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Old 07-17-2011, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink) to hear...
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Default The Folk And International Roots album club

Before any newcomers spend too much time reading this thread, I have to mention that for the time being, the club has CLOSED for lack of interest. Lisnaholic, January 2014.

Welcome to the permanent clubhouse thread of the

Folk And International Roots album club.

1. Who is the club for ?

It`s for anyone interested in discovering and discussing international folk music.

2. What`s the club going to do ?

The plan is to select a folk/world music album for discussion every two weeks, following this monthly schedule:-

the date of the month:-.. 1----------7----------14----------21----------30
time to nominate albums:..>>>>>>>.................>>>>>>>>>>
vote in poll for one album:................>>>>>>>>....................>>>>>>>>
listen to the poll winner:... >>>>>>>>...................>>>>>>>>
discuss winning album:.....................>>>>>>>>......................>>>>>>>

If it looks complicated, don`t worry, it`s about the same process as any other album club here ! In any given week, there should be two activities you can participate in: nominating and listening or voting and discussing. Just check the day of the month, above, or section 5 below, to know what`s going on.

3. What exactly is Folk And International Roots music ?

Originally, "folk music" meant music by unknown composers, which was played on inexpensive instruments and passed on from generation to generation like an oral tradition. The modern music scene has required an expanded definition that encompasses folk-rock, country, and other sub-genres that, to be included, should still retain an easily discernable link with traditional music and, usually, a focus on acoustic instruments.
"International roots" music just means all of the above, but applied worldwide too.
Anyone who wants to thrash out the nuances of folk-genre definitions is welcome to do it on this thread, or they can go to TheBig3`s thread:

4. How do I participate ?

Just check the monthly calendar above, or the Current Club Status section below. That should tell you what`s happening each week, then follow these simple rules :

1. Post your album nominations in this thread. For everyone`s convenience, please include the release date, album cover (if you can) and a brief description.
2. Look for a separate poll thread to be announced every other week and vote for an album, but please don`t vote for your own nomination.
3. A week after voting for an album, look for a separate discussion thread to air your views on that album.
4. If you nominate an album, you should, out of politeness, contribute to the discussion that follows, even if your album wasn`t chosen.
5. If a nominated album consistently fails to get votes, it may be given a "Last Chance" tag. If it doesn`t win in its Last Chance week, it`ll be deleted.

So I hope you`ll join in - the more active members there are, the more fun it`ll be !

Any comments on the club itself are also welcome.

5. Current club status :

* You can dream up a nomination of your own, which you are welcome to post at the end of this thread.

* You can post a comment about any of our previously chosen albums on any of the following threads. For our most recently discussed album, go to the last link on the list:-

First Year ( July 2011-July 2012 ) :-

Second Year ( From July 2012 ):-

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:16 PM   #2 (permalink) to hear...
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This is a week for nominating albums ( we`ve only got until the 21st of the month ), so, to be quick, I`m offering this one:-

Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison and the Chieftains (1988)

After building up a huge following in their own right, the Irish folk band, The Chieftains, finally teamed up with fellow country-man Van Morrison to produce an album that should have a wide appeal.

Eight of the ten tracks are fresh and powerful reworkings of traditional songs; the lyrics do not disappoint and Van Morrison`s unique delivery will send a chill down the most jaded of spines. Add to that the full range of the Chieftains` fiddles, pipes and bodhràn, and you have an album that succeeds on many levels. You can play it loudly and be swept away by the swirling music, or play it softly and it still sounds great. There are moments of joy, nostalgia and mystery, and a heartfelt version of Carrickfergus in which VM pulls out all the stops.

VM also contributes two of his own more reflective compositions (including the title track) that fit well into the album although I consider the traditional material much stronger. Well, give the album a listen and you can decide for yourself !
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm not sure if this comes somewhere under the folk/international banner;

Passion, Grace and Fire - John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia (1983)

Certainly acoustic, not entirely sure it's folk. Some brilliant spanish guitar though.

Just some extra info from the liner notes. Al Di Meola plays in the left channel, Paco De Lucia in the right channel and John McLaughlin in centre.

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Old 07-18-2011, 03:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love the Chieftans, not too keen on Van who has a rather moany voice!
I did quite enjoy his country album "Pay The Devi", tho, from a few years back
I'll think of an album to nominate
Does it have to be a new album?
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Originally Posted by Moshe View Post
Does it have to be a new album?
No, not at all ! Though for obvious reasons, we should be able to find it somewhere on the internet.
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Hako Yamasaki - Tsunawatari

This is an album by Japanese singer/songwriter Hako Yamasaki. Strikingly beautiful, melancholic, and not in English. This record employs some of the standard 1970s studio tricks, but for the most part, it's a true folk record featuring just the artist and her guitar.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Exuma by Exuma

I suppose I'll nominate Exuma's debut album, which was released in 1970. Basically, it's an early freak folk album that incorporates a somewhat African-like vibe into its music. It's rare for me to find an album and enjoy it from start to finish, and I have to say that this is one of those rare albums.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Valravn - Koder på snor

I have for you some new version of folk, there exists even name for this genre - folktronic.
Valravn is band from Denmark and Faroe Islands, they combinate traditional folk instruments with electronic music. I enjoy music with non-english lyrics, it's fresh change.
Unique sound and when it comes to live concert, they create evening full of energy. Their live playing was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.
It's folk for open-minded music freaks so I love this album from start to finish.
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"Nashville Skyline"- Bob Dylan
An important album in Dylans' career. Dylan had been taken over by ego till God made him have that motorcycle crash.
Dylans' oversized ego crashed at the same time. When he surfaced, he was more grounded and more real. He came back with the superb rootsy classic John Wesley Harding which featured some of his best songs
The album closed with a country love song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" which was a prequel to "Nashville Skyline", his album of simple country songs in which his voice sounded better than ever accompanied by Nashvilles top players
The ego was gone. Here was a man making music. And it sounded good
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For some reason my image for the Nashville Skyline album has not appeared. But you know the one
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