Freedonia State Orchestra

by Freedonia State Orchestra

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about

The story of the Freedonia State Orchestra is one of the saddest stories of artistic trauma heard in more recent times.

Forced to flee from their beloved Freedonia in the summer of 1922, after the total failure of that years Krishna Myrrh tea crop - the cash-crop on which the Freedonian economy was based - the 73 members of the orchestra were forced to find other methods of earning a living in new and strange lands.

Many - reduced to eating the boiled-up bags of their bagpipes - died of flatulence, while others travelled to the Alps where they learned to catch small, defenceless, and rather cute furry animals with the aid of violin string snares and other, savage, painful, yet highly effective gathering techniques. These animals they then dried in the hot Alpine sunshine and sold to the local tourists as traditional mittens.

Eventually in 1952 the Freedonian economy was stabilised once again with the introduction of Yak farming, and the subsequent export of Yak skin bath towels and toiletries, and many of the orchestra's members returned to their homeland to take up positions in government.

Of the original members of the orchestra living outside Freedonia only three now remain alive. Unable to return to their homeland due to an incurable addiction to recorded music and small tins of cat food - offences punishable by death in Freedonia - they are forced to live in exile in Britain.

This recording is a sad reminder of the past glories of Freedonian orchestral music, and the money raised from its sales helps the members of the orchestra to buy musical downloads and other essentials.

credits

released August 7, 2014

All of the pieces on this recording are traditional Eastern Europian dance tunes.

They were arranged and performed by the Freedonia State Orchestra

Bob Minney:
Accordian, Hammered Dulcimer,
Sixhole pipe, Guzle, Percussion, Piano.

Nicholas Breeze Wood:
Mandolin, Mandola, Oud, Recorders, Sixhole Pipe, Percussion.

Mervyn Brunt:
Violin, Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy.

Recorded during the Autumn and Winter of 1989 and 1990 at two Freedonian refugee centres - The Homestead in Malvern and Estampie in Evesham, England.

Produced by Nicholas Breeze Wood and Bob Minney.

Thanks to Pat Botfield for the tambourine on Vrapceto.

Long live the glorious repression of the Freedonian people.

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Multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter drawing on rock, Arabic and Medieval music, using instruments from all those traditions

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