PIPES AND PINTS are punk-rock-folk band established in Prague in 2006. The band’s trade marks are Highland bagpipes and punk sound and attitude. Since their beginning these guys don’t hesitate to hit the road with a passion which has gained them a reputation of true believers who give it all.
In 2009 in cooperation with Wolverine Records and Unrepentant Records the band released their debut album “Until We Die” followed by 2010 European tour which included 110 club and festival shows, some of them as a support for Los Locos. The album was positively reviewed by media and radios not only in Europe but also in Japan, North and South America and Australia. The band was featured in foreign music charts, for example in American Top Ten Shite‘n‘Onions or Germany’s Celtic-Rock.de.
The 2011-2012 tour took the band around Europe but also to England and Russia, playing festivals like Rebellion (UK), Force Attack (DE), Open’er (PL), Mighty Sounds (CZ), Punk Holidays (SLO), Resist to Exist (DE), Rock For People (CZ) and others.
Their second album “Lost and Found” was produced by Darian Rundall (Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, US Bombs etc.) and released on November 2011 by Sony Music/Century Media/People Like You Records. The album reached Anděl Award in the Czech Republic and got lot of positive reactions from critics and media in the Czech Republic and Europe. Fans supported the album and sold out concerts during the winter tour. The icing on the cake was the invitation to CEETEP festival exchange program, resulting shows at festivals like B’estfest (RO), Les Feux de Lete (FR), Rock’n’stock (FR), Eier mit Speck (DE) plus another European and Russian tours in 2012 – 2014.
The band was going better and better but due to personal reasons after 2016 summer season had decided to take an indefinite break during which both guitar player and singer left. The rest of the group really missed playing live concerts and in a short time they found a new singer and guitar player. The new formation immediatelly fulfiled their calendar of concerts and summer festivals for 2018 and beginning of 2019. Release of a new album is scheduled to May 2019, to be recorded in Red Bull Studios Berlin. The new era of Pipes and Pints has just begun.
It’s a pleasure on friday 6th October Ponk will perform at Budapest Ritmo Festival, which takes place at the famous Akvárium club. The show starts at 19:15, the same night together with Ponk will play Félix Lajkó & Volosi, Söndörgö & Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Mokoomba and more…[/trim]
Nive Nielsen and the Deer Children play original hummable folk melodies with a streak of vocal jazz or cowboy ballads with an elfin side. Nive is a Greenlandic artist who travels the world playing shows everywhere from Europe to Asia, and the Americas.
If you got a team of the greatest children’s book writers in the world together, they couldn’t invent Greenlandic folk pop singer Nive Nielsen. In her case at least, band bios are simply stranger than fiction. A few facts about her: The first concert she ever played was for the queen of Denmark on national television; she acted in the Hollywood movie The New World starring Colin Farrell; and she actually is Inuit — well, Inuk — an indigenous Greenlander. Also, it’s daylight all summer where she lives.
A few more facts: She plays a little red ukulele in her band called the Deer Children. She writes songs about love and reindeer and forgetting to make coffee. She won an IMA – Independent Music Award in the US, worked with Howe Gelb and John Parish and friends from such indie royalty outfits as The Black Keys and Wolf Parade. Really, I’m not making it up.
What’s even more surprising is that her fanciful back story is matched by her own ability to tell stories or sometimes just hint at them with her warm, reedy voice. Sometimes she sings out with and old-timey quaver; sometimes she sings in a soft, childlike murmur. The songs themselves are straight out of a storybook that never was. They could be from anywhere, and they are hard to place in time. They are hummable folk tunes on indie steroids with her international, very interesting group of musicians, to say the least. Her songs have a way of sticking in your mind — and not just because they were written by the only Greenlandic Inuit indie Band you can think of. Snow Songs? Inuit Indie? What ever it is, you have to check them out!
Nive and The Deer Children are:
Nive Nielsen – writes the songs, sings, plays guitar and ukulele,
Jan de Vroede – produces the songs and plays whatever lies around mostly things with keys and strings,
Charlie – guitar, banjo, saw and twang,
Jeppe Skovbakke – bass and low end,
Andrew Collberg – drums and such,
Salik Parbst + Nicolaj Brandt – horns and jangl’n things…
“Nieve Nielsen makes folk interesting with a hint of rock and grunge” Fresh Beats 365
“These songs are shape-shifting beasts that twist as soon as you think you’ve got them pinned down” Folk Radio UK
We are proud and happy to announce a new artist on our agency roster – NIVE AND THE DEER CHILDERN, amazing folk-pop singer from Greenland with her band whose bios are simply stranger than fiction. Full info coming soon![/trim]
“Postfolklor” the debut album of Moravian cimbalom trio PONK has received great review and 4* of 5 from the Songlines magazine. Let’s go for more![/trim]
The irish-punk pioneers Greenland Whalefishers started out in Bergen, Norway, in 1994, long before anyone had heard of bands like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys. Combining British punk with Celtic folk influences, the band soon became one of the most interesting post-Pogues bands.
Two decades of touring all around the world, sparkling live shows. releasing nine full length albums, piles of singles and EPs, an uncountable number of split-releases, a documentary movie and contributing with music to the movie “Boondock Saints – All Saints Day”, places the underground folk punkers in Greenland Whalefishers as one of the worlds most credible celtic rock bands.
“Greenland Whalefishers picked up where the Pogues left off and are consistently setting the standard for Paddy Punk with every release.” – John Bowles –paddyrock.com (Chicago, USA)
As a part of the celebration of Greenland Whalefishers ́ 20th anniversary in 2014, the band released the documentary movie “20 Years Of Waiting” covering the entire history of the band. The movie gained fantastic reviews: “
all was answered and more by this amazing Rockumentary celebrating 20 years of one of the greatest Paddy Punk bands in the world ever.” -paddyrock.com ( New York, USA ).
Greenland Whalefishers have toured in the USA, Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Belgium etc, and on stage they met lot of their colleagues and friends like Shane MacGowan, Dropkick Murphys, Dubliners or The Real McKenzies. And they will continue touring all over world with more power and energy than ever on what may be called their never ending world tour. It is all this hard work and all the experience touring that has made critics applaud the bands albums and concerts saying ” this is probably one of the best Celtic Punk bands you will ever see perform live“.
“one of the best voices in music” – T Bone Burnett
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto, creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album “Soul of the January Hills” (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album “Star in the East” (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on “Josh Billings Voyage”, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown (timeriksenmusic 2012).
Eriksen’s own compositions, which NetRhythms UK described as “strange and original works”, have been featured in films like the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle “Chrystal” and the upcoming documentary “Behold the Earth”. Eriksen’s other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella‘s 2004 Oscar-winning film “Cold Mountain” as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album “Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.
The former frontman of the prophetic groups Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards. Having graduated from early shows at punk mecca CBGB, Tim’s more recent performances have included his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Even Chambers‘ symphonic work “The Old Burying Ground” and two week-long stints at the Blue Note Jazz Club with Omar Sosa. In the studio, he has worked with producers including Joe Boyd, T-Bone Burnett and Steve Albini.
While Eriksen’s curiosity and passion have led him on many musical journeys besides American roots – from punk rock and shape-note gospel through South Indian classical music and Bosnian pop to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music – all his explorations are linked by the qualities of intensity, directness, and authority which combine in a music that captures a truth about human experience and expresses it without apology.
TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP
Tim Eriksen’s work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition. He is a founder of what is currently the world’s largest Sacred Harp singing convention, in Northampton, MA. In the words of Paste Magazine editor Josh Jackson, “no one has done more to help revive Sacred Harp singing among a younger generation.”
Eriksen has taught college courses including American Balladry, Global Sounds, Film Music from Hollywood to Bollywood, American Music, and Songwriting at Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Smith College, The University of Minnesota, Hampshire College and Wesleyan University. In addition, he has taught hundreds of hour- to week-long workshops and seminars in shape-note harmony singing, American music history, ballad singing and instrumental accompaniment at festivals, universities, museums and arts centers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Society for Ethnomusicology Convention, Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), Camp Fasola (Anniston, AL) and the Early Music Festival in Jaroslaw, Poland. His students have ranged from a group of kindergarteners at an inner city school in Portland, Oregon to Nicole Kidman, Elvis Costello, Sting and a group of fifty Romanian extras in the film Cold Mountain and the senior citizen members of the now legendary Young at Heart Chorus.
NO Blues is the crossroad where Folk, Blues and Arabic music meet, it’s an Arabicana.
You will not find the word ‘Arabicana’ in any encyclopedia except in combination with the band NO blues. What started as experiment became a full blown musical genre. They called their unique mix of Americana (folk, blues and country) and Arabic music; ‘Arabicana’.
Oh Yeah Habibi (2015): ten years and up-to-date
If you look up the word ‘arabicana’ you find a music genre and its inventors; NO blues. Even after ten years the band that combines Oriental roots music and American folk blues is still unique in the world.
On the new album Oh Yeah Habibi, NO blues bridges the gap between east and west and changes the Nile and the Mississippi in one meandering musical delta. Even though the band has been together for ten years, the new album Oh Yeah Habibi sounds direct and fresh like a debut album. Oud player Haytham Safia: “We went back to the core of guitar, oud, double bass and percussion.” Different from the previous albums, NO blues chooses to use current events as topics for their songs. Songs like Exodus and The World Keeps Turning refer to people that seek refuge and Two Trains and Gods Move refer to religious themes. ”It struck us that our music seemed to have a different energy after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo,” says bass player Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen. “NO blues has always been a political statement in music, we had to follow that up with our lyrics.” Guitarist Ad van Meurs: ”We’ve never been a political band, but we definitely don’t look the other way either.”
Oh Yeah Habibi is more on topic than previous NO blues albums and the critically acclaimed arabicana from this Dutch based top team that has been working together for ten years, still has great impact. In twelve new studio tracks the band reaches a next level in their musical embrace between east and west.
In 2004 Rob Kramer – artistic director of productiehuis Oost-Nederland – invites three string virtuosos for a three-day session that should result in one joint concert. The spontaneously developed synergy between Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen (bass), Ad van Meurs (guitar) and Haytham Safia (u’d – Arabic lute) lead to hundreds of shows and four NO blues albums. Vast Arabic scales mingle with tight blues schedules. In 2007 NO blues becomes a quintet with the advent of percussionist Osama Maleegi and vocalist and producer Ankie Keultjes. Meanwhile, they also conquer the world music lovers in France, Greece, Mexico and in many Arab countries.
NO Blues discography
Farewell Shalabiye (2005)
Ya Dunya (2007)
Hela Hela (2010)
Kind of NO blues (2013)
Oh Yeah Habibi (2015)
“an authentic shiver up the spine” 4/5*, Songlines 2016, issue #123
Death, disaster, murder and mayhem are the staple themes of folk ballads from the Appalachians to the Carpathians; Moravia, the eastern land of the Czech Republic, has its own share of tales of doom and gloom. Ponk – three musicians from the city of Brno – take these songs as the raw material for their explorations into the sonic possibilities of integrating their Moravian roots with a broad palette of modern influences within a traditional line-up of cimbalom, violin and double-bass.
All three have a background of classical music education as well as wide experience in folklore groups, but their taste in music has also been formed by other sounds from the global village green, from rock to hip-hop. Ponk allow all these elements to creatively coalesce to become, as per the title of their debut album, Postfolklor.
Moravia has one of the richest living folklore traditions in Europe with diverse dialects spoken and customs, traditional costumes, dances and musical styles that vary greatly from village to village. “Postfolklor” (2015), Ponk’s debut album, draws heavily on these traditional musical motifs yet the band manage to give these traditional sounds exciting new life with their unconventional modern treatment. The unique texture of Ponk’s music is largely down to the sound of cimbalom. Unlike traditional folk musicians, however, Ponk make use of the instrument’s entire sonic and rhythmic potential, often producing sounds reminiscent of a strange rock guitar. Likewise, the double bass has abandoned its traditional folk sound to follow modern melodic, rhythmic and percussive paths. Ponk’s overall sound is complemented by an instantly recognizable “dirty” violin sound, with intentionally non-folk, rock phrasing. Add distinctive lead-vocals layered over creatively constructed harmonies and you have a unique and distinctly post-folklore sound that breaks all boundaries of the genre.
Postfolklor got positive reviews from all over the world. It was featured in TOP 20 WMCE (World Music Chart Europe) and played by radio stations in Germany, France, Poland and USA. In March 2016, Ponk was awarded Anděl music prize for the best Czech world music album of 2015.
This year the trio composed and recorded music soundtrack to „KIV. – King by favour of the divine mercy“, interactive comic with game elements for the main national TV Czech Television and the band was chosen to represent Czech Republic at international showcase & conference Czech Music Crossroads (by Colours of Ostrava) in july 2016. Last but not least Ponk has been the first band ever to sing in Czech language at the prestigious WOMEX 2016 shocase festival and conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Ponk members are:
Michal Krystýnek – vocals & violin
Eduard Tomaštík – cimbalom & vocals
Jakub Nožička – double bass & vocals