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The Bones on Black (2012)

by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies

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released February 25, 2012

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies:
Harry Bird (vocals, guitar, clarinet, turuta, harmonica, piano)
Christophe Capewell (vocals, piano, violin, ukelele, melodica, accordion, banjo)
Patrick Durkan (vocals, drums and percussion, banjo, accordion, guitar)

The Lincoln Stompers:
Jamie Bird (vocals, banjolin) #3, 5 & 9
Ian “Dodge” Paterson (vocals, double and electric bass) #1-11
Adam Sinclair (vocals, jingle-jangles) #3 & 9

Lagunak:
“The Chief” - Will Rutter (mandolin, hammond) #3, 4, 10 & 11
Baraa Alloush (voice) #6
Borja Dolara (guitarra) #5
David Larrínaga (voz, guitarra) #2
Gaddafi Núñez (guitarra, charango, palmas, guapeo) #10
Ruth Marx (vocals) #11
Donagh Molloy (trumpet) #8 & 10
Bryan Quinn (trumpet) #8 & 10
Megan Sherwood (cello) #4, 6 & 8

All songs written by Harry Bird except "The Butterfly Song" (Harry Bird and Christophe Capewell); "Te Souvient-il, Enfant....?" (lyrics are the poem “À Yvonne Pen-Moor” by Alexandre Privat D'Anglemont); "He Was a Friend of Mine" (traditional with new lyrics by Harry Bird and Arabic poem “He Said to Me” by Mohammad Alloush and Baraa Alloush); and “Valparaiso” (lyrics by Paul McHugh and Harry Bird).

Recorded live at Pip's House, Lincoln, by Adam Sinclair. Additional recordings made in Bilbao, Barcelona, Dublin, Galway, Newcastle and London.

Mixed in Newcastle by Adam Sinclair at Old Grey's Gaff. Mastered in London by Robert Harder at Acton Baby.

Produced by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and Adam Sinclair.

Original cover art and all design by Maria Blackwell.

Huge thanks to: the Durkans of Croydon & the Rath, the Capewells of the Sheff, the Birds & St.Johns of everywhere and all our other family members and friends from Gisborne to Galway for your loving support and constant inspiration; all those who generously collaborated in the craic that was the putting together of these songs (Stompers & Lagunak, Paul, Mohammad & Baraa, Robert, Dodge & Adam again!); all the “Silent Crew” who helped out behind the scenes while the recording went on (Pip, Ella & D, Eleanor, Amagoia, Leire, Potti, Aitor, Irene, Susan & Max, Anna, Nigel & Christina, Jen & Jarrah, Panes Maruri, the Broogle and Oormaz); plus all gig-goers, knee-slappers and tomato-growers/throwers. Mila esker. Go raibh mile maith agat. Elf shukr ya shabab. Ya sabéis. Oh yes, and this album is for Pyla and Freya.

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