With production of The Antler Ceilidh Band’s debut album well under way, my thoughts have turned to album covers. Below is a collage of covers, followed by some reflections.
1. Instruments or no instruments - Many traditional/folk albums feature a cover with the band holding their instruments, usually outside. I’m not sure why this is such a popular cover theme for folk albums; 99% of the time we play indoors. If we are outside instruments are usually in cases. A picture of the band outside sans instruments would be more accurate, but less interesting - from the outside we look much like other humans.
2. Farm machinery - The wonderful Scottish fiddler Ian Powrie was clearly proud of his bright yellow Caterpillar D2 tractor, as it graces the cover of his 1988 album ‘At Home’.
As Antler Ceilidh HQ is a farm, the farm machinery cover image would be technically doable, though I feel it would be dishonest of me to imply that I can operate such machinery.
3. Scotland - Many Scottish Folk LPs from the 70s feature a rural Scottish scene. Although I did holiday in Scotland earlier this year and took several appealing photos, we're not based in Scotland, so I shan't go for this option.
4. Kilts - the kilt is truly a noble garment. According to my dear mother (who can claim 75% genuine Scots heritage) I can legally wear the tartan of three clans. However, I feel it would be dishonest of me to imply that I am actually a Scot (even though I share an ancestor with Robert Burns!).
5. North - I confess it is tempting to incorporate a pun on my surname into the album title, especially as there are already some great examples in existence (The Sound of the North, A Call From The North, More Sounds from the North, etc...), but The Antler Ceilidh Band takes the ceilidh business very seriously and we wouldn’t want to imply otherwise.
Conclusion / Antlers
All things considered I feel the best solution would be an Antler/Stag-themed cover, similar, but different to the fine creature featured in our band logo.
Our debut album will be available in the Spring of 2018. Sneaky peaks to follow sooner...