PEI-based songwriter and spoken word poet Bob Jensen and Scottish guitar virtuoso Tony McManus recently released The Silver Wren, a collection of Christmas music, stories and poetry.
The album features artists from four continents with the lead single, a a cover of Jensen’s “Christmas Song,” performed by Australia’s Bush Gothic. Lennie Gallant performs the poem “The Swallowtail,” and Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi do a completely different and a cappella take on the aforementioned “Christmas Song.”
“We did not want to release another album of well-worn favourites,” says Jensen, “So the music, chosen by Tony, consists of obscure traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales. Tony also composed some original music for the album.”
The album also includes a reading of The Nativity from The Gospel of Luke, as well as Christmas stories taken from Jensen’s humour column, “Jacob’s Ladder,” which ran in several Maritime papers for years. The title track is a story written by Jensen’s son, Sam Jensen, which was originally published by Acorn Press in 2015.
The cover artwork was also done by Sam Jensen, with graphic design by Claire Lynch.