A World Music Magazine

Sam Sweeney
Hudson Records, UK

The pandemic has brought time for reflection and Sam Sweeney, lauded for his violin playing in various bands and projects, has used it well. He returned to the Derbyshire village of Stoney Middleton, where he used to practice quite a few years ago to play and record in the church. This solo release uses the space and its sound well. It’s gloriously reflective, even on the Morris dance tine “Cuckoo’s Nest,” and exploration of music drawn out of the past. Even a tune like “Booth’s Hornpipe” is play with far more thought than abandon. He’s developed into an outstanding player, one who’s as comfortable alone as part of a group. This EP is vital listening.

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Mads Erik Odde - akkordeon accordion
Mads Erik Odde
Logne Slåttar
Ta:lik (www.talik.no)

Logne Slåttar mainly features solo interpretations of tunes from the fiddle tradition of the Gudbrandsdal region of Norway, played on the button accordion by Mads Erik Odde. For a Norwegian accordion-player to delve into the repertoire of fiddle-players could be considered a brave thing to do but he has produced something rather special. Odde's playing has a limpid quality, bringing to what the album title translates as “calm tunes” a clarity and elegance which transcends pure functionality as dance music. While some of the tunes are traditional several have composer credits, including three from the wonderful fiddle-player and composer Hans Brimi. (Listen below, to his take on a Brimi 'listening tune' - as opposed to a dance piece.) Odde also includes one of his own tunes as well as a fine short suite of pieces for accordion and string quartet.


La Coixinera
Tenim i Tindrem
Segell Microscopi (www.microscopi.cat)

La Coixinera, a veteran Catalan folk band, added some drums and amplifiers, and invited some guests, to produce a folk-rock delight. On “Les Quatre Banderes,” they team with Joan Rovira and exiled rapper Valtonyc. On “Astoaren Kanta,” Basque accordionist Joseba Tapia sings. And on “Sere Gavina,” they (once again) work with Carles Belda on a Moussu T adaptation into Catalan. “1-0” is an instrumental, in tribute to the October date when Catalan voters faced police brutality in a vote to create their own state. Highly recommended.



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