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Flirting With Mermaids

by Manitoba Hal

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Ed Sprake
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Ed Sprake Soulful blue and with added ukulele. Lovely album by a lovely bloke. If you like your blues, you should be taking a listen... Favorite track: Way Down in the Hole.
Gareth Edwards
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Gareth Edwards He plays a ukulele. Favorite track: Adelyn.
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Adelyn 03:32
White Dog 03:37
Sixteen Tons 05:16


Imagine the blues meeting the Acadian shore in a seaside carnival of snake oil salesmen, tattooed women and mermaids! Carney's stealing the gate reciepts share space with fast food vendors and various hucksters. There are all types here. The bluesmen, the lovers and the hungry.

“Manitoba Hal has created something wholly unique and idiosyncratic out of several elements that already existed. He’s not the first guitarist to switch over to ukulele. Nor is he the first musician to use looping pedals. And he’s certainly not the first guy to play the blues. But the way he approaches the combination of those elements, and mixes it with his own musical sensibilities, is just perfect. A tireless live performer, ambassador for the uke, and all-round great musician.” Peter Hodgson - Mix Magazine May 2012


released December 30, 2011

Produced by Hal Brolund & Nicole Colbeck

Recorded at Harbourtone Productions, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Creatively Engineered by Alex Buchanan

Mastered by J Lapointe, Archive Mastering

Mermaid paintings by Léanne Colbeck

(c) (p) Hal's Kitchen 2011. All Rights Reserved.


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Manitoba Hal Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal is a ukulele master and singer-songwriter. He is known for his expressive voice and mastery of his instrument; his trusty baritone ukulele; His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to festival stages worldwide. ... more

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