Wednesday, September 30, 2009


MacMurrough (1974)

MacMurrough, or Shades of MacMurrough as they appear to have been known initially, was a trio formed in Ferns Co.Wexford in 1971 by Paul Kavanagh and sisters Mary and Josephine O'Neill. They were a ballad group in the Emmet Spiceland tradition. Between 1972 and 1978 they recorded three albums for Polydor Records which are now highly prized by folk fans.
In 1974, now operating under the altered name of MacMurrough, Paul Kavanagh, Mary ONeill and Josephine ONeill released their second album entitled Mac Murrough. Released on Polydor Ireland in 1974 and produced by Donal Lunny of Planxty. Bothy Band and Moving Hearts fame. Originally released by Polydor Ireland in a limited edition of 500 copies, Mac Murrough is an acid folk classic. Featuring lyrical ballads from the English and Irish tradition including a 15th century Latin hymn Deus Meus and the song tradition of their native Wexford provided The Pulshone Fishermen. Celestial male/female harmonies are overlaid with subtle arrangements for guitar, dulcimer, lute, spinet, glockenspiel, tin whistle and bodhran MacMurrough weaves a web of pastoral elgaeic acid folk magic that justified MacMurroughs status as a holy grail.

01. The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington
02. Creeping Jane
03. Ta Na Baid
04. The Poulshone Fishermen
05. The Plains Of Waterloo
06. A Kiss In The Morning Early
07. Deus Meus
08. Sweet Jenny Of The Moor
09. A Pace Egging Song
10. Bold William Taylor
11. A Maid Who Sold Her Barley

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Shortwaveband: The Shortwaveband's Greatest Hats (1977)

By Gumby

01 A Fistful of Fiddles / The Curragh Races / The Drogheda Weavers
02 Spatter the Dew
03 The Drunken Sailor
04 King of the Fairies
05 Down the Hill / Top the Candle / Paddy Murphy's Wife / The Reel of Bogie
06 The Irish Wolfhound
07 Clog Dance / Gillie Callum / Follow Me Down to Carlow / The Foxhunter's Jig
08 The Girl Who Broke My Heart
09 Delvinside / The Mason's Apron / Breakdown / Glenlivet
10 Merrily Kissed the Quaker

Brian Preston, David Hunt, Duncan Tyler, Phil Harrison, Stuart Gordon, John Rose, Geoff Martin and David Lord.

Hi, I thought I'd share this true rarity with you all:

Second and last LP by Phil Harrison's and Stuart Gordon's traditional British folk outfit, recorded during a four-day session at Bath University just before Christmas in 1976. Classic tunes like "The Drunken Sailor", Paddy Murphy's Wife", "King of the Fairies", "The Masons Apron" and "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" are treated so joyfully you wish you had been there.

I apologize for the rather poor shape of my LP, the person who previously owned it must have enjoyed it just as much as I do. I couldn't do much about the surface noise.

Harrison and Gordon made a new wave pop LP as Shortwave in 1979, then moved to The Korgis where they pretty much replaced Andy Davis. As Foreign Bodies they made the single "Voices" in 1981.

BTW, Shortwaveband's 1975 debut has eluded me for a long time, so if anyone has it to share, I'd be eternally grateful.




Saturday, September 19, 2009

Parrenin, Fromont, Lefebvre

Emmanuelle Parrenin, Phil Fromont, Claude Lefebvre – Château dans les nuages – 1975

01-Château dans les nuages
02-La sirène
03-Voulant cueillir la rose
05-Ballade en forêt
06-Berceuse pour Rosemary
07-La sorcière
09-Tango Emilio

Emmanuelle Parrenin : vielle à roue, épinette des Vosges, chant
Philippe Fromont : violon, alto, violoncelle, sarangui, ganza, zarb, cymbale, chant
Claude Lefbvre : guitare, mandole, violoncelle, tampoura, cymbale, chant

Denis Gasser : piano
François Mechali : contrebasse
Patricio Villaroel : tabla
X : cymbalum

Avec la pochette



Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Tammles ::: Tammles
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Alain Pennec: accordeon, cornemuses, chant
Marc Jacquier: guitare, bouzouki, chant
Philippe Janvier: bombardes, flutes, chant
Jean-Yves Martial: violon, bouzouki, chant

01. Scottish du père Rouxel/Scottish à Jacquot
02. D’ou viens-tu pochard d’ivrogne?
03. Mélodie vannetaise/Marche pourled
04. Hantertdroïde
05. Bilbolo
06. Dans plinn
07. Gavottes/Sweet gavotte/Les lavandiéres
08. Entre la riviére et le bois
09. Ridées à six temps
10. Le Fond de l’art effraie
11. An dro

Escalibur BUR 810

#27 • September 1985
Melodeon wiz, Alain Pennec, who is also a mean turn on the Northumbrian pipes, came over some years back with guitarist and bouzouki man Marc Jacquier, dit Gegene, and impressed those who saw them. The group is now a quartet, with the addition of Philippe Janvier on bombardes and flute and Jean-Yves Martial on fiddle and bouzouki.
Tammles come from the non-Breton speaking, or gallo, regions of Brittany and their music has a distinctly different sound to the Breton norm - even when the bombardes are in full flight. The sound of the independent Breton deterrent is more muted here, blending well with the other instruments as they work jauntily through tunes and dances which include scottisches, a Vannes melody, marches, hanter-dros, an dros, gavottes and ridees.
Can there be room for songs? There certainly is, and Tammles really sound as though they are having fun on these tracks. There's not a duffer among then and the production is clean and precise, if a little laid-back (not an uncommon fault with this label, which has since sold out lo someone else).
They're top of the tree in Brittany at the moment
Mick Tems

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Tammles ::: Embarquement immediat
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Alain Pennec: accordéon, cornemuses, bombarde, flute, synthé, chant
Marc Jacquier: guitare, synthé, chant
Philippe Janvier: bombardes, sax alto, chant
Jean-Yves Martial: violon, bouzouki, chant

01. Marche des tailleurs de pierre
02. Gavottes
03. Trios matelots du port de Brest
04. Déridez-vous en 8 temps - ridées
05. Les cercliers
06. Le chemin du village - an dro/hanter dro
07. A Limerzel - tour
08. Ballad du petit people
09. Embarquement immediate
10. Il reste encore à vendre - ridées à 6 temps
11. Poule qui chante

1985 • Escalibur BUR 813

#35 • May 1986
Tammles' emergence as a force to be reckoned with has been slow but steady, from the days back in the 1970s when multi-instrumentalis Alain Pennec and guitarist Marc Jacquier began using the name, and Embarquement Immediat is an album they can be proud off. Tammles work in the non-Breton speaking field, and their songs are as strong as their runes; they too, are not afraid to mix traditional and technology, Philippe Janvier switching from bombarde to alto sax with equal and interesting effect and Jean-Yves Martial putting swing and subtlety into the fiddle. The repetitive nature of Breton melody gives Tammles the springboard for their hypnotic effect; this is an album for all those who avoid Celtic music of the jig/reel/andro school, for it injects colour and variety into what is already an inspired choice of material. Like a good whisky (or lambic!) it's the result of years of maturing, and those who get hold of fit will savour fit for a long time to come. The title track certainly goes with me to my desert Island.
Mick Tems

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Phil et Emmanuelle Fromont

Phil et Emmanuelle Fromont - La maumariée - folk français - 1974

01-La maumariée
03-Le jardinier du couvent
04-Suite de bourrées : La bâtarde/Bourrée à Mathieu
05-Ni à vent, ni à poivre/Bourrée du Berry
06-Epinette et darbouka
07-L'anneau d'or
08-La brande
09-Ma douce amie
10-Allemande de Corette

Phil Fromont : chant, violon
Emmanuelle Fromont-Parrenin : chant, épinette des Vosges, vielle à roue

Christi Gibbons : vielle à roue
Alan Cloatre : cromorne, hautbois
Jean-Loup Baly : accordéon diatonique
Jack Treese : "percussions" et cuillers

Avec la pochette



Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grand-Mère Funibus Folk

Grand-Mère Funibus Folk – 1974

01-Travailler c'est trop dur
02-Two step
03-Jolie catin
05-Baby please
06-Danse papillon
07-La création du monde suivie de la marmite
10-Pierre de Grenoble
11-Romano jig
12-La blanche biche


Ben (Jacques Benhaïm) : chant, violon, guitare, dulcimer, tambourin, grelots
Christian Gour'han : chant, violon, vielle à roue, guitare, mandoline, guimbarde
Michel Hindenoch : chant, violon, guitare, banjo, guimbarde, cuillères
Croqui (Daniel Lefevbre) : guitare, triangle, cuillères, derbouka, tambour iranien, métallophone

avec la pochette



Saturday, September 12, 2009


Cabestan ::: Chants de marins traditionnels
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Christian Desnos : accordéon diatonique, harmonica, chant
Michel Colleu: concertina, vielle, chant
Benoît Chantran: violon, chant
Bernard Subert : veuze, flûte, clarinette, bombarde, chant
Arnaud Maisonneuve: guitare, chant

01 Le 31 du mois d'aout
02 Le capitaine de Saint Malo
03 La femme du president/A du le taire
04 Quand nous partîmes de Toulon
05 Naviguant dans le port de Nantes
06 Gwerz ar vezhinerien
07 Le gabier de Terre-Neuve
08 Good bye farewell
09 Hourra les filles à cinq deniers
10 À la Rochelle est arrivé
11 An tri kachimari
12 Suite de chants de travail
13 La Carméline

1984 • Le Chasse-Marée SCM006 • artwork by François Bourgeon!!!

Chants de marins traditionnels
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Cabestan ::: Il y a dix marins sur mer...
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Christian Desnos : accordéon diatonique, chant
Michel Colleu: concertina, vielle, chant
John Wright: violon, guimbarde, chant
Bernard Subert : clarinette, bombarde, chant
Arnaud Maisonneuve: guitare, bouzouki, chant

01 Il y a 10 marins sur mer
02 Brassons bien partout carré
03 South Australia
04 Polkas de Saint-Carreuc
05 Passant la rue Saint-Honoré
06 Faut avoir du courage
07 Gwerz an aber ac'h
08 Le départ de l'île d'Yeu
09 Ronds de Ploeuc
10 La Goélette de Saint-Martin-de-Ré
11 John Kanaka
12 En anglezed boneteu ru
13 Il y a dix marins sur mer

Le Chasse-Marée SCM009

Il y a dix marins sur mer...
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#47 • May 1987
Right from their first record this group has been outstanding in their presentation of French and Breton shanties and sea songs. The group, formed from a co-operative known as Chasse-Maree, consisted at the time of Arnaud Maissonneuve, Benoit Chantran, Bernard Subert, Christian Desnos and the group's leader and driving force, Michel Colleu, who has collected the majority of the material used - songs and tunes from the rich maritime heritage extant around the coast of Britanny. Fiddle, flute, concertina and guitar along with a melodeon (in this case, Christian uses an almost straight tuning to great effect) are often used as accompaniment, and all are excellent musicians as well as fine singers. Bombardes and hurdy-gurdies are unlikely instruments to hear
backing sea songs, but in the hands of the French they blend perfectly with their style of singing - and what a style! Whatever Cabestan do, the maxim seems to be that effort and a feeling for the material are essential. Their precision and spirited renderings make them a joyful listening experience, even if you can’t understand French, because you can feel the 'working power' of the songs.
The French, unlike the English, do not have as great a store of shanties, but they make up for this with a fine collection of shore based songs. On the second of these two albums these are supplemented from other sources. John Wright replaces Benoit Chantran, and I suppose after some 16 years of self-exile ha has earned the right to be called French. He brings to the group the Jews harp as well as his own Fiddle talents, and on the former he is an acknowledged authority. In addition, he has taught the lads choruses to John Kanaka and South Australia, and credible versions are turned in of both. It is nice to hear the Cape Cod Girls variant of the latter, although John seems at times hesitant with his lead, but fit does not unduly detract from the song, whereas John Kanaka for the first time to my knowledge, is attempted with hitches! I wonder what Stan Hugill will think of the effort; fit is certainly strange, but seems to grow on you.
I particularly liked what I will call the Breton finger dance song, here called En Anglezed Boneteu Ru, loosely translated to become The Good Angel's Bonnet. The co-ordination of the medley where the melodeon slips keys and slides, is really done to perfection and leads into the song so well. The Breton group, Truzerion, make a speciality of this type of song, often sung in dialects no longer in current use, where the dancers traditionally moved in a circle with a delicate linking of little fingers - or sometimes arms round shoulders, because these dances last for an hour.
I can do no more than say that Cabestan are by far the best sea songsters I have ever heard. Both these records come aver well, as if they vere live recordings, the technical side is excellent, and the
words are included in both cases. Do yourselves a favour and get both, and if slip not satisfied, then look for the earlier anthology series when the group was much larger
Chris Roche

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Les Toussaint et cousins, Marc Perrone & Perlinpinpin folk ::: Gabriel valse

Very rare LP from 1974.
These are, I guess, the first recordings made by Perlinpinpin folk (then written with a final k)

Marc Perrone: melodeon
Les Toussaint:
Pierre: violin, spoons, vocals
Ariel: vocals, dancing
Benoit Chantran: triangle, vocals, dancing
Perlinpinpin folk:
Jean-Pierre Cazade: melodeon, fiddle
Kachtoun: flageolet, shawm, guitar, vocals

01 Polka de l'Aveyron
02 Suite de bourrées
03 Grand-père Corbefin
04 Two step
05 Pourquoi ne restez donc pas avec nous?
06 Lo curer de la Capela
07 En avant blonde
08 Rondeau de Mirepoix
09 La scottisch
10 Sur le bout du banc
11 Danses berrichonnes
12 Gabriel valse

1974 • Le chant du monde LDX 74542

Gabriel valse
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Perlinpinpin folc ::: Al biule

Folk roots #40 • Oct. 1986 Apologies in advance to experts on musical and linguistic peculiarities of the French provinces. This seems to be songs and tunes (ancient and modern) from Southwest France, the liner giving the Iyrics in both French and something(s) else. The tentative plural is because there seem to be various kinds of not-French used: the sleeve refers to "la langue Occitane", one song is avowedly in Gascon and in print some look like Franco-Spanish hybrids (reasonable given their geographical origins). The group's a five-piece, acoustic save for bass guitar, and employing a Blowzabellan mix of instruments. Like many French bands they can sound quite orìental/exotic at times and, were it not for the heavily-fortified language barrier, somewhat embarrassing. The modern lyrics are a bit in the 1970s sensitive singer-songwriter vein, but without the bilingual sleeve and a dictionary this isn’t much of a worry
The title track To the poplar is by one Christian Rapin. who is in the habit of conversing with trees: "They spoke to me. I understood" he confides on the sleeve. Anais is (I think) about the effect of a woman's perfume on the narrator. Translation is evidently a problem as the French lyric has two more verses than the original, one of which commences "She climbs into my nostrils". The music is in best French (semi-)electric folk style with sinuous bass and percussion underlying accordion and buzzing reeds. Entre duos cadièras is about a rural bourgeois – isn’t that self-contradicting? - who has "conserved the mother tongue", unlike most of his counterparts. The song is blessed with a gently compulsive rhythm and some restrained piping, near Northumbrian in tone. Banbulok dantza is a set of three trad. tunes from the southern Basque country starting with Biribilketa, a fairly raucous march over tricky percussion (quite how you could march to it is debatable) and a fandango. The last tune Arin-Arin is an accordeon piece liberally plastered with silly birdcalls and sounds like a forerunner of a Cajun tune. Ali these would be well worth nicking.
Epistòla a un poeta sounds great: clone harmonies over a neat bass line, fiddle and rattling percussion. But ... it's about how tough it is being a poet writing in the Gascon dialect, a minority problem. Next is a dramatic fiddle/birdcall/tabla (or similar) Indian-sounding intro gradually augmented with stabbing pipe interjections. In comes solo voice dramatically intoning "heat a little fat or oil in a frying pan and add two finely-chopped cloves of garlic"; the verses over, it evolves into quite a rocky tune. This is much the best singing recipe I've heard and without the translation you'd think it was about something dead serious.
Lo batalha d'Achos is the one trad. song, done in unaccompanied harmony and dealing with a conflict between two mountain villages: °to gain a firm footing they removed their clogs". Finally there's a set of two trad. Tunes from the Landes area. The first is a round that could be straight off Pyewackett's Seven To Midnight, low register clarinet over repetitive xylophone gradually joined by bass and other instruments. The succeeding bransle is another accordion and birdnoises job (see above).
Were they sung in English, I don’t think I'd give most of these tracks house room on account of the somewhat over-poetic lyrics. Thanks to minority languages though, you can enjoy this for its overall sound of fairly straightforward vocals and intricate, but not gratuitously so, instrumental arrangements. If you like the generai French sound, this is worth trying.
Nick Beale

Alain Cadeillan: voix, cornemuse, hautbois, percussion
Patrick Cadeillan: voix, accordéon diatonique, percussion
Jean-Pierre Cazade: voix, basse, mandoloncelle, bambulek
Christian Lanau: voix, violon, percussion
Jean Luc Madier: mandole, violoncelle , percussion

01 Anais
02 Entre duas cadièras
03 Al biule
04 Bambulak dantza
05 Epistòla a un poèta
06 Lo torin a l'ivronha
07 La batalha d'Achòs
08 Roue libre

1985 • Auvidis AV 4520

Al biule
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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Bran (Pre-Pererin)

Gwrach Y Nos (1978)

John Gwyn - vocals, guitar
Louis Thomas - bass, vocals
Bryan Griffiths - drums
Len Jones - guitar

01. Colli Ar Fy Hun
02. Dilyn Yr Haul
03. Mae'r Byd Yn Rhydd
04. Angel 'Ble Wyt Ti
05. Gwrach Y Nos
06. Ar Y Gorwel
07. Scync Roc
08. Tramp
09. Menna
10. Breuddwyd Hud

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Still Light

Kirill said...
Ive just finished mastering a psych folk record I did, a collaboration between vocalist/songwriter Lucy Hague, London based artist Sand Snowman, and myself. This 40 minutes of music was much inspired by many of the artists that are written about and featured on Time Has Told Me.

Lything (2009)

Lucy Hague: vocals, piano, tin whistle
Sand Snowman: acoustic guitars, electric guitar, recorder, glockenspiel, organ, bass guitar
Kirill Nikolai: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, slide guitar, ebow, organs, harmonium, mellotron, bass guitar, banjo, percussion

1. Through The Grain
2. A Remedy
3. Footprints In The Garden
4. August
5. Hour Of The Wolf
6. Tenebre

Thanks to Kirill and friends for this FANTASTIC record.

Is everybody in?
Turn out the light and close your eyes...

Friday, September 04, 2009


De Smid Fan Earnewald (1979)

01 - De Poppe
02 - De Wylde Wytsing
03 - It Mantsje Fan Starum
03a - Hallosi-Dosi
04 - Sill' Wy Mekoar Wer Moetsje
05 - Sinte-Maleficius
06 - De Hun
07 - Eva Klunhakke
08 - In Feint
09 - Oanrin
10 - De Bruorremoard
11 - De Langsleattemer Man
12 - Adam's Moeting
13 - As 'T Hyt Is
14 - De Brege Fan Warten
15 - 't Is Noch Net Dien


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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mr. Pine

Kevin Scott (Mr. Pine) said...

Hello Lizardson,
I have made our first album available for your website as well.

Mr. Pine - The Gift of Wolves (2006)

At the time it was made, the band consisted of just Matt McLennan and myself.
We had many guest players on it, some of whom would rejoin us as permanent band members for 2008’s Rewilding.

It is quite a bit more experimental than Rewilding.

Matt McLennan: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, percussion, synthesizer

Kevin Scott: piano, harpsichord, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, glockenspiel, accordion, organ, recorder, flageolet

Assorted guest players

01. Deus Fax Machina
02. Soregh and Murn
03. Damn Dog
04. Field of Glass Houses
05. Hibernating on the Volga
06. Lancet
07. Edge of the World
08. Jack Tar
09. Hey Presto!
10. Nocturne
11. Dragonfly
12. Pagan’s Progress
13. Jade Monolith
14. Scout


Both albums are available either from or from our website,

I hope this information is useful to you. Thanks!

Kevin Scott

Another nice recordings from our favorite band :)
Now I add banner of Mr. Pine's website on side bar.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


A Silk Purse (1975)

An Irish folk-rock group whose albums are bound to be of interest to Celtic music lovers. Their debut album includes a competent version of the well-known traditional song "Blackleg Miner" amongst others. The third album comes with a lyric sheet. By this time of its release, O'Connor had been replaced by Dave Gaynor (drums) and multi-instrumentalist Ken Wilson also joined. This is generally regarded as their best album, a sorta good-time folk offering, but they've been dormant since.

01. Tenpenny Piece
02. Blackleg Miner
03. Brisk Young Widow
04. Open The Door Softley
05. For The Love Of Sarah Gilder
06. Lucan Dairy
07. Wind In The Willows
08. Brian Borus March
09. Crow On The Cradle
10. Nancy Brown
11. Newry Highwayman
12. A Sows Ear

2006 - - - - - - 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2007 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2015 - - - - - 5 6