ADVANCE NOTICE OF "FAREWELL TO NAUVOO"
The newest FiddleSticks CD is in final production, and will be available in a few weeks.
It will be called "Farewell to Nauvoo" and yes, it is a kind of sequel to our album "Return to Nauvoo" -- only with a twist. We've teamed up with our friend and fellow musician Lisa Arrington, and so this recording will be FiddleSticks-Plus!
We've subtitled the album "Hymns and Songs of the Mormon Pioneers." The album has some great old Mormon tunes like "O My Father," "Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief," "This Earth Was Once a Garden Place," and "The Handcart Song." Plus some lesser know Mormon songs like "Lonesome Roving Wolves" and "The Unknown Grave," together with some lovely but largely forgotten old hymns of the time of the pioneers, like "Now My Dear Companions," "There is a Land of Pleasure," and "Love is Little." Not to mention a couple of new songs written by Katie and Liz, and some old-time instrumental tunes of the period just to liven things up. Of course, it's all done with the FiddleSticks fusion of old-time, Celtic, classical, and blugrass -- and in our humble opinion it's sounding pretty nice.
And there will be a special bonus: we found an archival recording of an actual handcart pioneer singing the original handcart song. That alone is reason enough to get the album!!
We'll let you know as soon as it goes to press, so you can get your advance orders in -- we'll certainly offer a pre-release order deal, so stay tuned.
OTHER FIDDLESTICKS UPDATES
Some of the work on this CD has been done long-distance since FiddleSticks is "far-flung" this summer. Becca and her husband Matt just moved to Hawaii, lucky them! Katie is enjoying her mission in Durban, South Africa. Liz is touring with a folk ensemble group from BYU to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and then Canada. So things are relatively quiet around here with just Xanny (almost 4) and Zina (almost 2). (Pictures at http://www.fiddle-sticks.com/FSGallery.html) But we'll be back performing in August, so keep those wedding gigs and performance requests coming!
DID WE MENTION AMPERSAND IS GETTING RAVE REVIEWS??
Liz taught some workshops at a cello convention in Sacramento last week. She took a box of the new "Ampersand" CD, and after hearing her performances, everybody had to have one. New Directions Cello peformers agree: "Ampersand" is a must-have! Plus, just because we so love our friends on our FiddleSticks Newsletter List, we're still offering a FREE extra Ampersand disk (for your car, computer, or friend) with each Ampersand CD ordered via mail order, Paypal, or our website. For mail order, send to FiddleSticks, 647 N 1280 E, Orem UT 84097 USA. For Paypal, use the address mdavisx@.... For online purchases, go to www.fiddle-sticks.com. (Just be sure to send an extra email to mdavisx@... to let us know you want the freebie).
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