Cormorant's Fancy inaugural album of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh traditional and contemporary folk music features engaging arrangements with finely-honed vocal harmonies and multifaceted instrumentals, blending vocals, concertina, pennywhistles, low whistles, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, acoustic bass, bones and bodhran, Their compelling cross-generation lineup, includes lead singer and whistle player, Margaret Folkemer, age 17 at the time of recording, her brother, Joel, two years her elde, playing acoustic bass and singing, as well as her parents, Stephen (backing vocals, concertina) and Beth (lead and backing vocals, guitar). The band's name is based on the original Irish meaning of Dan Diviney's surname (pennywhistle, low whistle, bodhran, and backing vocals). Lead singer and percussionist Andy Rosenfeld, and Curtis Rockwell, lead guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, lead and backing vocals round out a band notable for its vocal depth as much as its instrumental variety.
Shortly after forming in the fall of 2003, Cormorant's Fancy began to perform regularly at The Fairfield Inn. Three tracks were recorded live at the Fairfield Inn (tracks 1, 8 and 12), and the entire album represents music the band often performs there. (Track 11 was recorded live at the church of the Abiding Presence.)
The Fairfield Inn (thefairfieldinn.com) dating to 1757, is one of America's oldest, continuously operated inns. After the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate Army, retreating west through Fairfield, stopped to eat at the Inn. In its 248 years the Inn has hosted famous Americans such as Patrick Henry, Thaddeus Stevens, Generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart, and Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. Joan and Sal Chandon, proprietors, perpetuate the Inn's gracious tradition.
Musicians on Cormorant's Fancy: An Evening at the Fairfield Inn:
Dan Diviney: whistles and bodhran (plays Seamus O'Kane and Albert Alfonso bodhran, Michael Copeland, Silkstone and Susato high whistles and Chieftain low whistles) Alayna, Dan's granddaughter: sound effects in the live recording on track 1
Beth Folkemer: guitar, shaker, lead and backing vocals (plays Oriskany guitar)
Joel Folkemer: acoustic bass, bodhran, shaker, backup vocals (plays Brendan White bodhran)
Margaret Folkemer: pennywhistle, lead and backup vocals (plays Michael Copeland and Clark whistles)
Stephen Folkemer: concertina, keyboards, backup vocals (plays Hayden duet concertina)
Curtis Rockwell: guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, lead and backup vocals (plays and builds Oriskany guitars and bouzouki, www.oriskanyguitars.com)
Andy Rosenfeld: bones, tambourine, other percussion, lead and backup vocals