United Bible Studies & Jozef van Wissem – Downland – LP

Side A
1. Downland
2. Seven Tears
3. Trade Boys For Prostitutes Sell Girls For Wine
Side B
1. Come Holy Ghost
2. Altars Of Brick (The Day Is Coming)
3. I Rith Na hOíche
4. The Seas Have Lifted Up Their Voice
Artwork [Drawing] – Wouter Vanhaelemeesch
Composed By – Jozef van Wissem, United Bible Studies
Design [Graphic Design], Typography – Levi Seeldraeyers
Lyrics By – Alison O’Donnell (tracks: A2), Jozef van Wissem (tracks: B2)
Mastered By – Steve Fanagan
Performer –  Jozef van Wissem
Performer [United Bible Studies] – ÁineO’Dwyer*, Alison O’Donnell, Diarmuid MacDiarmada, Gavin Prior, Ivan Pawle (2), Paul Condon
The album title Downland is a play both on van Wissem’s Lowlands home,
and the Renaissance Lute composer John Dowland, rumored to have been born in Ireland. The seeds of this collaboration were sown in late 2007, when United Bible Studies were part of the bill for van Wissem’s first Irish concert. Van Wissem began recording tracks for United Bible Studies to overdub and a postal collaboration began in earnest in 2009. The Bible Students were given a free hand, and different band members were drawn to different pieces. Áine O’Dwyers harp playing goes hand in glove with the lute parts, both players favoring hypnotic figures accruing impact over time. The Bible Students have woven murk and mystery around the lucid austerity of Van Wissem’s compositions,together creating an album which is unlike anything in either of their substantial back catalogues, and more than the mere sum of its parts. Limited edition, cover silk screen printed silver on black.