Monday, June 26, 2017

Okra Playground - Turmio (Finland 2016) @320

Helsinki based electro-folk band Okra Playground was originally formed in 2010
from a shared wish to bring together excellent people and musician to play around traditional Finnish music with a fresh approach. The band became almost literally a musical playground for its musicians. On this playground the kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes. The music resulting from the quite unusual interesting combination has roots deep in the Finnish soil, but its tallest branches spread out towards the furthest shores of world music. The strong voices of the three female singers, as well as the age-old lyrics, simultaneously take the listener to far-off places and close to home. Okra Playground’s fresh music captivates the listener with its hypnotic beat and mystical energy.

“This is one of the most exciting bands to come out of Finland in recent times.” (Songlines Magazine UK 122/2016)

01 - Kaunokieli
02 - Turmio
03 - Viivytysvirsi
04 - Viimatar
05 - Pakkasloitsu
06 - Hopeamorsian
07 - Tulen Synty
08 - Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi
09 - Sorsa
10 - Tuulen Tuoma

Päivi Hirvonen – vocals, fiddle, bowed harp jouhikko
Maija Kauhanen – vocals, kantele
Essi Muikku – vocals, kantele
Sami Kujala – electric bass
Veikko Muikku – accordion, synthesizer
Tatu Viitala – percussion

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rémi Geffroy - Du Jour Au Lendemain (France 2016) @320

1. Un Jour (01:25)
2. Passé Simple (04:30)
3. Pandemonium (07:56)
4. Comme Une Fin D'été (03:53)
5. Les Larmes De Sable (04:08)
6. Empathie (feat. Clément Griffault) (04:18)
7. L'égoïste Solidaire (03:18)
8. 130 911 (04:55)
9. Pause (02:51)
10. Empathie (04:08)
11. La Fuite Du Chat Noir (03:08)
12. Réveil Matin (06:22)

Rémi Geffroy - accordéon diatonique
Maxime Llorca - guitares
Christian Martinaud - batterie
Clément-Son Dang - violoncelle

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maddy Prior - Year (England 1993) - @320

01 - Spring: Snowdrops/Birth
02 - Summer: Swimming Song
03 - Autumn: Marigold/Harvest Home
04 - Winter: Red & Green
05 - Winter: Long Shadows
06 - Somewhere Along the Road
07 - What Had You for Supper?
08 - Saucy Sailor
09 - The Fabled Hare
10 - Deep in the Darkest Night
11 - Boys of Bedlam
12 - Twa Corbies

Maddy Prior: vocals
Nick Holland: piano keyboards, Hammond BVs
Richard Lee: double bass
Rick Kemp: bass on [7]
Mick Dyche: acoustic guitars
Martin Loveday: cello
Liam Genockey: percussion
Andy Watts: shawms on [2], recorder on [4]
John Dochary: bass BVs

Left Blank's Compil Folk 17

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Päre - Hausjärvi beat (2016 Finland) @320

There used to be such a thing as Finnish bagpipes, but the instrument sank into obscurity for 200 years until Petri Prauda (also known as a player of stringed instruments in Frigg, Hyperborea, etc.) had the notion of re-creating it with instrument builder Yrjänä Ermala. Accordingly, Hausjärvi beat marks the recording debut not only of the band named Päre but also of the Finnish bagpipes – and a groovy debut it is, too.

This is a disc of delightfully pompous acoustic stadium folk that without any doubt will have people dancing. Described as all-natural ethno-disco, the repertoire consists of repetitive kantele and jouhikko tunes and fiddle melodies from both Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland.

Everything is bound together by the band’s watertight ensemble work and particularly the rich sound world of the rarer instruments: not only Prauda on the bagpipes but also Tapani Varis on the jaw harps, folk clarinet (liru) and overtone flute, Piia Kleemola on the violin and octave violin, Jarmo Romppanen on the ten-string mandola. Everything floats over the percussion kit intricately managed by Oskari Lehtonen.

Hausjärvi beat by Päre was worth waiting for – after two centuries the bagpipes ride again!
Amanda Kauranne
Translation: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

1. Hausjärvi Beat 
2. Karhunpeijaispolska / voi minuu, polone poiga 
3. Gammal vals från Lappträsk / Långdans 
4. Menuetti Oravaisista / Polska Bromarvista 
5.Åttastjillingspolskan / Polska från Lappfjärd 
6. Trepatska 
7.Laulu / Pajatusta / 666 
8. Pielijärvi

Piia Kleemola - viulu, oktaaviviulu, 15-kielinen kantele
Oskari Lehtonen - lyömäsoittimet
Petri Prauda - suomalainen säkkipilli
Jarmo Romppanen - 10-kielinen mandola
Tapani Varis - liru, munniharppu, pitkähuilu

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Riobó - Riobó (2011 Spain / Galicia) @VBR~200

Begoña Riobó is currently one of the most renowned violinists in Galician music. She has an outstanding musical career, has played with Carlos Núñez, Anxo Lorenzo, Susana Seivane, and Sondeseu, amongst others, and is now the first Galician Folk violinist to lead her own band.
"Riobó" is the name of Begoña's group and also the title of the first album, characterised by the virtuosity of the musicians when arranging and interpreting traditional Galician melodies, being faithful to their origins. Thus, each concert is a journey of sensations during which both the deep cultural roots and present day performance formulas live side by side.
Accompanying Begoña in 'Riobó', we have four renowned musicians that garner a solid professional career and participate regularly in the main musical projects in Galicia. They are Fernando Barroso (guitar), Marcos Campos (Gaita, accordion and whistles), Xosé Liz (Bouzouki), and Fernando Pérez (flute and requinta). 

1. Estróupele 6:09
2. Foliada 85 3:22
3. San Campio 7:32
4. Marreco 5:11
5. O Pico 4:12
6. Fox 4:18
7. O Bardo 6:44
8. Mallador 3:47
9. Pasodobre dos 30 2:08
10. Choupana 4:50

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Swordedge - Swordedge [1980 England] @320

01 - Rosemary Lane.mp3
02 - No Pain.mp3
03 - Squire Of Hainborough.mp3
04 - My Ladye Constance.mp3
05 - Brave Wolfe.mp3
06 - Greenfields Of America.mp3
07 - Party On Mars.mp3
08 - Voilà Le Printemps.mp3
09 - The Pavement Artist.mp3
10 - The Shearing's Not For You.mp3

Sue Fenwick (vocals, psaltery, bodhrán)
David Smith (guitar)
Alan Watson, John Davies (vocals, guitar, flute)
Méabh O'Hare: (fiddle)

Left Blank's Compil Folk 15

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Le Quintet à Claques - La Marque Rouge (France 2009) @320

1. British String – Scottish (4’27)
2. Les Zozos Frileux / Elixir – Cercles circassiens (4’44)
3. Berceuse pour un Loulou – Gavotte de l’Aven (4’57)
4. Le Diable aux Fesses Rouges – Suite plinn (8’27)
5. La Ruée vers Laure – Mazurka (5’22)
6. Le Branle Carré – Danse de Bresse (6’47)
7. Poivre Aisselles – Kost ar c’hoad (3’15)
8. Lénine et Stallone – Rondeau en couple (9’32)
9. Ratatouille à la Raspoutine / Le tombeau du Gnome – Chapeloises (5’42)
10. Tududutututu – Valse (3’43)
11. Suite de Scottish – Scottish (6’27)
12. Andropophage – Andro (9’27)

Anthony Jambon (guitare)
Colin Delzant (violoncelle, clarinette)
Cécile Delzant (violon)
Camille Passeri (trompette, accordéon)
Valère Passeri (violon)
Christophe Sacchettini (cajon)

Malicorne - Live Milan 1979 (Bootleg - 2CD)

En public à Milano, Italie, Teatro Cristallo
26 octobre 1979

01    Prélude (2:35)
02    Voici la Saint Jean (ronde) (4:15)
03    Couché tard, levé matin (2:23)
04    La semaine - Fa fa fa - Bransle (5:49)
05    Margot (0:55)
06    L'écolier assassin (10:47)
07    La mule (6:50)
08    La chasse-gallery (5:49)
09    Alexandre - Danse bulgare (4:49)
10    Guillaume Tell (Rossini) (1:25)

01    La conduite (2:21)
02    A Paris la grande ville (4:19)
03    Le prince d'Orange (4:31)
04    Jean des loups (12:37)
05    Le bransle des cheveaux (3:46)
06    Les filles sont volages (2:16)
07    Les sept jours de mai (6:07)
08    La danse des damnés (3:23)
09    Reels du casino (2:29)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Waxies Dargle - 1993 - World Tour Of Ireland

Waxies Dargle are one of the many traditional Celtic folk bands to come up through London's Irish pub circuit. The band, founded by Dubliner Gerry Heaney, derived its name from a popular Irish drinking song about a fair called "the Waxies Dargle" which was held by tailors from the coastal town of Bray early in the 20th century. Soon after the band's emergence on the London scene, they attracted a strong following with their lively blend of familiar Irish standards, original compositions, contemporary folk covers, and traditional North American folk tunes.

1     Rocky Road To Dublin
2     City Of Dreams
3     Father O'Flyn / Irish Washerwoman / The Blackberry Blossom
4     The Sally Gardens
5     Galway Races / An Dearig Dun / The Welcoming
6     Belfast Boy
7     King Of The Fairies
8     Irish Rover / Rakes Of Mallow
9     Lannigan's Ball
10     O'Carolan's Concerto
11     Tipping It Up To Nancy / Swallow's Tail
12     Urban Cycle
13     Maid Behind The Bar / Gravel Walk
14     Skibbereen

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tickawinda - Rosemary Lane (England 1979) @320

UK reissue of highly collectable 1979 folk album. Featuring Clive Gregson who later played with Stiff band Any Trouble prior to working both solo & with The Richard Thompson Band. Characterized by two female vocalists, it includes an excellent cover version of the Bert Jansch-composed title track. Remastered from the original tapes it's been packaged with the original art work & sleevenotes by Clive Gregson.

01 - John Barleycorn
02 - Coalhole Cavalry
03 - She Moves Through The Fair
04 - Old Pendel
05 - Young Man
06 - Cold And Raw
07 - The Blackleg Miner
08 - Roemary Lane
09 - A Lyke Wake Dirge
10 - The Galtee Farmer
11 - The Weary Cutters
12 - Go Your Way
13 - And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Alison Tulloch: Vocals
Clive Gregson: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano
Jim Schofield: Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals [Sings Too!]
David Birchwood: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kath Richmond: Vocals

Left Blank's Compil Folk 13

Friday, May 19, 2017

Figgy Duff - A Retrospective 1974-1993 (1995 Canada) @192

Figgy Duff was a Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland. They played a major role in the Newfoundland cultural renaissance of the 1970s and 80s. Formed in 1976 by Noel Dinn who named the band after a kind of traditional pudding Figgy Duff travelled across Newfoundland learning traditional songs. They performed with some distinct elements of rock and roll. They began working with Island Records early though the album that resulted has yet to be released. Instead they released their independent self-titled debut album Figgy Duff in 1980. The album was also released by Ottawa-based Posterity Records. It was followed by After the Tempest in 1982. Throughout the next thirteen years Figgy Duff continued touring and released three more albums Weather Out the Storm (1989) Downstream (1993) and the compilation Retrospective (1995). 
The line-up changed several times but the core of Noel Dinn and Pamela Morgan singer-songwriter stayed the same. Weather Out the Storm was nominated for a 1991 Juno Award. Dinn died of cancer in 1993 and Morgan disbanded Figgy Duff soon after. The band has since reunited twice once in 1999 for a silver anniversary tour and again in summer 2008 to celebrate the release of a cd of live recordings from the bands previous reunion.

01. Henry Martin
02. Emile's Reels 
03. A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter 
04. Woman of Labrador 
05. Breakwater Boys Breakdown 
06. True or False 
07. Weather Out The Storm 
08. Captain And His Whiskers/Fishermen's Favourite 
09. Tarry Trousers 
10. Rumbolt 
11. Thomas and Nancy 
12. Snowy Night 
13. Four Stop Jigs 
14. The Fisher Who Died in His Bed 
15. Geese in the Bog 
16. Allanadh 
17. Freedom 
18. Downstream 
19. Auntie Mary/Brother's Jig

Friday, May 12, 2017

Waxies Dargle - 2006 - Paddy Ryan's Dream

Waxies Dargle are one of the many traditional Celtic folk bands to come up through London's Irish pub circuit. The band, founded by Dubliner Gerry Heaney, derived its name from a popular Irish drinking song about a fair called "the Waxies Dargle" which was held by tailors from the coastal town of Bray early in the 20th century. Soon after the band's emergence on the London scene, they attracted a strong following with their lively blend of familiar Irish standards, original compositions, contemporary folk covers, and traditional North American folk tunes.

1  Little Tunes 
2  Cod-Liver Oil, Coolies 
3  Donegal Danny 
4  Rocky Road Tunes 
5  Salt Hill 
6  Geese in the Bog 
7  Come All Ye Young and Tender Maidens 
8  Paddy's Ryan's Dream 
9  Coming Around 
10 The Ferryman 
11 The Fairytale of New York 
12 Reels & Jig 
13 Into the Rain 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Caliban - Caliban (1998 USA) @320

Acoustic Duo featuring members of Tempest past and present.
Caliban presents a delightful, eclectic blend of music on fiddle and octave mandola, filling a set with spirited dance-tunes and spellbinding ballads. Their repertoire consists of Celtic and British material, traditional American songs, and tunes from Sorbye's native Norway. Featuring tight vocal harmonies and great instrumental skills, their show has a lively feel and a contagious sense of humor.

01. The Open Door
02. Beeswing 
03. The Journeyman 
04. Tipsy Sailor 
05. Oh No 
06. Jeg Lagde Meg Sa Silde 
07. The Pony Set 
08. Bold John Barleycorn 
09. Major Malley 
10. What Put the Blood 
11. Company of Wolves

Lief Sorbye: lead vocals, octave-mandola, harmonica, bodhran, mandolin on 'The
Michael Mullen: fiddle, harmony vocals, viola on 'Beeswing'.

Geraldine Mac Gowan - 1996 - 'til The Morning Comes

Geraldine MacGowan Keeper of the flame in Irish Folk song

A Dubliner, and voice of the popular traditional group Oisin; having toured the World extensively for the last two decades, with numerous Oisin Albums and three solo CD's to her credit.
This, her second album, sees her balancing the tradition with more contemporary material. Her honeyed vocals shine with some stellar accompaniment from Mike McGoldrick & Brian O'Connor.

1. Solo
2. My Enchanted Sight
3. Any Mick'll Do
4. Emerald Isle
5. The Blacksmith
6. Rosemary Lane
7. Hard Times
8. 'Til The Morning Comes
9. She Moved Through The Fair
10. Boy Is A Nation
11. May Morning Dew
12. Peata Beag

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dédale - Face Cachée (2002-France) @320

01 - Circus confetti (Sample in right panel)
02 - C'est ainsi
03 - Dentifrice au chewing-gum
04 - Quinquamarre
05 - Enfant des lois
06 - Sac de billes
07 - Les moutons d'Arte
08 - Zaz plinn (I.P.)
09 - D'une fois sur l'autre
10 - A toi de suivre la ronde
11 - Deux basses et au lit
12 - How are you leone pipe?
13 - China

Isabelle Pignol: vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy), chant
Norbert Pignol: accordéons diatoniques 
Jean Banwarth: bouzouki
Yves Perrin: basse
Christophe Sacchettini: flûtes à bec, whistles, cornemuse du Centre, épinettes, percussions
Jean-Pierre Sarzier: clarinette, clarinette basse, claviers, choeurs

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