Articles by: James, Paul

Falco (Tune) Jun 2014 in Chanter 2014 Summer

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Review: St Chartier Sep 1986 in Chanter 1986 Autumn

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Blowzabella factual history Mar 1986 in Chanter 1986 Spring

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Review: L'Art de la Cornemuse by Eric Montbel Mar 1986 in Chanter 1986 Spring

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Review: Lisa Wolf - Je suis née en Allemagne Mar 2019 in Chanter 2019 Spring

Lisa Wolf-Barbances is a bagpipe maker and musician based in Neuvy Saint Sepulchre in the Indre region of central France. She has taken the plunge and made an excellent and highly personal album drawing on her European musical heritage and family background in Germany, the Czech Republic and central France. It’s all dance music – schottishe, waltz, mazurka, polka, waltz, hanter dro – played on central French cornemuses (16, 20 and 23 pouces) and Hümmelchen.

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CD Review: Serenin by Cabit Feb 2021 in Chanter 2021 Spring

‘Serenin’ was born out of a project by Ligurian duo CABIT (Edmondo Romano and Davide Baglietto) to collaborate with Turkish musicians and celebrate the ancient cultural exchanges and connections between Ligurian and Greek-Turkish music. With this in mind they chose songs and tunes that work well with a mixed ensemble of Italian and Turkish musicians and instruments from both folk traditions. Making two connected but disparate traditions sit well together musically is a tough challenge and it doesn’t always achieve a sound that is more than the sum of the parts.

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English and Border Music, 1625 to 2017 David Faulkner (border pipes) and Steve Turner (piano accordion) have made an excellent album showcasing a range of tunes that sit well on border pipes (the Jon Swayne design) either of their own composition or carefully chosen from a range of English and northern border sources from the 17th to the 19th centuries. David, as you doubtless know, is a very fine piper and he puts in exemplary performances here on a range of 3/2 and 5/2 hornpipes, jigs, airs and marches on G, D and low C pipes.

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Review: Stephane Mauchand - Oxymel Sep 2021 in Chanter 2021 Autumn

The French piper Stéphane Mauchand will be familiar to many Chanter readers as he’s played in various bands since the early 1990s as well as being a teacher of pipes. His new album ‘Oxymel’ features cornemuses du centre (16 & 23 pouces), border pipes in D and hümmelchen - and that folks is where any similarity to the majority of bagpipe albums stops. Subtitled ‘cornemuses et guitare electrique’ it’s a meditative exploration of the textural and ambient possibilities of drone music with the (often plaintive) sound of bagpipes.

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The Amazing Airbags (plus more!) Jan 0001 in Chanter 2020 Winter

Images to follow Amazing Airbags is the premier band of young pipers in Belgium. Led by artistic director, piper and teacher Birgit Bornauw, the album showcases the talent of a group of 9 to 14 year olds. Birgit, with Benjamin Macke, have chosen and arranged a good range of music for the ‘pipes that is just right for the young players – enough challenge to make sure they try some different techniques and time signatures (schottische, jigs, reels, waltz, bourrées…) while being fun to play.

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