No folk music thread would be complete without a mention of Swamptrash
They played a mad blend of Scottish folk and bluegrass, I was lucky enough to see them live countless times and they really went for it! Amazing
On the go at the same time were the slightly more tradiotional Critterhill Varmints, I loved them too
Together they started "Acid Croft", folky dance music for first generation ravers (yes I'm that old )
Shooglenifty is the latest incarnation, still bringing folky dance music to village halls and festivals all over the world and still a great night out
Maybe Ivanovic's ethnicity was Serb, but he was born, raised, lived al his life( in Galati, on Danube's bord, 30 km from my city) and died in Romania
Nicolae Furdui Iancu
I like this song by Iancu. I didn't say Ion Ivanovici/Jovan Ivanovic was a Serb at all. He probably had Serb roots but seems to have identified as a Romanian. One of the most important politicians in Serbia's history, PM Nikola Pasic was in fact a Vlach from Bulgaria. There's plenty of this cross-border stuff we needn't get into.
I actually first heard this song (Waves of the Danube) in a movie by Emir Kusturica called "When Father was Away on Business" and I found the melody beautiful and haunting. I thought it might be a Serbian song (given the movie) but couldn't find its name anywhere.
Then I heard it being played in a hospital in the US and the song was by Al Jolson. I couldn't catch the name, though.
Only years later did I find out that Al Jolson called the song "Anniversary Song" but that it was indeed an Eastern European song, which it sounded like, and that it's name was Waves of the Danube.
It is certain that the Greek and Turkish cultural heritages are so intimately entwined in folk music.
4. George Dalaras - Ta Smyrneika tragoudia (Songs of Smyrna/Izmir)
George Dalaras singing at the Odeon of Herode Atticus (Athens) in 2004 during the live 'Tribute to Asia Minor'.
I like Dakrismena Matia. Do you have any insight on what Greek/Byzantine music sounded like prior to the Turkish arrival in Anatolia? My impression is that a lot of Balkan music is considered massively Oriental/Turkish in origin, but that it could very well be the other way around - Turks and Arabs adopting music from the Byzantines.
Esma and Saban, both legends of Gypsy music, singing together in Mostar Sevdah Reunion
The woman that originally got me into etno music -- Cesaria Evora
The most soulful voice I've ever heard.
Her most famous song, Sodade.
Lole y Manuel.
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Saban Bajramovic, absolute legend. Famous gypsy song in a jazz arrangement.
ETA: Stupidly erased prev. post by mistake. /auto-facepalm
Nick Drake and the flamenco are amazing.
Also mistakenly confused Aloimeh for JG.
That Murray avatar just grows on you, no way are the mullets going to replace that. Thanks for posting the different version of Moj Dilbere, Aloimeh. I love that song.
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Gonçalo Salgueiro, Fado.
One of the most beautiful male voices ever.
You'd think there could be nothing new in a genre of music that was practically sealed by Amalia's genious, but he manages to bring out even more than anyone can expect.
I always thought Portuguese sounds a little coarse, but he makes it sound like the most beautiful language in the world.