” ‘the music of what happens’……. Uninterrupted, perpetual, music that takes in water, wind and kitchen things, the unstructured symphony of a day, or a night, in the world.
Francesca Baines’ sensitive, versatile delivery, combines with ingenious instrumentation – banjo, dulcimer, lampshade and sifting pan, matches and teacups, “prepared’ piano (Cage’s invention), “whispering forests” and harbour sounds – to give us back the world in heightened resolution.”
“A very beautiful collection of new material”
Carl Corchoran, presenter of “The Blue of the Night”, RTE Lyric FM
“An exciting mix of modal harmonies, complex rhythms and earthy world music instrumentation, Vela is a treasure chest of myths, stories and observations that are dense in material, leavened with humour, and reward close attention.”
Nicki Ffrench Davis, Irish Examiner
Francesca Baines presents her debut album VelA in a unique USB format; on wooden key containing a beautifully illustrated adobe flash player, a variety of audio formats, video, a bonus electronic remix, and exclusive access to pre-releases. In a sustainable approach, the 2Gb key is naturally reusable.
The essence of VelA is encapsulated in the place that it was recorded: the studios of Lionheart Productions, West Cork, Ireland. This little turfed roofed, wattle and daub dwelling was built from natural materials in the surrounding hazel coppice, and recycled materials such as reclaimed doors and windows. With the dedication of his creative hands, it cost the home-builder his time and innovation more than his money to make. Similarly VelA, is skillfully fashioned from gathered sounds; from the natural world, from human wastage, and the eclectic mix of local musicians. This one-of-a-kind song collection was crafted over two years by Francesca Baines and co-producer Rik Appleby; an organic development of tracks with quirky twists and turns that form a music in natural resonance with its environment.