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Okra Playground : Turmio (allow 2 weeks for shipping)
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.


Egeland, Molsky and Jarvela : Rauland Rambles
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.


Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita : Transparent Water
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)


Woetmann : Nogne Fodder
The mandolin is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think Danish music, but Brian Woetmann and his band bring it to the front on 'Nøgne Fødder' (bare feet). A quartet named after the leader, Woetmann features mandolin (and its kin bouzouki and mandola), guitars, percussion, harmonica, accordion, cello and bass. Woetmann provides vocals on some tracks in Danish and English, and the whole thing wanbders through Danish folk, Irish dance tunes, and a good bit of American influences on a set of original and traditional songs.


Eliseo Parra : Viva quien sabe querer
Long Live He Who Knows How to Love by Spain's Eliseo Parra, is a sterling example of both successful contemporary presentation of traditional themes and the masterful use of diverse recording techniques.' - RootsWorld


Bragr : Danmarkar'n
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.


Various : Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music from Greece 1905-1956
152-page hardcover book with two CDs featuring 42 Greek instrumental recordings made between 1905 and 1956. This compilation offers, for the first time, a unique panorama of the instruments and styles of the Greek music from the first half of the 20th century. Author and compiler Tony Klein is a British musician, researcher, and writer, based in Sweden. He has played and researched Greek music for 40 years, and studied with, among others, the veteran Stelios Keromitis. In 2005, in collaboration with collector Charles Howard, he produced and annotated the CD Mortika – Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld.


Kristian Blak : Fuglar, Fiskar & Folk
Faroese artist Kritian Blak has composed and performed a suite of short piano studies based on folk songs and tales of the title subjects, 'birds, fish and people.'


Nightingale String Quartet / Nofinishi Dywili : The Bow Project
In a world full of 'unique projects' this one stands out. These two CDs contain the traditional music of - and modern compositions based on - the bow playing and singing of Xhosa musician Nofinishi Dywili from South African, who accompanied herself on an instrument called the uhadi.One CD contains the Nightingale performances of these works, the other is field recordings of Nofinishi Dywili and members of her village, playing the bow and singing the songs.


Tindra : Moder Norge
'Moder Norge' (Mother Norway') is the new album from the Norwegian female folk trio, a collection of vocal treasures from Rogaland - traditional folk songs with love, tragedy, fantasy and humour. The musicians are Tindra is Aashild Vetrhus (vocals), Jorunn Marie R. Kvernberg (violin / fiddle), and Irene Tillung Voss (accordion).The artists write: 'On the album Moder Norge, we wish to present folk music from Rogaland played our way. For many years, Ruth Anne Moen has collected, transcribed, and transmitted tunes and songs for the folk music archive in Rogaland. We owe her and her sources a debt of gratitude, as we've greatly enjoyed exploring the archive's collections in the development of this album.'


Kwartet Jorgi : Muzyka na trabke gitare i flet
Music for trumpet, guitar and flute, by one of Poland's most repsected modern music ensembles.


Fionia Stringband : Rat for usodet / Rough N' Ready
Rustic and lively folk music including everything from polkas to lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes. The music is handpicked mainly from the Danish and Scandinavian repertoire with links to Québec and Cape Breton. The band is a meeting between two generations of folk musicians based on a shared passion for traditional melodies. The members consists of three of Denmark's best traditional musicians, fiddlers Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman and pianist Theis Langlands.


Trolska Polka : Untold Tails
Their strong melodies and high energy pull you into a mesmerizing world full of funny, grim, big and small characters from the nordic fairytales and mythology. The ensemble consists of young talented artists from the Danish/Swedish folk scene led by multiinstrumentalist and composer Martin Seeberg (Sorten Muld, Instinkt, Valravn) With a wide variety of instruments, this seven piece band brings giants, elves, pixies, fairies and other beings musically to life.


Floating Sofa Quartet : The moon we watch is the same
Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and traditional pieces from their respective countries; sweet melodies and feisty dance tunes are performed with intriguing harmonies, intensity, humor and the warm acoustic sound of wooden instruments. Floating Sofa Quartet is: Mads Kjøller-Henningsen [DK] - wooden flute & swedish bagpipes; Leija Lautamaja [FI] - 2,5-row melodeon & harmonium; Clara Tesch [DK] - fiddle; Malte Zeberg [SE] - double bass


Trias : Efter Horisonten
Their second release. The band says: Efter Horisonten reflects our maturity which our music not always has been. "Efter Horisonten" has captured the spark of creativity, and together we have created our common expression.' Trias are: Søren Østergaard Pedersen Doublebas, Harmonium; Christoffer Thorhauge Dam Violin, Viola, Harmonium; Rasmus Nielsen Piano, Guitar, Harmonium; Jonas Kongsted Violin, Viola, Mandolin


Ostinat Expressen : Spor 2
Contemporary Danish folk firmly rooted in Nordic tradition, with Ivan Damgaard - Violin; Julie Heebøll Clausen - Clarinet; Steffan Søgaard Sørensen - Double bass; Magnus Heebøll Jacobsen - Percussion; and Jesper Vinther Petersen - Accordion.


Sofia Jannock : áššogáttis (by the embers)
The Swedish Sami singer will bring a number of references to mind, from the energy of Varttina to the jazzy sophistication of lena Willemark. But ultimately, she can stand on her own. This is her second recording, and its mix of sami roots, pop and jazz has many moods, from pure pop to complex new music. A fine singer, a great band and a willingness to experiement make this one well worth your consideration. Give her a listen.


Serendou : Zinder
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.


Lena Willemark : Blaferdi (Blue Journey)
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. CDs will be available in late December. You can contact me to reserve a copy, if you wish.


Afenginn : Opus
With mandolin, violin, clarinet, bass and drums, the Danish ensemble Afenginn have combined their roots in Scandinavian folk with the rhythms of Balkan music. On Opus, they move ever forward, with a bigger, almost orchestral sound, and a big vision for their music that spreads out over two CDs and over 80- minutes of rich, complex music.


Special Order : The Raga Guide: a survey of 74 Hindustani ragas
Special Order: allow 10 days for shipping - Joep Bor's definitive guite to the raga, a 4 CD set with an accompanying 196 page book.


Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis : NYN
About this 2016 release by the Greek roots-pop trio, Nondas Kitsos wrote in RootsWorld: "With NYN, Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis have created an absolutely wonderful reprise to their Greekadelia. Here they are, addressing the meltdown of Greece by offering music of incomparable beauty and inventiveness." Deep folk roots, rich poetry and a remarkable neo-psychedelic sound bring it all together. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated by theh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase goes to support those efforts.


Hassan Haffar : The Aleppo Suites (3 CD set)
This three CD set of suites consist of various poems in free form that are set to music and sung. Each suite has its own flavor. Interpretation varies according to the different schools and singers, who evoke three separate aspects of existence in love poems, bacchic songs and poems about nature. These may be used alternately, but they all express a single emotion: yearning for the beloved. Haffar's musical and vocal skills blend introspection and sensuality and these three albums confirm him to be a master of the genre.


Oddjob : Folk
Swedish jazz quintet of trumpet, alto saxophone, bass, piano, and drums. On Folk, Oddjob is inspired by and is improvising over ancient Swedish pastoral Music. Cow herdings and goat callings mixes fantastically well with the contemporary jazz played by this five piece band.


Emilia Amper : Lux
You may know her as a member of the quartet Blink, but this is her second recording up front as the leader, and it's beautiful. The singer and nyckelharpa player is joined by a great cast of musicians, too: FredrikGille, Dan Svensson, Anders Lofberg, Bridget Marsden, Emma Ahlberg-Ek and Olle Linder.


Various Artists : La Zampogna Lucana
The traditional bagpipe music of Lucania, Italy, the zampogna - the bagpipes and the wind instruments of the pastoral tradition: a rich archaic repertory of song and dance executed with various types of keyed zampogne, surdulina, ciaramelle, flutes, and clarinets. Recordings from 1981 to 1991.


Moller, Willemark and Gudmundson : Frifot
The first recording by this trio, from 1990, is still considered one fo the classic of the new-folk movement.


Frifot : Jarven
Ale Möller, Lena Willemark and Per Gudmundsen created the ensemble Frifot to explore the roots of Swedish folk music in daring new ways


Florida Memory : 3 CDs of Florida folklife
Three CDs of blues, folk and gospel from the Florida Folklife Collection.
Tell The Truth: Blues and Gospel
Shall We Gather at the River
Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night
This set of CDs was donated by State Library & Archives of Florida in support of RootsWorld. All proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.


Ale Moller : Bouzoukispelman
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
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 joned by an esemble on 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.


soundtrack : The Triplets of Belleville
When an album uses such devices as the spokes of a bicycle wheel and a vacuum cleaner to flesh out the backdrops of its songs, you know you're in for something interesting. Music from Sylvian Chomet's Academy Award-nominated animated film about a grandmother's search for her kidnapped grandson (with the help of the washed up Triplets of Belleville), the soundtrack echoes the film's quirky look at the roaring 20's. French-flavored retro-jazz and big band are the central influences across the album, which means plenty of horns, accordion and catchy rhythms. Throw a few more unorthodox instruments and you have a recipe for unusual vibes and smiles.


Meta Meta : MM3
'With MM3, this Sao Paolo-based trio, active since 2008, are joined once again by a bassist and drummer for spastic, genre-defying blasts that place them in the center of a vibrant Brazilian music scene. The record skitters between post-punk, gruff, avant sax flutters, raw guitar pulsations, and an ability to shift tempo that's military precise. For those who hear Brazil and think samba, candomble, or Tropicalia's freakier moments, this record might come as a surprise. From experimental synth to Favela proibidao rap, Metá Metá are one more component of a scene that's at least partially a reaction to the chaos and breakdowns pervading their city.' - Bruce Miller in RootsWorld


Groupa : Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden
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.


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


Kristian Blak, Vera Kondrateva, Yggdrasil : Lipet Ei : Seven Brothers
Kristian Blak once again steps into difficult and strange musical worlds on this recording with Khanty singer Kondrateva. The Khanty people live in an autonomous region in western Siberia, with a culture far removed from Russia. Incorporating these songs into any western framework would be challenging, but Blak and his Faroese ensemble push it to the limits of folk, rock, jazz and 'new music.' Click and listen. I can't explain it.


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


Mamar Kassey : Denke denke
Led by singer-songwriter Yacouba Moumouni, this band from Nigerm has a driving modern/traditional rhythm similar to the popular Wassoulou sound of Mali, but distinct because of the unusual assortment of instruments including the one-stringed kountigou, two-stringed komsa, three-stringed molo, calabash and other local sounds… andunleashes a relentless dance music that stays hot from the opening notes to the very last moment. Moumouni's voice, shaking and rattling like a dry-gourd, is sweetened by the melodic female chorus that pours like warm honey. Acoustic and electric sounds collide and melt into an authentic mix guaranteed to fill the dance floor any day, any where. - Opiyo Oloya, RootsWorld


Johan Hedin and Gunnar Idenstam : Låtar II - Swedish Folk Tunes
Gunnar Idenstam, organ and Johan Hedin, nyckelharpa, play tunes, reels and other dances in this second volume of duets.


Johan Hedin and Gunnar Idenstam : Låtar - Swedish Folk Tunes
Gunnar Idenstam, organ and Johan Hedin, nyckelharpa, play tunes, reels and other dances in eighteenth-century late Baroque style, a waltz tinged with the Spanish Renaissance, a dance from Italy and a number of original compositions. A unique combination and a unique recording. (Hybrid CD/SACD)


Lunau and Sund : Prinsen af bjerget
This duo of voice and guitar offers old traditional and modern original songs, played with fire and grace, accompanied lightly by other instruments. Trine Lunau's voice is a revelation, and Peter Sund's guitar playing is marvelous. The notes include full text of all the songs (in Danish only)


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.


Meridian : Prime
Meridian produces innovative and wonderful folk music focused on driving chordal work of Richard Jones (accordion), the intricate melodic lines of Chris Walshaw (pipes/whistles/flutes) and the rhythm 'n' groove harmonies of Anna Tabbush (fiddle/flute). Anna, raised in the tradition, also sings and adds vocal lines. Meridian play arrangements of tunes and songs for concerts and Euro-dances and provide the glorious sound of raw folk energy, laced with finesse.


Mats Eden, Daniel Sanden-Warg, Leif Stinnerbom, Magnus Stinnerbom : Anno 2010
An award winning album of folk fiddling from Sweden by a quartet of masters. Andrew Cronshaw wrote in his fRoots review: 'For some they play all together, for some they split into duos, trio or solo, on fiddles, the sympathetic-stringed viola d'amore and violin d'amore whose incorporation into Swedish folk music have stemmed largely from the work of these musicians, or adding in moraharpa, diatonic accordion and harmonica. No bass instruments, just the dense textures of all those harmonising and droning bowed strings and wheezing reeds, and massive drive.'


Mats Eden : Avtryck
Swedish melodeon and violin music learned from Oscar Andersson and Alfred Magnusson, both from Mangskog, in Varmland Sweden.


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.


Gunnell Mauritzson : Ater
Gunnel Mauritzson 'Åter' One of Sweden's very best folk singers with a band consisting of some of the most interesting musicians within the new Swedish folk music.


Rydvall / Mjelva : Vardroppar
Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player Erik Rydvall and Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva are both counted among the foremost folk musicians of their generation in Scandinavia. Vårdroppar was recorded at a church in Hallingdal, Norway


various artists : Stilling Time: Traditional musics of Vietnam
American musician Philip Blackburn travelled to Vietnam in late 1993 to record the village music of the nation and came home with a remarkable portrait of a culture both deeply reverential of the past and yet still dynamic and growing.


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