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“The elongated pace of the tracks on Three Cheers for Bertie have a translucent lava quality, as does the way dramatic tension gives the arrangements tensile strength, and vocalists Andrew Callaway and soprano Zuly Inirio soar like seabirds over open water. ”
“Named after a sonnet by British Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, England In 1819 deftly blends the usually segregated worlds of popular and classical music. The multigenerational Baton Rouge quintet’s instrumentation is atypical, too, including French horn and glockenspiel plus unconventional use of guitar and percussion. The creatively restless Andrew Callaway applies lessons he learned as a composition major at Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory of Music to England In 1819’s songs. “I’m trying to work elements of classical music in however I can and not get locked into simple structure and chord progressions,” the 26-year-old singer-songwriter said. “Some of the songs don’t have verse and chorus at all. They have part one, part two, part three and no repeats.” ”