Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch Series. For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and audience is important, and we are delighted to be the first in highlighting these new releases.
Daughters is the new album by The Lasses, who are Margot Limburg and Sophie ter Schure, an acoustic duo from Amsterdam. The album includes 13 tracks collected from the folk repertoire of America, Scotland, England and Ireland. We spoke to Margot and Sophie about the theme of “daughters” which they said came to them very naturally. “For some reason there are a lot of songs about girls, daughters, mothers and parental advice (that daughters usually don't follow). And of course we're daughters too, so we could very well relate to all of it.”
As always we include an exclusive track from the album. It’s a traditional song called Across the Blue Mountains and displays their stripped back approach to arrangements which we spoke to them about.
“We wanted the album to have as much of a live feeling as possible” Margot says. “For us bringing across the emotion of a song is the most important thing. That's why we recorded both of us playing and singing at the same time on most of the tracks. It's so much nicer (and therefore better) to sing together and feel the emotions than to do it 'clean' with just headphones. For that same reason we kept overdubs and additional instruments to a minimum.”
“If we like a song, it's because we like the song itself. Songs that are strong in their own right don't need a lot of arrangements, extra instruments or underlying beds of accompaniment. We kept it to a minimum with Alan McLachlan on mandolin, banjo and electric guitar, Mirte de Graaff on violin and Stijn van Beek on low whistle, adding some beautiful touches when the recording required it. The power and beauty is within the song and we just try to sing it in a way that displays that beauty. Also, we wanted the album to represent the way we sing these songs live. And that is exactly how this album is recorded. If you go to one of our concerts, we might have a guest musician or we might not. But the way we sing our songs and the feel we bring to it, is the same as on the album. This was always the idea. We didn't want to fall into the trap of recording another guitar, another vocal or polishing it up too much.”
“The last track is a bonus track. We asked Dublin man Victor Lacken to sing the lead of this very old song, because it was Victor who brought The Lasses together. So without him, this album would probably never be here.”
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