VAN WINKLE Concept Recording

Van Winkle a folk musical

is a new musical retelling of the classic American tale of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ by Washington Irving, with music & lyrics by

Caroline Wigmore

, arrangements by

Jen Green

, and featuring an international cast including Daniel Greco, Rachel Kurtz, and Noel Harron, Jennifer Hepburn, Joel Hutchings, Adam Leonard-Burns, David Mckechnie, Claire Sharpe.

The score captures a sense of Americana, blending folk, gospel, jazz, delta blues and the American singer-songwriter tradition. Julian Woolford (musical writer and author of ‘How Musicals Work and How to Write Your Own’) describes the piece as a

"delightfully fresh approach to the well-known tale,"

and David Spencer (author of ‘The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide’) describes Wigmore & Green’s collaboration

"Collectively and individually their voices are distinct and adventurous, without cost to accessibility, bold melodic shape and clean storytelling."


  1. This New World
  2. The Harvest Song
  3. Watching The Door
    Rachel Kurtz
  4. A Life Out There
    Daniel Greco
  5. These Old Bones
    Noel Harron & Adam Leonard-Burns
  6. Take A Drink, Van Winkle
    David Mckechnie, Noel Harron, Adam Leonard-Burns & Company
  7. Rest In Peace
  8. Mighty Fine House
    Daniel Greco & Company
  9. Old Man Winter
    Joel Hutchings, Claire Sharpe & Company
  10. Susanna
    Daniel Greco
  11. I'm Home
    Daniel Greco & Rachel Kurtz
  12. The Dinner Blessing

Released 4th November 2013 - Catalogue No: SimGR- CD018

LISTEN NOW... to a selection of tracks from the album

"Caroline Wigmore’s gorgeous-sounding take on the Washington Irving tale … a lush blend of folk, bluegrass, and gospel to savor"

Broadway Direct

"stunning orchestrations throughout and the music is very clever … the recording is produced to a very high standard … original and authentic"


"a deliciously original piece of musical theatre, in every sense of the word … Rachel Kurtz is a one of the highlights of the album … ‘Susanna’ is a beautifully moving song … If you like ‘Once’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings Musical’, you will almost certainly like Van Winkle … a very strong offering from SimG and ultimately a feel good production"

The Public Reviews

"a well recorded release and extremely well orchestrated … . 'Watching The Door' is a beautiful ballad and well delivered … 'Take A Drink’ invokes a great atmosphere … the accompanying booklet is very informative, necessary for a concept album. I admire SimG not only for the quality of their releases, but also for the diverse nature of the material."

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