Hello Lovely Folk
It has been one year since the launch of the Les Salamandas’ Debut Album crowdfunding campaign. A whole year! So we were thinking NOW IS THE TIME... for another update.
In September 2021 a wild notion took us to Nova Scotia, Canada, to record the album with award winning producer Daniel Lewell. We spent 12 days in the recording studio. A first for both of us. And we had the time of our lives.
Having begun the process with Daniel remotely, it was very exciting to be in the studio, hearing the songs we had written together come to life. Discussing what instruments to add and trying out new (sometimes dodgy) backing vocals, fueled by our Canadian version of Budds coffee (it was a place called Morleys and we loved it). It felt like we were hearing them for the first time. We headed home feeling as if we had lived a whole life in Nova Scotia while at the same time feeling like we’d watched it from afar.
We were sad to go but happy to be back in West Cork, where we told everyone and their mother about the amazing album that we had made… but there was a lot more work to be done. Lots of listening, tweaking, and sending feedback to Daniel (producer). Long conversations about the volume of the guitar, dance parties to the new trombone solo and the occasional heated discussion about whose vocal cannot be heard.. :)
Playing the album over and over as we mopped the floors in Levis’, blaring it out in the car on our West Cork road trips and through headphones at Audley. Then there was the Mastering stage – making the mixed tracks work together through the album, creating consistency. We have a whole new appreciation for the work that goes into making an album!! And most importantly after (possibly) a million listens we still LOVE this collection of songs we have created. We are very proud of this album and every step it has taken to get here.
So Where We Are Now
October 2022 everything is ready, the masters are done! We’ve selected images for the cover (both taken by local West Cork photographers). We cannot wait for you to see them. We think we have a title. We penned the credits, which like most things for us was very emotional, many many amazing people to thank. We played our first tour of Irish Music Festivals (LSA road trips include occasionally getting lost and denting the car), printed T-Shirts. Shouted high and loud about the album.
And finally we’ve ordered the Physical Vinyls and the CD, and have listened to the Vinyl Test Pressing!! So now we wait & take a breath.
So much has happened since that day we got on the plane to Canada (mainly that we now tell everyone we meet that we went to Canada..). We could hardly believe at the time what was happening. Along the way we have worked with incredible musicians all of whom have been generous with their time and support. It is an amazing community. We’ve learned a lot of lessons (we now know that one of us is allergic to camping.. ), but we know we have worked really hard because we wanted to make the best album we could. We know that we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to create, & for that we thank you for supporting the Les SalAmandas campaign.
To top all this off, this morning we received an email to say we were nominated for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2022 for best emerging artist! We’ll be off up to the big smoke in 2 weeks to see how we get on!
We look forward to seeing you all at the gigs as we tour the World with this album. Yess! Ballydehob Abú.
Thank you thank you thank you for your support and your patience, we’re getting there we promise!!
Julie & Colyne
Lots of love
Les SalAmandas xxx