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Farewell Trion

by Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg

The only clawhammer banjo and Dobro duet act anywhere - playing old-time, country blues and bluegrass on this best-selling album.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. John Hardy
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2. Carolyn Sanaskol
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3. Roustabout
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4. Cannonball Blues
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5. Vole in the Gown
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6. Willie Duncan
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7. In the Garden
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8. Boat's Up the River
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9. Walking Boss
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10. Going Across the Sea
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11. Farewell Trion
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Album Notes
This brand new album is a one-of-a-kind: thoughtfully arranged old time music for clawhammer banjo and Dobro by two of the genre's most tasteful players. Farewell Trion also has a couple of guitar/Dobro duets, and 2 songs that feature Ivan's clawhammer playing on his unique resophonic banjo.

Chris Coole was first attracted to the sounds of old-time and bluegrass music as a teenager growing up in Toronto, Ontario. At seventeen years old, he got his first banjo, and soon discovered the clawhammer style. Before long his love of playing traditional country music left little time for anything else and as a result led him to pursue a career as a full time musician, a road that he has happily travelled ever since.

Over the years Chris has split his time between playing bluegrass and old-time music and has allowed each to inspire the other to the point where it is now difficult to say where one ends and the other begins. This may be attributed to a. strong belief that country music is country music, be it Tommy Jarrell, Bill Monroe or George Jones. "I've always believed that the essence of music is in the individual, not in the category or style of music they play".

His unique style of clawhammer banjo playing began to reach a wider audience with the release of his first C.D.- "Five Strings Attached With No Backing" in 1997 and later, "Five Strings Attached, Vol. 2" in 2000. Both albums were collaborations with long time musical partner, and fellow Torontonian, Arnie Naiman. The combination of sparse, well played arrangements of traditional tunes, as well as creative originals struck a chord with old-time music fans worldwide. In the words of one reviewer, "...Arnie Naiman and Chris Coole are arguably two of the best clawhammer banjo players in the country, or anywhere for that matter" (From Bluegrass Now Magazine). Chris has been a finalist in the banjo contests at The Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop West Virginia (2004,2006) and the West Virginia State Folk Festival (2002,2005).

Since 2001, Chris has played guitar, sang and written songs for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Foggy Hogtown Boys. His love for the golden era of bluegrass music is apparent to anyone who hears his singing and songwriting. In 2006 he was awarded "Guitarist of the Year" at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.

From 2000-2007 Chris collaborated with old-time fiddler Erynn Marshall. In 2005 He co-produced her critically acclaimed CD "Calico". In 2006 the duo recorded "Meet Me in the Music" which was nominated for best traditional album at the 2007 Canadian Folk music awards.

Chris is acknowledged as a skilled teacher of both banjo and guitar. He has taught at many workshops across Canada and the U.S. including The Augusta Heritage Centre, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, The Midwest Banjo Camp, The B.C. Bluegrass Workshops, Saltspring Island Fiddleworks, The Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music as well as others. In 2007, Woodhall Music released "The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo" an instructional DVD featuring Chris' approach to teaching the banjo.

Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman on over 75 albums from artists such as Jenny Whiteley, Jim Cuddy, Sylvia Tyson, Justin Rutledge. In 2008, Chris was featured on the Rounder Records release "Old-Time Banjo Festival" a collection of some of today's top clawhammer banjo players from around the world.

With a unique style of tasteful melodies, relaxed bluegrass grooves, and coherent improvising on original songs, Ivan Rosenberg has released 4 solo CDs featuring Dobro and clawhammer banjo as well as collaborative recordings with the likes of Billy Cardine, Aaron Parrett, Mighty Squirrel, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, and The Breakmen. Combining elements of bluegrass, old time, and Americana music, Ivan's original songs have appeared in over 200 TV and film scores including HBO's Making Deadwood, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Warner Brothers' smash hit movie Kangaroo Jack, and the Emmy-nominated documentary Libby, Montana. Ivan and Chris Stuart co-wrote the 2009 IBMA Song of the Year award-winner, "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away" (performed by Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass).

Ivan is also in high demand for music workshops, having led workshops at the CBA Music Camp, The British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, 108 Mile Cabin Fever Workshop, the NBCMS Fall Workshop at Camp He Ho Ha, and The Sore Fingers Summer School in England among others. Ivan wrote the monthly resonator guitar column for Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions from 2007-2008, and he has contributed articles or lessons to Banjo Newsletter, Bluegrass College, and Reso-Nation Academy.

“It is only a matter of time until Ivan Rosenberg becomes universally recognized as one of the more prolific masters of the resonator guitar.”
– Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

“One of the best instrumental recordings I've heard this year is Ivan Rosenberg's Clawhammer and Dobro. Ivan is a banjo and resonator guitar player who writes simply irresistible tunes in that wide-open, almost-no-man's-land between contemporary bluegrass and old time”
– Donald Nitchie, editor of Banjo Newsletter

“Ivan has mastered the lyrical, mood-sustaining power of the resonator guitar.”
— California Bluegrass Association Newsletter

"In the right hands, the resonator guitar is eminently capable of duplicating a myriad of emotions - from a jubilant, euphoric shout all the way to a primeval, gut-wrenching moan. In the right hands, it becomes an instrument of impassioned feeling, dark mystery and great beauty. Ivan Rosenberg has those right hands.
— Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio

“Ivan Rosenberg plays his original tunes with stirring soul and emotion... While some of his tunes evoke vivacious spirit into your dancin’ shoes, Ivan seems particularly adept at mood creation.”
— Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now

“Once again, Ivan Rosenberg has created a musical delight with Clawhammer and Dobro, a welcomed variation from the ordinary.”
– Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine


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Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Highlight Review Aug. 2010
Nearly a lifetime ago, Folkways released an album called Persistence And Change In The Blue Ridge. That describes this project very well. The music predates our time. The delivery and sensitivity with which the music is performed is contemporary. Great music persists and survives the changes in interpretation. It not only survives, it blooms.

Who would think that an album based upon clawhammer banjo and resonator guitar would work so well? Chris Coole is the primary banjo player. He is an accomplished player and his understated approach is richer for it. By taking it back, deep into the mountains, he breathes new life into the old evergreen, “John Hardy,” making it something appealing and new. The intertwining of the resonator guitar and banjo is compelling in its sonority. On an original tune, “Carolyn Sanaskol,” John Reischman adds his fine mandolin playing to the duo.

With the exception of one other original, the material is traditional. Skipping intermediary sources, they bypass the Carter Family and go to the Carters’ source, Leslie Riddle, for “Cannonball Blues.” Coole’s fingerpicked guitar is derived from Riddle’s fine version of this song. Coole’s lead vocals get to the core of the songs and add much to this fine project; the vocals are refined with the right amount of edge.

There is a wide variety of music here and Rosenberg’s reading of “In The Garden” on resonator guitar captures the feel of Brother Oswald at his best, then proceeds to take it to a new place altogether in his masterful touch with the old hymn.

Strong material, rich vocals, and highly accomplished musicianship place this project at the top of the list. The careful juxtaposition of the old and new bring a depth to the performances that only comes with a true knowledge of the genre. When a CD keeps working its way to the number one spot in your listening priorities, it has to have that special something. This humble recording does. (Chris Coole, 540 Quebec Ave., Toronto, ON, M6P 2V7, Canada, RCB

Hearth Music

Beautiful Duet Album of Banjo & Dobro
I'm a sucker for a good dobro player; there's something about the dreamy way the notes slide around, letting in all kinds of silence while creating such rich tones. It's kind of a zen instrument, I guess. On this newly released duet album, the zen-like quality of Ivan Rosenberg's dobro contrasts nicely with the choppy rhythms of Chris Coole's clawhammer banjo playing. Both players are virtuosos on their instruments, but have the good taste to leave the flaming solos behind here and focus on the power of the music. Each song and tune is tastefully arranged and played with such a soft touch that you start to hear all kinds of different sides to the music that you didn't expect. A rowdy ballad like "Willie Duncan" with lyrics like "Cruel Willie ain't you sad, for makin' all the women feel bad" takes on a darker, more melancholic atmosphere than I'd have thought possible, thanks to the Chris Coole's gentle voice and Ivan's sweeping dobro passages. Though Chris hails from Toronto, he has such a wide knowledge of old-time banjo traditions and such a nice twang in his voice, that I really thought he was born and bred in the Appalachians. Ivan's a well-respected session musician from the Pacific Northwest. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, he guests on many albums and composes original music that has been featured on national TV shows. I hope both these artists will continue to play together and tour, and with a CD like this, they deserve to be much better known on the national folk scene.

-Devon at Hearth Music