Vintage Blend is a collection of Manitoba Hal songs reimagined and rearranged for cigar box guitar, ukulele and slide guitar. These newly recorded songs from the earliest stage of Manitoba Hal's career combine his rich, signature songwriting style with the clear and uncomplicated tone of homemade, "front porch" instruments.

The album begins with Manitoba Hal's first ukulele, a 1955 Martin soprano. His grandfather gave it to him on the condition that he learn to play it. He did and it changed everything. A little folk, a little blues and a little rock n' roll… this album showcases Manitoba Hal's varied songwriting and musical styles.


Manitoba Hal - lead vocals, ukulele, cigar box guitar, slide guitar, cigar box bass

Geoff Arsenault - junk percussion

Support Vocals (arranged by Nicole Colbeck)
Jessica Jürgenliemk
Kathleen Glauser
Merrie Howe
Chett Buchanan
Nigel D'Eon
Nicole Colbeck

All songs © Hal Brolund except This Condition and 30 Odd Days by Hal Brolund/Stephen Johns (SOCAN)

Produced by Nicole Colbeck/Hal Brolund

Recorded by Jay Pilzer at Maritimes Music Studio
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada

Photography by Lisa Buchanan

Design concept by Nicole Colbeck
Graphic Layout by Hal Brolund

Vintage Blend CD