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A folk quartet formed in 74, Tarentule exploited the trad pre-classical folk vein in a stricter observance of the traditions than Malicorne ever did, although some of their instruments are a little unusual for that type of music (cornet). The group toured the folk scene before recording their sole self-titled album in April 77, the album being released later that year, but it will not change the group's popularity and actually divide it into a folk-ball unit, much to the displeasure of Bernard Lasbleiz. The group will part (end of 78) into two different groups, Lasbleiz founding Ti Jaz in Paris, while the other three will develop Eastern European folk music in Taraf. Their sole album received a re-issue on the Musea sub-label Ethnea

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Tarentule (1978)

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Tarentule Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Sole album from this relatively traditional folk multi-instrumentalist quartet that came rather late in Prog Folk's heyday period, even if France and the Basque were still in full swing, then. Their ultra-traditional approach of pre-medieval folk sounded rather dry for most of the late 70's youths; and outside the truthful renditions of some tracks, there isn't that much for progheads, except maybe in the few odd meters scattered here and there.

Only six tracks, but most of them are medleys of 13 separate songs. "Gigues, rondes et ritournelles de France" would be fitting title for this album, as it is really up the aisles of folk purist, often close to baroque-era music. Only the cornet and accordion make some anachronistic intrusion in the tracks, but I bet most purists wouldn't complain. Each song is commented about its origins and the context it is played in (this is also the case for Malicorne and Asgard and La Bamboche). It's hard to give a highlight because most tracks are equivalent, but if I must give one, it'll be the closing Trimousette, because it stands on its own and is quite expressive, taking on a slightly dramatic tone. Tarentule's album is nothing essential in prog folk and unless you really want to dog deep into the pre-classical folk, you'd better stay clear of this one, although it wouldn't defavce your collection either.

Thanks to Sean Trane for the artist addition.

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