Treasures of Grace (2013)

by Northern Harmony

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Newbury 02:19
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Pacific 03:47
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Edgewood 02:34
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Dylan Thomas
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"It was your voice that we heard. The enemies wounded by you were floating in the Alazani River."
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Zruni 04:23
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"My faith exists. I rise up with it, I will enter the heavens."
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"Lord we thank you, for you are the creator of all things."
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"He is fleeing, the devil is fleeing! We have overcome him, the devil!"
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"Time to fall in love with the roses on the rose bush, to count the steps to spring. Life, a horse stepping. Time to fall in love with a glance or a shoulder of her, walking. Love, a hose striding. Men dead, land lost, silt turned to stone; their life was swallowed up. Death, a horse walking."
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"I am sad tonight because my love is not here, and he won't be coming. I sent him to the green forest to cut trees to help build a bridge over the Danube River, so that all of the lovers can cross over and meet each other."
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Domakine 02:53
"My host gave me wine, but said 'Don't sleep too hard, because there are guests coming from far away, bearing news of the birth of a new Macedonian boy.'"
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"Mother, don't make me help you with the chores now, because when I am married, I will be responsible to my new home for the rest of my days!"
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The text asks for mercy and includes a prayer to the Holy Trinity
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From Northern Harmony's winter tour of 2013, which included a month in the UK, two weeks up and down the US east coast and two weeks in Colombia.

Northern Harmony's goal is to present vibrant and informed performances of ethnic polyphonic singing traditions from the US and beyond, paying close attention to vocal timbres, inflections and characteristic ornamentation. This dynamic album features traditional and contemporary American shape-note music, Jubilee gospel quartet songs from the early 20th century, and traditional polyphonies from South Africa, Georgia, Bulgaria and Corsica.

Singer Avery Book taught and directed all of the Georgian songs on the program. Luke Hoffman arranged and directed the gospel quartet songs. Elitsa Stoineva, a wonderful Bulgarian singer living in Maine, taught us the three Bulgarian songs. Patty Cuyler originally coached the Corsican songs. The recordings were made on location in various churches during the US portion of the tour.

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released November 3, 2014

Director: Larry Gordon
Singers: Andrea Boothby, Maria Dalia Albertini, Kimaya Diggs, Hannah Levy, Wheaton Squier, Rachel Rudi, Robert Raymond (violin, chonguri), Linnea Sablosky, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (accordion), Avery Book, Luke Hoffman (banjo, tupan), Maisie Dolan

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Northern Harmony Vermont

First formed in 1993, Northern Harmony has since gained a wide reputation thru concert tours across the US, the UK and western Europe. The ensemble is part of Village Harmony, a Vermont-based world music organization that sponsors domestic & international performance singing camps, workshops and tours. ... more

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