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Masaki Hanakata releases a new mini album ‘Bremen Soundtrack’ on Ample Play.

Masaki Hanakata Bremen Soundtrack sleeve art.

Masaki Hanakata

The best Cumbrian folk music ever made.

Masaki returns to the ample play records village with an instrumental album in hand, inspired by the animal characters of the Grimms tale ‘The Musicians of Bremen’. Bremen Soundtrack is playing in a village hall near you from 14th of July.

Handcrafted, each short track is like a miniature painting, taking you between dale and down stream with a bird’s eye view of what agricultural implements can be turned into instruments. These earth tones result in the best Cumbrian folk music ever made, and it happens to be by a shy multi-instrumentalist from South Japan.

Raise your jugs please, in the mode of the olde tradition, for tomorrow we work the fields.


Side A  1. Donkey’s Fanfare 2. Quiet Dog 3. Cat Command

Side B  4. Niwatori   5. Thief’s Thema 6. Strategy   7. Bansan

Please check his first album on Ample Play Lentment here. More info about Masaki here.



Masaki Hanakata

Masaki Hanakata is a Japanese folk musician and composer, multi-instrumentalist working with Ample Play Records. Masaki lives in Kochi, the main city of the Shikoku Island south of Japan, but he is a talent that is far from isolated, working with big bands and orchestras to turn his composed creations into musical magic.

He plays guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, glockenspiel, sitar, xylophone, and many more, hence the mixture of Prokofiev and the wide array of 70’s French Children’s Records.

His influences: The Beatles, Todd Harry Rundgren, living and breathing.

He has released two albums with Ample Play: Lentment and Bremen Soundtrack.

Cornershop & Masaki Hanakata: two festive releases

Let The Good Time Roll Orch

Cornershop cover Shirley & Lee:
An upbeat song to celebrate the festive end of year.
‘Let The Good Time Roll’
Release date: 4/12/2015  – CAT No: AMPLA114DD – BUY VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP

Three is the festive number. 3 tracks from Masaki Hanakata, which if you did not get his album earlier in the year, go some way to showing his way out genius.

Masaki is a multi-instrumentalist from Kōchi, Japan. He released his brilliant debut LP ‘Lentment’ on Ample Play in July. Here he is in a festive mood with an instrumental version of ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ with the simple school recorders and some Scottish pipes – indie has never sounded so indie. ‘Tum Tum’ is taken from ‘Lentment’ a song which sounds almost like a nursery rhyme & showcases his sound beautifully. Band the big bass drum. ‘Draw’ is an under a minute instrumental jewel.

Cat # 113DD – Ample Play Records – Release date: 4/12/2015
Tracklist: 1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing 2. Tum Tum 3. Draw