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The word acapella means ‘in the style of the chapel’. It is a term used to describe the voice, when used as an unaccompanied instrument. Having been a high school choirboy, who also took a few years of classical singing lessons, I really enjoy acapella singing - particularly when used to tell the stories contained in old folk songs.

This album is a collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles and Ireland that resonate with me. Like many pakeha kiwis, my heritage is largely Scots, with a little bit of Scots-Irish thrown in - so I find that something in the storylines of these songs speaks to me in a deep way.

These songs are sometimes romantic, ribald, and risqué, presenting tales both natural and supernatural with a poetic style that seems to have fallen out of favour in modern songwriting. While this is a small book, I’ve tried to provide a bit of history about each song. If you want to learn more, all of these songs can be found in the Roud Folk Song Index; I’ve included index numbers in this book to help you track them down.


released December 13, 2021

Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by Stephen Riddell
Book and Cover Design by Karl Jensen
Book Edited by Brendan West
Cover, Website, and Interior Photos by Michelle Mae Cameron