Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Celebration - 1976 - Old Green Village

Old Green Village

01. El Passaparla   
02. Old Green Village   
03. Victory Rag   
04. What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor ?   
05. Black Berry Fugue   
06. Vietnam In Africa   
07. Shady Grove Ando   
08. Banks Of Ohio   
09. If Destruction Is Solution   
10. Salt Creek   
11. La Chouille Des Fumeroles "We Shall Not To Be Moved"   

Flute – Bertrand Côte
Guitar, Banjo – Jean-Pierre Lozac'h
Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Autoharp, Vocals – Jacques Godin
Guitar, Vocals – Pascal Genneret

Some have an inserted or pasted mimeograph copy with notes (see picture)
Includes 1 handwritten (see picture) and 1 handtyped (recto-verso) insert.
Two different frontcover versions in black or green silkscreened colour design.

More of a one-off happening then an actual band, the album resulted from the one & only meeting of the group for a single overnight champagne-fueled session. as unlikely as it seems, somebody thought to roll some tape, and a very special evening was captured & pressed to vinyl… opening with a gorgeous drifting instrumental, and centered around three long jaw-dropping acidfolk originals, the album is filled out by wild romps though traditional folk songs. all english lyrics, female backing vocal, two acoustic guitars, dulcimer, autoharp, banjo, and some especially beautiful snaky flute work. the original compositions are truly magical : gently flowing and beautifully pastoral, but with an eerie, druggy, edginess. think 'book of am' minus the sunshine & electricity and you'll be in the right zone… the trad folk cuts on the other hand are nearly as cool : joyous, dirty, and totally ragged music by & for the people. no 'folk boom' pretense on display, just ageless tunes, fast pickin' and wild drunken wooziness, like some sort of reckless gypsy hoe-down… everything here is totally steeped in a damp, pagan / mystical basement atmosphere, that combined with the raw direct-to-tape, no overdubs / mixing execution & perfectly crude, haunting cover art make for a very distinct whole… originally only a few hundred copies of the lp were pressed up, and as there was no actual band to promote, those gradually slipped away into total obscurity. front covers were crudely screenprinted in green & black, and various back cover concepts were attempted & scrapped : a screenprinted variation had the incorrect track list and was all but totally illegible, some hand typed stickers were randomly done up, some had an inserted or pasted mimeograph copy with notes / credits, and many were simply left blank…


  1. http://www.filefactory.com/file/38bmmyculgh/2713.rar

  2. Thanks for the Mountain Ash Band and this one as well! If possible could you please post some of the early Nicodemus(the Detroit dude)lps.Thanks!