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Trio Tekke and Dave De Rose : Zivo (June 2 release date)
16.99
The trio bring along a percussionist for their third recording. Formed in London in November 2005 by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras, vocals, and a member of Monsieuer Doumani), Lefteris Moumtzis (guitar, vocals) and Colin Somervell (double bass), the band experiments with a raw, acoustic reinvention of the rebetiko of Greece and beyond. nax-gm003


Trad.Attack! : Kullakarva - Shimmer Gold
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This Estonian band uses tradition as a jumping off point for a vocal infused, high energy folk music that jusmps into the same territory as Hedningarna and Varttina. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.


Zenobia : Blot En Ild
16.99
The 2017 release by this Danish trio of women is an elegant set of 16 instrumental compositons and lyrical songs, some from classical texts, all original music set for accordion, piano and voices. The booklet contains full lyrics in Danish, and a synopsis of each song in English.


Mynsterland : Mynsterland
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A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.


Boot : Soot
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Boot is Hållbus Totte Mattsson (mandora, Baroque lute, from hedningarna), Ola Bäckström (violin, bouzouki, well known fiddler and member of Swap) and Samuel Andersson (percussion, hurdy-gurdy, octave violin; from Hedningarna, Godrun), three well respected Swedish musicians who are familiar with tradition in a powerful new trio recording.


Berit Opheim, Nils Okland and Bjorn Kjellemyr : BNB - ein song frå dei utsungne stunder
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Berit Opheim, Nils Økland and Bjørn Kjellemyr are inspired by a wide variet y of classic styles but find common ground in the field of improvisation.Berit Opheim has won the traditional Landskappleiken with her shining vocal. Nils Økland is an extraordinary music who plays fiddle, hardanger fiddle and viola d 'amore. Bjørn Kjellemyr's double bass and his recent fondness of the colascione, a bass lute from the Renaissance, adds the appropriate gravity to this recording, performed live in the Ullensvang church in Norway. There is a deep tradition here, but also an untamed avant garde, and together they make BNB a highly recommended CD.


Knut Kjok and Dag Garden : Fra folk te' folk
18.99
Knut Kjøk (violin) and Dag Gården (accordion) lend a new energy to the traditional tunes of Norway.


Mari Eggen and Helene Høye : Glod (Glow)
18.99
Two Norwegian fiddlers bring together a high level of musianship and a lively sense of the tradition in a series of folk tunes and tunes inspired by the Norwegian fiddle heritage.


Vintermane : Vintermåne
18.99
Exciting and beautiful new music from Norway. Anne Gravir Klykken (vocal), Frøydis Grorud (sax) and Torjus Vierli (keyboards) flirt with tradtion, but keep it personal and unique.


Frigg : Economy Class
16.99
(Back in stock) Frigg return with their third studio album, advancing their place as young leaders of the Nordic roots music movement. Frigg continue to forge a unique concoction of string music from many cultures through the filter of their native traditions of Finland and Norway. With elements of Appalachian, Celtic, and Eastern European folk influences, this band of fiddles, bass, guiatar, mandolin and percussion delivers another brilliant collection.


Lena Willemark : Blåferdį (Blue Journey)
17.99
Features songs and lyrics, composed by Lena, sung in the Elfdalian language of her home region of Avdalen, Sweden. Program notes and lyrics are translated to Swedish and English in the booklet. It's performed with voice, strings and percussion supplied by Lena, Mia Marin, Emma Reid, Mikael Marin, Leo Sander and Tina Quartey. (Quite a cast!) It is, I think, one of her best (and that goes a long way, I think), so this comes with my biggest "highly recommended" gold star on it. In stock now.


Dave Swarbrick : Swarb! (US shipping only)
70.99
4 CD box set by the renowned folk and rock fiddler.


Kanazoe Orkestra : Miriya
15.99
Born in Burkina Faso, Kanazoe is recognized as a young genius of balafon, both for his technical prowessand his creativity. Multi-instrumentalist, he plays the balafon Dioula Sambla and Toussian (pentatonic), the diatonic balafon ( djelibalan or Guinean balafon) and the kamelen ngoni - a pentatonic harp. He sings in Dioula language. The virtuosity of the artist and the festive energy are the two cornerstones of this project. Kanazoe and his musicians offer us a dance music both, muscular and moving.


Vrang : SaeterSoul
17.99
Lee Blackstone writes, 'The Norwegian trio features Jon Hjellum Brodal, Tuva Faerden, and Maja Gravermoen Toresen on hardanger fiddles, fiddles, lyres, and the occasional mandolin. Their full-length debut is beautifully produced, with plenty of space and depth that let the low mellow tones of the hardanger fiddle grow and the sprightly lyres shine. They combine a minimalist approach and a sly pop sensibility. They can sometimes remind the listener of Groupa with tunes that nod to their coloring and percussive romps. Vrang sparkle, and they are a band full of promise.' This is the RootsWorld Music of the Month selection for May, 2017. Highly recommended!


Zephyr : October Ocean
16.99
From the review in RootsWorld: 'Görån Mansson, Jonas Simonson (from Groupa), and Richard Ekre Suzzi utilize a variety of wind instruments from Sweden and afar, such as the bamboo Bansuri flute. An all-flute trio can certainly have an ethereal sound, as the band demonstrates but Zephyr go well beyond such stereotyping and they construct compositions that indulge in world music influences. They are also a remarkably percussive group, the melodic washes are undergirded by deep tones that, combined, lend a slightly Asian air. Zephyr make a compelling and intriguing showcase for the power and universality of, and experimentation possible with, wind instruments.'


Okra Playground : Turmio
17.99
Finnish folk music can sound other-worldly. The country's folk-epic, "The Kalevala," is laced with charms and spells, and its impact on Finnish folk culture has been immense. One can hear its echoes in this new recording. Three female vocalists are up-front. Both play the kantele, strung over their shoulders for a twin-stringed attack that any heavy metal band would envy. The men in the band round out the contemporary sound with bass, synth, accordion and percussion. Comparisons to both Värttinä and Hedningarna are inevitable. Okra Playground has an organic, acoustic base, but they frequently add electronic enhancements so that their overall approach appeals to both traditionalists and experimentalists.


Tao Ravao and Thomas Laurent : Au Bout Du Petit Matin
15.99
Malgache string player and vocalist Ravao and French harmonica player Laurent offer a window into primarily Francophone and Francophone-associated tunes. Though a few tracks would be well known to even casual listeners of jazz, rock, and Afro-Latin styles, the way Ravao and Laurent capture their energy with only two performers is much more novel. Ravao plays both guitar and kabosy, a box-shaped wooden guitar common in musics of Madagascar, while Laurent sports a twelve-hole chromatic harmonica not dissimilar to the voice-like emotionality popularized by musicians like Toots Thielemans and Gregoire Maret.


Dalava : The Book of Transfigurations
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Guitarist Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehla’s Dálava project is an homage to traditional Moravian folk music, taking melodies transcribed over 100 years ago by Ulehla’s great-grandfather, and reinventing them in stirring, sometimes avant-garde musical language.It delves into deep territory; conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical microcosms around the gem-like folk melodies. This fractured village music channels the voices of a bygone era. Their first album was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' pick, and this one is equally engaging.


uKanDanZ : Awo
15.99
They describe the sound as 'Ethio-Crunch' and it's clear from their sound and lineup - guitar, bass, drums and sax - that they're heavily inspired by Getatchew Mekuria's skronky improvisational work with The Ex. Awo is the group's second recording, after their 2012 debut Yetchalal, and it's heavy listening. Guilhem Meier's thunderous drumming, Benoit Lecomte's rattling bass, and Damien Cluzel's metallic guitarwork churn out a surprisingly nimble post-rock groove that begins somewhere between System of a Down and vintage Black Sabbath, and ends up in a much, much weirder place. But the real stars here are Lionel Martin's agitated sax improvisations and Guebreyes's plaintive Amharic vocals.


Riccardo Tesi and Banditaliana : Maggio
17.99
From the RootsWorld review: 'Riccardo Tesi always escapes easy pigeon-holing. He is idiosyncratic without being abrasive, cutting edge without the hard edge. He is a gentle fusionist, bringing together new and old worlds so that's it's hard to know where one starts and the other ends. On Maggio, his latest with Bandtaliana, the sound is vintage Tesi: a refinement of traditional music that has the well-aged, heartfelt soul of folk music, but is as assuredly lovely as a classical wind quartet. Underneath the overall gentle spell that Tesi casts are shades and layers of sophistication.'


Ensemble Marani : Polyphonies de Georgie
16.99
An ensemble dedicated to the unique polyphonic singing of Georgia.The middle and high voices are sung by soloists. The bass is sung by several singers. They come together and sing these harmonies, sacred and profane, to perpetuate an ancestral culture.


Forabandit (Karpienia, Ozdemir and Chemirani) : Forabandit
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Singer and mandole player Sam Karpienia is the co-founder of famed band Dupain. Forabandit is "a musical work bridging Occitan and Anatolian traditions" that combines the lyrical tradition of Occitanian troubadours with a contemporary approach. Singer and baglama player Ulas Özdemir perpetuates the song style of the Anatolian wandering troubadours while Bijan Chemirani's Persian rhythms subtly blend with the song of these new poets. Karpienia's deep, emotional, rasping voice and the soft, quiet voice of Özdemir reveal the living poetry of these pieces about love, commitment, and contest.


Boris Kovac : Times of Day
17.99
A 2015 work composed by the Serbian saxoponist and performed by his New Ritual Ensemble uses all his time-honored tools of folk roots from Eastern Europe, jazz and edgy new ideas of his own device.


Pixvae : Colombian Crunch Music
15.99
The label promo: As the hybrid peach palm from which it borrows its name, this unusual group is the result of cross origins, a space where the warm melodies of the Afro-Colombian music meet the energy of rock and eclectic jazz culture. Confronting the worlds, merging traditions, PIXVAE embodies an unsuspected alchemy between jazzcore and currulao: a direction that shakes the perception, upsets the entrails and awakens the imagination. Here, electrical power accompanies sublime trance...


Nilamaye : Las Flores Del Sol
15.99
Nilamayé is a group of Afrocolombian music. Its repertoire derives from music related to sea and river water and is synonymous with life, joy and cultural blending. Through the soft exuberance of the voices, the warm velvet sounds of the chonta marimbas, the deep humming of the cununos and bombos, the brightness of the guasas and maracas and the rhythmic liveliness of the alegre drum, Nilmayé shares with the listeners the 'contagious joy'" of the Colombian peoples..


Ale Moller : Bouzoukispelman
18.99
This is one of the first recordings that turned me on to the folk revival of the 80s in Sweden. It includes an absolutely marvelous group of traditional and neo-traditional songs, as well as his infamous, high-spirited medley of Paul Simon songs (Mrs Robinson and 59th Street Bridge Song). It's a classic and the other musicians on the album are Ellika Frisell, Per Gudmundson, Totte Mattsson, Bill McChesney, Katarina Olsson, Simon Simonson, and Röjås Jonas, so it's a bit of a Filarfolket/Groupa/Nordan thing, as well. Highly recommended and brilliant, good fun.


Per Gudmundson : Sakpipa
18.99
Swedish folk music played on the bagpipe. The bagpipe is not well known in Swedish folk, but Gudmundson plays a type not too uncommon in the late 19th century and early 20th. He is joined by an ensemble of vocalists (Agneta Stolpe), violin, the lira, zither and harmonica played by Magnus and Ola Bäckström, Jan Winter and Erik and Ingrid Ingels. Heady stuff, originally recorded in 1982 and quite radical at the time.


Maja and David : Nord
16.99
Maja Kjær Jacobsen (Denmark) and David Boulanger (Québec) are folk musicians, each a specialist in the traditional music and singing of the songs of their respectable cultures. They combine the traditions, only with Maja on the fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle and voice, and David's fiddles, voice and feet on the tapping board to make the sound-scape, playing both new compositions and the traditional tunes in the style of Québec and Denmark.


Deltas : Ligerian Blues
15.99
Deltas, from Angers France, was formed by guitarist Vincent Erdeven and violinist/kora player Richard Bourreau (from Lo'Jo). They are now a trio with ngoni player/singer Andra Kouyaté, originally of Bamako. Thus, the imagery of the word 'Ligerian' (a seeming portmanteau of the Loire and Niger rivers) evokes a symbolic merging of the geographic and musical origins of the musicians themselves, while the group's name recalls the Mississippi delta, the hallowed source of the blues.


various artists : Lost in China
15.99
I don't often choose a compilation recording for Music of the Month, but I made one of the exceptions for this recording, a collection of songs by 13 different artists or ensembles from urban Beijing to the desert of Xinjiang, mostly younger artists looking to explore and sometimes confound local traditions. Most of the musicians have not been heard outside of China, or even their own region, before so I think this makes a case for choosing this CD.


ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
17.99
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)


Väsen : Brewed
15.99
The Swedish acoustic juggernaut returns with a 2017 release of 15 original pieces, from the tradition but not bound to it. Olov Johansson's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) and Mikael Marin's 5-string viola are once again pushed along by the rhythm of Roger Tallroth's 12-string guitar. (Release date: 28 April, 2017 - e-mail me to reserve a copy)


Dulce Pontes : Momentos (Live, 2 CDs)
19.99
A live concert set on 2 CDs by one of Portugals great artists. Moments of intimacy, frantic moments, unexpected, islands of sound, forged by the singer and her accompanists, including George Dalaras, José Carreras, Stefanos Korkolis and Pedro Santos.


Tanga : Madagascar: Le Tresor des Ancetres
coming soon - e-mail to pre-order
Tanga is a troupe of Betsilio musicians from the southern Madagascar Highlands. The band's namesake Tanga comes from a line of musicians; his grandfather played a gourd-zither, while his father favored the accordion. Once he switched to kabasy (a tenor mandolin-sized lute), he formed a trio with his brothers, Tanga, which has since swelled to a large collection of singers, musicians, and dancers spanning at least two generations. This is their first album.


Johanna-Adele Jüssi : Kiilid
16.99
"Kiilid" (Dragonflies) features the music of the violinist Johanna-Adele Jüssi, accompanied by Jo Einar Jansen (Norway), Sven Midgren (Sweden), Nicolaj Wamberg (Denmark) and Jalmar Vabarna (Estonia). Produced and recorded by Antti Järvela (Finland), the music is inspired by Estonian islands, Järvamaa and Denmark, her travels, the people she met on her way, and the marks they left, the truths that stuck to her. The song that shares the name of the album, "Kiilid", tells the story of dragonflies with dark blue wings, who fly above water bathed in the sun and remind us to be careful with what we wish for. Musicians: Johanna-Adele Jüssi - violin Jalmar Vabarna - acoustic guitar; Jo Einar Jansen - violin; Sven Midgren - violin; Taavet Niller - bass.


Kanazoe Orkestra : Miriya
coming soon - e-mail to pre-order
Born in Burkina Faso, Kanazoe is recognized as a young genius of balafon, both for his technical prowessand his creativity. Multi-instrumentalist, he plays the balafon Dioula Sambla and Toussian (pentatonic), the diatonic balafon ( djelibalan or Guinean balafon) and the kamelen ngoni - a pentatonic harp. He sings in Dioula language. The virtuosity of the artist and the festive energy are the two cornerstones of this project. Kanazoe and his musicians offer us a dance music both, muscular and moving.


Deltas : Ligerian Blues
15.99
Deltas, from Angers France, was formed by guitarist Vincent Erdeven and violinist/kora player Richard Bourreau (from Lo'Jo). They are now a trio with ngoni player/singer Andra Kouyaté, originally of Bamako. Thus, the imagery of the word 'Ligerian' (a seeming portmanteau of the Loire and Niger rivers) evokes a symbolic merging of the geographic and musical origins of the musicians themselves, while the group's name recalls the Mississippi delta, the hallowed source of the blues.


Riccardo Tesi,Galeazzi,Ledda, di Marco, Biolcati, Salvadori, Lega : Bella Ciao
coming soon - e-mail to pre-order
Fifty years ago, 'Bella Ciao' was a profoundly important show mounted by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano. The program highlighted the burgeoning research into folk song over the period 1954-1964, and as such, it was poised to help further the Italian folk revival. The new album version of Bella Ciao, supervised by accordionist Tesi, celebrates the 50th anniversary. Tesi gathered together major Italian folk and political artists for this event, and the musical component of the songs has been updated to include guitar, accordion, clarinet, bass, and percussion.


Amine and Hamza : Fertile Paradoxes
17.99
Amine and Hamza M'raihi are Tunisian musicians and brothers, playing the oud and the qanun. With their Band Beyond Borders, they are bringing together musicians from around the world, - French clarinetist Blaise Ubaldini, Swiss-Indian violinist Baiju Bhatt, Swedish percussionist Fredrik Gille and guests including cellist Vincent Segal, infusing their Arabic roots with jazz and global roots.


Egeland, Molsky and Jarvela : Rauland Rambles
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American Bruce Molsky, Finn Arto Järvelä and Norwegian Ånon Egeland join together in a traditional music tour de force. Fiddles abound, along with banjo and touches of ukelele, kantele and jew's harp. They play each others folk music like a natural part of their DNA. It's seamless and vibrant. And it is all recorded at a live concert.


Kata : Tivils Dotur
17.99
Five Faroese singers, a capella and accompanied by a small ensemble, explore traditional songs of the Faroe Islands in new contexts.


Various artists : Latviesu Danci
16.99
Latvia folk music for dancing, compiled by the leaders of the folklore band Ilgi. Performers include Maris Muktupavels (producer of this album) and Ilga Reizniece, both of whom are well known and highly respected in Latvian folk music circles. Other notable performers include Gints Sola, guitarist for the group Jauns Meness, and Mikus Cavarts, another member of the folklore ensemble Ilgi. One surprise addition is Ilmars Mezs and his family. Mežs, known in part for his research into Latvian demographics, also is lead singer for the folklore ensemble Eilenders.


Ugis Praulins : Paganu gadagramata / Pagan Yearbook
17.99
This is a high concept folk music album. The songs are meant to sequence through a whole year for the 'inner self of an urban man.' Generous doses of synth washes, echoing plucked arpeggios and the addition of bongos, djembes, balafon, and kalimba. If you are a folk purist, then it is best to seek other sources for traditional Latvian music. The best moments are when environmental sounds like wind and thunder are used effectively to evoke a desolate landscape against which the melancholy songs develop. - John Cho


Aurelio : Darandi
16.99
Celebrating 30 years of Garifuna music by one of the region's most important contemporary artists, Darandi is a tour de force of Latin American music. The CD is packaged in an illustrated hard-cover book with historical and biographical notes, as well as notes on each of the songs.


Various artists : Urgent Jumping!: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics
17.99
A collection of 27 East African classics from 1972 to 1982 compiled by the British DJ and journalist John Armstrong. This 2 CD set is a wonderful collection of two and one half hours of music from 21 Kenyan, Tanzanian and Congolese bands. Features: L'Orch. Dar International, Afro 70, Kauma Boys Band, Super Mambo Jazz Band "69", Maquis du Zaire, Victoria Jazz Band, Orchestre Conga Internationale, The Golden Kings Band, Sunburst Band, Urafiki Jazz Band, L'Orchestre Grand Piza, Hafusa Abasi, Slim Ali and the Kikulacho Yahoos Band, L'Orch. Moja One, Sega Sega Band, L'Orchestre Super Mambo, Earthquake Jazz Band, Vijana Jazz Band, Orchestre Special Liwanza, Juwata Jazz Band and Orchestre Super Jambo.


Vieux Kante : The Young Man's Harp
17.99
The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.


Serendou : Zinder
16.99
Breton flutes meet flutes and percussion from Niger in a unique new recording of cross-cultural music. Yacouba Moumouni (flute, vocals), Boubacar Souleymane (singer, percussionist, guitar and kountigui - a one-stringed lute), and Jean-Luc Thomas (ebony flute, electronics, vocals) are joined by a few guests on percussion, strings and tuba. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection and your purchase goes to support the magzine and radio program.


Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita : Transparent Water
16.99
The latest global collaboration by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. This time around Sosa he works with Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita to create new music with roots in multiple African regional musics (Mandinka and Yoruba), but add Chinese reeds (sheng master Wu Tong), Japanese koto (Mieko Miyazaki) along with Afro-Latin piano and percussion (Venzuelean artist Gustavo Ovalles). (A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection)


Groupa : Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden
18.99
The 2016 release by one of the most important and revolutionary groups in the Nordic roots movement. Terje Isungset, drums, perc, mouth harp; Mats Eden fiddle, viola d'amore, accordion; Jonas Simonson, flutes, bass clarinet.


Bragr : Danmarkar'n
17.99
A trio of strings and percussion, Bragr features Swedish guitarist and nyckelharpa player Perry Stenbäck, and two Danes - percussionist Christine Dueholm and Jesper Frost Bylling on acoustic bass. All provide vocals on some tracks. They blend tradtional music from regions in both countries, and make them personal and unique.


What have You Missed?

Various artists, Fairport, et al : Cropredy Capers (autographed edition)
In the Freereed Records tradition, another bang-up box set, this time of live music from the infamous Fairport Convention gathering at Cropedy each year for the last 25. 4 CDs, a big book and lots of extras, as always. This edition is autographed by the current band members.


9Bach : Anian + In Your Voice
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection. The Welsh contemporary folk band's 3rd album, released in 2016, is a superb mix of modern and ancient. David Cox wrote in RW that 'this is a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own… a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own.' The second disc is poetic reinterpretations of the Welsh lyrics in English poetry and prose. Highly recommended.


Mamak Khadem : The Road
Iranian born singer and composer Mamak Khadem and an ensemble that include Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, Mino Cinelu and a Balkan brass band, continues her search for new and innovative settings for the poetry of Rumi. This is a RootsWorld music choice, and all of your purchase price goes to supporting the magazine and radio programs.


Spiro : Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
A quartet from England combines folk acoustics and art music precision to create a personal chamber music sound using accordion, piano, violins, mandolins and percussion. They present 14 compositions that lay outside of any category, refusing any pigeon hole.


Manuel Luna y Brena la Musica : Papeleria Rocio (objetos de escritorio)
Roc and iacute;o's Stationary Shop (writing materials) is sort of a reissue of Luna's Los galles de Londres, with re-mixed and remastered tracks from the original LP recording, plus many newly recorded versions of other songs made in 2004. Luna explores his childhood memories and does some musical experimentation on the traditions of Cantabria in Spain with an acoustic ensemble of gaita, panderadulzaina, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, percussion, bass, accordion and more, as well as an imaginative, light touch with electronics and recorded effects.


The Henrys : Quiet Industry
The 2015 release by Toronto legends, The Henrys. Led by kona-guitarist Don Rooke, with Hugh Marsh (violin), John Sheard (pump and electric organs), Andrew Dowling (acoustic bass), David Di Renzo (percussion) and vocalists Gregory Hoskins and Tara Dunphy. This one is heavy on lyrics and introduces a great new singer to the band. Highly recommended.


Didier Francois : Nykelharpa Solo
The Belgian nykelharpist performs works that a far ranging and challenge the limits of the instrument, from Erik Satie and JS Bach to Jobim and jazz. And his own compisitions stand up to the best of them. Listen to Nine


Dawda Jobarteh : Transitional Times
Dawda Jobarteh was born in Gambia, part of a family of hereditary musicians, including his grandfather, the legendary Alhaji Bai Konté. His new CD is a blend of tradition remembered and an immigrant's vision of new worlds. The music swerves from pure solo strings to jarring, modern motifs. He plays with pop and jazz idioms, but it always feels very rooted in the old world. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated byt eh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.


Dawda Jobarteh : Northern Light, Gambian Night
Taking his musical training from a Mande griot upbringing, Dawda Jobarteh creates an intense contemporary vision of an ancient tradition. With the support of long-term friends and band members, Preben Carlsen on guitar, Nana Osibio on bass and Salieu Dibba on percussion and including some deeply personal statements Dawda weaves his distinctive kora playing through modern musical landscapes. Jobarteh's musical heritage carries considerable weight. His grandfather was Alhaji Bai Konte, the first kora player to take the instrument to the US, Dawda's father is kora player Amadou Bansang Jobarteh and his uncles Malamini Jobarteh and Dembo Konte together 26 years ago recorded the seminal kora album Jaliya for Sterns Music. Listen


Nordik Tree : Contradans (Nordik Tree II)
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark return for round 2, aother brilliant collaboration for fiddles, mandolin, piano and harmonium (pump organ). Maria Kalaniemi guests on one track.


Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark : Nordik Tree
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark, three formidible artists from Finland and Sweden, in a collaboration for fiddles and harmonium (pump organ).


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.


Yolariis : Yolariis
YOLARiiS 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


Tellu, Kangas, Lyberth and Blak : Piniartut (The Hunters)
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


Peeni Waali and Schildpatt : Sha
The 2006 brainchild of the amazing Fizze of Switzerland. He says: 'Sound-stalking through Alpine and Persian inflections, drum n' bass oriental improvisations, remixes, dubs, ambiances,collages and genuine creations...' Features santur master Alan Kushan.


Fru Skagerrak : Fru Skagerrak
This trio of women from Denmark, Sweden and Norway call their music 'Scandinavian Raw Folk,' and their repertoire consiste of music and songs chosen among the rich music and song traditions of Scandinavia, as well the members' original compositions. They play fiddles and 5 -stringed fiddle, recorder and vocals.


Guy Klucevsek : The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour
Cliff's favorite accordionist is joined by a marvelous cast of characters on a musical 'tour' of all the strange corners of Mr. Klucevsek's musical mind. Guy is capable of sweet sentiment, weird bursts of humor, flights of eastern European fantasy and moments pure, sublime bliss. This is a RootsWorld music choice, and all of your purchase price goes to supporting the magazine and radio programs.


Ten Strings and a Goat Skin : Aupres Du Poele
From the Canadian Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, here is a band that plays fast and loose with the Scottish and Acadian traditions that permeate this part of the world, adding touches from Europe and beyond. The goat skin (and other percussion) of Caleb Gallant and the strings (guitar, fiddle) from Rowen Gallant and Jesse Périard (who also adds some pump organ) join their voices together in Auprès Du Poêle.


Las Hermanas Caronni : Navega Mundos
From the RootsWorld review: Born in Argentina but living in France since 1998, Caronni sisters Gianna (clarinet, bass clarinet, vocals) and Laura (lead vocals, cello, violin) grew up in a multicultural family, absorbing a gamut of musical influences as they developed into the present duo. Sitting somewhere on the border of classical music and freer territories, they craft a form of chamber folk that is as lovely as it is intimate. Their original compositions are at once reflective of the past, and of a future in which fusions serve as expressions of genuine unity... This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month selection and proceeds support the magazine and radio programs.


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