A Painted Portrait (Of The Classic Ruse)

by Corey Isenor

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Susie McDonell
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Susie McDonell I really like Corey's writing and singing. The other musicians on the album are great too.
I've known Corey since he was born. I watched him grow into a young man and now an accomplished musician and artist.
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Ferry Tale 03:16


released September 16, 2016

All Songs Written & Composed by Corey Isenor
Produced by Corey Isenor & Diego Medina
String Arrangements by Donald MacLennan & Diego Medina
Recorded and Mixed by Diego Medina at
The Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, Nova Scotia.
Mastered by Andy Magoffin at The House of Miracles in Cambridge, Ontario.

Corey Isenor - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (9), Harmonica (8, 10)
Liam Frier - Electric Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9) & Acoustic Guitar (5, 8)
Chris Meaney - Bass
Benn Ross - Drums
Jordi Comstock - Shaker, Tambourine, Bongo
Donald MacLennan - Violin (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9)
Andrew Sneddon - Pedal Steel (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9) & Resonator (10)
Rebecca Zolkower & Desiree Gordon - Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 7)
Rozalind McPhail - Flute (6, 8)
Steve Chapin - Piano (5)
Mike O’Neill - Bass (9)
Canada Geese Field Recording on Track 6 courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Frog/Spring Peeper Field Recording by Corey Isenor

Cover Painting by Pomona Shea
Photography, Design & Layout by Corey Isenor

All Songs © Corey Isenor 2016 (SOCAN)

Thank you to my parents for their continued support, to Diego Medina for his ongoing hard work, to Joni the cat, to Pomona, my mother Tracy, and Anna for lending me the use of their artwork, and to everyone who played and helped out with the making of the record.


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Corey Isenor Halifax, Nova Scotia

On 'Absinthe & Smoke', Corey Isenor moves away from the country sound of his previous albums to focus on more of a roots- rock, folk-pop sound. Over the course of the ten tracks, the Nova Scotian songwriter vigilantly explores themes of youthful disenchantment, our existential place in the modern world, the passage of time, and - of course - romance - Pigeon Row ... more

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