part 3: TSCD750 –


Various Artists – Songs From The Steppes : Kazakh Music Today


This collection, recorded by Michael Church, is a riveting journey. Songs From The Steppes reflects the vigour of Kazakhstan's present day bardic-tradition, the versatility of its horsehair fiddlers and the new magic which young musicians are creating with ancient instruments like the [...]

Various Artists – Songs From The Steppes : Kazakh Music Today2019-10-24T13:44:25+00:00

Folk Music of Greece


Greece has long been attractive to travellers. Some are entranced by its picturesque islands, others prefer the sparse villages of the mountains. Many have experienced the famous hospitality of Greek peasants and shepherds, but only a few have heard their traditional music [...]

Folk Music of Greece2019-10-24T13:48:56+00:00

Martin Carthy – Essential


For nearly fifty years Martin Carthy has been one of the most persistent and dedicated practitioners of English traditional music. He has been an essential figure in most of the significant developments in folk music during that time. To chronicle his career [...]

Martin Carthy – Essential2019-10-25T11:37:46+00:00

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Albania


Albania's turbulent past, with its patchwork history of occupation, has produced a traditional rural music of remarkable variety as well as great beauty. Unaccompanied heroic ballads, funeral laments and political and lyrical songs are interspersed with dance-tunes on various lutes, flutes and [...]

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Albania2019-10-31T10:03:03+00:00

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Bulgaria


Lying between Europe and Asia, Bulgaria displays in its traditional music both the formal solidity of the West and the exotic colouring of the East. These recordings, mostly collected by A.L. Lloyd on trips in 1954 and 1963, are very diverse, including [...]

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Bulgaria2019-10-31T10:07:13+00:00

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Yugoslavia


Visiting the Yugoslav republics of Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia and Macedonia, the collector Wolf Dietrich recorded these fascinating vocal solos and duets and tunes played on bagpipes, fiddles, flutes and clarinets. The raw part-singing of amateur village performers is of particular beauty. Croatia [...]

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Yugoslavia2019-10-31T09:59:48+00:00

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Turkey


The village music of Turkey, collected by Wolf Dietrich in the '60s and '70s, includes pastoral airs on flutes, festival music on davul (drum) and zurna (oboe) and songs intricately accompanied on the saz and cumbus lutes. There are also examples of [...]

Various Artists – Folk Music Of Turkey2019-10-31T09:54:12+00:00

Various Artists – Music of the Tatar People


The music of the Tatar people of the Central Volga region of Russia is an important link, according to the collector Laszlo Vikar, in the vast east-west chain that connects the musics of China and Hungary. In these unique field recordings, made [...]

Various Artists – Music of the Tatar People2019-10-31T11:49:22+00:00

Various Artists – Gipsy Music from Macedonia & Neighbouring Countries


'If davul and zurna are not present,' runs the Turkish proverb, 'I cannot be a bride.' The coupling of drum (davul) and double-reed pipe (zurna), heard in many regions of the world, is particularly widespread among the gipsies of the Balkans. Collector [...]

Various Artists – Gipsy Music from Macedonia & Neighbouring Countries2019-10-31T10:16:08+00:00

Zanzibar: Music of Celebration


Taarab is the most common style of music performed at weddings on the island of Zanzibar - a unique blend of musical elements from the Middle East, India and the West, combined with, to varying degrees, local African musical practices. It is [...]

Zanzibar: Music of Celebration2019-11-05T14:11:35+00:00

Healing, Feasting & Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea


Songs and dances of hunting, war, work, totemistic ritual, cannibalism, myth, initiation, courtship, rain-making, funerals, magical healing, shark catching and marathon feasting, recorded in remote coastal and inland villages in five far-flung regions of Papua New Guinea, to the north of Australia. [...]

Healing, Feasting & Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea2019-10-29T09:09:44+00:00

The Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea


The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea have been sailing up and down the west coast of the Malay Peninsula for hundreds of years. Traditionally living on their Kabang (self contained houseboats) and trading sea slugs, pearls, shells and bird's nests for [...]

The Moken: Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea2019-11-13T09:45:37+00:00