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Simple Gifts

Three women playing twelve instruments perform Romanian, Klezmer, Israeli, Irish, English, American, and more:

Simple Gifts presents an exciting and varied sound that reflects the wide range and broad musical backgrounds of its members. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, the group plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.

Though they treat the various genres with respect, Simple Gifts arranges each piece creatively, adding elements of their own: spoons creep into an Irish reel, swing fiddle shows up in a Romanian dance, and the concertina ventures far beyond styles considered traditional for that instrument. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an impressive array of instruments. Linda Littleton, Rachel Hall, and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among two fiddles, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, guitar, piano, and percussion.

Simple Gifts is frequently complimented on their stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor. It's obvious that these women love the music they play and know how to share their enthusiasm with the audience.

Time And Again ( PFP-312, 1999 )

"These three women share a chemistry that infuses their music with energy, integrity, and joy. Theirs is a special gift." --David W. Johnson, Boston Globe reviewer

This is the latest release and the most varied; includes Klezmer, Gypsy, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Irish, Scottish, Danish, French, and American, plus original tunes

Instrumentation: two fiddles, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, bouzouki, guitar, hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, piano, bass, percussion, and vocals

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Song Listing

  1. Minka (Bulgarian)
  2. Waynesboro, Shenandoah Falls (American)
  3. Bumblebee Sirba (Klezmer)
  4. Peg Ryan/Toormore Polkas (Irish)
  5. BourŽes/Polka with Teeth (French / by Rachel Hall)
  6. Charlie Lennon's/Reddigan's (Irish)
  7. Reba's Waltz (by Linda Littleton)
  8. In Memoriam (Gypsy)
  9. Glendi ke Horos (Greek)
  10. Eli Green's Cakewalk/Frank's Tune (American)
  11. Coilsfield House (Scottish)
  12. Bitte Mand i Knibe (Danish)
  13. Little Moses/Grand Picnic (American)
  14. Woody Knows Nothing (American)
  15. Fifth Brew (by Karen Hirshon)
  16. Romanian Swing (Romanian)
CD $13.99 - catalog # (PFP-312)

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Other Places, Other Times( PFP-208, 1996)

"[This CD] is filled with beautiful melodies, wonderful harmonies and the sounds of more instruments than any ordinary three people could play."
--Helen Sherman, Wild Woman Radio

This is the latest release and the most international; includes Klezmer, Romanian, Bulgarian, Irish, English, Scandinavian, Israeli, and American, plus original tunes

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CD $13.99 - catalog # (PFP-208)

TITLE Price With Companion CD Price
"Other Places, Other Times" Song book (sgb-100) $10.00 Book/CD Set(sgbcd-100) $20.00


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A Place Just Right ( PFP-103, 1994 )

"A Place Just Right brought me moments of awe at the amount of creativity and freshness in the performance. It takes me to a place just right, and I highly recommend it."
--Carrie Crompton, Dulcimer Player News

Traditional and original tunes from or inspired by Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Israel, and America

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Song Listing

CD $13.99 - catalog # (PFP-103)

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Down by the Sally Gardens ( PFP-102, 1992)

"Down by the Sally Gardens is striking. The album is well conceived and well played. There are aspects to these tunes which I've never realized before hearing this recording."
--Ed Denson, Kicking Mule Records

Traditional folk melodies from Ireland, England, and America with Renaissance and classical influences

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Song Listing

  • Down by the Sally Gardens (Irish)
  • Lord Lovat's Lament (Scottish)
  • Liberty, St. Anne's Reel (American)
  • Amelia's Waltz (by Bob McQuillen), Boys of Bluehill (Irish)
  • Margaret's Waltz (by Pat Shaw)
  • Miss Nancy's Delight (English)
  • Rodney's Glory (Irish), Timour the Tarter (Scottish)
  • Great Silkie (English)
  • Packington's Pound (English)
  • Off to California, Rights of Man (Irish)
  • Heartsease, Greensleeves, Female Saylor (English)
  • Ashokan Farewell (by Jay Ungar)
CD $13.99 - catalog # (PFP-102)

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Simple GiftsPurple Finch Productions, PFP-101, released 1991

Simple Gifts' debut album includes folk, classical, and Renaissance music

Song Listing

  • Petronella
  • My Own House Waltz, Bare Necessities
  • Goddesses, Indian Queen, Jack's Maggot
  • Southwind, Midnight on the Water
  • Planxty George Brabazon, Dowd's Favorite
  • Star of the County Down, Coleraine
  • Morgan Magan
  • Planxty Irwin
  • Durang's Hornpipe
  • Parson's Farewell, Nonesuch
  • Simple Gifts
  • Childgrove, Road to Lisdoonvarna
Cassette $9.99 - catalog # (PFP-101)

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Uni

UnI(pronounced You an I) is a female musical duo which performs original folk acoustic music.

UnI features Rachelle Karman on lead vocals and acoustic guitar. Rachelle's vocals and original song compilations have rave reviews throughout the country. Rachelle has recorded two benefit albums in Grand Rapids and has been performing for over twenty years.

Accompanying Rachelle on percussion is Karen Monty. Karen is considered one of the best female drummers, which is evident in her creative rythms and drum solos. Karen has recorded twice in Chicago with an all female rock group. Karen has been playing percussion for over twenty years.

Their latest CD titled "More Than A Dream", communicates their journey from beginning to present, with experiences that can be related to by others. For example, track 7, titled "It Just Can't Be!" is a conversation between a mother and daughter that doesn't resolve. The mother is not open minded, nor willing to listen to her daughter who is trying to explain the changes that are happening. The mother isn't willing to accept those changes or believe they're possible. The daughter, while trying to remain calm, is asking her mother to have open ears so that she may listen to what is being said by the daughter. With changing rhythm and melodic patterns between the chorus (mother) and the verses (daughter) the listener is automatically drawn into the conversation. The consensus of the audience after their performance during a non-profit organization meeting, was that the lyrics reach out to anyone and their families who has gone through a change in lifestyle.

More Than A Dream

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  • More Than A Dream
  • All That You Are
  • Living, Giving, And Loving
  • A New Beginning
  • Now's The Time
  • For You
  • It Just Can't Be
  • Stallion On The Mountain Top
  • Isn't Love Grand
  • The Child
  • What Will It Take CD cat.# (uni-100) $13.99

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  • Living On Dreams
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    1. Happy With You
    2. Precious Gifts
    3. Some Day
    4. Living On Dreams
    CD cat.# (uni-9801) $9.99

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    Gouri Viswanath
    In Memorial
    It was with great sadness and shock that we discovered Gouri and her 11 year old son were shot to death on June 2, 2000 in their Atlanta home by her husband, who subsequently committed suicide. Although the husband left a suicide note, we have no further details.

    Get ready for a classical experience, Soul Celebration, by Gouri Viswanath (initiated name Gourangi dasi), is a stirring performance of traditional bhajans . Gouri's beautiful, feminine vocals demonstrate strength, tenderness, and awe as she lilts through her self- composed tunes for Tere Sharan, Bhaja Govinda, Shayam Hai Swanam Dhanya, Muje De Darshan Giridhar, Basuri Bajaye Aaj Rang Se Murari, Bhajo Re Bhayya Ram Govinda Hari, Krishna Jinika Nam Hai, and Nadiya Godrume Nityanand.

    The high sound quality of the tape comes to us coutesy of World House Records, headed by Balabhadra dasa of Atlanta, who also did the arrangements. Gopal dasa plays tablas.

    Gouri Viswanath: "The name, Soul Celebration, came to me because of Srila Prabhupada's Centennial Celebration. In this tape, I share with listeners a celebration of a pure soul Srila Prabhupada."

    Gouri, who teaches Indian classical music and devotional songs to students at the Atlanta temple, also performs live for temple programs, bringing a blended Eastern and Western, almost haunting, quality to audiences who are sure to appreciate her talent and discipline.
    --ISKCON World Review (Nov/Dec 1996)

    Soul Celebration

  • Tere Sharan Tere Sharan
  • Bhaja Govinda Bhaja Govinda
  • Shayam Hai Swanam Dhanya
  • Muje De Darshan Giridhar
  • Basuri Bajaye Aaj Rang Se Murari
  • Bhajo Re Bhayya Ram Govinda Hari
  • Krishna Jinika Nam Hai
  • Nadiya Godrume Nityanand Catalog # gvcs-100 Cassette $9.99
    Lyrics: His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Suradas
    Musical Arrangements by Benny Tillmann (aka Balabhadra Dasa)
    Gopal Das on Tabla

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    Barbara Lewis

    HAR A'S QUEST


    The eleven songs on the CD explore many facets of a woman's futur istic journey to rediscover her visionary powers, In "Dolphin Dream," she is guided by dolphins to forsee the future. In the sensual song, "Body," a deep body massage stimulates her desire for greater life-purpose. "Lullaby For A Deep Sleep," is a powerful song about forgiveness and letting go of the past.

    On the CD, Lewis is accompanied by seven instrumentalists who play keyboard, guitar, bass, percussion, flute, viola, tenor sax, and by three back-up singers. On stage, Lewis's music is performed by a core group of five musicians..

    Lewis directs her own music production company, Cutting Edge productions (CEP). CEP has also created a musical show called "Hara's Quest," which includes songs from the CD, musical storytelling, and stunning computer-generated visuals.

    "Hara's guest is a beautifully conceived, ambitious work that stretches the boundaries of the New Age tradition with ifs originality and maturity."
    - New Life, New York City

    "Lewis is a gifted singer, but more importantly, a horn communicator." - The Montreal Gazette "Lewis has the big voice...she drew a spellbinding sense of rapture." - Halifax Chronicle "A quintessential musician...Barbara's music has a very beneficial effect... feeding our inner hungers."
    - Alternatives, California

    Barbara Lewis is a unique singer/songwriter who combines beautiful melodies, a haunting, wide-range voice, with lyrics that often carry a hard-edged message. She refers to her style of music as "New World Fusion.

    Hara's Quest

    ...is a fantasy/New Age adventure of a woman who unlocks her natural visionary powers. It is the story of Hara's search for a mysterious island, which she believes is her true home.

    On her long journey to exotic lands, she encounters friendly spirits, demons, magical dolphins, extraterrestrials, and she relives humanity's ancient past and envisions its star- tling future.

    Hara represents that part in all of us willing to follow a dream, to remain curious, to seek freedom.

    The eleven songs on the HARA'S QUEST CD trace a long, eventful Journey of Self-Discovery:

    Hara's Quest
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    1. JOURNEY HOME-Hara's dream-vision of a mys- terious, solitary island with a tower of light.

    2. Cities A hypnotic song about traveling by sea in search of "home."

    3. VISION-The haunting story of an extra- terrestrial.

    4. TRUST-Seductive voices offer Hara the promise of release from doubt and worry in exchange for her freedom.

    5. BODY- deeply sensual body massage helps Hara recover her lost sense of purpose.

    6. MANDALA-The energizing, color-rich mandala-image stimulates Hara's fertile imagi- nation .

    7. HARA'S DANCE (instrumental)-A rhythmic, joyful, dance that takes Hara back to her youth.

    8. LULLABYDREAM- restful song about letting go of the past and surrendering to the present.

    9. 9.DOLPHIN DREAM- An underwater dream of a dolphin-guided journey to ancient times.

    10. SIGHT-Hara recalls the trials and lessons of a long journey that has given her the ability to foresee the future.

    11. FUTURE-Hara's inner "voice of ecstasy" responds to the story of Earth's past, present and future.

    CD $13.99 - catalog # (lgcd-100)

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    Barbara's Dreamshare © 2000 Project

    . Dreamshare © 2000 is about our precious dreams, and planning to make them come true.

    Imagine this: You have a dream - to find a better job, to learn how to sing, to write a book, to manage a store, to learn a new language, to start your own company... You decide this time, you are going to make it happen. For several days you remain excited. You make plans. You progress. Gradually, though, the energy and the motivation dwindle. Once again, the dream slips away.

    It happens all the time.

    Dreamshare © 2000 is a year 2000 goal-planning concept. It is based upon a buddy system that encourages women and men to follow up and affirm one another's goal processes. Your goals can be long-term or short-term. Dreamshare © 2000 is also meant to help you realize your bigger dreams, as well; the ones that may take a year or more to realize. So many men and women today do not have the reinforcement that is needed to keep their goals in perspective and their dreams alive. We believe Dreamshare © 2000 can help.

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    Once In A Blue Moon

    CD $4.99 - catalog # (lgcd-101)

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    Freedom

    "A quintessential musician...Barbara's music has a very beneficial effect... feeding our inner hungers.
    ALL TURNATIVES - California

    "Lewis has the big voice, she drew a spellbinding sense of rapture."
    THE CHRONICLE - Halifax, Canada

    "Lewis is a gifted singer, but more importantly, a born communicator."
    THE GAZETTE - Montreal, Canada

    1. Holy
    2. Freedom
    3. Light
    . CD $4.99 - catalog # (lgcd-102)

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