Adam Miller | The Orphan Train and Other Reminiscences

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The Orphan Train and Other Reminiscences

by Adam Miller

George Winston calls Miller, “one of the great autoharpists and folksingers of our times.” The San Francisco folknik describes Miller’s autoharp playing as, “…superb and imaginative.” Maine Public Radio has called him, “…a master of the autoharp.”
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1. Silken Dreams (Anne Hills)
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2. Twisted Laurel (Tommy Thompson)
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3. Springfield Mountain (Traditional)
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4. Rattlesnake Mountain (Traditional)
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5. The Old Grey Squirrel (Alfred Noyes/Bob Zentz)
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6. Bony on St. Helena (Traditional)
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7. This Old Mandolin (Michael Smith)
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8. The Bum Song/Naw, I Don't Want to be Rich
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9. Dixie Darling (Percy Wenrich)
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10. Tiny Fish for Japan (Stan Rogers)
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11. The Hobo's Last Ride (A.L. Kirby)
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12. In Tall Buildings (John Hartford)
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13. Orphan Train (Bruce Utah Phillips)
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14. Hell in Texas (Traditional)
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15. Ghost Train (Mary McCaslin)
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16. No More Fish, No Fishermen (Sheldon Posen)
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17. Coming Around the Horn (Traditional)
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18. I Still Can't Say Goodbye (R. Blinn/J. Moore)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Adam Miller is one of the premier autoharpists in the world and a natural-born American folksinger and storyteller. He is renowned for his extensive repertoire of over 2,500 traditional and contemporary folksongs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs.

Miller is a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of parents and children who have attended his acclaimed “Singing Through History” folk music programs. These programs aid in the development of cultural and historical literacy, emphasizing the importance of history as a story well told.

A native of Northern California, Adam grew up a few blocks from historic Cannery Row on the Monterey Bay. As a child he listened to the recordings of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Cisco Houston, Marais and Miranda, and the Weavers.

When he was eleven years old, his parents took him to hear folksinger Sam Hinton perform at the Grange Hall in Big Sur. He credits Hinton as his mentor and his greatest inspiration. Hinton says of Miller, "Since I've stopped performing, I've thought more and more highly of you and your work, and I feel that the traditions I have followed are in good hands."

A nationally recognized presenter of folklore and folk music programs, Adam has been a featured performer, master of ceremonies and workshop leader at many American folk festivals. He is a captivating storyteller and gifted instrumentalist, and is recognized for his ability to interpret traditional American folksongs with warmth, humor and remarkable scholarship.

Miller performs nearly 300 concerts a year at folk festivals, theaters, schools, libraries, and museums, from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.

He accompanies his baritone voice with lively fingerpicking acoustic guitar, and stunningly beautiful diatonic and chromatic autoharp, using only his fingernails for picks. (His custom-built autoharps are manufactured by Fladmark Woodworks, Orthey Instruments and the Oscar Schmidt Company.)

Miller has recorded four CDs. His albums receive airplay all over North America and Europe.

Frank Hamilton, a former member of The Weavers, is a fan of Miller’s work. “You are doing a real service for folk music,” says Hamilton. George Winston calls Miller, “one of the great autoharpists and folksingers of our times.” The San Francisco folknik describes Miller’s autoharp playing as, “…superb and imaginative.” Maine Public Radio has called him, “…a master of the autoharp.”


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Keith Anglemyer

Thoroughly Enjoyable from Start to Finish
If the art of the folk singing is disappearing in our fast paced society, Adam Miller is doing his best to keep it going. His collection of folksongs that comprise “The Orphan Train and Other Reminiscences” is an outstanding slice of American folk songs performed with his perfectly suited voice and tasty autoharp accompaniment. This is a great change of pace grouping of vignettes that tell of life in a different time and place. Adam has the ability to tell these captivating stories with an energy that comes through this recording... I especially enjoyed the title track, but I also enjoyed “The Hobo’s Last Ride,” which not only is a great story, but shows off Adam’s guitar picking ability. There’s not a bad effort on this entire recording – it is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish... If you are wondering what folksong singing is all about, Adam Miller can provide you with the answer.