Released November, 2013
Elixir is excited to announce the release of Anybody’s Guess, their third full length studio album. In their eighth year of playing together, you can hear the group digging into their combined sound with new explorations in timbre and fresh arrangement ideas. Elixir is rooted in a love of american fiddle music and inspired by horn section sounds of early jazz, classical music, and funk. Their new album features all this, as well as musical leaps into the unexpected. In other words, it is Anybody’s Guess.
- Suzannah’s (©Ethan Hazzard-Watkins) / Swingin' on a Gate: Ethan wrote the first tune during a clogging class taught by Suzannah Park. The second tune is an old favorite.
- Who’s That Blue Eyed Lady / Back Door Slam (both ©Dave Wiesler, BMI): Brilliant pianist and composer Dave Wiesler arranged this set for us incorporating two of his original tunes. Hold on to your hat!
- Lulu’s Back in Town (©Al Dubin & Harry Warren): Anna first heard this song in an early Sesame Street sketch. You should look that up. We’ll even give you the link: bit.ly/d8viHk
- La Tâche (©Owen Morrison, Oak Union Music, BMI): Named to commemorate a magical trip to Burgundy; the title, which translates to "The Task," is also the name of one of the world’s most glorious wines.
- Waiting for Earl (©Ethan Hazzard-Watkins & Emily Troll): Ethan and Emily co-wrote this tune on a dramatic, gusty evening at Pinewoods while waiting for Hurricane Earl.
- Reel des Accordéonistes (©Marcel Messervier) / Mother’s / Le Champs de Bleuet / Reel Ti Mé (©Marcel Messervier): An epic set of French Canadian tunes.
- Meredith (©Owen Morrison, Oak Union Music, BMI): Owen wrote this waltz for his wife for the occasion of their first dance as a married couple.
- Tarbolton Lodge: Owen’s version of this tune comes from Cape Breton fiddler Kimberley Fraser. Elixir’s rendering of it is a glimpse into our collective subconscious.
- Höpkers vals (©Lars Höpkers): A peppy waltz from Sweden. David Kaynor popularized this tune in the states after learning it from Bertil Ferneborg. Ethan’s horn parts infuse a bit of Latin flavor.
- Shall We Dance (©George & Ira Gershwin) / André à Toto: Anna arranged this mashup of an old Gershwin song and a tune learned from the playing of fiddler André Brunet.
- Divine Reel (©Keith Murphy, Black Isle Music, BMI) / Langstaff Library (©Ethan Hazzard-Watkins): This first tune is a sensation on YouTube. Ethan wrote the second with his fiddle, in the Library, at David and Cindy Langstaff’s lovely home.
- Ringstead (©Adam Broome, Lunar Canoe Productions): A lovely, contemplative waltz by our good friend Adam.
- Charlie Mulvihil’s / Gigue du Salon (©Pascal Gemme): Some pretty jigs to send you on your way.
Suzannah's / Swingin' on a Gate
Lulu's Back in Town
A few of the folks who helped make the album possible:
- Produced by Elixir and Matt Labarge.
- Recorded & Mixed by Garrett Sawyer at Northfire in Amherst, MA.
- Mastered by Lane Gibson in Charlotte, VT.
- Graphic Design by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
- Photos by Lauren Lamont.
- Tunes by Owen are ©Oak Union Music (BMI).