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Folk Music Recording
Afternoon Tea at Six. Eishan Ensemble

Artist/s: Eishan Ensemble. Hamed Sadeghi (tar), Pedram Layegh (guitar), Michael Avgenicos (alto and tenor saxophones), Adem Yilmaz (percussion), Elsen Price (double bass), Sonya Holowell (voice), Adnan Barake (oud)
Category: Folk, Jazz, Persian, World
Label: Art as Catharsis Records
Reviewed by

“Under Sadeghi’s stewardship, Eishan Ensemble has created a new, vigorous musical hybrid in which both the ensemble and its members are enabled to shine. I hope that this is not their last recording.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Cannot Buy My Soul 2020 edition: the songs of Kev Carmody

Artist/s: Various performers including Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Kate-Miller Heidke, Courtney Barnett, Archie Roach, Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Clare Bowditch, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more.
Category: Contemporary, Country, Folk, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: EMI through Universal. Vinyl – 0717073. CD – 0737156
Reviewed by

“The great strength of the writing is the way Kev balances the fire and rage with love and hope” – Paul Kelly.

Arrangements Music Recording
Celtic Cello

Artist/s: Sally Maer (cello) with special guests Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone) and David Hobson (tenor)
Category: Arrangements, Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 2628
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“Celtic Cello consists of twenty classical music arrangements of traditional and popular Celtic songs as well as some film music themes. It is designed to showcase the versatility of cello soloist, Sally Maer.”

Classical Music Recording
Curious Caledonians

Artist/s: Evergreen Ensemble. Claire Patti (soprano & Celtic harp),  Shane Lestideau (violin/violin d’amore), Allegra Giagu (mezzo-soprano), Ben Dollman (violin & viola). Guests: Aaron McGregor (violin), Daniel Yeardon (cello), Neal Peres da Costa (19C square piano), David McGuinness (19C square piano/harpsichord) 
Category: Classical, Early Music, Folk, World
Label: ABC Classic 4818774
Reviewed by

“By the evidence of this recording, the Australian historically informed performance movement still has a fresh, creative breeze in its sails. Evergreen Ensemble’s Caledonian project pushes out repertoire boundaries and expands our aural and factual understanding of Scots music in earlier times.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Into Other Arms. Sleep for Years. (Two recordings)

Artist/s: Into Other Arms: Clio Renner (voice, piano, Rhodes, Hammond organ), James Gilligan (baritone guitar), Marty Holoubek (double bass), Daniel Farrugia (drums, percussion). ///// Sleep for Years: Clio Renner (piano, vocals), Ross Irwin (arrangement/orchestration, flugelhorn, percussion, keyboard, glockenspiel), Daniel Farrugia (drumkit, percussion), Marty Holoubek (double bass), Hannah Cameron (backing vocals), Blair Harris (cello), Aaron Barndenand (violin), Kieran Conrau (trombone), Lachlan Davidson (flute, bass clarinet).
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Pop
Label: Self-release
Reviewed by

“Clio’s music is evocative and elusive. Her personal lyrics conceal their sources, eschewing narrative in favour of allusion and intimation.”

Contemporary Music Recording
More Scared of You than You Are of Me

Artist/s: The Smith Street Band. Wil Wagner (vocals, guitars), Lee Hartney (guitars, vocals), Fitzy Fitzgerald (bass, synth, vocals), Chris Cowburn (drums, vocals, percussion)
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Punk
Label: Pool House Records/Remote Control Records Pty Ltd PHR002CD
Reviewed by

The Smith Street Band’s prolific output continues with this, their fourth album in six years.

Folk Music Recording
On Love and Science. CD and illustrated hardback book

Artist/s: Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Musicians: Zulya Kamalova, vocals, writer, composer, leader; Lucas Michailidis, guitars; Aviva Endean, clarinets, tenor sax; Anthony Schulz, piano accordion, piano; Justin Marshall, drums, percussion; Andrew Tanner, double bass, jew’s harp. Accompanies illustrated book, hard back by Zulya Kamalova, illustrations by Dilka Bear
Category: Folk, Fusion, Jazz, World
Label: Self- release, self-published, limited edition. Purchase from website
Reviewed by

This multimedia release is Zulya’s finest and most ambitious work to date. It demands attention and accolades. Zulya Kamalova, the Tatar/Australian world music trailblazer never ceases to surprise. Her previous release was a sci-fi computer music extravaganza. This one, back…

Folk Music Recording
One Hundred Days Away. Scottish-Australian music from the collections of the National Library of Australia

Artist/s: Evergreen Ensemble. Claire Patti (soprano & Celtic harp), Emily-Rose Šárkova (piano accordion & piano), Rachel Johnston (cello), Shane Lestideau (violin/violin d’amoré), Ben Dollman (violin & viola).
Category: Folk
Label: ABC Classic 481 8463
Reviewed by

“A beautiful and imaginative document of how music travels.”

Classical Music Recording
Smörgåsbord – The Marais Project

Artist/s: The Marais Project directed by Jenny Eriksson and Tommie Andersson
Category: Classical, Early Music, Folk, New Music
Label: MOVE MCD 512
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Each new CD from the Marais Project is a revelation, either of lesser-known works or of new contexts for this collection of early instruments. This current CD continues their tradition with a primary focus on the classical, folk and popular…

Art Songs
Snow in Summer

Artist/s: Evergreen Ensemble. Shane Lestideau (director/baroque violin/backing vocals), Claire Patti (vocals/celtic harp), Samantha Cohen (theorbo/baroque guitar), Jenny Eriksson (viola da gamba)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Folk, Fusion
Label: Move Records MCD 584
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“This fine Victorian-based ensemble led by Australian master fiddler and baroque violinist, Shane Lestideau, present arrangements of beautiful ancient Scottish and Swedish folksongs, interspersed with 18th century baroque string sonatas, and a new composition by Alice Chance.”

Balkan Music Recording
Spinning Forth. Music by Louis De Caix D’hervelois, Marin Marais, Paul Cutlan, Llew and Mara Kiek, Hjort Anders Olsson

Artist/s: The Marais Project. Jennifer Eriksson (viola da gamba), Catherine Upex (viola da gamba),Tommie Andersson (theorbo), Matthew Bruce (baroque violin), Mikaela Oberg (baroque flute), Raymond Harvey (harpsichord), Koen van Stade (tenor)
Category: Balkan, Classical, Early Music, Folk, Music Recording, New Music
Label: MOVE Records MCD 564
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“A beautiful and varied collection of early and recent music for Baroque ensemble.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Taking Pictures

Artist/s: Jo Lawry, singer/songwriter, vocals, guitar. One track a duet with Sting
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Label: Fleurieu Music
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Jo Lawry is a singer/songwriter from South Australia currently living in New York. She is best known as a backing singer with Sting and has been touring the world in his band. She was also featured in the documentary about…

Children's songs Music Recording
The Birch Tree. Music based on Folktunes.

Artist/s: Throroughbass: Diana Weston (harpsichord), and Anna Fraser (soprano), Shaun Ng (viola da gamba), Joanne Arnott (recorder), Angus Ryan (cello)
Category: Children's songs, Classical, Folk, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 068
Reviewed by

“The most unusual aspect of this CD is the rare sound of Béla Bartók’s piano music played on a harpsichord, sometimes with cello, and surrounded by contemporary Australian compositions.”

Classical Music Recording
The Celtic Songbook

Artist/s: A compilation of melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Wales featuring singers David Hobson, Nollaig Casey, Paul McMahon, Annalisa Kerrigan, Sarah Calderwood and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with various ensembles
Category: Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 1981
Reviewed by

This CD is a compilation of traditional Celtic melodies sung by well-known artists and selected from recordings made by the ABC between 1996-2015. It is a feast, though it lacks variety in the recipes chosen, with almost all pieces being…

Acoustic Music Recording
Twisted Roots

Artist/s: Andrew Browne and an ensemble: John Stuart (electric guitars, lapsteel and pedal steel guitar), Cameron Kinsey (nylon string guitar), Veronique Serret (violin), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello), Brett Hirst (double bass), Rob Maxwell-Jones (alto and bass flute), Arne Hanna (Cuban trez and backing vocals), Tina Harrod (backing vocals), Finbar Stuart (piano), Jess Ciampa (percussion/drums/vibes)
Category: Acoustic, Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Music Recording
Label: Self-release AWB123
Reviewed by

“Singer songwriter Andrew Browne and an illustrious group of Australian musicians have created a beautiful CD of original songs in Browne’s second album Twisted Roots.”