OBIA

by Bonhomme Setter

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Bonhomme Setter is a musical line-up which has been evolving in the Celtic music sphere since 1998.

For their fourth opus, the musicians have opted for a juxtaposition of original melodies, folk songs and Irish, Asturian and Breton traditional music. Following in the wake of the third album Turning Wind, the tracks on the new album present orchestral arrangements featuring the harmonic richness of the strings, the complementarity of the flutes and the various rhythmic layers of the percussion.

For the creation of OBIA, Bonhomme Setter has been inspired by groups such as Kila, Lunasa, Laü and Elephant Revival, as well as musicians like Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Resolved to giving a unique and orchestral sound to traditional music, Bonhomme Setter offers an escape to a mixed musical universe.

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released June 11, 2014

Bonhomme Setter is :
SYLVAIN LABEGE | flute . whistle
MARIE-NOËLLE HARVEY | violin . viola
MARIE-PIER GAGNÉ | cello
STÉPHANE DESBIENS | guitar
MATHIEU GOSSELIN | bass
ANDREW BEAUDOIN | percussion

Guest musicians :
PATRICK MCSWEENEY | uilleann pipes . guitar . vocal
AMÉLIE HARVEY | vocal

Thanks to :
Luc Bourgeois & Dominic Haerinck

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Bonhomme Setter blends Celtic music with the diverse rhythms of the world: Spain, Ireland, Scotland and the Middle-East flow together in warm, festive compositions, in tasteful and authentic music which will transport you to the world of five passionate musicians. ... more

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Track Name: The Blacksmith
THE BLACKSMITH

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter

With his hammer in his hand
He looked quite clever
And if I was with my love
I'd live for ever

But where is my love gone
With his cheeks like roses?
And his good black Billycock on
Decked round with primroses?

I'm afraid the scorching sun
Will shine and burn his beauty
And if I was with my love
I'd do my duty

Strange news is come to town
Strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down
That my love is married

I wish them both much joy
Though they can't hear me
And may God reward him well
For the slighting of me

Don't you remember when
You lay beside me?
And you said you'd marry me
And not deny me?

If I said I'd marry you
It was only for to try you
So bring your witness love
And I'll not deny you

No, witness I have none
Save God Almighty
And may he reward you well
For the slighting of me

Her lips grew pale and wan
It made her poor heart tremble
To think she loved that one
And he proved deceitful

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter

With his hammer in his hand
He looked quite clever
And if I was with my love
I'd live forever
Track Name: Back Home in Derry
BACK HOME IN DERRY

In 1803 we sailed out to sea
Out from the sweet town of Derry
For Australia bound if we didn't all drown
And the marks of our fetters we carried.

In the rusty iron chains we sighed for our wains
As our good wives we left in sorrow.
As the mainsails unfurled our curses we hurled
On the English and thoughts of tomorrow.

Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.

I cursed them to hell as our bow fought the swell.
Our ship danced like a moth in the firelights.
White horses rode high as the devil passed by
Taking souls to Hades by twilight.

Five weeks out to sea we were now forty-three
Our comrades we buried each morning.
In our own slime we were lost in a time.
Endless night without dawning.

Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.

Van Dieman's land is a hell for a man
To live out his life in slavery.
When the climate is raw and the gun makes the law.
Neither wind nor rain cares for bravery.

Twenty years have gone by and I've ended me bond
And comrades' ghosts are behind me.
A rebel I came and I'll die the same.
On the cold winds of night you will find me

Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.
Oh Oh Oh Oh I wish I was back home in Derry.