by Dave Gould
Gordon and Charlene Belsher operate Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions from their home by the shore It was three years ago that I was last at Gordon and Charlene Belsher's home and recording studio in Guernsey Cove. At the time, they were putting a wrap around verandah on their house to take advantage of the beautiful view of the Northumberland Straight. It was there that I had one of the most memorable moments of my life. Just as I was getting in my truck, we heard a sound coming from the straight. Within seconds we were at the beach watching a school of whales swim past. I then realized that the Belshers had an amazing location to stimulate true musical inspiration.
Both Gordon and Charlene have been involved in music as musicians and entrepreneurs for most of their lives. Many people may remember them as the founding members of the group Jar O' Comfort. Gordon has been touring as Richard Wood's guitar player for the past three years and Charlene owns and operates the Old General Store in Murray River. Together they run Gurnsey Cove Parlour Productions which is comfortably located in the parlour of their King's County Manor. Gordon produces and engineers while Charlene handles the public relations side of things.
Their studio philosophy is to provide a comfortable atmosphere where the artists will be inspired and at their best. Gordon then tries to utilize his equipment's full potential to capture the performance. Over the years they have developed a system where, with a bit of hard work, the artists can recover all their costs by selling only 500 copies of their product.
Gordon has informed me that he has recently acquired a computer and now can record direct to disc as well as on 16 track analog. Since this new acquisition the studio has had it's busiest year yet and has projects lined up well into the summer. With over 40 recordings under their belt since 1992, the Belshers have become known mainly for their acoustic and vocal recording though they welcome any type of audio project.
One of the best indicators of a quality studio is the number of repeat customers that record there. Gordon has been pleased with the number of artists that come back to record based not solely on their experience at his studio but for Gordon's discerning ears.
I can't promise you whales if you visit Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions but I am sure the nearby sandy beach, combined with the relaxed home atmosphere, will ease the pressure of recording.
Technical Stuff Format: Direct-to-disc/Ensoniq PARIS (4 tracks simultaneous) up to 128 tracks; or Analog tape (16 tracks simultaneous) Digital Mastering to CD-R or DAT Board: Tascam 2516 Monitors: Tannoy 6.5 Processing: Outboard-2 Yamaha SPX 900, BBE Sonic Maximizer, CBX Dual Compressor/Limiter/Gate Digital Processing Software: Multi-Band Compression, De-Hissing, EFX Antares Auto-Tune Microphones: Beyer C740, AKG, Shure, Peavey Headphones: 4 Dimensions: Sound Room-11' x 12', Entry "Studio B"-7' x 7'
Non-technical Stuff No Smoking 50 minutes to Charlottetown, 15 minutes to Wood Islands Restaurant & take-out 2 minutes away Large verandah & gazebo, beautiful water view Washroom & kitchen facilities in house Languages: English, slow French Rates: $35 per hour
Services Engineering and Producing Pre and Post Production Project co-ordination Mobile Capability
Discography Over 40 album projects including: Ancestral Voices Celtic Christmas-College of Piping (ECMA 1996 nominee) Confederation Bridge-Jericho Road (ECMA 1998 nominee) The Great Beyond-Jamie MacKay (ECMA 2000 nominee) Send the Light-Jericho Road (ECMA 2000 nominee) The River, There's a Light, When a Child is Born-Kendall Docherty Imagine That-Marlane O'Brien Wanted Live-Urban Carmichael An Island Christmas Reader-David Weale Garden by the Meadow-Gillebreth The Anchor Holds-Anders Balderston "Fiddle Fever"-track on Richard Wood's Fire Dance album (ECMA1998 winner)