The Tempest of Old

by Gabrielle Papillon

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    Artwork by Daniel Ledwell. Full painting spans across three panel case.

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Steeped in a swampy, gothic underpinning, The Tempest of Old is big, orchestral, and defiant. Setting the mood with a bold and haunting piece that channels the sepia-soaked, cinematic drive of the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack, “Got You Well” is a striking album opener. Embracing the grandiosity of tones and textures, Gabrielle Papillon continues the beautifully dramatic disposition on tracks such as “Come and Gone,“ “Brother, Throw Down,“ and “Kentucky in the Dark.“

Recorded at Echo Lake in Halifax, NS with multiple award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, In-Flight Safety), the album marks a growth from the simplicity and gentle quality of Papillon’s previous work. On The Tempest of Old, her ear for compelling hooks and her lyrical craftmanship remain steadfast, blended this time with sonic landscapes that revel in visceral storytelling. The album masterfully captures Papillon’s outstanding live performances, gleaming with her charm and personality.

The Tempest of Old also features a host of musicians who are no strangers to the Canadian music scene. Jenn Grant, Sean MacGillivray (Classified, Jenn Grant), Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant, Snailhouse, Paper Beat Scissors), Catriona Sturton (Plumtree, Al Tuck), Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!, Jenn Grant), the late Fleur Mainville, and producer Daniel Ledwell (Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans, In Flight Safety), all contributed to the record.


released March 24, 2015

Producer/Engineer/Mixing: Daniel Ledwell (Lake Echo, NS)

Gabrielle Papillon: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, glockenspiel
Michael Belyea: Drums/Percussion
Sean MacGillivray: Upright bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Percussion
Nicholas Maclean: Electric guitar, and lapsteel
Simon Honeyman: Vocals
Daniel Ledwell: Pedal Steel, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Keyboard, Glockenspiel, and all other strange and wonderful sounds anywhere and everywhere.
Corinna Rose: Banjo
Anne Janelle: Cello
John Spearns: Cello
Kinley Dowling: Violin
Fleur Mainville: Violin
Stewart Legere: Vocals
Jenn Grant: Vocals
Natalie Alcorn: French Horn
Catriona Sturton: Harmonica
Leah Dolgoy: Autoharp
Kim Harris, Carmel Mikol, Gabe Minnikin, Kev Corbett: Gang Vocals

Mastering: Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering (Mtl, QC)
Arrangement: Dan Ledwell and Gabrielle Papillon
Artwork: Dan Ledwell (Painting) Celine Papillon (Cover Text)
Layout: Sean MacGillivray
Art Direction: Gabrielle Papillon
Associate Producers: Celine Papillon, Maurice Strasfeld

All songs written by Gabrielle Papillon



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"Gabrielle Papillon has a hook that clasps a handle on the heart– she simply breathes vocals."

--Katherine Kyte, Zouch Magazine

"Gabrielle Papillon's voice is a major key haunt, a moment to bask in sadness, then move into the light."

--Jon Thompson, The Kenora Daily Miner
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