Monday, December 11, 2017

Vasmalom - Vasmalom II (1992 HUNGARY) @320

MAGNIFICENT! A real scorcher of an album! There are insufficient superlatives in the language to adequately describe this heady brew. Friends who visited Budapest brought back Vasmalom’s impressive first album; a few and line-up changes later, they’ve matured so much that they now occupy a well-deserved place in Europe’s premier division. It may seem invidious to single out individuals; all six are outstanding musicians. But special mention must be made of Kalman Balogh, whose scintillating cimbalom has to be heard to believed, and of Balazs Szokolay, for brilliant contributions on flutes, bagpipes, soprano sax - used to such blistering effect on Kerekes (Ring Dance) - and harmonica, when the whole band has enormous fun with Negy Tetel (Four Movements). Then there’s his vocal duet with Eva Molnar on which he uses a truly astonishing Mongolian harmonic overtone style. How does he do it. 
Gabor Reothy’s nifty mandocello and percussion, and Tibor Csuhaj Barna’s bass provide solid rhythmic underpinning, while Andras Doczy adds typically fiery fiddle. Most pieces included are original compositions and are firmly rooted in the Hungarian tradition; energetic dance tunes with unquantifiable time signatures and delicate, often rather mournful, songs. 
Vasmalom delayed their departure from Hungary, for a while, until the tape was ready. Next time they tour, they’ll have the CD and vinyl versions - and they will surely sell like proverbial hot cakes.
Keith Hudson

01 - Dudanóta (Bagpipe Song)
02 - Gergelem (Gergel Dance)
03 - Szerelem (Love)
04 - Kerekes (Ring Dance) - Péter Kertje (Peter's Garden)
05 - Járd Ki Lábam (Come On Feet, Dance)
06 - Testvér (Brother)
07 - Napra Csillag (Stars Follow The Sun)
08 - Add Fel Isten Azt A Napot (God Makes The Sun Rise)
09 - Bolgár Cigány Horo (Bulgarian Gypsy Horo)
10 - Keresztutak (Crossroads)

Reõthy, Gábor (founder): mandocello, darbuka, tapan, tilinkó, hurdy-gurdy, vocal.
Papp, Ágnes: vocal.
Balogh, Kálmán: cimbalom.
Szokolai Dongó, Balázs: bagpipes, flutes, soprano sax, mongolian style singing, mouthharp. 
Nyiri, László: violin, trumpet violin.
Csuhaj Barna, Tibor: doublebass.

Vasmalom - Vasmalom III (1996 HUNGARY) @320

...Hungary’s Vasmalom were equally fabulous. They play Eastern European songs on so many old instruments as well as viola, fiddle, acoustic bass and the cymbalon (something like a small grand piano with the top and sides off struck with two hammer sticks.) Striking voices. In their own compositions they incorporate even more unusual instruments, one looked like a metal stand with blow holes drilled in various places. Certainly one of the discoveries of the weekend.
/W.O.M.A.D. Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

01 - Dudanóta II. - Bagpipe Song II
02 - Veres az ég... - The Sun Sets Red...
03 - Erdélyies - In Transilvanian Style
04 - Párját vesztett... - Lonely Bird
05 - Gergelytánc - Gregory Dance
06 - Porondos Víz - On The Bank Of A Sandy River
07 - A cimbalmos moldvai - The One From Moldva With The Cimbalom
08 - Szerelem II. - Love II.
09 - Viharsarokk - Viharsarock

Reőthy, Gábor (founder): mandocello, darbuka, tapan, tilinkó, hurdy-gurdy, vocal.
Papp, Ágnes: vocal.
Balogh, Kálmán: cimbalom.
Szokolai Dongó, Balázs: bagpipes, flutes, soprano sax, mongolian style singing, mouthharp. 
Nyiri, László: violin, trumpet violin.
Csuhaj Barna, Tibor: doublebass.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Deirdre - Deirdre [1977 Netherlands] @320

Deirdre was a Dutch folkband from the 70s, they had 1 hit single over here in Holland with "Daughter Of Peggy-O".
Their music sounds simular to Steeleye Span sometimes. This album is their only release. 
Great album!!

01. Daughter Of Peggy-O
02. Lovely Joan
03. Cup Of Tea
04. Tell Me What You See In Me
05. Young Waters
06. 't Visserke
07. Nine Points Of Roguery
08. 't Koopmanszoontje
09. Gravel Walk
10. Call The Yowes

Jopie Jonkers: Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine
Pieter Thijssen: Cittern (tracks: 1,5) 
Mik Boes: Drums, Percussion
Jos van Workum: Electric Bass [Fender]
Ad van Meurs: Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic]
Geert Hoes: Fiddle, Concertina, Whistle [Tin]  
Hanneke Luxemburg: Vocals (tracks: 2,5)
Jopie Jonkers: Vocals (tracks: 1,4,6,8,10) 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gwendal - Rainy Day (A Vos Desirs) (France 1976) @320

1. Rainy Day
2. Cam'ye Ower Frae France
3. The Walls Of Liscarroll
4. Butterfly
5. Mon Joly Scooter:
a. Intro
b. Promenade
c. Welcher Tanz Wascha Mesa
d. The Pleasures Of Home
e. High Could Cat
f. Mille Lards Et Six Soles D'eaux
g. Bop Celtique

Bass, Electric Guitar – Roger Schaub
Drums – Arnaud Rogers
Flute [Flautas], Saxophone, Bombarde – Youenn Leberre
Guitar – Jean-Marie Renard
Guitar, Mandolin – Ricky Caust
Violin – Bruno Barré

Dan Ar Bras - Douar Nevez [1977 France] @320

Douar Nevez is a folk rock album by Dan Ar Bras. It was originally released as an LP in 1977 by Hexagone (WEA France), catalogue number 883 009. The album was produced by Hugues De Courson.
This was Ar Bras' first recording after his touring stint with Fairport Convention. He was assisted on bass by Fairport's Dave Pegg.

01. Intro
02. Retour De Guerre
03. Naissance De Dahud
04. Mort Et Immersion De Malguen / Fin Du Voyage
05. Naissance De La Ville
06. Morvac'h (Cheval de La Mer)
07. vOrgies Nocturnes
08. L'Ennui Du Roi
09. Les Forces Du Mal
10. L'Appel Du Sage
11. Submersion De La Ville
12. Douar Nevez (Terre Nouvelle)

Dan Ar Bras - electric and acoustic guitars
Patric Molard - flute, bagpipes
Benoît Widemann - keyboards
Dave Pegg - bass
Michel Santangeli - drums
Marc Chantereau - percussion

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Té - Flamingo's Gambit (Netherlands 2012) @320

Inspired by Lewis Carrol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the Dutch collective Té creates its own musical wonderland. Energetic jigs, lazy waltzes, blazin’ scottishes and mad bourrées, virtuoso played by this tight group of friends. Like Carrol’s tale, the music is layered and colorful. Every melodic line is countered by surprising harmonies, dynamic changes and rhythmic variations. The musicians literally tease, chase and provocate one another and drag each other into wild musical landscapes from which their music can only escape one way: to the dancers.

All tunes are original and written to dance to. Influences from Balkan, Quebecois, French, Scandinavian and Turkish music are always under the surface and emerge in colorful eruptions of pure playing-pleasure.

Té is founded in may 2011 by Sander van der Schaaf (guitar, percussions), Niek van Uden (accordeon), Emilyn Stam (violin) en Conny Essbach (clarinet). Niek van Uden composes most of the tunes, the collective arranges and interpretes.

01. Mad Hatter & Co
02. Bour wat zeg je van mijn reeën
03. Lullaby for a Cheshire Cat
04. De worp
05. Quanto costa?
06. Aldus sprak toen de goudvis
07. Luistervink
08. Steak Bourrée
09. Turkish Tea With a Twist
10. Theelief / Tea Leaf
11. Breiwerk
12. Walsjemenou?!

Niek van Uden: Accordeon
Conny Essbach: Clarinet
Emilyn Stam: Violin
Sander van der Schaaf: Guitar & percussions

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pekel - Oost West Thuis Best (Netherlands 2000) @192

1. Oost West, Thuis Best!     4:29
2. Horlepiep     3:11
3. Groenelands Straatjes     4:47
4. Westzuidwest Van Ameland     3:34
5. Brief Aan Isabel     3:49
6. Van Toeters En Van Belle!     3:32
7. De Zee     4:37
8. Kaap'ren Varen     3:00
9. Raasdonders Met Spek     3:57
10. De Garrenkwak     2:37
11. Je Went Zo Aan De Kade     6:36
12. Wilhelmus     1:52

Erno Korpershoek - Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Theo Schuurmans - Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, Flute, Bodhrán, Drum, Harp, Jug, Jew's Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Vocals
Peter Moree - Guitar, Cittern, Charango, Bagpipes, Flute, Vocals
John Bazuijnen - Lead Vocals, Contrabass, Guitar, Tambourine, Bells, Cymbal
Kees Wagenaar - Lead Vocals, Hurdy Gurdy, Accordion, Triangle

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bukkene Bruse - Spel (2004 Norway) @320

Bukkene Bruse, alone and in creative interaction, creates new Norwegian folk music, yet traditional, with the album Spel. This likable traditional folk band comes up with a live recording of their most famous songs. All in new arrangements together with new material. The sound is good, and in addition the musicians are performing some solo tunes in a convincing manner. This time they also performe with the Norwegian string quartet Vertavo, that gives the album an extra energy.

01 - Folketone Fra Sunnmøre (4:19)
02 - En Enda Villere Vinter (4:10)
03 - Syng I Stille Morgonstunder (3:24)
04 - Trilogi ~ Bruremarsj Fra Østerdalen (3:05)
05 - Trilogi ~ Norafjølls (6:51)
06 - Trilogi ~ Stev (4:35)
07 - Trilogi ~ Fanitullen Goes To America (4:53)
08 - Solospel ~ Tannlausen / Vil Du Koma Til Rinden (3:44)
09 - Solospel ~ Nystev Og Gamlestev (3:06)
10 - Solospel ~ Bømarislåtten (3:53)
11 - Solospel ~ Ein Annan Halling (3:32)
12 - Solospel ~ St. Sunniva (3:33)
13 - Solospel ~ Haslebuskane (2:37)
14 - Solospel ~ Maria, Hun Er En Jomfru Reen (3:03)
15 - Solospel ~ Mit Hjerte Altid Vanker (6:26)

Arve Moen Bergset - vocals, violin & Hardingfele
Annbjørg Lien - Hardingfele & nyckelharpa
Steinar Ofsdal - flute
Bjørn Ole Rasch - pipe organ

Vertavo String Quartet:
Øyvor Volle - violin
Annabelle Meare - violin
Berit Cardas - viola
Bjørg Lewis - cello

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thief On The Roof - Thief On The Roof (Estonia/Denmark 2017) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]

Thief On the Roof is a new possibly up-and-coming fusion guitar duo exploring an eclectic variety of musical styles in their compositions.
Kirsi Tilk is an Estonian-born classically trained guitarist. Some years ago she turned her focus to folk/world and flamenco music as well.
Sune Pors grew up listening to rock, later discovered jazz and learned his trade playing in countless bands and sideman gigs.

Studying both at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, they became friends and combined their wide ranging knowledge in music to form a multi-faceted duo in the spring of 2015.

 While deeply rooted in their respective musical heritages Thief on the roof has developed a personal sound beyond strict borders and traditions. 
Their music is humorous but also 
profound and emotional, raw yet complex and colourful. A concert with this fresh duo can go in any number of directions.

Their repertoire has 
included twisted romantic guitar pieces, Malaysian folk tunes, improvised soundscapes and flamenco standards turned on their head. The duo is not only looking to open up musical borders but national and cultural boundaries as well, by playing international concerts and incorporating folk music from all over the world.

Contact by e-mail or number +45 91712088

Listen HERE (Spotify).

Contact HERE (eMail)

WEB Site + Videos HERE

Left Blank's Compil Folk 25

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Ottopasuuna - Suokaasua [1996 Finland] @320

01 - Sateen Jälkeen
02 - Susiraja
03 - Putkiponi Pauhaa
04 - Jäähyväismenuetti
05 - Hyljekoukku
06 - Pihkatappi
07 - Suokaasua
08 - Surupukuinen
09 - Ohimarssi
10 - Iiris Valssi
11 - Tanssijapoikia

Accordion [2-row], Harmonica, Marimba [Gogo Marimba], Accordion [5-row] – Kimmo Pohjonen
Bass Clarinet, Tin Whistle, Mandolin [Octave Mandolin] – Janne Lappalainen
Fiddle – Kari Reiman
Flute, Tin Whistle, Percussion – Kristiina Ilmonen
Mandolin, Mandola, Cittern, Guitar – Petri Hakala

Kornog - Kornog IV (1987 France) @320

Kornog's music is a fire of wood, four stools in front of the hearth of one of these cabarets
as one does not find in the Breton countryside. Kornog is also and above all: The nudity of 
the acoustic draped in the extreme sophistication of the arrangements, the voice of Jamie the Scotsman, the pride of a walking air come from the Vannes and the old age reinvented by the bouzouki, the wooden flute, the violin and the guitar, the proud suppleness of the Plinn ... 
A very dynamic combination of the violin and the flute, framed by an impressive harmonic and rhythmic interlacing "knitted" by the bouzouki and the guitar.

01 - Ma Wee Wee Croodin Doo  03:00
02 - Ridées à six temps  04:08
03 - Wae Be Tae the Orders  04:58
04 - Ton Bale / Laridé de Grand-Champ  03:54
05 - Air du Mené / Ronde de Loudéac  03:18
06 - Let He Who Likes Sing the Glories of War  02:21
07 - Ton Ar Marc'h Houarn Kaer / Dañs Plinn  04:14
08 - Kiowa Flag Song / Ronds de Loudéac  03:25
09 - Suite des Montagnes  03:55
10 - Dañs A Sailheu / En dro  04:20

Flute – Jean-Michel Veillon
Guitar – Gilles Le Bigot
Violin – Christian Lemaître
Vocals, Bouzouki – Jamie McMenemy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ottopasuuna - Ottopasuuna [1993 Finland] @320

Local tunes mixed with Celtic and bluegrass phrasings trickle through the sensibilities of Helsinki's Sibelius Academy, where Ottopasuuna's members teach. 
Though violinist Kari Reiman also fiddles with Värttinä, these musicians aren't exactly wild, except in a reserved sub-Arctic kind of way. Accept them as classicists, however, and the disc burst open up into a charming world view that in a subdued fashion does for Finnish folk what the 3 Mustaphas 3 do for klezmer. 
The same care and cleverness that go into arrangements shines on the choice of material, which in true folklorist fashion was unearthed by bandmembers from such obscure sources as a 1914 wax cylinder recording, an acetate disc from the 1930s, and an old music book dating back to the early 1800s.

01 - Tsizikpolkka
02 - Kalmukkisottiisi
03 - Kolmospolska
04 - In dulci jubilo
05 - Hippavalta
06 - Kiisken polska
07 - Varpunen
08 - Tyyskä
09 - Polska
10 - Viialan vanhaa kansaa
11 - Honkolan mamman kirnumasurkka
12 - Oira
13 - Limperin polska
14 - Vibergin masurkka
15 - Sudenrita
16 - Lukkarin valssi
17 - Havulintu

Kari Reiman: Fiddle
Kurt Lindblad: Flute, Whistle, Bagpipes [Estonian], Clarinet
Petri Hakala: Mandocello, Mandolin [Octave], Mandolin, Guitar
Kimmo Pohjonen: Melodeon, Harmonica, Marimba

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Parasol - Brume (France 2007) @320

Gérard Godon (accordéon chromatique)
Eric Thézé (saxophone soprane, basse et viole de gambe)
Catherine Grimault (violon)
Corinne Renaud (voix)

1.Brume (scottish impaire) instrumental
2.Damadienne (polka)
3.Contraste (valse)
4.D’arbre en arbre (mazurka)
5.Jardin des musiques (valse à 8 temps)
6.Ils ont simplement oublié (polska)
7.Viis (polka)
8.Carnaval (valse à 8 temps)
9.En écoutant Mozart (mazurka)
10.Brin d’herbe et Yiddish bourrée (bourrée 2 temps)
11.Cabane (scottish)
12.Ils se sont endormis (valse)
13.Brume (scottish impaire) chanté
14.Domadaire (chapelloise)
15.Charleston (scottish)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Arbadétorne - Adjuse (France 2005) @320

Thanks to Matty Groves!

 A beautiful invitation to the traditional dance music.
Far from any attachment to the past, Arbadétorne favors the dynamics of the game related to the tempo, dance, phrasing and relationships that may exist between the violins and the diatonic.
Two great voices and four instrumentalists in not singing and dancing voice.

(google-translate, sorry)

 Michaël Auger (Accordéons diatoniques, chant)
Maxime Chevrier (violon, chant)
Jean-François Rambaud (Guitare, percussions, chant)
Emmanuel Vrignaud (Chand lead, veuze, violon, alto, hautbois, clac-bois)

01. Le petit bonhomme
02. Adjuse
03. Le petit Marcelot
04. Trop court faut l’allonger
05. Le flambeau d’amour
06. Mazurka à A. Chaillou
07. Mon père est au cabaret
08. Polka à P. Faucher
09. Toutes les filles des environs
10. Le grand vicaire de Challans
11. Scottish des frères Bregeon
12. La petite lingère
13. Soldat infortuné
14. Qui veut ouïr une chanson

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Iron Horse - The Wind Shall Blow Forever More (2004 Scotland) @320

After a long absence, this release marks the welcome return to silicon of one of the most exciting Scottish bands of the nineties. The Wind Shall Blow For Evermore is in many ways a return to the best of Iron Horse.
It's a return to the original line-up, with three of the founders: Gavin Marwick on fiddle, Annie Grace on whistles, and Ross Kennedy on vocals. The missing talents of Mr Rod Paul and Miss Lynn Morrison are substituted by latecomer Stevie Lawrence on stringy things and new boy Stuart Glasgow on keyboards, but fortunately neither of them has opted for long blonde hair.
It's a return to the roots of the band, to the mix of old and new material, which they brought so vividly to life a decade ago. The last two Iron Horse albums were teetering on the brink of the New Age Celtic abyss, but this one is back on traditional terra firma. Ross Kennedy brings old chestnuts like Duncan Gray and Twa Corbies to vivid life, and tells a very convincing tale of lost love with Helen of Kirkconnel. Gavin Marwick's tunes are as rich and rare as ever: The Clover Field vies with the slower, slightly Scandinavian Marstein for pride of place. Most importantly, it's a return to top form for Iron Horse. The opening track could come from either of the band's first two albums: full of fire, with an untamed beauty. MacLeod's O'Rafferty is a wonderful tune, which deserves to be up there alongside Paddy O'Rafferty whence it was derived. The slow air Cille Choirill is a masterpiece, mournful and enchanting, and the waltz that follows, is equally captivating. The set of reels starting with Da Grocer is another winner, combining dazzling technique with a deep passion for the music.
This album is much, much more than a harking back to former glory: there are plenty of pleasant surprises. Stevie plies the wheel of his hurdy-gurdy to great effect, turning Marstein into a spine-tingling triumph, and he also contributes a lovely jig in Cara's Bite. Eastern European influences are also a new departure: Charlie McKerron's Bulgarian Red continues its popular run, and it's joined by a couple of traditional tunes from similar vineyards. And there's more. So whether you're a long-time fan of Iron Horse, or just a lover of good music who hasn't been lucky enough to encounter them before, this CD is essential listening - and extremely enjoyable too.

01. Jig - Givingamp / The Braes of Mayen / MacLeod's O'Rafferty
02. Medley - Marstein / In Watercolour / Templewod
03. Song - Duncan Gray
04. Medley - Da Grocer / The Bride's Reel / Birlin' in Brittany / The Cambridge Hornpipe
05. Song - The Twa Corbies
06. Medley - Cille Choirill / Jim's Prayer
07. Medley - Cara's Bite / Jump At the Sun / Jig of Life
08. Song - Helen of Kirkconnel
09. Medley - Amber & Steel / Brook's Bouree
10. Medley - I Love My Bouzouki / Hungarian Tune / Bulgarian Red
11. Song - The Handsome Cabin Boy
12. Medley - The Emigrant / The West End Reel / The Clover Field

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Simon Simonssons Kvartett - Längs Gamla Stigar Och Färdevägar [1989 SWEDEN] @192

Twisting tunes from a region dominated by dense forests, huge mountains and the
beautiful Älvdalen river. The quartet is made up of Simon Simonsson and Ola Bäckström (fiddles), Ale Möller (bousouki, mouth organ and willow pipe) and Stefan Ekedahl (cello, bagpipes). The CD is a tribute to the self-willed Evertsberg fiddler Ekor Anders, and demonstrates a way of expressing his musical ideas with a broader sonority than can be produced just with fiddles. 

01. Längs gamla stigar och färdevägar / Ekor Anders Andersson
02. Faut Margit lieken / efter E. Britt
03. Vals / e. Pål Karl Persson, E. Åhs
04. Jemsken / e. E. Åhs
05. Dickapolskan / e. E. Britt
06. Silkesvalsen / e. E. Åhs
07. Barkbrödslåten ; Söderstens minne ; Barbro Pers polska
08. Näsvisa / e. Död Erik Andersson
09. Hedningspolskan / e. Ekor Anders Andersson
10. Trollpolskan / e. E. Britt
11. Vals / e. S.A. Svensson
12. Polska / e. Pål Karl Persson
13. Garbergbrudens dödsmarsch ; Marsch / e. S.A. Svensson
14. Vallåtspolska / Ekor Anders Andersson
15. Pappbiten / S. Simonsson ; Polska / e. Pål Karl Persson
16. Polska / Guligs Anders ; Turklåten / e. L. Åhs
17. Död Erik-sviten / e. Död Erik Andersson, S. Simonsson
18. Brudmarsch / e. Ekor Anders Andersson ; Halling

Simon Simonsson: Violin
Ola Bäckström: Violin
Ale Möller: Bouzouki 
Stefan Ekedahl: Cello, Bagpipes

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Béla Halmos - Az A Szép Piros Hajnal (Hungary 1989) @192

01 Vajdakamarási táncok 9.06
02 Galícia közepébe 4.10
03 A pávának három tolla aranyos 4.54
04 Legényes 5.19
05 Ha kiindulsz Erdély felől 12.34
06 Forgatós 4.19
07 Szalmazsúpos a mi házunk teteje 8.24

Béla Halmos : violin
Sándor Csoóri Jr : kontra violin
Antal Fekete : kontra violin
Pál Havasréti : double-bass, hit gardon
András Berecz : voice
László Kelemen : kontra violin
Péter Éri : gordonka, cello, double-bass
Márta Sebestyén : voice
Zoltán Juhász : furulya, peasant flute
Tamás Petrovits : cimbalom

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mames Babegenush - Mames Babegenush with strings (Denmark 2016) [FREE GROUP PROMOTION]

Mames Babegenush is the East meeting the North. Strong Scandinavian roots merges with the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe, from the great ambience of Nordic pine trees to lively weddings in Romania the music of Mames Babegenush gives a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy.

The band is based in Copenhagen (Denmark), has existed for 14 years and are soon our with fifth album release via German world-label Galileo Records (out on vinyls/cd/online). Last album was received with top reviews from magazines like Songlines and fRoots and blogs like 

01. Tornado Albastru
02. Timofei’s Hora
03. View from a Drifting Room 
04. The Mist
05. Olympia
06. Fundador
07. Mountain Dance
08. Before
09. Dream City (dedicated to Konsonans Retro)
10. Point 9
11. My Turkish Princess
12. Strannik
13. Podolian Prom

Emil Goldschmidt: Clarinet
Lukas Bjørn Rande: Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone 
Bo Rande: Flügelhorn, Pocket Trumpet
Nicolai Kornerup: Accordion
Andreas Møllerhøj: Double Bass
Morten Ærø: Drums
Andrea Gyarfas Brahe - Violin
Lisa Marie Vogel – Violin
Sidsel Most – Bratsch
Samira Dayyani – Cello (#1 and #5) 
Live Johansson – Cello (except #5) 
String arrangements by Nicolai Kornerup

Recorded in front of a live audience between the 18th and 20th of November 2016 at The Village Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Recording engineer: Thomas Vang
Mix and master: Brian Mørk Hansen

Left Blank's Compil Folk 52

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jean-Charles Guichen - Chadenn Denel [2012 France] @320

Jean-Charles Guichen is an outstanding guitarist; His remarkable discography, first in the
formation Ar Re Yaouank, a glorious band of fest-noz of the 90s, then in quartet, duo ... His great instrumental mastery allows him to combine captivating melodies and catchy rhythms in a style of its own, easily identifiable. He offers here original compositions where traditional inspiration, virtuosity and rock energy coexist. "L'univercelte" or the vibration of a passionate guitarist composer.

01 - Just Guitar
02 - Ar Vein Roz
03 - Vibration 432
04 - Selaouet
05 - Border Lines
06 - Fantomes deus Landugen
07 - Chadenn Denel
08 - An Erv C'hlas
09 - Solo de l'Ankou
10 - Seizh Enez
11 - Kroaz Kermel 1970

Jean-Charles Guichen: Guitars

Monday, October 2, 2017

Muzsikás - Blues for Transylvania (Hungary 1990) @320

Their second domestic release, also with Sebestyen, is part celebration and part commemoration of a troubled history. This recording explores the traditional music of the Romanian region of Transylvania (taken from Hungary after World War I). Even the fast and furious songs have a meditative quality. This is another outstanding release from one of Europe's premier folk ensembles.

01 - Old Song from Somogy
02 - 'Legényes' from Kalotaszeg
03 - My Lord, My Lord
04 - Szapora
05 - Outlaw Song
06 - Dawn Song from Bodonkut
07 - On My Way to Kolozsvár Town
08 - 'Cimbalmos' from Bonchida
09 - Kati-Kata
10 - Old Wedding Song
11 - The Time is Autumn

Sándor Csoóri: Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Fiddle [Contra Fiddle], Vocals
Dániel Hamar: Bass, Vocals 
Péter Éri: Fiddle [Contra Fiddle], Tambura, Cello, Bombarde, Recorder, Bass, Vocals 
Mihály Sipos: Violin [Lead Violin], Vocals
Márta Sebestyén: Voice, Recorder 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Muzsikás - The Prisoner's Song (Hungary 1986) @320

MUZSIKÁS is a name given to musicians playing traditional folk music in Hungarian villages. Their performance is an exciting musical experience where the audience is transferred back to the remote Hungarian village atmosphere where traditions survived through the centuries. Members of the group play and improvise in the style of the old traditional Hungarian folk bands in which the solo violin and the song typically were accompanied by the three-stringed viola and the contrabass. The music of MUZSIKÁS can be characterized as the traditional arrangements of authentic Hungarian folk music featuring a style that is typical of the best village musicians. 
It has nothing in common stylistically with the Gypsy-Hungarian style, but is rather the true folk music of Hungary, the most beautiful melodies of which were considered by Béla Bartók to be equal with the greatest works of music.

01 - Rabnota (Prisoner's Song)
02 - Eddig Vendeg (The Unwelcome Guest)
03 - Azt Gondoltam, Eso Esik (I Thought It Was Raining)
04 - Hidegen Fujnak A Szelek (Cold Winds Are Blowing)
05 - Bujdosodal (Outlaw's Song)
06 - Repulj Madar, Repulj (Fly Bird, Fly)
07 - Regen Volt, Soka Lesz (It Was Long Ago)
08 - Szerelem, Szerelem (Love, Love)
09 - En Csak Azt Csodalom (I Am Only Wondering)
10 - Elment A Madarka (The Bird Has Flown)

Márta Sebestyén: voice, recorder
Sándor Csoóri: bagpipe, viola, hit gardon, koboz, voice
Péter Éri: double bass, buzuki, cello, viola, tambura, zither, Turjkish pipe, voice
Dániel Hamar: double bass
Mihály Sipos: violin
Antal Racz: zither
Levente Szorenyi: drums, bass guitar, voice
Szabolcs Szorenyi: bass guitar
Zoltan Zsurafszki: dance

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