Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, Irish flutes, whistles,
pan flute, harmonium, fiddle, string bass
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Total playing time: 63 min.
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Many and Great (Am. Indian)
Were You There (Afro-American Spiritual)
Aman Polka (Welch)
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Valse Frontenac (French-Canadian)
Banish Misfortune (Irish)
We Gather Together (Dutch)
Be Thou My Vision (Irish)
Young Henry's Wild Ride (Aldridge, BMI)
Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair (American)
Westphalia Waltz (Polish)
Annie Laurie (Scottish)
My Wife's a Wanton Wee Thing (Scottish)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach, German)
Theme from "Finlandia" (J. Sibelius, Finnish)
This recording features music from many ethnic groups who have
settled here in Michigan. The diversity of music included on this
recording gives the listener an enjoyable introduction to these ethnic groups.
The liner notes are an account of Michigan's history from its
beginning to present day. The contributions of each ethnic group are also mentioned
along with the background of the music representing them.
These selections are also featured in our
concert/assembly. This program documents Michigan's development from
the Ice Age to present. It is suitable for audiences from kindergarten to
This recording makes a wonderful gift for your
friends who have departed from our state for warmer climates.
It also makes a wonderful "house
gift" if you are traveling and visiting.
When Michigan celebrated its sesquicentennial in
1985, I decided to write a school assembly that combined its history and
music. For me, the music is one of the best ways to portray each of the
ethnic groups that have added to the composite of our state. See if your
heritage is represented here.
I enjoyed the diversity of selections on this recording. It was also quite
inspiring to work with the different musicians who joined us for this project.
Assisting on this recording was our dear
friend, Judy London, playing our antique harmonium. This instrument was
used as a portable field organ for the troops in WWI.
Fiddle music was very popular during the
early years of our state. Peggy Garriques-Cortelyou was kind enough to add
that authentic fiddle sound to our recording.
We couldn't play a danceable waltz without
the underpinning of a string bass. So Gerry Nelson also became a part of
Gerry also assisted on Collecting Consort
composer Roger Aldridge's Young Henry's Wild Ride which starts and ends
with a Model T making the rounds of your speakers.
The gentle essence of Michigan's nature as recorded by
the late A.B. (Pete) Church proceed several selections. They will magically transport
you into our Water Wonderland.
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