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Felonious Bosch


Country of origin:

USA

Type of music generally:

Contemporary folk

Status:

Most recent release, Phenomena (2012); band is on indefinite hiatus

See also:

Felonious Bosch's site

Felonious Bosch's Facebook page

Comparisons:

Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy

Covers/own material:

Own and own arrangements of traditional songs, occasional covers

General comments:

Felonious Bosch play updated and amazingly vital folk music. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

new dark ages (2006) is the first we've heard

Recordings:

  • Felonious Bosch (2003)
  • new dark ages (2006)
  • Toybox (duets, 2010)
  • Bent Slinky Session (2012)
  • Phenomena (2012)

new dark ages

Release info:

2006—Omnium—omm 2042

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Renée Bracchi—drum kit, percussion
Ric Lee—violin, banjo
Drew Miller—bass, dulcimar
Scott Nieman (Nemo)—bouzoukis, cittern, guitar, tenor banjo
Katy Thomasberg—vocals

Guest artists:

Hannah Thiem—violin (1, 5, 9), riq (1)
Christine Gangelhoff—piccolo (2, 11), flute (2, 4, 7, 10, 11), kaval (7)
Carol Biscardi—cello (3)
Steve Clarke—baritone sax (9)

Produced by:

Felonious Bosch

Comments:

Felonious Bosch make modernized folk music. They do their own songs, traditional songs and even a Black Sabbath cover. Their irreverent attitude towards folk is reminiscent of the great Bellowhead. "Drunken Brawl" with its sound effects of breaking bottles and boisterous tempo is great fun. They are based in the U.S., but their folk sound is rooted in the European tradition and they make that work. The Black Sabbath song fits in well with the other numbers, a sure sign of a gifted band, who know how to pick covers. The Romanian number "Deep Blue" gets rendered well and is played with gusto. This band is worth discovering. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Toybox

Release info:

2010—Omnium

Availability:

Wide in U.S.

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Renée Bracchi—drum kit, percussion
Steve Clarke—saxes, flutes
Drew Miller—bass guitar
Scott Nieman—bouzokis, cittern, guitar melodies
David Stenshoel—violin, saxophone
Katy Thomasberg—vocals, lyrics

Guest artists:

Produced by:

Felonious Bosch

Comments:

Felonius Bosch continues their irreverent and appealing journey into folk music. Katy Thomasberg still has one of the finest voices I've heard and the songs are great. "F.L.T" is a surprisingly funky and marvelously limber song. "Name in vain" is more folksy and has a gorgeously played backdrop for Thomasberg to emote against. "Las Velas" is a lovely tune with a strong mood that they handle well. It's a fabulous album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to stjarnell@yahoo.com for work on this entry.

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