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Bows Of Yew

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    The third album from versatile duo Oka Vanga blends a rich palette of strings, frets, and percussion with a foot stomping groove.

    Strong energetic guitar lines are framed with intricate threads of mandolin and ukulele to create a colourful set of eight songs and four instrumental traditional tunes that have good pace and variety. From the authentic groove of 'Beneath The Apple Tree', to the high energy of 'Seek & Run' Angie has a timeless voice that lends itself to the authenticity of her song writing and emotive lyrics.
    Bows Of Yew is a visceral nod to their folk roots whilst the quiet artisan beauty of Johanna is offset by the foot-stomping free-wheeling Whisky For Sorrow.
    Joyously vibrant, the self-titled album benefits from tracks mixed by LA producer Thomas Johansen and mastered by GRAMMY Award-Winning Mastering Engineer Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound. Recorded at Unit Studios by Nick Kuzoch, all but four of the tracks were completed before Covid lockdown. Undaunted by Covid restrictions the duo Angie & Will rigged up their spare room to record themselves and completed the album on schedule.

    Stellar contributions from guest musicians Patsy Reid (violin, viola, cello) and John Parker (double bass) frame the album and there is a subtle mix of musical influences that gives Angie and Will's new album an exciting edge.

    Released by Crazy Bird Records, OKA VANGA is due for official release on 26th March 2021 available on both CD and 12" Vinyl.

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  • Limited Edition 12" Vinyl OKA VANGA.

    Product description: 12" record pressing on black vinyl with full colour label, in full colour sleeve with spine and white paper inner bag and includes shrinkwrap.

    "For the very best in folk roots / Americana look no further than Oka Vanga" (FATEA)
    "A welcome remedy for trying times." (SONGLINES)
    "Folk roots captured perfectly" (MAVERICK)
    "Every track is completely captivating" (FOLK LONDON MAGAZINE)
    "Wild, rich & unique" (FOLKING.COM)

    The third album from versatile duo Oka Vanga blends a rich palette of strings, frets, and percussion with a foot stomping groove.

    Strong energetic guitar lines are framed with intricate threads of mandolin and ukulele to create a colourful set of eight songs and four instrumental traditional tunes that have good pace and variety. From the authentic groove of the first single 'Beneath The Apple Tree', to the high energy of 'Seek & Run' Angie has a timeless voice that lends itself to the authenticity of her song writing and emotive lyrics.
    Bows Of Yew is a visceral nod to their folk roots whilst the quiet artisan beauty of Johanna is offset by the foot-stomping free-wheeling Whisky For Sorrow.
    Joyously vibrant, the self-titled album benefits from tracks mixed by LA producer Thomas Johansen and mastered by GRAMMY Award-Winning Mastering Engineer Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound. Recorded at Unit Studios by Nick Kuzoch, all but four of the tracks were completed before Covid lockdown. Undaunted by Covid restrictions the duo Angie & Will rigged up their spare room to record themselves and completed the album on schedule.

    Stellar contributions from guest musicians Patsy Reid (violin, viola, cello) and John Parker (double bass) frame the album and there is a subtle mix of musical influences that gives Angie and Will's new album an exciting edge.

    Released by Crazy Bird Records, OKA VANGA is due for official release on 26th March 2021 available on both CD and 12" Vinyl.
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BOWS OF YEW
A dark Yew Tree, marked on a yellow page, drops a poison berry where the fallen lay. Mothers tell the tale ‘go make your bows of yew, or the devil will find you’. Hold you’re your bows a little higher, or the devil will find you. Hold your bows a little higher, or the devil will find you. We got bones in the walls of Brent Pelham. We got bones forming crosses in the sky. We got bones rolling on and on in the rivers, bones rising high. The devil that would steal a man from his broken shoes. Holding nothing in his hand, fire in the roots. Houses gonna crumble, run but it’s no use, for the devil will find you. Bones in the walls of Brent Pelham. Bones forming crosses in the sky. Bones rolling on and on in the rivers, bones rising high. So hold you’re your bows a little higher, or the devil will find you.

"This song is influenced by the ancient folklore of Yew trees, typically associated with their prominent position next to churches to ward off evil. Yew is also the best European timber for longbows, and has been the main wood used in European bows since Neolithic times. The ‘bones in the walls of Brent Pelham’ refer to the tomb of Piers Shonks found still today in the old church. It is a wonderful local Hertfordshire story of Piers who, I have read, was a night who slayed a serpent dragon that had it’s cave beneath an ancient Yew tree. To protect his soul forever more he was buried ‘between heaven and hell’ within the walls of the church."

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Oka Vanga UK

Transatlantic Folk / Country/ Roots music duo
OKA VANGA are Angela Meyer and William Cox.

Their self-titled third album Oka Vanga is a bold vivid set of songs and instrumental tunes due for release 26th March 2021 and available on CD and special edition Vinyl.
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