Issue 15 7/2000
Sevenum's Fookhook with excellent programme
Netherlands. The tiny town of Sevenum (near Venlo) is famous for its excellent folk club, taking place on Sunday aftenoons at 4pm (sometimes also at friday 9pm). The programme of this autum is: 24th september 2000 Pure Irish Drops (three generations of Irish music in a unique concert: legendary accordionist Joe Derrane, together with the ex-Bothy Band piper Paddy Keanan and young fiddler Malachy Bourke (he has learned from Frankie Gavin); 8th october 2000 The Bushburys (folk rock from the English midlands), 5th november 2000 Allan Taylor (one of Englands finest singer songwriter), 10th december 2000 The Iron Horse )Scottish folk rock) and 10th december 2000 Finbar Furey, Thomas Loefke & Noel Duggan (Irish music). Next spring will see the legendary Scottish group Ossian and Irelands finest voice Niamh Parsons with her new band. The concerts take place at the Cafe/Restaurant Sevewaeg.
More infos: Fookhook homepage.
A Folky Day in Bornem
Belgium. Friday 17. and Saturday 18. November the festival 'a folky day' takes place in Bornem (a small town near Antwerpen). Many of the bands represent the new folk wave of Flanders - there are lots of new excellent bands to dicover. Booked are among others Russia's highly original folk rock band Farlanders, the breathtaking Kadril, Coincidence and (BUB) from Belgium... There are workshops as well.
More infos at the festival homepage
Photo (by The Mollis): (BUB)
Folkstagefestival 2000 at Cultureel Centrum Hasselt
Belgium. The Folkstagefestival 2000 at Cultureel Centrum Hasselt in Belgium is taking place on 30 September 2000. Bands include excellent Irish trad band Cran, Orion with their new line-up, Snakes in Exile and Scotland's trance-dance folkies Peatbog Faeries. More info on their website: www.folkstage.com, or e-mail.
The Irish Folk Festival Tour in Germany
Germany. The "old" Irish Folk Festival Tour went over into the hands of Petr Pandula and his Magnetic Music Agency, as FolkWorld has already reported. The old and prestigious tour takes place from early October to early November. With the subtitle" The Lighthouse of Tradition", the tour will feature Joe Burke & Anne Conroy, Karan Casey & Robbie Overson, Nomos and Kennedy's Gathering Storm (Ross Kennedy is actually a Scotsman, but knows well to speak in a classic Irish accent - so the audience won't hear it). A lot of great music, well worth to see. Find the dates at Magnetic Music's Homepage.
Photo: Ross Kennedy, by the Mollis.
Orion with new impressive line-up
Belgium. The high quality Belgian Celtic Band Orion (one of the bands presented some time ago in FolkWorld's Continental Celts series) announces a new line-up. The old members Raquel Gigot (accordion, of Belgian-Spanish extraction), Rudy Velghe (fiddle, founder member of Orion) will be joined by the famous John Faulkner (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle) from Co. Kildare in Ireland, then by Patrick Désaunay (guitar), one of the pioneers of the folkrevival in France (Le Bourdon) and by Marc Keyaert (keyboards) from Belgium. Sounds once again like this must be an exciting sound.
First possibility to hear the new Orion was on the big stage of Dranouter Folk Festival in Belgium, on Sunday 6 august.
Irish Spring - a new Festival of Irish Folk Music
Germany. Looking a bit further into the future, spring 2001 sees the launch of a new high profile Irish Festival tour in Germany. "Irish Spring" is the name of a new festival tour, which will tour in the bigger folk clubs and smaller concert halls from 1st to 15th May 2001. A superb programme will be offered: Niamh Parsons, probably the best female voice to be found in Ireland today (she is so good that you FolkWorld readers selected her album "Blackbirds & Bushes" as best Album of 1999) , with her new trio; then Christy O'Leary (the former Boy of the Lough) with guitarist Frank Kilkelly, and Calico, the folk ensemble from Cork. "Irish Spring" is run in a joint venture of the established world music agency Music Contact of Rainer Zellner and Axel Schuldes, the folk music journalist who has had until last autumn for the last decade an important part of the Irish Folk Festival Tour. Axel is known to FolkWorld readers by his regular Irish CD column in German language.
More Infos on Irish Spring from Music Contact, e-mail: email@example.com, or from Axel Schuldes.
Photo by the Mollis: Niamh Parsons
Patrick Street in Copenhagen
Denmark. The Copenhagen Irish Festival is proud to announce that they have managed to invite the legendary Patrick Street to join the craic of this old established festival in November. Patrick Street features Andy Irvine (vocals/bouzouki/mandolin), Jacky Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar/fiddle) and Kevin Burke (Fiddle). More info on concerts and workshops at www.ashplant.dk.
Lecker Sachen go Acoustic
Germany. One of the most exciting newcomer bands of Germany, Lecker Sachen (well-known to FolkWorld readers - see feature in issue 7), has a new exciting project. Up to now, Lecker Sachen have combined Celtic Music and German Hiphop and Pop - with so much charme and wit that many of the best of German Irish musicians from bands such as Limerick Junction were totally impressed. In Lecker Sachen's latest project, the band combines not only Celtic folk, Hiphop and Pop, but even bring in classical elements. The title of the project is "Acoustic Lecker Sachen", and featuring a string trio, uilleann piper Johannes Schiefner and Celtic multi-instrumentalist Jens Kommnick, it is an exciting venture with lots of new musical ideas. The result of the two acoustic concerts in early June can be heard on a CD scheduled to come out this autumn.
Definitely worth to check out for anybody open for new directions of Celtic music.
Slaffy Belgian Folk
Belgium. The town of Escanaffles is presenting on 22nd September 2000 an evening with some of the best of Belgian music. Called "Slaffy Folk" and being part of the Foire Artisanale, the concert presents Ialma the Belgian based Galician band incl. a group of dancers, followed by Wallonian folk with Coincidence and finished off with the old established band Kadril, who have recently presented their new exciting CD "Eva".
Infos at Tel B-(0)69-455901 or e-mail Desmet Lieven.
University Birthday with great music
Scotland. In 2001 Glasgow University celebrates its 550th anniversary. As part of the celebrations a CD is to be released featuring many of Scotland's finest musicians. All the material has been specially composed and the whole project has been funded by the information services planning unit at the University. The musicians involved are: Chris Armstrong (Highland Pipes), Anna Murray (Gaelic Vocals,Smallpipes), Troy Donockley (Uillean Pipes), Annie Grace (Vocals , Border Pipes), Marc Duff (Whistle , Recorder ,Bodhran), Fraser Spiers (Harmonica), Ross Kennedy (Guitar , Bouzouki), Angus Lyon (Accordion , Keyboards), Maggie MacInnes (Clarsach), Sean O'Rourke (Saxophone), Steve Lawrence (Guitar, Bouzouki, Percussion), Alistair McCulloch (Fiddle,Violin), Fiona Cuthil (Violin), Wendy Weatherby (Cello).
The CD is scheduled for October/November release and is to be licensed through Scottish label KRL. Happy Birthday University!
Photo by the Mollis: Anna Murray
Northern Ireland. The 300 year old Crosskeys Inn in County Antrim was badly damaged by fire in February but sessions are continuing now in a shed at the back of the building. Furthermore, a CD of traditional music, song and story has been released to help raise funds for the renovation project. There are 20 tracks recorded live around a kitchen table by musicians who regularly played in the famous watering hole. Musicians include several members of Deanta along the likes of singers Len Graham and Joe Holmes, accordeonist Ciaran Kelly, fiddler Maurice Bradley, and musicians from the locality.
"Crosskeys Inn - Live in the Kitchen" costs 9.99 pounds. Info: www.crosskeys.clara.net
News item from Tom Keller
Internet. The big music site MP3.com has disqualified itself in the folk music scene: Listed under the file "Folk Music" (and probably also in other music style files) is also the - according to the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution - German right-wing extreme musician Frank Rennicke, who is even listed with his songs in the MP3 Charts for "Folk Music". The founder of MP3.com Michael Robertson knows very well that there is right wing music on his site, yet he does not plan to abolish them in the repertoire. As he told in an interview of the "Middeldeutscher Rundfunk", he does not like to have any kind of political censure on his site, and he would only take songs out of his repertoire that braek with US law.
Right Wing thoughts, hostility to foreigners and glorification of violence do not have any place in the folk music scene (and neither in any quality music). FolkWorld has decided to remove all its links to the mp3.com site.
Minor Chieftains scandal
Ireland. Some news coming from Ireland to FolkWorld: The Chieftains, Ireland's biggest trad export caused some minor scandal back home recently when members Kevin Conneff and Matt Molloy used the F word a lot in a Hot Press interview, with Kevin admitting he had been partial to smoking the odd joint, doing the odd line of coke and engaging in casual sex while on the road. Chief Chieftain Paddy Moloney was not too amused apparently. Paddy popped up recently on the Irish bit of BBC's Music Live "Extravaganza". The best acts the Beeb could muster were the likes of Steps and Elton John, while the Irish contribution featured an unlikely duet of Paul Brady and Ronan Keating, followed by an atrocious performance by Sinead O'Connor who looked decidedly insane. And then when everyone came together to sing Lou Reed's 'A Perfect Day' there was the afore-mentioned Paddy tootling away on his tin whistle.
Photo by the Mollis: Paddy Moloney (& Seamus Egan)
Setdancing in Germany
Germany. There's a new German website for friends of Irish set- and céilí-dances. Click here to see what Henning Brouwer of the Heidelberg Set-Dancers provided!
Karine joins Batties
Scotland. As reported in the last FolkWorld, Karine Polwart has joined the Battlefield Band, probably Scotland's most important band. Reason for the Line-Up change is that Davy Steele has had to step down from Battlefield Band due to illness. Davy is having on-going treatment and his many friends hope that the results will be positive. FolkWorld wishes him all the very best.
Karine Polwart, the great singer and musician who is singer of young Danny Award winning band Malinky and half of the duo MacAlias with Gill Bowman, has had her first gigs with the band in early August in Glenfarg and Kilmarnock folk clubs. In September the Batties will tour in their new look in the States. Fresh info at www.battlefieldband.co.uk.
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