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First Flight

by Papilio

Join this neo-traditional trio on a journey through the instrumental folk music of Ireland, Scotland, Eastern Canada, France, Spain, Scandinavia, the Balkans, and lands beyond, with an added sprinkling of original compositions and vocal numbers.
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amanda
3:32 $0.99
2. La Fee Des Dents
4:26 $0.99
3. Bucimis
3:41 $0.99
4. Awkward Annie / 30-Ars Jiggen
4:12 $0.99
5. Kishor's Tune / Kudel
5:35 $0.99
6. Peggie I Must Love Thee / Garech's Wedding
4:25 $0.99
7. Caledonia
4:16 $0.99
8. F Strathspeys & Reels
3:53 $0.99
9. Muineira D' Anton / Muineira De Casu
4:52 $0.99
10. Chorolations
3:16 $0.99
11. Happy Jigs
4:34 $0.99
12. Muriel's Waltz / Valse Des Jeunes Filles
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Papilio “First Flight” Album Liner Notes

All tracks arranged by Papilio:

Anthony Rissesco (fiddle / vocals)
Jennifer Publicover (Irish flutes / modern flute / bodhrán)
Phil Schappert (guitars / bouzar / bass uke)

Papilio is a neo-traditional acoustic trio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Join them on a musical tour through the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany (France), Spain, Cape Breton, Quebec, Scandinavia, the Balkans, and uncharted lands beyond. With fiddle, flutes, vocals and guitar, Papilio renders a mix of international instrumentals, original compositions, and folk songs with their own distinctive creative twist. Papilio has performed at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Celtic Colours International Festival, the East Coast Music Awards, and at other festivals and concert venues across the Atlantic Provinces. This is their debut album.

1. Amanda (Roger Tallroth) 3:29
A Swedish polska from one of our favourite composers, Roger Tallroth of the band Väsen. We think Amanda’s a very lucky girl to have had such a lovely tune named after her!

2. La fée des dents (André Brunet) 4:23
Guest: Darren McMullen, mandolin
Anthony learned this lovely slow jig, the title of which translates as “The Tooth Fairy”, from composer André Brunet of the band De Temps Antan while sharing a stage at the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound, ON. When Anthony introduced it to us, we were immediately smitten with it.

3. Bučimiš (Trad. Bulgarian) 3:39
Guest: Nick Halley, percussion
Bučimiš (pronounced “boo chee Meesh”) is a traditional Bulgarian tune in 15/16 time, played for a particular Thracian dance that is performed low to the ground and in a line. Its title means “Hemlock”. One memorable night we launched into this tune in an Irish pub in Halifax, after which an elderly lady accused us of playing “rock & roll”. She may not have been far off the mark…

4. Awkward Annie / 30-års Jiggen (Kate Rusby / Roger Tallroth) 4:09
Guest: Darren McMullen, mandola
A wonderfully silly song from Kate Rusby that musically suggested a jig to use as an instrumental break. The 30-Years’ Jig was written by Roger Tallroth and dedicated to his Väsen bandmate, Olov Johansson, on the occasion of Olov’s 30th birthday.

5. Kishor’s Tune / Kudel (Soïg Sibéril / Jacky Molard) 5:34
Breton guitarist Soïg Sibéril wrote Kishor’s Tune for sitar player Kishor Gosh after touring with him in Brittany. Kudel is another contemporary Breton tune by violin, mandolin, and guitar player, and Soïg’s sometimes bandmate, Jacky Molard. Phil has been a big Soïg fan since the first Kornog album and first heard Kudel on a Breton compilation album.

6. Peggie & Garech: Peggie, I Must Love Thee / Garech’s Wedding (William McGibbon / Paddy Moloney) 4:24
Jen thanks musicologist, fiddler, and friend Kate Dunlay for introducing her to the beautiful old Scottish air opening this set. It leads into a lovely contemporary Irish slip jig by Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains. We like to think that Peggie and Garech would’ve made beautiful music together…

7. Caledonia (Dougie MacLean) 4:15
“Caledonia” is the ancient Latin name given by the Romans to what is now Scotland. Dougie MacLean’s classic ode to his homeland has reached the status of an alternative national anthem.

8. F Strathspeys & Reels: The Lass of Corrie Mills / Lennox’s Love to Blantyre / Dan Galbey’s Reel / Archie Menzie’s (all Traditional) 3:52
Anthony says a Scottish song should be followed by some strathspeys! So here is a classic Cape Breton set of strathspeys and reels, with Jen leaving her flutes to pick up bodhrán. Archie Menzie’s was written by Scottish fiddler John Lowe (d. 1866). This track is featured on the Celtic Colours International Festival 2012 (Vol. XVI) compilation album.

9. Muiñeiras: Muiñeira d’Anton / Muiñiera de Casu (Trad. Asturian) 4:51
Guest: Glenn Coolen, uilleann pipes
The regions of Asturias and Galicia are strongholds of Celtic culture in northwestern Spain. A muiñeira is roughly equivalent to a jig (6/8 time). Many tunes from these regions are simply named after the town in which they are created, and so these jigs come from the districts of Anton and Casu.

10. Chorolations (Jennifer Publicover) 3:15
Guest: Nick Halley, percussion
A happy tune in 7/8 time written by Jen in the spirit of the dance music of southeastern Europe. An “oro”, “choro” or “horo” is a Balkan dance form, hence a bit of word play on the title of this tune.

11. Happy Jigs: Kalyana / The Orchid Hunt / Taylor Bar, 4am (Emer Mayock / Phil Schappert /Donogh Hennessy) 4:33
A trio of happy little jigs. Emer Mayock wrote Kalyana while walking on the beach of Sandymount, Dublin, with whistle and book in hand. Its name came to her out of a book she was reading. The Orchid Hunt commemorates a happy weekend that Phil spent hunting for terrestrial orchids in southwest Nova Scotia. Donogh wrote Taylor Bar, 4am, about a favorite bar in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland which he and his friends frequented.

12. Waltzes: Muriel’s Waltz / Valse des jeunes filles (Brian Pickell / Trad.) 4:29
Guest: Alys Howe, harp
Our favorite waltz set for ending contra dances. The first waltz was written by Brian Pickell and dedicated to his mother, Muriel. Valse des jeunes filles (“Waltz of the Little Girls”) is Belgian Walloon and is an iconic staple of many traditions.

13. Yah Yah the Cable-Chewer 0:24 [Bonus track on compact disc only.]
A lovable fixture to every session in the studio, Yah Yah has reached iconic status through sheer personal magnetism. He is a sweet grey feline with an expensive taste for audio cables, having gnawed through a small fortune of them. This is his recording debut.

Produced by Papilio and Glen Coolen.

Our undying gratitude and thanks to the composers of the music that we love to play. We also are grateful for the helpful input of musical friends Glenn Coolen, John D.S. Adams, Kate Dunlay, Nick Halley, Alys Howe, Darren McMullen, Chris Norman, Colin Jeffrey, Larry Rone, and Rod Garnett. Jen thanks her family and, on behalf of Anthony and Phil, thanks her mom Jean for sustaining the recording. Anthony thanks Mo, the many, many cups of coffee from Two If By Sea, and the Amazing Slow Downer for help in learning some wonderful new tunes. Phil thanks Pat, still, for her love, support, and continued forbearance, the beauty of nature and both the stationary and the flying flowers.

Jennifer plays a Pratten model wooden flute in D by Terry McGee, a wooden flute in F by Chris Norman, a silver Boehm flute by Verne Q. Powell and a Walton bodhrán. Anthony plays a Collin Mezin violin with a Roth bow formerly owned by Cecil McEachern of Don Messer’s Jubilee Show fame. Phil plays guitars and a bouzar made for him by Nova Scotia luthier Russel Crosby, along with a Kala UBass.

All tracks recorded at Studio C, Dartmouth, NS, engineered by studio-meister (and piper extraordinaire) Glenn Coolen. Mastering by John Adams at Stonehouse Sound, Mahone Bay, NS. Manufactured by MMS Atlantic, St. John’s NL.

Band photographs by Eric Boutilier-Brown (wharf) and Gordon LaFleur (garden and red wall). The wonderful cover and disc face photo of flying Giant Swallowtails, Papilio cresphontes, is by Ontario photographer Jay Cossey. The interior “Celtic Colours” fall foliage background photo, and the CD graphic design and layout, are by Phil Schappert for ImagiNature Studio and Taproot Entertainment.


Amanda © Roger Tallroth. La fée des dents © André Brunet. Awkward Annie © Kate Anna Rusby. 30-års Jiggen © Roger Tallroth and Warner/Chappell Music Canada. Kishor’s Tune © Soïg Sibéril, Grian Music. Kudel © Jacky Molard. Garech’s Wedding © Paddy Moloney, Chrysalis Music. Caledonia © Dougie MacLean, Limetree Arts & Music. Chorolations © Jennifer Publicover. Kalyana © Emer Mayock. The Orchid Hunt © Phil Schappert. Taylor Bar, 4am © Donogh Hennessy, SGO Music Publishing Ltd. Muriel’s Waltz © Brian Pickell. All other tunes/titles are traditional/public domain. All arrangements © 2013, Papilio.

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Awkward Annie (music & lyrics by Kate Rusby)

I gave to you a hen, you gave it back again,
Without its eggs, my Annie.
I gave to you a hare, you really didn't care,
Now it has no legs, my Annie.

Oh Annie let me in, I will fly, I will swim,
I will die if you don't come near me,
Oh no, don't you say so,
You are my dear, my Annie

I gave to you a dog, you threw for it a log,
Now it won't come back, my Annie.
I gave to you a pig, it wasn't really big,
Now the meat’s all black, my Annie.

Oh Annie let me in, I will fly, I will swim,
I will die if you don't come near me,
Oh no, don't you say so,
You are my dear, my Annie

I gave to you a cow, you really don't know how,
It flew away, my Annie.
I gave to you a horse, a silly fool, of course,
‘Cause you rode away,

My Annie let me in, I will fly, I will swim,
I will die if you don't come near me,
Oh no, don't you say so,
You are my dear,
My Annie let me in,
I will fly, I will swim,
I will die if you don't come near me,
Oh no, don't you say so,
You are my dear, my Annie

I gave to you my heart, you tore it all apart,
When you rode away, my Annie

Caledonia (music & lyrics by Dougie MacLean)

I don't know if you can see changes that have come over me
The last few days I've been afraid that I might drift away
For I've been telling old stories, singing songs, makes me think about where I came from
That’s the reason why I seem so far away today

Oh and let me tell you that I love you, that I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me, and now I'm going home
If I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had

I have moved and kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing, found others on the way
I have tried and kept on trying, stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have travelled hard, sometimes with conscience flying somewhere in the wind


Now I'm sitting here, before the fire, the empty room, the forest choir
Flames that couldn't get any higher, now they've withered, now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear, I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands have shaken and the kisses flow then I will disappear




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