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Voice Union

Liliana Bertolo, Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr: Voice Union (Fellside FECD119)

Voice Union
Liliana Bertolo, Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr

Fellside Recordings FECD119 (CD, UK, 1997)

Produced by Paul Adams & Voice Union;
Recorded by Paul Adams except Ninna Nana Jam recorded by Andrea Celeste Mor;
Artwork by Mary Blood;
Photographs by Paul Adams;
Translations by Graeme Rigby

Musicians

Sandra Kerr (England)
Evelyne Girardon (France)
Liliana Bertolo (Val d'Aoste)
Maddy Prior (England) on Must I Be Bound?

Tracks

  1. Bourrees Du Centre (Mariez moi / Tro lo lo!) (2.35)
  2. Mal Mariée (An Old Man Came Courting Me / Jeune femme, vieil époux / Garçons qui êtes en vie / Siam sedici compagni) (5.59)
  3. Ninna Nana Jam (J'vais dans la rivière / Bonny at Morn / Dor Mèinà) (2.45)
  4. Chanson à la Mariée (Le salut a la mariée / Must I Be Bound?) (4.44)
  5. La Visite (Buna sera viorie / Bonsoir mie bonsoir / Le galant indiscret / The Grey Cock / Bou'na séya) (4.30)
  6. Oh to Be Alone (2.38)
  7. Le Moine Complaisant (2.32)
  8. La Puissance D'Argent (L'argent est un dieu sur terre / The Bonny Pit Laddie) (3.56)
  9. La Fille Soldat (Petit papillon volage / La jeune citoyenne / Sove (Roud 7; Laws N21; Henry H35) / La ragazza guerriera) (4.34)
  10. Allegra Mi (3.00)
  11. Dans Paris Y A T'une Brune (2.33)
  12. Le sentiment des filles (J'étais lassée / Son qinque mesi / Blue Blazing Blind Drunk / My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up) (4.45)
  13. Nous Coucherons Ensemble (La feuille verte / Low Down in the Broom) (3.31)
  14. Jardin D'Amour (2.02)

Sleeve Notes

Bourrees Du Centre (Bourrees from Central France)

Mariez moi (Let Me Be Married)

Traditional french (Berry) from `La Chanson populaire français et les écrivains romantiques' by Julien Tiersot
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Tro lo lo!

Author: Willy Soulette
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon, Barbara Trojani

Mal Mariée (Badly Married)

An Old Man Came Courting Me

Traditional English/Scottish
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

Jeune femme, vieil époux (Young Wife, Old Husband)

Traditional Savoyard, from `Vieilles chansons savoyardes' by Claudius Servettaz
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Garçons qui êtes en vie (The Lively Lads)

Traditional from Val d'Aoste (Cogne)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Siam sedici compagni (We're Sixteen Compagnons)

Traditional from Val d'Aoste
Arrangement: Liliana Bertolo, Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

Ninna Nana Jam

J'vais dans la rivière (I'm Riding on the River)

Traditional french (Berry)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr

Bonny at Morn

Traditional English (North East)
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr

Dor Mèinà (Sleep, Little One)

Author: Luis de Jyaryot (Val d'Oste)
Arrangement: Liliana Bertolo, Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

Chanson à la Mariée (Song for the Bride)

Le salut a la mariée (Hail to the Bride)

Traditional High Alpes, from `Chansons Populaires Recueillies dans les Alpes Françaises' by Julien Tiersot
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Must I Be Bound

Traditional English (with thanks to Maddy Prior for the loan of her voice)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr, Maddy Prior

La Visite (The Visit)

Buna sera viorie (Goodnight, Young Girls)

Traditional Italian (Piémont)
Arrangement: Liliana Bertolo, Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

(In Alpine villages, by tradition, a room is set aside for young men and women to meet in the evening; the viore/veilleuses are the young women who go there)

Bonsoir mie bonsoir (Good Night, My Love, Goodnight)

Traditional High Alpes, thanks to Catherine Faure
Arrangement: Catharine Faure, Evelyne Girardon

Le galant indiscret (The Indiscreet Lover)

Traditional Savoyard (Tarentaise), from `Chansons Populaires Recueillies dans les Alpes Françaises' by Julien Tiersot
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

The Grey Cock

Traditional English Arrangement: Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

Bou'na séya (Good Night)

Traditional Savoyard (Patois de Tignes), thanks to Jean-Marc Jacquier
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr, Liliana Bertolo

Oh to Be Alone

Text: Anon
Music: Sandra Kerr
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr

Le Moine Complaisant (The Obliging Monk)

Traditional Quebecois, collected from Louis Larochelle, edited by `Les presses de l'Université Laval'; thanks to Robert Aymot for the text of the refrain
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr, Liliana Bertolo

La Puissance D'Argent (The Power of Money)

L'argent est un dieu sur terre (Money Is a God on Earth)

Traditional Quebecois, from `Chansons folkloriques françaises au Canada' by Marguerite and Raoul d'Harcourt
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

The Bonny Pit Laddie

Traditional English (North East)
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

La Fille Soldat (The Soldier Maid)

Petit papillon volage (The Fickle Butterfly)

Traditional from Val d'Aoste, collected from M. Germain Borney of Vieyes by Sandro Boniface (thanks to him)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

La jeune citoyenne (The Soldier Girl)

Traditional Savoyard (Tarentaise), from `Livre des Chansons' by Henri Davenson
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Sove

Traditional English
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr

La ragazza guerriera (The Warrior Maiden)

Traditional from Tessin, thanks to Mireille Ben
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Allegra Mi

Traditional from Val d'Aoste, collected from Mme Louise Millet of Amayvilles by Liliana Bertolo
Arrangement: Liliana Bertolo, Sandra Kerr

Dans Paris Y A T'une Brune (In Paris There Is a Brown Girl)

Traditional Savoyard, from `Vieilles chansons savoyardes' by Claudius Servettaz. Some verses are translations to Patois and English
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Le sentiment des filles (According to the Girls)

J'étais lassée (I Was Weary)

Traditional Breton, collected from Guignère de Hénaff by Jean Baron (thanks to him)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Son qinque mesi (Her Five Months)

Traditional from Val d'Aoste, collected by Emanuela Lagnier in `Enquête sur le Chant Populaire en Vallée d'Aoste' at Pont-Saint-Martin
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Blue Blazing Blind Drunk

Traditional Scottish from the singing of Sheila Stewart
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon

My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up

Traditional English (North East)
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr

Nous Coucherons Ensemble (We Will Lie Together)

La feuille verte (When The Leaves Were Green)

Traditional High Savoyard, collected from Eudoxie Blanc by Jean-Marc Jacquier (thanks to him)
Arrangement: Evelyne Girardon

Low Down in the Broom

Traditional English
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr

Jardin D'Amour

Traditional Savoyard (adapted)
Music: Evelyne Girardon
Arrangement: Sandra Kerr, Evelyne Girardon