Acknowledgements

This website, though designed in Belgium, mainly concerns our creative lives on Djaara land. We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung, traditional Elders and Custodians of this ancient place.

Producers, arrangers & labels

Spring Studio

Producer/arranger in Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Harry Williamson produced my first 2 CDs Argo & Alexandria; 30% of Ariel; about 15% of Alabaster; half of Apple Pentacle; 40% of Djinn & a portion of forthcoming Elderbrook, playing such instruments as charango, 12-string guitar, glissander & dulcimer, and narrating characters. A fine example of his exquisite instrumentation is ‘Escalder’s Tree Ride’ on Apple Pentacle. Highlights are our conversations about folklore.

Pilgrim Arts

Producer/arranger in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide, South Australia

Brett Taylor produced two thirds (over 70%) of Ariel, most of Alabaster, more than half of Djinn, half of Apple Pentacle and at least 1 third of forthcoming Elderbrook. He & his family perform several instruments on our CDs such as keyboard, flute, classical guitar, percussion & bass. Brett’s style of arranging is notable for its subtle, smooth clarity, e.g. in the songs ‘Stone Lake’, ‘The Windrow’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Yellow Leaves’, ‘Paint the Wind’ and ‘Red Balloon’. I’m also grateful for Brett’s geniality in working across studios. I love his tranquility and humility.

Mad Cat Sound

Producer/arranger in Oakleigh, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jack Setton is the newest participant, chosen not only for his facilities, proximity and experience (or for being an aficionado of cats!) but his calm proficiency in handling data from many studios. Jack adapted well to the stylistic, cultural and logistic challenges of our niche, with so many collaborators interstate and overseas, and handling a string quartet with consummate ease.

Prikosnovenie

Producer/arranger in Clisson, France

Frédéric Chaplain: As well as releasing most of my solo albums from Ariel onwards, Frédéric Chaplain’s involvement in my music included recording both volumes of Love Sessions with Gor, Daemonia Nymphe, me and his own project Lys. With hundreds of releases sourced from many nations, Fred reshaped the course of ethereal music, harbouring a distinctive fairy-world realm. This longstanding company closed during the pandemic, during which our political views diverged; I support lockdowns, masks & vaccines, vote Green, etc. I had already signed off the label, amicably. And I remain grateful for the opportunities and artistic inspiration that came from this label. Fred now has a new label, Mandalia Music.


Whilst our former French label Prikosnovenie had a Russian name (meaning ‘soft caress’), it was based in France, in the medieval village of Clisson, by a river and medieval castle. Prikosnovenie’s co-owner was Sabine-Adelaide.

Sabine Adélaïde

Graphic artist & co-founder of Prikosnovenie with Frédéric Chaplain

Fey illustrator Sabine Adelaide designed most of my CDs since the French edition of Ariel – except for an American edition of Alexandria and my most recent one, Elderbrook, and collaborations on other labels – handling cover art with Alabaster, Apple Pentacle, Djinn, also Ghost Fish (with Daemonia Nymphe, Greece) and I hear the Water Dreaming (with Oophoi, Italy).

Arno Pellerin

Promotion, percussion & publicity

Arno Pellerin was the label’s website manager and handled its newsletter, marketing, etc, as well as participating on catalogue selection. I am grateful for his help with merchandise at rare European shows.

Fellow musicians & artists

Olaf Parusel (Stoa)

Our collaborations include the song ‘The Seventh Ingress’ on my album Alabaster, songs ‘Broken Glass’ & ‘Palladium’ on Stoa’s album Silmand, a medieval soundtrack for MDR TV and a contribution to my forthcoming album Elderbrook. Discography of this quiet genius of Halle: Urthona, Porta VIII, Zal, Silmand.

Spyros Giasafakis (Daemonia Nymphe)

Our collaborations include the album Ghost Fish with Nikodemos Triaridis, the first volume of Love Sessions, a guest part in our song ‘The Throng on the Pier’ on Alabaster, and solo project by Spyros: Improvisations in Ancient Greek Instruments. I recommend their oeuvre including their self-titled album & The Bacchic Dance of Nymphes – Tyrvasia & Krataia Asterope & concert DVD.

Francesco Banchini (GoR)

Our collaborations include the first and second volumes of Love Sessions, a clarinet solo on my song ‘The Lily and the Rose’ on Alabaster and a tour of several European nations in 2003 with this Neapolitan virtuoso. Albums include Bellum, Iadalbaoth, Phlegraei, Qumran & Croisades.

Gianluigi Gasparetti (Oophoi)

Gigi made the ambience of ‘Approaching the Island of Sirens’ on our CD Alabaster and composed a CD with me, I Hear the Water Dreaming that sold out on our former label Prikosnovenie. Rest in Peace, dear Gigi.

Carsten Agthe, Mathias Grassow, Rudiger Gleisberg, Dirk Schlomer (Stella Maris, Das Zeichen, Transmission Fields, etc)

Associated with my former label Hyperium, these German musicians co-wrote such songs as ‘Little Red Car made of Glass’, ‘Laocoon’, ‘Notre Dame’ & ‘Raven’ on various CDs / labels. See our guesting / compilation page for more about these collaborations.

Chris Mc Carter (Ikon)

Chris released two of my collaborative songs with him, ‘Ashes of Blue’ and ‘Slaughter’, on his darkwave CD Destroying the World to Save it.

For more: http://www.ikondomain.com

Nehl Aelin

Bewitching chanteuse from France who performed with me in Belgium. I recommend her avant-garde albums, such as Le Monde Saha.

Keltia

Frédérique Henrottin (Keltia) is a Belgian harpist, chanteuse & composer of exquisite, subtle depth.

She performed harp with me in Bruxelles 2003; also on my CD Djinn in the song ‘A Retinue of Mandrakes’. Keltia’s latest, haunting CD is Les Métamorphoses: 


Rachael Hammond (Fantastical Fae Art)

Australian artist drawing fairies & fantasy for over a decade, designing our Feline Faery Fest posters, sharing my love of cats & dragons and co-illustrating Elderbrook.

Kelly Miller-Lopez & Priscilla Hernandez

Both Kelly (of Woodland / Treguenda / Rosamundi) and Priscilla (Yidneth) contributed to ‘Fountains’ music in Elderbrook, due 2013.

You can also hear all our voices together on Woodland’s album Seasons in Elfland – Shadows, and Priscilla’s The Underliving, and at historic Faerieworlds or Faeriecon presentations.

Dandelion Wine

Nicholas Albanis & Naomi Henderson (Dandelion Wine), a genre-bending trance medieval duo, played on my CD Djinn, and performed with me in Belgium & at the Sydney Witches Ball & Feline Faery Fest.

Jenni Heinrich

Jenni Heinrich plays viola & classical guitar & co-wrote ‘The Green Pentacle’ on my 5th CD Apple Pentacle Her daughter Millie Heinrich plays clarinet in forthcoming Elderbrook.

Richard Allison

Pianist, Arranger, Conductor, Producer

Richard’s contributions to our songs include ‘Salamander’ (on Ariel), ‘The Witch in the Wood’ (Apple Pentacle) & ‘Talaria’ (Elderbrook), the latter in which he scored & directed a string quartet.

Adrienne Piggott, Bronwyn Lloyd & Kim Brown

Bronny played hurdy-gurdy on my 5th album Apple Pentacle & appears again on forthcoming Elderbrook. She also accompanies me whenever possible (across our states) on hurdy-gurdy & accordion, together with Kim on bouzouki & Adrienne on vocals. Adrienne leads her vibrant group Spiral Dance, Australia’s leading mythic folk-rock band, of which Bron Lloyd is another founding member.

Other Australians whose creative paths have overlapped with ours over decades:

Andrew Persi (Fionvarra), Liz Van Dort (Faraway), Peter Allan & Kristine Allan (Sleeping Beauty), Maribel Steel,  Bee Williamson, Brett Taylor’s family, our own relatives, also Millie Heinrich, Reilly McCarron, Caerwen Martin (Silo String Quartet, formerly Soundwood Strings), Louise Radcliffe-Smith, Erika Charola, Kira Dandy, Andrea Pavleka, Amanda Kube, AND, Much Karma, Melinda Kallasmae, Aphrodite Rose, Zeinab Yazdanfar, Maryam Shirdashtzadeh, Karan Wicks, Ian Clarke, Jackie Kerin, Anne E Stewart, June Barnes-Rowley and others in JB’s writer-storyteller group, overlapping with South of the Sun contributors such as Thang Dac Luong, Carmel Bird, Eugen Bacon, Rachel Nightingale, Spike Deane and co-editors Patricia Poppenbeek, Gabi Brown, Kathryn Gossow and Lorena Carrington.


 

This website is a creation of Made by Karl. I discovered his art in the site of Belgian harpist/singer Keltia heralding her exquisite album Les Métamorphoses. Keltia performed with me on stage in Europe & on my CD Djinn.

Thanks & Hugs

Most thanks are due to my co-writer of 20 years, husband Mark Krol, who taught me that silence is an instrument. A fine example of his direction is the song ‘Alexandria’, title-track of an album that saw 3 editions on 3 labels in 3 countries. For three decades he’s composed many melodies that I hummed into a microphone, which others replayed, from oboe / cor-anglais in ‘Madame Alchemier’ (Alexandria) to ‘cello in ‘The Seagiant’ (Ariel) and swirling ‘Yellow Leaves’ (Djinn). He co-writes many lyrics, or introduces me to books that inspire them. In some cases both lyrics and melodies are his, e.g. ‘Paper Door’ (Alexandria), ‘Beads of Rain’ (Ariel), ‘The Throng on the Pier’ (Alabaster), ‘Which of these Worlds?’ (Apple Pentacle), ‘I am the Djinn’ & ‘Beautiful Lie’ (Djinn) and ‘Kloh’ (Elderbrook).

Full credits are listed with each album in the Discography.

In gratitude & goodwill,

Louisa