Over the Waves is the debut album of old time and bluegrass mandolin player Mike Klein. Produced and mixed by 5x JUNO nominee/7x Canadian Folk Award winner Andrew Collins, the album is a collection of old time tunes played in a mandolin-led stringband format. Mike’s mandolin playing is backed by top Canadian musicians Paul Gitlitz (fiddle), Jille Shotton (banjo), Ryan Shotton (guitar) and Nicola Tabb (bass). Inspired by music like John Hartford or Foghorn Stringband, the body of work features haunting fiddle, plunky beautiful clawhammer banjo, grooving bass and driving guitar - all rounded out by Mike’s aggressive mandolin-style.
Running at just under forty minutes, Over the Waves consists of eleven tracks and features up-beat, traditional toe-tappers like Georgia Row/Rockingham Cindy; contemporary compositions like Paul Gitlitz’s Flying Home to Shelley, Joe K Walsh’s Pogo Big and Jim Childress’s The Road to Malvern; and some aggressive assaults on the fretboard like Sandy Boys/Tater Patch and Mississippi Sawyer. Tunes like Mike’s original John’s Waltz and the Bill Monroe classic Lonesome Moonlight Waltz slow things down providing some vulnerable and intimate moments. Sobre Las Olas by Juventino Rosas is played as a stripped down duet between Mike and Andrew Collins.
Simple music played with intense emotion. This is Over the Waves.
Over the Waves will be a collection of your favourite old time tunes. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
Over the Waves will be a collection of your favourite old time tunes. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include shipping.
Limited edition screen printed poster by Odelay! 19" x 25" Various colours. Includes shipping.
A child of the Prairies, Mike Klein grew up in rural Saskatchewan surrounded by old time music. His family was deeply rooted in the Canadian fiddle music scene and Mike honed his musical skills against a backdrop of kitchen parties and fiddle camps. Mike’s mandolin picking skills, strong rhythmic drive and performance skills are garnering fans and acclaim from around the world.
Over the Waves was inspired by a period of time in Mike’s life where he struggled with multiple deaths in his family. He turned to music to help him get through, and it’s through this experience where his artistic philosophy that ‘music heals’ was formed. Mike’s main musical goal is to inspire and uplift people; to provide a space for healing and enjoyment. Through his music Mike hopes to preserve past traditions while also building on the body of work for future generations through the creation and performance of accessible ‘new old time’ compositions.
Mike plays an A-stye mandolin built by Canadian luthier Michael Heiden.
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