Wednesday, March 21, 2018

L’atelier de La Danse Populaire - Bourrées en Berry et Bourbonnais (France 1997) @160

K7 Tape Ripp - Thanks to Dkmalo

"L’atelier de La Danse Populaire is an association of researchers, dancers and musicians. The research (field surveys and studies of ancient documents) focuses on early dance and traditional dance and leads to theoretical and practical teaching (university courses, summer courses, regular workshops, weekends, conferences, balls). 
The aim of the l'ADP is to offer today's dancers the pleasure of a community dance practice through forms inherited from the past, without ever separating the dance from the music, giving priority to the quality of the dance. movement and linking this practice to historical, ethnological and pedagogical thinking. "

This CD, subtitled "Musiques pour l'atelier de danse" includes 18 tunes to dance any drunk Berry two or three times. Most of the tunes are traditional. Those who are not are Yvon Guilcher's compositions.

In addition to being an indispensable tool for any private instructor of workshop musician
for the teaching of bourrées du Berry and Bourbonnais, it is a work of excellent quality, very pleasant to listen to (for who loves the bourrée, the old woman and the bagpipe! ...)

01 - Suite De Bourrées À Deux Temps
02 - Suite Lente De Bourrées À Trois Temps
03 - Suite Lente De Bourrées À Trois Temps
04 - La Droite Du Pays Fort
05 - Les Moutons
06 - Bourrées À Trois Temps
07 - La Décalée
08 - Les Tisserands
09 - La Tournante Des Grandes Poteries
10 - Bourrée D'aurore Sand
11 - La Chapelotte-Plaimpied
12 - La Brande
13 - La Pastourelle
14 - Bourrée De Chambérat
15 - La Grande Bourrée Carrée
16 - La Bourrée Mussée
17 - Bourrées Chantées
18 - Bourrées À Deux Temps 

Benoît Chantran (violin)
Gabriele Coltri (bagpipes)
Christian Cuesta (vocals, violin)
Yvon Guilcher (singing, sweet flute, bagpipe)
Marc Novara (hurdy-gurdy)
Gilles Poutoux (diatonic accordions)
The voices:
Michèle Champseix, Jean Denis and Julien Dufour, Hélène Raviart

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fairport Convention - Expletive Delighted (1986 England) @320

Expletive Delighted is to date the only wholly instrumental Fairport Convention album. While the idea of an instrumental Fairport Convention album appeals to me a lot since I find the instrumental numbers on many of their other albums generally highly enjoyable, the actual result is not too impressive. Nothing here is bad by any means, but I feel that this could have been so much better and more interesting than it is. The instrumental numbers on other albums of this period in the bands career were often among the better and most progressive tracks on those albums, but here they serve us instrumental Fairport by the numbers. While the up-tempo numbers are good enough even if hardly among the band's better tunes of that kind, the slower numbers are quite dull and come across as transportation. Indeed, some of these tunes just sound a bit like average Fairport numbers simply stripped of their vocals.
Reviewed by SouthSideoftheSky

01 - The Rutland Reel - Sack The Juggler
02 - The Cat On The Mixer - Three Left Feet
03 - Bankruptured
04 - Portmeirion
05 - Jams O'donnell's Jig
06 - Expletive Delighted
07 - Sigh Beg Sigh Mór
08 - Innstück
09 - The Gas Almost Works
10 - Hanks For The Memory Shazam - Pipeline - Apache - Peter Gunn

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Simon Nicol
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bouzouki, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola – Martin Allcock 
Bass, Mandola – Dave Pegg
Double Bass – Martin Allcock (tracks: 3)
Drums, Percussion, Keyboards – Dave Mattacks
Guest [Special Guest], Lead Guitar – Jerry Donahue (tracks: 10), Richard Thompson (tracks: 10)
Instruments [All But Percussion And Violin] – Martin Allcock (tracks: 8)
Keyboards – Ric Sanders (tracks: 4)
Lead Guitar [Acoustic] – Dave Pegg (tracks: 3)
Soloist [Acoustic] – Martin Allcock (tracks: 4)
Violin [Electric And Octave] – Ric Sanders

Fairport Convention - Gladys Leap (1985 England) @320

Gladys' Leap is Fairport Convention's comeback album, the line-up featuring Nicol, Pegg, Mattacks, and guest / soon-to-be member Ric Sanders, who had the unenviable task of replacing the irreplacable on fiddle/violin.

So yes, Swarbrick's voice as well as playing is missed, he had such a distinctive vocal, and had after all led Fairport throughout the entire previous decade.

The sound of this album is a tad 80's, but only a tad. Really, apart from Swarbrick being entirely absent Gladys' Leap sounds very much as if Fairport had never disbanded back in 1979 or so. Very weird, really.

Mostly reliant on external compositions, Fairport did start a tradition here of having highly thought-of British folk singer/songwriters submitting songs for them to perform. Here, it's Ralph McTell, who donates "Bird from the Mountain", and co-writes "Wat Tyler" with Simon Nicol. "The Hiring Fair" is also a Fairport/McTell co-write.

Album opener "How Many Times" was penned by long-gone former band member Richard Thompson. So were Fairport really back, or had they become a charity institution, where other folk performers would drop by, then pop out again?

"Honour and Praise" proves to be a dull 5 minutes after the reasonably good opening numbers that were reminiscent of the old Fairport. "The Hiring Fair" is another matter, a serious folk composition ranking alongside classic Fairport songs of times gone by, if lacking the same fire. It's still beautifully performed mind, the keyboard/piano lines are a really nice touch, marrying well with the acoustic guitar.

The first noticeable fiddle arrives during the instrumental medley, a mostly self-penned trio of tunes that are well-constructed yet hardly rank alongside the old Fairport medleys. Again, Swarbrick is missed, however well his replacement does at times.

"My Feet Are Set for Dancing" is the sound of an entirely different band - guest vocalist Cathy Lesurf has a decent voice, yet the track clearly wasn't the direction Fairport should pursue, and thankfully they never did again. And synth sounds permeate the otherwise acceptable folk of "Wat Tyler".

That leaves Thompson to enrich "Head in a Sack" with his typically distinctive guitar sound. A lot has changed since he last played on a Fairport Convention album.
Reviewed by Adrian Denning

01 - How Many Times
02 - Bird From The Mountain
03 - Honour And Praise
04 - The Hiring Fair
05 - Instrumental Medley '85
06 - My Feet Are Set For Dancing
07 - Wat Tyler
08 - Head In A Sack

Bass, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Vocals – Dave Pegg
Drums, Keyboards – Dave Mattacks
Guitar, Vocals – Simon Nicol
Lead Guitar – Richard Thompson (tracks: 8)
Violin – Ric Sanders (tracks: 2, 4, 5)
Vocals – Cathy Lesurf (tracks: 6)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hot Griselda - Meow! (2013 Belgium - Netherlands) @320

Hot Griselda is a Belgian/Dutch quartet which is very known in the world of the Bal folk meetings in the lowlands. Their slightly different approach gave them a big group of fans during the years. On pipes, whistles, sax, (electric) guitars and more the four musicians create a fine Celtic influenced instrumental sound. They play in a hypnotizing way their fourteen new recordings on which you will also recognize sounds from the many French traditions and even some influences from further south. It’s an album that needs time to reveal its full beauty. At first sight Meow sounds like a standard instrumental folk album. But the more you play it, the more you will hear the different layers the musicians put into the music and you discover the beauty of the melodies they play. Not only suitable for Bal folk dancing, but also a great album to listen to and enjoy.
© Eelco Schilder

1. Scheuren op de daken / The Cas Jig / Abdull's Fancy
2. MF 148 / Minitramp
3. Archibald / Ancient Mariners / Snipes
4. Las palmas
5. The Empress / New Clothes
6. Empty Streets, Blinded Windows / Ruby Susie
7. Walking Jake / Fido / Rasputin
8. Harry the Hunter
9. Blame It on the Chili / Ki mel
10. Augurka / Ameixoeira Station / The Birdies
11. The Rocket Reel / Dawdingstown / The Naked Dancer
12. Taxi Home / The Swiss Advocate / Roulette
13. White Russians / The sunnyset #2
14. Praying for a Fish / Alborada de l'empanada / Dubardu

Jeroen Geerinck: bodhran, electric guitar, guitar
Stijn van Beek: EWI, low whistle, uillean pipes
Kaspar Laval: bouzouki, electric guitar, gaita
Toon Van Mierlo: diatonic accordion, soprano saxophone, uillean pipes

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Brenna Sahatjian - Knotted Orbits (USA - Releases March 15 2018)

Brenna Sahatjian is a Portland, OR based songwriter and musician. She makes original, layered music on cello, dulcimer, and guitar, creating a space of sonic and lyrical complexity with her music. She sings about social justice, personal stories, dreams, anti-capitalism and re-enchantment with the natural world. She is a published poet (Broken Word: Alberta Street Anthology Volume II ) and has written two zines of poetry, Buried Alive and Something Wretched Becomes Beautiful. She has toured all over the US (sometimes on a bicycle!) and her songs often touch on her solo adventures. Her lyrical voice is also shaped by her work over the years on prisoner support, forest defense, youth mentorship, and as a mental health social worker.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Whippersnapper - Tsubo (1987 England) @320

Former Fairport fiddler Dave Swarbrick leads this all-acoustic quartet through its second album (named after the Japanese word for pressure point). The result is exquisitely rendered chamber arrangements of folk forms -- sort of a British variation on Virginia's Trapezoid. 
Swarbrick and Chris Leslie play lovely twin fiddle parts against the guitars and mandolins, and everyone gets to sing at least one moving ballad.

01 - Farewell My Lovely Nancy
02 - The Pride Of Kildare
03 - Rouge and Red Shoes
04 - I Wandered By A Brookside
05 - The Seven Keys
06 - Romanitza
07 - Deneze-soues-doue (on the wall)
08 - Frank Dempsey's Lament and Joy
09 - My Little Fiddle
10 - There's A River

Dave Swarbrick, violin, mandolin, vocals;
Chris Leslie, violin, mandolin, vocals;
Kevin Dempsey, guitar, vocals;
Martin Jenkins, mandocello, mandolin, flute, vocals

Monday, February 26, 2018

Talar - Belle Héloïse [1999 France] @192

'Fest-noz' group from Nantes. 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 acoustic, 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.

01 - The Naga Jigs
02 - Horos
03 - Margaretig (intro)
04 - Ton Doubl Plinn
05 - Mare Nostrum
06 - The Windy Set
07 - Ridées
08 - Esfahan
09 - Alborada
10 - Mélodie Kozh
11 - Shah Kokojaan
12 - JD's reels
13 - Kreiz an douar

Gwénolé AYOUL : bombardon, oboe
Frédérik BOULEY : fiddle, viola, mandoline
Olivier CAILLON : sax, soprano, biniou, veuze;
Philippe JEGOU : guitar
Erwann TOBIE : accordion, octaver

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bröselmaschine - Bröselmaschine (1971 Germany) @320

This is a solid folk prog record containing surprisingly varied tracks, sometimes flirting with an Indo/raga rock style, like on the "Schmetterling" track. The lead vocals are shared between a man and a woman: the woman's voice is really very good. The quality of the numerous acoustic string instruments is VERY impressive, in terms of composition, sound and technicality. There are some very charming & childish duct flute-like parts. The bass has a funny carton paper sound. Some moments remind a simpler Mike Oldfield's or even Anthony Phillips' work. There is a long, funny and impressive wah-wah guitar solo on "The Old Man's Song"; the floating mellotron at the end is a very good surprise! There is something wrong with the sound of the metallophone on the last track, like if it came from a mono output lacking surround effect.
~Greenback from Prog Archives~

1. Gedanken 5.06
2. Lassie 5.06
3. Gittarrenstuck 2.03
4. The Old Man's Song 5.26
5. Schmetterling 9.31
6. Nossa Bova 8.06
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Lutz Ringer - Bass, Mellotron
Peter Bursch - Guitar, Vocals, Sitar, Flute
Jenni Schucker - Flute, Vocals
Willi Kissmer - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Hellbach - Congas, Tablas, Mellotron

Al Tall & Muluk El Hwa - Xarq Al-Andalus (1985 Spain/Morroco) @128

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A Spanish Arabic fusion. Valencia's leading band meets the powerful Gnawa rhythms of 
Marrakech. In this classic recording Al Tall, the Catalan flamenco outfit, combines with Muluk El-Hwa, a Moroccan Gnawa ensemble. Muluk el-Hwa (The Demon of Love) are a Marrakesh-based Berber group formed by brothers Elaadili and Ben Bich Abderrahim. 

01 - La jove negre-absència (Ibn al-Khafaja / Abú Bak al-Turtuxi / Manolo Miralles)
02 - El viatge de les mans (Ibn al-Khafaja / Vicent Torrent)
03 - Les pigues (Ibn al-labbana / Vicent Torrent)
04 - Nostàlgia (Al Russafi / Vicent Torrent)
05 - Epístola a un amic (Ibon Amira / popular Mallorca / adapt. Manolo Miralles)
06 - La tirania (Ibn al-Khafaja / Muluk el Hwa)
07 - El jardí (Ibn al-Khafaja / Vicent Torrent)
08 - El vailet nadador (Ibn al-Zaqqaq / tradicional andalusí)
09 - La riuada (Ibn al-Khafaja / Vicent Torrent)
10 - Elegia valenciana (Al Russafi / Vicent Torrent)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Whippersnapper - Promises (1985 England) @320

Whippersnapper was an English folk band formed in 1984, consisting of Dave Swarbrick (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Chris Leslie (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Kevin Dempsey (guitar, vocals) and Martin Jenkins (mando-cello, flute, vocals).
Swarbrick left the group in 1989, and the band continued as a trio until 1993, with the only album recorded that line-up being Stories. During that time, Dempsey and Leslie released an album called Always With You as a duo. The band split when Jenkins left the group in 1993. However, they did tour briefly again in 1994.

01 - Whenever
02 - Banks of the Sweet Primroses
03 - An Sean Bhean Bhocht
04 - John Gaudie
05 - One Way Donkey Ride
06 - Hard Times of Old England
07 - Downtown Rodeo
08 - Carolanning
09 - Loving Hannah
10 - Lizzie Wan

Dave Swarbrick: violin, mandolin, vocals
Chris Leslie: violin, mandolin, vocals
Martin Jenkins: mandocello, mandolin, flute, vocals
Kevin Dempsey: guitar, vocals

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hoven Droven - More Happy Momments With... (Sweden 1999) [Folk-Rock] @256

The bad boys of Swedish folk / rock return with more great tunes, original and traditional, infused with brain tickling arrangements and head-banging grooves. On More Happy Moments... the Hammond organ of new member Janne Strömstedt provides a foundation for their great traditional and original tunes featuring the electric fiddle of Kjell-Erik Eriksson. 
On three tracks they are joined by the lovely female voices of Ulrika Bodén and Sofia Sandén (from Rosenberg 7 -- R7). Topping it off, it's an enhanced CD with five extra MP3 tracks and a "home movie" from Home Studios where the record was made.

01. Brekken    3:04
02. Möss och Människor    2:39
03. Vasen    2:56
04. Blinn Ulof    4:03
05. Ottje Pelle    2:46
06. Honing    3:20
07. Farväl alla vänner    5:08
08. Lycklig den som ogifter vore    2:56
09. Mørkertia    3:46
10. Jag for till stan...    3:25
11. Dortea    4:16
12. Myrslåttern    3:01
13. Herr Hillebran    4:22
14. Busters Doppolska    5:06

Bass: Pedro Blom
Drums: Björn Höglund
Fiddle: Kjell-Erik Eriksson
Guitar: Bo Lindberg
Organ, Accordion: Jan Strömstedt
Saxophone: Jens Comén
Trumpet: Gustav Hylén
Vocals: Sofia Sandén (tracks: 5, 8, 13), Stefan Sundström (tracks: 2, 7, 10), Ulrika Bodén (tracks: 5, 8, 13)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sibelius-Akatemian Folk Big Band - FBB (2014 Finland) @256

The strength of the SibA Folk Big Band (FBB) rises from the collective creativity of close to
40 folk musicians. Each member is a player, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, soloist and ensemble musician – as well as a skilled improviser! The orchestra performs without using a conductor or sheet music, with all the members communicating together in each given situation in a dynamic, rhythmic and expressive way, through improvisation and focus. 
Despite our careful research of historical singing and playing styles, we see folk music as something that lives strongly in the present. It doesn’t belong in museums; we live with it
every single day. The FBB is a part of a 10,000-year continuum, and the only way to continue is to keep creating new folk music. The end result is something unprecedented, powerful and contagious – it glows with pride for our own musical traditions!

01 - A-Taklax
02 - Kaivantomiehen Laulu
03 - Omatekopolkka  Vili-Vainaan Polkka  Reepakan Polkka
04 - Laulu Suomessa
05 - Haliasoitto
06 - Konstan Koko Tuotanto 16 Sekunnissa
07 - D-Mollisottiisi
08 - Neijon Valitus
09 - Maria Pohjan Neiti Osa I
10 - Maria Pohjan Neiti Osa II
11 - Vanhalla Nuorisoseuralla
12 - Paimendisko
13 - Ruskova
14 - Metsän Sävel
15 - Promootiokantaatti

Accordion [Five Row] – Juska Ojajärvi, Veikko Muikku
Accordion [Two-And-A-Half-Row] – Leija Lautamaja, Miia Palomäki
Arranged By – FBB* (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13)
Cittern, Jew's Harp – Petri Prauda
Clarinet – Ine Nord
Double Bass – Anna Landvad, Elina Lappalainen, Mirva Tarvainen
Flute [Månmarkpipa], Sopranino Saxophone, Trumpet [Luikku] – Maija Kauhanen
Guitar – Jussi-Pekka Piirainen, Martin Gripentrog, Matias Tyni, Roope Aarnio
Harmonium – Helmi Camus, Lukas Kristo, Neea Harju
Harp [Folk Harp] – Niamh O'Brien
Kantele – Jutta Rahmel, Maija Pokela, Sarah Palu, Ulla-Sisko Jauhiainen
Nyckelharpa, Stroh Violin – Meriheini Luoto
Percussion – Minna Koskenlahti, Oskari Lehtonen (2), Tatu Viitala
Viola, Jouhikko – Iida Savolainen
Violin – Esko Järvelä, Matti Pitkänen (2), Nelli Ikola, Tero Hyväluoma
Violin, Jouhikko – Ella Isotalo, Nea-Maria Korpelainen, Päivi Hirvonen
Voice – Anette Åkerlund, Charlotta Hagfors, Désirée Saarela-Portin, Mirva Soininen, Noora Kauppila, Sirkka Kosonen, Zane Përkone
Voice, Triangle, Jew's Harp – Amanda Kauranne
Written-By – Trad.* (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 8, 12, 13)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nordic - Hommage (Sweden 2012) @320

The Swedish trio Nordic has become in a very short time one of Sweden’s leading folk related bands. Their debut album got great reviews and their live performance are known for their fabulous craftsmanship. Time to release a second album and that one is called Hommage. This new album contains nine original, one Bela Fleck and one traditional compositions. This new album continues where the first album stopped. The three musicians evaluated their music in an even more own style, mixing traditional elements with light elements of jazz and even some kind of an acoustic rock feeling. Beautiful melodies on hardanger fele and nyckelharpa, sometimes played lightly and sparkling, other moments backed by a heavy cello or pump organ which gives the music a more earthy sound. Some of the melodies sound like I knew them for years, while others surprise me with their inventive twists and unexpected musical arrangements. A wonderful new album by this top Swedish band.
© Eelco Schilder

1. Den Första (Vinjett)    3:45
2. Bruce    4:34
3. Döden    5:55
4. The Lochs Of Dread    4:48
5. 8-bitar    4:33
6. Morsis    5:24
7. Minous Vals    4:49
8. French Elephant Walk    3:42
9. Nordic Beat    4:41
10. Håkon & Michael    3:52
11. Jösses, Polska Efter Magnus Olsson    5:00

Erik Rydvall - nyckelharpa
Magnus Zetterlund - mandolin
Anders Löfberg - cello

Nordic - Metropol (Sweden 2008) @320

Nordic is one of Sweden’s best and most appreciated folk music bands. With an infectious charm and joy for playing, the band has made a name for themselves both in Sweden and abroad. The successes of recent years have led to several awards and have taken the band to stages in – amongst other places – Italy, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Latvia and Norway.
Experiment to find new expression
With roots in folk music and with deep-seated knowledge the trio experiment freely in a quest for new expression. The result includes film-like compositions filled with soundscapes, rhythms, groove, reggae and improvisation. The unusual setting of cello, nyckelharpa and mandolin gives the group its own unique sound and contributes to Nordic’s experimental expression.

01. Varacion andina   
02. Skatan   
03. Begåvningsmarschen   
04. Barriären   
05. The Breakdown   
06. Av längtan av glädje   
07. Vigselregn   
08. Balsamvals   
09. Ditte i Finnskogen   
10. Sigrid och småfolket   
11. Metropolitan   
12. Efter dig

Erik Rydvall - nyckelharpa
Magnus Zetterlund - mandolin
Anders Löfberg - cello

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blowzabella - Bobbityshooty (England 1984) @320

1. Shave The Monkey / Boys Of The Mill     2:49
2. The Presbyterian Hornpipe / The Red Lyon     2:43
3. La Ronde Des Milloraines     4:41
4. Branle De Borgogne / Horses Branle     4:29
5. Bobbityshooty     3:59
6. Carl Wark     2:05
7. Eglantine / Man In The Brown Hat / Schottische Fran Havero / The Minah Bird     6:28
8. The Topman And The Afterguard     3:16
9. The Savage Hornpipe / The Gloucestershire Miner / William Taylor's Table-Top Hornpipe     4:12
10. Scaramouche / Kathryn Arwen's March     3:41
11. Blowzabella / Hon's Jig     4:51

Dave Roberts: melodeon, button accordion, whistle, percussion
Cliff Stapleton: hurdy-gurdies, alto recorder
Jon Swayne: English and Flemish bagpipes, flutes, soprano/alto/tenor/bass recorder, soprano
and alto saxophones, whistle, musette, bombarde
Dave Shepherd: violins, viola d'amore
Dave Armitage: bassoon, percussion
Paul James: English and Flemish bagpipes, soprano saxophone, soprano rauschpfeife, whistle, alto recorder, vocal, percussion

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blowzabella - Strange News (England 2013) @320

1. All Things Are Quite Silent (Roud 2532) (3.51)
2. Le Petit Chien / The Long Drive schottisches (5.16)
3. Malique bourrée in 2/4 (3.20)
4. Strange News (The Blacksmith) (Roud 816) (6.04)
5. Falco English rant step (5.10)
6. The Muffler / Bhaskar's mazurkas (4.23)
7. Black and White Box / Ubu the King schottisches (3.07)
8. Searching for Lambs (Roud 576; Henry H548) / Main Dans la Main waltz in 5 (6.16)
9. The Maple Tree / Glasshouse mazurkas (5.42)
10. Billy Ruffian / The Schoolhouse bourrées in 2/4 (3.52)
11. Nelly Was a Milkmaid (Roud 1606) (3.38)
12. The Diggers rondeau / Cotillon (4.37)
13. Shed Number 9 / Le Vicaire schottisches (4.25)
Andy Cutting: diatonic button accordion, triangle
Jo Freya: vocals, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones
Paul James: border bagpipes, soprano and alto saxophones, whistle
Gregory Jolivet: alto hurdy-gurdy
Dave Shepherd: violin, octave violin
Barnaby Stradling: acoustic bass guitar, octave bass guitar
Jon Swayne: border bagpipes, soprano and alto saxophone

Patrick Bouffard: hurdy-gurdy 

Blowzabella - In Colour (1983 England) @320

1. Polka Piquée (1.37)
2. Masters of War (3.54)
3. Rutchenitsa (2.36)
4. Captain Lemo / Robin's in the Green / Epic Branle (3.54)
5. Queen Adelaide / Bricks and Mortar (4.22)
6. Epping Forest / The Rolling of the Stones / Dans-tro Plinn (5.27)
7. Bourréees One and Two (4.49)
8. Farandôle Tarascaire / Trip to Lincoln (3.50)
9. Dorset Four Hand Reel / Twin Sisters / Sidbury Four Hand Reel (5.00)
10. Spanish Jig (La Fleur de Bruyère) (3.25)
11. The French Assembly (2.58)
12. Bourréees Three and Four (5.30)

Dave Armitage: vocals, bass curtal, drums, tapan, bombard
Paul James: vocals, soprano saxophone, English bagpipes, recorder, D whistle, soprano curtal, bombard, drum, percussion, triangle
Sam Palmer: hurdy-gurdy
Dave Roberts: vocals, button accordion, melodeon, C whistle, drum
Dave Shepherd: violins, bombard
Cliff Stapleton: vocals, hurdy-gurdy, recorder
Jon Swayne: vocals, piano, Bulgarian bagpipes, English bagpipes, Flemish bagpipes, soprano saxophone, flute, recorder, D whistle, tenor curtal, bombard

Max Johnson, Dave Mitchell, John Spires: vocals
The Amnesian State Folk Ensemble
Terry Chimes: drums

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pentangle - The Pentangle (2017 Remaster) [1968 England] @320

Pentangle's debut album is an outstanding and groundbreaking release for the times , as this was 68 . Folk had just experienced a revival in the early part of the decade and Dylan had launched folk-rock with his groundbreaking Highway 61 Revisited just a few years after. In Europe a Scotsman Donovan Leitch had become UK's answer to Dylan and had tremendous success. 
At the time of that Dylan H61R album, two Scotsman John Renbourn and Bert Jansch were both renowned folk artist a bit in the Raconteur-Troubadours tradition and had released a few albums each. Three other Scotsmen had also formed the Incredible String Band who had an outstanding series of three albums developing more than just Folk rock but mixing some psychedelic twist, other traces of medieval folk and Indian classical music. Somehow, one could not really say that they fitted well with other folk rock artist from The Byrds to Fairport Convention.
Review by Sean Trane (Prog Archives)

01 - Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
02 - Bells
03 - Hear My Call
04 - Pentangling
05 - Mirage
06 - Way Behind The Sun
07 - Bruton Town
08 - Waltz
09 - Koan (Take 2) (Bonus)
10 - The Wheel (Bonus)
11 - The Casbah (Bonus)
12 - Bruton Town (Take 3) (Bonus)
13 - Hear My Call (Alternate Version) (Bonus)
14 - Way Behind The Sun (Alternate Version) (Bonus)
15 - Way Behind The Sun (Instrumental) (Bonus)
16 - Bruton Town (Take 5) (Bonus)
17 - Koan (Take 1) (Bonus)
18 - Travellin' Song (non-LP Single Version With Strings) (Bonus)
19 - Poison (August 1967 Session) (Bonus)
20 - I Got A Feeling (August 1967 Session) (Bonus)
21 - Market Song (August 1967 Session) (Bonus)

Jacqui McShee / vocals
Bert Jansch / acoustic guitar, vocals
John Renbourn / acoustic guitar, vocals
Danny Thomson / double bass
Terry Cox / drums, glockenspiel, vocals

Pentangle - Sweet Child (Expanded Edition) [1968 England] @320

Beautiful music that stands tall against the test of time. This is on of the children of the hippie-movement, but it does not sound dated or naive. The music is simple and complex in the same time. There is not many rock overtones here, this is pure folk with the clever amount of jazz, blues and medieval music thrown in for a good measure. Renbourn's guitar work is pure delight. Beauty of Jacqui's voice is outshining the rest of the female folk singers. Double bass is the band's trademark.
Review by clarke2001 (Prog Archives)

01 - Market Song
02 - No More My Lord
03 - Turn Your Money Green
04 - Haitian Fight Song
05 - A Woman like You
06 - Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat
07 - Three Dances Brentzel Gay; La Rotta; The Earle of Salisbury
08 - Watch the Stars
09 - So Early in the Spring
10 - No Exit
11 - The Time Has Come
12 - Bruton Town
13 - Hear My Call (Bonus)
14 - Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (Bonus)
15 - Bells (Bonus)
16 - Travelling Song (Bonus)
17 - Waltz (Bonus)
18 - Way Behind the Sun (Bonus)
19 - John Donne Song (Bonus)

01 - Sweet Child
02 - I Loved a Lass
03 - Three Part Thing
04 - Sovay
05 - In Time
06 - In Your Mind
07 - I've Got a Feeling
08 - The Trees They Do Grow High
09 - Moon Dog
10 - Hole in the Coal
11 - Hole in the Coal [alt. version] (Bonus)
12 - The Trees They Do Grow High [alt. version] (Bonus)
13 - Haitian Fight Song [studio version] (Bonus)
14 - In Time [alt. version] (Bonus)

Jacqui McShee / vocals
Bert Jansch / acoustic guitar, vocals
John Renbourn / acoustic guitar, vocals
Danny Thomson / double bass
Terry Cox / drums, glockenspiel, vocals

Duo Carvou / Bizien - An Amzer Gwechall (2011 France/Bretagne) @320

This excellent duo of musicians from Brittany, invite you to travel with them on traditional tunes and compositions which blends a varied repertoire.
The virtuosity is an appointment for an album of great musical quality.
They can usually be heard as members of Ozan Trio, Jamie McMenemy 4 and Deus’ta.
Malo Carvou and Bernard Bizien offer us a repertoire of Breton musique and “Swing Musette“. Seventeen years of complicity to be appreciated and share immoderately.
As musical combinations go, the duo isn’t as simple as it may seem, and the blend of wooden flute and guitar is no exception.
But in this recording the flute player Malo Carvou and the guitarist Bernard Bizien excel effortlessly with constant mutual attention, inspired interpretation, maestria, ease, splendour ... it’s all there. In short it’s art.
And in his adaptions of the musette repertoire, Malo’s virtuoso fluidity is a treat for the ear.Thanks to them both for this generous music.
Jean-Michel Veillon.

01. La gavotte passe   
02. An amzer gwechall   
03. Flambée montalbanaise   
04. Tcheu-tcheu mod koz   
05. Gavotte pour Françoise   
06. Ar Jilgamm (andro - hanter dro)   
07. Merhed er bregéreu   
08. Rêve bohémien   
09. Valse des niglos   
10. N'o ket en ho ti tavarnourez   
11. Mathew's waltz   
12. Gracieusette

Malo CARVOU : wooden flute
Bernard BIZIEN : guitar

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Genticorum - Nagez Rameurs (Canada 2011) @320

1. Tout Le Long Du Voyage - Reel Inutile     4:50
2. Turlutte Hirsute     4:11
3. Nagez Rameurs     4:37
4. Les Menteries     4:40
5. Galope Doux Bedon     3:41
6. Reel Circulaire     6:03
7. Grand Voyageur Sur La Drave     4:41
8. Valse Des Poêles     4:04
9. Quand Chus Partidu Canada - Grand Reel Raccourci     5:43
10. Violon Guérisseur     5:21
11. Canot D'écorce     5:14

Pascal Gemme - Fiddle, Feet, Vocals
Alexandre De Grosbois-Garand - Wooden Flute, Fretless Bass, Fiddle, Vocals
Yann Falquet - Guitar, Vocals

Friday, January 12, 2018

Genticorum - La Bibournoise (Canada 2008) @320

01. La Grondeuse Opossum   4:04
02. La Bibournoise   4:34
03. Le Vingt D'avril   4:38
04. Le Brandy Culotté   5:52
05. Le Moine Blanc   4:01
06. Hommage A André Alain   7:41
07. Les Remon   4:39
08. J'y Vas Mon Train   4:15
09. Pinson Et Cendrouille   4:04
10. Valse Beaulieu   4:08
11. Les Culottes De V'lour   5:14
12. Le Pommeau   4:18

Fiddle, Feet, Vocals – Pascal Gemme
Fiddle, Fretless Bass, Wooden Flute, Vocals – Alexandre De Grosbois-Garand
Guitar, Jew's Harp, Vocals – Yann Falquet

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