Best of 2009

2. 1. 2010 | Rubriky: Articles,Feature

[by Ken Hunt, London] The doom and gloom of recession and depression, inflation and deflation affected people’s lives enormously during 2009. Some say it put dampeners on life. Musically though, on balance it was a year of hope, despite losses.

New releases

Aruna Sairam / Divine Inspiration / World Village
Damien Barber & Mike Wilson / Under The Influence / Demon Barber Sounds
Szilvia Bognár / Semmicske énekek/Ditties / Gryllus
Kaushiki Chakrabarty / Live at Saptak Festival / Sense World Music
Leonard Cohen / Live in London / Columbia/Sony Music
Gwenan Gibbard / Sidan Glas / Sain
Robb Johnson / The Ghost of Love / Irregular
La Musique D’Issa Sow / Doumale / Home Records
Amira Medunjanin and Merima Ključo / Zumra / Gramofon/ World Village
Cass Meurig and Nial Cain / Deuawd / fflach:tradd
Bea Palya / Egyszálének/Justonevoice / Sony Music (Hungary)
Madeleine Peyroux / Bare Bones / Decca
Martin Simpson / True Stories / Topic
Matt Turner, Peg & Bill Carrothers / The Voices That Are Gone / Illusions
Wenzel / König von Honolulu / Matrosenblau
Wihan Quartet / Beethoven Late String Quartets / Nimbus Alliance

Historic releases, reissues and anthologies

Alistair Anderson / Steel Skies / Topic
Jesse Fuller / Move On Down The Line / Fled’gling
Davy Graham / A Scholar and a Gentleman / Decca
Grateful Dead / Road Trips Vol. 2Carousel 2.14.68 / Grateful Dead Productions
Louis Killen / Ballads and Broadsides / Topic
Various artists / 50 Years of Folk Music in Newcastle / Ceilidh Connections
Various artists / BlodeugerddSong of the Flowers / Smithsonian Folkways
Various artists / Onder De Groene Linde / Music & Words
Various artists / Theme Time Radio Hour, Season 2 / Ace
Various artists / Three Score & Ten / Topic

Events of 2009

Aruna Sairam / Darbar International South Asian Music Festival 2009 / Purcell Room, London / 3 April 2009
F. Wasifuddin Dagar / Nehru Centre, London / 8 April 2009
Brass Monkey / The Goose Is Out! DHFC, East Dulwich, London / 15 May 2009
Iva Bittová / Purcell Room, London / 10 June 2009
Leonard Cohen / Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey / 11 July 2009
Richard Thompson / Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Oxfordshire, England / 14 August 2009
Ridina Ahmedová / Palác Akropolis, Prague / 9 September 2009
Martin Simpson & Big Band / Queen Elizabeth Hall, London / 17 September 2009
June Tabor / Queen Elizabeth Hall, London / 18 September 2009
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Salil Mohan Bhatt / Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall, London / 29 November 2009
Bahauddin Dagar / Lecture Room, Victoria & Albert Museum, London / 18 December 2009

Images: Smile (possibly a Banksy) (Ken Hunt), Three Score & Ten (courtesy of Topic Records) and Aruna Sairam and Bahauddin Dagar (Santosh Sidhu).

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