Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Hansen-Eaton Duo

Prior to joining up to form a duo, Kenora, Ontario's Florence Hansen (whose parents were Finnish) had performed with her sister Andrea as one half of The Hansen Sisters, while Edith Eaton (whose background was Czech-German) had been teamed with at least one other singer. After forming their partnership at Expo 67 in Montreal, they toured throughout Canada, the U.S., Germany, Egypt, Cyprus and the Carribean while working for the CBC and the United Nations.

Destination Finland - Instrumentally Yours, my copy of which is signed "Merry Christmas Val and a very happy 1973 - Edith & Florence," was released on Dominion Records, presumably during the early '70's. Joining the Duo (Florence on violin, Edith on accordion) on their first album are three Canadian musicians; Ted Roberts (who also played with The Travellers) on guitar, William Turner on bass and Shan Clifford on drums. While Eaton and Hansen played music from all over the world, this album sticks to snappy, occasionally jazz-inflected Finnish instrumentals, although "I Remember Janatuinen" does show a bit of early rock and roll influence.

Mina Soitan Sulle Illalla
I Remember Janatuinen
Ei Kauniimpaa

Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada.


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