Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Бурдон (Burdon Folk Band) - Дівиця (Divytsia) (2013 Ukraine) @320

Burdon (“bour-don” - drone) is a folk band from Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. The young folk musicians formed the group in 2002 and have quickly developed their music-making to an impressive level and built up a rich repertoire of traditional tunes, rural ritual songs, old ballads and cheerful dances.
Burdon's repertoire is mostly based on traditional music from Ukraine, Hungary and Romania. Their music is based on age-old tunes in modern arrangements, which paint a vivid, dramatic world full of excitement, love, mystic and enchantment. Many of the songs are taken from the local tradition of unique ethnic groups who live around Ukrainian-Polish-Slovakian borders: Lemko, Boiko and Hutsul. Some are from other parts of mysterious Carpathian region, particularly from survived Hungarian minority Csángo living in Romanian region Moldva.
With all this multicultural mix Burdon creates its own unique sound with female vocals, fiddles, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, moraharpa, double bass and percussion. They played many festival concerts around Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Germany and Canada, where they have easily captured audiences. 

1. Зозулечка (Ukrainian) (04:31)
2. Степанида (Central Ukrainian) (03:17)
3. Ramo druze moj/Sirba (Balkan) (05:51)
4. Мороз (West Ukrainian) (04:56)
5. Рудий (Ukrainian) (03:06)
6. Гуси (Ukrainian/Macedonian) (07:24)
7. Fato mori dusmanke (Macedonian) (04:01)
8. Maruntel (Romanian/Chango) (04:35)
9. Milo mou kokkino (Greek) (04:44)
10. Рано (Central Ukrainian) (03:58)
11. Дівиця (by Max Petrenko) (03:35)
12. Лужок (East Ukrainian) (05:48)

OLENA YEREMENKO – violin, vioara cu goarna, mandolin, moraharpa, vocal.
ROST TATOMYR – bouzouki, vocal, saz.
LUBKO MARIASH – drums, percussions, hurdy-gurdy, didgeridoo, jews harp.
OKSANA HRYNKO – vocal, accordion.
DANA BONCHUK – vocal, gardon.
IVAN OHAR – double bass.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Various With Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - The Original Transatlantic Sessions (2009 Multinational) @320

Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of musical productions by Glasgow-based Pelicula Films Ltd, funded by- and produced for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and RTÉ of Ireland. The productions comprise collaborative live performances by various leading folk, bluegrass and country musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America, who congregate under the musical direction of Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas to record and film a set of half-hour TV episodes. The Television director is Mike Alexander and the producer is Douglas Eadie.

In addition to the TV productions, public performances of the Transatlantic Sessions have been staged recently by some of the participating artists, receiving critical acclaim in the press and six series albums have been released in both CD and DVD format by Whirlie Records.


01 - Aly Bain - Far From Home - Big John McNeil
02 - John Martin - May You Never
03 - Michelle Wright - Guitar Talk
04 - Jay Ungar - Goodbye Liza Jane
05 - Mary Black - Farewell Farewell
06 - Jay Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
07 - Kathy Mattea - Ready For The Storm
08 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Talk To Me Of Mendocina
09 - Iris Dement - Let The Mystery Be
10 - Davy Spillane - Daire's Dream
11 - Karen Matheson - Cana Nan Gaidheal
12 - Cathal McConnell - The Dark Woman Of The Glen
13 - Guy Clark - Dublin Blues
14 - Jay Ungar - You Low Down Dirty Dog
15 - Jerry Douglas - Uncle Sam - Rain On Olivia Town
16 - Dougie MacLean - Turning Away
17 - Mark O'Connor - Grey Eagle
18 - Michelle Wright, Iris Dement & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - Will The Circle Be Unbroken

01 - Aly Bain - Scotland
02 - Emmylou Harris - Wheels Of Love
03 - John Martyn - Don't Want To Know
04 - Mary Black - The Loving Time
05 - Molly Mason - The Lover's Waltz
06 - Dick Gaughan - Both Sides The Tweed
07 - Simon Thoumire, Jim Sutherland - Jim's Jig - Little Cascades - Fox In The Town
08 - Iris Dement - Sweet Is The Melody
09 - Karen Matheson - Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
10 - Guy Clark - Dark As A Dungeon
11 - Jay Ungar - Ronfleuse Gobeil
12 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Goin' Back To Harlan
13 - Kathy Mattea - I Will
14 - Mark O'Connor - Cat In The Bag
15 - Emmylou Harris - Green Rolling Hills
16 - Aly Bain - A Maiden's Prayer
17 - Kate & Anna, Rufus, Emmylou, Mary, Karen & Rod - Hard Times

01 - Jay Ungar & Aly Bain - Big Scioty
02 - Guy Clark - Black Diamond Strings
03 - Emmylou Harris - For No One
04 - John Martyn - Spencer The Rover
05 - Davy Spillane - Boulavogue - Mrs. McLeod
06 - Rod Paterson - Auld Lang Syne
07 - Michelle Wright - The Reason Why I'm Gone
08 - Russ Barenberg - Big Bug Shuffle
09 - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Gentle Annie
10 - Savourna Stevenson - Mexican Monterey
11 - John Martyn - Big Muff
12 - Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
13 - Iris Dement - Our Town
14 - Mark O'Connor - Jesse Polka
15 - Aly Bain & Jay Ungar - Macilmoyle
16 - Dougie MacLean - This Love Will Carry
17 - Martyn Bennett - MacCrimmon's Lament
18 - Dick Gaughan - Wild Mountain Thyme

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Talar - Talar (France / Bretagne 2005) @320

The five musicians sign a disc still rooted in the Breton tradition and impregnated with the musical touch which made 'le talar'. Their musics are acouctic, energetic and lively and at the same time they offer an incredible diversity of themes. Reflecting the creativity of the present Breton musical scene, that new opus gives more than his due to original compositions and new tunes.

1. De 6 à 7 (Ridées) 5:52
2. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton simpl) 3:02
3. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Bal) 2:11
4. Kerdelaïde (Suite plinn - Ton doubl) 3:52
5. Le sourire du Léonard (Ronds de Landeda) 3:44
6. Ti Ken` (Ronds de St-Vincent) 4:33
7. Petits plaisirs (Valse) 5:04
8. Mad e soñj (Laridé) 3:24
9. Madame T (Mélodie) 2:21
10. 7 août 1845 (Hanter dro) 5:35
11. Oh oui! (Pilé menu) 3:38
12. Le Rocher à la Vache (Maraîchines) 2:49
13. Bugaleaj (Mélodie / marche) 2:18
14. Bahamas Mystery Tour (Tours / mélodie) 4:08

Gwénolé AYOUL : bombardon, oboe
Frédérik BOULEY : fiddle, viola, mandoline
Olivier CAILLON : sax, soprano, biniou, veuze;
Philippe JEGOU : guitar
Erwann TOBIE : accordion, octaver
Guests :
Fañch BADEAU : bass, double bass, accordion
Michel BONAMY : flute
Davis BOURDEAU : clarinet
Sylvain GIRAULT : vocal

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bon Débarras - Bon Débarras (Canada 2009) @320

Dominic Desrochers : guitar, banjo, washboard, triangle, vocals
Jean-François Dumas : guitar, banjo, harmonica, foot percussion, snair, vocals
Luzio Altobelli : accordion, vocals

1.Fille d'un avocat-Brandy calumet 06:29
2.Bosco Stomp/One-step de chameau 05:17
3.Reel Tao 05:48
4.La débrouille 03:20
5.Bouquet de toundra 03:54
6.La malmariée et son mari enseveli 05:10
7.Reel du Fjord 03:27
8.L'île ensorcelée 04:32
9.Le quêteux 03:53

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nightnoise - At The End Of The Evening (Ireland 1988) @320

A seamless blend of Celtic music, jazz, and classical chamber music has given Nightnoise their distinct sound. Nightnoise was initially conceived as a duo formed by Irish guitarist Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, formerly of Skara Brae and the Bothy Band, and classically trained American violinist Billy Oskay, shortly after Ó Domhnaill moved to Portland. The duo concept grew into a full ensemble when a demo tape by Oskay and Ó Domhnaill became the band's first album with the addition of clavinet player Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and flute player Brian Dunning. Mícháel's sister, Tríona had previously played with her brother in Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, and Relativity, a group they shared with Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and his accordionist/keyboardist brother, Phil. Ireland-born Dunning had played classical and jazz flute before moving to traditional folk music with the group Puck Fair. When Oskay left the band after the release of their fourth album, Johnny Cunningham seemed a natural replacement. 
Cunningham's expressive fiddling provided an extra edge to the band's arrangements. When he elected to leave the group following the release of their album The White Horse Sessions in 1997, he was replaced by John Fitzpatrick. In the late '90s, Nightnoise relocated to Ireland, where they started appearing weekly on Irish television show Brid Live, broadcast by RT1 in Dublin. The group supplied instrumental accompaniment for Japanese vocalist Mimori Yusa's album Mimori Yusa Meets Irish Superstars. Windham Hill commemorated the work of the band in 2006 by releasing Pure Nightnoise, a best-of collection. 
~ Craig Harris

01 - Windell  3:47
02 - Of A Summer Morn  3:21
03 - Hugh  3:39
04 - Jaunting  3:35
05 - The Courtyard  2:48
06 - "Bring Me Back A Song."  4:50
07 - Snow On High Ground  3:43
08 - At The Races  3:06
09 - Forgotten Carnival  3:30
10 - The Cuillin Hills  2:47
11 - Her Kansas Sun  3:35
12 - End Of The Evening  5:06
13 - The Swan  3:17

Flute, Panpipes – Brian Dunning
Guitar, Keyboards, Whistle, Music By [Additional] – Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
Keyboards, Whistle, Accordion, Vocals – Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Violin, Viola, Keyboards, Engineer – Billy Oskay
Written-By – B. Oskay* (tracks: 1, 5, 11), B. Dunning* (tracks: 4, 9), M. Ó Domhnaill* (tracks: 1, 2, 6, 13), T. Ní Dhomhnaill (tracks: 3, 7, 8, 10. 12)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Garmarna - Vittrad (Sweden 1994) @320

"Our first full-length album, with all its demands on the material. This album opened a lot of doors, especially outside of Sweden, and received a lot of critical acclaim which really helped getting things going."

1. Straffad Moder & Dotter / Mother and Daughter Punished (5:03) 
2. Garmgny / Garm's Bark (3:33) 
3. Namndemans-Ola / Commissioner Ola (2:30) 
4. Kulleritova (0:53) 
5. Vittrad / Crumbling Away (4:00) 
6. Skallen / Cranium (3:11) 
7. Flusspolska / Tonsilitis Polska (1:11) 
8. Antiokia / Antioch (3:04) 
9. Liten Kersti / Little Kersti (5:22) 
10. Inte sörja vi... / We won't grieve... (2:53) 
11. Domschottis / Judgment Schottische (3:46) 
12. Den Bortsålda / Sold Away (4:23) 
13. Styvmodern / Stepmother (2:50) 
14. Klevabergselden / Kleveberg's Fire (4:55) 

- Stefan Brisland-Ferner / violins, viola, hurdy-gurdy, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Emma Härdelin / lead vocals, violin & flute
- Jens Hoglin / drums and percussion
- Gotte Ringqvist / lute, violin, bowed harp, Jew's harps, background vocals & rhythm
- Rickard Westman / bouzouki & guitars
Guest artists:
- Hans Lebanzski & Nicklas Holmgren / sampling & rhythm
- Elina Nordvall-Meijer / vocals
- Jorgen Fahlberg / additional guitars

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Garmarna - Garmarna (2003 Expanded Edition) (Sweden 1993) @320

Adding modern touches to traditionally based Swedish folk music has made Garmarna one of top groups of the Scandinavian Folk resurgence of the '90s. Their debut album, 1994's Vittrad, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy while their second album, 1996's Guds Speleman, received the Swedish Grammy award "Album of the Year." Released in the United States, the album placed high on the CMJ New Music chart. In late 1996, Guds Speleman reached the fifth posotion on a Top 25 list compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Societe-Radio Canada. Their third effort, Vedergällningen (Vengeance), released in March 1999 reached number eight on the European world music chart.

Formed in 1990, Garmarna was inspired by Olov Johansson's musical score for a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Initially a trio featuring Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner, and Rickard Westman, the group quickly built a solid local reputation. An interview with a radio reporter following their set at the Umea Folkmusik Festival led to an invitation to perform at a major festival in Autsfred, Sweden. The festival performance proved pivotal. Drummer Jens Hoglin, who was added for the festival, has remained with the group. Audience members included Emma Hardelin, who subsequently joined the band as lead vocalist, and Mats Hammerman, president of the Massproduktion record label, who quickly signed the group. Soon after releasing an EP in 1993, Garmana began touring throughout Sweden. The following year, the band caught the ear of Drew Miller, bassist of Minneapolis-based band Boiled in Lead and the owner of an independant label, Omnium. Impressed by what he heard, Miller signed Garmarna for North American distribution. Their debut album, Vittrad, released in Sweden in April 1994, was reissued as Crumbling Away. Garmarna performed their debut North American tour in March 1995. In Autumn 1996, Garmarna received the prestigious jury's prize, the Iron Gustav Award, for their performance at the Malzhaus Festival in Germany. Garmarna later performed a song by Mats Wester and Py Bäckman at the Eurovision Song Contest. During a tour in 1998, the group performed a collection of songs based on the medieval work of Hildegard von Bingen. Emma Hardelin performed songs by Benny Andersson of ABBA during a show that was broadcast throughout the world on New Year's Eve 1999. Vengeance was issued that same year. A self-titled release also appeared two years later. ~ Craig Harris

This album is a remastered version of their self-titled 1993 debut EP, which has been expanded on CD by the addition of six songs from their 1992 demo.

01 - Lill-Mats Polska
02 - Skenpolska
03 - Jordbyggarlaaten
04 - Herr Olof
05 - Traanpolska
06 - Cow-Call From Haelsingland
07 - Klevabergselden
08 - Garmgny (unreleased bonus track)
09 - Flusspolska (unreleased bonus track)
10 - Maanpolska (unreleased bonus track)
11 - Antiokia (unreleased bonus track)
12 - Skenpolska (unreleased bonus track)
13 - Klevabergselden II (unreleased bonus track)

Bouzouki, Guitar, Guitar [Luteguitar] – Rickard Westman
Double Bass – Björn Eriksson
Guitar [Luteguitar], Violin, Jew's Harp – Gotte Ringqvist
Percussion, Vocals [Death Grunts] – Jens Höglin
Violin, Hurdy Gurdy, Jew's Harp, Viola – Stefan Brisland-Ferner
Vocals, Violin – Emma Härdelin

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sandy Denny - North Star Grassman and The Ravens - 2CD (England 1971) [2011 Deluxe Edition] @320

The North Star Grassman and the Ravens is a 1971 album by English folk rock singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. Built mostly around her own compositions, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens is distinguished by its elusive lyrics and unexpected harmonies.

01 - Late November
02 - Blackwaterside
03 - The Sea Captain
04 - Down In The Flood
05 - John The Gun
06 - Next Time Around
07 - The Optimist
08 - Let's Jump The Broomstick
09 - Wretched Wilbur
10 - The North Star Grassman and The Ravens
11 - Crazy Lady Blues
12 - Next Time Around (demo)
13 - Walking The Floor Over You (duet with Richard Thompson)
14 - Lord Bateman (instrumental)
15 - If You Saw Thru' My Eyes (duet with Ian Matthews)

16 - The Sea Captain (demo)
17 - The Optimist (demo)
18 - Wretched Wilbur (demo)
19 - Crazy Lady Blues (demo)
20 - Lord Bateman (demo)
21 - Late November (BBC Session Bob Harris)
22 - The Lowlands of Holland  (BBC Session Bob Harris)
23 - Blackwaterside (BBC Session Sounds on Sunday)
24 - The North Star Grassman and The Ravens (BBC in Concert)
25 - Bruton Town (BBC in Concert)
26 - Next Time Around (BBC in Concert)
27 - John The Gun (BBC in Concert)

Sandy Denny - lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2/3/11), piano (1)
Jerry Donahue - electric guitar (1)
Richard Thompson - electric guitar (1-5/7-9), accordion (2), vocals (4), acoustic guitar (6-7/9-10), bass (7/11)
Trevor Lucas - acoustic guitar (1/5/8)
Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar (11)
Pat Donaldson - bass (1-3/8-10)
Tony Reeves - bass (4/6)
Gerry Conway - drums (1-4/6-7/9-11)
Roger Powell - drums (8)
Ian Whiteman - piano (4-8/10-11), flute organ (10)
Barry Dransfield - violin (5)
Royston Wood, Robin Dransfield - backing vocals (5)
Harry Robinson - string arrangements (6/9)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ivan Kupala - Kostroma [1999 Russia] @320

Ethno-dance-project was formed in 1995 as russian copy of "Deep Forest" on basement of authentic slavic folklore. Three DJs of "Radio Chance", Saint-Petersburg, being impressed by the album "Boheme" of "Deep Forest" started to work in the same direction. In a few years they have prepared material for the 1st album. The folk songs from old vinil discs and recorded during folk-expeditions in the 2nd half of the XX century became a basis for the album.

The path chosen by Ivan Kupala does not imply dance hits conveyor stamping. First you have to dig around in dusty archives, to ride with the recorder on quiet villages, to find old women and old men who can still remember the old tunes, to persuade them to sing all that stuff into the microphone (a fragment of this difficult process is represented at the seventh minute of the final track of the album). Then hard work in the studio, composing instrumental accompaniment for these vocal, which also have problems: in a purely electronic reading the lyrics are not sound. But in order to score all those horns, accordion and rattles into the tone-pot of synth, they must be first learned to play. And only after all of these works you can learn a new program with a concert vocalists.

01. Kupala
02. Kostroma
03. Brovi (Eyebrows)
04. Vinograd (Grapes)
05. Molodost (Youth)
06. Svatochki (Matchmakers)
07. Vorotechki (Gates)
08. Kalyada
09. Kanareyka (Canary)
10. Galya
11. Polosa (Strip)

Ivan Kupala - Radio Nagra [2002 Russia] @320

Ivan Kupala (Midsummer) is a folk pagan festival dedicated to pagan god Kupala, celebrated in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. Midsummer is an old tradition of celebrating almost the whole of Europe. Before baptism of Russia celebration was timed to the day of the summer solstice (June 20-22, in the old style of UTC in the III century). After Christianity they began to celebrate the holiday on the birthday of John the Baptist - June 24, old style. With the transition to a new style of date of birth of John the Baptist has moved on 7 July (XX-XXI centuries) as well as the Orthodox Church lives by the old style. According to this fact festival has lost an astronomical solstice line. Ethno-dance-project 'Ivan Kupala' was formed in 1995 as russian copy of "Deep Forest" on basement of authentic slavic folklore. Three DJs of 'Radio Chance', Sanct-Peterburg, being impressed by the album "Boheme" of "Deep Forest" started to work in the same direction. In a few years they have prepared material for the 1st album. Basis for the album were the folk songs from old vinil discs and recorded during folk-expeditions in the 2nd half of the XX century.

"Nagra" is the tape-recorder, which recorded the songs that were used on the album. Grannies were recorded in Russian and Belorussian villages by members of band during folk-expeditions.

01. Pchyoly (Bees)
02. Velik den' (The day is great)
03. V roosche (In the grove)
04. Rosy (Dews)
05. Yascher (Lizard)
06. Pchyoly-2 (Bees-2)
07. Dyatel (Woodpecker)
08. Geo
09. Nana
10. Perepyolka (Quail)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Maggie Holland - Still Pause (1983 England) @VBR

Maggie Holland was born and bred in Hampshire (southern England) and first became involved with music through the local folk club scene in the late sixties. Her first professional musical work was as bass guitarist and eventually, singer  in the blues/goodtime duo Hot Vultures with Ian A. Anderson. The Vultures toured in Britain, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, covering approximately 30,000 miles per year during 1973-79; Maggie was also the sole driver. The duo expanded into the English Country Blues Band in the late seventies, with Rod Stradling and Sue Harris (later Chris Coe).

01 - Time To Kill
02 - Vandy
03 - Mad Lydia's Waltz
04 - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
05 - Bye Bye Bohemia
06 - The Banks Of The Nile
07 - If He's Gone
08 - The Great Valerio
09 - Peach Picking Time In Georgia
10 - Icarus
11 - The House Carpenter
12 - Black Cat
13 - Homunculus

Maggie Holland, vocals, guitar [1, 3-5, 7, 9-10, 12-13], banjo [2, 5-6, 9, 11], acoustic bass 
[2], electric bass [1, 3-5, 7, 9-13];
George Norris, vocals [1-2, 5, 7-8];
Sean Mayes, piano [1, 7-8];
Alex Forsyth, tenor saxophone [1, 4], soprano saxophone [10, 12];
John Kirkpatrick, button accordion [3, 10];
Ian A. Anderson, bottleneck guitar [9]

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tri Yann - Dix Ans, Dix Filles [1973 France] @320

01 - Les filles de Redon
02 - Hirvoudou
03 - Liberty
04 - L'âge de nos vingt ans
05 - Marv Pontkallek
06 - Rond de Saint-Vincent revival
07 - Heidless cross
08 - Jig
09 - The rising o' the moon
10 - Chansonnette pour palper des droits d'auteur
11 - War bont an Naoned
12 - L'abandon... la saison...

Jean-Paul Corbineau: Chant, guitares, cuillères, harmonica
Jean Chocun: Chant, guitares, banjo
Jean-Louis Jossic: Chant, dulcimer, flûte, guimbarde
Bernard Baudriller: Chant, contrebasse, violoncelle, bodhran

Monday, September 3, 2018

Efrén López - El Fill Del Llop (Spain 2015) @320

Efrén López is the guitarist of the group "L'Ham de Foc".
Nine original instrumental pieces and two old songs, one Flamenco and one Occitan with new arrangements. Compositions that use exclusively acoustic traditional instruments and influences of Greek, Turkish, Persian and Medieval music.

01 - Kurtoğlu Zeybeği
02 - Plaerdemavida
03 - Como Al Pie Del Suplicio Estuve
04 - O Gios Tou Lykou
05 - Aralık (Ferahfezâ)
06 - Asbe Sangi
07 - Lo Boièr - Iria
08 - Vallsabollera
09 - Bourrees de la Carrasca de la Vaca
10 - Azinhaga
11 - Abracadabra

Bagpipes [Galician Gaita] – Raquel García
Bendir, Vielle, Dilruba, Recorder – Miriam Encinas
Goblet Drum [Tombak] – Jérôme Salomon
Instruments [davul, çöğür, Bulgari, Meydan Saz, Kopuz, Cura Saz, üç Telli Bağlama, Fretless Guitar, Cretan Laouto, Ud, Kurdish Tanbur, Persian Santur, Bass Citole, Citole, Shofar, Gothic Harp, Hurdy Gurdy, Guitarró, Llaüt, Bandúrria, Mandola, Irish Bouzouki, Claps, Banjo], Vocals – Efrén López
Kanun – Sofia Lambropoulou
Ney – Itzhak Ventura, Christos Barbas
Ney, Bagpipes [Bulgarian Gaida], Kaval – Meira Segal
Percussion [cymbals, Square Drum From Peñaparda, Tambourine, Bottle, Udu, Legüero, Claps, Shaker, Bendir, Adufe, Tavil, Nagara, Metals, Crakebs, Sabar] – Alex Tobias
Percussion [doira, Bendir, Davul, Daf, Gungru] – Diego López
Rebec [Cretan Lyra] – Kelly Thoma, Stelios Petrakis
Strings [yaylı Tanbur, Bass Yaylı Tanbur] – Evgenios Voulgaris
Vocals – Iván López, Raúl Micó
Arranged By, Music By, Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Efrén López

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bandadriatica - Babilonia (Italy 2015) @320

Babilonia is the title of the fourth recording work of Bandadriatica, produced by Finisterre,
distributed in Italy and abroad by Felmay and promoted with the support of Puglia Sounds

The Salento ensemble, led by the organist and singer Claudio Prima, has focused its research on the origins of the music of the Adriatic Sea in recent years. In this CD he pushes his gaze to Turkey, Lebanon and Armenia. The Bandadriatica sailed to the East to identify the common traits of different traditions and, as usual, to rewrite traditional music, with numerous new songs in the lyrics and music, filtering the fabric created by the threads of different traditions encountered and retranslated with their own sensitivity. In fact, Babylon is a meeting of cultures, a challenge for communication. The Adriatic has always been a Babylon of languages ​​and cultures and the BandAdriatica has traveled the routes of incommunicability to rediscover traditions that speak to each other thanks to ancestral phonemes. This time the navigation touches the extremes of the Mediterranean: the meeting with the Lebanese, Turkish, Armenian musicians (Rony Barrak, Burhan Ocal, Nure Dlovani, Deniz Koseoglu) has confirmed the concrete opportunity of a dialogue between different cultures, coming from regions of the world that share traditions and rituals. The music of Southern Italy, represented by the dialect of Salento, as an archaic language, through Eastern Europe, come to Turkey, in a backward journey that investigates the origins of Adriatic music. The CD brings together different genres and languages, harmonized by the desire to overcome the concept of geographical and musical boundary. Twelve unpublished compositions blend traditional Salentine and Middle Eastern music, new balkan and afro, defying gender boundaries. The first single that gives the title to the album speaks of the concrete possibility of transforming our perception of the concept of cultural diversity. 

"In the time of division and confusion, in modern Babylon of incommunicability and racism, music makes it possible to understand and exchange, practicing the idea of ​​belonging to the same story, the history of the extraordinary peoples who have made the sea great. Mediterraneo », underlines Claudio Prima.

01 - Me perdu 4:55
02 - Turkayak 4:40
03 - La capu 4:48
04 - Babilonia 4:38
05 - Bint el shalabiya 3:45
06 - Pizzica Balkan 4:33
07 - Il bivio 4:28
08 - Mania DGL 4:08
09 - Terra 3:40
10 - Giga 4:06
11 - Salignano 5:25
12 - Tre balli in maschera 4:50

Claudio Prima (organetto, voce)
Emanuele Coluccia (sax contralto)
Vincenzo Grasso (clarinetto, sax tenore)
Andrea Perrone (tromba)
Gaetano Carrozzo (trombone)
Morris Pellizzari (chitarre, kamalè ngonì, saz)
Giuseppe Spedicato (basso elettrico, tuba)
Ovidio Venturoso (batteria, cajon)
Ospita Rony Barrak (percussioni)
Deniz Koseoglu (saz)
Nure Dlovani (violino)
Enza Pagliara e Rachele Andrioli (voce)
Roberto Chiga (tamburello).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

McCalmans - The Greentrax Years [2010 Scotland] @320

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

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

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

La Machine - Les Rôdeurs (France 2005) @320

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

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

Friday, August 24, 2018

Old Blind Dogs - Five (Scotland 1997) @320

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

Värttinä - Ilmatar (2000 Finland) @320

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

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

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

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