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Following is an annotated listing of recordings and books by Atwater~Donnelly.


 

Recordings By Atwater~Donnelly

THE WORLD IS OLD TONIGHT (2016)
It has taken Aubrey and Elwood nearly four years to record this current collection of Celtic and American folk songs. As is often the case, they represent our glory days with the late Jean Ritchie and other long-time friends, including Daniel Dutton. These are time-honored songs that we hope kindle ancestral, old-world remembrances of enchanted and sacred seasons in your own lives.

In addition to Aubrey's vocals, mountain dulcimer, banjo, guitar, tin whistle and feet, and Elwood's vocals, guitar, mountain dulcimer and harmonica, we wish to thanks the outstanding musicians who added boundless depth and grace to these songs: Cathy Clasper-Torch on Chinese erhu, violin, cello and vocals; John Cerrigione on bass; Uriah Donnelly on piano; Kevin Doyle on djembe and Torrin Ryan on uilleann pipes.

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01 The World Is Old Tonight/The Morning Dew (4:24)
02 Spanish Lady (5:27)
03 Saddle and Ride (2:42)
04 I’ve Got A Mother Gone To Glory (3:24)
05 The Jamestown Homeward Bound (3:20)
06 Beaver Creek (2:22)
07 Resignation (4:12)

08 Morning Come, Maria’s Gone (4:29)
09 Bold Riley (4:55)
10 Bonnie James Campbell (2:46)
11 Shule Aroon (4:34)
12 Will the Weaver (2:01)
13 Willie of Winsbury (6:34)
14 I’ve Been A Foreign Lander (5:44)

EACH OTHER’S STORY (2011)
Here is an interesting blend of genre: a collection of original songs spanning 30 years in the careers of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, with a bonus track of a song Elwood wrote in 1966. Some were previously recorded, and on those we’ve added more instruments and voices.

Aubrey and Elwood’s early influences, as well as those grafted in during their 24 years of research and performing, are apparent here, and hopefully illustrate their depth of commitment to traditional American folk music.

We hope you will find some of your favorites, and some new ones to savor during your daily chores, travels and leisure time.

Thanks to all the fine musicians who added immeasurable depth and warmth to this recording, to whom Aubrey and Elwood are forever grateful: Cathy Clasper-Torch on violin, cello, piano and vocals; John Cerrigione on bass; Heidi Cerrigione on autoharp; Kevin Doyle on percussion; Paul Dube on accordion; Morgan Santos on cello; and Alex Krepkikh on harmonica and tambourine.

Also thank you to the musicians who were with us during the original recording of some of these songs: Everett Brown on piano accordion; Steve LaValley on djembe; Rick McKinney on mandolin; Cari Norris on guitar and vocals; and Lisa Schmitz on guitar and vocals.

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Each Other's Story (2011)

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01 Each Other’s Story (5:09)
02 I’m Too Busy (3:45)
03 Pity Undue (5:33)
04 Music Is My Lover (2:36)
05 Parting Words (3:31)
06 No Phone Calls In The Night (4:19)
07 We Go Together (3:48)
08 She Sits At Her Loom (3:40)
09 I Try To Say What’s On My Mind (2:21)
10 Oh, What Do We Know? (3:31)

11 S’il Vous Plaît (3:18)
12 Forgiveness (4:51)
13 When I Go To West Virginia (Coal Mine Owner’s Daughter)/Sally Ann (4:26)
14 In The Springtime (5:27)
15 Beginning With You (3:23)
16 The Melt (4:54)
17 Problem With Words (4:17)
18 Silver Foxes (3:39)
19 Quiet Sky (3:48)
Bonus: Our Generation (2:54) by The Lonely Things (1966)


THE WEAVER’S BONNY (2009)
Ever growing and expanding, award-winning vocal, instrumental, and dance artists Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly have outdone themselves again with this, their eleventh CD. Joined by their talented friends Cathy Clasper-Torch, Kevin Doyle, John and Heidi Cerrigione and son, Uriah Donnelly, you will hear compelling, emotionally-charged vocals accompanied by banjo, fiddle, guitar, mountain and hammered dulcimers, tin whistle, mandolin, cello, autoharp, piano, bass and percussion. Those who have followed Atwater~Donnelly over their 22-year career know that Aubrey and Elwood are constantly exploring the archives of American folk music and dance, and putting their own stamp on the tradition. Here is a stunning collection of cherished old songs, as well as two original songs by their dear friend Daniel Dutton, and some astonishing footwork by Aubrey and world-class dancer Kevin Doyle. Enjoy this dazzling journey into the musical world of our foreparents filled with love, longing, betrayal, separation, conflict, joy and triumph!

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01 Morning Song (3:55)
02 The Devil's Nine Questions (4:44)
03 Hangman's Reel (3:01)
04 Adieu, My Lovely Nancy (3:36)
05 Two Crows (3:33)
06 The Angel's Part (2:44)
07 Kevin Doyle's Hornpipe (2:04)
08 Anachie Gordon (9:28)

09 Thousand Mile Blues (5:03)
10 Gypsy Johnny (5:03)
11 Going to the West (5:10)
12 As I Roved Out (3:15)
13 The Wagoner's Lad (3:35)
14 See that My Grave is Kept Clean (5:07)
15 Kentucky Waltz (3:23)
16 Syncopate! (1:04)


THE WEAVER’S BONNY SONGBOOK (2009)
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THE HALFWAY GROUND (2007)
What do you call it when Atwater~Donnelly and five remarkable friends get together to play great old-time gospel? You call it Jerimoth Hill after the highest point in little Rhode Island, home of Elwood Donnelly and his wife Aubrey Atwater. With this, their tenth recording, Aubrey on mountain dulcimer, banjo and mandolin, and Elwood on lead vocals and guitar are joined by Cathy Clasper-Torch, fiddle and cello; Heidi Cerrigione, autoharp; John Cerrigione, bass; Uriah Donnelly, piano and lead guitar; and Kevin Doyle, percussion.

With The Halfway Ground, Elwood Donnelly — of Atwater~Donnelly — presents his long-awaited gospel album. This endeavor summarizes years of research throughout those hidden pockets of America where music, as an integral part of daily life, weaves an emotional thread through work and play, commitment and faith, endurance and hope, struggle and peace. The Halfway Ground, where the hereafter is ever-present in conversation and song, and greener pastures are a simple assurance.

The result is the glorious five-part harmony of Jerimoth Hill. So, breathe deeply as these songs meander their way through your discerning ear and into your heart to meet your spirit on The Halfway Ground.

 

The Halfway Ground (2007)


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01 Going Up Home (5:08)
02 I’m Workin' On A Building (3:32)
03 A Mother's Last Words (4:46)
04 It Just Suits Me (5:32)
05 A Soul Like Me (5:14)
06 There's No Hiding Place (3:45)

07 To The River Of Jordan (2:41)
08 Who Will Sing For Me (4:04)
09 Going Down The Valley One By One (5:34)
10 Your Lone Journey (3:09)
11 Sow 'Em On The Mountain (3:21)
12 Our Meeting Is Over (3:29)


THE HALFWAY GROUND SONGBOOK (2007)
This companion  songbook contains musical notation, chords and lyrics for all twelve songs on Jerimoth Hill's The Halfway Ground.

 

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WHEN WINTER CALLS (2005)
Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly are again full of surprises in their ninth CD as they explore traditional American and Celtic folk music with a winter holiday theme. Recorded live in December 2004 at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, this beautifully recorded concert is filled with deeply rooted songs of winter, travel, longing, worship, rest, light, and celebration. Gorgeous, seasoned voices blend with skillful instrumentation on mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, harmonica, tin whistle, feet, limberjacks, and spoons. Happy holidays!

 

When Winter Calls (2005)

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01 Introduction (:53)
02 A-Roving on a Winter's Night (3:44)
03 Wintergrace (3:15)
04 Brightest and Best (5:49)
05 The Truth Sent From Above (2:19)
06 Winter Solstice (3:49)
07 Imagine Peace (3:16)
08 The Holly and the Ivy (2:09)
09 Cold Frosty Morning/Growlin' Old Man, Growlin' Old Woman (3:49)

10 Coventry Carol (1:43)
11 Carol of the Cherry Tree (3:15)
12 Wild (1:46)
13 Wild December (1:10)
14 Christ Was Born in Bethlehem (5:44)
15 Christmas Is A-Comin' (2:35)
16 Last Month of the Year (3:02)
17 Children Go Where I Send Thee (6:32)
18 Three Little Drummers From Africa (2:49)


THE BLACKEST CROW (2004)
The  Blackest Crow is a treasury of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, as well as original pieces. Enjoy their resplendent vocals and thoughtful presentation, played on guitar, mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, mandolin, fiddle, piano, harmonica, bones, bodhran, wooden spoons, and feet.

In their ongoing quest as gatekeepers of traditional folk music and dance, Aubrey and Elwood treat their life's work as a rescue mission: finding old songs, writing new songs, and as always, giving voice to the quiet. The songs were collected during many years of performing throughout Appalachia, as well as other places in the United States where traditional folk music still melds with daily life.

 

The Blackest Crow (2004)

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01 The Road to Drumleman (4:13)
02 Soldier's Round (4:10)
03 The Blackest Crow (4:45)
04 One Day I Will (3:26)
05 Oh, What Do We Know? (3:35)
06 Single Girl, Married Girl (4:13)

07 John Stinson's #2/Scotland the Brave/River of Jordan (4:36)
08 Song of the Cowboys (4:26)
09 She Sits at Her Loom (3:41)
10 Sweet Fern (4:13)
11 Quiet Sky (3:43)
12 Fare Thee Well (3:28)


AND THEN I’M GOING HOME: ATWATER-DONNELLY LIVE (2001)
A wonderfully engaging live recording of mostly traditional songs performed by Atwater~Donnelly on stage in the intimate coffeehouses where they have, to this point, performed for nearly fourteen years. Hear the beauty and emotion of their well-matched voices as well as their unique instrumentation on mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, tin whistle, harmonica and bodhran. Their ease, warmth, and humor are well-conveyed on this, their seventh recording, as they present American and Celtic folk music, stories, and poems, unearthed through many years of research and performing. The seventeen cuts include gospel, ballads, stories, poems and one instrumental. Sit back, relax and enjoy this feast!

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And Then I'm Going Home (2001)

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01 Bright Morning Stars (5:01)
02 Prodigal Son (10:07)
03 Two Sisters (4:13)
04 The Devil and the Farmer's Wife (1:03)
05 Uncle Boo Boo Story #1 (4:19)
06 Angel Band (1:41)
07 Laundry (6:19)
08 Drowned Lovers (3:15)
09 The Scotsman (2:52)

10 Imagine Peace (4:45)
11 Four Marys (3:13)
12 Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn (2:37)
13 Uncle Boo Boo Story #2
14 Going Up Home (4:31)
15 Sign (1:26)
16 Lord Franklin (4:31)
17 We'll Camp a Little While in the Wilderness (4:16)


WHERE THE WILD BIRDS DO WHISTLE (1997)
A collection of Appalachian, Celtic, and original work. This album is dedicated to Elwood's mother, Catherine, who died on January 6, 1997.
 

Where The Wild Birds Do Whistle (1997)

 

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01 Pretty Saro (3:56)
02 When I Go to West Virginia (4:29) -- Aubrey Atwater
03 Pity Undue (5:32) -- Elwood Donnelly
04 Red Rocking Chair (3:02)
05 Dabbling in the Dew (3:38)
06 These Woods (1:01) -- Aubrey Atwater *
07 Blind Fiddler (3:23)
08 Johnny Be Fair (2:38)

09 Hey Ho Nobody Home/Ah, Poor Bird/Rose, Rose (2:13) -- Traditional Round
10 My Little Doney Gal (2:52)
11 Again (1:06) -- Aubrey Atwater *
12 Forgiveness (4:40) -- Elwood Donnelly
13 The Rolling Of the Stones (3:22)
14 Love Is Little (2:16)
15 No Phone Calls In the Night (4:17)
16 Catherine’s Reel (1:04)

* “These Woods” and "Again" are two of Aubrey's poems set to music. Both of them were included in "Be Careful, Don't Walk Barefoot On My Kitchen Floor."


LIKE THE WILLOW TREE (1994)
A mix of traditional and original songs, released in April 1994. It also features contributing musicians Everett Brown, Noah Donnelly, Susan Hurley-Glowa, Steve LaValley, and Travis J. White.

Like The Willow Tree (1994)

 

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01 Angel Gabriel (4:20)
02 Problem With Words (4:16) -- Elwood Donnelly
03 Love and Freedom (2:37) -- Mary Brooksbank
04 Kilkelly (7:10) --Peter and Steve Jones
This is the most requested song that Aubrey and Elwood have sung over the years. It is a poignant song about the separation of Irish family members in the 19th century, told as a series of real letters (found in an attic in Baltimore) over 32 years.
05 Kinlock of Kinlock (2:02) (instrumental)
06 Willow Tree (3:15)
07 Fighting for Strangers/Johnny, I Hardly Knew You (2:39)
"Johnny" is set to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again". A rather different picture of a return home.

08 Omie Wise (2:58)
This ballad is based on the murder of Naomi Wise in Randolph County, NC in 1808.
09 Star of The County Down (7:44)
10 My Love (3:28)
11 Beginning with You (3:26) -- Elwood Donnelly
Peace will come later, at best
Find yourself comfort and rest for a while
As you empty your pockets again with a smile
With hope that you'll manage to win the world over
Believing in miracles time and again ...

12 Train on the Island (4:47)


CULLED FROM THE GARDEN (1991)
Traditional Irish, English, and Scottish songs. The duo's second album, released in April 1991. The album was dedicated to David Dodd, 1932-1991 (Aubrey's stepfather), with special thanks and love to Nina Dodd (Aubrey's mother). It also includes Noah Donnelly on bodhran and Uriah Donnelly on bones and snare drum.

Culled From The Garden (1991)

 

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01 One Morning In May (3:28)
02 Curragh of Kildare (4:00)
03 A Maid In Bedlam (4:39)
04 Early One Morning (1:58)
05 I'll Tell Me Ma (3:25)
06 Arthur McBride (5:27)
07 Simple Gifts (1:18)

08 One More Day (2:20)
09 John Barleycorn (3:59)
10 Daughters and Sons (5:40) -- Tommy Sands, Elm Grove Music
11 Ballydesmond Polka (1:43) (instrumental)
12 Bogie's Bonnie Bell (4:21)
13 Winter Solstice (3:36) -- lyrics by Steve Bardsley
14 Parting Glass (4:09)


LABOR AND LOVE (1988)
Traditional Irish, English, and Scottish songs. Atwater~Donnelly's first album, released in the fall of 1988.

Labor and Love (1988)

 

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01 A Calling-On Song (1:08) -- Tyger Hutchings
This was the first song Aubrey and Elwood performed together, as an introduction for another performance, the group Melusine, at Stone Soup Coffeehouse in 1987.
02 Broom Of The Cowdenknowes (3:49)
03 Donkey Riding (2:35)
A "donkey" is a piece of equipment on ships -- the song makes more sense once you know that.
04 John Barleycorn (5:10)

05 Sonny's Dream (3:07) -- Ron Hynes
06 The King (1:06) -- Steeleye Span
07 Spanish Cloak (2:53)
08 We Rigged Our Ships (1:32) -- Cindy Kallet
09 Farewell, Farewell (2:12) -- Richard Thompson
Aubrey also sings "Willie O'Winsbury" to this same tune.
10 Three Little Drummers (1:48) -- The Beers Family
11 County Leitrim Queen (3:38)
12 Parting Friends (2:12) -- Sacred Harp Tradition


Recordings By Aubrey Atwater

DAILY GROWING: AUBREY ATWATER LIVE IN THE CLASSROOM (1999)
Especially for Kids!  Solo recording of traditional songs sung by Aubrey Atwater in England with school children. This is a live project performed solo by Aubrey Atwater during a six-day residency in schools in London, England. Aubrey is accompanied by singing children on many of the cuts of traditional American and Celtic folk songs which will appeal to all ages, including adults. Instruments include mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo. This delightful recording is educational and full of humor.

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Daily Growing: Aubrey Atwater Live in the Classroom (1999)

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01 Groundhog (3:04)
02 Froggie Went A-Courtin’ (3:56)
03 Five Hundred Miles (2:19)
04 The Fox (3:40)
05 The Trees They Do Grow High (4:04)
06 The Riddle Song (2:23)
07 The Golden Vanity (4:04)
08 The Golden Glove (5:01)

09 Shule Aroon (5:51)
10 One I Love (4:55)
11 I Wonder When I Shall Be Married (2:16)
12 Old Joe Clark/Red Haired Boy/Cripple Creek (3:36)
13 When I Was a Fair Maid (4:09)
14 Skin and Bones (3:31)
15 Granny, Will Your Dog Bite? (3:05)


SIMPLE SENTENCES (1992)
Solo recording of original songs by Aubrey Atwater. An album of original works by Aubrey, released in May 1992. She dedicated it to the students and staff of Dorcas Place Parent Literacy Center in Providence, RI, where she worked at the time.

Simple Sentences (1992)

 

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01 Look at Me Now (4:00)
02 Silver Foxes (3:40)
03 Birthday Song (4:00)
04 S'il Vous Plait (3:16)
05 Give the Woman Jewels (2:22)
06 Robert (3:24)
07 Wide Horizon (3:30)
08 Vast River (3:23)
09 Maria (3:00)

10 Take Me (2:33)
11 The Melt (4:50)
12 In the Springtime (5:24)
This song is about Aubrey's (at the time) 90-year-old grandmother, and the changes she had seen in her life. Many of the lines are direct quotes.
13 Let My Life (2:46)
14 Music is My Lover (2:31)


Poetry By Aubrey Atwater

DON’T BOTHER THE PHOEBE (1999)
Collection of 52 poems by Aubrey Atwater.
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BE CAREFUL, DON’T WALK BAREFOOT ON MY KITCHEN FLOOR (1995)
Collection of 96 poems by Aubrey Atwater.
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Songbook By Aubrey Atwater

SONG BY SONG (2001)
130-page songbook compiled and written by Aubrey Atwater.

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Song By Song (2001)


Books By Elwood Donnelly

SUCH SINGING YOU WILL HEAR (2014)
35 Songs of the Carter Family for Mountain Dulcimer, Backup & Voice

After many years of reading and studying Carter Family memorabilia, as well as listening to and practicing most of their recordings, Elwood has compiled 35 of the 300 songs recorded by A.P., Sara and Maybelle into a book of instructions and notes for mountain dulcimer, backup and voice.

With all our travels and experiences, it was inevitable that we would come across the songs of the Carter Family, a country music group from Maces Spring, VA—on Clinch Mountain—made up of Alvin Pleasants (A.P.) Carter, his wife Sara, and her cousin Maybelle Addington. Their skillful playing and close-harmony singing made them a huge commercial success beginning in 1927, right through the Depression and into the early 1940s. Their songs, and Maybelle's guitar-picking technique, have bewitched music fans and players ever since.

We have taken great pains to put the notes down as we heard them, rather than what's in our heads from so many other artists who have sung and/or recorded songs of The Original Carter Family. We believe you will find these versions to be very close to the original recordings.

These songs represent not only The Carter Family, but the spirits of their first audiences, many of whom have passed—“ordinary,” hard-working people who were less documented. We hear the voices of struggle, love, work, joy, hardship, betrayal and bravery.

It is my joyful obligation to pass them on to you.
Elwood

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Such Singing You Will Hear (2014)


A PLACE AT THE TABLE (2012)
A personal collection of recipes and missives.

The recipes are a combination of ones I remember from my Italian mother and aunts, my own adaptions, and those from friends along the way; as well as canning recipes that I use every year.

The missives are pieces I've written over the years, many of which were included in the Atwater~Donnelly performance calendar until we shifted to e-mail.

My wish is that you'll spend valuable time in the kitchen with friends and family, and also that you might find the missives personal and comparable to your own experiences.

Happy cooking!
Elwood

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A Place at the Table (2012)


Musical Instruments

LIMBERJACK
Jig dolls, or limberjacks,
are traditional wooden 'toy' dolls with loose limbs that step dance or 'jig' on the end of a vibrating board or platform in imitation of a real step dancer. Originating in Europe several hundred years ago, they were carried to America by settlers who enjoyed hand-carved toys for their families’ amusement. Older versions dating back to the 16th century were known as Poupées à la Planchette or Marionettes à la Planchette. These puppets, operated by a horizontal string attached to the musician's leg, 'danced' on a board on the ground as the musician tapped his or her foot. They were, and still are, popular street entertainment throughout Europe.

Limberjacks continue to delight new generations with sprightly dance and tapping feet, and develop a child’s sense of rhythm and coordination. They are used in school rhythm bands, social studies courses, and story sessions.

These limberjacks are handcrafted in Vermont of solid native hardwood — a classic toy with an appeal to the child in us at any age.

Choose walnut (darker) or cherry (reddish) wood.

WALNUT LIMBERJACK
LJ-01W
$20.00 plus shipping

 

CHERRY LIMBERJACK
LJ-01C
$20.00 plus shipping

 

Limberjack


 

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SHIPPING
Most orders are filled and shipped within 48 hours of receipt.

Some items may be temporarily out of stock. We will ship these items soon as possible at no additional shipping charge. We'll drop a note if there is to be any delay on your order. We ship via UPS or US Priority Mail.

RETURNS/EXCHANGES
We want you to be happy with our products. If an item is defective, you may return it within 30 days for an exchange, credit, or refund. Shipping charges or costs are not refundable.

DAMAGE IN TRANSIT
Although we pack every item carefully as possible, occasionally an item may arrive damaged. If that happens, please retain all original packing material and notify us within 10 days of receipt.

Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly thank you for your order. If you have any questions, you can contact us at:

(401) 392-1909
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