COMMON & TRADITIONAL ORNAMENTS – trills including trill-from-down and mordents – unison including “norwegian trill” aka unison+trill – drones (tune : ‘Herr Olóf’ from Sweden) – changing drone on a scale aka simple double-stops (mostly Värmlands polska & Røros pols) – dajstråk (tune : ‘Flödens död’ polska efter August Bohlin) MODERN & “COOL” ORNAMENTS – slide (up or down) – chop (tune : Halling etter Hilmar Alexandersen) (check the masters : Casey Driessen, Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston) SELDOM OR SPECIFIC ORNAMENTS – long trills (mostly in Siljan region in Dalarna, Sweden) – rolls – vibrato
DHM RECORD LABEL RADIO PRESS RELEASE For immediate release
Agent Starling release European Howl
Agent Starling’s debut album, European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021. The ten-track album is full of catchy hurdy-gurdy tunes, new songs, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all with an experimental edge.
Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments. Recorded in the first three months of 2021, European Howl also features Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the album was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa.
The album is influenced by musical traditions from nations across Europe. A mix of instrumental pieces, spoken word and songs, themes range from a miscellany of Greek Tales (Wine Dark Sea), an elegy by a dying lover (Requiem) to Helicopter Arms, inspired by the glorious gurdy tune at the heart of the song. Delores County Ride is a tribute to the women who hop trains in Arno Bitschy’s film This Train I Ride, and the album’s title track is an ode to being European, a call for connection in today’s isolationist climate.
Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia, also featuring Lou on bass. He spent the year before lockdown touring Europe meeting with other top hurdy-gurdy players exchanging tunes, techniques and experiences. The band usually play the alternative festival circuit throughout the summer, but due to lockdown restrictions on live music, Lou and Quentin joined forces to create Agent Starling and record European Howl.
European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021 on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM028, distributed by Label Worx.
I’m a big fan of Laurel Swift here are some videos explaining accompaniment and variation in folk music and a link to her website HOME – Laurel Swift I don’t play fiddle but the interesting thing is that the ideas and techniques she uses are transferable to almost any instrument.
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