John Mitchell: Graith & Grain EP
Artist: John Mitchell
Artist: John Mitchell
Title: Graith & Grain EP
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS
Having received an honourable mention at the American Song of the Year Competition 2013, John Mitchell releases a new EP together with partner Sofie Jonsson in the spring of 2014. Touring extensively in their current home of Sweden, appearing on stages such as the Scandinavian Country Festival 2012 and the Stockholm Folk Festival 2013, they have blazed a trail across Europe with their Celtic/American influenced roots music. The fiery fiddle and strong vocals, with close and heart-felt harmonies, match the superb song-writing and skilful guitar playing, and create a sparkling live show. GRAITH AND GRAIN EP 1. Leaving Carolina 4:01 2. Haul Away 2:54 3. Through the Pines 3:26 4. Barley and Grape Rag 2:29 All songs written by John Mitchell (STIM), except Barley and Grape Rag written by Rory Gallagher. Recorded at Studio Stallet/Musikfo¨reningen Ge&Ho¨r in Torsby, Sweden, by Christopher Bo¨rjars. Release date: 24 May, 2014 NOTES ON THE SONGS The Carolinas, and notably, Charleston, SC, became a prominent landing point for Scottish families as a result of the Highland clearances. The story of Leaving Carolina is written from the point of view of a modern day relative of those earlier immigrants having to return to the Highlands and homelands. John served with the Queen's Own Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders and wrote this song whilst on leave in the USA recuperating after a near fatal car accident in the Belizean jungle. The folk sea shanty Haul Away is written and played in Appalachian string band style. The acoustic guitar is tuned in Orkney tuning and played banjo clawhammer style with the fiddle doubling the melody. John used to be a south deep chiel himself, pitching the waves aboard a trawler as a young fisherman. Through the Pines is a folk jazz instrumental written after cross- country skiing through the pine forest in the mystic half-light in our home in the hills of Sa¨len, Sweden. John has been a life-long fan of Rory Gallagher. This is our ragtime take on Rory's Barley and Grape Rag. REVIEWS FOR JOHN & SOFIE'S 2011 ALBUM WESTERN HIGHWAYS: "Folk music beyond the ordinary, with a lot of personality and know-how." Sur la Route de Memphis Magazine, France "I have taken Western Highways by John and Sofie to my heart...a surprising, varied and beautiful folk CD with interesting music for followers of Irish/Scottish music as well as lovers of American folk. Go listen and enjoy!" Real Roots Cafe´, Netherlands "A really good debut." Music an sich, Germany PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS Stockholm Folk Festival, Scandinavian Country Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Northern Roots Festival, Celtic Connections.