New CD Release – Up Hurricane Creek

Bob and I are excited – our latest project is on its way to us right now! Up Hurricane Creek is our first songwriting-based CD in eleven years. We released Seeing Things in 2005 with original songs and traditional tunes. In 2011, we made the winter song and holiday CD Light the Winter’s Dark, that had a little bit of original material, several Appalachian carols and some cover songs. Then in 2013, we recorded Dulcimer Moon, with more instrumental music and fewer vocals, and a couple of originals, but all songs and tunes4PAN1T had the mountain dulcimer in common.
So we are thrilled to release a CD with eleven of my own songs written over the past few years, plus the Loudendale mandolin instrumental that Bob instigated… and two songs from our dearly departed songwriter friend, TR Ritchie. We had some fantastic guest musicians helping us out in the studio: David Vallelunga (Chico, CA) on accordion, Mark Eubanks (Enterprise, OR) on bassoon and contrabassoon, Caleb Samples (Joseph, OR) on fiddle, Matt Bell (New Orleans) on swing rhythm guitar, Roger McGee (Enterprise, OR) o
n Native American flute, and William Pint & Felicia Dale (Marysville, WA) on hurdy gurdy, uke and vocals. Other wonderful vocalists on the project included Tracy Spring (Bellingham, WA), Sharon Porter (La Grande, OR), Janis Carper (Enterprise, OR) and Carolyn Lochert (Lostine, OR).

The CD features songs of place and story songs, moon songs and songs about ticks and hummingbirds. There’s the gripping story of Helga Estby, who walked across the US in 1896 in
the hopes of saving her family farm. There are songs about our Wallowa County home and a song to travel home by. Three tracks are new, improved versions of the ones I contributed to the Songs From the End of the Road compilation CD: In Wallowa, Traveler, and Keep an Eye on the Moon. For the entire list, find Up Hurricane Creek on our Books & CDs page. Lyrics and notes appear on their own page (see list on home page). Check out the Listen tab on the home page for a couple of new songs you can preview.

Bob did a great job on all the recording, mixing and mastering, with the exception of Pint & Dale’s tracks recorded at David Lange Studios in Edgewood, WA. Cover photography was shot by Ellen Morris Bishop, showcasing the beautiful scenery of the Wallowa Mountains and Hurricane Creek itself. Bob’s photo of a winter moonrise graces the inside panel. Graphic design was ably done once again by Janis Carper. CDs are available by mail order and at all of our concerts.

CD Release Concert, Palouse Unitarian, Moscow, ID – Sat., Nov. 12

Come out for our “Up Hurricane Creek” CD Release Concert on Saturday night, Nov. 12 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of the Palouse, 420 E. Second St, in Moscow, ID! We’ll also be staying over to play service music on Sunday morning, with at least one choir arrangement taken from our songs. For info, please visit www.palouseuu.com.

CD Release Concert, Pasco, WA – Sat., November 19, 2016

We’re happy to be back in Tri-Cities for a CD release concert for our new album, Up Hurricane Creek, on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Church in Pasco. It’s sponsored by the 3 Rivers Folklife Society and tickets are available in advance at the Bookworm and Octopus’ Garden. We’ll be bringing a whole collection of new songs and a few old favorites with guitars, dulcimers, mandolin and electric cello. For tickets and info, please see www.3rfs.org.

Up Hurricane Creek CD Release Concert, Thurs., Dec. 1, Joseph, OR

Our last Up Hurricane Creek CD release concert before the holidays will be on our home turf, at (where else?) the Hurricane Creek Grange, just a couple of miles west of Joseph, on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00. We’ll have some special guests with us who played or sang on the album, including Caleb Samples, Mark Eubanks, Janis Carper and Roger McGee! $10 at the door, and children 12 and under are free.

Wallowa Lake Lodge Christmas Program, Sat-Sun, Dec. 3-4, 2016

Bob and Heidi are honored to be asked to participate once again in this wonderful annual holiday program hosted by one of Wallowa County’s most popular residents, retired music teacher Gail Swart. A dozen or so performers will play both familiar and lesser-known holiday songs after dinner in the Lodge’s art deco-style dining room, plus there will be caroling and a bell choir, and piano music from Gail herself. Program starts at 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. It always sells out, so call the lodge soon to make reservations: 541-432-9821.

Holiday Concert at Josephy Center, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4:00, Joseph, OR

Bob and Heidi will be performing a few songs in the annual Christmas concert sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance and the Josephy Center, held at the Josephy Center on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4:00 pm. There will be many local musicians performing including some of our most popular musical families and  young fiddle students. It always fills to capacity, so come early for a good seat! Admission by donation, which benefits both the Music Alliance and the Josephy Center.

Melodies & Musings, Lake Guntersville, AL, Sept. 27-29, 2017

Heidi is pleased to return to this wonderful dulcimer event, themed “Our Appalachian Legacy,” hosted by the RSVP program at Lake Guntersville. Classes are offered in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for three days, with several instructors including Rob Brereton and Aubrey Atwater and others, plus there will be a staff concert on Friday night. For information, please see www.melodies-and-musings.com.

Road Scholar “Learn to Play Dulcimer” Class, Ripley, WV, Oct. 8-13, 2017

Heidi will be returning to Cedar Lakes Conference Center for her 12 year. This beginning dulcimer class will establish complete beginners in all the basics, and progress into how to play chords, read tablature, and use a range of techniques. There will be some exposure to elementary flatpicking and fingerpicking later in the week. Students will learn at least 20 songs and take home many handouts to practice on their own.

For info and registration, go to www.roadscholar.org.