A Folksongbook is an graceful collection of 20 titles, inspired by Anglo-American folk traditionals imported into the New World in the 17th and 18th Century.
With the greatest respect and admiration for the original tunes, we’ve set new music to ancient words and themes.
A Folksongbook contains a number of ballads from the renowned Francis Child catalogue, two Victorian poems by the Irish bard Thomas Moore, a spoken word piece, murder ballads and traditionals. The lyrical orientation of A Folksongbook is 19th Century Romantic, drawing themes, lyrics and poetical images from the Victorian era.
In 2007 the minature album A Folksongbook was released to great critical acclaim. Six individual stories, make up six song chapters. All the chapters combined compose a greater frame story―a delicate meditation on the nature of love. The songs are arranged for 15 classical guest musicians: woodwinds, horns, cello, vibraphone, a harp and a string quartet. This hybrid songbook fuses chamber music and the roots of modern popculture, bringing it into a realm of timelessness.
A Folksongbook was premiered live in 2007. We perform it as a trio, but we usually bring in a couple of outstanding guest musicians: Jon Birdsong on horns and cornet à bouquin, Pieter Theuns on theorbe, lute and baroque guitar and Pieter Vandeveire on viola da gamba.
#4 The Golden Ball
#6 Love’s Young Dream