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Artist Profiles: Miguel Allo

Miguel Allo – Photo by Strange Milena

Miguel Allo is the founder of Celtic band Camaxe. He is also a passionate gaitero (player of the gaita, the Galician bagpipes). He started playing the instrument at the age of 9 and by the age of 12 was already composing his first melodies.

Miguel grew up in the context of Galician musical culture and participated a numerous musical contests in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where he managed to win the first prize with his Belgian band. Miguel is also a member of Galician roots band Ialma.


Imaxes ‎(Wild Boar Music, 2005)
Airexa ‎(Music & Words, 2008)


Artist Profiles: Marc De Martelaer

Marc De Martelaer was the bass player for Celtic band Camaxe. His elaborate musical background is the result of his collaboration with numerous bands from the most diverse origins: Jewish with Krupnik, Brazilian with Samboa, Asian, etc.

As a recognized bass player he has had the opportunity to work together with some renowned Belgian musicians: Catoul- Micault group. Ten Strings, Claude Semal et les Convoyeurs, Perry Rose, etc).


Imaxes ‎(Wild Boar Music, 2005)
Airexa ‎(Music & Words, 2008)


Artist Profiles: Ialma


Ialma is responsible for the increasing influence of Galician folk music in Belgium. The group features five cantareiras (singers), who are descendants of Spanish immigrants from Galicia, as well as Belgian instrumentalists. Ialma also has strong Wallonian and Flamenco influences.

The vocalists are: Verónica Codesal, Marisol Palomo, Nuria Aldao, Natalia Codesal and Magali Menéndez

Tradicional Galician instruments such as gaita (bagpipe) and pandereta (tambourine) are combined with accordions, bass, and piano.


Palabras darei (Zoku, 2000)
Marmuladas (Zoku, 2002)
Nova Era (Kerua, 2006)
Simbiose (FOL Musica, 2011)
Camiño de Bruxelas a Santiago (Home Records, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Baptiste Argouarch

Baptiste Argouarch was born in St Nazaire in 1983 and started playing the violin at the age of 7. He studied classical music for 7 years, after which he turned to Irish traditional music only.

At 15 he started a violin building course from which he graduated in 2003.

Argouarch spent some time in Belgium, performing with Camaxe , Khalid Izri, Ialma, Turdus Philomélos and Klezmic Zirkus.


Artist Profiles: Ariane De Bievre

Ariane De Bievre

Ariane De Bievre plays flutes and percussion. She studied classical flute and also mastered the bansuri (Indian flute). She is also a skilled percussionist. She plays bodhran, bendir, daf and other instruments.

Ariane has performed with Julos Beaucame, Satya, Karo-Trio-Flute, Ten Strings, Univers Zero and Galician Celtic band Camaxe.


The Spirited Asturian Folk Songs of Felpeyu

Felpeyu – Cerquina (Tierra Discos, 2017)

Cerquina is the latest by Felpeyu, the leading contemporary folk music band from the Asturias region in northern Spain. Felpeyu’s musicians collect traditional folk songs from various sources such as books, manuscripts, ethnographic research and their own field work. These songs are recreated using new arrangements that borrow from contemporary Irish folk music. Felpeyu also writes its own material. Cerquina features traditional songs from Asturias and neighboring Galicia as original material.

The album is split between songs featuring vocals and instrumentals that are based in traditional Asturian dance rhythms: pasucáis (pasacalles), muñeres, saltones, xotes, dances and alboraes
In terms of musical instruments, Felpeyo combines traditional Spanish musical instruments like the bagpipes and guitar with Irish bodhran and Greek bouzouki.

The CD booklet include credits and lyrics in credits and lyrics in Asturian and English. Ruma Barbero, Felpeyu’s percussionist, was also in charge of graphic design.

The lineup on Cerquina includes Ruma Barbero on bodhrán; Luis Senén Fernández on bass, lead and backing vocals and shaker; Elías García on bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle; Diego Pangua on gaitas (bagpipes) and flute; Lisardo Prieto on fiddle; and Moisés Suárez on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki and backing vocals. Guests: Xuan Nel Expósito on accordion and Richard Garcia on keyboards.

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Artist Profiles: Ballycotton


Ballycotton started at the beginning of 1996 with a temporary band called Glakijamus. Three members this stayed together: Matthias Jakisic (fiddle), Alexander König (bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, guitar) and Harald G. Binder (percussion). They played Irish, Spanish Russian Folk standards and gave themselves name Ballycotton after small fishing village in South Ireland. A few months later Alex, headed to Liverpool (England) to join the Paul McCartney School. A substitute had be found. Gernot Strauß (guitar) was chosen.

He fit so well into the band that after Alex returned, Gernot also stayed. The quartet chose to create original music: Irish Folk with a lot of its own modern folk influences. In November of 1996 Ballycotton started to record its first CD Joanna’s Wedding, which was released in February of 1997. That same year, the first international tour led Ballycotton to Germany and Holland, playing mainly as street musicians or in pubs for food an accommodation.

As a Christmas present, Ballycotton’s label released the Maxi-CD My Little Drummer Boy featuring the original song by David Bowie and Bing Crosby and a song from the Ballycotton album Fairytale.

In 2005, the band released the concept album “Eyla.”


Joanna’s Wedding (1997)
Fairytale (1997)
A la cut (2001)
Mondland (2003)
Eyla (2005)
Jenseits vom Ende der Zeit (2009)


Madison Celtic Festival 2018 Program Announced


Madison Celtic Festival will take place during the weekend of March 9th-10th, 2018. The two headliners this year are Lúnasa and We Banjo 3. The festival also includes free dance, music and travel workshops.

Lúnasa is an acclaimed traditional Irish acoustic band featuring Kevin Crawford on flutes, low whistles and tin whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; Seán Smyth on fiddle and low whistle; and Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistles.

We Banjo

We Banjo 3 is made up of two pairs of gifted siblings from Galway, Ireland: brothers Enda Scahill on tenor banjo, vocals and Fergal Scahill on fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals; and brothers Martin Howley on tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals and David Howley on lead vocals, guitar. The group has created a new genre of music that combines traditional Irish music with American bluegrass music to form “Celtgrass.”

Since the band of brothers came together in 2011, they have released four albums. Their most recent album is String Theory.

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Arnaud Ciapolino’s Splendid Flutes

Arnaud Ciapolino – Serenità (Paker Prod PAKER PROD 017, 2015)

Serenitá showcases the versatility of flute wizard Arnaud Ciapolino. O his solo debut, the Breton musician delivers a delightful set of performances using several variations of the concert flute.

The musical influences range from contemporary Celtic and British Isles folk to jazz and laid back blues. There is exquisite interplay between Ciapolino’s flutes and various instruments such as the fiddle, guitar and trombone.

Although most of the album consists of instrumentals by Ciapolino, there are also two English-language songs included.

Serenità features first class musicians from France and Scotland. Personnel: Arnaud Ciapolino: flute, alto flute, bass flute, and piccolo; Eilidh Shaw on fiddle; Mike Clinton on bass; Johan Dalgaard on keyboards, Fender Rhodes piano, accordion, bass, guitar, autoharp, ukulele; Latabi Diouani on drums; Kris Drever on guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, vocals; Fidel Fourneyron on trombone; Angus MacKenzie on border pipe, Scottish small pipe, highland pipe and whistles; Ross Martin on guitar; Nicolas Quémener on guitar, vocals; and Alasdair White on fiddle.



Serenità is a splendid album that reveals a highly talented flute player who transcends musical borders.


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The Gloaming to Release Live Album

To celebrate their upcoming sold-out residency at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Irish music superband The Gloaming plans to release Live at the NCH, a live album recorded at the venue that has become their home from home. The album will be available on March 2, 2018 on CD, LP and digital formats.

To put Live at the NCH together Thomas Bartlett, the band’s producer and pianist Thomas Bartlett, reviewed two years of performances and chose six tracks: ‘The Booley House’, ‘Cucanandy’, ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’, ‘The Pilgrim’s Song’, ‘The Rolling Wave’ and ‘Fáinleog’.

These performances are extended and wander in unexpected new directions, incorporating new tunes and rearranging old ones. The Gloaming is Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore), Dennis Cahill (guitar), Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Thomas Bartlett (piano).

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