Midnight

May Monday: Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed, Roger Tallroth, Emma Reid
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I met Karen in 1998 in Nibe, Denmark. Both her positive and encouraging attitude, and her brilliant musicianship made an indelible impression on me. Since then we have spent many joyful musical sessions together. This CD is a result of nine years collaboration.

I would like to dedicate this CD to my father who passed away during the recording session. He was a great musician whose playing brought a lot of joy to innumerable people.

Thank you so much Emma and Roger – you made the CD sound better than we could have ever imagined. Special thanks to Marion, my parents, my sister Tuula, Olli, Folk music department of the Sibelius Academy and all the composers who appear to our CD.

Timo Alakotila

It is 7 years since Timo and I put together "May Monday" which was, for me, the biggest turning point in my musical life so far. Since then, life has happened and we have grown closer. I am constantly inspired and amazed by this gentle giant: he is unquestionably my Northern Light. This CD celebrates our lives, our friends, our families and our grief. Thank you Roger, Emma and especially Timo for your belief in me.

I would like to dedicate this CD to Fiona Talkington who thought up the title, and to Colin Hynd, both of whom are inspirational to me. Special thanks always to Will ja Helen Willcox, Tina Cook, Muff Lucas, Kerry Fletcher, Marcus Turner, Roger Mead, Penguin, Lorraine Carpenter, Frances Watt, Su-a Lee, Anna Pack ja Anna Esslemont. What would I do without you?

Karen Tweed

Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed
Code: 
MMA 6327001
Publisher: 
May Monday
Publishing year: 
2007-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2007

Produced by Timo Alakotila
Recorded by Olli Varis
Mixed by Olli Varis, Studio Solgläntan
Mastered by Henkka Niemistö, Chartmakers

1. Hope/Gerry Commane's/Back Home at Onsbäcken/Beoga / Sam's Tune

Comp. Timo Alakotila, Sarah Northcott, Sean Og Graham, trad., Karen Tweed.

HOPE
Karen asked me to write a tune for this CD and while writing it in January 2007 my father Toivo became very ill. The tune was named after him as Toivo means hope in Finnish. My father passed away the night after we had recorded the tune. Hope is dedicated to him.

GERRY COMMANE'S
Mary Bergin's tin whistle LP 'Feodoga Stain' is one of the best recordings ever made and has totally inspired me for years. Mary is a great woman, musician and a fellow retail therapist.

BACK HOME AT ONSBÄCKEN
- was written for my favourite Scandinavian kitchen, which over the years became my second home for music, late night discussions, tears and celebrations. This is for Eva Kvarnström and her partner Svante Norlander's generosity and love.

BEOGA
Two of the best things about teaching students: You get energized by their boundless enthusiasm for learning and you can nick their tunes. Cheers, Sean!

SAM'S TUNE
I have used this tune SO many times in concerts or workshops – it's a beauty. Every musician's home should have it.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

2. Moonbeam Passage

Comp. Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Roger Tallroth, Karen Tweed.

On the way back from Shetland festival, we were standing on deck around midnight, watching a sea as calm as glass. Suddenly a hole in the low cloud allowed a shaft of moonlight to burst like a spotlight onto the sea. "Wouldn't it be great if the captain changed course a little to coast into the moonbeam?" we mused… and suddenly he did. For Todd Phillips.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

3. Reverof / Lusicnac

Comp. Karen Tweed, Chris Wood, arr. Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed.

A waltz letter for Tapani followed by one of the best waltzes (in my opinion) ever written. This waltz is played for and loved by Vero Baylis and Tomas Sikström.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

4. Great Uncle Henry

Comp. Emma Reid, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Roger Tallroth, Karen Tweed.

This tune is written to celebrate the centenary of my great uncle in March 2007.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

5. Ensuite Barn / Spaghetti Panic/With Chilli

Comp. Andy Cutting, John Dipper, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Roger Tallroth, Karen Tweed.

ENSUITE BARN
A wonderful tune from rising English composer John Dipper, who introduced me to the delights of English Cider followed by the classic Cutting casserole…

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

6. Midnight Macmaster

Comp. Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed.

A birthday tune for Mary Macmaster - a beautiful lady, an extraordinary musical force who makes the best whirlwind poached eggs.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

7. Opposite Angell Road

Comp. Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed.

There is a road in Connecticut which is near a great house where I spent many happy musical moments. The tune is for engineer there, Mark Thayer, who taught me a lot about soundscapes and life's landscapes.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

8. The Carillion / AJ's Jig / No Better Friends

Comp. Maire Breatneach, Ian Lowthian, Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Roger Tallroth, Karen Tweed.

Maire Breatneach is a profilic composer of a new generation of great Irish tunesmiths. I nicked AJ's jig from accordionist Dierdre Chawlke and had no idea this was another of Ian's treasures. What an era of music creation we are blessed to be living in…

'No Better Friends' was written for Jan and Muff Lucas, whose home in Addlestone was the perfect oasis for many ensembles that I used to be involved with. Great place, splendid people, unforgettable times. Unfortunately, they divorced soon after, are perfectly happy now and I don't write for couples anymore.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

9. So Now Joe / Triolipolska

Comp. Antti Järvelä, Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Karen Tweed.

'So Now Joe' remembers Joe Scurfield who truly cared about his friends. 'How are you?' would shortly be followed by 'But are you happy?'. This tune is written for Pete Challoner and Tim Dalling whose strength and love blows me away.

'Triolipolska'. I hear music these days as conversations or letters. I heard this melody before I met Antti. This beautiful melody is the nearest thing to a love letter I have ever heard. For Maja.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

10. Timo's Jig

Comp. Roger Tallroth, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Roger Tallroth, Karen Tweed.

A 'jig' dedicated to a good friend and a great musician.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

11. Getingen Polska

Comp. Alan Kelly, trad., Karen Tweed, arr. Timo Alakotila, Emma Reid, Karen Tweed.

(Complete name: Getingen Polska från Ore efter Timas Haus / The Silver Slipper after Seamus Begley / Trip to Dingle / Orlando Polecat)

The first polska was nicked off Ola Bäckström's seminal CD on Giga Records, while 'The Silver Slipper' was caught off the inimitable and wonderful Seamus Begley. 'Trip to Dingle' is another super composition by fellow piano accordionist Alan Kelly. The last tune was written for my dear friend Alan James, who introduced me to so much amazing music, concepts and laughter, and a neighbour's cat.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion

12. Lumen valossa

Comp. Timo Alakotila, arr. Timo Alakotila, Karen Tweed.

I wrote this tune for my sister as a birthday present. It describes the brightness of her being.

Timo Alakotila: piano
Emma Reid: fiddle
Roger Tallroth: guitars
Karen Tweed: accordion