This new album will be the culmination of collective musical growth since the release of our debut album Little Sky in 2015. In the interim, Kathleen has lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland; Everest spent half a year abroad in France and just moved to Montréal, Québec; and Guillaume has lived a quiet, charming existence at home in Putney, VT.
Despite our geographic distance, our love for playing together has only grown. While we have continued to fly Kathleen back to the States to play for contra dance weekends, we have all collectively fallen in love with contemporary bal folk and Scottish music throughout our travels. This upcoming album will represent these new musical influences while remaining true to our roots as New England dance musicians.
We will be recording at Studio Trad in Aalst, Belgium with the inimitable Jeroen Geerinck as our recording engineer. Jeroen is a formidable guitar player in bal folk bands such as Hot Griselda, Snaarmaarwaar, and Novar. As this album represents our newfound enthusiasm for bal folk music, we are beyond excited to be able to record in Europe with the support of one of our musical heroes.
A note on our recording location:
We debated long and hard about where to record our next album. We did a cost analysis of recording at Studio Trad versus recording within the United States. We decided to record at Studio Trad for the following reasons:
- Kathleen and Everest will both be in Europe this summer and it is cheaper to get Guillaume to Belgium than it is to get Kathleen and Everest back to the United States.
- Studio Trad was built and run by folk musicians who deeply understand the music we make and will help us create exactly the sound we want.
- Even with the exchange rate, the costs of recording/mixing/mastering are cheaper in Europe than in the States
- Studio Trad offers album artwork as a package, which saves us the cost of hiring a separate album designer.
Costs and Expenses
- Merch and Swag
Original music video by Jamie Oshima and Simon Beckford:
Tunes in the video are: The Dwarves and The Lonely Mountain (Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin)
Risks and challenges
With all three of us in separate countries, putting together the material for a new album can be a challenge! Because of this, we are spending the first few weeks of June rehearsing and playing gigs so we can be as prepared as possible.
We have just four whirlwind days to record at Studio Trad, but we expect that with much preparation and Jeroen’s guidance, we will finish tracking and finalizing the material on the album in that timeframe. We know from experience that some of our best music comes together in the moment, and we have no doubt that the result will be worth the effort.
We are hoping to have the album printed and shipped by Fall 2019. We will keep you updated along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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