The Dutch folkduo Boxin’ The Vox has released their new studio album Seven White Horses. The cd features 10 original, self-written Irish folk songs.
Boxin’ The Vox is comprising of David Plasmeijer (vox, banjo & lute) and Anne-Lotte Paymans (vox, guitar). On the album you also hear David Munnelly (box), Janos Koolen (mandoline), Adam Shapiro (fiddle) and Jon O’Connell (double bass) from The Fiddle Case. Seven White Horses is recorded in Studio Doornenburg (The Netherlands) and Malbay Studios (Ireland). The album is mixed and mastered by Janos Koolen.
The album kicks off with the title track Seven White Horses, an up-tempo catchy song about the legend of Aileen’s wave near the Cliffs of Moher, co. Clare, Ireland. The legend tells about seven mythical kings of Ireland who were furious about St. Patrick coming to the island. They stood upon the Cliffs of Moher and in their anger transformed themselves into seven white horses. The foals jumped off the cliff edge into the roaring Atlantic Ocean forming the wave of your dreams: Aileen’s. The white horses still ride high in the white foam of the wave. The album cover features a stunning photo of Aileen’s, that was made by Northern Ireland surf photographer Gary McCall.
‘Seven White Horses’ is followed by the track Keep The Fires Burning, which is about Anne-Lotte’s birthplace Nieuwkoop in Holland. The box solo by David Munnelly on this song is one of a kind. In their haunting protest song Mr. Alzheimer, the Voxes address Alzheimer’s disease and the horrible effects of dementia. On May 17, the single Mr. Alzheimer was released online on iTunes and Spotify. Boxin’ The Vox donates all proceeds of their single to charity and launched an action to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society in the Netherlands and Ireland.
War is another theme on the album Seven White Horses. The funny pub song about The Whiskey War between Canada and Denmark (true story!) is a pure crowd-pleaser. But the sixth track ‘Day of Days’ is dead serious, remembering the mission of American paratroopers jumping into occupied Normandy on 6 June, 1944. The song starts with the sound of an original cricket used by the Screaming Eagles on D-Day and is followed by the password ‘Flash’, responded by ‘Thunder’. Day of Days is all about the sacrifices that have been made for our precious freedom. Find more stories behind the songs here.
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About Boxin’ The Vox
In August 2013, Anne-Lotte Paymans and David Plasmeijer played their first show as Boxin’ The Vox in Mulligans Irish Music Bar, Amsterdam. The enthusiastic and happily married couple is a well-known to the folk music scene in Holland and Ireland ever since. Their music if influenced by Irish folk musicians like Luka Bloom, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sinéad O’Connor, The Dubliners, The Fureys and The Pogues. 60/70 artists like Melanie, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Boudewijn de Groot and contemporary acts like The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, The Young Folk, Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall. David and Anne-Lotte played on multiple Irish festivals in Holland and toured Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Normandy and Brittany in France. Their first studio album Take Me Home, with Irish traditionals and contemporary songs was released in 2017. The standout track on that album is ‘Infant of Inishmore’ a translation by Boxin’ The Vox of the Dutch folk song ‘Vondeling van Ameland’ (Boudewijn de Groot, Freek de Jonge).