Chuck Hall | The Northern Sagas

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The Northern Sagas

by Chuck Hall

Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Stranger In My House
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2. Raining In Boston
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3. Farmer Jones
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4. Angels
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5. Coast of Newfoundland
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6. Halifax
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7. Mary March
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8. The Devil and The Maid Who Loved to Dance
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9. On The Shores of Ingonish
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10. My Last Request
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chuck Hall has been a singer - writer - song collector -performer for about 20 years on the North Shore of Boston. He's lived on or near Cape Ann for most of the aforementioned 20 years and have been active in the New England folk music community in and from that place. His first coffeehouse performance was in 1982 as an open mic performer. The featured act that night went on to perform two songs he played in his three song set.

For a brief time he ran the coffeehouse series called "Saturday Night In Marblehead", taking over after Bob Franke ran the series for 10 glorious years. During his tenure there, he released his first album, "One Night In A Cheap Hotel". The Fast Folk Musical Magazine included the song "The Dollmaker's Secret" on their first Boston - artist album...Dean stevens used "Love Comes To The Simple Heart" as the title song for one of his albums...Susie Burke recorded 'Angels" on her CD, "Lucky Stars"...and he got outside New England to perform a bit, playing venues like Fiddle and Bow Society in Winston-Salem and the St. Augustine Folk Festival in Florida.

In 1988 Chuck moved to Norfolk, Virginia for a short time, where he worked at Ramblin' Conrad's Guitar Shop with Bob Zentz - "putting the folk in Norfolk", as they say. He lived in a small farmhouse on the Virginia-North Carolina line, and while there, began a love affair with traditional music which continues to this day.

Coming back to Boston in 1989, after a short stint as a tour guide in a museum and newspaper delivery person, a tip from the aforementioned Mr. Franke led to a job as afternoon drive time host on WUMB - FM. He held that spot for a number of years - and was "Announcer of the Year" in 1991! He also worked weekends at a commercial acoustic music radio station, WADN in Concord, Massachusetts.

Radio finally played itself in 1995 1995, and Chuck began a computer career, while maintaining his musical adventures. In 2000, he released "Confession of Faith", containing many original and some traditional songs with a folk -gospel feel. Harkening back to his time in Virginia, he brought in some very fine bluegrass and acoustic players, notably Taylor and Jake Armerding, then of "Nothern Lights" to support the recording.
In 2001, Chuck ventured to Cape Breton and Newfoundland, in a trip that dramatically altered his musical landscape. The trip was a transforming adventure, through Gros Morne's primal fjords and mountains, to L'Anse Aux Meadows, where we now know the Vikings stayed, however briefly, in about the year 1000. Their tales can be found in the collection of writings called "The Vinland Sagas." He learned about the Halifax Disaster on that trip as well, and the images and stories and history I learned on that trip became the focal point for his most recent CD, "The Northern Sagas", released in 2004.

Chuck continues to write and perform from his home near Newburyport, Massachusetts.


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steve sharratt

northern sagas
We were driving back from New England to PEI ( a long trip) after a great tour of the Boston States and had an abundance of CDs to listen upon. It's with great pleasure that we pushed in Chuck's Northern Sagas into the deck and found ourselves captivated by the music. The other's we had in hand didn't do it, but Chuck delivered.

From the Shores of Newfoundland, to Raining in Boston, to numerous others that we enjoyed we were groovin' to the tunes. No bullshit...just good stuff.

This is a guy who knows how to change tempo, change keys and keep the listener riveted with interesting lyrics and subjects. Well done Chuck....and thanks for the tour of Gloucester.

Say hi to Mary and thanks for the great visit and hospitality.

May life continue to lead you down interesting roads where songs await to be discovered.

Steve Sharratt
Montague PEI Canada

Albert Lamar, Jr.

Chuck's music is moving , beautiful , and tuneful.
I love this musical collection. It's been played in my house umpteen times. Mary March is a song that has moved me to tears over and over again. Chuck deserves much recognition in my opinion. It is hard for me to categorize, but This CD is a delight.

Charlotte Ryerson

A moving collection of story songs with universal appeal
The Northern Sagas is a unique collection of story songs about a strikingly beautiful part of Canada, but you don't have to know anything about the Maritimes to enjoy it. Songs like "Halifax", about a disaster there in the early 20th century, capture the same sense of tragedy, heroism, and gratitude we witnessed on 9/11. "Mary March" is a moving account of a Native American woman you feel like you've met personally by the end of the song. And "My Last Request" made me feel like Chuck Hall knows me! This is one for anyone who loves a good story well sung.