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Tongan Town

by Lewis Barfoot

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Lewis Barfoot releases her buoyantly jubilant summer single Tongan Town. Written to celebrate her experience of living in Tonga at the age of eighteen when Lewis spent eleven months volunteering in the Queen Salote College in Nuku’Alofa, The capital of Tonga.

This is Lewis’ third single following the release of her debut album Glenaphuca in March 2021 which received widespread acclaim and support from Folk press, BBC Radio and RTÉ1. Tongan Town perfectly represents Lewis’s effortless ability to compose in response to nature, environment and how that impacts her personal experience and here she captures the lazy beat of the Tongan heat. An arrestingly good vocalist and songwriter Lewis is frequently compared to the likes of Kate Rusby, Ane Brun and Lisa Hannigan.

Tongan Town was written and produced by Lewis. Recorded by Giles Barrett at Lightship 95 in London. Mastered by Pete Maher. With the late Matt Dibble on Clarinet and Elisabeth Flett on Fiddle and Ukulele.

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Go down to Tongan town
Where you feast all day until the sun goes down
Go down to Tongan Town
Lie in bed at night with your belly tight

Bai ai ai ai ai ai

Go down to the beach today
Walk hand in hand as the palm trees sway
At one with the other folk
Raise a smile maybe crack a joke

Bai ai ai ai ai ai

Sit on a boat all day
Sail to an island catch some rays
One side the whitest sand
The other black from volcanic land

Bai ai ai ai ai ai

Go down to Tongan town
Where you feast all day until the sun goes down
Go down to Tongan Town
Lie in bed at night with your belly tight

Bai ai ai ai ai ai

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released July 15, 2022
Tongan Town was produced by Lewis and recorded by Giles Barrett at Lightship95 in London. Mastered by Pete Maher. With the late Matt Dibble on Clarinet and Elisabeth Flett on Fiddle and Ukulele, Hannah Victoria Thomas on Cello, Ansuman Biswas on Percussion and Lewis Barfoot on all Vocals and Guitar.

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Lewis Barfoot Cork, Ireland

Half Irish, half English Lewis works with an uncomplicated loveliness of sound, combining ethereal, evocative vocals with original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and the UK. A timeless & gifted storyteller who transports the listener to strange, magical, otherworldly places.

“What a beautiful, beautiful voice she has, just gorgeous” - Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster
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