Waulk Records

Waulk Records

Waulk Records was established in 1997. It now serves to release the work of artists associated with Waulk Music, a publishing company set up by Griselda in 2010. The label specialises in promoting UK-based traditional folk acts, West and North African artists.

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Recent Releases

The Gnawa Caravan: Salt: Simo Lagnawi 2015

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Catalogue no. WAULK10

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover photo: Hassan Hajjaj

The Gnawa Caravan: Salt is the third album from UK-based Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi. Salt, like water is a necessity of life, and this collection of traditional Gnawa music and original repertoire represents the next phase of Lagnawi’s life. These eleven pieces  revolve around Lagnawi’s guembri playing and strident vocals portraying aspects of Gnawa culture whilst exploring new territory. Lagnawi stirs in flavours of Guinean kora, Berber guitar and the desert landscapes of theTuareg people. The influence goes both ways, with  British musicians singing in Moroccan, playing Saharan blues guitar and riti, the one-stringed fiddle of the Fula people. European instruments such as  piano and clarinet add depth to the musical landscape. The result is a snapshot of the musical diversity of UK living, but with a strong Afrikan sensibility.

Curlicue: Freya Rae & Louis Bingham 2015

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Catalogue no. WAULK09

“The standard of musicianship is truly exceptional” Fatea, Sept 2015

Talented young duo Freya (flutes, whistles, clarinet) and Louis (guitars, banjo, bouzouki, bodhran) present an exciting and original album exploring unusual traditional and new compositions based on Irish and Breton dance music. Their bold interpretations, fine playing and inventive arrangements indicate an assured confidence as exponents of this instrumental material. Curlicue will appeal to anyone who enjoys traditional acoustic music. A classic debut.

Radial: Griselda Sanderson 2015

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Catalogue no. WAULK08

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover photo: Louis Bingham

“Radial is unique and fascinating, a new side to this exotic instrument, a real eye-opener.” Alex Monaghan, Folkworld

This is the follow-up to Griselda’s  first nyckelharpa album Harpaphonics. Whereas the first album explored the unique sounds of this fascinating bowed keyed fiddle with mostly original compositions, Radial takes the instrument  back to its roots with  interpretations of traditional Swedish polskas with a smattering of new compositions. Nevertheless, Griselda still pushes the boundaries with some unusual instrumentation including a guest appearance from Moroccan gnawa label mate Simo Lagnawi and African percussion. Other collaborators are Louis Bingham, James Dumbelton & Luke Jones on guitars & Ben Duckworth on hang drum. 

Houmet Paradis: James Dumbelton 2015

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Catalogue no. WAULK07

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

“Well crafted traditional folk” Fatea, Sept 2015

James Dumbelton’s album is an exploration of the mandolin in UK folk music. The roots of the material are in the morris dance tunes of the English tradition (James is a regular collaborator with English singers Jackie Oates & Jim Causley), but this collection goes way beyond England with the addition of tunes from as far afield as Sweden and songs from Scotland and the Westcountry. With Andy Clarke on bouzouki Houmet Paradis is a splendid contribution  from this engaging performer.

Yakar: Amadou Diagne 2013

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Catalogue no. WAULK06

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover art: Neil Cooper

“Diagne’s hushed, smoky voice and unhurried acoustic guitar is accompanied by striking string arrangements and elegant, sophisticated production…lifted up by quite stunning violin accompaniment by Griselda Sanderson. Indeed her string arrangements, combining hints of Celtic melody, a swirl of Egyptian classicism and the sound of the Swedish nyckelharpa, are outstanding throughout”.

Nigel Williamson, Songlines Magazine issue 95, October 2013.

The title track from the album was selected for fROOTS covermount compilation album issue 362/363 August/September 2013. The album was included in fROOTS Playlist Chart June/July 2013. Amadou was a winner of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2012.WMN

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Amadou Diagne and Griselda Sanderson, who played and arranged the strings and produced the album  won prestigious PRS for Music Foundation funding towards writing and producing the material on Yakar.

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Gnawa London: Simo Lagnawi 2013

Catalogue no. WAULK05

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover art: Hassan Hajjaj

 

“Gnawa London reveals Simo Lagnawi to be an artist to watch closely.” ****Tim Woodall, Songlines Magazine issue 94, August/September 2013

“It’s an outstanding piece of work. Gnawa London never lacks any feeling of spontaneity, and the depth of the groove is mesmerizing. Lagnawi is a musician you’re all going to hear a lot more about” Culture Capital, June 2013

“The gnawa man about town was beautifully recorded with a lovely intimate sound…very appealing if you’re in the mood for a bit of acoustic Moroccan trance bliss-out which, quite often of an evening, I find I am”
Jamie Renton, fROOTS Magazine no. 361 July 2013

A track from Simo Lagnawi’s album ‘Baniyorkoy’ has been included on a  Rough Guide compilation by World Music Network and New York Public Radio’s ‘New Sounds’ podcast. ‘Tourklila’ featured on Songlines ‘Top of the World’ covermount compilation, issue 94 August/September 2013. Simo was a winner of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands competition with the track ‘Baniyorkoy’ from this album in 2013.WMN

 

 

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Catalogue no. WAULK04

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover photo/art: Tim Dollimore/Griselda Sanderson

 

“A super-fluid feel throughout. Not one weak track exists on this album…not to be missed!”

Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

Julaba Kunda were winners of one of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands competitions in 2012. The track ‘Pijin Jalen’ from the album was included on their compilation album ‘Rough Guide To the Undiscovered World’. The album was included in fROOTS playlist on its release.WMN

 

 

Harpaphonics: Griselda Sanderson 2008

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Catalogue no. WAULK03

Producer: Griselda Sanderson

Cover photo/design: Clive Austin/John Spelling/Griselda Sanderson

“On Harpaphonics Griselda ingeniously incorporates the nyckelharpa’s many and special sounds into an impressive array of settings, moods and textures… I too swiftly became addicted to the fabulous sound of the nyckelharpa itself, finding it hard to prise this brave, enchanting and most rewarding disc from the player”

David Kidman, fROOTS & Netrhythms, November 2008

The album was included in fROOTS Playlist Chart March 2009 and was rated no. 5 in the Top Ten Best World Music Albums of 2009 by The Sunday Times.