Jody's new and long-awaited debut solo recording, Cottage in the Glen, is now out
on the Maggie's Music label (MM232).
Featuring enchanting original and traditional
music performed by Jody on hammered dulcimer and piano, Cottage in the Glen also
includes guest performances by a host of the Washington, D.C.-area's finest
acoustic musicians. Jody's skills as an arranger and composer of tunes ranging
from the whimsical to the compelling are delightfully displayed in this Celtic-inspired
collection. Two songs featuring award-winning vocalist, Grace Griffith,
augment a fine collection of spirited and evocative instrumentals.
Your Maggies Music album Cottage in the Glen is one of the most natural
hammer dulcimer CDs I have heard. [It] sounds like an LP with a very pleasing
quality. Hope future CDs are as good, so keep the engineer!"
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1. Three Sisters of Erin (Jody Marshall) / Little Martha (Duane Allman) 3:31
2. Cau'l Chouzano (Fernando Largo) 4:34
3. The Gaudy Bauble (Amy White) / In the Grip of Stronger Stuff (Ian Anderson) / -
Ides of March (Jody Marshall) / The Gaudy Bauble Reprise 7:13
4. Brandy Tree (Gordon Bok) 3:29
5. Mrs. Anne McDermott Rowe (O'Carolan) 2:48
6. Ross' Reel no. 4 (trad. New England) / Robertson's Hornpipe (trad. Scottish) /-
Banks Hornpipe (Parazotti) 3:36
7. Ragtime Tabby / Catnip Fling / Scattercat Polka (Jody Marshall) 5:20
8. Words Unspoken / Labyrinth (Jody Marshall) 7:33
9. Cottage in the Glen (Jody Marshall) 3:19
10. Vivace (Adam Falckenhagen) 2:42
11. Pumpherston Hornpipe (Jim Sutherland) / Puddleglum's Misery (John Kirkpatrick) 4:30
12. Summer Garland (music by Padraigin Ni Uallachain; words adapted by Grace Griffith)/ Miss
Stewart of Grantully (Neil Gow) / Half-Past Three (Jody Marshall) / The High Road
to Linton (trad. Scottish) 5:55
Total time: 55:07
Produced by Jody Marshall.
Engineered and digitally edited by Chris Murphy, RHL Audio.
Guest Musicians (tracks in parentheses):
PAUL OORTS: guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mandocello,
musette accordion (3, 7, 9, 10, 11)
ANDREA HOAG: fiddle (3, 7, 9)
STEVE BLOOM: percussion (1, 3, 8)
KAREN ASHBROOK: wooden flute (9, 11)
GRACE GRIFFITH: lead vocals (4, 12)
AL PETTEWAY: guitar (3, 4)
MYRON BRETHOLZ: bodhran , bones (3, 12)
RICO PETRUCCELLI: fretted and fretless bass (3, 8)
ELLEN JAMES: Celtic harp (2, 8)
CAREY CREED: harmony vocals (12)
ELISE KRESS: silver flute (2)
ZAN MCLEOD: guitar (12)
PAUL NAHAY: piano (4)
CATHY PALMER: fiddle (2)
CHARLIE PILZER: acoustic bass (11)
CHRIS MURPHY: shaker (3)
AMY WHITE: mandolin (3)
Engineer Chris Murphy and Jody
Photo by Amy White
Notes on the Tracks
1. Three Sisters of Erin (© Jody Marshall/BMI)/Little Martha
(Duane Allman) - 3:31
Hammered dulcimers & percussion
In Ireland, the Nore, Barrow, and Suir rivers - known as the "Three
Sisters" - converge in the city of Waterford. In the first tune of this set,
three separate dulcimer tracks converge to create my musical interpretation of
cascading rivers. There are still more dulcimer tracks (I lost count!) in "Little
Martha," a tune I learned from the Allman Brothers' classic album, Eat a Peach.
2. Cau'l Chouzano (Fernando Largo) - 4:34
Hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, silver flute &
A beautiful tune from Asturias, a region near Galicia on the north coast of
Spain where Celts influenced the culture centuries ago. I am joined here by my
band mates from the Celtic ensemble, MoonFire.
3. Celtic Jig Suite: The Gaudy Bauble (Amy White)/In the Grip of Stronger
Stuff (Ian Anderson)/Ides of March (© Jody Marshall/BMI)/The Gaudy
Bauble Reprise - 7:13
Piano, hammered dulcimer, fiddle (Andrea), bodhran & bones,
shaker, mandolin (Amy), guitar (Al), tambourine & djembe (Steve), bouzouki, &
I'm grateful to Amy White for her wonderful tune which marks the beginning and
end of this journey in 6/8 time. I first heard the next tune at a Jethro Tull
concert and adapted the melody for hammered dulcimer and mandolin. The third tune
came to me during the wee hours of a March morning as the wind blustered outside.
4. The Brandy Tree (Otter's Song) (Gordon Bok) - 3:29
Hammered dulcimer, vocals (Grace lead; Jody harmony),
guitars (Al), & piano (Paul N.)
Here's what Gordon Bok says about this whimsical song: "I learned this from a
small otter on Sherman's Point, Knox County, Maine, on a cold morning in 1966.
The refrain is my own."
5. Mrs. Anne McDermott Rowe (Turlough O'Carolan) - 2:48
Solo hammered dulcimer
O'Carolan is the best-known of the 17th- and 18th-century itinerant Irish harpers.
Many of his compositions are well suited to the hammered dulcimer.
6. Ross' Reel, No. 4 (trad. New England)/Robertson's Hornpipe
(trad. Scottish)/Banks Hornpipe (Parazotti) - 3:36
Hammered dulcimer & piano
A New England contra-dance tune (presented here with the second part first, an
inspiration from the playing of fiddler Alisdair Fraser), followed by two
tunes from the Scottish dance tradition. I particularly enjoyed playing with
the classical elements of "Banks Hornpipe," which is attributed to Parazotti,
a 19th-century Italian fiddler.
7. Ragtime Tabby/Catnip Fling/Scattercat Polka (© Jody Marshall/BMI) - 5:20
Piano, hammered dulcimer, fiddle (Andrea), mandolin,
guitar & musette accordion (Paul O.)
The antics of our many and varied cats inspired me to write these tunes.
8. Words Unspoken/Labyrinth (© Jody Marshall/BMI) - 7:33
Piano, hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, chime, percussion,
& fretless bass
Sometimes, it's the words you don't say that speak volumes....Labyrinths, long used
for walking meditations, have a single path that leads to the center and back out
again. The second piece in this set explores the realization that, despite your
good intentions, sometimes you end up right back where you started.
9. A Cottage in the Glen (© Jody Marshall/BMI) - 3:19
Piano, fiddle (Andrea), wooden flute & guitar (Paul O.)
Oh, to have a little cottage where friends can drop by and share tunes around the
hearth! This tune is a musical toast to simple pleasures, not to be confused with
the traditional reel of a similar name.
10. Vivace (Adam Falckenhagen) - 2:42
Hammered dulcimer & classical guitar (Paul O.)
Falckenhagen was an 18th-century German composer and lutenist. I like to play this
lovely piece at a tempo slower than its title suggests.
11. Pumpherston Hornpipe (Jim Sutherland)/Puddleglum's Misery
(John Kirkpatrick) - 4:30
Hammered dulcimer, wooden flute, mandocello & guitar
(Paul O.), & acoustic bass
When I first heard these two twisty tunes I knew they belonged together. Their
chromatic nature makes for quite an adventure on the hammered dulcimer!
"Pumpherston Hornpipe" was originally written for the euphonium-a big brass
instrument that's basically a bugle on steroids.
12. Summer Garland (or "The May Song") (music by Padraigin
Ni Uallachain & English translation of traditional Gaelic words adapted by Grace
Griffith)/Miss Stewart of Grantully (Neil Gow)/Half-Past Three (© Jody
Marshall/BMI)/The High Road to Linton(traditional) - 5:55
Hammered dulcimer, vocals (Grace lead; Jody and Carey
in harmony and background), guitars (Zan), & bodhran
There are many versions of the summer carol known as "The May Song." This
one is based on a version set to music by Gaelic singer Padraigin Ni Uallachain.
"Miss Stewart" is a Scottish tune typically played as both a march and
a strathspey. My version is more or less a combination of the two. "Half-Past
Three" is an example of the fruits of insomnia. And "The High Road to
Linton" is a popular Scottish reel.
Recorded and mixed by
Chris Murphy, www.rhlaudio.com
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Carol of the Bells.
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Present, Past and Future.