Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ronan Le Bars, Nicolas Quemener - Bimis Ag Ol (Brittany 1997) [256m4a]


Ronan Le Bars, born April 20, 1968 in Guingamp, Côtes-d'Armor, is a French musician of Breton culture, renowned for his virtuosity in uilleann pipes, bagpipes and low whistles.

He participated in major Breton formations such as The Celtic Heritage, The Celtic Social Club, An Tour-Tan, Celtictals, Celtic Procession. He works with the greatest Breton artists, Alan Stivell, Dan Ar Braz, Red Cardell, Gilles Servat, Gabriel Yacoub, Soig Siberil, Didier Squiban, Manu Lann-Huel, Jacques Pellen and the Boclé brothers. He is also present on the albums of Deep Forest, Johnny Hallyday, Claude Nougaro, Renaud, Yann Tiersen, Stephan Eicher, Michel Polnareff...


Nicolas Quemener , born in August 1964 in Beaufort-en-Vallée ( Maine-et-Loire ), is a French musician, recognized guitarist in Celtic music , playing in open agreement . Guitarist soloist, he also has the talent of creativity and accompaniment. He has accompanied the great Breton artists ( Gilles Servat , Dan Ar Braz within the Celtic Heritage , Ronan Le Bars ) and participated in Celtic music groups such as Arcady , Skeduz , Kornog , Orion , Hudel, Pennoù Skoulm . He played on stage with Jackie Daly & Johann Mc Donagh , Donal Lunny , Martin O'Connor , Ronny Drew , and several Irish singers like Frances Black , Niamh Parsons and Rita Connolly .

He lived his childhood in the region of Angers and spent his holidays in Brittany, his father being a native of Camaret. Between the ages of 13 and 16, he studied percussion at the National Music Conservatory of Angers for four years. He listens to Bothy Band and meets Breton and Irish musicians when he visits the Korn-Er-Pont tavern in Guern, which makes him want to play. At the age of 18, a friend offers him a guitar.

Guitarist, flutist and Breton singer, he lived from 1989 to 1992 in Ireland, which enabled him to enrich his musical culture. Playing in the pubs of Galway, he meets the musicians with whom he will form the group Arcady with Connor Keane and Johnny "Ringo" Mc Donagh. In 1990, he began the adventure Arcady, a group with which he made 8 tours in the United States and elsewhere (Western Europe, Canada, Great Britain and Scotland, Scandinavia, Near East, Asia, Japan ...).

Back in Brittany in 1993, Yvon Lefevre proposes to him to found the group of Breton music Skeduz. The group stops in 2001 but goes back on stage from 2007. In 1994, he left Arcady to join the Orion group, replacing the guitarist Soïg Sibéril. In 1995, he became a member of the international Celtic Legacy (50 musicians on stage, including Dan Ar Braz, Capercaillie and Donal Lunny ).

Since 1996, he plays duo with the uillean piper Ronan Le Bars and accompanies the singer Gilles Servat. He also plays with the Kornog , Pennoù Skoulm, Hudel, in duo with accordeonist Audrey Le Jossec or trio with Laurent Papin on saxophone. In 2007 he is the godfather of Celtic Night IV in Caussade. In 2010 he released the album Faoi Blàth with the flutist Ciaran Somers and the violinist Dave Sheridan, two musicians from Carlow County, south of Dublin.


13 tracks recorded in Prat in February 1997 under the artistic direction of Didier Squiban


Tracklist:
1. The Leitrim Letter / The Twelves Pins / Jim Donoghue's (reels) 4:09
2. Policeman's Holiday / The Big John Jig (Jigs) 3:01
3. Gloomy Winter Noo Awa (Song) 3:44
4. Kerry Slides (Slides) 3:20
5. Crowley's / McFarley's / The Leitrim Trush (reels) 2:56
6. Thomond Bridge Hornpipe / The Star of the East (hornpipes) 3:58
7. Dark Island (air) 4:11
8. Tim Moloney / Doherty's / The Phoenix Reel (reels) 3:38
9. Bimis Ag Ol / Eddy Kelly's / The Geese in the Bog (jigs) 4:37
10. Solo Uillean Pipe (slow air) 4:38
11. Liverpool Hornpipe / The Friendly Visit (hornpipes) 2:45
12. Jackie's Tune (Song) 3:05
13. The Red Crow / In Memory of Coleman (reels) 3:31

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trio Loubelya - Sogni d'oro (France 2013) @320


(Neo -) trad-jazz-music-of-the-world. This would be a proposal if one were to classify the music of this trio.

Fit labels, neologisms barbarians, who tend to compartmentalize the music, the trio Loubelya, him, took the party to live it fully.
This album is like them: both intimate and eloquent, virtuosic and popular. Moving. Just as the complicity that is created between its members, balls in balls on the roads of Europe. Mazurkas, packed, or circles circassians are outlined, with the background, the bucolic charm of the parks of Lisbon, the landscapes of the South of Italy , the magic of Venice ,the strength of the volcanoes of the Azores or the heat of the coffee shops of Arnaud Bernard in Toulouse.
The breath fumed out of the accordion comes shelter a playground where clarinet and saxophone, sometimes subtle, sometimes playful, defying the round depth of the bass.

Three strong personalities, for sure, Mary Constant, Florent Lalet and Rolland Martinez, who here are based up to form a fourth: the Trio Loubelya.
Loubelya, it means living.

The trio Loubelya it is a harmonious cocktail of original compositions, a touch of emotion, a zest of humour, and a nice complicity for a ball "trad'current" forceful and intimate, combining with finesse the subtle breath of the accordion, the timbre intoxicating, the saxophone, the clarinet delusional and the deep, immersive bass.

Tracklist:
1. Gavotte d'Alzen (Gavotte... d'Alzen !)  5:37
2. le Rondeau d'Indron (Rondeau)  4:24
3. Mouchti (Mazurka)  6:47
4. Viccirclette - Love-Love pigeons (Cercles Circassiens)  3:44
5. Piclune (Valse à 5 temps)  5:59
6. Complètement bourrée / Beaucoup trop sobre (Bourrée à 3 temps)  4:07
7. Mazurkamille (Mazurka)  6:16
8. Euforriz (Scottish)  4:28
9. Jeanne (Valse)  6:51
10. Lollypop - Churchill Company (Bourrées 2 temps)  5:12
11. Valzer di Sant'Angelo (Valse à 8 temps) + Vieille Chamelle (Mazurka)  10:48

Camille Passeri: trompette
Rolland Martinez: clarinette, contrebasse
Marie Constant: accordéon diatonique

invité:
Bastien Mercier: Violoncelle
Vincent Cazanave-Pin: violons et alto
Florent Lalet: saxophone
Jairo Rodrigues: percussion

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bifólc - Bal Fólc (Italy 2012) @320


A pair of musicians attracted by traditional popular culture and by a glass or two of good red wine, all the better if in an old fashioned pub around a table with good friends, playing music and telling tales...
In december 2006 Stefano Guagnini and Gianluca Cavallotto become Bifòlc.
Their repertoire? A beautiful mixture of music and songs that invite dancing and listening alike. These are from regions such as Piedmont, the Occitan regions of both France and Italy( Italian Occitan valleys, Quercy, Auvergne, Gascoigne) and all the way to Poitou, Vandée and Brittany.
In other words, all the necessary ingredients for a “bal fòlc”, a street party or more simply

    ...a cellar drinking session !

A collection of songs, dances and traditional melodies from South Western france.
 
Stefano Guagnini: Violino, Boha, Musette 16 pouces, voce
Gianluca Cavallotto: Organetto, Tambourin, Voce

Tracklist:
1. La nostra arca (Branle de la La Vallée d'Ossau)
2. Seguida de Borreias (suite Bourrées Planières)
3. De tonneibs a marmande (Branle de l`Haut-Agenais)
4. Congos
5. Lou mes mai (Rond du Quercy)
6. Branle en couple (Vallée d'Ossau)
7. Escotish
8. Seguida de Borreias (suite Bourrées d`Auvergne)
9. Rondeu de samatan (suite Suite Rondeaux du Savès)
10. Chansons de nau (suite Rondeaux des Landes)
11. Un berger se proumenabo (Branle de la La Vallée d'Ossau)



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