulsar (gavotenn - ton berr)   
03. Hello Dr Shmoulk ! (scottish)   
04. Vent - Sol - Air (cercle circassien)   
05. Magnetar (gavotenn - ton hir)   
06. Néodyme et les autres (rond de St Vincent)   
07. Hypnoptyk (hanter dro)   
08. Bobine et Cuivre (rond de Loudia)   
09. Sambaleu (baleu de Loudia)   
10. Les Aimants du Pont Neuf (contre rond Loudia)

Julien Ryo - saxophones
Yann Cariou - flûtes bois & bambou
Jean-Baptiste "jb" Lécuyer - trompette   
Erwan Volant - guitares
Christophe "Choun" Runarvot - basse
Pierre Le Toux - batterie / percussions


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Zef - Génépi fugace (2017 France) @320

Zef, opus 5, "Génépi Fugace", is a diptych, a hurricane mass with one hand, a sweet note on the other.
A double mirror album;
- On one side Zef in full, which will be the fifth album.
- On the other side the Zeffeurs. Formula created during a festival, it stages the various musicians of the group, combining them in multiple duets. It releases many intimacies.For his fifth album ZEF is tinged with temptation. A clever mix of adventurous plants will be brought together in this slow-ripening vintage. We will find the fleeting notes of flying dances and insolent curves to the edge of drunkenness.
It is high time to stop the time and to be amazed by the angels.

A crossover between the overall sound, matured, textured, aged cask, and the fragility of more intimate and spontaneous duets.

1. Pélican
2. Krump
3. Tissus
4. T-Shirt / La Chânôtt
5. Little Sister
6. Le Mondine
7. Lo Riu
8. Tash
9. Mazurka Soffice
10. Génépi fugace

1. Tonton Bordel
2. Scottisch à Julo
3. Just Merlot (#03)
4. Marocco
5. Coccinelle
6. Solitude
7. Gentleman's Blues
8. Triolan
9. Fandango / Typon
10. Musike Mazurka
11. Scottish du Taraf / Face au Vent

Baltazar Montanaro - violon, violon baryton, chant
Damien Dulau - guitare
Jean-Michel Martineau - basse
Aurélien Claranbaux - accordéon diatonique
Laurent Geoffroy - accordéon diatonique, accordina

Friday, October 11, 2019

MANdolinMAN - Unfolding the Roots (2016 Belgium) @320

‘Unfolding The Roots’ is the latest album of traditional Flemish folk music with a mandolin twist by Belgian four-piece band, MANdolinMAN. After their first album ‘Old Tunes, Dusted Down’ and a second album on which they explored the bossa nova style, MANdolinMAN have returned to their roots.
‘Unfolding The Roots’ sees the foursome dig even deeper into Flemish folk music and once again breathe new life into old tunes and melodies from the province of Flemish Brabant. Played on four mandolins, the music takes on new forms and the historic melodies are injected with contemporary vigour.
‘Unfolding The Roots’ is a microcosm of Flemish folk music with 12 polkas, waltzes, mazurkas and the long line folk dances made up of couples on either side, the contra dances.  The arrangements are pristine, a credit to the album’s music director and MANDolinMAN’s founder, Andries Boone. Other musicians include mandolinists Dirk Naessens (Black Velvet, Amorroma and MacRahl) and Peter-Jan Daems (Tantra and famous guitar trio Snaarmaarwaar) and mandocellist Maarten Decombel (Naragonia Quartet, Snaarmaarwaar and Les Tisserands).

1. Polka charleston Nederokkerzeel
2. Schottische Eppegem and Elewijt
3. Mazurka Houtem
4. Schottische Hever
5. Waltz Eppegem and Zemst
6. De Reuzekens
7. Polka Antwerp
8. Schottische Wezembeek-Oppem
9. Mazurka Zaventem
10. Polka Leefdaal
11. Rumba Del Raval (With Stefan Bracaval)
12. Contredans Ghent (in A minor) (With the Brasschaats Mandoline-orkest)

Andries Boone: mandoline
Peter-Jan Daems: 10-snarige mandoline
Maarten Decombel: mandocello
Dirk Naessens: mandoline

MANdolinMAN - MANdolinMAN Plays Bossa Nova (2013 Belgium) @320

After their first cd, 'Old Tunes, Dusted Down' – MANdolinMAN now takes on the challenge of exploring yet another musical style: Bossa Nova! On their new album (release February 2013), the foursome perform well-known Bossa Nova classics as well as self-written compositions. A unique take on the sound of Brasil!

1. Agua de Beber   
2. Bossa 'La Mer Du Nord'   
3. Caramel   
4. Choromanda   
5. Karolientje   
6. Ni Bossa Ni Tango   
7. Rumba Del Raval   
8. Meditação   
9. Desconocida   
10. Sol Da Manhã   

Maarten Decombel: mandocello
Andries Boone: mandola
Dirk Naessens: mandolin
Peter-Jan Daems: mandolin

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where the Time Goes - 3CD [Compilation] (England 1985) @320

43 tracks in total. Compiled by Trevor Lucas and Joe Boyd, includes album recordings, live tracks, out-takes, demos plus the previously unreleased 'Two Weeks Last Summer', 'Gypsy Davey', 'Walking The Floor Over You', 'After Halloween' and 'Full Moon'. Includes a 20-page booklet with lyrics, photos, and track annotations, and a 12 inch square box.

01 - The Lady
02 - Listen, Listen
03 - Next Time Around
04 - Farewell, Farewell
05 - The Music Weaver
06 - Tomorrow Is A Long Time
07 - The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
08 - The Pond And The Stream
09 - One Way Donkey Ride
10 - Take Away The Load (Sandy's Song)
11 - One More Chance
12 - Bruton Town
13 - Blackwaterside

01 - Tam Lin
02 - The Banks Of The Nile
03 - Sail Away To The Sea
04 - You Never Wanted Me
05 - Sweet Rosemary
06 - Now And Then
07 - Autopsy
08 - It'll Take A Long Time
09 - Two Weeks Last Summer
10 - Late November
11 - Gypsy Davey
12 - Winter Winds
13 - Nothing More
14 - Memphis, Tennessee
15 - Walking The Floor Over You

01 - When Will I Be Loved
02 - Whispering Grass
03 - Friends
04 - Solo
05 - After Halloween
06 - For Shame Of Doing Wrong
07 - Stranger To Himself
08 - I'm A Dreamer
09 - John The Gun
10 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
11 - By The Time It Gets Dark
12 - What Is True
13 - The Sea
14 - Full Moon
15 - Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Sunday, October 6, 2019

fol&ar - Fol&Ar (2008 Portugal) @320

The fol&ar project was born in 2006, joining a group of instruments with a mind of their own with a group of musicians passionate about dance and traditional music.

With themes inspired in dances from all over Europe, we started introducing our ball project. In that first project we gathered the unique sound of each instrument with the intimate environment of music sharing. From the joy of the malhão to the intimate drag of the mazurka, we created a group of themes to whom we can individually relate and a sound that defines us as a whole.

In 2008 we introduced our first album, also called fol&ar, made of only original theme songs, guest starring Ana Lúcia Palminha (voice), Alexandre Matias e Duda Amaro (percussions), produced by Nuno Gelpi e ourselves.

Reaching our grown up age, but keeping the same work line and the same care we give each theme, we are presenting ourselves in 2012 with a new line up that broadens the horizons to our approach to traditional music.

1. Tocandare (hanter dro)    4:32
2. Pólvora no Olhar (círculo circassiano)    4:46
3. Valsas e Mazurcas para quê? (mazurca)    3:45
4. Carmo 3 da Manhã (valsa)    4:07
5. Malhão da Graça (malhão)    2:54
6. Íntima Satisfação (valsa de 8 tempos)    4:36
7. Baú Vermelho (bourrée)    3:28
8. Caracol da Graça (Mazurca)    4:18
9. Valsa do João sem Medo (valsa de 5 tempos)    4:44
10. Gatafunho (bourrée)    4:52
11. 21 Gramas (mazurca)    5:09

Fernando Lyra
João Salvado
Nuno Gelpi
Miguel Gelpi

Ana Lúcia Palminha (voice)
Alexandre Matias & Duda Amaro (percussions)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Ballsy Swing - Le pain quotidien (2017 France) @320

Formed in the ruins of an ancient Roodanian miroiterie, this group carries with it a story worthy of a traditional tale, an ode to the tragic youth of musicians who had for sustenance only a few pizzas marinated in jasmine tea.
In this maze of dark cellars, three promising members were reared in cages with intensive listening to Bach, Jean-Michel Jarretelle and other occult repertoires of Auvergne drunk. And during their childhood they were often seen trailed, chained, on the floors of the most improbable balls, fed only with zucchini fins and muslin nutria, with the intention of making them the future great manitous of the industry. Hip hop musette with committed lyrics.
Taking advantage of a clear night moonless they managed to escape, taking refuge for a while in the cabaret strip-tease, to conclude this epic on the floors of folk balls.
Today Colin Delzant (cello), Valère Passeri (violin) and Lucas Thebaut (diatonic accordions) are proud to offer you the fruit of this incredible journey: a music that will make you dance, scream, can be even take off at the sound of this swing ... which comes from far!
(google-translate from french, sorry)

01. Scottish à Chloé
02. Polska de Chambérat / Pad'poufs (Polska / Bourrée 3 temps)
03. À nos mamans / Bourrées de Criées / Bourrée du 22 novembre (Bourrées 2 temps)
04. Coup de houle / Diving Suit / La grâce dans l'oeil / Feux dans l'eau (Noirmoutiers)
05. Atlantis Octopus (Mazurka)
06. La danse des Cacahuètes / Valse des petits Tours
07. Chauvinisme / Volverback (Bourrées 2 temps)
08. Élégie aux deux pigeons (Valse)
09. Les pulls à Lucas (Chapelloise)
10. St-Pierre-des-Dents / Lo Gazion (Rondeaux)
11. Le palais de la Tortue / Encore plus au Nord / Happy Ending / La bay des chevauchées (Cercles)

Colin DELZANT : Violoncelle
Valère PASSERI : Violon
Lucas THEBAUT : Accordéon diatonique

Aurélien CLARANBAUX : Accordéon diatonique
Joanny NIOULOU : Cornemuse
Marou THIN : Flûte traversière

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Balor - La place du carrousel (2012 France) @320

Balor is a folk music from the region of Morvan. they are dynamic young musicians that mixes traditional and modern music.

1. Avant de s'en aller derrière chez nous
2. Deux oiseaux sur un toit
3. C'est l'heure
4. Anita
5. Balorzurka
6. Bourrée valsée
7. Du haut de mon balcon
8. Updown and arround
9. Ma maîtresse et monsieur le conte

Eudoxie Sebastia : diatonic accordion
Floranne Renaud : flute, backing vocals
Grégoire Durand : violin, backing vocals
Yannick Grossetete : cajon, percussions, guitar, vocals
Paul Grossetete : guitar, bass, backing vocals
Léa Trani : backing vocals
Jean-Pascal Pin : hurdy-gurdy
Killian Flatot : diatonic accordion

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Vegetal Jam - Danza del Bosque Encantado (2012 Spain) @VBR

Vegetal Jam is a Folk musical duo founded in 2012. It is formed by accordionist David Aznar, from Zaragoza, and violinist and cellist Miguel Guallar, from Ejea de los Caballeros.
The name of the group means in Spanish "Vegetable jam", since they declare themselves as a rhythm jam: Natural music, without added sugars. It is a Folk style for dancing, mixing Aragonese rhythms and the rest of Europe, with songs of its own composition.
On December 21, 2012 they released their first album, Danza del Bosque Encantado, which was presented on January 11, 2013. In it all songs are danceable compositions, predominantly waltzes and mazurkas.
In 2013, winners of the Villanua Street Music Festival (Huesca) and finalists in the Aragonese Music Awards, in the category of best cover, remain.
They put melody at the head of the Aragón Televisión program "A fair day", with the song entitled "Jota de Almendras".
In 2014 they presented their second album, entitled "Valnerols", which was presented on February 22, 2014 at the Arbolé Theater in Zaragoza.
They have performed at important music festivals in Spain and Portugal.

01 - Coles Scottish de Bruselas (Scottish)
02 - Jazz Mazurka (Mazurka)
03 - Cuarto Creciente (Rondeau)
04 - Manzana de Caramelo Ecológica (Vals 3 tiempos)
05 - Bosque Encantado (An dro)
06 - Jota de Almendras (Jota)
07 - Baño Maria (Mazurka)
08 - Barrio Sur (Klezmer)
09 - 40 Luciérnagas (Vals 5 tiempos)
10 - Lua (Chapelloise)
11 - 1171 Sobre el Mar (Mazurka)
12 - Corazón Verde (Circulo circasiano)
13 - Polka Regadera (Polka)
14 - L'Acordéon Prêté (Vals 3 tiempos)
15 - Jazz Mazurka (Bonus track)

David Aznar: Chromatic accordion 
Miguel Guallar: Cello and violin
Jonás Gimeno: Panderetas
Diago Lezaun: Dulzaina (Spanish double reed instrument in the oboe family)
Daniel Salanova: Drums
Fernando García: Bass

Friday, September 27, 2019

FatDog - New Found Land (2014 Sweden / Norway / England) @320

With members from Sweden, Norway and England, and based on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border, FatDog cross boundaries every time they meet, both literally and musically. Three are established folk musicians anchored in the musical traditions of Scandinavia and Britain. Three are accomplished jazz musicians with an ear both for the local and the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the experimental.

FatDog’s instrument line-up usually raises a few eyebrows: concertina, trumpet, cittern, clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone and double bass. Having no percussionist, the rhythm section is provided by the buzz of the hurdy-gurdy, the chug of the concertina and, on occasion, the thrash of a cittern. The resulting rhythmic drive is unobtrusive but irresistible. Not least, Anders’s hurdy-gurdy, combining drones, melody and rhythmic ‘trompette’, is a powerhouse at the centre of the band. Patrik’s bubbling clarinet, Hallvard’s sonorous sax and Gunnar’s inventive trumpet each provide both improvisation and chords, playing off the melody and each other in constant movement. Underlying it all is Putte’s double bass, solid and playful at the same time.

FatDog’s repertoire always has at least one foot in folk music, either taking a traditional song or tune as their point of departure or composing new ones in the folk idiom. The rhythms of Scandinavian dance are well represented here, while influences from Macedonia to Morris dance turn up without seeming out of place.

About half of the material on New Found Land consists of songs featuring Richard’s rich baritone. Whether singing in Norwegian, French or his native English, his style, honed over 40 years of singing traditional material, is honest and direct. Two of the tracks featured are six-voice a cappella songs - providing a change of musical scenery and giving the lie to the common conception that jazz musicians can’t sing! 

01. Jonas Slängpolska
(Jonas Åkerlund, arr Patrik Wingård)
A slängpolska is a swirling variant of the Swedish 3/4 polska dance. We learned this one from the Swedish fiddler Jonas Åkerlund.

02. Ring The Changes
(Richard Burgess, arr Patrik Wingård)
A Welsh Morris dance tune leads the way in Richard’s tribute to village England.

03. Halling Etter Sjur Eldegard
(trad, arr FatDog)
A halling is a 2/4 dance found in Norway and Sweden, traditionally danced by men to show off their agility.

04. Se Solens Skjønne Lys Og Prakt
(trad, arr FatDog)
‘See the sun’s beautiful light and glory’. The words of this Norwegian hymn concern sunsets and faith, and were written by Birgitte Kaas Huitfeldt in 1734.  Richard, who lives close to her estate, has added his own respectfully agnostic verse at the end.

05. Sexling
(trad, arr FatDog)
A dance from Svarteborg in Bohuslän, Patrik, Anders and Putte’s home county.

06. Hog-Eye
(trad, arr FatDog)
A sea-shanty considered so obscene by collectors that the lyrics were apparently ‘camouflaged’.

07. Polonäs Från Sexdrega
(trad, arr FatDog)
A Swedish processional

08. Sandansko Oro
(trad, arr FatDog)
A classic Macedonian dance tune in 22/16 time

09. Terre Neuve / Isdalen
Terre Neuve (trad, arr FatDog)/Isdalen (Anders Ådin, arr FatDog)
This French sailor’s song, learned from Emmanuel Pariselle, deals with the deprivations of sailing off the Banks of Newfoundland, not least missing Mum’s cabbage soup. Anders wrote Isdalen when living in Bergen, Norway.

10. Emigrantskipet
(trad, arr Richard Burgess)
In 1904 the steamer ‘Norge’ sailed from Copenhagen with emigrants on board. Tragedy struck in the Atlantic when the ship got too close to the island of Rockall. 635 lives were lost. The ballad was written shortly after the event

11. Bay Of Biscay
(trad, arr FatDog)
Richard learned this song from the great singer and flute-player Cathal McConnell from Fermanagh on one of his many trips to Norway.

12. Gubbvalsen
(Anders Ådin, arr FatDog)
Anders’s ‘old man’s waltz’ – which, if you try to dance, is not a waltz at all…

Gunnar Halle - trumpet, voice
Patrik Wingård - clarinet, flute, voice
Hallvard Godal - saxophone, bass clarinet, voice
Richard Burgess - voice, concertina, guitars
Putte Johander - bass, voice
Anders Ådin - hurdy-gurdy, guitar, voice

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Guilhem Desq - Visions (France 2018) @320

Guilhem Desq breathes new life and innovation into this old-world instrument, the hurdy gurdy. His sound is unmistakable as he electrifies this originally acoustic instrument and plays a wide variety of genres on it – anything from traditional European folk to Middle-Eastern, contemporary rock, hip-hop and electro.

After a year touring worldwide with more than 60 shows (India, USA, New Zealand, Israël, Bulgaria, Italy, France…) Guilhem Desq comes back to release his first solo album “Visions”. An album “100% hurdy gurdy” which feature original songs recorded from his  instrument as the only source of sounds. Not only an album but a whole project which is going beyond music, from building his instrument to directing and animating his latest music video “Le château magique”.

01. Le château magique 04:10
02. Visions 03:45
03. La libellule et le baobab 05:06
04. Sand Sailor 04:13
05. Cicatrices (free) 04:13
06. Omen (free) 03:40
07. Break your Crank 03:38
08. Jusqu'en haut de la montagne 05:32
09. Arbol 04:24
10. Le château abandonné 07:14

All the sounds of this album were recorded from my hurdy gurdy, except for my voice (Visions & Sand Sailor), bells by my father (Break your Crank), and trombone by Renaud Perrot (Le château abandonné).

Buy the album HERE

Bazar Blå - Twenty (2016 Sweden) @320

“Twenty” is about the magical gravitational forces of music and its mysterious effects on life itself. Just as much as it marks our twenty-year anniversary as Bazar Blå, this music is also a celebration of the rare friendship that has kept us together for all these years. A unique musical and personal connection which inspires us to push boundaries and develop as musicians and as a collective. From the very beginning, Bazar Blå has functioned as a sort of safe-house for musical experiments and exchange of artistic ideas, many of which have found their ways into our music and thus into our musical personalities.
Seven eventful years have passed since our previous release and, looking back, it seems both like yesterday and a very distant past. At times we came close to getting lost forever, but we just could not rush this music or force it into existence. Now it is here and we are very happy to present this next step in the evolution of Bazar Blå.
(from official site)

Two decades on the road, apparently with a few sticky patches in recent years, Bazar Blå is a Swedish trio based around the nyckelharpa of Johan Hedin, with the somewhat surprising addition of drums and bass behind this renaissance folk instrument. Although Twenty is their sixth album, this is the first time I've heard Bazar Blå's music - not so surprising, as they lean strongly towards world music and don't really incorporate the Swedish dance traditions I am more familiar with. In over an hour of new compositions, only one or two of the dozen tracks here approaches the driving dance style of much Scandinavian music: the rest is dark, brooding, intense, following another strand of Scandinavian tradition, well played and absorbing but more tantric than toe-tapping.
Ten of the numbers on Twenty were written by bass-player Björn Meyer, with the other two credited to Hedin. Percussionist Frederik Gille doesn't get involved in the composing, but his contribution to the sound is pivotal, providing the rhythm which holds these shifting wintry tapestries together. He has an over-fondness for sleigh bells, but otherwise the percussion is first class. I had hoped for more sparkle in the nyckelharpa, and this only really comes through on Strax and Dussinpolskan - although the bass mandola does add some brilliance to Bazar Blå's music too. There is a strong Swedish character to this album, mixed with Middle-Eastern and Asian flavours, so if you enjoy the gloomy and mysterious aspects of Nordic music, or the more laid-back side of Balkan or Arab traditions, Twenty may well suit your tastes.
© Alex Monaghan

1. Àziza
2. Svävaren
3. Tio i Tre
4. Lugnet
5. Dussinpolskan
6. Flytten
7. Strax
8. Klockan två
9. Lunken
10. Stillheten
11. Haft
12. Hymn

Johan Hedin: nyckelharpa
Björn Meyer: acoustic & electric 6 string bass guitar, bass mandola
Fredrik Gille: percussion

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Andy Cutting - Andy Cutting (2010 England) @320


1. Uphill Way
2. Cuckoo’s Nest / Old Molly Oxford
3. CEG
4. Atherfield
5. Charlie / Come Back!
6. Edges / Thin Waltz
7. Still Hearing You / The Resplendent Jig
8. Granton Fish Bowl
9. Covered in People
10. Potato / Theatre
11. Old Light
12. The Abbess

Andy Cutting - melodeon
Mike McGoldrick - whistley things
Tim Harries - double bass 
Ian Carr - guitar
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