Friends Across the Ocean

 
 



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“Friends Across the Ocean“
A Celtic Collection


Acoustic Woods Records AWR 910




                                                                                                                                




The album has been released October 15, 2010. 17 tracks, 62 minutes of mesmerising soundscapes for cello, guitjo and Celtic harp, brand new compositions and old favourites of the trio programme.  "Friends Across the Ocean" is the harvest of 10 years of musical cooperation and friendship between Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott of the Colorado based duo Acoustic Eidolon and harpist Thomas Loefke. That cooperation has started in the year 2000 in Vancouver/Canada and has resulted since in many concert tours on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.



Joe Scott:  double-neck guitjo, acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, guitar synths, papoose guitar, vocals

Hannah Alkire:  cello, vocals, accordion

Thomas Loefke:  Celtic harp



Walking Stones by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Friends Across the Ocean  by Thomas Loefke (Edition Laika)

To Hannah and Joe, thank you for 10 years of touring together on both sides of the Atlantic, 10 years of cooperation, adventure, musical passion and friendship.


Hannah's Waltz  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Calling of the Moor  by Joe Scott & Hannah Alkire (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Souls Apart  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Dancing on the Water  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Bubuzela  by Thomas Loefke (Edition Laika)

To Christiane to celebrate all these years of companionship, inspiration, joy and love.


Tór Mór  by Thomas Loefke, arr. by Acoustic Eidolon  (Antenna Apefruit)

A rock in the Atlantic Ocean, the most dramatic part of Tory Island in the Irish Northwest.


Norland Rails  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)

Dedicated to our dear friend and colleague Thomas Loefke, whose friendship and musical collaboration we cherish.  We’re so glad we met you all those years ago in Vancouver, Canada!


Simple Gifts  traditional Shaker hymn, arranged by Acoustic Eidolon (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Teistin  by Thomas Loefke (Edition Laika)

The Ferry between Hestur and Streymoy on the Faroe Islands


Stonehaven  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)

Inspired by a village on the eastern coast of Scotland.


Snowy Birch Trees  by Thomas Loefke (Edition Laika)

Nine birch trees on the white mountain plains of Norway....


Maggie Cameron  traditional Scottish tune, arranged by Acoustic Eidolon (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Dawn (intro to Drowsy Maggie)  by Hannah Alkire (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Drowsy Maggie  traditional Irish tune, arranged by Acoustic Eidolon (Janjoral Music/BMI)


Solemn Columns  by Thomas Loefke (Edition Laika)

Millions of basalt columns form the mystical island of Staffa belonging to the Scottish Hebridies.


Beyond Words  by Joe Scott (Janjoral Music/BMI)

Music is the common thread of the human experience, both spoken and unspoken.



Lyrics to "Calling of the Moor":


I am the one who climbs the mountain

I am the one who battles the sea

I am the one who tames the thunder

Now I call out to thee.

You are the one who brings the dawn

You are the one who calms the sea

You are the one who gives me hope

And your touches set me free.


He calls out to me

But I bend with the wind

My soul wanders free

Still he calls me again.

His strength it is vast

And his hand reaches far

Though my heart sings alone

Still he calls me again.




Joe Scott:  double-neck guitjo, acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, guitar synths, papoose guitar, vocals

Hannah Alkire:  cello, vocals, accordion

Thomas Loefke:  Celtic harp


Christian Teele:  percussion on Hannah's Waltz, Calling of the Moor, Dancing on the Water, Norland Rails, Stonehaven,
                            Drowsy Maggie and Maggie Cameron

Ed Contreras:  percussion on Walking Stones and Souls Apart

Ian Melrose:  low whistle on Beyond Words


All music recorded at Absolute Sound Recording, Berthoud, CO.  Engineered, mixed and produced by Joe Scott.

All Celtic harp parts recorded at surrealis sounds and "the sauna" Berlin, Germany. 
Engineered by Jörg Surrey and Thomas Loefke

Mastered by Jörg Surrey www.surrealissounds.de

Graphic Design and Photography by Manfred Pollert www.pollert.de

Joe plays a custom built 14-string double neck guitjo built in 1991 by D. W. Stevens and one built in 2003 by Richard Mermer www.mermerguitars.com. He's endorsed by John Pearse guitar strings.

Hannah plays a 2005 Christopher Dungey cello www.dungeycello.com based on a 1739 Montagnana model, and a 2008 David Young gold bow.

Thomas plays a harp made by Jan Muyllaert  www.irishharps.net



Acoustic Eidolon would like to thank Thomas Loefke for all his dedication and hard work, and for bringing us over the pond to tour Europe every year.  It had always been our dream to have our music take us abroad…thank you, Thomas, for your tireless generosity in helping us make that happen!  A huge thank you to Christiane Stanko, for your dedication and unfailing support (and for the shower curtain!)…we love you!  Thanks to Dennis and Nada Fisher (our touring team), and Ian Melrose, Helmut Willhelm, Brigitte & Reinhart, Inge & Pim.  As always thank you to our family, who puts up with us leading this crazy gypsy life!


Thomas Loefke would like to thank Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott for their friendship and music, and Christiane for her endless patience and support, special thanks to Kristian Blak, Ole Jacob Nielsen, Katrina Johannesen, Smyril Line's Anna Ruthagen and Eirik Sunni Danielsen for the world's most beautiful rehearsal spaces, to master soundman Jörg Surrey, to Norland Wind colleagues Kerstin Blodig, Ian Melrose, Noel and Pádraig Duggan, and to Manfred Pollert and Peter Cronemeyer.


www.AcousticEidolon.com

www.ThomasLoefke.eu