FolkWorld #62 03/2017

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Womex 2016

  30 Years of Piranha Arts

WOMEX organisers Piranha Arts will celebrate 30 years in 2017, starting with the 30th anniversary of the first concert ever produced on 27 January 1987. Further memorable dates of their inaugural activities are the first Piranha Records release# (April/May 1987) and the birth of the formerly revolutionary, and nowadays much debated term ‘world music’ (June/July 1987). See the little Piranha Arts multimedia story for more @!

WOMEX – the World Music Expo – brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. The 22nd edition of WOMEX brought over 2,400 delegates and more than 60 musical acts from 79 countries altogether to its 2016 host city, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia Spain. In 2017, WOMEX will take place in the UNESCO city of music Katowice, Silesia, Poland from 25 - 29 October.

Happy Birthday

Harry Belafonte (*1 March 1927, New York, USA).

"Highland Cathedral"

Phil Coulter (*19 February 1942, Derry, Northern Ireland).

"The Journey So Far"

Loreena McKennitt (*17 February 1957, Morden, Manitoba, Canada).

"Dance of the Falcon"

Ivo Papazov (*16 February 1952, Kardschali, Bulgaria).

Gabriel Yacoub

"De la nature des choses"

Gabriel Yacoub (*4 February 1952, Paris, France).

Melanie Safka (*3 February 1947, New York City, USA).

"Crosby & Nash"

Graham Nash (*2 February 1942, Blackpool, Lancashire, England).

Matt Molloy, ??, Paddy Moloney

"A Mighty Session"

Matt Molloy (*12 January 1947, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland).

Nic Jones

"Three Score & Ten"

Nic Jones (*9 January 1947, Orpington, London, England).

Maartin Allcock (*5 January 1957, Middleton, Greater Manchester, England).

John McLaughlin (*4 January 1942, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England).

Christine Lavin

"Cold Pizza for Breakfast"

Christine Lavin (*2 January 1952, ??).

Country Joe McDonald (*1 January 1942, Washington, DC, USA).

Marianne Faithfull

"As Years Go By"


Marianne Faithfull (*29 December 1946, Hampstead, London, England).

"An Undiscovered Gem"

Eleni Karaindrou (*25 December 1941, Teichio, Phocis, Greece).

"Og Så Kom Resten Av Livet"

Kari Bremnes (*9 December 1956, Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway).

Eamonn Campbell

"And It's No! Nay!..."

Eamonn Campbell (*29 November 1946, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland).

Agnes Buen Garnås


Agnes Buen Garnås (23 November 1946, ??, Norway).

"Dobrek Bistro feat. David Krakauer"

David Krakauer (*22 November 1956, Manhattan, New York, USA).

"Pride of New York"

Billy McComiskey (*21 November 1951, ??).

"Ceòl Mòr / Light & Shade"

Patrick Molard (*15 November 1951, ??, France).

Mari Boine

"Winter in Moscow"

Mari Boine (*8 November 1956, Gámehisnjárga, Finnmark, Norway).


Esma Redžepova


Esma Redžepova (1943-2016).

Leonard Norman Cohen (1934-2016).

Artist Video Leonard Cohen considered himself nothing more than a minor poet. I considered him a master. I fell in love, first with his work, and afterwards with the man. I loved the wisdom in his words and the deep calm of his speaking voice. He could sing too. His voice changed a lot of over the decades, in the end there was little difference between Leonard singing and Leonard speaking.

For me, he was an inspiration, as a songwriter of course, but equally so as a human being. Somehow, Leonard's brand of greatness seemed like something you could dare to reach out for in a lifetime. Whereas someone like Bob Dylan seems like an altogether different creature, Leonard was human, vulnerable and not perfect. He wrote slowly, carefully. He spoke in the same way. He was drawn to hard work and discipline, and had an unerring commitment to his craft. These same impulses showed up in his spiritual life. In 1996 he was ordained a Zen Buddhist monk following a five year retreat to Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles, a well earned break from Boogie Street.

Artist Video In reading about the man and watching many interviews, his humility and humour always shone through above all else. His presence, clarity, his thoughtfulness and charm was always deeply inspiring. Truly inspiring, as in ... "this is the type of human being I would like to be someday". These are the type of qualities I would like to nurture in my own life.

When he passed, it felt like the death of a friend or a family member. A disturbance in the force. We have lost a master and the world feels darker for his light not being there. But, like Bowie earlier this year, he has left us with a last parting gift. His final album, "You want it darker" is to my mind, one of his best. Lyrically and musically it's pretty much flawless and the production - courtesy of his son Adam - sounds warmer and truer than maybe anything he's done. If you haven't heard the record yet I can't recommend it enough - so beautiful. I hope it brought him some comfort to know that he was going out with some of his best work. Maybe he didn't think about those things at the end. Maybe he was just doing what he always did, waking up early and getting to work. He said in recent interviews that he knew his time was coming to an end and that he was simply trying to put his affairs in order; to finish old poems and make sure all his business affairs were taken care of, that his children would be okay.

Artist Video I am deeply thankful for all the gifts Leonard Cohen gave to the world. Thankful that he continued to work through years of anxiety and depression and come out on the other side. Thankful for his songs and for his Grace. He is gone now to stand before the Lord of song, with nothing on his tongue but Hallelujah. He will be missed.

For further reading on the life of this great songwriter I highly recommend Sylvie Simmons excellent book "I'm Your Man".

Peter Doran

Shannon Heaton

"Tell You In Earnest"

  Irish Music Stories Podcast

Irish Music Stories

Irish Music Stories is the new podcast about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it.

Thanks to Shannon Heaton's 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, she had been able to travel around the USA and Ireland to talk about Irish music and dance … and the bigger human stories--like friendships, heritage, history, culture.

The Irish Music Stories preview has been launched on January 10th, 2017 (ft. some thoughts from accordion player John Williams, fiddle player Liz Carroll, and singer Karan Casey).

The Happy Valentine episode of Irish Music Stories explores why Irish music brought 400,000 people--and a band of Boston tweens--to Sligo.

Shannon talks to Cormac Gaj in Boston about the band he formed with other kids. She heads to Tulla in Clare, to visit with concertina player Mary MacNamara, and also make a mad dash to Dublin to check out Comhaltas HQ. Liz Carroll shares blueberries and stories in her Chicago kitchen. Mairin Ui Cheide, Seamus Connolly, and Karan Casey all open Shannon's heart about what Irish music means to them.

Download at your convenience, and/or subscribe to Irish Music Stories in iTunes or your favourite podcast catcher.

Musica Folklorica

"Spal bych, spal bych, žena mi nedá"

  Steel Cimbalom - New Musical Instrument?

Is it possible nowadays to create a new viable musical instrument? Some time ago Petr Pavlinec (Musica Folklorica) introduced an instrument called a marimbalom (see below) and now has tried to create something new. He has assembled an instrument combining the advantages of a cimbalom, chimes and a metallophone. The steel cimbalom is a system of stainless steel plates of different lengths, flexibly mounted on the frame of the instrument. The sound is further amplified by the tuned tube resonators. Velvety jingling sounds with an almost four octave musical range makes the instrument an interesting alternative to the conventional large cimbalom. Listen to the tones of the steel cimbalom in the track Crystal Drops, which Petr Pavlinec wrote especially for this instrument and recorded in November with Musica Folklorica.

"Crystal Drops"

Cimbalom as a percussion instrument? Petr Pavlinec, from (Musica Folklorica), has managed to answer this question. He created an instrument - the marimbalom - combining the advantages of a cimbalom and marimba (similar to a xylophone). It is a melodic percussion instrument. Unlike a cimbalom, the tone of a marimbalom is not created by the trembling strings but by the resonation of the wooden rectangular plates amplified by tuned metal cylinders. You can have a listen to the marimbolom in the following sample.

"Sârba ca la marimbalom"

  Folk of Europe

folk of europe is about sharing traditional music from across the continent. folk of europe find original and interesting artists from all over Europe, and ask them to film themselves playing music at home. Each artist submits two videos: a folk song from their country, and a song of their own. folk of europe aim to let the world explore folk music from across Europe, and the interplay between the traditional and the new. If you want to get involved, drop them a line!

  Celebrate Zeltik’s 20th anniversary!

Zeltik Dudelange

Zeltik Celtic Celebration
Dudelange, Luxembourg

11 March 2017
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
The Celtic Social Club
Toxic Frogs
The Paperboys
The Luxembourg Pipe Band

In 1998, the City of Dudelange organized a big concert with the participation of groups from Ireland (Hair of the Dog, Andy White) and Scotland (Old Blind Dogs, Canterach). The event was well attended, and there was a real festival atmosphere. The rest is history...

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The Masters of BagRock are back in town
to celebrate the Zeltik’s 20th anniversary!

Artist Video "Octane"


Cutting edge Irish music!
The future of Irish Trad!

Artist Video "New Landscapes"

The Celtic Social Club

A home of good vibrations!
All Star Band de Bretagne!

Artist Video "The Celtic Social Club"

March 31 - April 2 2017 Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival, West Cork, Ireland
ft. Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, ...

13 - 21 May 2017 folkBALTICA, Flensburg & Sønderjylland-Schleswig, Germany/Denmark
ft. Timo Alakotila, Kimberley Fraser, Fru Skagerrak, Henrik Jansberg,
Lamb & Bugge & Jensen, Ingfrid Breie Nyhus, Martin Simpson, Svøbsk,...

19 - 21 May 2017 Feile Chnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla, Co. Clare, Ireland
Rudolstadt Festival

Rudolstadt Festival

6 - 9 July 2017
24 May 2017 Homerecords Festival, Cité Miroir, Liège, Belgium
ft. Clastrier & Kamperman, Tondo, Auster Loo, Lara Leliane, ...

2 - 4 June 2017 Festival Joutes Musicales, Correns, France

15 - 18 June 2017 Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival, Glengarriff, West Cork, Ireland

30 Jun - 2 Jul 2017 Cleckheaton Folk Festival, West Yorkshire, England
ft. Oysterband, The Willows, Colum Sands, John Tams, Tim Edey, Jimmy
Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Flossie Malavialle, THe Phoenix Ceilidh Band, ...

6 - 9 July 2017 Rudolstadt Festival, Germany
ft. Focus: Scotland

8 - 9 July 2017 Brosella Folk & Jazz Open Air, Theatre de Verdure/Groentheater, Brussels, Belgium

9 - 15 July 2017 South Sligo Summer School, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland

10 - 16 July 2017 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Finland

21 - 23 July 2017 Etnosur, Jaen, Spain
Cropredy Convention

Fairport Convention’s
Cropredy Convention

10 - 12 August 2017
23 - 30 July 2017 Fiddler's Green Folk Festival, Rostrevor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

24 - 28 July 2017 Meitheal - Residential Summer School, Limerick, Ireland

27 - 30 July 2017 Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, UK
ft. Oysterband, LAU, Hayseed Dixie, Jon Boden, ...

3 - 6 August 2017 Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival, Co. Donegal, Ireland

4 - 13 August 2017 Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France
Focus: The Year of Scotland

9 - 14 August 2017 Feakle Traditional Music Festival, Feakle, Co. Clare, Ireland

10 - 12 August 2017 Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
ft. Petula Clark, Richard Thompson, Marillion, Feast of Fiddles, Show of Hands, Dougie MacLean, ...

18 - 20 August 2017 Folk East, Glemham Hall, Suffolk, UK

23 - 27 August 2017 The Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry House, Co. Cork, Ireland
Tønder Festival

Tønder Festival

24 - 27 August 2017
24 - 27 August 2017 Tønder Festival, Denmark
ft. Lucinda Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Altan, Afenginn,
Réalta, Dallahan, Romengo, Talisk, Kaia Kater, Foy Vance, ...

25 - 28 August 2017 Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
ft. Eliza Carthy, The Demon Barbers XL, Jon Boden, Rob Heron,
Coope Boyes & Simpson, Hardy & Drinkwater, Blackbeard's Tea Party, 
Lindisfarne, Roberts & Lakeman, Gilmore & Roberts, Megson, ...

13 - 17 September 2017 Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic, Spain

5 - 8 October 2017 Fira Mediterrània Folk Market, Manresa, Spain

25 - 29 October 2017 WOMEX World Music Expo, Katowice, Poland

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