Here’s our current choice for track order and just a little bit about the songs on the album.
1. Shiver into Spark
This song helped Peter place as a finalist in two song competitions. As title track it helps set the tone for the whole album, it’s about the spark that lies hidden in cold ashes.
2. Farewell to Ireland
This is a traditional tune from Scotland. We were first introduced to it by Kate MacLeod when Peter was accompanying her for a short set. We fell in love with it and decided to do our own arrangement. True to form, we couldn’t stay quite in one genre as a little bit of very American funk crept into our version.
3. Hard Times
Peter first learned this tune from his father, a folksinger, who in turn had learned it from the singing of Rosalie Sorrels. Peter’s father used to perform a Utah specific version of the tune which referenced the Mormon pioneer’s sufferings while crossing the plains but we decided for this project to use Stephen Foster’s original lyrics as they speak eloquently to the economic hardship so many in our world currently face.
4. Nine Hundred Miles
We first learned this tune from the singing of Odetta. It speaks of the pain of someone far from home, and perhaps far from the person they want to be. It also features the unique instrumental pairing of Viola and Long Neck Banjo. I guess you could call it our “low lonesome sound.”
5. Ashokan Farewell
One of our favorite fiddle tunes ever worked into both a mellow fiddle solo and sparkling mandolin instrumental.
6. Meadow Green
This is our arrangement of a little known folk song about one of the greatest tragedies in Utah history.
7. Devil’s Boots
An original tune about overcoming anxiety (yes… Peter was QUITE shy once upon a time). This song took first place in the Suzanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase in 2011.
8. Getting Past the Barking
Another original song about finding love in the most unlikely places.
9. Fisher’s Hornpipe
Peter’s version of this traditional tune on solo mandolin.
10. Hi Diddle Di
Some of the people we admire most are living one day at a time. This song is for them.
11. Take the Climb
We wrote this song in memory of Tyler Clementi, who tragically took his own life after an instance of cyber bullying.
12. Morning Has Broken
OK… Here we can brag, our own beautiful daughters “The Three Muses” sang this one. We’re pretty sure you’ll love it. We released a preview of this track on Youtube, come have a listen!
13. Old Joe Clark
Mary plays this traditional tune on solo fiddle as only she can.
14. Sister San Rafael
The first time we heard Utah Slim sing this song about one of our favorite places in the world we knew we wanted to do a cover of it. Slim’s song went on to win the 2011 NewSongs Showcase at the Walnut Valley festival in Winfield, Kansas where he invited us to perform it with him.
15. The Times They Are A Changin
Our version of a Dylan tune we really, really love.
The album should be printed and ready to ship by the end of August. We’re taking orders now and offering free shipping for anyone who orders in the next month! We’ll be having a couple of events to celebrate the album’s release and are hoping to have a CD release concert down in the beauty of the San Rafael swell in late September. We’ll post details as they develop. In the meantime you can listen to the two tracks we’ve posted on Youtube or drop in to hear us in concert!