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Other Places, Other Times

by Simple Gifts

Two fiddles, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, piano and more play acoustic instrumental music from Romania, Ireland, Finland, Ukraine, England, Israel, Bulgaria, and the Klezmer tradition.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Hora Bucovinei (Moldovan), Perinitza (Romanian)
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2. Skochne (Ukrainian)
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3. Sean Ryan, Bank of Turf, Mug of Brown Ale (Irish)
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4. Romanian Hora, Kolomeike (Klezmer)
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5. Next Year in Jerusalem, Mel's Melody (original in Israeli style)
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6. Titanics Undergang (Finnish)
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7. Waters of Holland, Easter Thursday, Barham Down (English)
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8. Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, Midnight on the Water (American)
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9. Durang's Hornpipe (American), Dorsetshire Hornpipe (English)
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10. Father Kelly's Reels, Coachman's Whip, Bean a'ti ar Lar (Irish)
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11. Land of Milk and Honey (Israeli), Wedding Freilach (Klezmer)
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12. Blizzard Hambo, Northwind (original in Swedish style)
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13. Buchimish (Bulgarian)
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14. Fisher's Hornpipe (American)
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Album Notes
Other Places, Other Times is the third of Simple Gifts' five recordings. (You can see a complete list of albums at According to Helen Sherman of Wild Woman Radio: "[This CD] is filled with beautiful melodies, wonderful harmonies and the sounds of more instruments than any ordinary three people could play."

Simple Gifts is three women playing twelve instruments and performing music of many lands. Instrumentation includes 2 fiddles, concertina, mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer, banjolin, 6-string banjo, baritone fiddle, piano, and percussion. Genres include Klezmer, Romanian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Scottish, Irish, Bulgarian, and American, plus originals by band members.

Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today. Highlights of Other Places, Other Times include a hard-driving Klezmer tune with guest artists on clarinet and flute, a set of Irish jigs, a Bulgarian tune in 15/16 meter, and a unique arrangement of the well-known American fiddle tune, "Fisher's Hornpipe".

Simple Gifts is a member of the prestigious PennPAT roster, a group of 120 Pennsylvania artists who have been chosen through a competitive, juried process to represent the best of Pennsylvania performing arts. Simple Gifts has further distinguished themselves as the most frequently requested artists on the roster. Non-profit and government organizations in DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, or WV may apply for a matching grant from PennPAT when hiring Simple Gifts or other artists on the roster. PennPAT is funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Simple Gifts has performed for many arts centers, festivals, and concert series, including the Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, National Theatre, Hershey Theatre, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, Old Songs Festival, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Consort Society, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Smith Opera House, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Bethlehem Musikfest, and dozens of colleges. In addition to playing concerts, they offer a variety of workshops, ranging from a percussion workshop for all ages where they teach people to play spoons, to a hands-on workshop for amateur musicians, to school assembly programs, to a lecture/discussion with the general public.

For more information, contact Simple Gifts at 814/238-8048 or Their website is


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Other Places, Other Times

Love the glad I bought it...
Simple Gifts is a great group....very refreshing with all the different instruments....

John C.

Great sound on this CD. I plan to get others by the group.
I especially like the twin fiddles and concertina. The Klezmer and old-timey American is great. Seems like you hear new things in this CD every time.