Gran Bwa

by Groanbox Boys

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about

“Gran Bwa” was named after the Haitian Vodou loa (spirit) of the woods. Creole for “great wood” (from the French “grand bois”), Gran Bwa is the great spirit who resides deep in the woods and is associated with the gateway between the spirit world and the living world, the management of time, and medicinal healing.
It was recorded by sound designer Yann Seznec over one late Edinburgh night in May 2008, bringing an end to an intense, soul-searching tour of the UK. Both the music and the vocals were inspired by the plethora of beautiful and bizarre moments experienced on the road. The oldest yew tree in the world, a giant dam with large echo chambers, a mythical elm tree in a forest of pines, the making of a talisman, deer bones, rabbit skulls, caravans, chicken feet, gourds, broken down vans, a Senegalese drum master, lochs and bens, cowboy coffee, a Scottish fiddler, and the dozens of different Groanbox alter-egos are just some of the seeds that helped give life to this album.

credits

released October 1, 2008

Written and performed by Groanbox (Paul Clifford, Cory Seznec, Michale Ward-Bergeman)
Sound Design by Yann Seznec
Mastered by Pat Collier
Photography by Harry Kalish and Cory Seznec
Album Design by Anna Wolfgang

Paul Clifford: calabash, yew tree, freedom boot, kitchenware, vocals
Cory Seznec: guitars, banjos, harmonica, vocals
Michael Ward-Bergeman: accordion, shackles, vocals

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Groanbox New Orleans, Louisiana

At first glance a roots band steeped in the traditions of American music, they play with all the guts of rock and roll and all the soul of the wandering troubadour. But somewhere along the way, that troubadour turned from his path and set sail from the melting pot of New Orleans to begin a journey that would take their sound to new, unchartered territories with influences from around the world. ... more

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