on 2 January 2012
Around ten musicians from Inner Mongolia in China, seeking to preserve their traditions through their roots/folk music. Laudable from a Western perspective as little Mongolian music comes this way.
The instruments are different - the horse head fiddle, for example, witness the extraordinary 'Galloping Horses' - horses being a theme oft returned to, the percussion lolloping along in equine rhythms across the CD.
Sometimes the feel is medieval. The opening half of 'The Legend of the Swan Brothers' with it's howling wolves and wind-rasping flute, could have you hunkered down on the winter Mongolian steppes at the time of Genghis Khan. In contrast, 'Give You A Rose' has an East Eurpoean dance feel.
Mention must be made of the throat singing. Positively catchy on 'Hoorai', hair raisng at other times. Intriging to see live I'll warrant.
on 8 September 2012
Not suitable for every occasion, but totally phenomenal music and incredible musicians, using up to 5 horse head fiddles that are like cellos, with a banjo like instrument, hearty Mongolian throat singing and powerful drumming. The group are from inner Mongolia in China. This CD will transport you to another timeless world of mountains and grasslands, and if you are looking for something a bit different definately give it a go! I bought the CD after seeing the group play at the Edinburgh festival in August 2012, where I was blown away by the experience of seeing them perform live.