The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Saturday August 26, 2006
Getting to know a few from Sing Out's Fall 2006 Issue

 Charlie King and Karen Brandow -

Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA. muscially and politically influenced bey the 1960's, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.  His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie... Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"

Karen was born in 1954 in Philadelphia, PA.  and has been performing with Charlie since 1998.  She worked for human rights in Guatemala She performed at political and cultural events in that country as a soloist and was a founding member of the a cappella singing group, the Non-Traditional Imports. She performs songs in English and Spanish.

1 Charlie King and Karen Brandow - Trying to Find a Way Home 433
On the Journey -

Their central vision as entertainers is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. "We try to cover a broad emotional landscape in our concerts. The stories we collect and the songs we write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What we most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light."

2 Charlie King and Karen Brandow - (Seeger)  Waist Deep in the Big Muddy 254
On the Journey -

3 Charlie King and Karen Brandow - (w/McCutcheon) Growing Up and Slowing Down 248
On the Journey - Vaguely Reminiscent Sounds -

Lui Collins -

Lui Collins was born in Barre, Vermont and began to play her first gigs in the early Seventies, while she was a student at the University of Connecticut. In the mid-Seventies, Collins began to tour as part of a duo with a young folk singer named Horace Williams, Jr. They played a regular circuit around the best of New England's many folk clubs, and gained much respect for the sense of style and humor they brought to the burgeoning folk community.

4. Lui Collins - Someone to Come Home to 630
Closer - Waterbug

5. Lui Collins - Gone but not Forgotten
Closer - Waterbug

Darryl Purpose -

Lured as a teenager to the world of casino gambling, becoming one of the best blackjack players in the world by his mid twenties. In his late twenties, he joined up with the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament - an eight and a half month peace walk from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.  Purpose moved into music fulltime in 1996.  This year was the 20th anniversary of the  Great Peace March, and to commemorate the event and to promote the release of Darryl Purpose's DVD and CD Live at Coalesce, the Coalesce Bike Tour commenced on April 23rd, 2006 in Santa Monica, CA and finished on June 24th, 2006 near Washington D.C. at a 20th anniversary reunion of the original event.  “America’s most original narrative story-teller since Harry Chapin” —“Q” Magazine, February 2001

6. Darryl Purpose w/Julie Beaver - Singer Songwriter Heaven 530
Coalesce -

 7. Darryl Purpose w/Julie Beaver - Mr. Schwinn
Coalesce -

8. Darryl Purpose w/Julie Beaver - Intro and Dangerous Game
Coalesce -

John Flynn -

"One of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is that Hope has two beautiful daughters," he says. "I used to feel that I didn't have the authority or validity or credibility, whatever you want to call it, to act on my convictions," he says. "But then I heard Arlo Guthrie (Flynn joined Guthrie on his 2005 City of New Orleans Train Tour to benefit Katrina victims) say, ‘You don't have to be right. You just have to be honest with yourself, and what's right and wrong will sort itself out.' That helped me put things in better balance, and I think you can hear that on Two Wolves."   ~To write a new song you must become a new person.-JMF

9. John Flynn - Trust the Rope

10. John Flynn - Theres No THem There 430

11. Pleasures of the Harbour

Wailing Jennies

"I have a sense that this album is going to launch us on a very exciting journey," muses Annabelle Chvostek, the newest member of The Wailin' Jennys. With an eagerness built over months of touring and recording, Chvostek and bandmates Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody are releasing their much-anticipated second CD, aptly titled Firecracker. Each girl contriubutes four originals.

The follow-up to 40 Days (2005 Juno Award winner in the 'best roots/traditional album (group)' category), marks a giant step forward for the band, whose humble beginnings in a Winnipeg guitar shop belie the Jennys' current continent-spanning tour schedule. Recent tours to Australia, the UK, and the US were buoyed by rave reviews and new fans wherever they performed, while recent appearances on the widely broadcast NPR radio show 'A Prairie Home Companion' with Garrison Keillor have also helped the group's burgeoning international reputation.

12. Wailing Jennies - Long Time Travelin 210
Devils Paintberush Road 347

13. Wailing Jennies - Devil's Paintbrush Road
Devils Paintberush Road 347

14.  Wailing Jennies - Avilla
Devils Paintberush Road 347

johnsmith -

Johnsmith was born in Dewitt, Iowa, where he shared his small town mid-western life (and house) with his two parents, and nine brothers and sisters. The experience of growing up in such a large family nurtured within him a keen awareness of the value of community, and, at the same time, the absolute necessity of solitude. Johnsmith commented recently, "Everybody would go out to play sometimes, and I would go sit in the rocking chair and just make up songs and sing them." What he didn't know then is that those days would be the beginning of a lifelong journey. For the past twenty years Johsmith has been sharing his music with audiences all across the United States, and abroad. Driving some 50,000 miles to play over 150 dates each year. He is just back from a tour of Ireland with fans of his music travelling along.

15. JohnSmith - Back to the Mystery  514
Break Me Open - Blue Pine

16. JohnSmith - Pothole Season 320
Break Me Open - Blue Pine

Steve Gilette and Cindy Mangsen -

Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded Darcy Farrow in 1966, Steve's songs have been sung by dozens of major artists including Garth Brooks, John Denver, Nanci Griffith, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Spanky and Our Gang, Don Williams, and Tammy Wynette. Since their marriage in 1989, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been traveling, performing and recording together.

Steve Gilette and Cindy Mangsen -
Cindy's first album, Long Time Traveling,  was released in 1983 and was recorded live to two-track, and featured guests Anne Hills, Jan Burda and Fred Campeau. It was chosen one of the Top Folk Albums of the Year by the Chicago Reader and recently reissued on Compass Rose Music. Cindy has appearanced on All Things Considered (NPR), Mountain age (WV Public Radio), The Folk Heritage (WGBH, Boston),The Hudson River Sampler (WAMC, Albany), and the public television series In the Tradition.

17 Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen - berryman - Odd Man Out 334
Being There - Compass Rose

18 Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen -  (Rudyard Kipling / Cindy Mangsen) The Road Through the Woods
Being There - Compass Rose

19 Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen - Mr. O’Reilly
Being There - Compass Rose

Dar Williams -

Lyrically MY BETTER SELF is a political album, in the most personal way. It combines songs of love and hate with tales that illustrate some of the many social and environmental issues that Dar Williams holds dear to her heart. "I'm thinking about where we are right now in history," Williams says."The other common theme to this record is that the songs all put stuff I find important out on the table. Less metaphor and more me. As to the album's name," she goes on, "it's best illustrated by the image on the cover, that your better self is not always the one you plan out or even motivate yourself to be."

20. Dar Williams - Empire
My Better Self - Razor and Tie

Ron Hynes -
Widely acknowledged as one of Canada's premiere singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes was born in St. John's and raised in Ferryland on the southern shore of Newfoundland, Canada. Ron's moonlight career as an actor has resulted in two principle theatre roles, as Newfoundland songwriter Johnny Burke in The Bard Of Prescott Street, and as country legend Hank Williams in Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave.

21. Ron Hynes - Carry This Cross
Ron Hynes - Borealis

Yellow Room Gang -
David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Michael Hough, David Tamulevich, Matt Watroba, and Jan Krist all gather in David Tamulevich's yellow living room to share songs and dinner weekly.

22 Jan Krist - All I Can Change 418
Yellow Room gang - Yellow Room Records -

23. Cathy FInk and Marcy Marxer - It oNly Takes a Minute 102
Scat Like That - ROunder

24. Mark Errelli - Imaginary Wars
Hope and Otehr Casualties - signature sounds

25. Heidi Muller and Bob Wibb - Snowdrops
Seeing things -

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