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Johanna

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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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I wrote this song in memory of grandmother, inspired by stories my father told me of how she used to unpick old jumpers to re-use the wool for making intricate quilts. Sadly she died the year I was born, but when I knit, or sew, or crotchet I feel connected to her memory. Recently I have managed to combine both my love of nature with my love of needle work, learning to crochet small flowers in my quieter 'lockdown' moments.

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JOHANNA
Johanna unpicks her wool, three times or more. Little boy is growing fast, walking from a crawl. He’ll need a sweater for the spring, jumper for the fall, jersey to play in the cold, go kart down the hill. She unpicks her sun yellow wool, riding the bus into town. She unpicks her son yellow wool, 3 times or more she’ll knit that wool, kinks and all. Johanna, Johanna, I see what you do, mixing Yellow with Indigo, Violet with Blue. Johanna, Johanna, you do you do, mixing Yellow with Indigo, Violet with Blue. You unpick your sun yellow wool, riding the bus into town. You unpick your son yellow wool, three times or more you’ll knit that wool, kinks and all. Little boy, nearly 12, likes to play outdoors, needs a sweater for the spring, jumper for the fall. That yellow wool is going fast, striped with indigo, knitting by memory, weaving plain and pearl. She unpicks her sun yellow wool, riding the bus into town. She unpicks her son yellow wool, three times or more she’ll knit that wool kinks and all. Her Little boy now a man, car keys in the hall, wears a shirt of apple green, jumper from the store. Quilt at night on his bed sewn with yellow wool. Ferryman took his mum young at 44. She unpicked her sun yellow wool, riding the bus into town. She unpicked that sun yellow wool, her memory in plain and pearl.

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from Oka Vanga, released March 26, 2021

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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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