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MP3 Michael Munnik & Ira Pelletier - Old Rowboat

Simple and honest. Sounds like the last song of the late, late-night jam before the bottle is empty and everyone realizes they should have gone to sleep hours ago.

1 MP3 Songs in this album (4:28) !
Related styles: Folk: Traditional Folk, Country: Old-Timey, Type: Acoustic

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Ira wrote this song after a story his dad told him. It''s a great tune, and it really fits with the old guitar he plays it on. Ira''s more of a mandolin player, but you can hear on this tune that his guitar chops ain''t bad either, especially his classic pattern picking. The harmonies leapt out to me the first time I heard him play this tune, and I''m really glad that we could put it down on tape together. The ukulele was just a nylon-string offering to flesh out the sound and give me something to do with my hands - I hope it doesn''t stomp on the rhythm too much.

Michael Munnik and Ira Pelletier have been playing music together for just about as long as they have been playing music. Their collaboration began with the idea of a grunge band while meandering through a vintage car show in Mill Bay, B.C. Too few gigs ensued, as well as many projects apart - skid punk and post rock for Ira, progressive folk and Celtic beer-hall punk for Michael. It didn''t help that they often lived three thousand miles apart. But while they forged musical identities independent of each other, they kept a close eye on each other''s musical growth. Ira is now versant in hot bluegrass mandolin, through which he has captained the Nanaimo combo Skagway; and Michael has recorded two albums of his own indie-folk-rock. This project is a welcome salute to their musical friendship, as well as a chance for each of them to record some music that "doesn''t fit" with their typical work.

"Old Rowboat" was recorded late at night in Ira''s shed, on a Mac with one mic. Ira sings and plays guitar. Michael sings harmonies and plays the ukulele. Michael mixed it on his dad''s computer, and then did a final mix in Ottawa, Ontario, at Ernest Ruppenthal''s place. Dave Draves of Little Bullhorn Studio did the mastering. This all happened in the summer of 2010.

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