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Folk on the Lawn #teaser video!


We’re about to leave East Anglia to head do Wales for our first gigs ever there, at Folk on The Lawn festival – this is Breton language, hopefully after 3 days there we might be able to speak 2-3 words of Welsh!

11/07/2015, River Stage, Llwyfan Yr Afon, 9.10pm
12/07/2015, River Stage, Llwyfan Yr Afon, 2.45pm

http://folkonthelawn.com/

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Memories from Istanbul – May 2015


Video takes from our last stay in Istanbul.

Beyoğlu, Karaköy (electronic shops), Tunnel (music shop), Kadiköy (outdoors dancing)

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Recording/mixing another (irish folk) band ?


A few weeks ago, time had come for us to go to the east of France and get our prize from the Jotinette contest, which actually was a perfect excuse for us to go and meet musicians from this area ! Not only we met them and had great time there, we even recorded a demo for one of their bands called Hop Corner. They play traditionnal Irish folk music.

I thought it could be quite a challenge as well as a valuable experience to record and mix a band in an extremely acoustic setup (fiddle, irish flute, bouzouki/guitar), which is somehow far opposite from what I am used to do with Astrakan Project…

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The recording studio, actually a nice room dedicated to music ! Look at this gorgeous wooden floor.

The recording was made “live”, with stage microphones, actually what was available in the house !

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Sam & Zsófi, actually the landlords of this amazing house !
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Julien & Sam.

It was actually a nice and extremely friendly recording session, followed by a couple of days mixing / mastering…

And this is what it sounds like, we hope you will like it as much as we do !

You can hear their full 5-track demo from their website, and it really worth it : http://hopcorner.fr/

…and follow/like them on Facebook ! 😉

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An old memory from our *first* gig ever in London!


Look what just popped up! A souvenir from our first London gig during our first UK tour, almost a year ago… feels like ages and also feels like yesterday! Our big smile has probably to do with the awesome people we had met during that first tour that are now part of our lives – and also with the awesome gig we had performed in Ipswich the previous days.

I don’t know if any of you can tell the huge sound change on stage – we really can! It’s good to look back and feel we’ve moved forward that much. And also to imagine where we can be in maybe a year ahead? 😉

§Simone

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A documentary about busking ?


Yes, everything may happen in this world ! We met Peppe Lovino last week as I was busking in Cardiff’s main street (Wales – UK), who is a student currently setting up an international documentary about busking.

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I must say that for musicians  – professionnal or not -, street busking is something pretty usual as well as recognised in the UK, also a reason why we distinguish “busking” from “begging”, which is supposed to be totally different.

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According to Peppe, buskers have in many cases very interesting and unusual experiences to share, which gives enough reasons and material to build a full documentary about it. This is a first rush of his footage :

You may have noticed that I mostly play irish music while busking, I indeed use this time to play some of my favourite irish tunes, and to intensively practice my irish fiddling under hard conditions (for example, the weather was freezing like hell, as you can see by the fact that I was wearing woolen gloves, specially designed and made for winter busking by Simone 😉 !

§ Yann

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A soryteller, breton musicians, bagpipe players, the devil…


It’ a short summary of what you can expect if you show up in Northampton next Thursday for our next gig there… and it inspired me a little teaser…

Gig: Thursday the 12th of March 2015
Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/142248…

A magical evening with storyteller Richard York (find out more here: http://www.taleteller.co.uk/)

Concert details:
Phipps Northampton Brewery Company
54 Kingswell Street, NN1 1PR Northampton

Tickets: £5 from the NN cafe / Popped Albion Brewery Bar on online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/311815

Doors open at 8pm

If you have friends around there, please, let them know!

§ Simone

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Some acoustic music?


1932 is one of our favorite songs to play live on radio shows, and not only because it’s shorter than the usual 5 minutes long songs we tend to have! It’s cool it got video recorded last Sunday in Paris…

Folk a Lier Astrakan Project Radio Libertaire

Folk a Lier Astrakan Project Radio Libertaire

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Soon playing at… the Wolf’ Hole?


Indeed, we’ll play in a place called Le Trou Au Loup, a tiny small place with nice ambiance, wine and food… and well, I felt inspired by the place name!

The music lyrics are traditional (again!), the meaning is unclear, researchers think they might relate to songs used by druids during their training to remember about long lists of items (like plants, trees, places, magical days…). It’s only a wee piece of the song, we’d like to bring together the full song, so far… it’s been a challenge!

§ Simone