"An' I wouldn't pray for a ol' fella that's dead. He's alright. He got a job to do, but it's all laid out for him an' there's on'y one way to do it. But us, we got a job to do, an' they's a thousand ways, an' we don' know which one to take. An' if I was to pray, it'd be for the folks that don' know which way to turn. Grampa here, he's got the easy straight. An' now cover 'im up and let 'im get to his work."
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
This project took shape as a result of conversations in conservation areas, hallways, emails, and coffee shops - Revel, except when it was closed - about best methods of capturing musical performance. We agreed that we wanted live, single take, ensemble recording in a resonant space. We also agreed that the occasional aural artefact wouldn't bother us, and, as you will I hope happily hear, it didn't. Think of these as field recordings in a factory.
I am indebted to all involved for their enthusiastic support. The performances speak for themselves.
released January 1, 2013
George Meanwell (vocals, guitar, banjo, concertina)
Anna Atkinson (violin, accordion, vocals) (1,2,3,4,7,8,10)
Eric St-Laurent (guitar) (1,6,7,9,10)
Michael McClennan (bass) 1,4,5,6,8,10)
Ian Harper (clarinet) (5)
Graham Hargrove (toy pianos) (8)
Recorded on October 22nd and 23rd 2012 at Factory 163 in Stratford, Ontario
Audio: Andy Allen and Mike Walsh
Video: Andy Allen and Jennifer Schamehorn
Logistics: Travis Seetoo, Maryann Co
Brokerage: Rick Fox
Mastered by Peter J. Moore
CD artwork and design by Neil Ornstein
All tracks George Meanwell SOCAN 2013
For Elizabeth, Max, and Lucy