Haunting vocals, an ominous kick-drum...it's the sound of karma catching up with someone. And it's the intro for the acoustic version of Harrow Fair's "Sins We Made." The song has a sense of inevitability as Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner enumerate our society's crimes with the ardor of a revival preacher.
The song is about the changing environment for men and women post-#MeToo and what that means as a duo, as friends, in the workplace, and how to support and create space for all voices. In a creative mood during the pandemic, the pair carved out some time to escape to Miranda’s boat-in cottage in Muskoka, Ontario - Canada’s cottage country. They set up some old ribbon microphones in the main room of the cabin and tried to strip the song down to its essence. Says Miranda: "With all the production from the album gone, what does the song still say? This was a mirror of what we’ve been forced to reckon with in our lives. If live performance isn’t the same, what are we left with?" The result is a hauntingly beautiful acoustic version of "Sins We Made."
The song is a brand new, fully acoustic take -- just recorded over the summer -- on the title track from their most recent album (which was just released in April).
Mulholland is a JUNO 2020 Nominee and known for her work with Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr, while Penner logged hours with the Sunparlour Players. The pair began writing music together and quickly discovered they shared a unique vision with Harrow Fair.
Never idle, these artists continue to build an incredible list of accolades with their solo endeavors. Last fall, Penner was both Music Director and starred in the Crow's Theatre critically acclaimed production of “Ghost Quartet,” for which he won a Toronto Theatre Critics Award and was nominated for a Dora Award. Closing out the year, Mulholland was awarded Runner-Up to Margaret Atwood for Artist of the Year 2019 in Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Mulholland was nominated for a JUNO Award for Traditional Roots Album of The Year in 2020 for her solo album.