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Folksinger's Fancy

by Steve Suffet

Homemade music in the big city! Traditional and tradition-based songs performed by New York City folksinger Steve Suffet with vocal and/or instrumental accompaniment from his musical friends.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Rolling Through Idaho (feat. Anne Price)
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2. Got My Union (feat. The New York - New Jersey Chorus)
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3. On My Long Journey Home (feat. Anne Price)
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4. The Evergreen Line (feat. Anne Price)
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5. Okie Moon (feat. The New York - New Jersey Chorus)
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6. Were You in Boston in 1919? (feat. Laura Munzer)
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7. Trucker's 900 Miles (feat. Anne Price)
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8. Amira
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9. Levons-Nous (feat. Anne Price)
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10. John Henry (feat. Anne Price)
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11. Stagolee (feat. Anne Price)
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12. The Dixieland Express (feat. Anne Price)
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13. Marlyn Garcia
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14. Dead and Gone (feat. Heather Lev & Joel Landy)
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15. Let's Sing (feat. The New York - New Jersey Chorus)
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16. Sally Ann (feat. Gina Tlamsa & Jessica Feinbloom)
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17. The House Carpenter
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18. The Turning of the Year (feat. The New York - New Jersey Chorus)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
STEVE SUFFET
FOLKSINGER’S FANCY

Born Stephen Lawrence Suffet in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, Steve Suffet describes himself as an Old Fashioned Folksinger in the People’s Music tradition. His repertoire is a mixture of topical-political songs, old time country music, blues, railroad and hobo songs, trucker songs, union songs, ballads, and anything else that tickles his fancy.

Steve sings lead vocal on all eighteen songs on this album, and he plays guitar on seventeen of them. On only one song, Sally Ann, he switches to the banjo. On each of the songs Steve is joined by musical friends from New York and New Jersey who provide vocal and/or instrumental accompaniment. These friends include Jessica Feinbloom (vocal), Carl Fortunato (keyboard), Alan Friend (vocal), Robin Greenstein (banjo and vocal), Ray Korona (vocal), Joel Landy (vocal), Heather Lev (vocal), Eric Levine (banjo and vocal), Laura Munzer (vocal), Anne Price (vocal), and Gina Tlamsa (fiddle and vocal). Each is an accomplished artist in his or her own right. On several songs varying combinations of these friends make up an impromptu New York - New Jersey Chorus.

SONG NOTES

All songs were written by Steve Suffet, except 10, 11, 16, and 17, which are traditional. All arrangements are by Steve Suffet.

1. Rolling Through Idaho (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. A trucker song based in part on an old railroad song.

2. Got My Union (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Robin Greenstein, Ray Korona, Anne Price, Gina Tlamsa. Written to sing at a union luncheon in New York City in 2009.

3. On My Long Journey Home (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. This is a “zipper song,” meaning you can keep adding verses of your own.

4. The Evergreen Line (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. Dating back to the 1870s, the Evergreen Branch of the Long Island Railroad was only two miles long, running at street level through part of Brooklyn and a small part of Queens, New York. The last remaining section was taken out of service in 1984.

5. Okie Moon (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Jessica Feinbloom, Joel Landy, Gina Tlamsa. This song sounds like an old time traditional song, but it’s not.

6. Were You in Boston in 1919? (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Laura Munzer. A huge storage tank burst on January 15, 1919, sending a 40-foot high wall of molasses crashing through the North End of Boston, killing 21 people and injuring 150. Some people thought it was an act of sabotage. It wasn’t. It was just an accident caused by greed and neglect.

7. Trucker’s 900 Miles (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. Another trucker song based in part on an old railroad song.

8. Amira (© Steve Suffet). Written and performed in 1920s ragtime style.

9. Levons-Nous (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. “Travailleurs, levons-nous” is French for “Workers, let us rise.”

10. John Henry (traditional, arrangement © Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. African-American folksong. Recorded live at the Walthamstow Folk Club in London in 2010.

11. Stagolee (traditional, arrangement © Steve Suffet) Additional vocal: Anne Price. Another African-American folksong. Recorded live at the Walthamstow Folk Club in London in 2010.

12. The Dixieland Express (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocal: Anne Price. A good old fashioned train song.

13. Marlyn Garcia (© Steve Suffet). Marlyn (pronounced Marlene) was a student at El Puente Academy in Brooklyn, New York, when Steve taught there in the 1990s. She later died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

14. Dead and Gone (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Heather Lev, Joel Landy. Yet another trucker song based in part on an old railroad song.

15. Let’s Sing (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Anne Price, Alan Friend, Robin Greenstein, Ray Korona, Laura Munzer. Refrain and coda written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

16. Sally Ann (traditional, arrangement © Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Jessica Feinbloom, Gina Tlamsa. An old time song from Southern Appalachian Mountains.

17. The House Carpenter (traditional, arrangement © Steve Suffet). This ancient British ballad, #243 in the Child collection, is also known as The Daemon Lover.

18. The Turning of the Year (© Steve Suffet). Additional vocals: Joel Landy, Eric Levine, Anne Price, Gina Tlamsa. Steve wrote this for a dear friend who lost her sister in a freak accident at home in 2000 and who then lost her boyfriend in the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Cover design based on a painting by Joe Matunis ©. Used by permission.


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