This is a hidden page, with access to streaming and downloads of wavs and liner notes of Vinta's 2022 album.

 

"Beacons"

 

This page is intended for press reviews and radio play/podcasts.

 

Contact us at vintatheband@gmail.com if you'd like a physical copy, and we'd be happy to mail you one.

“Beacons” is the debut full-length album by Canadian chamber-folk-trad quartet Vinta.

 

Produced by Canadian mandolin icon and celebrated engineer/producer Andrew Collins, the album is brimming with new original material composed by each of the band’s four members.

 

This project features instrumental tunes composed for social dances from Western Europe, notably France and Sweden, and the music pairs Vinta’s unique compositional and arranging styles with their deep love of traditional music and dance.

 

Their arrangements combine fiercely danceable grooves with the kaleidoscopic intricacy of a string quartet in a distinctive sound that is exciting, compelling, and refreshing.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the making of this project.

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Vinta is: 

Emilyn Stam Fiddle, Accordion

John David Williams Clarinet, Diatonic Accordion, Bass Clarinet

Nathan Smith Fiddle, Viola

Robert Alan Mackie Double Bass

Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Collins

at Chalet Studios, May 2022.

Mastered by David Travers-Smith.

Artwork and Design by Melika Saeeda.

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Beacons Track Notes for radio/podcast play

1. Whippersnapper (c. Nathan Smith)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, clarinet, bowed upright bass
Tags: Fast fiddle, Polska, Bright, High Energy,
Swedish Influences

2. High Park (c. John David Williams)
Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, clarinet, bowed upright bass

Tags: Fiddle tune, Groovy, Sparkling, Sentimental, Schottische

3. Bourrée isolée (c. Emilyn Stam & Nathan Smith)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, clarinet, bowed upright bass

Tags: Foot percussion, Central France Influences, Fiddle frenzy, Dynamic, Exciting, Bourrée

4. Marjo and Everest/Séduction (c. Emilyn Stam & Mario Cazes)

Instrumentation: fiddle, accordion, clarinet, upright bass

Tags: Waltz, Parisien café, Cinematic, Romantic

5. Paper Beacons (c. John David Williams)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, diatonic accordion, upright bass

Tags: Jig, Acoustic Psychedelic, Glass-like, Epic Journey

 

6. Four-Leafed People  (c. Robert Alan Mackie)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, clarinet, bowed upright bass

Tags: Polska, Elegant, Flowing, Swedish Influences

7. Le reveil des coccinelles (c. John David Williams & Vinta)

Instrumentation: fiddle, accordion, clarinet, upright bass

Tags: Earthy, Groovy, Ladybugs, Upbeat, Schottische

8. La Neylière (c. Emilyn Stam)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, bass clarinet, bowed upright bass

Tags: Slow burn, Pilgrimage, Drone Music, Hills of France

9. Rosedale Valley Waltz (c. Robert Alan Mackie + Emilyn Stam)

Instrumentation: 2 fiddles, diatonic accordion, upright bass, clarinet

Tags: Sweet, Gentle, Lullaby, Waltz, Heartwarming

10. The Heron's Rookery (c. Nathan Smith)

Instrumentation: fiddle, accordion, clarinet, upright bass

Tags: Foot Percussion, Quebec fiddle influences, Joyful, Energetic

11. The House the Spirit Builds (c. John Williams)

Instrumentation: fiddle, accordion, clarinet, upright bass

Tags: Anthem of Gratitude, Emotional, Soaring