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Everybody Must Get Gnomed

by The Gnomes

The Gnomes' World Folk Fusion on their newly released "Everybody Must Get Gnomed" Cd will take you on a 'whirled tour' encompassing Celtic, klezmer, Caribbean, Scandanavian and latin styles with their gnomish arrangements and originals.
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1. Let\'s Get Gnomed/Korabushka/Slavic Holiday
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5:04 album only
2. Hassidic Melody/Boys of the Lough/Monaghan Twig
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4:39 album only
3. Sit Right Here/Pauline\'s Tange
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7:35 album only
4. Philippo Edmondo\'s Polkas
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5:52 album only
5. Imagine Peace
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4:16 album only
6. John Doherty\'s March/Kaptain Bille
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4:00 album only
7. Pomp and Pride
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4:40 album only
8. Shetland Set
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3:29 album only
9. Via Umbria
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4:47 album only
10. You\'ve Got a Home
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4:59 album only
11. Waterfall
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12. Finn Yenta/Laner V\'livsamim
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The Gnomes play an energetic blend of world music, gnomishly arranged traditional folk tunes as well as original music. Instruments include: fiddle, button accordion, Irish tin whistles, guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, and percussion of all kinds. Take a 'whirled tour' and get gnomed with their second CD, "Everybody Must Get Gnomed."

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'Everybody Must Get Gnomed'

The cover of this album says "world folk fusion" right on it.

Fusion makes me think of two things: jazz, and food. Jazz, according to Wynton Marsalis, is a negotiation. And while "Everybody Must Get Gnomed" is not necessarily jazz, The Gnomes have negotiated a beautiful and broadly international feast here, with ideas, decisions, temperance and turns that keep a brisk, organic pace. Folk or traditional songs that transcend their roots as dance and work music have usually done so by masking their syncopation in free-flowing melodies on diverse solo instruments such as fiddles, guitars and, most notably here, whistles.

But the steps are unmistakable and I challenge anyone to allow their gait to be broken while walking down the street with the disc's opening medley playing on their headphones. "Hasidic Melody" finds the innate joy in mysticism by segueing into a pair of Irish jigs; the softly distorted bass brings the stomp to "Boys of the Lough/Monaghan Twig" without sacrificing any of the Gnomes' delicate interlocution. From the refined blues of Roscoe Gordon's "Sit Right Here," on which Peter Breen brings an arching clarity to the vocal, it's on to the next course, a tango. Then a tarantella. Than back to the tango. The next course is a polka, then a flamenco polka! Whoa, back up.

Who are these guys, and where are they getting these combinations? They are: Peter Breen on bass; Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle, erhu, keys and cello; Phil Edmonds plays the accordion and the whistles; Otis Read is on vocals and guitar; Ron Schmitt plays every form of percussion known to mankind, some guitar, and some bass. Now that you've met the chefs… Positioned near the center of the album and among only a few tracks to stand alone and apart from a medley, "Imagine Peace" is clearly the main course. A penetrating meditation for accordion and whistle, it is swayed along by a windy keyboard refrain keeping waltz time.

Dessert starts with a pair of tributes to Otis Read's time spent living in Umbria, Italy. "Via Umbria" is a guitar and cello driven tune that breaks behind a whistle that dances deliberately over the track like a time-lapse sunrise on a few dozen yards of olive trees. These are both Otis Read's compositions and he lays a reserved vocal treatment over the Tropicalia-inflected "You've Got A Home.""Waterfall" is a tribal rhythm behind a series of ascending Western scales, accented by a few Stephane Grappelli-esque violin turns and the meal is nearly over: All that's left is ceremony."Finn Yenta" is a quick Norwegian waltz led by violin into the album's ceremonial closer: "The Light and the Spices" a Sephardic hymn to the Jewish ceremony of Havdalah, which is performed on Saturday evenings to conclude the Sabbath. The light is warm on "Everybody Must Get Gnomed," but it's the spices that resonate: exotic, fresh and unique.


BY G.W. MERCURE

Motif Magazine, November 2008


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Joe Ross

An innovative approach that's both mischievous & magical
When we think of gnomes, we typically envision mischievous and magical little characters planted in one’s yard. In this case, these Gnomes are likeable musicians from Rhode Island that play rich and eclectic acoustic melodies. If their second CD’s title is any indication of their motives, then they clearly believe in a mission to introduce their joyful traditional and original music to the masses. The toe-tapping opening instrumental cut, “Let’s Get Gnomed,” blends Klezmer-infused riffs with dynamic rhythms to encourage everyone to slow down and rekindle joy, spontaneity and compassion. It’s understandable that they also later cover Frederick Hibberts’ celebratory “Pomp and Pride” with a blend of reggae and Irish flavorings. Traditional dance tunes stem from the Russian, Jewish, Slavic, Finnish, Irish, Danish, Shetland Island, Norwegian, and Sephardic traditions. The Gnomes’ original tunes are painted on palates of polychromatic colorings, offering Otis Read’s pensive reflections of Umbria, Phil Edmonds’ Mexican-flavored polka, or Cathy Clasper-Torch‘s tango for a dedicated band supporter. However, perhaps the best demonstration of their Gnomish world folk fusion is Ron Schmitt’s “Waterfall,” an “Irish jig with a jazzy violin solo and has an African rhythm played on Middle Eastern drums and cymbals.” Yes, these Gnomes also have an innovative approach to music that is both mischievous and magical. (Joe Ross)

Amy


A close friend of mine heard this music on New Years Eve and was so very moved by it's beautiful sound, saying it was quite spiritual and it "made" his whole New Years experience.
He had no computer so he asked me to please find out as much as I could about this band and thier
incredible music and where he could hear it again!
I went ahead and found this CD and bought it online as a gift to surprise him. He was thrilled!!! Thank you!
I believe I saw the Gnomes myself at a turbine energy outdoor festival in R.I. and was quite taken by thier sound myself!

All the best to the band!! Keep up the beautiful music! Thanks, Amy