The Vermont band Atlantic Crossing has been thrilling concert audiences and contra-dancers with traditional songs and acoustic instrumental music from New England - music which has deep Celtic roots in the British Isles and in French & Maritime Canada - together with original compositions inspired by these traditions.
Our latest release sports a number of home-grown tunes and songs.
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Overtones & Undercurrents opens with a pair of marches written by Brian, and includes several of Peter's dance tunes.
Viveka contributes two songs: Mount Independence, which was drawn from the memoirs of a disillusioned Revolutionary War soldier, and Song for the Spitfire, her tribute to an iconic gunboat sunk in Lake Champlain in 1776 following the battle of Valcour Island, and which is now at the spearhead of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's focus in conserving and sharing the historical legacy of the Lake.
The Flanders Collection is represented by Yorkshire Bite, the tale of a young lad who turns the tables on a highwayman, and John Barleycorn, not the version on Wind Against the Tide but a rather more irreverent one.
Recent composers also have a presence: a couple of reels by the late Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland are infused with Brazilian samba rhythm, and Archie Fisher's beautiful song Final Trawl, a song which has been close to Rick's heart for some time and which laments the loss of a way of life linked to the sea, receives a soulful treatment. As a contrast, Brian's foray into the French/English language of the borderlands in Les Raftsmen, found on a recording by Pete Seeger, is a romp.
There's probably something for everyone here. Just like the Vermont weather, wait a few minutes and you'll get something new.
Smaple of the tracks can be heard on their website.