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Illustrations Sophie Casson Singers Sin and Swoon
Original illustrations, rich in color and texture, offer an endearingly offbeat rendering of this cherished timeless folk song. It takes on a life of its own becoming a stand-alone story featuring several zany characters including an acrobatic pink-haired roller-skater girl, a straw hat-wearing unshaven hillbilly astronaut and a banjo-playing cow-loving weasel. A recording of the song is included.
Montréal’s Sin and Swoon is made up of Ottawa Valley native Michael James O’Brien and Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Michelle Tompkins. The folk roots singer-songwriter duo have been featured on CBC and NPR radio, and have backed bands such as Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Plants and Animals, and Thus:Owls. Their debut album, Did I Turn the Oven Off, was released in 2016.
Sophie Casson is an award-winning illustrator based in Montréal. In 2011, she was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and has earned numerous distinctions in Canada, England, and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail and exhibits at World Design Capital events in Taipei and Paris, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.