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Buy this album at ProxisCD OF THE WEEK (November 2000) :

URBAN TRAD "One O Four"
(2000, Universal Music Belgium,159256-2 )

Songs (Click the -icons for some small realaudio-samples)

cover, sleeve1. Subway Call
2. Avreel
3. La Belle Jig
4. Vodka Time
5. Waltzing Dranouter
6. Basement Scotch
7. Baline
8. Brass Corto
9. Bamboo
10. Free Wheel
11. Rap-a-doo
12. Mecanix

Songs : Yves Barbieux

Musicians :
- Yves Barbieux (Irish and baroque flutes, accordion, bagpipes, percussions, keyboards... )
- Nicolas Vandooren : Keyboards, saxophone, vocals, guitar ...
and also:
- Tom Theuns : guitar
- Perry Rose : vocals
- Mieke Delanghe : vocals
- Fabrice "L" Dumont : Violin
- Véronique Codesal, Noeme Palomo, Noelia Palomo (Ialma) : vocals
- Cédric Waterschoot : bass
- Sébastien Duthoit : guitar
- Viviane Fortune : bass tuba
- Philippe Rygaert : trombone
- Laurent Blondiau : trumpet, flugel horn
- Michael Horgan : Uilleann Pipes
- Gregorio Melgosa : Galician Bagpipes
- Didier Laloy : Diatonic accordion
- Luc Pilartz : violin, bagpipe
- Hans Quaeghebeur : hurdy-gurdy
- Raquel Gigot : accordions
- Rudy Velghe : nyckelharpa, violin, mandolin

Produced by Nicholas Vandooren & Yves Barbiieux
Recorded at Studio Caraïbes (Brussel)

Artwork : Boîte à clous Prod. asbl

 
 

My opinion

Urban Trad. has delivered with their debut cd "One O Four" thé folk-CD of the year 2000 ... That pretty much says it all, the rest is a mere clumsy attempt at explaining why this is so:
Urban Trad is 80 percent traditional music, mostly Celtic by descent. Folk, in short. What makes Urban Trad rise above the rest of the folk-production, and has made this a very interesting release for more than the groupies of the genre, is:
- the 20 per cent "urban" that has been blended in this "trad". The keyboards, beats, trumpets etc... give this traditional music and merry melodies a drive that rumbling pot & viol do not usually produce. Listen for instance to "Vodka Time", and hear how a rather simple rural dance could end up in a discotheque.
- the variation and the combination of the gang of musicians that has cooperated in this project. For Yves Barbieux (Coïncidence) did manage to interest a fine flock of folkies in Urban Trad (which grew out of the desire of Universal-A&R-person Wilfried Brits for a modern versionof André Bialek's "La Belle Gigue"), and they did justice to his compositions: from the poppy vocals of Mieke De Langhe & Perry Rose on Rap-a-doo (this should've been a summer hit), to the ladies of the Galician Ialma who manage to make La Belle Gigue both unrecognizable and irresistable, from the melancholic accordion on Waltzing Dranouter (not a coincidence that Urban Trad made their stage debut au grand complèt at this festival ground) to the filmic quality of the brass on "Brass Corto": they all add extra value to what are in essence light songs.
Of course this cd is not perfect (I keep hoping). The closing track Mecanix, for example, with personal greetings of all the 20 or so musicians had perhaps better remained a hidden track. And not all flutes, bagpipes and accordions are kept so tightly on the leash on tracks such as "bamboo" and "free wheel". But this is merely criticism of details, as Urban Trad has brought us a very accessible and even catchy CD that I hope will get a following inside and outside the genre.
With bands as Laïs and Ambrozijn and this Urban Trad, "folk" definitely ain't an abusive term anymore. When preceded by the the word "Belgian", it's quickly growing into a quality label.

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This Album in the Press

- Dieter van den Bergh in Oor : "Terwijl Folk in Nederland nog immer visioenen oproept van klompendansen en bierdrinkende mannen met baarden en sandalen, zijn de Belgen dit stadium reeds gepasseerd. New folk is dÚ trend. Urban Trad ... mixt op een ijzersterke manier Keltische folk met dance en rock en krijgt de steun van gerenommerde folkies uit Belg´e, Finland en Schotland."
- Het Volk : "Samen hebben ze een erg hoogstaande CD uitgebracht : One o Four. Het is een pareltje en voor wie even wil kennismaken met het begrip "the New Tradition" een must. De CD bevat 12 nummers en steekt vol variatie."
- Het Bourdonske : "... Het gaat nog verder dan wat Kadril in Vlaanderen of Co´ncidence in WalloniŰ doen. De Skandinavische folkrock en moderne traditionalisten als Hevia en Manau hebben hier duidelijk inspirerend gewerk, al wil dit Belgisch collectief toch minder ernstig overkomen. Zo'n holderdebolder technofolk-sound hadden wij nog niet in Belgenland."
- De Morgen : "De leden van Afro Celt Sound System bewezen al dat dance en traditionele folk best hand in hand kunnen gaan, en hun voorbeeld wordt nu gevolgd door Yves Barbieux ... De avontuurlijke bewerking van Andre Bialecs 'La Belle Jigue" is ronduit briljant."
- Tijd Cultuur : "... Niet dat 'One o Four' meteen bestemd is voor dansvloer van een hippe discotheek, daarvoor alles te melodieus en eist Barbieux' liefde voor de Keltische muziek een te prominente plaats op. Wat de CD bijzonder maakt, is dat je door de geprogrammeerde ritmes de hartslag van een drukke stad voelt maar dat je ook kan wegdromen op de tonen van een fluit, doedelzak, viool, tuba of accordeon: het platteland ligt binnen handbereik. 'Grootstedelijk traditionalisme' - wat de naam Urban Trad al suggereert- lijkt een gepaste omschrijving voor dit geslaagde huwelijk tussen dance en folk, een gegeven waarmee ook bands als hevia of Afro Celt Sound System succes oogsten."
- Music & Media : "With Interest in (traditional) folk music currently booming in Belgium, Urban Trad have managed to combine the best in local folk with modern dance rythms to create "techno-ambient influenced folk". ... The result is nothing less than astonishing"

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on December 6, 2000, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

Shop
Price of the CD
Shipping + other expenses
Total
Direct Link
Frontstage
719
0
719 Bef.
Frontstage
Azur
688
0
688 Bef.
Proxis
668
0
668 Bef.
Proxis
Atrecordings
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3$
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Netbeat
16,49 euro
2,77 euro
776 Bef.

The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations : let me know.

 

More about this group :

- Urban Trad official website
- contact : wilfried.brits@umusic.com
 

 

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