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Robin Williamson founder in the 60's of the influential Incredible String Band and the Merry Band of the 70's, has been a key figure at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Europe and America since the 80's. He has authored a number of books including The Craneskin Bag (re-telling and re-versifications of Celtic lore) and Celtic Bards, Celtic Druids (co-authored with R.J. Stewart). Robin is Honorary Chief Bard of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

Read "Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska" reviewed by Martin Longley

FitkinWall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire June 25, 2018 In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles. Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

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ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland

Read "ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Con gli anni, le voci hanno acquistato un carattere sempre più rilevante nel catalogo ECM rispetto ai tempi della sua fondazione, quando l'etichetta bavarese era rivolta alla pubblicazione di musica di carattere prevalentemente jazzistico e quasi esclusivamente strumentale. I primi nomi di cantanti a trovar spazio nel catalogo dell'etichetta sono stati quelli di Norma Winstone, Aina ...

Manfred Eicher: ECM - Selected Signs III - VIII

Read "Manfred Eicher: ECM - Selected Signs III - VIII" reviewed by John Kelman

When München's Haus der Kunst sponsored a nearly three-month exhibition about the ECM Records label, ECM: A Cultural Archeology, which ran from November, 2012 to February, 2013, there was far more to it than just bringing together collections of album covers, rarely seen video, archival tapes, imagery and concert performances. As much as ECM has carved ...

June Tabor / Iain Ballamy / Huw Warren: Quercus

Read "June Tabor / Iain Ballamy / Huw Warren: Quercus" reviewed by John Kelman

Awaiting release for more than seven years, Quercus is not the first time ECM has branched into the realm of traditional British music combined with jazz improvisation. Unlike the rawer and more unfettered freedom of producer Steve Lake's inspired pairing of singer Robin Williamson with improvisers including violist Mat Maneri, bassist Barre Phillips and Swedish traditionalist ...

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Lucian Ban / Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Concert

Read "Transylvanian Concert" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been six years since Mat Maneri last appeared on ECM, collaborating with singer Robin Williamson on the British traditionalist's exploratory The Iron Stone (2007); even longer since the violist shared a marquee for the German label, on 2004's Angles of Repose, with his now-deceased father, microtonal reed player Joe Maneri, and bassist Barre Phillips; even ...

Charles Lloyd: Quartets

Read "Charles Lloyd: Quartets" reviewed by John Kelman

ECM's Old & New Masters Edition series was not just created to bring material back into print. Some has been available on CD before, but an even bigger carrot for fans of the label is material that has never been on compact disc, like bassist Arild Andersen's three 1970s recordings, collected on Green in Blue (2010), ...

The Iron Stone

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: The Climber; Sir Patrick Spens; Wyatt

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Robin Williamson: The Iron Stone

Read "The Iron Stone" reviewed by John Kelman

Scottish singer/multi-instrumentalist Robin Williamson continues to mine the nexus of traditional song and free improvisation on The Iron Stone. Back from Skirting the River Road (ECM, 2002) are Mat Maneri (viola and Hardanger fiddle) and Swedish traditionalist Ale Möller (on a plethora of instruments plucked, pressed or blown), while renowned bassist Barre Phillips makes his first ...

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Robin Williamson: The Iron Stone

Read "The Iron Stone" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Robin Williamson's The Iron Stone is one of his most unusual ones, because it is a careful blend between experimental, improvised music and poetry. Recorded in the Welsh countryside, Williamson's third outing for ECM continues to evolve and develop what began on 2002's Skirting The River Road. While previously he favored and looked for inspiration ...


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