The Selkies are:
eric colville- guitars, vocals, mandolin, reverse polish notation, calculators, catboxes, & complaints
stella d'maris-guitars, vocals, big muff ukelele, keyboards, electric stove, pots & pans
Also Featuring :
Pete iannitto- electric and stand-up bass, sunshine, phone charging, smiles
Geza carr- drums , percussion, vacuum cleaners & all fishing gear
are those humans or seals
& combing their hair
rocks over there?
Award-winning songwriter Eric Colville and muse Stella D'Maris harmonize, tell jokes, and perform Colville's smartly-crafted songs along with a few well-chosen, tasty covers, traditional tunes, and songs from Ms D'maris. Along with top-notch drummer Geza Carr ( Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, etc ) the Selkies stir up a refreshing mix of folk and reggae, rock with old-timey twang, bossa-nova and country sounds that are sure to please.
It is with sadness that i write this news that the Selkies will not likely swim or sail these shores again.
ERIC COLVILLE & ALEXANDRA STELLA D’MARIS
featuring Geza Carr of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown on drums
... being in love, walking the chilly streets and empty beaches of the Florida panhandle where Eric was invited to play the 30A song-writing festival one january... maybe that's where it started.
i remember first talking of it there, as i sold cd's, fighting off a cold, and he shared stages with awesome songwriters like jeff black and super-knowns like john oates and the indigo girls. ... shivering at the taco stand, loving in the little house they gave us, w the freezing cold pool and the nyc and nashville roommates ... perhaps it was there we first talking about making our life together as a couple be life together of traveling and playing music together.
i had planned on just supporting his music.
soon i found myself doing more.
and it made sense.
the attractions between us as a couple had been instantaneous and complete. but playing music together...? i had played folk, stoner metal, garage, punk... i planned to put together a heavy rock band ... if and when i played again. but eric kept at me to play with him, and to make that our life.
and so we did.
creation. it wasn't always easy. our approaches were very different. complimentary, yes, always easy, no. but when we first heard our voices recorded together we felt, as others who heard it did, that we had something special. over time, we influenced one another. a lot.
often, we fought over it. because it was worth fighting for. to forge a vision, and create. he had very strict ideas about how the music should sound. gradually, because that's they way i am, i changed them. and we created something even better.
and gradually, the music became woven throughout our life.
"we" planned the selkies to be for always. we were just getting started ! and what a good start it was.
"we" seemed like the most certain thing in the world. but loves needs a place to live. and in the end what seemed like the most certain thing became the most lost. that thing that would never happen ? apparently it did.
"and there are storms we cannot weather."
the selkies may be no more, but i am proud of what we did. the demos here represent only the tip of the iceberg. some of the best songs he was working on were never fully recorded. so much of my half as far as songs and lead vocals is particularly absent. steep challenges in the real world,with out much support...
in the end, we did 'accomplish', and we did have some fun. and we were very close to accomplishing something even more wonderful and real. we always said let nothing get in the way... of our friendship, love, and music. but great stories have mostly unhappy endings, don't they ? perhaps i should be satisfied with that.
~alexandra stella d'maris
25 january, 2014
gloucester. ma., USA
all you need is love.
all you need is love. or something like that.