Tag: folk

bluegrass

Curly Strings – Fantastic Bluegrass and Folk from Estonia…

By a picture from the Kaustinen Festival in Finland I have discovered the band Curly Strings.

Curly Strings are

  • Eeva Talsi – fiddle
  • Villu Talsi – mandolin
  • Jalmar Vabarna – guitar
  • Taavet Niller – double bass

This band is very popular in Estonia, and their song Kauges Külas is one of the songs that were the No. 1 in the Estonian iTunes charts.

The style of Curly Strings combines elements of bluegrass and folk, including the harmony-singing and virtuoso solos on fiddle, mandolin or guitar. Some songs sound like traditional folk songs from Estonia, others are typical bluegrass tunes – the music of Curly Strings creates a happy mood and brings the listeners to dance and sing with the music.

Playlist Curly Strings

I have compiled the best Curly Strings videos in my playlist

Additional Information

Website Curly Strings

Villu Talsi does also play in a trio with accordion player Tuulikki Bartosik and the Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson:

http://tuulikkibartosik.com/bartosikhjalmarssontalsi/

Bartosik/Hjalmarsson/Talsi

Me and Villu also play in trio with Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson. You can hear us enjoying traditional Swedish music mostly from Dalarna, our own music and all kind of traditional tunes from Estonia. We do concerts, workshops in Swedish and Estonian traditional music and play to dance.

Tuulikki Bartosik – free bass accordion

Villu Talsi – mandolin

Jonas Hjalmarsson – fiddle

Eeva und Villu Talsi are playing two matching instruments made by  Campanella Stringed Instruments:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?99697-Curly-Strings

Eeva and Villu Talsi, fiddle and mandolin, and a married couple, came to me several years ago and asked me to build them matched instruments. I delivered the fiddle and mandolin approximately one year ago, and have been extremely impressed with the material that they are producing.

youtube channel of Jalmar Vabarna

In the youtube channel of the guitar player Jalmar Vabarna you can find some older videos with Villu Talsi

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Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – Muleskinners, Roustabouts, Sawyers, Prisoners,…

A new kickstarter project has been set up by banjo player Jayme Stone. The aim of the project is to rediscover the music that has been collected by Alan Lomax, who is taken as one of the most important influencers of the American Folk Song Revival.

For just 10 $ you can get the result of this project as a download – but you can also get a free concert by the band at your home if you pay more…so go and support this project and make it come true!

You can find the full information about the project on the kickstarter page.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

The Lomax Project is a community of like-minded musicians coming together to rediscover their roots and collaborate. We’re multi-generational multi-instrumentalists. We have Grammy-winner songster Tim O’Brien, premier old-time musician Bruce Molsky, infinitely creative fiddler Brittany Haas (of Crooked Still), singer and body-percussionist Moira Smiley, captivating songstress Margaret Glaspy, neo-old-time guitarist and singer Eli West, guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, brilliant bassists Greg Garrison and Joe Phillips and special guests Mollie O’Brien (voice), Ron Miles (trumpet).

The album will feature many constellations and combinations of all these artists. You’ll hear hand-clapping, foot-stomping, twin fiddles, banjo, bouzouki, accordion and a swarm of singers crowded around a single microphone. The source recordings we used come from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, the Association for Cultural Equity’s Global Jukebox and (mostly out-of-print) Lomax collections including the Deep River of Song and Southern Journey series.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – youtube playlist

The following video has been produced as a first example and bonus video:

Goodbye, Old Paint // Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

http://vimeo.com/72390564

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Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – a folk and dance band from Finland – will take part in the folk festival in Rudolstadt, Germany this year. Last year Frigg were on tour in the UK and in Switzerland.

Frigg has published 5 CDs and is very successful in Scandinavia. The last CD Polka V has got several awards including the “most successful album of 2012”. You can find more about the awards on the Frigg website.

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During an interview by the Philharmonie of Luxemburg Anti und Esko Järvelä of Frigg told about their music. The energy in the music needs to be transformed to a dance movement. Frigg wants to support the folk dance tradition of the North European countries

The sound of Frigg is based on the virtuoso playing of three or four fiddles. The fiddles play together in unison or in arrangements for several voices. The fiddles are accompanied by guitar, mandolin and double bass. Even the most complicated rhythms are played in perfect interplay. Most of the pieces are compositions by Frigg in the typical nordic style, inspired by the folk music of Scandinavia. Rock and Jazz elements or influences from folk dances of Eastern Europe are also included.

This is a video recorded last year with three tunes:

FRIGG I BODA 2012

The interview with Anti and Esko Järvelä:

Frigg interview @ the Philharmonie Luxembourg

My Frigg Playlist

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The Lumineers – Great Songs – Great Concerts with…

I have recently found a picture of the Lumineers on the tumblr site – the trio with mandolin, cello and guitar made me curious. This folk-rock and Americana band was founded more than 10 years ago, but during the last year it became so popular that it even got two Grammy nominations for 2013. Their most popular youtube videos have got more than a million views, and the concerts of the Lumineers are mostly sold out today.

One of the most successful songs by the Luminieers is Ho Hey.

The Blogotheque has made several great videos with the Lumineers for their series A Take Away Show, here are the first two videos:

You can find more information here:

Blogotheque – A Take Away Show with the Lumineers

http://en.blogotheque.net/2013/01/14/the-lumineers/

http://en.blogotheque.net/2013/01/24/lumineers-part-2/

I have compiled a playlist with my favorite videos, including two longer concerts:

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