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Contemporary Folk music at Aardvark Records

Contemporary folk music at Aardvark comes with a big heart, authenticity and honesty. Our focus is on songs that celebrate life in all its forms and guises - especially the sense of a connection and belonging in the world. Life, love, happiness, regret, joy, longing, reflection, searching…our contemporary folk artists celebrate all aspects of what makes us human…the very things that make us feel and think.

Benny Tetteh-Lartey-folk

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Benny Tetteh-Lartey
Scottish folk singer-songwriter & Reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey  played bass guitar & was vocalist in top Edinburgh band Makossa from 1987 to 1991. He's toured Scotland, recorded film tracks for short film "Salome" by Lucy Enfield (sister of screen writer and comedian Harry Enfield).  He's also played bass guitar and backing vocals for Dave Robb & The Filmmakers from 1991 to 1992.

He's also toured in Berlin and northern Germany and fronted BTL as bass playing vocalist 1992 to 1994 along with Phil McGowan, Killian Steele and John Mathieson.

Benny became a solo artist in 1995. He adapted the 12 string acoustic guitar bought for him by his father into an 8 string and coined the phrase "Afro Scot Rock".  He completed his first BTL album "Don’t be Sad" in 1998, sharing centre stage with acclaimed singer songwriter Nick Harper (son of legendary Roy Harper) at London's Twelve Bar in 1999.
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Lordryk

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Lordryk
Moondragon
Contemporary Celtic folk but taken to another level achieved, largely, by dragging traditional instruments into the nineties. To that add beautiful lyrics and melodies and enhanced by the individuality of the bands members”.

Lordryk was formed by three brothers - Andy, Paul and Tim Ashton, formerly with the Cornish band Moondragon. So it should come as no surprise that Lordryk is the Cornish word for Moondragon.

Lordryk hit the road and became an instant success, touring in the UK and mainland Europe where they built up huge fan bases. Lordryk was asked back to the Loriant Celtic Festival four years in a row - unusual, even for a top act, to be asked back more than twice. Lordryk continued to headline at festivals and major venues and the occasional support. Notably Lordryk supported The Levellers during a tour of Holland.
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Proudly psychedelic pagan, progressive punk, space rock, reggae amalgam, with some really nice guitar work and folk influences. Classic material infused with a driving energy and mushroom power.

The Clectic Rock band Mondragon was formed at the end of the 80s by three brothers – Andy, Paul and Tim Ashton. The equally highly talented drummer Richard Austin was the drummer.

The quickly became Cornwall’s premier band and were soon travelling up-country to perform. The release of the 'Dream' album greatly enhanced their reputation and they began to support name bands.

In the early 90s Richard left the band. The search for a drummer of equal talent became prolonged. Thus songs appeared but proved to be  more folk based in nature.  The band Lordryk becamse the result of the shift in musical direction. Richard Mulryne was joined up as the new drummer and Moondragon were up and running once more.
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Satya Graha

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Benny Tetteh-Lartey
Satya Graha
Steve O'Connor
Scottish folk singer-songwriter & Reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey  played bass guitar & was vocalist in top Edinburgh band Makossa from 1987 to 1991. He's toured Scotland, recorded film tracks for short film "Salome" by Lucy Enfield (sister of screen writer and comedian Harry Enfield).  He's also played bass guitar and backing vocals for Dave Robb & The Filmmakers from 1991 to 1992.

He's also toured in Berlin and northern Germany and fronted BTL as bass playing vocalist 1992 to 1994 along with Phil McGowan, Killian Steele and John Mathieson.

Benny became a solo artist in 1995. He adapted the 12 string acoustic guitar bought for him by his father into an 8 string and coined the phrase "Afro Scot Rock".  He completed his first BTL album "Don’t be Sad" in 1998, sharing centre stage with acclaimed singer songwriter Nick Harper (son of legendary Roy Harper) at London's Twelve Bar in 1999.
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Every band says they grew up with a passion for music. American folk rock/ pop band Satya Graha understands the It factor with music. The Chicago-based band loves music enough to give it space and life of its own. They don’t fill every second with sound and action…they give the music enough openness to invite listeners into it and go their own way. There is no grandstanding, no pontificating and it’s all ego free; just bare boned melodic folk rock sounds with a slight twist of americana with a touch of an old country roots vibe that gives this music such an intimate feel. It's a mix of old and new that sits so comfortably together.

It's the intimacy that's the key. Playing large stadiums isn't what Graha is all about. The energy and connectedness of smaller venues is where Graha is at its best. The ability to genuinely make contact with the crowd is one of the keys that make Graha the growing success that it is. The live performances are simple magic effortlessly delivered.
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Steve O'Connor was born and raised in Liverpool, a cultural, charismatic city with a rich and famed musical heritage.  Steve has travelled extensively in his life, which has helped him to understand and appreciate the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. With musical influences such as Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, the Eagles and, of course, The Beatles - to name but a few - this held him in good stead for the musical journey that lay ahead.  It wasn't until he moved to the highlands of Scotland, however, that his natural gift for song-writing began to manifest. This ancient land steeped in a music legacy all its own provided inspiration, both visual and spiritual.  It was here that Steve taught himself to play guitar and subsequently write his own music and lyrics. Read the Full Story

Steve O'Connor

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Benny Tetteh-Lartey
Satya Graha
Steve O'Connor
Scottish folk singer-songwriter & Reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey  played bass guitar & was vocalist in top Edinburgh band Makossa from 1987 to 1991. He's toured Scotland, recorded film tracks for short film "Salome" by Lucy Enfield (sister of screen writer and comedian Harry Enfield).  He's also played bass guitar and backing vocals for Dave Robb & The Filmmakers from 1991 to 1992.

He's also toured in Berlin and northern Germany and fronted BTL as bass playing vocalist 1992 to 1994 along with Phil McGowan, Killian Steele and John Mathieson.

Benny became a solo artist in 1995. He adapted the 12 string acoustic guitar bought for him by his father into an 8 string and coined the phrase "Afro Scot Rock".  He completed his first BTL album "Don’t be Sad" in 1998, sharing centre stage with acclaimed singer songwriter Nick Harper (son of legendary Roy Harper) at London's Twelve Bar in 1999.
Read the Full Story
Every band says they grew up with a passion for music. American folk rock/ pop band Satya Graha understands the It factor with music. The Chicago-based band loves music enough to give it space and life of its own. They don’t fill every second with sound and action…they give the music enough openness to invite listeners into it and go their own way. There is no grandstanding, no pontificating and it’s all ego free; just bare boned melodic folk rock sounds with a slight twist of americana with a touch of an old country roots vibe that gives this music such an intimate feel. It's a mix of old and new that sits so comfortably together.

It's the intimacy that's the key. Playing large stadiums isn't what Graha is all about. The energy and connectedness of smaller venues is where Graha is at its best. The ability to genuinely make contact with the crowd is one of the keys that make Graha the growing success that it is. The live performances are simple magic effortlessly delivered.
Read the Full Story
Steve O'Connor was born and raised in Liverpool, a cultural, charismatic city with a rich and famed musical heritage.  Steve has travelled extensively in his life, which has helped him to understand and appreciate the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. With musical influences such as Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, the Eagles and, of course, The Beatles - to name but a few - this held him in good stead for the musical journey that lay ahead.  It wasn't until he moved to the highlands of Scotland, however, that his natural gift for song-writing began to manifest. This ancient land steeped in a music legacy all its own provided inspiration, both visual and spiritual.  It was here that Steve taught himself to play guitar and subsequently write his own music and lyrics. Read the Full Story

Folk Music News

  • To celebrate Benny Tetteh-Lartey being played every 15 minutes in a UK Caffe Nero....we're running a little competition. Win a free Benny Tetteh-Lartey "See The Wonder" CD. Answer the following question (please post your answer on Twitter!!!): "What Benny Tetteh-Lartey song goes perfectly with your favorite Caffe Nero cuppa...and why?" You must include the hash tag #BennyTetteh in your answer. The competition closes Midnight tonight (GMT). We'll print out all the answers, put them in the ole goldfish bowl, and pick one. Have fun! http://www.aardvarkrecords.co.uk/index.php/folk-music-downloads/218-benny-tetteh-lartey

  • We love Benny's blend of Afro Celtic roots folk with a dash of Reggae and African world music for added spice. We love his music...and his work ethic continues to blow us away. The last couple of weeks have seen well well-earned rewards for his artistry, business nous and ability to network like nobody's business (pun intended!). So what's been cooking with our favourite Edinburgh son? Click the link to see what he's been up to and who he's been talking to: http://aardvarkrecords.blogspot.com/2013/02/benny-tetteh-lartey-in-media.html

  • No UK tour would be complete without a stop in Scotland, a country steeped in a rich musical heritage. And one of Edinburgh’s own, the acclaimed and award-wining folk and reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey, will be opening for the legendary Joan Armatrading when she pays Glasgow a visit in October.

  • Här samlar vi ljuv musik för dina öron Musik väcker känslor, engagerar och förstärker kommunikation i olika former. Vi på Bilbolaget har köpt rättigheterna till låten Spine to shine med gruppen Satya Graha, en låt som vi kommer att leva med under en lång tid framöver. Det är en riktigt skön bilkörarlåt som vi hoppas att du ska njuta av. Click the link to read more

  • Bilbolaget, northern Sweden's largest automotive franchise, has today licenced Staya Graha's single "Spine To Shine" as part of its year-long Swedish advertising campaign. It's the second high profile broacasting synch deal for the American-based Pop Folk band.

  • We're pleased to say that the hit American comeody Hellcats has licensed the Indie Pop Rock tune "Oliver & The Dutchess". The song, released by Satya Graha, is from the album "Lyrics to Music".

  • The award-winning Scottish Folk singer-songwriter Benny Tetteh-Lartey has won this year's G-Technology Driven Creativity Award in the Professional Music Category. The Hitachi Europe sponsored event celebrates the best in innovation in the creative arts. ...

  • Talented musician Benny Tetteh-Lartey has combined his love for guitar, mandolin and bandurria by building his own unique instrument – the Combuitar. He's handcrafted the unusual device himself, and incorporated 18 strings and three necks into just one instrument....

  • Aardvark Records announces its Green Policy. It is the first policy of its kind for an international record label. Within this policy, there is a call for the music industry to research ways to make CD manufacturing environmentally friendly. One proposal is that funds to research 'greening' CDs could be voluntarily paid by labels through a small percentage of their MP3 sales.