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CDs: Fly Down You Little Bird | Vineyard | The Waxwing Four
Fly Down You Little Bird
A follow up to 2013's 'Can't Hold The Wheel', 'Fly Down' continues to reimagine traditional ballads.
Beautiful, soulful singing from the Bright Wings gang, recorded on Martha's Vineyard at the end of a four-day group retreat.
The Bright Wings Combo Pack: all three albums
The Waxwing Four
Tight, joyful male a cappella harmony from early American traditions—jubilee gospel, bluegrass quartets, and Appalachian folk hymns.
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.
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.
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. . ."
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.
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."
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!
To view a list of songs available for licensing, please visit the Composer page.
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.
A collection of six essays that explore the intersection of art, nature, and personal experience.
If you're interested, you can read an essay about my trip to Alaska.
$20 (US) plus $4.50 shipping/handling to the U.S.
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