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Celtic Connections 2017 – A Great Festival for Celtic…

Celtic Connections is one of the biggest festival for Celtic Music. This year more than 2000 artists took part in the festival from 21 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

Many of my favorite artists and bands were part of the festival:

  • Kathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Derek Gripper
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Maro O’Connor with his Family Band
  • Jayme Stone
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Hamilton de Holanda
  • Laura Marling
  • Julie Fowlis
  • Eliza Carthy
  • Wildwood Kin
  • Mike Compton

And I had the chance to find some gret new bands that I did not know before:

  • Slododan Trkulja and Balkanopolis
  • Breabach
  • Darlingside
  • Atlantic Arc Orchestra
  • Karan Casey Band
  • Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan
  • Talisk

I have collected videos from the Celtic Connections 2017 in the following playlist. Enjoy!

Playlist Celtic Connections 2017

Additional information

Website Celtic Connections

BBC Celtic Connections – Audio and video performances from the BBC at Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections – Program overview (folkradio.co.uk)

Link collection Celtic Connections

 

CD

Jayme Stone’s Folklife – Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos…

Jayme Stone has started a new project at kickstarter. The funding will end on Februray 7th, 2017.

Jayme Stone’s Folklife

With spellbinding singing and virtuosic playing, this album blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears.

“Jayme Stone’s Folklife” follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song, story and folkways. Evolving out of the “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences.

Jayme Stone (banjo, voice)
Moira Smiley (voice, accordion)
Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice)
Joe Phillips (bass, voice)

Project page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1667895120/jayme-stones-folklife

Jayme has posted three videos with songs from the coming album, as wel as a promotion video. I have compiled the four videos in the following playlist:

Songs: I want to hear somebody pray, Mwen pas danse, Hey lally lo

The three videos show that you can expect another interesting CD with great songs in great arrangements with great bajo picking and fantastic voices. You can support this project and get the CD as download or physical copy as well as other interesting rewards.

Additional information:

My other blog-posts about Jayme Stone:

favorite tunes

Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko – Two Greek Folk Dances –…

Some time ago I have discovered a great recording by Christina Pluhar, the Hasapiko from the CD Mediterraneo:

Hasapiko – Christina Pluhar und L’Arpeggiata – CD Mediterraneo

The ensemble L’Arpeggiata plays a long version with many improvisations. You can hear many different instruments like hammered dulcimer, plucked instruments like saz or the Kretian laouto, stringed instruments like the lyra and even the cembalo.

I was very inspired by this video and have compiled further informations about this dance. You can hear many version in the following playlist. In some videos you can hear a sequence that starts with a slow Hasapiko and then goes on with the fast Hasaposerviko.

Playlist Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko

Picture from a book about the Dances of Greece (see below)

hassapikos-archive-org-abbildung
Griechischer Tanz – Abbildung

I have made arrangements of those two dances for mandolin and guitar, the sheet music is available as free download from my musicaneo site:

Sheet Music

I have found many versions of the Hasapiko on the site folkloretanznoten.de, they can be found as “Chasapiko” under the letter C. The names for the dances are not very consistant, sometimes the Hasapikos Politiokos is a slow dance, sometimes a fast dance. Normally the fast dance is called hasaposerviko, the Serbian Hasapiko.

At archive.org I have found the following book about the Dances of Greece that does also contain a Hasapikos. This version is almost identical to the fast version played by l’Arpeggiata, but the tempo says “slowly”.

Another version of the fast Hasapikos can be found at  bouzoukispot.com, and a third version is available at http://www.violinonline.com/unit6_3_hasapikos.html

A “Hasapiko Grigori” can be found at  Folk and Traditional Music, Sheet-Music, Mandolin tab and midi for Hasapiko Grigoro

Additional Information

Wikipedia Chasapiko (deutsch) / Wikipedia Hasapiko (engl.)

The slow version of the dance is called χασάπικο βαρύ (hasapiko vary) or χασάπικος βαρύς (hasapikos varys — βαρύς meaning “heavy”) and generally employs a 4/4 meter. The fast version of the dance uses a 2/4 meter. It is variously called γρήγορο χασάπικο, μακελλάριος χορός, χασαποσέρβικο (grigoro hasapiko, makellarios horos, hasaposerviko — the latter a reference to Serbian and other Balkan influences on this version of the dance).

Hasapiko served as one of the bases for the Sirtaki.

Linksammlung Hasapiko – my link collection about the topic Hasapiko / Hasaposerviko

Read also:  Christina Pluhar and the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata – Theorbo, Baroque Guitar and other Plucked Instruments

Buy the CD Mediterraneo (Amazon partnerlink)

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

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