<html> <head> <title>FolkWorld CD Reviews</title> </head> <body bgcolor="#EEFFFA" link="#DC143C" alink="#FF3300" vlink="#4B0082"> <p><font size=4 color="4169e1"><font FACE="Maiandra GD">FolkWorld</font> Issue 37 11/2008</font></p> <p><center><font size=7 color="4169e1"><font FACE="Maiandra GD">FolkWorld</font> CD Reviews</font></center></p> <p><a name="hern"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Ois&iacute;n & Conal Hernon "Up and Coming" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.cic.ie">Clo Iar-Chonnachta</a>; CICD 175; 2008</i></font></center> Brothers Oisn and Conal Hernon are two young musicians from Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Jeez, they are just sixteen and thirteen years of age, and that is annoying. I'm envious about their musical skills. Oisin plays button accordion and Conal the tenor banjo. "Up and Coming - Ghlin go Glin" features mostly duets. There are three accordion solos, and one banjo solo (including two original tunes by Conal). Conal accompanies Oisin's acordion on guitar on another track, 10-year old sister Orna is banging away on the bodhran while Oisin plays whistle. Their mother is singing the a capella song "Sean-Phadraic". It has been composed especially for Marion to sing at Comortas na mBailead Nua-Chumtha and won the competition for the best newly-composed ballad in 1985. Last but not least, grandfather Michael Craven (aged 80) plays solo melodeon on two tracks. Altogether this exceptional family can boast of seventeen All-Ireland-Champion titles, what an assembly on one disc. There is additional accompaniment by Carl Hession on piano, Mick Conneely on bouzouki (-> <a href="../../21/e/cds2.html#conn">FW#21</a>) and Eugene Killeen on synthesizer. Ois&iacute;n and Conal are teenagers and there is a bonus track featuring the hip hop song "The Way I Are". But otherwise it's trad music to the core, and their age ensures that they will continue for quite some time. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.cic.ie">www.cic.ie</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="auli"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Auli "au<os..." </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.lauska.lv">Lauska</a>; CD 13; 2007</i></font></center> In the Latvian language, <i>auli</i> means both <i>gallop</i>, representing the running rhythm of the drums, and <i>beehives</i>, representing the drones of the bagpipes. And that's what you get on the second album of the Latvian pipes and drum band <a HREF="http://www.auli.lv">Auli</a>. The ten piece band of nine Latvian men and one Estonian lady has been founded in 2003. The CD contains traditional bagpipe tunes, traditional song tunes and some original pieces. The music is both ancient and modern, at times uplifting, at other times shifting you into a half-conscious state. Besides drums and pipes you can hear the two-string trough fiddle <i>giga</i>, the Breton bombard and Hungarian cymbals thrown in for good measure. It's a <i>velladancis</i>, a devil's dance, which reminds me of our German medieval music groups. I can understand now why bagpipes were prohibited in 18th century Latvia, because peasants preferred going into pubs and listening to bagpipe music instead of going to church. But what would you do if the music is that great, would you listen to the sermons or would you listen to the music? <br><i><a HREF="http://www.auli.lv">www.auli.lv</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="sola"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Solas "For Love and Laughter" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.compassrecords.com">Compass</a>; 7 4490 2; 2008</i></font></center> Love and laughter is the reason why they are performing, well, probably to pay the mortgage too, but only love kept Seamus Egan (flute, banjo etc.), Winifred Horan (fiddle), Mick McAuley (button accordion) and Eamon McElholm (guitar) going for so long. On their 9th album in their 13th year, <a HREF="http://www.solasmusic.com">Solas</a> (-> <a href="../../32/e/cds3.html#sola">FW#32</a>) were seeking the raw sound and the spontaneity of their beginnings. Successful, if only partly. All tunes are original compositions; am I wrong when I think that the tunes have an altogether Eastern flavour? 22-year old Mairead Phelan of County Kilkenny stepped in as the new singer, replacing Deirdre Scanlan. Mairead studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and has also been All-Ireland champion on both flute and tin whistle. Weight enough to bring her own peronality into the Solas project. As in recent years, the songs tend to be less traditional and more mainstream and pop: there are the traditional "Seven Curses" "The Gallant Hussar", the Gaelic "Mollai na gCuach Ni Chuilleanain", plus another Antje Duvekot song and Dillard/Jayne's "There is a Time". Guest contributions include their longtime associates on bass and percussion, cellist Natalie Haas (-> <a href="../../31/e/cds2.html#fras">FW#31</a>), and Canadian folk band The Duhks with some duelling four- and five-string banjos. Solas is still a light that shines on and on, these days in different colours than at the breaking of the dawn. Sometimes less thrilling, but more sophisticated. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.solasmusic.com">www.solasmusic.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="mack"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Maeve Mackinnon "Don't Sing Lovesongs" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.footstompin.com">Footstompin'</a>; CDFSR1735; 2007</i></font></center> <a HREF="http://www.maevemackinnon.com">Maeve Mackinnon</a> is a young Glasgow folk singer from a family of Isle of Skye and Swedish origins. She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and majored in Gaelic song in 2004. The year afterwards she became a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician awards. In 2007 she was awarded Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Maeve says that her major inspiration has been Scottish singer Dick Gaughan (-> <a href="../../36/e/cds5.html#gaug">FW#36</a>), with further influences from the Beatles to the Buena Vista Social Club to Capercaillie (-> <a href="../../36/e/cds3.html#cap1">FW#36</a>). No wonder that she is a fresh wind in the Scottish folk and trad scene. Her debut album "Don't Sing Lovesongs," produced by Duncan Lyall of Croft No.5 (-> <a href="../../30/e/cds2.html#crof">FW#30</a>) and Ali Hutton of Back of the Moon (-> <a href="../../26/e/cds3.html#back">FW#26</a>), features six Gaelic songs, including waulking songs (-> <a href="../../34/d/cds1.html#bann">FW#34</a>), ballads and a mouth music medley (two strathspeys followed by a reel), and four English songs, both from the Scots ("The Wild Rover" in the beautiful Mick West version -> <a href="../../35/e/cds3.html#west">FW#35</a>) and the Anglo-American ("Silver Dagger") tradition. By the way, the album's title is the first line of "Silver Dagger", chosen because of the dark subject matter of the album. Yes, Maeve has a predilection for murder ballads: "Mo Nighean Donn an t-Sugraidh" is about the accidental shooting of a girl by her lover; in "O Mhic a' Mhaoir" a girl is murdered by her lover again; eventually "The Cruel Brother" (Child #11), where the bride is murdered on her wedding day by her brother, because he was not asked for assent to the marriage. Folk song as social commentary; the issue still sounds familiar in many patriarchal societies worldwide. Maeve is superbly backed up by Innes Watson (guitar player of Lori Watson Three -> <a href="../../33/e/cds2.html#fidd">FW#33</a>, Fred Morrison Band -> <a href="../../26/e/cds1.html#morr">FW#26</a>, Croft No. Five -> <a href="../../30/e/cds2.html#crof">FW#30</a>), Duncan Lyall (bass player of Brolum -> <a href="../../20/e/cds4.html#brol">FW#20</a>, Back of the Moon -> <a href="../../26/e/cds3.html#back">FW#26</a>, Jenna Reid -> <a href="../../32/e/cds3.html#reid">FW#32</a>, Emily Smith Band -> <a href="../36/e/cds5.html#smit">FW#36</a>), Patsy Reid (fiddler of Breabach -> <a href="../d/scots.html">FW#37</a>). <br><i><a HREF="http://www.maevemackinnon.com">www.maevemackinnon.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="quet"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>La Part du Qu&ecirc;teux "C&cedil;a l'air d'aller" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Mille-Pattes; MPCD 3411; 2003</i></font></center><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>La Part du Qu&ecirc;teux "Paye la traite" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://rouesetarchets.com">Roues et Archets</a>; RA009; 2007</i></font></center> Another outfit from Quebec following in the footsteps of successful French-Canadian bands. The path might be a well-chosen one, but there still are untouched and unspoiled spots besides the beaten track. <a HREF="http://www.queteux.com">La Part du Qu&ecirc;teux</a> has already released two albums, their debut CD of 2004 was almost exclusively praised, their second album became Folk Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music awards in 2007. Stephane Poirier (lead vocals, mandolin), Francois Dauphin (guitar), Gaston Bernard (fiddle, mandolin) and double bass player Herve Treille (that's the line-up at the time being) are all singers, and they are well-versed in the French <i>chansons a repondre</i>, the call and response style. They shun the usual supects and searched out lesser known songs in the archives. Qubeqois music also means dance tunes, there are reels, brandy (no drink, but a tune in 3 time), an Irish jig thrown in for good measure. And, of course, there is the traditional French-Canadian <i>tapage de pieds</i>, the tap-dancing, often done while playing the instrument at the same time. La Part du Qu&ecirc;teux are masters of it all, it's joyful and full of energy. It easily may happen in a concert that the crowd spontaneously breaks out into a set dance; this is the thorough <i>veill&eacute;e</i>, as they call their dance parties over there. <br><i><a href="http://www.queteux.com">www.queteux.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="virr"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Virre "Esimene" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2002</i></font></center><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Virre "Teine" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2004</i></font></center><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Virre+ "Kolmas" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2008; Playing time: 49:14 min</i></font></center> Estonia is very well known for its <i>rune</i> chanting. Otherwise it is almost the complete sound of silence. So what about Estonian folk song and traditional dance music? <i>Better a bow in the hand than a fiddler on the roof</i>, is the amusing motto of the band <a HREF="http://www.virre.ee">Virre</a>. The group has been founded in 1998 at the Baltimore Estonian House and went on to continue playing music in Estonia. In the beginnings they were performing as a trio of two fiddles and one guitar under the name of Toomas Torop, rjo Jaama, Ott Kaasik, later joined by a percussionist Kristjan Priks, still playing rather traditional, but under the disguise of Virre+ also featuring bass player Kaarel Liiv and bagpiper and singer Triinu Taul, embracing world beat sounds. <i>Virre</i> means <i>wort</i>, and as wort turns into the finest ale, traditional music is getting better and better throughout the ages. Indeed, this band seems to behave alike and become more mature during the last decade. The band has three albums out: their 2002 debut "Esimene" (i.e. the first), "Teine" (the second), and eventually "Kolmas - Folk Rokib" (which translates as: the third - folk rocks) The fiddles are in the foreground, backed by powerful rhythms and striking chord changes. It is sometimes melancholic, at other times cheerful. Virre (and Virre+) interpretate traditional and original dance music as well as folk songs and ballads, music that feels not out of place in the 21th century. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.virre.ee">www.virre.ee</a>; Distribution: <a HREF="http://nodi.ee/cd-virre-kolmas-p197.html">nodi.ee</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="hard"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Phil Hardy "Revisited" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.hobgoblinrecords.com">Hobgoblin</a>; HOBCD1008; 2008</i></font></center> <a HREF="http://www.kerrywhistles.com">Phil Hardy</a> is a flutist/whistler and the manufacturer of the Kerry high whistle and the Chieftain low whistle based in England. On this compilation album Phil revisited the best tunes and recordings of his previous albums, which had such telling titles as "Low Whistle" (2001), "Whistleworks" (2002), "Highs & Lows" (2004) and "Whistle Grafitti" (2005). Phil plays Chieftain and Susato high and low whistles, backed up by guitarist <a HREF="http://www.tonyhinnigan.com ">Tony Hinnigan</a> and fiddler <a HREF="http://www.myspace.com/katybutlerfiddles">Katy Butler</a>. Featured are traditional and Phil's original tunes. He is a contemporary flutist in the vein of Kevin Crawford of Lunasa fame or Mike McGoldrick and other players (-> <a href="../../31/e/cds9.html#gold">FW#31</a>, <a href="../../32/e/cds2.html#luna">FW#32</a>). Phil explores traditional Celtic music, but also embracing world music - <i>from Afro-Celt to Ancient Kerry</i>. For example, the traditional Peruvian tune "Wainnu;" "Mrs Murphy's Camel" is applying Irish style playing to an Arabic rhythm; "Paddy's Paradise" has the feeling of the happy, jazz-like South African pennywhistle jive. It is music to get up. There is great playing on fast-paced show-stoppers as well as haunting airs. Phil Hardy's "Revisited" displays the highs and lows of whistle playing, so to speak, but there's more highs. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.kerrywhistles.com">www.kerrywhistles.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="bard"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Bardos Druidas "Tr&aacute;gica victoria" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Tecnosaga; WHCM-339; 2006</i></font></center> <i>Tr&aacute;gica victoria</i>, the tragic of victory is to succeed and to make a grand album and no one gets to know about it. So let me tell about it. <a HREF="http://www.bardosdruidas.com">Bardos Druidas</a> is a quartet from Tierra de Pinares, Valladolid in central Spain. These guys perform instrumental music on flutes, gaita, guitar, mandola and percussion. For most people, the <i>dulzaina</i> should be a rather unknown instrument. It is is a Spanish double reed instrument of the oboe family, kind of equivalent of the Breton bombarde. Four tracks are traditional, two original, plus the traditional Irish "La marcha del Rey Louis" (I thought a long time about the tune and its name, it actually is "The March of the King of Laois", Laois being an Irish county), as well as Thoinot Arbeau's "Bransle des Chevaux" and Tielman Susato's "La Moresca". All in all, "Tr&aacute;gica victoria" is a very pleasing album, full of great tunes, splendidly executed. A real victory! <br><i><a HREF="http://www.bardosdruidas.com">www.bardosdruidas.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="dive"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Divertimento Folk "Divertimento Folk" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.fakrecords.net">FOLKA Records</a>; FAKE046; 2006</i></font></center> Well, talking about <i>deja vu</i> ... For the second time I have to make a comparison with the Scottish folk rock band Wolfstone (see review of Skanda above), and this band also has its <i>dulzaina</i> oboe (see review of Bardos Druidas above). The Spanish band <a HREF="http://www.divertimentofolk.com/">Divertimento Folk</a> is a sextet consisting of dulzaina players Francisco Javier Petite and Luis Angel Fernadez, piper Ramiro Gonzalez, guitar player Andres Sanz, bass player Alvaro Sanchez and drummer Jesus Alfonso Garcia. They are playing folk rock, but not that much in the Celtic vein really. It might be Spanish, but their interest goes much further. For example, "Un Camino por Andar" is a take on a well-known klezmir tune. "Le Tourdion", of course, is the popular tune attributed to the 16th century French music printer Pierre Attaingnant. "Ballo di Mantua" had been composed by 17th century Italian conductor Giuseppe Giamberti. There are five traditional Spanish tunes and two original tunes. The playing and arrangements are really nice, you could do worse than whiling away an hour away with this grand Spanish folk rockers. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.divertimentofolk.com">www.divertimentofolk.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="sanc"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Sancto Ianne "M&ograve; Siente" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.folkclubethnosuoni.com">FolkClub Ethnosuoni</a>; ES 5360; 2006</i></font></center> The <i>canto popolare</i> style refers to traditional music as opposed to commercial pop music, employing local dialects, performing traditional music or music rooted in traditional styles. <a HREF="http://www.sanctoianne.com">Sancto Ianne</a> is such a group, founded in 1995 in the town of San Giovanni di Ceppaloni in the Campanian province of Benevento between Rome and Naples, known as Sannio. <i>Nuje ca nun stammo vicino 'o mare</i> (we who do not live near the sea) are deeply rooted in their hometown and are challenging the cultural dominance of the regional capital Naples. "M&ograve; Siente", which means <i>listen up</i> in the Benevento dialect, is the band's third album. It is a septet, featuring singer Gianni Principe, percussionist Alfonso Coviello (tammorre, tamburello, darbouka etc.), guitarist Ciro Maria Schettino, accordionist Sergio Napolitano, fiddler Raffaele Tiseo, bass player Massimo Amoriello, plus some additional guest musicians. Sancto Ianne plays mostly original material, based on traditional Italian roots, adds Arabic and East European rhythms and the power of rock and the finesse of jazz music. Their songs tell about <i>characters completely forgotten, of wonderful places such as the interior of Campania, where we live, absolutely unknown by the masses.</i> "'A Banda D'O Matese" is about revolutionary 19th century anarchists, "Un Futuro a Sud" (A Future in the South) about refugees and migrant workers, a hot issue in the south of Italy. On "Uocchie" (Eyes), Sancto Ianne's lead vocalist Gianni Principe pairs with Palestinian singer Faisal Taher. The song about refugees won Amnesty International's "Voices of Freedom" song competition in 2005. On the bonus live track, Sancto Ianne is back on home turf and regional history, "Tarantella D'A Fatica/N'Ata Botta" is a traditional farm worker's complaint about working conditions. Altogether it is music to dance and move to, but the band also has something to say - at least, if you are able to understand the Italian/Campanian lyrics. So: <i>m siente - listen up!</i> <br><i><a HREF="http://www.sanctoianne.com">www.sanctoianne.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="broo"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Brooks Williams "Guitar Groove: A Session with Brooks Williams" [DVD] </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.woodhallmusic.com">Woodhall Music</a>; WM-G-001; 20008; Playing time: ca. 86 min</i></font></center> Praise technology! In the past you had to look and overhear what a musician was doing. Maybe you got to learn something, but musical masters are not necessarily good teachers. I still remember times when there were printed tutorials, maybe including a cassette tape. Then came CDs and CD-ROMs and finally the DVD. <a HREF="http://www.brookswilliams.com/">Brooks Williams</a> is a bluesy guitarist on acoustic finger-picking and resonator slide guitar playing, hailed as <i>one of America's musical treasures</i> (Dirty Linen) and <i>fret monster</i> (San Antonio Light). He has been rated one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all-time. Brooks is in high-demand as a teacher, which resulted in the release of a instructional DVD, "Guitar Groove: A Session With Brooks Williams." If you learned the basics on the acoustic guitar, the basics chords and basic accompaniment, this is a lesson about <i>getting into the groove</i>. He starts with the traditional song "Careless Love," introduced with straight-ahead playing what Brooks calls standard <i>Cowboy</i> chords. This is followed by a groovy version with punchy rhythm, power chords, sliding and lead guitar fills. Afterwards he's explaining what he did. If you can't follow visually, there is a useful tab book. Brooks is a natural teacher, he likes to talk and to play. From basics such as <i>chords, riffs and rhythms</i> up to use the whole fretboard and learn tools ready on your finger tips. One hour later it gets really complicated, and if you make it you should be play really cool! <br><i><a HREF="http://www.brookswilliams.com">www.brookswilliams.com</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="burb"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Nick Burbridge & Jon Sevink "All Kinds of Disorder" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2008</i></font></center> <a HREF="http://www.burbridgearts.org">Nick Burbridge</a> (-> <a href="../../29/e/mcdermot.html">FW#29</a>, <a href="../../34/e/cds5.html#mcde">FW#34</a>) is not only a fine singer and songwriter in the Celtic genre and the founder of folk rock band McDermotts 2 Hours, but also a genuine poet. Now he actually reads some of his poems published as a book under the same title "All Kinds of Disorder" (-> <a HREF="../../32/e/nshift.html#burbridge">FW#32</a>). To be exact, four out of eleven didn't appear in the book. Music and sound effects are provided by the <a HREF="http://www.levellers.co.uk">Levellers'</a> fiddler Jon Sevink (-> <a href="../../33/d/cds3.html#leve">FW#33</a>) with help of Rob Kennedy on guitars. Nick's reading is backed and enhanced by the musical settings, embracing a wide a spectrum of musical styles, from acoustic and folk music to new age mood pieces and electronic soundscapes to funky and exploding guitar rock. Jon Sevink's music -- music defined as humanly organized sound -- is the perfect vehicle for Nick's dark poetry, supposedly based on real-life characters from his hometown Brighton. Rather bizarre, Sevink's soundscape brings order and structure in the continous flow of words. Well, as a non-native speaker I'm not sure if I can really judge and appreciate this. But if you are into poetry and spoken-word recordings, you should give it a try. <br><i><a HREF="http://www.burbridgearts.org">www.burbridgearts.org</a>, <a HREF="http://www.levellers.co.uk">www.levellers.co.uk</a></i><br> <A HREF="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Walkin' T:-)M</A></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="psio"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Psio Crew "Szumi Jawor Soundsystem" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.opensources.pl">Open Sources</a>; 2008</i></font></center> I remember that, about six or seven years ago, I wrote in a review that it is such a pity that we don t hear so many Polish new folk bands. Thankfully a lot changed since than and slowly but surely some great Polish groups find there way to an international audience. Psio Crew is such a new band and hearing their debut album <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Szumi jawor soundsystem</i> it s a band that has the potential to become a major international act. Their sources can be found high up the mountains of Beskid and &#346;l&#261;ski in the Southern part of Poland. Their mission is to keep the traditional music from this region alive in a time of modern electronic music and all it s possibilities. A real danger to set such a goal, seen the fact that many bands who try to mix tradition with modern music actually fail and only a few succeed in finding the right balance. Psio crew is one of those bands that found the right balance and recorded a joyful, interesting and sometimes even breathtaking album. Somehow Psio crew managed to capture the spirit of the old music in new sounds. Beautiful is <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Doliny</i> in which they bring it all together. I love the typical vocal style, the scary noises and the subtle violin. Very different is the next song <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Tojcuj, cuj to </i>where break-dance meets mountain dance with a great organ like intervention and musicians who have a lot of fun. These are just two examples out of sixteen nice songs you can find on this album. Listen and you will hear Ska, dub, reggae, hip-hop, ambient and so on. Easily integrate with old mountain dances, prayers and songs about the wild nature. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Szumi jawor soundsystem</i> is a strong debut album by a band that I will watch very closely. <br><i><a href="http://www.psiocrew.pl/">www.psiocrew.pl</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="kall"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein &amp; Michael Cicone "Heart Walk" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Overall Music; OM-03; 2007</i></font></center> Three top musicians form an acoustic folk trio, their third album in twenty years but again a beautiful piece of music. That is how I will end this review, but first things first. Cindy Kallet has been active in music since the eighties and played with Gordon Bok and Grey Larsen, to name a few. With Larsen she still forms a duo and he is one of the guest musicians on this trio album. Ellen Epstein is a specialist in the Music for healing and transition program. She has been singing folk since the early eighties. Michael Cicone teaches hammered dulcimer and English country dancing. The trio started in 1981 and the first CD was released seven years later. They have a strong reputation in vocal harmonies, a fact that after hearing this new album I can only agree on. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Heart walk</i> contains fifteen known and lesser known songs from the recent Irish, English and American folk tradition. The world famous <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Sally free and easy</i>, Judy Collin s song <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Since</i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> you asked, </i>but also a few own compositions like <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>I m gonna walk </i>and <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Life comes on. </i>As I wrote at the start of this review, the result is a beautiful, balanced and peaceful CD with strong vocals with only occasionally some instruments carefully playing along. Three albums in twenty years, it s worth the wait! <br><i><a href="http://www.cindykallet.com/">www.cindykallet.com</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="kaul"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Kaulakau "Bernoiver" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.discmedi.com">Discmedi</a>; 4471-02; 2008</i></font></center> Kaulakau is a new band from Catalonia and <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Berboiver </i>is their debut album. The band has four musicians, all from different fields of music including jazz, folk, rock and classical styles. When starting this quartet, they didn t just want to put all the style together and get a kind of crossover style, their goal is to play and see what happens without putting to much labels on it. On instruments such as the electronic/acoustic hurdy-gurdy, flutes, percussion, tenor-sax, and contrabass, Kaulakau recorded a fantastic debut album. Nine original compositions with a great mixture of tradition, jazz and light rock elements. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Maese </i>is the first song. A central role for the hurdy-gurdy in this one. It has the atmosphere of an ancient mediaeval dance brought with such energy and passion, just great! I love the sound of the electronic hurdy-gurdy in duet with the contra bass and later joined by a  screaming tenor sax. One of the many highlights on this CD. The second tune has a more improvised-jazz character, perfectly balanced and with a more central role for the tenor-sax and again a solid bass, percussion and subtle Hurdy-gurdy does the rest. It really doesn t matter if the band takes a more folky approach like in <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>El clatell de la Traudel, </i>another highlight, or chooses the more jazz approach like in the almost avant gardistic composition <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>toto caelo</i>. Kaulakau impresses from the first until the final second with good compositions, virtuoso music, exciting and surprising twists and a well produced album. Will be in my top ten of best CD s in 2008. <br><i><a href="http://www.kaulakau.com/">www.kaulakau.com</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="frif"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Frifot "Flyt" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.bonnieramigo.com">Amigo</a>; AMCD 762; 2007</i></font></center> What to say about Frifot? It contains a few of my all time favourite Swedish musicians, so it s always a real treat to get their new CD for review. Multi instrumentalist Ale Mller, singer, violinist and flutist Lena Willemark and violinist and vocalist Per Gudmundson are the three members and all three they earned their reputation in Swedish music. In the past they were always searching for the outer limits of tradition, jazz and free style acoustic music, often resulting in fabulous albums both solo and in groups. On <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Flyt</i> the band stays actually closer to tradition than in many earlier work. The result is a beautiful, rich CD with tuneful compositions, intense vocal art, soft finger picking and both elegant and raw violin. Frifot is clearly the work of three highly professional and pure quality musicians, who still play with passion and pleasure. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Flyt </i>is Frifot at it s best. <br><i><a href="http://www.frifot.se">www.frifot.se</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="bivo"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Bivoac "En concert" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Adami; clr 9511; 2007</i></font></center> Bivoac is a French trio playing music from Brittany. The trio includes ex Occidental de fanfare, Da silva and Carr Manchot members. On accordion, bombarde, sax, violin, banjo and (harmony) vocals the band brings a real Fest-noz into the living room. This is their second album and it s live all the way. The sound quality is surprisingly good for a live recording and the album reflects the right concert atmosphere. It s pure and inventive Breton music including the bourree in <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>John s bourres</i>, waltz in <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>succulences</i> , dro, plinn, polka and so on. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Succulences </i>shows how the band, with little changes in patterns, brings a small melody to big heights. Nice is the typical Breton song <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>j ai perdu ma montre</i> including the bombarde and harmony vocals exactly the way it should be. Bivoac shows with this live album to be the right band to spend an evening with. <br><i><a href="http://www.bivoac.net/">www.bivoac.net</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="land"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Dawn Landes "Fireproof" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.fargorecords.com">Fargo</a>; 0092; 2006</i></font></center> Dawn Landes is a New-York based singer-songwriter who s actual job is being a sound engineer to artists such as Philip Glass and Ryan Adams. With <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Fireproof </i>she released her second full length album. Together with seven musicians on instruments varying from mandolin, electric guitar to banjo, she recorded twelve songs in a strong folk rock style. According to her biography she is inspired by both the old folk music from artists such as Woody Guthrie, as by the more alternative-neo-folk artists such as Joanna Newsome. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Fireproof</i> is a beautiful and strong album with a good mixture of both American and UK folk styles with alt-rock music. The opening track <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>bodyguard </i>is a great song with the feeling of a late sixties psych-folk song. The only traditional piece on the album <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>I don t need a man</i> is a more modern folk song with good vocals and ditto musical arrangements. Beautiful are also the more introvert songs such as <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Twilight</i> or the unpolished <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Picture show. Toy piano </i>is an instrumental piece with, indeed, a toy piano as the main instrument. Landes constantly surprises with her fine songs. Each song has an own identity and that makes it a real pleasure to listen to. <br><i><a href="http://www.dawnlandes.com/">www.dawnlandes.com</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="fost"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Josephine Foster "This Coming Gladness" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.boweavilrecordings.com">Bo Weavil Records</a>; 31CD; 2008</i></font></center> The first time I heard Josephine Foster sing, I couldn t move, I couldn t think, I just had to listen. It was her <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Sheeps clothing </i>album, a strange LP with her personal interpretations of German songs. From the first note it was clear to me, that Foster is a singer that goes completely her own way and by doing that, has created a unique sound. She was born in Colorado and actually into opera music singing, which still influences her music. From the age of fifteen she worked as a singer on funerals and wedding, often using folk ballades. Finally, after studying harp, acting and opera stage direction, she choose to go back to the basic; song writing. On <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>this coming gladness</i> Josephine Foster sings, plays harp, piano and guitar. She is backed by Alex Nielson on drums and Victor Herrero on guitar. The album starts with a beautiful song called<i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> The garden of earthly Delights</i>. Here Foster shows her more introvert side accompanied by a dreamy, spacy guitar and ditto percussion. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The lap of your lust is a bit more airy but again, listen</i> to the great combination of the vocals and the instruments. It s like I m listening to early seventies psych-folk, I mean if Sandy Denny (who has a totally different voice by the way) would sing the lead vocals on this one, you would believe it was a Fairport classic from their early years. More outspoken is <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Lullaby to all</i>. It has more complex patterns and is more up tempo than the first two songs. Here you can hear her opera background at it s best. It s like an avant-garde opera singer walked into a jazz-rock club and started to do a jam session with the band. These are only a few examples of the ten intriguing songs on this album. <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>All I wanted was the moon </i>shows her more progressive side, <i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>waltz of green</i> her more introvert side (again with such a great guitar part at the end of the song) Josephine Foster is a singer with a unique, personal sound that I happen to love, but I m sure many will like it with me but probably as many will have difficulties to get used to her music and songs. Go to the website and try! And while you are on the internet anyway, do visit the record company webpage as well. Bo Weavil is one of the most interesting labels in the  neo folk field. <br><i><a href="http://www.myspace.com/josephinefoster">www.myspace.com/josephinefoster</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="play"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Myriam Sultan "Malouf" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.playasound.com">Playa Sound</a>; 64012; 2008</i></font></center><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Andreas Aristidou &amp; Kyriacos Zittis "Chypre/Cyprus" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.playasound.com">Playa Sound</a>; 141160; 2008</i></font></center> Two CD s in the budget Airmail collection. First <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Myriam Sultan</b> who was born in Constantine where she studied piano and music theory at the Conservatory. She nowadays lives in Paris and works as both a vet and a singer. Her repertoire contains the many sides of Eastern music and Northern African sounds. On <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Malouf</i> she sings eleven, mostly traditional, songs from the Arab-Andalusian tradition. It is the music of Muslim-Spain from the early eight century until the end of the fifteenth century. She is backed by six great musicians and with this CD she shows a more than gifted singer. Her music is uncomplicated and makes the tradition accessible for a big audience. A great chance for those who are not familiar with Arab-Andalusian tradition to experience the typical vocal style, the changes in rhythms and the dreamy and subtle melodies. Sultan brings the music close to tradition, but also with modern arrangements without loosing the authentic sound. The second one is by <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'>Andreas Aristidou &amp; Kyriacos Zittis </b>from Cyprus. They play traditional compositions on violin, lute and vocals. The duo managed to record a CD which shows the culture in a pure form. Nice to hear how the music is influenced by the countries that surrounds the island, but still has it s own character. It almost sounds like good old field recordings which proves that these musicians play from their hearth. <br><i><a href="http://www.myriamsultan.blogspot.com/">www.myriamsultan.blogspot.com</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="wars"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>V/A "4<sup>th</sup> Festiwal Warszawski" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2008</i></font></center> In a relatively short time the Warzawa festival has become one of the major cultural events in the Polish capitol. Nine days of music, theatre, workshops, film and discussion, visited by thousands of people. On this CD seventeen artists that have been playing on the festival. Including pure Italian vocal art by <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>trio Z salento</i>, Portugees passion by <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Raquel Tavares, </i>Arabic classical music by <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Nidaa abou Mrad</i>, Chinese tradition by the <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Chinese radio orchestra</i>, Greece beauty by <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Savina Yannatou</i>, Balkan beats by <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Fanfare Ciocarlia </i>and of course some Polish music from <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Fono folk band.</i> A nice collection which shows that the organisation of this festival knows how to mix known names with unknown pearls in world music. This festival is a great excuse to visit Poland. <br><i><a href="http://www.festival.warszawa.pl/">www.festival.warszawa.pl</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="fish"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Archie Fisher "Windward Away" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: <a HREF="http://www.greentrax.com">Greentrax</a>; CDTRAX329; 2008</i></font></center> Already for decades Archie Fisher is one of the best folk singers from Scotland. Sometimes I get the feeling we forget him, which is a shame seen his long career and seen the fact that his new CD <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Windward away </i>is a real beauty. It s exactly forty years after his first solo album and this new album shows not only a very experienced singer but also a musician who sings from his heart. The album is divided into two parts. The first eleven songs are new and the last eight songs are from a master tape that has been lost for over twenty-seven years. Listen to <i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Ontario</i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> dust, surge of the sea, shepherd on the hill and</i> all the other new tracks. They tell a story and Fischer knows how to make me shut up and listen. Playing mandolin and guitar himself and David Paton on bass, they create the perfect backing for his songs. The old master tape has a much fuller sound with fiddle, cello, flutes and keyboards. But it also shows that not that much changed in his music, the same vocal style, the same restful atmosphere, the same quality. If he would have published the master tape as new material, I m sure he could have fooled many, including me. Pure Scottish quality! <br><i><a HREF="http://www.jproductions.com/archie.html">www.jproductions.com/archie.html</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="ethn"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>V/A "Ethnoambient" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Kopito; KR007; 2008</i></font></center> Ethnoambient is an interesting album containing Ethno music from Croatia. Very interesting indeed, because Croatian music is not easy to get outside the Balkan countries. The CD is very diverse and includes both folk-rock and pure tradition. Starting with the rocking sound of <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'>Cinkuai</b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>.</i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> </i>First this band plays their song <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Bratec kosi</i> and second they cooperate with 84 year old female traditional singer <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Teta Liza</b>. This cooperation is a highlight on this album, her way of singing is so full of emotion and the respectful way the band is backing her deserves my respect. Very different is the acapella music by the <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'>Vokalisti salone</b> who focus on ancient and sacral music, <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Klapa Oatra </b>who focus on music from the Konavle and Dubrovnik region and the group <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'>Kud Sto~er </b>who sing traditional music in traditional customs. Singer <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Lidija Bajuk </b>is not only a fantastic singer, she plays a central role in the promotion of Croatian music. Traditional singing mixed with bagpipe can be heard in <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Balon I taronjanje </i>sung and played by <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Josip &amp; Marino Kranjac</b> who are father and son. This compilation CD is very nice and shows the richness of the Croatian musical heritage. <br><i><a href="http://www.ethnoambient.net/">www.ethnoambient.net</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><a name="klau"><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Caleb Klauder "Dangerous Mes &amp; Poisonous Yous" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2007</i></font></center><center> <font size=5 color="4169e1"><b>Foghorn Duo "Lonesome Song" </b></font><br><font size=4 color="#008000"><i>Label: Own label; 2008</i></font></center> Caleb Klauder is a singer-songwriter from Portland. At early age he started to play the harmonica and saxophone and when he was twelve he started to play the guitar and soon the song writing followed. Today he also plays the mandolin and of course he sings! The first release in this review is his Latest solo album called <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Dangerous mes and poisonous yous. </i>Twelve original songs in country style music. It s not country in the traditional way, but Klauder interpretates it the we he likes it, mixing it with blues and light rock. He is backed by fiddle, electric guitar, dobro, bass and occasionally by a piano. A nice album from a singer-songwriter who stays close to his roots and personal creativity. Besides a solo career Klauder is also member of the <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Foghorn duo</b>. Here he is joined by fiddler/guitarist and banjo men Stephen Lind. This <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Lonesome song </i>is their fifth album and it contains fifteen songs varying from traditionals like <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Pretty</i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> little cat, wild hog in the woods </i>and <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Saddle old mike, </i>to a Carter family song and of course some own material as well. The duo has a more old time country sound than the solo album. It s of constant quality and reminds me of these nice old fifties and sixties pure country recordings. <br><i><a href="http://www.calebklauder.com/">www.calebklauder.com</a>, <a href="http://www.foghornstringband.com/">www.foghornstringband.com</a></i><br> <a href="../../fw/staff.html#staff">Eelco Schilder</a></p><hr color="#0000CD"> <p><table align="center" bgcolor="#add8e6" cellpadding=20 border=5 bordercolor="#EEFFFA"> <tr><td> <p><b>More CD Reviews:</b> <a href="../e/cds1.html">Page 1</a> - <a href="../e/cds2.html">Page 2</a> - <a href="../e/cds3.html">Page 3</a> - <a href="../e/cds4.html">Page 4</a> - <a href="../e/cds5.html">Page 5</a> <br><b>German Reviews:</b> <a href="../d/cds1.html">Page 1</a> - <a href="../d/cds2.html">Page 2</a> - <a href="../d/cds3.html">Page 3</a> - <a href="../d/cds4.html">Page 4</a> - <a href="../d/cds5.html">Page 5</a> <p> <center> <font size=+1> <a href="cds.html">Overview CD Reviews</a> <br><br> <a href="index.html#up">Back to FolkWorld Content</a></font> </center> </p> </td></tr> </table> <p><font size=-1>&#169 <a HREF="../../fw/staff.html">The Mollis</a> - Editors of FolkWorld; Published 11/2008</font> <p><FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE=-2>All material published in FolkWorld is &#169 The Author via FolkWorld. 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