Acoustic Music Concerts in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Chicory House CD

 

                        Our Live CD

Recorded live at Chicory House concerts over the last two years,....From the driving Celtic tunes of Nightingale and the Woods Tea Company to the snappy, string swing sounds of Harmonious Wail to the spirited harmonies of The Burns Sisters, Live from the Chicory House, Volume One features a rich range of musical styles culled from concerts presented from 1995 to 1997.

The Chicory House, a non-profit organization run entirely by a dedicated staff of volunteers, was conceived in 1986 by a group of Wyoming Valley residents who wanted to provide the area with venue for acoustic music ranging from blues, folk, Cajun, Celtic, swing, jazz, bluegrass and gospel. Housed in the community center of St. Stephen's Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the coffeehouse-style concerts provide a smoke-free, alcohol-free alternative to the bar scene and feature the outstanding talent of national and international touring artists.

This is the Chicory House's first effort at producing a recording to capture some of the memorable talents who've drawn enthusiastic audiences at our Friday night concerts. Whether you lie back and enjoy the sultry jazz of Kick at Heaven on "You and You and You" or get up and dance to Whirligig's "Tolka Polka," we hope the music brings back memories of wonderful concerts at the Chicory House. We're especially grateful to the artists who have generously donated selections from their concerts in support of our effort, to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for providing its community room to The Chicory House for the past nine years, and to our warm, wonderful audiences who never fail give hearty, appreciative support to the performers and to The Chicory House.

Recording: Bill Davis and Debbie Makara.

Mastering and Recording: Scott Petersen.

Cover Design and Liner Notes: J.B. Earl, Jeff Shimp.

The CD features excerpts from the following concerts:

1. Nightingale "Ballygow" (Traditional) - Recorded December 13, 1996. Keith Murphy: guitar and foot percussion, Becky Tracy: fiddle, Jeremiah McLane: accordion.

2. Harmonious Wail "People Stuff" (Sims Delaney-Potthoff) - Recorded September 27, 1996. Sims Delaney-Potthoff: mandolin, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff: lead vocals and percussion, Doug Brown: guitar, Henry Boehm: standup bass.

3. Amy and Jennie "How Rich the Life" (Jennie Avila) Recorded December 8, 1995. Jennie Avila and Amy Torchia: guitars and vocals.

4. Martin Simpson "The Gypsies" (Traditional, arranged by Martin Simpson) Recorded February 23, 1996.

5. Linda Waterfall "Balance" (Linda Waterfall) Recorded February 9, 1996.

6. The Modal Men of Mona's "Esther's Reel/The Tempest/The Floggin' Reel" (Traditional, arranged by O'Leary/Anderson/Ourceau/Layer) Recorded October 24, 1997. Patrick Ourceau: Fiddle, Chris Layer: flute, Eamon O'Leary: tenor banjo, Greg Anderson: bouzouki.

7. Kick at Heaven "You and You and You" (Jean Ganias) Recorded June 7, 1996. Jean Ganias: vocals and guitar, Steve Uhler: guitar.

8. Anne Hills "The Child Within" (Anne Hills) Recorded November 3, 1995. Featuring Bonnie O'Donnell on back-up vocals.

9. The Burns Sisters Band. "I Am a Patriot" (Steven Van Zandt/ Almo Music/Blue Midnight Music) Recorded October 6, 1995. Annie, Jeannie and Marie Burns: vocals, Rich DePaolo: guitar, Doug Robinson: bass, Eric Aceto: violin.

10. The Woods Tea Company "Reels Medley: Temperance Reel (Traditional), Clam Flats (Rusty Jacobs) Oyster River (Traditional)" Recorded May 10, 1996. Rusty Jacobs: guitar and pennywhistle, Mike Lussen: bodhran and guitar, Tom MacKenzie: hammered dulcimer.

11. Kick at Heaven "Kern County Fair" (Steve Uhler) Recorded June 7, 1996. Steve Uhler and Jean Ganias: vocals and guitars.

12. Doug Trotter "John Hardy" (Traditional) Recorded January 21, 1996 at The Chicory House Flatpicking Guitar Contest.

13. Martin Simpson "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" (Richard Thompson/ PUBCO) Recorded February 23, 1996.

14. Whirligig "Oira" (Traditional Finnish, arranged by Greg Anderson) /"Tolka Polka" (Donal Lunny/SPZ Music Inc.) Recorded March 21, 1997. Greg Anderson: bouzouki, Lisa Gutkin: fiddle, Paul Kovit: guitar, Matt Darriau: flute and soprano sax, Cillian Vallely: uilleann pipes, Lisa Moscatiello: percussion.

15. Amy and Jennie "The Coat" (Amy Torchia) Recorded December 8, 1996.

16. Harmonious Wail "Emmett's Tune" (Sims Delaney-Potthoff) Recorded September 27, 1996. Sims Delaney-Potthoff: mandolin, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff: percussion, Henry Boehm: standup bass, Doug Brown: guitar.

17. Woods Tea Company "Lazy" (Tom MacKenzie) Recorded May 10, 1996. Mike Lussen: bodhran, Tom MacKenzie: banjo, Rusty Jacobs: guitar.

18. Ed Pall "Rain and a Little Thunder" (Ed Pall) Recorded June 7, 1996. Featuring Ed on harp guitar.

19. The Burns Sisters Band "Run to the Mountains" (Annie Burns/Peter Dodge/Annie Burns Music) Recorded October 6, 1995. Annie, Jeannie and Marie Burns: vocals, Rich DePaolo: guitar, Doug Robinson: bass, Eric Aceto: violin.

 

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