Unwired: Europe

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: World Music Network
WORKS: Unwired: Europe
PERFORMER: Various artists
CATALOGUE NO: RGNET 1101 CD

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Revivals of acoustic performance across the continent are the theme of UNWIRED: EUROPE. From Ireland, Scotland and England the guitar-backed sound extends into Portuguese fado, Greek rembetika, gypsy music and flamenco, and the forces expand into brass and several choruses.

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Unity within diversity is the message, though the traditions remain as distinctive as ever and the main unifying factor is high-class singing and playing. Unwiredness, it turns out, is relative: bassists don’t have to conform, and several other contributors from Russia, Norway and Finland clearly forgot to pull the plug out.