Folk music

Australian · Baroque · Choral · Christmas · Classical · Cross-cultural · Early music
Folk music · Jazz · Keyboard · Orchestral · Organ · Soundtrack · Spoken word · Vocal

Old Wine, New Bottles

This disc by Floyd Williams & JANUS illustrates the cross fertilisation of folk/popular and jazz genres that occur in classical music. The original premise was to play early music (14th - 16th centuries) on modern instruments without regard for any historian's "purist" concerns.

Pablo

Pablo's debut album showcases the folk, pop and soul side of the group, and is the culmination of years of occasional blood, sweat and tears by a sextet of musicians who happen to love to sing in harmony. From folksong to The Beatles, this is a cappella male singing at its best.

Wordless Meanings

In the beginning, there was harmony - before anyone thought to ask the question "What sort of music do you play?" ... before everyone became too busy to stop and listen anyway ... before music became 'the music industry' ... harmony was lost in a cacophony of meaningless words.

Intuition

Intuition, by renowned Italian guitarist/composer Rosario De Marco captures the warmth and passion of the Southern European lands, taking elements from flamenco, jazz, classical, folk and popular music.

Serenades (Original Soundtrack)

Davood A. Tabrizi's haunting soundtrack to Mojgan Khadem's film 'Serenades' has been specially extended and developed in the studio to make listening to the album a satisfying experience on its own, away from the motion picture.

Tuneful Percussion

One of International Record Review's "Best Discs of 2000". Nominated for Best Classical CD at the 2001 Aria Awards. This album was performed on authentic instruments including Grainger's own staff bells and steel marimba. Many previously unrecorded works are included.

two

Together, two of Australia's finest young musicians present a unique programme of traditional Irish folk melodies, baroque virtuosity, contemporary Australian works and medieval dance music.

Mandolin Christmas

Christmas songs for mandolin orchestra. Arguably Australia's most acclaimed mandolinist, Kurt Jensen performs an international programme of sparkling and entertaining Christmas carols.

Nardoo

'Nardoo' present a tapestry of original music from a melting pot of jazz, ethnic and medieval influences. This album of improvisations presents the duo of Zana Clarke and Peter Biffin performing new and traditional wind and string instruments.

The Fair Dinkum Matilda

Songs of the Australian Bush, including the first ever recording of the original version of Waltzing Matilda. Another disc of Australian bush songs? You bet - and brought to life by one of Australia's most respected folk singers, Denis Gibbons.

Travellers' Tapestry

Mediæval and folk-based music from Europe, Asia and the Middle East – inspired by the centres of barter and exchange grouped along busy trade routes.

Musical Transfiguration

An acoustic journey across Vietnamese soundscapes, from the majestic sounds of court music to the subtle flow of lullabies, from poetry and classical chamber music to lively, village festival songs.

Night and Dreams

Songs by Mozart, Schubert's Serenade and Nacht und Träume, plus some wonderful Spanish and Argentinian folksongs.

I Can Tell The World

This CD features saucy rounds, madrigals and drinking songs performed by one of Australia's best choirs, directed by Douglas Lawrence.

Australian folksongs ... now!

A mid-80s vocal synth-pop interpretation of common Australian folk songs by the Australian Music Band; members of the group include Peter Barlow and Brenton Broadstock.

People Get Ready

A CD reissue of a live recording of Margaret Roadknight with band. The tracks were recorded at Frank Taylor's Folk Club, Melbourne, on 26 and 27 February 1973. The first twelve songs appeared on the original release of People Get Ready. Seven more songs were performed on the two nights that were recorded but never released until now.

The Present Tense: Songs of Sydney Carter

The songs of Sydney Carter are an enigma. To fit them neatly into one of the accepted categories – folk, religious, satire or protest is not adequate. They have depth, integrity, and make us face and question our innermost thoughts and conflicts. This is the man who wrote "Lord of the dance", but also "I want to have a little bomb like you".

La vida es un pasahe: a life in Sephardic song

La vida es un pasahe: a life in Sephardic song presents a life, or various possibilities for life in the songs of the Sephardim, the Spanish-speaking Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492 and made their way to various parts of the globe, taking with them a language, a culture and their magnificent music.

Character Interludes

This is a fascinating and diverse program of works from the Southern hemisphere, born of the musical interests of both performers and the very nature of the flute and guitar medium. In the same way that folk songs and dances cross easily into salon and concert music in the repertoire for flute and guitar, these influences intersect comfortable with character pieces and poetic miniatures.

Unity

Covers a wide ranging musical and emotional spectrum — from haunting Gaelic airs to foot stomping dance music, from chamber music to evocative original works.

A Valley Fair

Pastance's most recent offering is a delightful collection of traditional, original, and early music for Celtic harp, recorders and voices.

Forgotten Dreams

It was in 1999 when Concordia director Basil Hawkins first came across The waltz of forgotten dreams by Hadjidakis. He was struck by its atmospheric and evocative nature and in keeping with this nostalgic ambience, the selection on this disc includes such pieces as Eileen Pakenham's Reverie and Fred Witt's Memories of Bendigo.

Songs from Georgia

Unique because of its sound qualities, melodies, harmonies, polyphony and modes, Georgian music was declared by composer Igor Stravinsky to be a stimulus for the development of modern Western music. The Australian vocal ensemble Golden Fleece performs, collects, teaches and researches Georgian music and here paints a vivid portrait of a rich cultural heritage.

World Rhythm Band

An unexpected cross-fertilisation of contemporary jazz melody and harmony convincingly joined with rhythmic traditions of the Third World, particularly West Africa.

The Rainmaker

From Jazz to Celtic, Middle Eastern folk to contemporary Classical, ambience to the tango The Rainmaker brings together an eclectic range of influences.