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BUR 1108 – The Shrimps – So Worried

Founded by Sarp Keskiner (vocal, guitar) and Bora Çeliker (vocal, guitar) in 2000, in order to present their versatile attempt to blend New Orleans grooves with 50’s and 60’s Latin American music and post-war Chicago blues; The Shrimps was one of a kind for sure in the Turkish blues community, by including the best musicians of the “cover” era. Thus, defined as a super-group by the audience as soon as it was massively promoted, the band had the ability to swiftly pitch around many genres. They were based in Ankara, which was the capital of Turkish blues scene, standing as an anti-thesis against to SRV wannabes but treating the scene with a punk-ish attitude. The band did not last after their debut performance but left this performance behind, which was recorded live in January 2000. “So Worried” is an original track suggesting us as if Wolf recorded it with Omar Khorshid in Cairo.

  • Sarp Keskiner: vocals, guitar
  • Bora Çeliker: guitar, harmonica
  • Burak Güngörmüş: bass
  • Alp Esin: bongos
  • Yusuf Tunceli: drums

The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms.

Bone Union Records was founded as a sub label from Black and Tan Records in June 2020 together by Sarp Keskiner (TR). The label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues.

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BUR 1107 – Mama & Friends – Mama’s Bag

Founded by luthier – finger picking master Çağlayan Örge (banjo-guitar), Suna Suner (vocal, tambourine) and Sarp Keskiner (vocal, electric lead and slide guitar, kazoo, harmonica, tambourine, snare & a cymbal) in 1996; MAMA & FRIENDS is known as “the ever first combo in Turkey, based on pre-war blues styles, gospels and spirituals.” This album presents an unreleased bundle of materials taken from the live sessions of the trio, recorded directly to a cassette recorder by in house sound engineer Kubilay Gürol, between June and August 1997, at Eylül Müzik Kulübü.1 Gospels and spirituals performed here are also known as secondary examples, ever recorded in Turkey. Thus, enjoy this rare audio documentary; featuring covers of Robert Johnson, Jesse Fuller, Leadbelly and Bessie Smith.3 Other than displaying a naïve authenticity; “Mama’s Bag” captures a historical time frame of local blues scene in Turkey, when any event representing those styles was able to pull together hundreds of people, enjoying the diversity of the blues inventory.

Sarp Keskiner: guitar
Suna Suner: vocal
Çağlayan Örge: banjo-guitar

The album is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms.

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BUR 1106 – The Underdogz – Black Eyed Dog

Founded as a local cover band by Suat Vergili and Sarp Keskiner in 2016 under the synonym “Almost Rock’n Roll”, THE UNDERDOGZ (Izmir) recorded this obscure modal nugget of Nick Drake for a compilation album, curated by In the Void collective (based in Istanbul). Enjoy a rarity from the band that had disbanded in 2018, featuring the one and only female rock drummer based in Izmir.

  • Sarp Keskiner: vocals, guitar, harmonica, ocarina, jews harp, percussion
  • Suat Vergili: guitar
  • Ufuk Sinkil: bass
  • Oyku Celik: drums, backing vocals

Arranged, mixed and produced by: Suat Vergili and Sarp Keskiner (2017 / University of 9 Eylul – Department of Musical Sciences / Izmir, Turkey)
Cover Photo: Sarp Keskiner
Graphic Design: Elfin Yuksektepe (2021 / Bandha / Izmir, Turkey)

The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms.

Bone Union Records was founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL). The label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.

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BUR 1103 – Sarp Keskiner & Kemal Begtas – Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)

Coming from overtly eclectic backgrounds by means of musical tastes and practices, “Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)” is a singular collaboration effort of two veterans of Smyrnian music scene. Recorded in 2017 and only broadcasted on Vimeo briefly before, the unreleased track suggests a unique blend, based on old school Mancunian beats resembling early 90’s, with a pinch of Mediterranean salt and a spoonful of gravy. This track shall be called and treated as a strict imposer of “Izmir sound”.

Kemal Begtaş: Irish bouzouki, bass, beats
Sarp Keskiner: electric rhythm and slide guitars

Recorded, arranged, edited and mixed by Kemal Begtas (Izmir, Turkey – 2017)

The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:

Bone Union Records was founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL) in order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange. The label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.

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single The Old Ramblers

this week we released the first single on Bone Union Records.

BR 1101 – The Old Ramblers – Bourgeouis Blues

The single is an appetizer from the upcoming album of The Old Ramblers. The album will be titled “Find Me On The Road Somewhere” and is scheduled for release early September 2020.

Located in Izmir, Turkey; since 2016, The Old Ramblers cover pre-war rural blues classics, and post-war urban blues standarts besides gospels, spirituals, work songs, edgy ragtime and bluegrass tunes with a bravado.

The musicians are:
Sarp Keskiner: Vocal, electric guitars, bass, maracas
Orhun Keskinbıçak: Harmonica
Türker Özer: Acoustic guitar

The track is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms.

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new sub label

We started a new collaboration. Together with Sarp Keskiner from Izmir (Turkey) we founded BONE UNION RECORDS in June 2020. In order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange, this new label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.

The first two releases will be on Sarp’s own band The Old Ramblers. This week we start of with a single from the upcoming album.

Bone Union Records

Founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL) in order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange, BONE UNION RECORDS aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.   

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So WorriedThe Shrimps2021bandcampitunesspotify
Mama's BagMama & Friends2021bandcampitunesspotify
The UnderdogzBlack Eyed Dog2021bandcampitunesspotify
Republic Radio (live)Great Republic Of South2021bandcampitunesspotify
Holy Shit (single)Mechanical Rooster2021bandcampitunesspotify
Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)Sarp Keskiner & Kemal Begtas2020bandcampitunesspotify
Find Me On The Road Somewhere (album)The Old Ramblers2020bandcampitunesspotify