Taking its reference musically from the low slung jazzy blues of a David Lynch sound track, this piece further unravels the narrative investigation of the past. It brings together a collection of interviews with a group of historical re-enactors and explores the oral traditions of the Native American community as they debate their representation in this distorted social history of America.
Their opposing perspectives provoke questions about the history of America and the actions of its founding fathers. The debate delves deeper into our collective understanding of how histories are formed and re-formed over time, opening a conversation that continues throughout the record between the differing perspectives of Native American and colonial American voices. The track concludes with a Tom Waits inspired rendition of Yanky-Doodle-Dandy by singer Marrie Mascari that serves to remind us of the history of conflict at the root of this American identity.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Documentary Interviews taken from recordings by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow at the Herkimer Home State Historic Site, Little Falls, New York 2007.
Narrative Editor : Christopher Thomas Allen
Vocal : Marrie Mascari
Fiddle : Luke Cissell
Vibraphone : Sean McCaul
Drums : Brian Fishler
Electric Guitar : Laurent Medelgi
Double Bass : Tom Mayer
Music Arrangement : Tim Cowie
Additional Sound Design : Jude Greenaway
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen