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Green Break

by Ralf Weihrauch Trio

Traditional Irish, Scottish and English songs and Tunes. Accordion, Fiddle and brilliant voices with plenty of surprises!
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Jenny Nettles / Lady Mary Hayes Scotch Measure
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2. Farewell Lovely Nancy
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3. Handweaver and the Factory Maid
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4. Lyke Wake Dirge
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5. Molly Rankin`s / MacArthur`s Road / the Kitchenpiper
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6. Week Before Easter
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7. April Morning
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8. Ride On
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9. Cullen Bay / Twisted Bridge / Fleshmarket Close
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10. Arthur McBride / Graeme McDowell`s
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11. Idumea
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12. Back and Side / Three Around Three
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13. Lyke Wake Dirge (Frank N. Sense Remix)
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Album Notes
„Green Break“ is Ralf Weihrauch`s third album with mainly traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles and America. As on the previous album „Hole in One“ there are some songs played in the trio-lineup with Ralf Weihrauch (Accordion), Jonas Liesenfeld (fiddle) and Beate Rupietta (Vocals), others are given unusual treatments.

On the journey from track 1 to 13 a lot of friends are helping out. During his time as a music-agent Ralf Weihrauch worked for a lot of British bands and became friend with a lot of musicians. Quite a few are heard on this Album. Ray Cooper a.k.a. Chopper from The Oyster Band is playing Cello and Harmonium on „Lyke Wake Dirge“. Sarah Allen (Flook, Barely Works, Big Jig) plays flute on the Reel-Set „Molly Rankin`s / Macarthur`s Road / The Kitchenpiper). The Jazz-Arrangement of this was created by Bill Martin (Pyewackett) who invented the „Yamaha JazzIn the Experience“ for young Musicians. So this Reel-Set turns out to be a jazzy affair with Piano, Bass und Drums.

Bass-Player Florin Enea is also playing with fellow musicians Harry Taube and Marcus Seiler on the Reggae-Version of „Back and Side / Three around three“. In the intro Weihrauch uses bits of the Regga-Classic „Everyday is a gunshot“ by Anthony Johnson. Andreas Osterhaus (Tuba) and Mr Racotta (Clarinet) help to give the Scottish „Lady Mary Hayes Scotch Measure“ an East-European Touch.

The album finishes with a furious Remix of Lyke Wake Dirge. The Frank N. Sense Mix (Frankincense is English for Weihrauch) was a cooperation with Marcus Seiler who produced German Electro-Pop and Gothic Bands like „Stendal Blast“ and „Blutengel“. This track will certainly fill the dark dancefloors.

Most of the tracks come along in the trio outfit, though. The version of the Sacred Harp classic „Idumea“ is one of the Highlights of the trio`s live-sets. Ralf Weihrauch`s and Beate Rupieta`s voices blend perfectly with the violin in the uncommon setting of „Farewell lovely Nancy“ and „The week before Easter“ from the Copper Family`s repertoire. Fiddler Jonas Liesenfeld, who is studying Jazz-Violin“ variies the Melody Lines of „Arthur McBride“ and „Handweaver & the Factorymaid“ to suit Ralf`s singing. Jimmy McCarthy`s „Ride On“ is featured as a popular request. After each gig people want „the CD with the last song on it“.

„Green Break“ features a self written tune as well. „Malcolm McDowell`s“ is a jig written to celebrate McDowell`s performance in the Ryder Cup 2010, where he won the last point for Europe. The story in the booklet has something to do with golf, too. Not very many years ago on British Golf Courses you would find signs saying „No Dogs and Women allowed“.


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Review from Taplas
Green Break
Blue Bowl BLUE 33
NOW here’s an unusual album, a selection of
British folk songs and melodies performed
by a trio from Germany. Leader Ralf
Weihrauch is a folk dynamo in his own
country having been active as an agent for
the likes of Martin Carthy, Oysterband and
June Tabor. He also ran a record label.
He’s a skilled accordionist leading
fiddler Jonas Liesenfeld and singer Beate
Rupietta and is responsible for most of
the arrangements. The trio is strongly into
British material, as this album shows. Songs
like Farewell Lovely Nancy, The Week Before
Easter and Lyke Wake Dirge are familiar
titles but Weihrauch and friends put their
own stamp on them in interesting ways.
Lyke Wake Dirge is reprised at the end in
an intriguing remix, well worth hearing.
A good mix of songs - sung in English -
and instrumental medleys given fitting
treatments adding up to an enjoyable
Roy Harris