Andrea Balocco

  Meet Italian musician Andrea Balocco. He plays one of the most visually appealing instruments-the hurdy-gurdy. Musical influences include: Sergio Berardo, Nigel Eaton, Patrick Bouffard, Anne-Lise Foy, Grégory Jolivet and Kevin Dalot. He records solo or sometimes with an ensemble. His music is a combination of French folk with leanings on Scottish Celtic music. Personally, …

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The Shimmer of Sounds

Jazzy and electric Jazzy and electric The first few chords of Coburg St Nights from their second album  reveal the adventurous spirit of Buille. Formed in 2004 by Armagh born brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely along with Paul Meehan and Brian Morrissey, Buille became a fresh force in the Irish trad scene. Their music has a …

Ark by Brendan Perry and Mary Fahl’s Gravity(Tentative Album Title)

I spent my late teens listening to World/Medieval/Celtic/Fusion duo Dead Can Dance . I admit it's the voice of Irishman Brendan Perry that really got to me. It's a haunting baritone that reminds you of  quiet walks on a cemetery during a faintly windy night. I  almost own all of Dead Can Dance album (on …

The Hurdy-Gurdy

You might have noticed this peculiar instrument feature on a Denez Prigent performance which I linked on my last blog .It was about about Breton music. This instrument is no other than the hurdy-gurdy. A lot will be said about this instrument if you click on the name link. It dates back to the 12th …