This is the song that really got me started. It won a song contest judged by Andy M. Stewart (of Silly Wizard), Aoife Clancy (daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers) and Danny O'Flaherty. The instructions were to write a song about leaving one place and going to another... but it had to be happy. No doleful emmigration/exile songs allowed! This is the winner and it took me to Alaska and to Ireland!
It still makes me smile to sing the first verse because the "voice I heard from across the green" was actually Andy M. Stewart's playing over a loudspeaker at a little Celtic Festival in Bedford, Texas in 1998! He was singing "If I Were A Blackbird" with Silly Wizard on a CD that was playing between live sets...
Another song for the Traditional CD... first mix... What do you think? This is one the kids love to hear. The chorus of numbers in backwards count seems to fascinate them! I love the tune and the way the words wrap around each other... How about you?
A third choice for the new CD - I love this little song! The melody is the same as the slow and sad "Wind That Shakes The Barley" - a tragic rebel love story. In "Maid" it is a boucy, saucy story - and lots of fun to share with friends!
Ok, friends.... It begins! Here is the title track to the new CD!
The new album is all about stories and fairy tales. "Elf King's Horn" tells about a beautiful maiden who hears the musical "come hither" of the Elf King. He blew his magical horn to find the perfect girl and she travels to meet him. Happy Ending!
I'm playing the autoharp and whistles on this, along with the vocals. Jay Bentoff adds some vocal texture and Brian Henke added his guitar to make it that much better! We brought in some great sounding french horns, too!
Brian Henke is producing this album and every song is magical and fantastic! I can't wait to share all the music with you! It should be available sometime in June 2015!
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Here is a lovely little Celtic waltz that would not leave me alone till it was written! It is one of the three brand new instrumental pieces on the new album "Elf King's Horn" that will be released by June 2015!
Steph Dlugon's beautiful violin joins my autoharp and whistles, weaving in and out and around the melody. She was so much fun to record with!
Brian Henke is an incredible producer for this album. it is an incredible experience to work with someone who understands the magic in the music and can share the vision and story!
Here is the opening track from the new CD "Elf King's Horn"! It really sets the mood for the whole album!
Imagine, if you would, that you awaken around 4 in the morning, with a feeling of magic all around you. It seems that you have slept right into a Fairy Tale!