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Little Sky

by Nova

Irish, Scottish, and French Canadian; traditional, contemporary, and original; these tunes and songs come together in a delightfully reflective debut from this New England contra dance trio.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Passport Ljubljana / Lisnagun
4:30 album only
2. Bass Rock / Miss Monaghan's / Hulls Reel
4:29 album only
3. Claudies Banks
6:34 album only
4. Camden Town / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Camden Town
4:49 album only
5. Blackthorn
4:00 album only
6. Inaras / Thomas G
4:09 album only
7. Jack Frost / Snow Boots
3:30 album only
8. Golden Gate Waltz / Little Sky
4:52 album only
9. Nasty Nell / Grey Jay
3:58 album only
10. Epic Reel / Trip to the Market / The Coalminer
5:31 album only
11. Big Country
4:35 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
1. Passport Ljubljana/Lisnagun
Passport Ljubljana is a tune in 5/8 written by the Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard (KODA). This lilting odd meter switches satisfyingly to Lisnagun, a sweet Irish jig by Brendan Ring.

2. Bass Rock/MissMonaghan’s/Hull’s Reel
Three major, energetic reels. The first is by Michael McGoldrick (PRS/MCPS), which Kathleen learned during her time in Ireland. The second is traditional, and the third is from John Rankin.

3. Claudie's Banks
Claudie’s Banks is a traditional song Guillaume learned from Matthew Byrne’s album Hearts & Heroes. The story continues with a traditional Austrian tune, which our friend Owen Marshall got from the playing of the group Llan de Cubel.

4. Camden Town/Plan 9 From Outer Space/Camden Town
We begin and end this set with a favorite reel of ours, a traditional tune known by two names: “The Road to Camden Town,” and “The Return to Camden Town.” After discovering the second name, we thought it poetic to make a ‘sandwich set’, beginning with ‘The Road’ and coming back around to ‘The Return’. Plan 9 From Outer Space is by the Québecois guitar player Yann Falquet, en homage to the infamously terrible 1950’s film of the same title.

5. Blackthorn
Kathleen was inspired to write this tune by a love for dancing to quick, minor waltzes and named it in honor of a beloved band.

6. Inara’s/Thomas G
Inara’s was written by Kathleen for Guillaume’s ex-car. The second is an eponymously named jig in G by Thomas Bartlett, beautiful in its simplicity.

7. Jack Frost/Snow Boots
Kathleen wrote this song to sound like a traditional ballad. She and Guillaume collaborated to write the reel that goes with it, and would like to dedicate it to Nils Fredland upon his move to Quechee, VT. Vermont folklore tells us that the town is named after the “quechee” sound that boots make in new fallen snow.

8. Golden Gate Waltz/Little Sky
Guillaume composed both tunes in this set with the same feel in mind. We frequently enjoy the pairing of a waltz with a march, and with their common composer, these two fit like a hand in a well-worn glove.

9. Nasty Nell/Grey Jay
Nasty Nell is the name of a brazen mermaid in a folk song; Kathleen wrote it for her friend Maren Hurley-Matz. The second tune is a dreamy reel by Jeremiah McLane. The jig to reel transition is an exciting and challenging one, and here we explore the limits of gradual change.

10. Epic Reel/Trip to the Market/The Coalminer
The Epic Reel comes from the legendary tunesmith and human metronome Keith Murphy. Trip to the Market is by the great Scottish fiddle player Adam Sutherland. The Coalminer is a long-time favorite of ours, and we couldn’t resist the temptation to back this traditional reel with a contrasting, ridiculous groove.

11. Big Country
Big Country was composed by Béla Fleck on the banjo and taught to us by the inimitable Arthur Davis. Playing it together over the past year, it has slowly evolved from its bluegrass roots to a more air-like arrangement. This tune holds a special place in our hearts for its beauty and intricacies.

Producer: Max Newman
Photography: Clayton Clemetson
Mastering: Colin McCaffrey
CD Art: Tim Cowles
Sound Engineer: Garrett Sawyer
Recorded and Mixed at: Northfire Recording Studio Graphic Design: Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin

Special Thanks:
We would like to extend special thanks to our families and friends as well as a few extraodinary people who have helped us to grow as musicians and collectively as a band: Max Newman, Nils Fredland, Will Mentor, Becky Tracy, Van Kaynor, Ron Grosslein, Andrew VanNorstrand, Keith Murphy, Roger Kahle, Jason Breen, Jeremiah McLane, and Pete Sutherland

This album was only possible with the help of our 194 Kickstarter backers. Of those backers, we would like to
extend additional thanks to: Ben Kuhn, Cathy and Doug, Gary Roma, Grant and Joe Reynolds, Jim Fownes and Robin Harrington, Ken Keating, Margaret Clark, Maureen Saba, Nils Fredland, Sean Donohue, Sharon Gavin, Tim Cowles, Whit Wheeler, Casey Steinberg, Al Hoel, and FK



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