George Chudacoff | Unfinished Business

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Unfinished Business

by George Chudacoff

Flatpick and finger-style guitar arrangements of American fiddle tunes and Celtic melodies along with some great old country and folk songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Limerock
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4:29 album only
2. Clujck Old Hen
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1:49 album only
3. O'Carolan's Draught
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2:29 album only
4. The Trees They Do Grow High
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4:32 album only
5. Planxty George Brabazon
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3:35 album only
6. Tom Dooley
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3:52 album only
7. Temerpance Reel
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3:46 album only
8. Put Me on the Trail to Carolina
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3:12 album only
9. The Rights of Man
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3:08 album only
10. Sailin'
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4:58 album only
11. Livin' in the Country
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3:56 album only
12. Quiet
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4:24 album only
13. Planxty Irwin
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4:17 album only
14. That's Alright
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3:28 album only


Album Notes
George Chudacoff died at age 60 of cancer on Aug. 25. He was a highly respected Northwest flat pick and finger style guitarist, mandolinist and banjo picker. This CD represents his nearly 30-year career playing, recording and teaching music in the Pacific Northwest.

Guest musicians include Wayne Henderson along with Helen White; Carol Harley and Laura Quigley of Misty River. Other Northwest singers, musicians and friends join Chudacoff throughout these tracks. Two new voices are introduced and three recordings made nearly 30 years ago were restored for this collection.

The CD was produced through the generous contributions of many students and friends and the expert production work of Portland’s Fresh Tracks studio. With illustrations by Elizabeth Britton and graphics by Mark Staker, this CD is a tribute to George Chudacoff’s music, talent and courage.


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Robin Graham

unfinished business
Wow, George finally did it, his dream of making a CD! It was so wonderful to hear George play his music in person. Always a sweet and thoughtful man with the utmost respect for people and animals and an incredible love for flatpicking and exquisite sound from his good friend, his guitar. This CD is excellent and a wonderful tribute to a wonderful friend!

Joe Ross

Eclectic tuneful variety with an affable character that fits like an old shoe
Playing Time – 51:55 -- Twelve years in the making (1995-2007), Pacific Northwest guitarist and singer George Chudacoff shows not only patience but also an affinity for many styles of music built around Celtic, old-time, and folk foundations. After opening with a showy and difficult contest tune (Limerock), George and a friend or two or three give us unpretentious, lean arrangements of an eclectic tuneful variety. Songs are drawn from O’Carolan (O’Carolan’s Draught, Planxty George Brabazon, Planty Irwin), as well as some learned from Pete Seeger (Livin’ in the Country), Pentangle (The Trees They Do Grow High), Delmore Brothers (Put Me on the Trail to Carolina), Larry Hanks (That’s Alright), and traditional sources (Cluck Old Hen, Temperance Reel, The Right of Man). I enjoyed hearing his own self-penned harmony line in O’Carolan‘s Draught, and George humbly shares guitar breaks or vocals with others to tip his hat to friends.

With an affable character that fits like an old shoe, Chudacoff’s set also features a couple originals (Sailin’, Quiet) that he wrote with Mauri Farrell decades ago (before Farrell’s passing). Both songs, recorded as a duo with Jim Britton on harmony guitar, have an alluring quality that reminds me of coffeehouse gigs during the 1960s folk revival. While thirteen others assisted on the album, George’s spare presentations always keep his proficient guitar and/or pleasant baritone front and center. Then there’s also his spirited clawhammer banjo on “Cluck Old Hen.” Recorded early in the process of making this album, two tracks (Limerock, Tom Dooley) include electric bassist Joe Gurr, another of George’s friends who has passed on. Back in 1973-74, Chudacoff and Gurr were part of a trio (with Tempe McGlaughlin) called Octobre Wood. Besides friends and fellow teachers, George also invited some of his students (Mary Rondthaler, Kathy Buttrell) to record with him on numbers like O’Carolan’s Draught, The Tree They Grow High, and Put Me on the Trail to Georgia. Wayne Henderson, who picks on a few of the tracks, built guitars, mandolins, and a fiddle that appear in the warm set of subtlety and skill. Another from Appalachia, Helen White fiddles “The Rights of Man.” While George’s liner notes offer a few comments about most of the assisting musicians, it was obviously an oversight to acknowledge two participants -- autoharper/vocalist Meryle Korn, and electric bassist Jon Lindahl.

George Chudacoff is clearly a musician with a lot of passion for music and commitment to his art. His many students and collaborators speak highly of him. Admitting that “life and music are not goals but never-ending processes of wonderment that are and will always be truly unfinished business,” George has successfully managed to give us a taste of his music and friends throughout the decades. “Unfinished Business” is a natural sort of album that doesn’t strive to make a musical statement for completeness or finality. Diagnosed with advanced esophogeal cancer, George refers to himself as a “future cancer survivor.” He’s got a tough battle ahead, and his business at hand is to put the cancer into remission so that he can allow his music to flourish. (Joe Ross)



Todd Purnick

This is just an amazing record!
The sound quality and musicianship is so good on this record that I just want to play it over and over again. In my opinion, George is one of the greatest talents to come out of the Northwest and this record certainly reflects that.

Lawrence Lewin

Unfinished Business
This is George's debut release and it is an excellent effort. I found it to be very pleasant listening. The accompaniments are well-crafted with and the choice of content couldn't be better, spanning traditional American folk music, celtic-flavored songs and some old-timey influences. Highly recommended.