The Hay Brigade

by The Hay Brigade

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    Immediate download of our 8-track debut album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Includes liner notes designed by the band's own accordion player Dan Gurney. All proceeds go straight to the band.

    Why buy when you can listen for free? Well...
    1. The sound quality on the downloads is MUCH better
    2. You can put us on your iPod
    3. You get beautiful liner notes
    4. You're supporting independent music
    5. and we'll, um, love you forever

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The Hay Brigade is:

Duncan Wickel (fiddle)
Dan Gurney (accordion)
Forrest O'Connor (mandolin)
Nicky Schwartz (bass)

We come from different musical backgrounds, and we started playing together because we liked the sound of the accordion, fiddle, mandolin and bass. We’d never heard that instrumentation before.

We recorded these tracks in a tiny room at Harvard University over the course of a few hours on a wintry day in February 2008. Forrest’s freshman year roommate, Hoong Ern, was the sound engineer.

And then we ended up living in separate places for a while. But we still kept getting requests from people who wanted to download “Eurail Pass.”

So something clicked, and we finally realized that we should put these tracks out there for everyone to enjoy.

Welcome, and thank you for listening!


released November 5, 2010

Produced and arranged by The Hay Brigade
Recorded in the SOCH Studio, Cambridge, MA
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Hoong Ern Ng
Design by Dan Gurney -
Photography by Jaki Doyka


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Track Name: Eurail Pass
Comp: Forrest O'Connor
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: Buster Takes a Walk / The Old Forest Reel
Comp: Dan Gurney / Forrest O'Connor
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers
Comp: Steve Kuhn
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: A Bowl of Bula
Comp: Mark O'Connor
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: The Eaters
Comp: Duncan Wickel
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: Down in the Swamp
Comp: Béla Fleck
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: Flambée Montalbanaise
Comp: Gus Viseur
Arr: The Hay Brigade
Track Name: Garfield's Blackberry Blossom / Cajun Stomp
Comp: Traditional / Mark Schatz
Arr: The Hay Brigade