Meridian Eclipse (2014)

by Sheltered Turtle

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About the album:

The music in “Meridian Eclipse” was recorded at the historic Brick Chapel of 1667 during an autumn weekend in 2013. The album comprises my very first compositions as a guitarist. At the time I wrote the music, I was a struggling undergraduate, frustrated and scared by my life’s aimlessness and lack of direction. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life; I graduated as a pretty clueless English major.

Now, as a full-time musician, and I can’t see myself doing anything but music! For my sophomore album, I felt compelled to revisit my earliest solo guitar efforts given half a decade of growth as a performer, composer, and arranger. Following a summer 2013 performance at my alma matter (coincidentally, for a writer’s conference put on by the school’s English department), I decided to record “Meridian Eclipse” at the acoustically vibrant Brick Chapel of 1667 in the historic city adjacent to my former college and home.

“Meridian Eclipse” reconciles my past aimlessness with my present passions and convictions.


About the recording spot:

“Meridian Eclipse” was recorded at the Brick Chapel of 1667 in the birthplace of religious freedom in America, St. Mary’s City, MD. In addition to its emotional significance to me as well as the phenomenal acoustics, the chapel has a storied history that I feel was worth telling as I hit the road. For example, I played to an eternally silent audience of more than 500 of Maryland’s first settlers; they are buried underneath and around the chapel. And yes, it got creepy when recording went late into the night.

Other fun facts:
- Originally built in 1634 by Jesuit priests
- Burned to the ground during an attack against Lord Baltimore in 1645
- Rebuilt by the Calvert family in 1667
- Locked by order of the royal governor in 1704, never to be used again for religious purposes
- Dismantled in 1734. The former church and cemetery were converted to agricultural fields
- Reconstructed between 2002 and 2009 directly on the original then-335-year old foundation.
- Reconstructed using historically faithful methods down to its wood-fire bricks (using clay extracted from an artifact-free zone near the chapel site), mortar (made by using lime gathered from oyster shells), and a lock and key hand-forged by a blacksmith


Dorky Stuff:

Guitar: Voyage Air VAOM-1C
Strings: D’Addario EJ16

The album was recorded using exclusively microphones (eight total) which were mixed to create the sound you hear in the tracks:
- Stereo pair at the long end of the chapel
- Stereo pair capturing the two wings of the chapel
- 12th fret mic
- Over-the-shoulder mic
- Two mics inside the guitar: one at the sound hole, the other under the bridge



released February 9, 2014

Produced by Henry Nam & Dan Drago
Composed & Performed by Sheltered Turtle (Henry Nam)
Recorded, Mixed, & Engineered by Dan Drago
Mastered by Dave Drago, 1809 Studios (Macedon, NY)


Special thanks to:

Susan Wilkinson and Historic St. Mary's City for letting me make music in a part of MD history

Andrew Paul Keiper for lending your time, wisdom, and recording gear

Troll House for being my home away from home

My friends at Voyage Air Guitar & MiniFlex Mic



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Sheltered Turtle West Chester, Pennsylvania

Sheltered Turtle is an exuberant, percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar solo act following in the footsteps of Michael Hedges, Don Ross, and Leo Kottke. His sophomore album, “Meridian Eclipse” is slated for a February, 9 2014 release and was recorded in a 1600′s chapel built atop consecrated burial grounds at the “birthplace of religious freedom,” Historic St. Mary’s City, MD. ... more

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