Issue 22 06/2002
FolkWorld CD Reviews
Jaune Toujours "Camping del Mundo"
Label: own; chou 0202; 2002; Playing time:
56.58 min, Belgium
Jaune Toujours have been a favourite of mine since I have first heard them -
obviously I am very pleased to review this great CD. The band around Piet Maris
(voice and accordeon, etc.) is highly original, they have created their own
sound with lots of influences. The "yellow band" has put up their
tents in Brussels, their music is a urban mix of Belgian traditions (both flemish
and wallonian - they sing in french and flemish), mixed with musette, jazz,
music from Europe (especially a south eastern influence is there) and the rest
of the world, a bit of rock and much more. Main instruments apart of the voice
and accordeon are the brass section (trumpet, tuba, trombone, sousaphone, saxophone,
All the album is made by the six musicians of the band; only on two tracks there
are additional female voices (Laila Amézian; Katharina Pohlodkova &
Lubica Macova) as guests.
If you don't want to miss one of the best bands for the third millenium (in
my opinion) go out and buy this album - it is unconventional a bit mad and highly
original music. I am sure this band can create the same buzz in live!
By the way their previous album 'Brusk' was voted by the editors of FolkWorld
(that is me and my brother) as best album of 2000!
Homepage of the artist: www.choux.net,
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Pancho Alvarez "Nas Cordas"
Fol / Boa; 27; 2001; Playing time: 57,04 min, Galicia, Spain
Galicia in northern Spain has a big boom of traditional and folk music since
15 years or so. Pancho Alvarez was a man of the first hour of this boom, he
always has played a major role in the Galician scene, he has played in many
of the well known folk bands of Galicia (at least as a guest). Nevertheless
he is still quite unknown, although being the best arranger of traditional music
Panchio is multiinstrumentalist and singer - on his previous album 'Florencio,
O Cego Dos Vilares', which was voted by the editors of FolkWorld (that is me
and my brother) as best album of 1998, he played all the instruments himself.
Because this album was so well received Pancho formed a excellent group to perform
the music in live.
On 'Nas Cordas' Pancho Alvarez plays again a lot on his own, but additionally
he has invited some members of his band to help him: Pancho himself playes violin,
bouzouki, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, concertina, teclados,
percussion and he sings of course. Then there are the brothers Felix and Castor
Castro Vincente (concertina and accordeon / flute), Fernando Fraga (accordeon),
Alvaro Iglesias on double bass, Miguel Seoane (guitar), Xurxo Nunez (brother
of the well known Carlos) as an exciting percussionist and finally on one track
Carlos Nunez on flute.
An album full of passion - hopefully Pancho will get some more international
attention in future...
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Last Night's fun - aka Sherburn, Bartley &
Label: own; Ada 102, 2001; Playing time: 53.06
The duo of Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartly has been part of the English scene
for quite some time now. Sometimes they appeared as Sherbart sometimes together
with Chris' sister Jane. In Last Night's fun they are joined by Nick Scott.
Dubh (Irish word for blackness /darkness) is Last Night's Fun's second album
- and as you can see in the Irish name the album is 'their testament to Irish
music'. The line up is quite unconventional: Chris Sherburn playes an Anglo
Concertina, Denny Bartly guitar and he sings and finally Nick Scott the uilleann
Although their music is surely mostly Irish and their instruments are acoustic
and even much of the material is traditional, you cannot call their music simply
traditional Irish music - it is more open. They have their own way to interpretade
the music - Denny's singing style is individual - he has a strong voice, sometimes
it seems that he wants to blow everything away with singing. The two melody
instruments concertina and uilleann pipes build a nice contrast to each other.
Besides blowing the audience away with his singing Denny has a very rhythmic
guitar playing pushing the melody instruments further on.
Sometimes (especially in some songs) the album has a dark and serious atmosphere
- the fast and furious tunes are a good contrast for that.
A good album of an interesting band - in live they are excellent (and very funny)
Homepage of the artist: www.lastnightsfun.com
Debout sur le Zinc "L'homme à tue-tete"
Label: agathe / next music; MDCD 731; 2001; Playing time: 53.34 min, France
Hearing this band for the first time at Tilburg international folk festival
in January 2002 - Debout sur le Zinc directly became one of my favorite bands!
In the last years I have not heard much new folk music bands from France - but
now I have discovered a great band. The lads sing in French - they have three
very different, but all great singers: the fiddler Simon Mimoun, Romain Sassigneux
(clarinet, guitar) and Christophe Bastien (guitar and piano). Now having started
with the line-up, here is also the rest of the band: Dreuf on accordeon, on
double bass William Levti, Oliver Sulpice plays banjo and mandolin and last
but not least drummer / percussionist Cédric Ermolieff.
Their music is all self written and arranged. Debout sur le Zinc is a group
with many influences - there are french traditions, but also musette and Klezmer
music, a bit of jazz, traditions of other regions - all mixed up to the individual
sound of Debout sur le Zinc.
The album is absolutely stunning and a must for everybody who likes new folk
music from Europe. And in live they are even better...
Homepage of the artist: www.dslz.org,
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Lucilla Galeazzi "Lunario"
Music; CNDL 13186; 2002; Playing time: 40.12 min, Italy
Lucilla Galeazzi is a great singer songwriter hailing from Rome. Her songs are
steeped in the Italian traditions, but she has created herown very intensive
Her songs are the focal point of the album, with the musicans backing her songs
making the most out of them. The Lucilla Galeazzi band has a very appropriate
sound with lots of atmosphere. The band (also her live band) consists of Massimo
Nardi (guitar and arrangements), Massimo Carrano (drums), Antonio Ramous (cello)
and Salvatore Zambataro (accordeon and clarinet).
Lucilla's voice has a wide field to offer: harmonious and quiet, sad and melancholic
and also very powerful and intensive. The album is full of southern emotions.
Homepage of the artist: www.lucillagaleazzi.com,
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Sarakina - Grekow Mlejnek Mlejnek
Label: own; 2001; Playing time: 53.25 min,
Sarakina are three lads from Poland: Jacek Grekow (accordeon, bagpipe and kaval
- Bulgarian flute), Jan Mlejnek (clarinet, guitar) and Bartosz Mlejnek (double
bass). All three are professional musicians and are studying / have studied
at music universities (of Vienna and Warsaw).
They are playing in Sarakina music from different regions of Bulgaria and Macedonia
- the music from the Balkan is their love. They are taking partly traditional
melodies and they arrange them in a new way. The music is full of emotion -
to make this atmosphere even stronger they have invited Weronika Grozdew to
add with her vocals a new dimension to the CD.
A very promising professional young group from Poland - hopefully we will hear
much more from them in future!
Additional points go to the highly original cover design of the album...
Homepage of the artist: www.sarakina.art.pl,
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Wenzel & Band "Grünes Licht"
25 0878-2; 2001; Playing time: 49.20 & 44.31 min, Germany
Wenzel is one of the best German singer songwriters at the moment. He started
his career quite some time ago - and has released already some songs. 'Grünes
Licht' is a kind of best of - it is a live (double) CD, where he has recorded
his material with an excellent band. His songs - especially the choruses - often
have earwhig character. The instruments - especially the brass - support his
songs. Many of his songs have interesting stories, some are critical, others
are 'just' fun songs.
To name some of my personal favorites: Banane, Schöner Lügen, Halb
und Halb, Zeit der Irren und Idioten - but I am sure everybody has his personal
If you haven't heard of him before - this double CD is the right way to start...
Homepage of the management: www.sansibarkult.de,
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Trebunie Tutki "Jo clek wolny"
Label: Pomaton.Emi, 7243 5 30494 2 3; 2000;
Playing time: 70.00 min, Poland
Trebunie Tutki is not just a name of a band but also the name of a famous highlander
family living for generations in the Podhale region of Poland. The band with
the name Trebunie Tutki is maybe the oldest still existing folk music group
from Poland. They have released many albums up to now. This CD is a sampler
with music from the years 1992 to 1999.
On the one hand you have the music and traditions of the mountains of the Podhale
region - on the other hand many other influences, especially through the collaborations
they have made. Very special is the collaboration with the Twinkle brothers,
a Jamacain roots reggae group. It is fascinating to listen to the total different
cultures coming together.
A fascinating group which is open to travel all the time to new grounds... Those
readers who are going to attened the folk festival in Rudolstadt (Germany) can
see them live there.
Homepage of the artist: www.trebunie.pl,
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to label: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Boyd, Michelle O Brien, Colette O Leary,
John Jo Kelly "Steve's Kitchen"
Label: own; 2002; Playing time: 46.49 min,
If you like Irish music you surely have heard the names of these musicians before.
Ed Boyd (guitar) and John Jo Kelly (bodhran) are the rhythm section of the genius
quartett Flook. Colette O Leary (accordeon) and Michelle O Brien (fiddle) are
part of the Bumblebees (and other bands). Actually the four musicians made in
spring a tour through Germany as Bumblebees - but this Bumblebees line up was
exclusively for this tour...
When you have the album in your hand you can see that it is a production of
the musicians themselves - the information in the booklet is sparse and the
booklet itself looks self made - the design is nice though...
Nevertheless the musical and production quality is high. You can feel that Irish
music is the world of the four young musicians, and they do their best in it!
Unfortunately I think you will get this album just from the musicians themself...
Tony Mc Manus "Ceol More"
CDTRAX 226; 2002; Playing time: 50.23 min
Guitar CDs are sometimes for people who do not play themselve, a bit unspectacular.
I have got several CDs of very gifted guitarist, where the playing is absolute
perfect, but somehow the atmosphere is missing.
Tony McManus' work is different, he really knows how to make a very soulful
and strong atmosphere with finger picking guitar. Ceol More is in my opinion
the best of his solo CDs, the arrangements of the tunes will keep coming round
in my heads for hours.
On Ceol More the talented Scotsman only got some sparse support of Ewen Vernal
on bass and (on two tracks) Guy Nicholson with Tablas. Tony himself plays besides
the guitar the mandolin.
His playing style is uniquely steeped in Scottish roots, but with his own flavour.
He has gathered for this CD a bunch of tunes from all over the world. His journey
starts in Scotland with some tunes including a Piobreachd, Ceol Mhore (=big
music) - name for the classical music of the highland bagpipe - interpreted
with loads of highland atmosphere, and a beautiful instrumental version of the
famous Burns song 'Banks and Braes'. Further on he visits Ireland and Brittany
to go via 'Shalom Aleichem', a 17th century Hebrew hymn from Eastern Europe,
to Northern America, to be more exact to Quebeque, a french speaking province
of Canada, where his friends of La Bottine Souriante come from... Finally he
finishes with 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' a slow air written by bass legend Charles
Tony really knows what to do to get the attention of the listener - great album
of the guitarist who knows best how to put atmosphere into the tunes! The music
is relaxed and never gets boaring.
Homepage of the artist: www.tonymcmanus.com
Rosario De Marco "Intuition"
MD3241; 2001; Playing time: 51.08 min
Rosario De Marco hails from Italy, the information is not very clear, but it
seems that he is from Napoli. Nevertheless, the Italian guitarist recorded and
published this album in Australia...
Rosario is a gifted musician and composer, he can create a mediterrean atmosphere
with just a guitar. His style is something between melodious picking and rhythmic
percussive playing. The general impression is agressive and experimental, he
adds a lot of influences into his tunes but it always sounds somehow rooted
in the Mediterrean, yet with a unique flavour to it. He has also a project called
United World Music project, and he has performed with the leading Jazz musicians
It is always a pleasure to get CDs with so much emotion in solo instrumental
music - Rosario can entertain with giving an insight into his (musical) soul!
Homepage of the artist: www.rosariodemarco.com
Willy Schwarz "Home"
CS 057 EFA CD 60203; 2001; Playing time: 59.37 min
Half of humanity don't wear shoes, and the rest hear about it on the evening
news. Two out of ten got all the cash, while the other eight search through
the pile of trash to see what's for dinner today. More than 21 million
people today are on the run, says UNO, and
as much disrooted in their own countries. Nevertheless many in the Western hemisphere
seem to think that's kind of funny. Willy
Schwarz took care of immigrants, refugees and exiles with a song cycle simply
titled "Home". The griefs of inequality, suppression and war. Soldiers arrive
in the night. Some of them 14 years old, look at the shiny new toys in their
hands. The things left behind. (Schwarz recalls the immigration of his
Jewish parents from Italy to the US.) Each week we'd get a bundle of Corriere
della Sera and he'd read about his homeland as the Opera played on. Tears are
dripping from the statue of the Virgin in the chapel, and a thousand naked Magdalenes
lie tanning in the sun, the young policeman directs traffic as if it were La
Boheme. The belief in a better world, full of dreams and aspirations. Someday
I'll walk through the front door, with my wife I'll choose a first course and
give orders to the waiter. Schwarz is at home with afro-funk, jazz, and
Balkan and Indian sounds. I am reminded sometimes of Ronan O'Snodaigh's chanting
(Kila). And to get the understanding completely,
German, Italian and Spanish translations are provided in the accompanying booklet.
Shane MacGowan's Popes "Across the Broad Atlantic"
Records; EAGCD192; 2001; Playing time: 75.25 min
It's too big. It's full of idiots. It's soulless. I'm talking about WASP's.
The Irish-American fans were great. I always loved playing New York, Boston,
even Chicago. Thanks to Foot and Mouth Disease, Paddy's Day in Dublin had
to be moved from March to May and thus Shane
MacGowan, the unoffical patron saint of contemporary Irish music,
became the first known Irish performer to be able to celebrate (and record)
Paddy's Day on stage in both New York and Dublin in the same year. Inbetween
Shane's introduction God bless America - not (could be a reply that
his "Crock of Gold" album received some foul reviews in the US due to controversial
lyrics) and his farewell Fuck Paddy's Day!, MacGowan delivers
over an hour of "Best of Shane live". Irish songs are about fighting, fucking
and drinking. The important things in life. 55% old Pogues
stuff, 35% from the Popes
era, plus "Angel
of Death" by Hank Williams and the traditional "Granuaille".
of New York" features Shane's mother Theresa on guest vocals. Despite of
swallowing every substance to abuse yourself, Shane is still alive and kicking.
Mind you, his alter ego Brendan
Behan didn't make it that long: Behan came from the Irish literary tradition
of the bard being a drunk, getting paid in whiskey and sleeping in a ditch.
I don't get paid in whiskey and I don't sleep in a ditch, but I see myself metaphorically
like that - as coming from that tradition. Long may he play.
Greenland Whalefishers "Loboville"
Label; 2001; Playing time: 42.28 min
The name Greenland Whalefishers
has nothing to do with whale hunting or similar activities. We just play rock'n
roll. But it is more than a sly reference to the traditional
song, included on the first Pogues
album. Singer Arvid Grov from Bergen may claim to be the Norwegian answer to
Shane MacGowan, fishing in the same
pond of life'e experiences. His voice is as close as you can get, to the extent
that you can easily mistake it for the pure drop. (Maybe Shane has been cloned,
but Arvid has reportedly better teeth and less prominent ears.) The
line-up of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, whistle, guitar, bass and drums adds to
the resemblance. This is not the most inventive, but Arvid is able to write
songs that can cope with the man's himself. It's only rock'n'roll, but I like
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