This is my seventh solo album. The songs on Hadelin have all sorts of connections with people and places that I have known over the years. Most of them bear the patina of age, but they are not museum pieces. They refer to the natural world, the rhythm of the seasons, birth, life, death, love, betrayal, the ebb and flow of the struggle for justice and human rights. All things that remain a constant, albeit shifting, backdrop to the human condition, from generation to generation. With this in mind, I invited Jim Moray to produce the album, and I sought out musicians of the next generation to join me in recording it, along with others who I have worked with over the years.
Released February 25, 2017
Chris Foster: Vocals, Guitar and Hammered Dulcimer
Trevor Lines: Five string double bass
Jackie Oates: Five string viola and Vocals
John Kirkpatrick: Button accordion and One-row melodeon and Vocals
Martin Brinsford: Tambourine
Gillian Stevens: Treble viol, Tenor viol and Bass viol
All songs arranged by Chris Foster with the performers, except the string arrangement for The holland handkerchief and vocal arrangements on The trees they’re all bare, Who reaps the profit? Who pays the price? and Spring song by Bára Grímsdóttir.
Producer: Jim Moray
Assistant engineer: Dylan Fowler at Stiwdio Felin Fach
Recorded May to September 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland, Stiwdio Felin Fach, Abergavenny, Wales and The Old School House, Bristol, England
Mastered by Minerva Pappi of Waudio, Finland
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