With Sylvia Herold, The Black Brothers, Oak Ash & Thorn, Holdstock & MacLeod + Others | In Harmony's Way

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In Harmony's Way

by With Sylvia Herold, The Black Brothers, Oak Ash & Thorn, Holdstock & MacLeod + Others

Rousing a cappella chorus songs from America, Ireland and Britain: an eclectic selection of shanties, love songs, drinking songs, Celtic ballads, Appalachian foot-tappers, and more. Participants are Richard Adrianowicz, Steve Baughman, Michael and Shay Bl
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Daddy Fox In Harmony's Way
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2. Oro Mo Bhaidin In Harmony's Way
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3. A for Apple In Harmony's Way
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4. Hob Y Deri Dando In Harmony's Way
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5. Farmer's Toast In Harmony's Way
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6. Roll the Old Chariot Along In Harmony's Way
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7. Johnny and Molly In Harmony's Way
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8. White Cockade In Harmony's Way
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9. I Say No In Harmony's Way
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10. Stormalong In Harmony's Way
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11. Jongo In Harmony's Way
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12. Martin Said To His Man In Harmony's Way
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13. Bright Shining Morning In Harmony's Way
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14. Benjamin Bowmaneer In Harmony's Way
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15. One April Morning In Harmony's Way
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16. Dublin Jack of All Trades In Harmony's Way
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17. Come Write Me Down In Harmony's Way
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18. Eloisa Moore In Harmony's Way
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19. Clementime (funky) In Harmony's Way
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20. Roll Boys Roll In Harmony's Way
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21. Needle Cases In Harmony's Way
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22. Let Union Be In Harmony's Way
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All Accapella Singing, shanties, work songs, ballads with choruses, drinking songs, English folk songs, American folk songs, all with easy, accessible, rousing choruses. 18 San Francisco Bay Area singers on board.

T'was late one night in January of 2005. I lay wide awake, tired but unable to sleep. My condition worsened dramatically when suddenly the idea came upon me to round up a large group of folkies from my beloved Bay Area song community, herd them into a recording studio, and document what we have been doing year in year out for decades, singing our hearts out in harmony with each other.

What a wonderful thought! This project just needed to be done. After all, so rich a cast of characters, each so musically and personally unique, had to be preserved for posterity's sake. Whether or not anyone would ever listen to a CD of our music I did not know. But that was secondary. This was to be folklore for folklore's sake, and music for community's sake. If we could only commit a small glimpse of our community songsters to formaldehyde for those who might care, we'd have mission accomplished. I knew, of course, that the music would resonate, invite, energize and soothe. Great singers with great passion would take care of that. All I had to do was organize.

The next day I sent out emails to a few folks who I thought might be interested. The response was one of overwhelming enthusiasm. Before I knew it we had 18 eager participants, ranging from established recording artists to people who had never been in a recording studio before. That was all we could handle for one CD and I had to close the group to more participants. Regrettably, but unavoidably, there are many fine members of our song scene whose voices did not make it onto this album. Perhaps this is just Volume 1 and these folks will be able to climb on board for future volumes.

We, the 18, then held two get-togethers in which each of us presented two songs to the group. Then we were off to the studio for three gloriously fun evenings in April. During the recording sessions, we sang each song twice and moved on to the next, ever mindful that we were a song session in action, not a polished choir in concert.

The result is In Harmony's Way, an album that approximates what you might hear if you stop by Summer Lodge some evening during Camp Harmony in Santa Cruz, or if you visit a Little Pink session some weekend in Berkeley, or if you attend one of the now legendary song parties at the Swan residence in Oakland. This is what we do when we're doing what we want to do. And these are the folks we want to be doing it with. Plus you.

So I hope this album jump starts anyone who feels like they want more singing in their life but who may feel shy about taking the plunge. Here are 22 songs to get you started. Come on by and sing some of them for us. We'll join in on the chorus. Guaranteed!

Participants are Richard Adrianowicz, Steve Baughman, Michael and Shay Black, Susan Frank, Sylvia Herold, Lani Herrmann, Holdstock and MacLeod, Kim Hughes, Arlene Immerman, Peter Kasin, Oak Ash & Thorn, Riggy Rackin, Ed Silberman and Pam Swan.

check www.inharmonysway.com for info about each member and come join our monthly sing, free of charge, open to anybody who likes to sing or who likes to hang out with people who like to sing.
Steve Baughman
San Francisco
June 15, 2005


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makes you want to sing along
I LOVE this cd! Full, rich harmonies. There is a feeling of camaraderie, and I find myself singing along, even when I don't know the words, I just make them up so that I can join in. I even catch myself singing the songs when the cd is no longer playing. Highly enjoyable!

Agneta östlund

The music makes me happy
The music on this CD makes me happy! Lovely vocal music sung wholeheartedly and spontaneously by all kinds of voices, very far from traditional careful, arranged choir singing. It is impossible NOT to sing along.

Bev Praver

Even the teenage grandson loved it!
It made our 44 year old daughter sorry she hadn't come to New Year's camp with us more often. Her 15 year old son fell in love with it and has been playing "Roll the Old Chariot Along" incessantly and singing along as well. You may have created another Folkie!!