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Sibelius-Akatemian Folk Big Band: FBB

When the voices ring together it's a communality fantasia or HOA's magic joy-dream.

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Lúnasa: Lúnasa with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

The individual fiddle and pipe go skipping and the cushion of strings rolls massively after them like a willing St Bernard.

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Annbjørg Lien: Khoom Loy

The theme trying to emerge as warmths and ambers, but stymied by the icicle cleverness of the fiddle.

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Mariel Vandersteel: Hickory

From the Cumberland Gap to the fjords of Norway.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden

A perfect synthesis of old and new on the follow up to their Grammy winning Genuine Negro Jig.

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Frigg: Grannen

Grannen finds its own level of happiness and nests there, immaculate.

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Various Artists: Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music

Rinzler chose his musicians for their tough strength, and for a quality you could label authenticity, or purity, or, as Dewey Balfa did: isolation.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Folk

Geoff Willis, the compiler, must have been aiming to put together a concise round-up of living musicians who show their own fidelity to established styles. This comes off pretty well.

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Väsen: Väsen Street

The gravity of their playing gives each song a feeling of being presented or framed, as if on a stage, illuminated.

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Betse Ellis: Don't You Want to Go?

Proof that Americana is still winning her over.

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Liz Carroll & John Doyle: Double Play

The beauty of this album lies in the way the instruments manage to keep a buttery, human impressionism even while they're playing swiftly.

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Väsen: Linnaeus Väsen

The three string musicians are all as good as they were on Live in Japan, yet I like this album less.

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