A Hawk And A Hacksaw The Way The Wind Blows on LP + CD
2006's The Way The Wind Blows is the incandescent third album from A Hawk And A Hacksaw, and was partly recorded in a remote Romanian village with members of the justly admired Balkan folk group, Fanfare Ciocarlia. Now a duo comprising songwriter Jeremy Barnes (drums, accordion, vocals) and Heather Trost (violin), AHAAH's music is a joyous and romantic romp through traditional sounds, interspersing the duo's passionate musical duets with exuberant brass band stomp.
Partially recorded in the tiny Moldovan village of Zece Prajini, Romania, The Way The Wind Blows was begun in a place where there are no pavements or plumbing, and farmers drive horse-drawn carts instead of cars. But the town was suffused with a forgotten music, harbored there for decades. Out of every open window comes the sounds of brass instruments, playing a joyous mixture of Jewish and gypsy music that originally fused in the early 20th century at weddings and other celebrations.
"I was treated like family," Jeremy recalls. "The Roma were just as curious about me as I was about them. What we played together was not traditional Romanian music by any means – you will have to look elsewhere for that – but these amazing musicians certainly etched into the record their own sound, that I could not have found anywhere else."
Later in May ‘06, Jeremy and Heather completed work on the album in Chicago, and at home in Albuquerque, with help from a 19-year-old local trumpet player called Zach Condon (later to become Beirut). "He was the only other person in town that listened to the same music as we did."