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Greek Music for the Mandolin

Last year I have made several videos with Greek music. I have recently been asked about where to get this music to able to play it. In this post I will give some sources for sheet music of Greek folk tunes.

Playlist Greek Music for the Mandolin

Sources for Greek music

The book that I am using has the title: Folk Songs and Dances
Harmonization G. Mavromoustakis
Published by Edition Do.Re.Mi – Thessaloniki – Greece 1980

I have found part of this book again at musicnotes.com. If you search for Greek Folksongs you can find several tunes in the identical easy piano arrangement (by Jonathan Robbins).

You can find a great selection of Greek folk tunes on the site www.foldies.de on page Noten
(you must use the selection “Noten” on the left top side).

Another large collection of Greek folk dances can be found on the site folkloretanznoten.de

The French site vitrifolk has another great collection of Greek Tunes

The collection of Greek tunes on the site bouzoukispot.com is also very useful for mandolin players. On the main page you can find more links for Greek sheet music and Tabs.

Playlist Hasapiko Politiko

Playlist To Rinaki

Playlist Hasapiko

Additional information

Link collection Greek music / sheet music

Link collection Folk Dance

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Cape Breton Sessions

Today I would like to present the website Cape Breton Sessions in Ottawa. Each week musicians meet for a session with folk tunes from Cape Breton. The music which is regularly played is available as a book of sheet music with today 52 sets of three to six tunes each.

Recordings from the Cape Breton Session have been made available in the youtube channel. As an example I have selected the following video with a slow tune that’s a favorite of mine – Hector the Hero. The text for the video says: “Parker Duchemin, one of the regulars at the session plays Hector the Hero for a visiting friend of his. The rest of the group joins in partway through.”

Website: http://www.cbsession.com
The sheet music can be found on page “Tunes”, search for “Full Book” to get the complete book as one document. You can also find a collection of popular Christmas tunes.

Youtube Channel Ottawa Cape Breton Sessions

Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index

On the website of the Cape Breton Session you can also find a link to the website by Alan Snyder who has compiled a huge database of recordings of Cape Breton tunes. You can find also the beginning of each tune in sheet music and a midi version of the tune.

A lot of informations as well as sheet music compilations can be found on the website Cranford Publication: http://www.cranfordpub.com/
Cranford Publications specializes in Celtic fiddle music from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland. Proprietor Paul Cranford is a fiddler, composer and retired lightousekeeper well-grounded in the traditions of music he sells, performs and arranges.”

Finally a playlist with Cape Breton tunes that I have compiled.

Historical recordings of Cape Breton tunes in the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/78rpm?and%5B%5D=cape+breton&sin=

 

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Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in…

In one of the past newesletter from Folk Radio UK I found the interview with two folk bands who had joined for the Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour this summer. Sutari is the name of a trio composed of three women from Poland, Dead Rat Orchestra is a male trio from the UK.

The music by Sutari reminded me to one of my favorite albums with music from Hungary “La Hongire – Ensemble Ferenc Sebö”,especially the singing style of Sutari. In their music they are using traditional stringed instruments, but also all kind of other thinks like bottles, a big wrench, a bowl of water or kitchen equipment. You can watch a great performance filmed by KEXP here:

Sutari Live on KEXP

Dead Rat Orchestra are also using traditional instruments like the violin – but played in a very unusual way. The are also using meat choppers played with a wooden stick or a violin bow and other very unusual things. Watch this great performance from a Rough Music concert:

Dead Rat Orchestra – Rough Music Concert

I have found some videos from the recent Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour , check the following playlist with some great performances of both groups together:

Playlist Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra

Additional information

Sutari on Soundcloud

Interview: Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in Brexit Britain Tour (10-16 July)

Sutari is the brainchild of three young women: singers, instrumentalists and performers – Kasia Kapela, Basia Songin and Zosia Zembrzuska, (they featured in our Lost in Transmission Show No 36). Like the DRO they are also busy with other projects as Kasia explained “We still work on both theatre and music projects. Zosia is a manager of culture, promoting contemporary Polish composers outside Poland. Basia is a storyteller and she performs with two music duos: Mehehe and Kuso. Kasia has a family-based band, Kapela Timingeriu, who play gypsy and klezmer music.”

culture.pl: Sutari

‘Intoxicating and hypnotic’ Wiano

The ensemble made their debut in 2012 at the prestige New Tradition Polish Radio Folk Festival, where they immediately received second prize from the jury and a prize from the audience: a ‘a storm of cheers’. They didn’t have to wait long for subsequent distinctions and complements. Journalists announced the Warsaw trio the most interesting new band of 2012. The group’s CV was then enriched by first prize at the 10th edition of Battle of the Bands, an international competition organized by one of the biggest labels in the world – World Music Network. The lively song Chłopacy gained 91% of online votes and got a chance to be internationally promoted by being included on the compilation album The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World.

Website Dead Rat Orchestra

One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, their work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at Tate Modern.

Post about the album La Hongrie and Ferenc Sebö


You might get the album La Hongrie at Amazon (Partnerlink):

La Hongrie

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Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy

I have recently followed a discussion about the music of Calabria in the South of Italy. This has brought me to look for more sources of Calabrian music.

In the discussion a blog about the folk music of Italy has been mentioned. In the blog italianfolkmusic you can find a presentation of many albums with typical Italian folk music. The last update in this blog is from 2012. Previously audiofiles had been available as download from filesharing sites, but probably all those download sites are no more available today.

The first group from Calabria that I have found in this blog is Mattanza. Leader of the band is Mimmo Martinu. The band includes guitars, the chitarra battente – a typical for the South of Italy, tamburine, accordion, bagpipe and also mandolin or mandola.

Enjoy my playlist with music based on the folk music from Calabria played by Mattanza.

Playlist Mattanza – Music from Calabria

Mattanza is the word for the traditional fishing of tuna which takes place every year. You can find some videos which show pictures from the Mattanza from the 1950s. Read more “Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy”