Marcille Wallis | A Mighty Fortress

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A Mighty Fortress

by Marcille Wallis

Hymns of faith joyously played on solo hammer dulcimer – includes an ancient Irish prayer song, a Scottish-American hymn and favorites from the gospel tradition.
Genre: Spiritual: Instrumental Gospel
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1. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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2. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
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3. How Great Thou Art
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4. One Day / Blessed Assurance
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5. Babylon Is Fallen
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6. The Old Rugged Cross
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7. I'd Rather Have Jesus
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8. Deus Meus Adiuva Me
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9. My Ain Countrie
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10. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
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11. Sweet By And By / The Unclouded Day
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12. Day By Day
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13. How Can I Keep From Singing?
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14. Farther Along / We'll Understand It Better By And By
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15. Softly And Tenderly / Just As I Am
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16. Rock Of Ages
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Marcille Wallis draws upon decades of performing sacred music to present "A Mighty Fortress" -- the follow-up to her acclaimed 2002 release, "Be Thou My Vision."

"A Mighty Fortress" simulates worship experience: the Call to Worship (the title track) is followed by a prelude (Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring). Subsequent hymns are presented at "singing tempo," inviting the listener to participate. There's even a lively and unusual rendition of "Rock Of Ages" for the postlude. In all, there's just under an hour of instrumental music played on solo hammer dulcimer accompanied by guitar, performed with joy and reverence.

Early reviews say, "the perfect background music for daily Bible reading and devotions" ... "every piece is sensitive to the melody or melodies ... they mirror acquaintance with the texts ... arrangements are nice and full" ... "it's gonna be a favorite" ...

Listen to "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" to hear how the dulcimer and guitar faithfully play a centuries-old Baroque piece with a modern folk sensibility. Then try "Babylon Is Fallen" to be immediately transported into a small clapboard church in the Southern Highlands. Imagine yourself in cloistered prayer while listening to "Deus Meus Adiuva Me," an ancient Irish plainsong. Tap your toes to "Farther Along / We'll Understand It Better By And By" and you'll feel as if you're participating in an all-night Gospel sing!


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Kathy Case


We loved it! Marcille's hammer dulcimer just sings the hymns. They are played with a heart that is well familiar with the words and has been nourished by them. It is evident that they are a part of her musical heritage that is precious to her.

I especially enjoyed "Blessed Assurance." I have fond memories of my dad humming and singing phrases of that hymn as he worked around the house. I am sure that this recording will similarly evoke sweet memories in other listeners. The traditional music of our faith not only opens our hearts to God in the present, but it reminds us of His help and guidance throughout our lives.