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16-04-2008

hinahgift023 - Brittain Ashford "hinah session"

hinahgift023 - Brittain Ashford

"hinah session"

This is what you could call a last-minute hinah session. We were in Paris, where we had organised an evening with - we thought - two sessions, by Shelley Short and Flowers From The Man Who Shot Your Cousin. But then we met Brittain Ashford, whose debut solo album had just come out on Waterhouse Records and who was about to go on tour in France with Pollyanna. We invited her to come along... and we'd say it was an excellent idea, given the four folk songs full of autoharp and dulcimer that came out of this session.

hinahgift023 - Brittain Ashford "hinah session"
"I came to France on a whim. Sort of. Recording this Hinah session was also one of the many random, wonderful things that got lost in translation up until it was happening.
It is March. Paris is still cold, and I'm being led by Laurent through the metro with my autoharp and dulcimer, a little uncertain as to what the evening holds. Is it radio? Is it for a blog? I have been told that I will be fed, so I don't ask too many questions. We arrive late in the afternoon, where I give Shelley Short and her boyfriend, Alexis, a brief autoharp and dulcimer tutorial.
We are all seated on the floor of Laurent and Eloïse's new, sparsely furnished flat. A tiny microphone appears after some casual discussion, and this is what we get: me being exceptionally nervous and playing just a little too fast on a few of the tracks. But, I suppose it is the energy of the moment. The subtle clicking noise on the first three tracks is the autoharp keys hitting the plastic guard."
- Brittain Ashford




Downloadable mp3s
1 - "This Is Why"
00:03:25 / 3.91 MB
2 - "Alanzo & Leopold"
00:01:47 / 2.04 MB
3 - "A Day At Coney Island"
00:03:09 / 3.61 MB
4 - "Snow"
00:03:59 / 4.50 MB

Recording info
- Lyrics and music: Brittain Ashford
- Brittain Ashford: vocals, autoharp, and dulcimer
- Recorded on 11 March 2008 at the hinah hq France by Eloïse Orseau
 
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