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Paradise 06:40
Find your own Paradise.
So pour me another round of gin! ...one for the outside, and one for the in. Shoo shoo shoo fly, don't you bother me.
I wish my breast were made of glass, where you could there behold You name emblazoned on my heart in letters made of gold.
yet sings, sings... knowing she has wings.
Tex was a hound dog, a stray with a limp. Had a big heart. spilled out of his eyes. Luta, was high-class, the queen of the county a wild heart, she did as she liked.
Magpie 04:50
MAGPIE © Emy Phelps, MyWindowFacesTheWest Music ASCAP Magpie sittin’ in a cottonwood tree Got your greedy eye on me Eye on me, oh got your eye on me All those treasures in your nest Can you tell me which one is the best? Is the best, oh, which one is the best The ring you gave me sparkled true But the love you gave me made me blue Made me blue oh, made me so blue. Sweet blue of the Morning Glory But the evening brings another story Evening brings another story There are things we cannot see Can’t see love or gravity. Can’t see love or gravity. They can both be tricky things They can pull you down or make you feel so free. Solos You took my love and you turned away And now you tell me it’s OK It’s OK? Oh, no it’s not OK! I threw my ring in the piney creek That magpie grabbed in its beak In its beak, oh, grabbed in its beak Oh fly on back to your cottonwood tree You go away and let me be Let me be, oh, let me be free Fiddle tune
And I'll eat my meals 3 times a day-- you bet your life, I will not be late. And I'll have lots of fun when all you people come-- 'cause I'm gonna take the tickets at the gate!
You will always be my Old Friend.
Darling, in this quiet time of day... watching as the moments slip away We are here, and find ourselves between Everything seen and unseen.


It's a collection of original and traditional songs by Emy Phelps, with Darol and some friends whom you know:
Bruce Molsky, Eugene Friesen, Natalie Haas, Duke Levine, Maeve Gilchrist, Sally Van Meter, Kai Welch, Ethan Jodziewicz, Grant Gordy, Lula Wiles, Aidan O'Donnell, Wes Corbett, Allison De Groot, Jacob Ransom, Neil Pearlman, and others.
Emy Phelps sang lead vocals on all cuts except While You Were Sleeping (it's an instrumental) and played guitar on very song except Angel Gabriel.
Darol played his octave mandolin on everything except The Blackest Crow, and 5-string fiddles on most everything except While You Were Sleeping and Pretty Bird. He also played other instruments where noted.

..."All Those Treasures In Your Nest; Can You Tell Me Which One Is The Best?"
That's a crucial line from Emy's original song "The Magpie", written on her life-changing residency at the famed UCross Artist Colony in rural Wyoming. It's hard to say what might be the "best" of this collection of songs by Emy Phelps, reaching across 2 decades of songwriting.

But the idea of family, love, attachment, separation, and many of the most important issues that humans face are front and center here, framed in a wide-ranging acoustic palette presided over by one of Acoustic String Music's most wizardly characters, Darol Anger. Darol contributes not only state-of-the-art pop fiddling, but numerous other memorable moments on such instruments as  Octave Mando-Uke, Left-handed Accordion, electric screwdriver, and Fuzz Octave Mandolin.

A truly monumental foundation is laid by two modern bass masters: the spectacular Edgar Meyer protege Ethan Jodziewicz, and the heir apparent to the great Danny Thompson's bass crown: fellow Scot Aidan O'Donnell. The orchestra surrounding and permeating these songs is a Who's Who of modern acoustic music, with rising stars trading licks with celebrated heroes of the genre.

Emy's genius is for classic poetic simplicity of lyric, combined with a lush forest of sound rivaling the Pacific Northwest's densest gardens. Two great traditional songs also made it into this collection, fitting seamlessly into the weave of sound and emotion. Which of these treasures will speak most directly to you?


released June 14, 2018

All Songs composed by Emy Phelps except where noted. She had help from David Millard on cuts #1 and #11
All arrangements: Anger&Phelps
Recorded and mixed by Darol Anger at Fiddlistics Studios, Arlington MA
Mastered by Ken Lee
Cover art: Pat Scalo
Cover design and hand lettering: Emy Phelps

Emy Phelps sang lead vocals on all cuts except While You Were Sleeping, and played guitar on very song except Angel Gabriel.
Darol Anger played Octave Mandolin on everything except The Blackest Crow, and 5-string fiddles on most everything except While You Were Sleeping and Pretty Bird. He played other instruments where noted. Emy plays a Santa Cruz Guitar and a beat-up '51 Martin and uses D'Addario Strings and Ear Trumpet Microphones. Darol plays Nathaniel Rowan, Barry Dudley, and AES violins and a beloved Austin Clark 8vb Mandolin and uses D'Addario strings on everything, even toast.

Thanks to the folks at UCross Foundation for time.

1 Paradise
Bass: Aidan O'Donnell
Percussion: Jacob Ransom
the Trumpie Horns arranged & performed by Kai Welch
with Gargle Bargle, trombone
Accordion: Maeve Gilchrist
5-string Octave violin: Darol
Harmony vocals: Mila Phelps-Friedl

2 The Old Carpenters Waltz
Bass: Aidan O'Donnell
Percussion: Jacob Ransom
Fiddle choir, guitar and mando-cello solos: Darol
Harmony vocals: Isabella Burke & Ellie Buckland

3 Swat That Fly
Bass: Ethan Jodziewicz

4 The Greenhead Fly
Bass: Aidan O'Donnell
Weissenborn guitar: Sally Van Meter
Guitar theme: Emy
Guitar solos: Grant Gordy

5 The Blackest Crow
(trad., arr Anger&Phelps)
Bass: Ethan Jodziewicz
Telecaster and loops: Duke Levine

6 Pretty Bird
Bass: Aidan O'Donnell
Cello: Eugene Friesen
Accordion: Neil Pearlman
Tenor Mando-Uke: Darol

7 The Dog Waltz
Bass: Sharon Gilchrist
Dobro: Sally Van Meter
Accordion: Maeve Gilchrist
Tenor Mando-Uke: Darol
Harmony vocals: Mila Phelps-Friedl and Emy

8 While You Were Sleeping
Bass: Aidan O'Donnell
Cello: Eugene Friesen
Accordion: Neil Pearlman

9 The Magpie
5-string banjo: Allison Ann DeGroot
Fiddles: Bruce Molsky & Darol

10 The Angel Gabriel
(trad., arr Anger&Phelps)
Bass: Ethan Jodziewicz
Guitar: Grant Gordy
Banjo: Wes Corbett
Harmony vocals: Emy & Darol

11 My Old Friend
Cello and Cello-bass: Natalie Haas
Tenor Mando-Uke: Darol

12 As It Should Be
Bass: Ethan Jodziewicz
Accordion: Neil Pearlman


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Darol Anger Nevada City, California

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, Psychograss, and others. Composing, teaching, and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings and soundtracks. ... more

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