New Album September 2022
"The Farmer Who Lost His Cow
and other old Dutch tunes"
New interpretations of melodies from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen (Old and New Farmer Songs and Contradances from Holland), tune books published between 1700 and 1716 in Amsterdam.
The album, 22 traditional Dutch tunes / 16 tracks, features duo arrangements with clarinet, accordion, harmonica, piano, and fiddle. Recorded in Chelsea, Quebec by James Stephens, and the tune title The Farmer Who Lost His Cow rendered in visual art form by Ian Bell in Paris, Ontario.
Limited Edition Woodcut Prints
+ Digital Download
"The Farmer Who Lost His Cow", Woodcut print, Ian Bell, 2021
Original hand-made prints with antique type from Ian Bell, who also created the image as a painting for the CD / Vinyl cover.
These beautifully done, unique pieces of artwork, come with a digital download of the album with digital liner notes.
Available for order here in September, or in-person at the album release shows. Limited Quantity.
Image: 4 x 5" + text. Paper 8 x 10"
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2021 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
"Instrumental Group of the Year"
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