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CDs: Fly Down You Little Bird | Vineyard | The Waxwing Four
Can't Hold the Wheel | Signs and Wonders | Here Below | Magic Foot
Song Licenses: Small, Standard, Unlimited
Books: Mansions in the Sky | A Word From The Field

 

Fly Down You Little Bird

A follow up to 2013's 'Can't Hold The Wheel', 'Fly Down' continues to reimagine traditional ballads.

Cover of Fly Down You Little Bird CD

$12.00 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

the songs:

  1. Pretty Saro
  2. Foreignlander
  3. Undone in Sorrow
  4. Henry Lee
  5. Pisgah
  6. Goin' 'Cross the Mountain

the band:

Brendan vocals, guitar, banjo, mbira, electric guitar (4), shruti box
Mark Roberts banjo, gourd banjo, film canister, kanjira
Colin McCaffrey electric guitar
Corey DiMario bass

with Mia Bertelli harmony vocals

 

Vineyard

Beautiful, soulful singing from the Bright Wings gang, recorded on Martha's Vineyard at the end of a four-day group retreat.

Cover of Vineyard CD

$15.00 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

the songs:

  1. Laurieston
  2. Moab
  3. Way Out On the Mountain
  4. April Rain Song (listen)
  5. You May Stand Mute
  6. Mountains Now Are Dancing
  7. Cameron
  8. Mt. Tabor
  9. Gilead (listen)
  10. Beyond Your Chariots
  11. Home Is The Sailor
  12. May You See Diamonds

the singers:

Kimaya Diggs
Emily Thompson
Rachel Gordon
Mia Bertelli
Addie Rose Holland
Sarah Gibson
Brendan Taaffe
Conor Weiss
Adam Jacob Simon
Mason Gohl
Casey Steinberg



The Bright Wings Combo Pack: all three albums
(Vineyard, Here Below and Signs and Wonders)

$38 (US) plus $6 shipping / handling to the U.S.

Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax



 

The Waxwing Four

Tight, joyful male a cappella harmony from early American traditions—jubilee gospel, bluegrass quartets, and Appalachian folk hymns.

Cover of The Waxwing Four CD

$15.00 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

Track List

  1. My Lord is Writing
  2. Devotion
  3. Glacier
  4. I Wanna Go To Heaven And Rest
  5. This Is A Mean World
  6. Joys Above His Power
  7. Turtle Dove
  8. Get Right Church
  9. Sister, Thou Art Mild And Lovely
  10. Deep River (listen)
  11. One Morning Soon
  12. Old Ship of Zion
  13. The Old Churchyard
  14. What Are They Doing in Heaven? (listen)
  15. Starfish and Coffee

The Waxwing Four are:

Wheaton Squier, first tenor
Brendan Taaffe, second tenor
Adam Jacob Simon, baritone
Stefan Amidon, bass



 

The New Line • Can't Hold the Wheel

Bringing together African and old-time music with a marriage of mbira and gourd banjo, The New Line reimagines traditional Appalachian ballads.

Cover of Can't Hold the Wheel CD

Out of print, but you can still download to your heart's content at This link opens in a new windowbandcamp or itunes.

the songs

  1. Train on the Island
  2. Danville Girl
  3. Red Rocking Chair
  4. Nobody 'Cept You
  5. Little Sadie (listen)
  6. Fall on My Knees
  7. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
  8. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still (listen)
  9. The Old Churchyard
  10. The Blackest Crow
  11. Friend of Mine
  12. Goodnight Irene (listen)

the band

Brendan Taaffe vocals, mbira, guitar, pump organ
Adam Hurt gourd banjo, steel-strung banjo
Stefan Amidon percussion, vocals
Colin McCaffrey electric guitar, bass
Mike Olson trumpet
Heather Masse vocals

Check out some recent reviews here.



 

Signs and Wonders

The second collection of songs by The Bright Wings Chorus, including original shape note songs, traditional American ballads, and contemporary choral pieces.

Cover of Signs and Wonders CD

$15 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

the songs

  1. Marching to Zion
  2. Greenwood Lake
  3. Sophia
  4. Harlemville
  5. Millbrook
  6. Seems Like to Me
  7. Lord, Build Me a Cabin
  8. Better Day A-Comin'
  9. Come Love Away (listen)
  10. When He Passed Over
  11. Awake, Awake
  12. When the World Comes to an End
  13. Bright Wings
  14. Abbeystead
  15. Prospect
  16. Inman
  17. Old North End
  18. Superior (listen)
  19. The Wheel

the singers:

Rachel Gordon
Addie Rose Holland
Sarah Gibson
Mia Bertelli
Emily Thompson
Erica Morse
Julia Wayne
Leighanne Saltsman
Gideon Crevoshay
Wheaton Squier
Brendan Taaffe
Adam Jacob Simon
Mason Gohl

special guest: Carter Stowell

What People are Saying:

"I've been recovering from a concussion for the past several months, which means that I need to sleep A LOT. Signs and Wonders has been a huge comfort, and is my go-to when I'm exhausted and need to recover. I arise more powerful and healed than I was when I lay down."

"1000x better than listening to the annoying guy next to me on the bus. . ."



 

Here Below

A collection of original shape note songs, composed from 2003–2011. Recorded live in August, 2011 amidst lots of wine and laughter with nine friends at the Old Meeting House, Montpelier, Vermont.

Cover of Here Below CD

$15 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

the songs

  1. Deep Springs
  2. Arkansas
  3. East Pond
  4. Rochestown
  5. August
  6. Kilfenora
  7. What are they doing in Heaven today?
  8. Wester Caputh (listen)
  9. The Grieved Soul
  10. Chasm Lake
  11. Weatherhead
  12. Wenlock
  13. Agawa Bay
  14. White (listen)

the singers:

Adam Jacob Simon
Mason Gohl
Gideon Crevoshay
Wheaton Squier
Brendan Taaffe
Rachel Gordon
Addie Rose Holland
Katie Trautz
Julia Wayne
Emily Steelehurst Thompson

What People are Saying:

"My husband and I joke about 'talking each other down' when things get too crazy and overwhelming, especially the things you can't control, no matter how you try. I might need to listen to your song Wester Caputh daily. There is so much hope and joy and certainty in that tune: it sings me down."

"I was walking the boardwalk at lunchtime and felt I was about to join the seagulls in flight listening to your CD on my ipod! There's such a sense of sheer beauty and joy in it."

"If you are moved by the sacred, if you need music that takes hold of your bones and won't let go, you should own a copy of Here Below. It's simply the most powerful stuff I've heard in a long time and I don't know what to do with it except tell you over and over that you must have it."



 

Magic Foot: Stomping Ground

Recorded in the spring of 2009, this is Magic Foot's first full length album. On it, we bring together traditional Irish music, a few foreign visitors, and some poignant songs. Lauded by Brian Conway as "tasteful, soulful music."

Cover of the Stomping Ground CD

Colin Lindsay - fiddle, concertina, harmony vocals
Chris Stevens - button accordion
Brendan Taaffe - guitar, vocals
Stefan Amidon - percission, mandolin, harmony vocals

$7 (US) plus $3 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax

  1. Devanney's Goat / O'Dowd's Favorite / Tom Ward's Downfall
  2. Pidder a Dreska / Hawthorn Hedge / O'Sullivan's March
  3. Farewell to Fiunary
  4. Goat Dance
  5. Mary and the Soldier
  6. En Flandres / Canal En Octobre
  7. Flatbush Waltz
  8. Lark in the Morning / When the Cock Crows, It is Day
  9. Phyllis's Birthday / Palmer's Gate / Road to Errogie (listen)
  10. Eunice Two-Step

What the Reviews are Saying:

"Their sound is that of musicians who really enjoy playing together. The arrangements are not bombastic but wonderfully played, with all the necessary pulse and drive intact. As I listened to this wonderful collection of lovely songs and tunes, I was transported back to the classic Sunday ceilidh performances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival [...] Many thanks to Magic Foot for helping me reconnect with a very special time in my life."

— Sing Out!



 

Song Licenses

To view a list of songs available for licensing, please visit the Composer page.

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Mansions in the Sky
Original Songs in the Shape Note Tradition

Cover of Mansions in the Sky

A collection of 13 original shape note songs, composed from 2003–2011. The songs included are: Agawa Bay, Arkansas, August, Caspian, Chasm Lake, Deep Springs, East Pond, Kilfenora, Loblolly, Rochestown, Weatherhead, Wenlock, and Wester Caputh. Most of these songs (11 of the 13) feature on Here Below.

"Can't stop listening—it has an amazing holiness about it."    —Ali Burns

$25 (US) plus $4 shipping/handling to the U.S.
Vermont residents pay 6% sales tax



 

A Word From the Field

Cover of A Word From the Field

A collection of six essays that explore the intersection of art, nature, and personal experience.

If you're interested, you can This link opens in a new windowread an essay about my trip to Alaska.

$20 (US) plus $4.50 shipping/handling to the U.S.
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