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

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, Kickbox

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ballsy Swing - Le paquet libéré (France 2014) @320

Children of folk to their fingertips, the three young musicians of Ballsy Swing are a breath of fresh wind on pa's ball. They manage the challenge of revisiting the most common dances by affixing their touch with flawless technique, elaborate arrangements and a lot of mischief. They will close this festival and will hopefully give you a taste of the next one, for the quarter of century edition!
Colin Delzant (violoncelle)
Valère Passeri (violon)
Lucas Thebaut (accordéons diatoniques)

1. Polka D'Ouze
2. Valse du Port Galland
3. Scottish des aqueducs
4. Crabe de cristal
5. Marcheciel / Bourrée des gaziers
6. Lief
7. Mazurka des gaziers / Britany
8. Marchoise
9. Minuit sous la neige
10. Suite de marches de noces
11. Si seulement j'avais su
12. Princesse Plume / Le bal del'Ogre

Monday, January 7, 2019

Отава Ё [Otava Yo] - Рождество [Rozhdestvo = Christmas] (2011 Russia) @320

1. Kak V Ierusalime
2. Dnes' Khristos Rodilsia
3. Khristos Spasitel'
4. Na Nebe Zor'ka
5. S Dnem Khristova Rozhdestva
6. Nebo i Zemlia
7. Urodilas' Koliada
8. Zapevaite Khristiane
9. Eta Noch' Sviataia
10. Torzhestvuite, Veselites'

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Chieftains - The Essential Chieftains (IRELAND 2006) @320

01 - Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
02 - O'Sullivan's March (The Theme From Rob Roy)
03 - An Poc Ar Buile,The Dingle Set
04 - Carolan's Concerto
05 - The Wind That Shakes The Barley,The Reel With The Beryle
06 - Sea Image
07 - Boil The Breakfast Early
08 - The Women of Ireland (The Love Theme From Barry Lyndon),The Morning Dew
09 - Full Of Joy
10 - The Green Fields Of America
11 - Santiago De Cuba
12 - The Donegal Set
13 - Jabadaw
14 - The Bells Of Dublin,Christmas Eve
15 - The French March
16 - The Stone
17 - The Cloak,Tabhair Dom Do Lamh (Give Me Your Hand)
18 - Chasing The Fox (From The Ballad Of An Irish Horse)

01 - I Know My Love (Ft The Corrs)
02 - Shenandoah (Ft Van Morrison)
03 - Country Blues (Ft Buddy & Julie Miller)
04 - Ladies Pantalettes - Belles of Blackville - First House in Connaught (Ft Béla Fleck)
05 - The Foggy Dew (Ft Sinéad O'Connor)
06 - Red is the Rose (Ft Nanci Griffith)
07 - The Squid Jiggin' Ground - Larry O'Gaff (Ft The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
08 - Lambs in the Greenfields (Ft Emmylou Harris)
09 - Guadalupe (Ft Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos)
10 - Mo Ghile Mear ('Our Hero') (Ft Sting)
11 - Cotton-Eyed Joe (Ft Ricky Skaggs)
12 - Molly Bán (Bawn) (Ft Alison Krauss)
13 - Long Journey Home (Ft Elvis Costello & Anúna)
14 - Love Is Teasin' (Ft Marianne Faithfull)
15 - The Rebel Jesus (Ft Jackson Browne)
16 - Il Est Né - Ca Berger (Ft Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
17 - Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór (Ft The Rankins)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pamela Wyn Shannon - Courting Autumn (USA / Wales 2007) @320

Thanks to graaf24!
"A Most Beautiful Album...(Pamela's) singing is gentle and sensitive, and (she) creates a lovely and slightly strange atmosphere - but also occasionally a very unsettling one - that last verse of Cold Blows the Wind made me shiver. I loved Netherworld, and the subtle insistence of the arrangement. And of course I loved Ca' The Yowes - the sitar so haunting and so appropriate, curiously enough. (Pamela's) version of the song is utterly lovely, so sweetly poignant…It was one of the mother's and my grandmother's favourite songs, and we sang it a lot at home when I was growing up."

01. O Bittersweet Dear Madeline
02. Tis Rambletide In Ambleside
03. Courting Autumn
04. Woolgathering
05. Ca' The Yowes
06. September's Way
07. Pipkin
08. Michaelmastide
09. Netherworld
10. Vespertine Autumn
11. Cold Blows The Wind
12. Fare-Thee-Forlorn

Pamela Wyn Shannon: guitar, vocals, mountain dulcimer, banjo. glockenspiel, harmonium, bowed psaltery, string Arrangement
Bill Shontz: recorders & recorder arrangement
Liz Knowles: violin, viola, cello, cello reversed, string Arrangement
Michelle Kinney: cello
Kathlean Lawrence: spinning wheel
Chris Hale: sitar, backing vocals
Stephan Katz: cello
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: violin
Anna Patton: clarinet & penny whistle

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fleuves - Fleuves (France / Bretagne 2016) @320

Emilien Robic : Clarinette
Romain Dubois : Fender Rhodes et programmations
Samson Dayou : Basses

Anthonin Volson : Percussions
Youn Kamm : Trompette
Loeiza Beauvir : Chant
Youenn Lange : Chant

1. Le fil
2. Dañs plinn
3. Riqueniée
4. Rond de Saint-Vincent
5. N'evnig a zo er c'hoed
6. Pilé menu
7. Cercle
8. Dañs fisel
9. Marv eo ma mestrez
10. Andro
11. Hanter-dro

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Birkin Tree - The Continental Reel (1996 ITA) @320

During their long career the band Birkin Tree has played more than a thousand concerts in Italy and in Europe and is the only Italian band of this kind – and one of the few in the world – who regularly plays in Ireland.
In the last few years the band has accompanied during their Italian tours the piper Liam O'Flynn, the duo formed by fiddle player Martin Hayes and guitar player Dennis Cahill, singers Niamh Parsons and Cyril O’Donoghue, accordion players Murty Ryan and Derek Hickey and concertina player Tony O’Connell.

01 - Evil Suggestion / Micko Russell's / Mary O'Keefe's
02 - We Ye Go To Flanders / An Ancient Dream
03 - The Bastard's Gone Away / Danny's Wedding
04 - Scully Casey's / Griselda / Becky's Jig
05 - The Bridge Of Longago / The Pit Stop
06 - The Little Tail
07 - Britta's Hornpipe / Continental Reel / Sean's Reel
08 - Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes / Ossian's Air
09 - Michèle / Humours Of Clara
10 - The Nightingale / Joyful Kate
11 - The Shaskeen / The Floating Crowbar / The Man Of Aran
12 - The Doubtful Advocate / The Chinese Flu 

Elena Buttiero: harp, keyboards.
Daniele Coronna: fiddle, bouzouki.
Luigi Fazzo: guitar, voice.
Carlo Galantini: fiddle.
Gioirgio Profetto: voice, guitar.
Fabio Rinaudo: uillean pipes, whistles.
Marcello Scotto: bodhran, concertina.
Simone Sisani: flute.
Cecilia Forti: Voice on track 02.
Devis Longo: sax soprano and tenor (track 09) and voice on track 02.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parasol - Voyage [1996 France] @VBR

Voyage ... "This CD represents a trip for me, a trip to the Land of Dreams, emotions and dance, and of course it starts with Cabanes et du Berry with its two bourrées, a waltz and a mazurka "Musette", two gavottes of water, of wind ... and of calm, a waltz "inevitably" German, an odd scottish "italo-parasolesque" obviously, three pieces of Catherine, a "Whisper", a polska "Swedish-classical" and an "alien" mazurka, a circle for the ball and a 5-stroke waltz that "chasse les nuages" to listen to three more "cachés" pieces of Parasol history. " 
Gérard Godon

01 - Gavotte des bords de Loire
02 - Revêuse (scottish impaire)
03 - Valse de Brème (valse 3 temps)
04 - Souffle dAnges (mazurka)
05 - Murmure
06 - Adèle (polska)
07 - Mazurka de l'ancien temps
08 - Chasse les nuages (valse 5 temps)
09 - Cercle des ronds (cercle circassien)
10 - Trois couleurs (valse 3 temps)
11 - Gavotte de Sancerre
12 - La dégagée (bourree 3 temps)
13 - Bourrée des grandes poteries
14 - Scottish Cajun
15 - Bourrée des grandes poteries... muette

Gérard Godon : Accordéon
Catherine Grimault : Violon

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kings & Beggars - Gryphon (2018 Ukraine) @320

Ensemble plays European early and folk music, which was enjoyed by the noble people at the royal court and the simple people in the cities and villages – this where the name “Kings & Beggars” came out.

The gryphon, a legendary creature from ancient myths,not accidentally has become the symbol of our jubilee album. Just as a gryphon is a combination of a lion and an eagle, so our album contains music of different times and nations, ours and yours favorite songs and melodies. Enjoy this travel thru time and countries with us!

01. Al'entrada Del Temps Clar 03:14
02. Chansoneta Tedesca 04:04
03. Falalan 03:41
04. Salterello II 02:53
05. Pastime With Good Company 03:27
06. Vittrad (Garmarna cover) 02:17
07. Migla, Migla, Rasa, Rasa (Skyforger cover) 04:00
08. Totentanz 02:25
09. Ai Vis Lo Lop 04:21
10. Ecco La Primavera 02:04
11. Tourdion 03:37
12. Meie Din Liechter Schin 03:43
13. Mayenzeit One Neidt 03:21
14. Reihentanze 04:16
15. Kalenda Maya 03:30
16. Mirie It Is 02:51
17. Schiarazula Marazula 02:24

Anna Vasylchenko – medieval fiddle, recorders, litvinian shawm, vocals, galician gaita. 
Marta Hovdysh – hurdy-gurdy, recorders, vocals. 
Max Kerner – bouzouki, saz. 
Yevhen Grinevich – recorders, medieval shawm, vocals. 
Artur Temchenko – tambourins, tar, daf, medieval drum, darbuka, zills. 

Guest musician: Vera Brenner - vocals (12, 13), dudelsack (12).

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