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Sociable Butterflies

by Papilio

A tour with fiddle, flutes, vocals, and guitars through Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Cape Breton, Scandinavia, New England, and uncharted lands beyond - a mix of international instrumentals, original compositions, and folk songs with a creative twist.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fløteren / Byggnan
5:53 $0.99
2. The "A" Jig Set: I Won't Do the Work / Mom's Jig / Lady Nelley Wemyss's
3:52 $0.99
3. N'alcordanza / Aires De Pontevedra
5:20 $0.99
4. Noise
3:08 $0.99
5. The Contra Set: Aimé Gagnon / Telephone Tune
3:59 $0.99
6. Caffeinated
2:57 $0.99
7. The Giant
4:08 $0.99
8. The Maids of Mitchelstown
3:44 $0.99
9. Josefins Dopvals
4:17 $0.99
10. Solid Ground
3:28 $0.99
11. The Slap Jigs: Miss Sarah McFadyen / The Cavers of Kirkcudbright
3:56 $0.99
12. Polska Från Hälleforsnäs / Eds Glada
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sociable Butterflies
Album Notes

01 Fløteren / Byggnan (Annbjørg Lien and Bjørn Ole Rasch / Byss-Calle) 5:50
02 The ‘A’ Jig Set: I Won’t Do the Work / Mom’s Jig / Lady Nelley Wemyss's (Trad. Irish-Scottish / Jerry Holland / Trad. Scottish) 3:49
03 N’Alcordanza / Aires de Pontevedra (Javier Tejedor / Trad. Galician) 5:18
04 Noise (Jesse Terry and Michael Logan) 3:06
05 The Contra Set: Aimé Gagnon / The Telephone Tune (Trad. Québec / Trad. US) 3:56
06 Caffeinated (Phil Schappert) 2:55
07 The Giant (Stan Rogers) 4:05
08 The Maids of Mitchelstown (Trad. Irish) 3:43
09 Josefins Dopvals (Roger Tallroth) 4:15
10 Solid Ground (Dougie MacLean) 3:25
11 The Slap Jigs: Miss Sarah McFadyen / The Cavers of Kirkcudbright (Jennifer Wrigley / Mike Vass) 3:55
12 Polska från Hälleforsnäs / Eds Glada (Trad. Swedish) 5:10

All tracks arranged by Papilio.

© 2018, Papilio Music Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Produced by Papilio and John D.S. Adams.

Papilio is…
Jennifer Publicover
Irish flutes in D, C, and F; Boehm flute
Anthony Rissesco
Violin, Vocals
Phil Schappert
Guitar, Bouzar

With Guests…
Allie Bennett
Erin Donovan
Alistair Maksym

Cover watercolour art by Colin Dorgan (www.refinelines.ca).
Butterfly trio photo by Phil Schappert (www.imaginaturestudio.ca).

Visit us at www.papiliomusic.ca & look for us on Facebook!

Jennifer plays a Pratten grenadilla Irish flute in D by Terry McGee; a mopani flute in C by Forbes & Yola Christie of Windward Flutes, Shelburne, NS; a grenadilla flute in F by Chris Norman; and a silver Boehm flute by Verne Q. Powell.
Anthony plays a Collin Mezin violin with a Roth bow formerly owned by Cecil McEachern of Don Messer’s Jubilee Show fame.
Phil plays a Bouzar, a bouzouki/tenor guitar hybrid (tracks 7, 11), made by Nova Scotia luthier Russel Crosby, and guitars made by Irish luthier George Lowden (O10 on 4, 8; O23c on the remaining tracks).

All tracks arranged by Papilio © 2018

01 Fløteren / Byggnan (Annbjørg Lien and Bjørn Ole Rasch / Byss-Calle)

Fløteren (“The Log Driver”) is a fun contemporary tune by Norwegian fiddler Annbjørg Lien that attracted our attention because of its “floating” time signature. We moved it from the original key of E to F so that we could pair it with Byggnan, a nearly 200-year-old Swedish polska by the venerated composer Byss-Calle (a.k.a. Carl Ersson Bössa, 1783-1847).

02 The ‘A’ Jig Set: I Won’t Do the Work / Mom’s Jig / Lady Nelley Wemyss's (Traditional Irish-Scottish / Jerry Holland / Traditional Scottish)

Guest: Allie Bennett, bass.

Jen learned the first jig from flutist Chris Norman, a musical mentor from her earliest days of taking up the simple-system flute. The second is by the late, great, New-Englander-turned-Cape-Bretoner Jerry Holland, and features an unusual structure with a short recurring refrain. The final jig comes from the Skye Collection. In this set it provides a nice lift into a major key; we render our version of it in a mixolydian mode.

03 N’Alcordanza / Aires de Pontevedra (Javier Tejedor / Traditional Galician)

Guest: Erin Donovan, percussion.

Phil first heard N’Alcordanza (“The Memories”) on the album Llunáticos by the family-band Tejedor, played on the gaita Asturiana - bagpipes from the autonomous region of Asturias in Spain - by José Tejedor, brother of the composer, accordionist Javier Tejedor. We pair it with another popular pipe tune, Aires de Pontevedra, from neighbouring Galicia, which like Asturias has a history of Celtic habitation dating back to the Iron Age. Our thanks to our friend, Cuban piper Marcel Nazabal, for bringing this tune to us.

04 Noise (Jesse Terry and Michael Logan)

Guest: Allie Bennett, bass.

Noise is one of those unforgettable songs to which anyone can become quickly attached, each of us with unique and personal reasons for finding meaning in it. We first heard it sung by fellow Nova Scotian J.P. Cormier at Celtic Colours International Festival.

05 The Contra Set: Aimé Gagnon / The Telephone Tune (Traditional Québec / US)

We play a number of contra dances every year and have come to love playing them. We had included a waltz set from our contra experiences on our first album, First Flight, and wanted to include another contra set on the second, so this classic pair of reels from The Portland Collection came to mind. Our thanks to Sue Songer and the Portland, Oregon contra dance community for bringing us this set!

06 Caffeinated (Phil Schappert)

Intending to compose a slow air, Phil composed an opening that would distinguish it from the 5th-1st-2nd-3rd openings of countless Celtic airs before it (including many of his own!) but the fresh 5th-4th-3rd opening flew by too quickly and the “air” accidentally morphed into a reel. Phil thought it sounded like a tune that someone would write on an extended caffeine jag, hence the title. He dedicates it to Anthony “Is the Coffee Ready Yet?” Rissesco.

07 The Giant (Stan Rogers)

Guest: Allie Bennett, bass.

Invited to play the “Singing Stan” show at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia, we wanted pay tribute to the late singer-songwriter by performing a song of his that was a little bit off the well-trod path. The Giant is Fingal, an Irish-Scottish mythological character, which Stan creatively imagined to haunt the Bras d’Or Lake in the heart of Cape Breton Island.

08 The Maids of Mitchelstown (Traditional Irish)

Guest: Allie Bennett, bass.

This is our jazzy take on a slow reel made classic by the Bothy Band in the 1970s. The story that we have heard is that Kevin Burke and Matt Molloy knew slightly different versions of this but their differences ended up meshing quite well! The fact that they make a fine flute and violin duet has nothing to do with us picking it. Honest.

09 Josefin’s Dopvals (Roger Tallroth)

Roger, one of our favourite tunesmiths, wrote this lovely baptismal waltz for the christening of his niece in 1992. Roger later re-worked the guitar accompaniment and he and his trio, Väsen, re-recorded it for their 2003 album Trio. We loved the “new” feel of what had already become a classic waltz and quickly adopted it. Josefin herself is now approaching her third decade (as is Väsen!).

10 Solid Ground (Dougie MacLean)

Guest: Erin Donovan, percussion.

Phil is a PhD botanist/entomologist, and Jen has a second master’s degree in Environmental Studies, so when Anthony suggested we record this epic ecological anthem (“You cannot own the Land, the Land owns you”), it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. Besides, a Papilio album would be significantly poorer without a Dougie MacLean song…

11 The Slap Jigs: Miss Sarah McFadyen / The Cavers of Kirkcudbright (Jennifer Wrigley / Mike Vass)

We begin with a jig composed for fiddler Sarah McFadyen by her fiddle teacher, Jennifer Wrigley. We had the pleasure of sharing a concert with Miss Sarah at Fortress Louisbourg during Celtic Colours International Festival 2012. We pair it with a jig for the explorers of the coastal caves near Kirkcudbright, Scotland, from Scottish multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass. We first heard it at another Celtic Colours performed by the Irish/Breton quartet Oirialla.

12 Polska från Hälleforsnäs / Ed’s Glada (Traditional Swedish)

Guest: Alistair Maksym, piano.

Jen and Anthony learned this pair of Swedish polskas from nyckleharpa master Magnus Hölstrom at the Boxwood Festival in 2016. The first, Polska från Hälleforsnäs, is after Fredrik Wilhelm Larson who lived in Hälleforsnäs, Sörmland. The second is after Lars August Bengtsson, from Bredvassa Loftahammar, Småland. It has no known name so it was bequeathed one by Magnus and it has become known variously as Eds Glada or Eds Lyckligt Ögonblick (“Ed’s Happy Moment”).

Fløteren: Annbjørg Lien and Bjørn Ole Rasch
Mom’s Jig: Fiddlesticks Music
N’Alcordanza: Javier Tejedor
Noise: Songs of Southside Independent Publishing
Caffeinated: Phil Schappert, Taproot Music (SOCAN)
The Giant: Ariel Rogers/Borealis Records
Josefins Dopvals: NCB Scandinavia
Solid Ground: Limetree Arts and Music
Miss Sarah McFadyen: Jennifer Wrigley/Geo Sound Publishing
Cavers of Kirkcudbright: Mike Vass
All other tunes are public domain.

We offer our undying thanks to the composers of the music that we love to play. We are also grateful to our many musical and artistic friends and colleagues for their advice, time, and expertise, especially John Adams of Stonehouse Sound, Allie Bennet, Robert Calnen, Erin Donovan, Katy Hopkins, Alistair Maksym, Marcel Nazabal, and Colin Dorgan for the beautiful watercolours.

Produced by Papilio and John D.S. Adams. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by John D.S. Adams at Stonehouse Sound, Mahone Bay, NS (www.stonehousesound.com). Manufactured by Disc Runner, Toronto, Ontario (www.discrunner.com/). Album watercolour art by Irish-born, Halifax-transplanted artist Colin Dorgan (www.refinelines.ca). Band photographs by Robert Calnen (www.calnenphotography.com). Back cover photo of three puddling Canadian Tiger Swallowtails, Papilio canadensis, by Phil Schappert (www.imaginaturestudio.ca). CD graphic design and layout by Phil Schappert for Imaginature Studio and Taproot Entertainment.

Thank You!
Jen extends much love, appreciation, and many hugs to her family, bandmates, and friends for their tolerance, feedback, and support. Anthony thanks Jen and Phil for all the great music-making and of course Phil for the coffee at rehearsals. Phil, once again, thanks Pat for her continuing love, support and forbearance of his life choices, John Adams for his work on the solo guitar piece (and Phil’s solo album, One Size Does Not Fit All!), and continues to admire the spectacular variety of the living critters with which we share this world.




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