Music from the award winning concert theatre production of BOBLO. BOBLO tells the story of the human, natural and mythic history of an abandoned island amusement park in the Detroit River.
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Penner, Text by Erin Brandenburg.
"the genius of BOBLO was that it somehow managed to distill the surreality of memory surrounding the place, the sensory, impressionistic recollections that fit together ill and seem more impossible the more time that passes." - torontostandard.com
"Penner’s moving folk- and rock-inspired songs are another highlight. If the soundtrack were available, I’d have snapped it up on the spot." - NOW magazine
"Anchoring Boblo is its music, which mixes originals by Penner and songs, like the Faygo ad, associated with the park during its century of existence. Ranging from melancholy string-heavy songs related to tragic events in the island’s history to energetic dance tunes the audience tapped its toes to, the diverse nature of the score combines with the multimedia stage effects to simulate something like the experience of riding a roller coaster. " - Torontoist
released November 1, 2015
Andrew Penner - vocals, guitars, piano, banjo, percussion, synth, organ, bass, vibes, glockenspiel
Anna Atkinson - vocals, violin, accordion, saw
Gordon Bolan - MC, vocals
Erin Brandenburg - Radio Woman, vocals
George Meanwell - vocals, cello, tenor banjo, concertina, harmonica
Alan Penner - electric and acoustic guitar
Michael Rosenthal - drums
Additional featured voices - Bev Brandenburg, Al Block, Steven McCarthy, Trent Pardy, Amy Rutherford, Margaret Snow, Sophia Walker
Radio sounds and additional recordings on 'Carnival Will Travel' by Andrew O'Connor
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Penner
Gordon Bolan - Carnival Will Travel, Ants in my Pants
Brian Poirier and Iner Souster - Hawks
Frank Stodgell - lyrics for Ol' Boblo
Human voice Test - based on the poem 'Waving Not Drowning' by Stevie Smith
Produced by Andrew Penner.
Mixed by Andrew Penner.
Recorded at The Cellar (Andrew Penner) and The Lincoln County Social Club (John Dinsmore) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Produced with support from The Ontario Arts Council
* Download the full album and get a Bonus Track - BOBLO Island Redux - produced by Andrew O'Connor.