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Groupa
Silent Folk
Groupa plays its own brand of Nordic music. Giving the music freer rein and new colours, Groupa excels in the joy of expanding to new musical dimensions. The original band was founded in 1980, and has along with other groups been a vanguard of the progressive folk music scene in Sweden since the 80's. Ever since the start, Groupa has been a very popular live band. Mats Edén on fiddles; Jonas Simonson on flutes and Terje Isungset on percussion. The purchase of this CD is for a contribution to support RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show of the world's music.

 


Vasen
Mindset
Yet another solid set of songs and tunes from the Swedish trio Väsen . Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Mikael Marin (viola) and Roger Tallroth (guitar).

 


Basco
The Remarkable Return of Old Man Basco
They are back. They just can't stop making new recordings, it seems. The return of the Danish quartet of Ale Carr - Cittern, Andreas Tophøj - violin, viola; Hal Parfitt Murray - violin, viola; Anders Ringgaard Andersen - accordion, trombone plus a roomful of special guests including the horn section "Big Basco", violinist David Boulanger, and vocalist Julie Hjetland. Just go listen.

 


Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band
Happy Monkey
Vidar Skrede presents his Nordic inspired compositions with a new band. The sound is made from hardanger fiddle and ordinary fiddle, together with Finnish musicians Pilvi Järvelä on harmoniom and Jani Kivelä on cittern.

 


Oysterband
Meet You There
The 2007 studio album by the Brit folk-rock legends.

 


Afenginn
Retrograd
This unorthodox Danish small orchestra performs music that is high-energy, humorous and virtuoso bastard-ethno music: original folk music-based compositions containing odd meters, wildness, energy and catchy melodies, but also moments of meditation and melancholy. Thwre are hints of klezmer and other eastern European sounds, but the final mix is all their own

 


SANS
Live
Release date: April 14th - SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio (of Hedningarna), multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country's heart-rendingly voice-like reed pipe, the duduk. Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw's most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow, SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world. The entire program was recorded live in 2013.

 


Al Andaluz Project
Salam
Al Andaluz Project presents the collaboration of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the medieval kingdom Al Andalus on the Iberian peninsula, including styles and cultures that were definitely influenced by the cultural achievements of this epoch. On this recording they include songs from the ancient Occitan region of southern France alongside those from the Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian tradition. Featured artists on this recording include Michael Popp: ud, saz, dilruba, fidel, tar - Sigi Hausen: vocals/ Iman Kandoussi: vocals - Ernst Schwindl: hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, harmonium - Aziz Samsaoui: quanun - Jota Martinez: hurdy-gurdy, citola, lavta and Sascha Gotowtschikow: percussion

 


Monsieur Doumani
Grippy Grappy
This Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani has been making quite a name for itself both at home and abroad in the last 6 months. They take the sounds of their native Cyprus and put it through a blender - making the music both more accessible to a new audience, while also respecting the roots, keeping them healthy and growing. They blend a serious sense of tradition with a cutting social satire and a playful wit. Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments) are musical bandits steal whatever they can and forge it into something all their own, enveloped in a smoky haze of poetry and sharp musical arrangements. The purchase of this CD is for a donation to support RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show of the world's music.

 


Le Grand Kalle (Joseph Kabasele)
Le Grand Kallé:His Life His Music (2-CDs and Book)
Joseph Kabasele and The Creation of Congolese Music - an epic collection by one of the seminal forces in modern African popular music, compiled, annotated with a 100+ page book written by Ken Braun (in English and French) traces the life and times of Le Grand Kallé. This is an indispensable collection for anyone who wants to hear the music presented in a beautiful package and relive the glory days of Congolese music.

 


Topic World Series
Zanzibar: Music Of Celebration
Taarab is the most common style of music performed at weddings on the island of Zanzibar - a unique blend of musical elements from the Middle East, India and the West, combined with, to varying degrees, local African musical practices. It is an essential ingredient of most celebrations. And when Zanzibaris are not playing taarab, they are playing maulidi. Although this is primarily a sober religious performance style (celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed) it is also becoming common at wedding celebrations, albeit in a more extrovert guise.

 


Yölariis
Yolariis
YÖLARiiS is new folk music by Dan Svensson (percussion, melodeon, cittern, vocals, tenor banjo), Per Knagg (bass, vocals), Anna Elwing (vocals, fiddle, singing bowl) and Jens Ulvsand (bouzuki, vocals). Their music is defiantly modern and global, yet deeply imbued with the ancient melodies and rhythms of Sweden. highly recommended

 


Mikata
Ayer y Hoy
Ten new arrangements of salsa dura and Latin jazz classics from the 1960's and '70's to the present day, featuring plenty of brass, percussion and virtuoso solos.

 


Tabu Ley Rochereau
The Voice of Lightness 1961-77 (2 CDs)
This 2 CD set is comprehensive look at trhe legendary Congolese artist's career in recordings from the 60s and 70s. Beautifually packaged with excellent notes by Ken Braun. Essential work by a ground breaking singer and bandleader. Highly recommended.

 


Anja Praest Trio
Resonans
A trio of talented Danish musicians, Anja Præst Mikkelsen (clarinets), Jesper Vinther (accordion) and Peter Marquard Sejersen (double bass) join up for an interesting journey through Danish tradition via Anja's original compositions.

 


Kwabena Nyama
Sunday Monday: palm wine music from Ghana
Ghana: musique de vin de palme: Nyama plays a rugged, rural form of palm wine music, the so called Akan-blues with lyrics rich in proverbs from the Akan culture. The singer and guitarist is primarily accompanied by percussion and voices.

 


Dick Gaughan
Prentice Piece: a compilation from the first three decades
2 CDs with extensive notes, lyrics, etc., includes some of Gaughans best work, both popular and familiar and tracks from some early out-of-print records.

 


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Galiza - Kepa Junkera et al - special order-please e-mail me
(Please e-mail me before ordering to confirm availability) 2 CDs and a hard cover book by the most renowned Basque artist today. He is joined by a host of Galician artists: Cristina Pato, Emilio e Daniel do Pando, Budiño, a Banda das Crechas, Leilía, Luar na Lubre, aCentral Folque, Davide Salvado, Treixadura, Susana Seivane, Radio Cos, Xabier Díaz e Adufeiras de Salitre, Os Cempés, Pandereteiros de O Fiadeiro, Sondeseu, Uxía, Manuel Pazos de Medexo e Ceo de Sil, Centro Galego de Barakaldo and Alberte San Martín. (Special order: please contact me for more info)highly recommended


Yolariis - Yölariis - 17.99
YÖLARiiS is new folk music by Dan Svensson (percussion, melodeon, cittern, vocals, tenor banjo), Per Knagg (bass, vocals), Anna Elwing (vocals, fiddle, singing bowl) and Jens Ulvsand (bouzuki, vocals). Their music is defiantly modern and global, yet deeply imbued with the ancient melodies and rhythms of Sweden. highly recommended

Piniartut (The Hunters) - Tellu, Kangas, Lyberth and Blak - 16.99
This powerful recording was produced by Tellu working with musicians from Finland, Greenland, Faroe Islands. Using themes of hunting and fishing as the core of the project, they move into an incredible circle of deeply ancient and wildly modern musical territories. highly recommended

Ulvsand and Hjetland - Jens Ulvsand and Jullie Hjetland - 16.99
The Swedish Bouzouki player Jens Ulvsand and Danish/Norwegian singer Jullie Hjetland started playing together in 2008 in the successful group “KRYSS” and very quickly they found a partnership in there duo playing. They have a common flair for the Nordic sound and with a gentle touch of electronic elements, voice, bouzouki and other instruments, they create a wide spectre of atmosphere’s and soundscape’s. The duo have been playing several festivals/concerts and with there grounded knowledge of Nordic folk traditions and there own roots they put together traditional Scandinavian songs and traditional music with compositions of there own in a harmonic blend.

Resonans - Anja Praest Trio - 16.99
A trio of talented Danish musicians, Anja Præst Mikkelsen (clarinets), Jesper Vinther (accordion) and Peter Marquard Sejersen (double bass) join up for an interesting journey through Danish tradition via Anja's original compositions.

Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia - Various Artists-SE Asia - 65.99
(Special order: allow 2 weeks for shipment) 272-page hardcover book with 4 CDs in beautiful, embossed slip case. - An amazing collection of music and reading. It is is the first survey of the 78 rpm record era in Southeast Asia, to my knowledge. This boxed set features 4 CDs with 90 tracks of music spanning six decades (1905-1966), and a 272-page book with essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists that is amazingly illustrated with more than 250 vintage photographs, record labels, and sleeves. In the age of the download, this is the proof that real, in-your-hands music and books are still not only important, but rewarding to the extreme.

Mindset - Vasen - 15.99
Yet another solid set of songs and tunes from the Swedish trio Väsen . Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Mikael Marin (viola) and Roger Tallroth (guitar).

I looked up - The Incredible String Band - 14.99
a 1970 gem from ISB

Storie Di Napoli - Accordone, Marco Beasley, Guido Morini - 18.99
This programme of Neapolitan music, covering a vast historical span (from the Renaissance to the 20th century) is a 'manifesto' of the musical influences that have nurtured Marco Beasley. Guido Morini's arrangements, written especially for him, make the programme particularly appealing. In addition, it offers an original coherence by setting up 'bridges' between genres that are sometimes opposed from a musicological point of view but which have continued to provide food each other. For the first time, the musician explores the paths of crossover in the broadest sense and without complex: here, Marco Beasley confirms his nickname of 'the Baroque crooner' con brio. He also opens up new ways, proposing original orchestrations and making his a part of the colossal heritage that has influenced the modern cultures of the western world.

Cantate Deo - A voce sola, in dialogo - Marco Beasley, Accordone, Guido Morini - 18.99
Marco Beasley offers us an original way to discover the Italian religious repertoire for two tenors of the nascent Baroque. In fact, his fantastic experience as a singer allowed him to record these 'sacred concerts for two voices' alone, thanks to the technique of re-recording. A new dimension opens up to the listener thanks to the astonishing artistic coherence offered by this technique. And beyond technique, this disc attests to the emotion, both double and unique, guiding the musical gesture. In addition, this recording will allow to discover numerous unjustly forgotten composers such as Donati, Caprioli, Giamberti, Sances et al., whose qualities of writing are comparable to those of the great Monteverdi (represented here by the Salve Regina and Jubilet tota civitas). The programme is judiciously rounded off by three magnificent sonate da chiesa by Castello, Marini and Fontana.

Valravn - Valravn - temp out of stock-16.99
Back in stock: The first recording (2007) by Faroese singer Anna Katrin Egilstrøð and a band from Denmark, Swizterland and Ecuador, using violins, violas, hurdy-gurdy, percussion and keyboards.

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