EL REY DE FRANCIA (trad): A Ladino-Sephardic, 13th century song in which a young woman recounts to her mother a dream involving small birds, pillars, and the moon and stars—which mom translates as meaning her daughter will soon marry the king of France. A favorite song of Ivan’s dad.
Caridwen: vocal, fiddle; David: mandolin; Greg: octave-mandolin; Ivan: resonator guitar.
MARY ANN (trad): Old English love song, popular on both sides of the Atlantic and collected by Marius Barbeau in the Tadoussac fishing region of Quebec. Our version comes from Greg’s mom, but sped up and squirreled into 6/8 time, with extra critter lyrics from Caridwen.
Caridwen: vocal; David: mandolin; Greg: octave-mandolin, fiddle; Ivan: resonator guitar.
BIG TIMBER (Keenan): David’s apocalyptic vision of a woodland logging massacre/disaster.
Caridwen: fiddle; David: vocal, guitar; Greg: harmony fiddle and solo; Ivan: resonator guitar.
BEATRICE’S WALTZ (G Spatz): Written by Greg to cheer up Caridwen one dark winter night.
Caridwen: fiddle; David: mandolin; Greg: octave-mandolin, fiddle harmony; Ivan: resonator guitar.
VOICI LA SAINT JEAN (trad): Ancient French or Swiss song, also popular in Quebec. Relates a conversation between two young girls about why their boyfriends will be unable to join them at the Saint Jean Baptiste Day bonfire—one’s been captured by fairies, the other’s in Paris, shopping for a wedding ring.
Caridwen: vocal, fiddle; David: mandolin; Greg: octave mandolin; Ivan: resonator guitar.
MILES AND MILES (C Spatz): Caridwen wrote this after binging on Hank Williams while Greg was gone on the road.
Caridwen: vocal; David: guitar; Greg: octave-mandolin, fiddle; Ivan: resonator guitar.
TANGO TENEBRE (Keenan): Written by David in the twilight of the last day of the year, 2008.
Caridwen: lead fiddle; David: guitar; Greg: high and low fiddle; Ivan: resonator guitar, clawhammer banjo.
JOSHKE, JOSHKE (trad): Traditional Klezmer song, popular in the mid-19th century, in which the rabbi exhorts us all to drink and be merry…and Joshke gets a stern talking-to about feeding his horse.
Caridwen: vocal, fiddle; David: mandolin; Greg: octave-mandolin; Ivan: clawhammer banjo.
GARTAN MOTHER’S LULLABY (trad): 19th century lullaby from Donegal, complete with puzzling Gaelic phrases that confound us as well. A favorite of Caridwen’s first voice teacher.
Caridwen: vocal; David: mandolin; Greg: octave mandolin; Ivan: resonator guitar.
SQUIRREL ON A FENCEPOST (C Spatz): A Caridwen original, never to be played in a medley with “Squirrel Hunters.” Guest appearance from our go-to substitute squirrel, Mason Tuttle.
Caridwen: fiddle; David: guitar; Greg: octave mandolin, harmony fiddle; Ivan: resonator guitar; Mason: mandolin.
IN THE BAND ARE:
David Keenan (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Greg Spatz (bouzouki, fiddle); Ivan Rosenberg (resonator guitar, clawhammer banjo); Caridwen Irvine-Spatz (fiddle, vocals).
Recorded and mixed by Ivan Rosenberg at The Schtood in Portland, OR.
Mastered by Eric Uglum at New Wine Sound Studio in Apple Valley, CA.
Artwork by Parker Moosman – Creature Design.
Band Photo: Hermon Joyner.
Thanks to: the Rosenberg family, Alice and Larry Spatz, Paul Elliott, Morgan Andersen, Fred Forssell, Judith LeBane, Jay Buckwold and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Jason Romero, Todd Clinesmith, Jonathan Cooper, and Pirastro Strings.