Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Feb 5th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
AnDro “An Dros/ The wind that shakes the Barley” from Tribe (self) —This is a show devoted to Celtic music as the term is currently interpreted. This cut is a good example - a group of Breton dance tunes (An Dro is a dance) with an English ballad thrown in.Buy it!
Máire Ní Chathasaigh “O Ho Nighean, E Ho Nighean” from The New Strung Harp (Alcazar Records 1985) —(originally on Temple records in the UK) This LP was part of the folk revival of Irish music in the 1970s and '80s and has some wonderful songs and instrumentals on it. Ní Chathasaigh later recorded with other groups, including the Breton folk rock groupBuy it!
De Dannan “Jimmy Kimmels Jigs-Haleys Favourite-Kitty Come Over-Mullins Fancy-Opera Reel” from Ballroom (Green Linnet 1987) —One of the first CDs of Irish music I purchased, and still one of my favoritesBuy it!
Bua “Baba Con Raoi / Bó na Leath-Adhairce” from Down the Green Fields (Bua 2011) —These folks will be at Immaculate Conception School House, 7240 Anna aave., Maplewood, at 7pm February 8th (wednesday). Call (314) 303-2948 for informationBuy it!
Dan Ar Braz with Máire Ní Chathasaigh “The Chestnut Tree - The Dreaming Sea / Michael O Dwyer's Jig (Medley) [Album Version]” from Finisterres (Sony 1997) —Dan Ar Braz is a Breton French guitar player and singer with Many CDs out, with a number of accompanying musicians. here he is with an Irish harpist, but later on he is with his band l'Héritage des Celtes.Buy it!
Bagad de Lann-Bihoué “Gavotte Aven” from 40e Anniversaire (1952-1992) (ARfolk) —this is what traditional non-vocal Breton music sounds like. The band is called a bagad, and is made up bombardes (like the Balkan Zurna, a double reed pipe) and a type of bagpipe called a biniou, along with percussion. This dance pattern is called a gaBuy it!
Ad Vielle Que Pourra “Chupad Melen/Hanterdro Tid' Poc'h” from Ad Vielle Que Pourra (Green Linnet 1989) —a song, followed by a popular Breton dance, Hanter Dro, where the steps, like the melody, follow a 3-measure pattern (the AnDro has 4-measures)Buy it!
Bagad du Moulin Vert “Hanter Dro Et Dans Klam” from Sonneurs Et Bagadoù De Bretagne (Versailles 1997) —another Hanter Dro; the following selection is part of a suite with this; the track markings are arbitrary.Buy it!
Ad Vielle Que Pourra “An Dro Pitaouer/An Dro Evit Jakeza” from Ad Vielle Que Pourra (Green Linnet 1989) —an unfortunate splice in the master tape for this CD makes it un-danceable in its CD form, but, otherwise, it is right on.Buy it!
Trio Erik Marchand “Ar Gwin - Ton Berr” from An Tri Breur - Chants Du Centre Bretagne (Songs From Central Brittany) (Silex 1991) —one of Eric Marchand's collaborations with non-Breton musicians, in this case an Indian Tabla player. the song is sung kan ha diskan style in gavotte rhythm.Buy it!
Carlos Nuñez “Aires De Pontevedra” from Mayo Longo (BMG 2000) —This is music from Galicia, in northwestern Spain - and here it all is, bagpipes, traditional percussion bands, roaring crowds, just like in BrittanyBuy it!
Carlos Nuñez “Vento D'as Cíes” from Mayo Longo (BMG 2000) —well, I had to cut this one short - we will play it again next week, and get a lot more of this great northwestern Spanish music - so-called "Celtic Spain"Buy it!