Traditional folk & world music
Established 1997 & based in the UK our micro-label's aim is to promote world musics. Innovative ideas based on longstanding traditions are our specialism, putting acoustic instruments at the core. Our style uses naturally-tuned instruments and an organic take on tempo & rhythm while maintaining the highest production standards. In our contemporary society we cherish the mulinational collaborations that enrich our musical heritage. Sharing one-another's cultures is our aim!
"Crystal-clear novelty-free production…every rasping string and every rattle, buzz and hollow thud of percussion has its own rightful place in the mix, making reduntant the need for any fashionable bits of sonic software"
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DRAWING THREADS 2020: Twelve Pieces from Europe
Digital: 10th January 2021
Throughout 2020 Griselda explored the highways and by-ways of Europe, learning music from twelve regions spanning six centuries. This album is the result of her explorations, and a response to the UK leaving the EU. Join her as she journeys from the Spanish renaissance through to modern day Franco-Arabic jazz. Inspired by instruments such as the Cretan lauto, Norwegian hardingfele, Balkan bagpipes and gypsy cimbalom she has adpated music from a variety of traditions. Follow her as she treks through forests and over mountains from Lithuania to North Macedonia and beyond, arranging polyphonic viol music of Leonora Duarte, festival music from Trás-os-Montes and dance music of the Irish diaspora, all topped off with a tarantella from the fisherfolk of Naples. It's a glorious celebration of diversity! Guesting on the album are Bruno Spagna (percussion), Louis Bingham (tambura, cittern & percussion), Ricardo de Noronha (percussion) & Soufian Saihi (oud).
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"The standard of musicianship
is truly exceptional"
Fatea, Sept 2015
Talented young duo Freya (flutes, whistles, clarinet) and Louis (guitars, banjo, bouzouki, bodhran) present an exciting and original album exploring unusual traditional and new compositions based on Irish and Breton dance music. Their bold interpretations, fine playing and inventive arrangements indicate an assured confidence as exponents of this instrumental material. Curlicue will appeal to anyone who enjoys traditional acoustic music. A classic debut.
"Radial is unique and
a new side to this exotic
instrument, a real eye-opener."
Alex Monaghan, Folkworld
This is the follow-up to Griselda's first nyckelharpa album Harpaphonics. Whereas the first album explored the unique sounds of this fascinating bowed keyed fiddle with mostly original compositions, Radial takes the instrument back to its roots with interpretations of traditional Swedish polskas with a smattering of new compositions. Nevertheless, Griselda still pushes the boundaries with some unusual instrumentation including a guest appearance from Moroccan gnawa label mate Simo Lagnawi and African percussion. Other collaborators are Louis Bingham, James Dumbelton & Luke Jones on guitars & Ben Duckworth on hang drum.
"Simo Lagnawi is becoming a prolific and reliable recording artist…
There are moments in which waves of Lagnawi’s reverb-heavy vocals rain down on a trance-like base of gimbri and percussion and time stands still."
Tim Woodall, Songlines #116
The Gnawa Caravan: Salt is the third album from UK-based Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi. Salt, like water is a necessity of life, and this collection of traditional Gnawa music and original repertoire represents the next phase of Lagnawi’s life. These eleven pieces revolve around Lagnawi’s guembri playing and strident vocals portraying aspects of Gnawa culture whilst exploring new territory. Lagnawi stirs in flavours of Guinean kora, Berber guitar and the desert landscapes of theTuareg people. The influence goes both ways, with British musicians singing in Moroccan, playing Saharan blues guitar and riti, the one-stringed fiddle of the Fula people. European instruments such as piano and clarinet add depth to the musical landscape. The result is a snapshot of the musical diversity of UK living, but with a strong Afrikan sensibility.
"Well crafted traditional
Fatea, Sept 2015
James Dumbelton's new mandolin album is an exploration of the mandolin in UK folk music. The roots of the material are in the morris dance tunes of the English tradition (James is a regular collaborator with English singers Jackie Oates & Jim Causley), but this collection goes way beyond England with the addition of tunes from as far afield as Sweden and songs from Scotland and the Westcountry. With Andy Clarke on bouzouki Houmet Paradis is a splendid contribution from this engaging performer.