Village Harmony: Traditional Songs of the Balkans (1994)

by Northern Harmony

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Most of these songs were collected by editor Mary Cay Brass in 1976-78 when she was in former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright scholarship. As the songs were already fast disappearing with the rapid industrialization of the 1970s, this collection represents a great treasure. The book includes all of the songs on the CD, with transcriptions, full texts, translations and pronunciation guide.

The CD features twenty-three songs from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Bulgaria, primarily transcribed from village sources; but also included are a few Kutev and Lado arrangements. Songs for women's voices as well as for mixed voices. performed by a brilliant collaboration of teen and adult singers from Village Harmony and Northern Harmony. Very spirited, village style singing with varied voicings, sometimes accompanied by accordion, fiddles and bass.

Published by Northern Harmony Publishing Company, 1994.

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released November 14, 2014

Directed by Mary Cay Brass and Larry Gordon
Singers:
Mary Alice/Peter/Sam/Stefan Amidon, Georgia Rose Park, Suzannah Park, Amity Baker, Margaret Dale Barrand, Tony Barrand, Jillian Brennan, Melissa Brough, Beth Carpenter, Jena Carpenter, Carol Chase, Manon Kahle, Porter Lontz-Underhill, Kate Nation, Reby Walsh, Susan Waters, Emily Wells.
Instrumentalists:
Mary Cay Brass, accordion
Jillian Brennan, accordion
Sam Amidon, fiddle
Susan Waters, fiddle
Stuart Kenney, bass

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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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