Matt Edwards and SvenErik Olsen first met on the banks of the Pomme de Terre river in the fall of 1993 in Morris, MN where they attended the University of Minnesota. Aside from singing in the Concert Choir there, they also collaborated sporadically over the years, singing the odd classical duet, crafting adventurous Beatles medleys and even co-writing an original song, "Three Sticks of Dynamite," an ode to folk hero John Henry. After graduation, they went their separate ways, hooking up again in the early 21st century in the Twin Cities area to play the occasional graduation party and neighborhood picnic.
After years of talking about it, the two decided to record a Christmas CD, Christmas With The Homers. They chose the name The Homers in honor of their stay-at-home-mom wives. All proceeds from the Christmas CD will be donated to the Edwards and Olsen Families.
The music was primarily played on a variety of acoustic instruments including the hurdy-gurdy, hammer dulcimer, bouzouki and banjo among others. Their arrangements are eclectic but seldom unlistenable. They lend "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" a vaguely reggae feel, while "O Come, O Come Immanuel" has an Eastern European, almost Klezmer vibe. "The Little Drummer Boy" has a raga-like drone courtesy of the hurdy-gurdy.
What's next for the Homers? Probably an American folk song collection due out in 2006.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Still, Still, Still
2. The First Noel
3. Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella
4. O Come, O Come, Immanuel
5. The Little Drummer Boy
6. We Three Kings
7. The Snow Lay on the Ground
8. Lo, How a Rose
9. The Carol of the Bells
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
12. Silent Night
13. Ding Dong Merrily on High