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Dogan Mehmet's New Album Released


Outlandish, the long awaited second album was released on August 13th

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Dogan Mehmet is one of Britain’s most intriguing folk musicians drawing on his dual Turkish and English heritage. Outlandish, his second album, begins with Lord Bateman, what might be a signature track which Mehmet describes as Anglo Ottoman funk. Infused with rippling kanun and oriental violin, it is based on an English ballad about a forbidden English Turkish love affair. Cut this Cloth is a powerful original song about the warp and weft of ethnic identity – “you see the world is full of many colours” –anthemic in flavour. He’s backed by the eight-strong Boombox Karavan, a versatile band with guitars, violin, accordion and percussion that ranges from folk rock to nimble Cypriot dance tunes. Dogan Mehmet has an original and infectious talent.

Not sure where Mehmet fits in the various nu/psych/indie sub-genres of Brit folk, but his thrilling Turkish take on English traditional song deserves recognition as more than mere novelty. The UK-born second-generation Turkish-Cypriot reinvents centuries-old English folk standards such as "Lord Bateman" and "Rakish Young Fellow" as rollicking gypsy-punk celebrations with clattering Balkan beats in a style he dubs 'Anglo-Ottoman funk'. The collision is irresistible - he thinks nothing of breaking into a Cypriot fiddle-dance tune in the middle of an ancient English ballad, like Fairport Convention crossed with Gogol Bordello.

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