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Hear Harp Lullaby Played on a Lever Harp

mp3 download Serenity, by Nicolas Carter Nicolas Carter received a Jerome Foundation grant to write and record an album in the in the beautiful Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. So he brought a bunch of Musicmakers’ harps and some recording equipment and went to work. The result is Serenity, one of the loveliest harp CDs we offer. … Continue reading Hear Harp Lullaby Played on a Lever Harp

Dr. Bobbinhead

mp3 download Instruments – banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonium You never know where inspiration will come from. In this case, it came from a small toy. Just watching the big, blue, smiling face rock gently back and forth I thought it might be fun to play along. So I grabbed my banjo and this melody came … Continue reading Dr. Bobbinhead

The Traveller’s Charm

mp3 download Instruments – Kantele I was just beginning to think about what kind of tune I might post here this month when this lovely melody showed up in our email. This recording is from Angela Purll, to whom we sent a Kantele. She composed this melody as she was tuning the instrument for the … Continue reading The Traveller’s Charm

Mackinaw Wool

mp3 download Instruments – Mandolin, Mandola, Ocatve Mandolin, Mandocello I was tuning the instruments in our showroom and noticed that we had the entire mandolin family (mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, and mandocello). I thought it might be fun to record a track using all four instruments and Mackinaw Wool is the result. You may be … Continue reading Mackinaw Wool

The Snow Lay on the Ground

mp3 download Instruments – Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Banjo, keyboard, and piano It’s after Thanksgiving so let the Christmas Music play! Here’s a track from my 2004 Christmas with The Homers album. This disc is on permanent rotation at my house during the month of December along with A Charlie Brown Christmas (Vince Guaraldi Trio), The … Continue reading The Snow Lay on the Ground

Governor’s Square

mp3 download Instruments – Fiddle, guitar, harmonium, bass This is a tune learned from an old recording of Leonard Finseth.  I recorded this tune to help start a Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Kickstarter Project.  Mike Sawyer, a local musician and dear friend, is assembling a band to perform and record the music of some great old-time … Continue reading Governor’s Square

Red Prairie Dawn

mp3 download Instruments – Fretless Mountain Banjo, nylgut strings (gDGBD) The origin of most old-time fiddle tunes is simply not known.  These melodies have been played by generations of fiddlers going back as far as one can remember, and often even further.  Not so with this tune.  We know without a doubt who wrote this … Continue reading Red Prairie Dawn

Speed the Plough

mp3 download Instruments – Mountain Banjo, steel strings I learned this tune from Sam Timmreck, a local coffee delivery guy, old-time musician, and clogger extraordinaire. He learned it from Lee Guthrie, a local bow-maker. Lee couldn’t remember where he learned it and he also couldn’t remember the name. (It is possible that he has just … Continue reading Speed the Plough

Sifferskrifty

mp3 download Instruments – Psalmodikon I needed to record a sample of our Psalmodikon and this is what I came up with. I think I overdubbed 5 tracks, all psalmodikon, some bowed and some plucked. It gives you a good sense of how this unique instrument sounds.  The title comes from the numbering system used … Continue reading Sifferskrifty

Get up in the Morning

mp3 download Instruments – Banjo tuned aDADE Guitar Mandolin Bass Harmonium Get up in the Morning is an old minstrel tune as far as I can tell. I learned the tune from Adam Kiesling’s wonderful CD – Unclouded Day and he apparently got the tune from Bugs Bunny, whatever that means.  Adam’s version is just … Continue reading Get up in the Morning

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