"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song"
- Louis Armstrong
Music in bengal has always been influenced by multiple genres and sub genres of music across the world... Bengal has a rich variety of folk forms due to it’s great diversity of climate, lifestyle and philosophy. Quite interestingly bengali modern music has also been influenced by these genres and also by the folk music of other parts of the world like jewish, bluegrass, celtic, latin etc etc. We find such influences in songs of Tagore, Najrul Islam and later in the compositions of S D Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Akhilbandhu Ghosh etc.
Living a hectic, dusty city life where humans are turning into automatons and "corporate" becomes the first word of choice, we do look at an afterlife full of peace and never ending music where we can discover the "elysian fields" of our creative minds...
Well, cant we look at that afterlife within our own lifetime?
Fiddler's green talks about folklores of the world through songs of the south Asian subcontinent, sonically connecting them with humane stories of the shires in middle earth, running through the deserts of Arabia, the jungles of Kalahari, again merging with the streets of Havana and Puerto Rico or the wild trekking trails of Nepal all of which depicts a simple man looking for "Peace". The colours of this man change with the serenity of the agile bluegrass riffs, the aggression of the afro Cuban grooves, the obscurity of the Turkish lutes, the romanticism of the Flamenco rhythms, the spirituality of the Baul's dotara and many more. Yet that simple man remains within all of us looking for wisdom and happiness! It is absolutely an organic attempt to rediscover our roots and get thrilled with its never ending love.
Pan Asian folk forms like Bhatiyali, Baul, Fakiri, Bhadu, Tushu, Bihu, Goalpariya, Murshidi, Nepali Gandharva music, Sindhi Fakiri Qalams, Goan folk etc mixed with Celtic, Bluegrass, Jewish folk, Afro and other Indian folk styles... in the acoustic unplugged sounds of the mandolin, nylon string guitar, tenor guitar and world percussions. A unique blend of different folk sub genres. A very gentle and intelligent blend of O P Nayyar and Bill Monroe... Songs close to music lover's hearts, songs of the wild, songs of love ...
ARKO MUKHERJEE Vocals, Guitars
SHAMIK CHATTERJEE Guitars, Bass
DIPTANSHU ROY Mandolin, Tenor Guitars
RITOBAN LUDO DAS Indian & Afro Latin Percussions