Spring Will Come - celebrating 30 years of playing hammered dulcimer

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Spring Will Come

Tune List

  1. The Belle & the Butler (5:05)
  2. De Winter is Vergangen/ La Bien Aimée (4:03)
  3. My Lowlands Away (5:27)
  4. Four Mile Stone/ Fox in the Glen (3:47)
  5. Accordéon (4:21)
  6. Taimse i m'Chodlach/ Carolan's Cup (5:02)
  7. Jimmy Ward's/ Old Joe's Jig (2:30)
  8. Orcha Bamidbar/ Frailach #7 (5:06)
  9. Iberian Jig Set (3:20)
  10. Boys of Bedlam (4:12)
  11. Durme (3:20)
  12. Parting Glass (2:10)
  13. Candles in the Dark Suite:
    • Candles in the Dark (3:16)
    • Jerusalem of Gold/ Lo Yisa Goy (4:21)

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Karen Ashbrook: Hammered dulcimer, Irish flute & pennywhistle
Paul Oorts: Harp guitar, cittern, accordion & vocals
Steve Bloom: Percussion
Sue Richards: Celtic harp
Connie McKenna: Vocals
David Scheim: Celtic harp & piano


  1. The Belle & the Butler 5:05
    Sandy River Belle (trad. American reel, jig adaptation Karen)/ The Butlers of Glen Avenue (Anthony Sullivan ©1979 Halshaw Music)/ Sandy River Belle Karen arrived in London on a one-way ticket in 1977. Her nights were spent in pubs learning tunes from Irish immigrants. Daytimes she performed Appalachian music on the streets since people were not interested in hearing an American play Irish music. The old tune Sandy River Belle started each day¹s moneymaking venture. Years later, she learned that Paul too was hanging out in cafes and learning new tunes ­ in his case, bluegrass from buskers (street musicians) in Antwerp. This set recalls their 1970s European experiences, starting with a slow ³Belle,² into a 6/8 jig time version, with the Butler jig and finally the Belle as an old timey hoedown.
  2. De Winter is Vergangen/ La Bien Aimée 4:03
    The Winter is Past/ The Well Beloved The words to De Winter is Vergangen, first printed in Antwerp in the 16th century, refer to the centuries-old tradition of meiplanting: on the eve of the first day of May an amorous young man would plant a blooming branch by the window of the young lady he fancied. In this song the suitor gets lucky! But all too soon, the accursed guard announces from his tower that dawn is breaking, and the lovers regretfully part. Paul spends a lot of time exploring old music manuscripts in Belgium. La Bien Aimée is a contradance, published in Cent Contredanses en Rond in Ghent by the 18th century French dancemaster Roger d¹Aubat Saint Flour.
  3. My Lowlands Away 5:27
    Connie found this song of a lonely sailor dreaming of his sweetheart back home in the Northern Irish song collection, Sam Henry¹s Songs of the People.
  4. Four Mile Stone (Arthur Darley)/ Fox in the Glen (Sara Park) 3:47
    Arthur Darley (1873-1929) was a violinist from Dublin who took a job playing organ in a rural church in Bruckless, County Donegal. Although classically trained, he appreciated traditional dance music and became close to Donegal¹s musical Doherty family. Some of his unusual tunes have become quite popular in the folk repertoire. ³Fox in the Glen,² composed by a local northern Virginia harper, is written in the style of a contemporary French Celtic Breton jig. Karen recorded this on her first album, Knock on the Door (MM212). Here she revisits it using damped dulcimer and percussion.
  5. Accordéon (Serge Gainsbourg, ©1962 Editions Sidonie) 4:21
    This song describes the symbiotic relationship between the street musician and his accordion. When he is too drunk to stand up, he can sit on his accordion. If his accordion loses a button, he takes one off his own shirt to replace it. If his belt breaks, he can borrow the straps from his accordion. But in the end, our musician is forced to sell his accordion at a pawnshop. We can imagine he takes his 50¢ payment to the nearest café and buys a drink to toast his friend, his companion, his accordion!
  6. Taimse i m¹Chodladh/ Carolan's Cup (music byT. O¹Carolan; ©lyrics by Karen Ashbrook) 5:02
    A traditional Irish slow air that translate as ³I am Asleep² followed by a tune from the blind 17th century Irish harper Turlough O¹Carolan with contemporary words of the changing seasons and the return of light from darkness.
    "Spring will come and ice will thaw,
    Leaves burst forth & robins call.
    My cup, my cup, is bitter yet but flowers bloom when earth is wet."
  7. Jimmy Ward's/ Old Joe's Jig 2:30
    David Scheim taught Karen many styles of Jewish music and Karen returned the favor by introducing him to the music of the Emerald Isle. They made the Irish recording Hills of Erin (MM207) together.
  8. Orcha Bamidbar (music by David Zehavi; lyrics by Ya'akov Fichman, ©ACUM) / Frailach #7 (Schuster und Schneider Tantz) 5:06
    "To the right and to the left the desert glistens with trackless, golden sand.
    Silently, as if in a dream, a camel caravan passes by.
    All that can be heard is the tinkling of bells as it moves through the landscape."

    A frailach (or freylekh from the Yiddish word for joyous) is an up tempo dance tune. This one comes from Kammen International Dance Folio, Vol. I.
  9. Iberian Jig Set Muliñeira de Santalla d'Ozcos / Muiñeira de Choqueiro/ Jota 3:20
    Galicia and Asturias are home to the Spanish Celts. Their music is sunny like their climate, influenced by playful Spanish rhythm changes.
  10. Boys of Bedlam (Music by Nic Jones & Dave Moran © Mollie Music, UK; lyrics traditional) 4:12
    As early as the 15th century a nunnery originally run by the order of Mary of Bethlehem became an insane asylum. The name eventually became Bedlam and Tom O¹ Bedlam referred to any insane person.
  11. Durme 3:21
    This is a lullaby from the Spanish Jewish Sephardic tradition.
  12. Parting Glass (traditional Irish song) 2:10
    "I will gently rise & softly call,
    Good night and joy be with you all."
  13. Candles in the Dark Suite (13/14)
    • Candles in the Dark (©Jonathan Jensen)/ 3:16
    • Jerusalem of Gold (©Naomi Shemer, Chappell & Co.)/ Lo Yisa Goy 4:25
      Darkness turns to light, and spring will come. To lift our spirits in troubled times, we end with this hopeful set. "Jerusalem," a city where three great religions endure, means ³heritage of peace.² Lo Yisa Goy, a popular Israeli dance tune, has words from Isaiah calling for peace. "Every man -- shall live in peace and unafraid.
      And into plowshares beat their swords, nations shall learn war no more."

Recorded & Engineered by Trevor Higgins
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow
Graphic Artist: Orion Weiss
Cover photo: Ron Larson

Instruments masterly crafted by:
Harp guitar-Stephen Sedgwick, Kent, England
Compact chromatic hammered dulcimer with dampers-Nick Blanton, Martinsburg, WV
Blackwood Nicholson model flute-Patrick Olwell, Nellysford, VA.
Brass D pennywhistle-John Sindt, Nyack, NY.
10 string cittern-Stefan Sobell, Northumberland, England
Dusty Strings 36 string levered harp (tracks 7, 11, 14)
Argyll model Steen Harp, Roderfield, WV (all other harp tracks)