Lorrainville, an album that started with a game on Facebook


You had to pick a random article from Wikipedia, a random quote off the Internet and a random picture from Flickr and turn it into an album cover. Here’s the one that literally struck a chord with Dutch producer from Zwolle, Guido Aalbers. He got a whole group of musicians together to write songs and perform live, including singer Anneke van Giersbergen and guitarist Erik Neimeijer just for this one-off project. Last night they played their one and only sold out gig at the Hedon in Zwolle, which I was lucky enough to attend. The room was so full that the doors of the concert hall were left open and the audience spilled into the bar area! The whole show was streamed live on Facebook as well.

Listen to Lorrainville – You may never know what happiness is. (This link may not be up for too long, so go and listen now).

All the songs are in English and have a touch of Americana. English-language coach to the Dutch stars Buffi Duberman asked me if I could help her get some sort of letter of recognition from the wee village of Lorrainville (pop. 560) in Québec and we managed to get the Québec Delegation in Brussels to write up a formal letter in Dutch to recognize this unique album, which was given to Guido Aalbers during the show.

If you Google Lorrainville today, you’ll get the album before the actual village! Read all about Lorrainville.


  1. I remember, that was:

    1. Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
    The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

    2. Visit: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
    The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

    3. Visit: http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
    Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

  2. Orangemaster says:

    Thanks for that!!

  3. Those are some nice songs! So far I like the first one the best (A Heart that is Lost Cannot Mend). The second was mainly shades of Blof—and then I saw who wrote it. :-)

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