Volume One Folk

Gloucester 400+

What a journey. This has turned into an incredibly interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding look into our local music focused on a collection of Folk musicians who've been playing around the area, some for many years and some just beginning. I'm especially pleased to have captured Folks who've had a great presence in Gloucester and the Cape Ann area

What a journey.  This has turned into an incredibly interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding look into our local music  focused on a collection of Folk musicians who've been playing around the area, some for many years and some just beginning.  I'm especially  pleased to have captured Folks who've had a great presence in Gloucester and the Cape Ann area who are not as present online or on social media.     With Manship Artist Residency as the main setting, the music, spirit, and performances came to life surrounded by natural beauty, art, and history, all while feeling like you were in a home, creating an unmatched sense of atmosphere.  My production technique was inspired by the Field Recordings of Alan Lomax for the Smithsonian and Library of Congress,  recording Live and without using a recording Studio or many of the modern methods except for one track which was previously recorded.   After living and working with this material for so long I've developed an even greater appreciation for what we have here in Gloucester.  I hope others will have the same experience and that this collection will be an inspired resource for generations to come. 

I'd especially like to Thank  Tony Goddess, Chris Deering, Michael Gallagher, Rebecca Reynolds, The King Family, Isabel Pett, Gloucester 400, and Manship Artist Residency, for their support and advice during the process.   

Some extra insight into the files

Gloucester focused Songs of original material by the artist are: 

Folly Cove Written and Performed by Fozzie Hill. Harbor Blue  Written by Dan King, Performed by Dan King and Somer O'Brien. In God's Show Written and Performed by ToniAnn Enes (for her fisherman dad).  Our Lady of Good Voyage Written by Michael O'Leary, Performed by Michael O'Leary, Steve Levy, Linda Swicker.

Docks of Old Gloucester - Written by Corey Wrinn  Recorded and Performed at Bang A Song Studio.

Traditional, Original, and Covered Content Ain't No Use - Performed by Bill Gleason, Written by Leroy Kirkland and Syd Wyche. Dimming of the Day - Performed by Down Home Swing, Written by Richard Thompson. Jack of Diamonds - Performed by Audi and Peter Souza, Traditional. Raleigh and Spencer - Performed by Old Cold Tater, Traditional.  Smokin' and Boozin' - Written and Performed by Kitt Cox. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - Performed by Sheila and Ron Schrank, Written by John Prine. The Two Conneely's - Performed by Pat Conlon and Fran Clark, Written by Christy Moore and Wally Page. Walk On Boy - Performed by Down Home Swing, Written by Mel Tillis and Wayne Walker. Where There's Love - Written and Performed by Charlee Bianchini. Women Be Wise - Performed by Sheila and Ron Schrank, Written by Sippie Wallace and Jimmy Foster.

Old Cold Tater is Laurie Keefe Jay Keefe Fran Clark Dana King

Down Home Swing is Ellen Ford Chick Marston Laurie Keefe (Jay Keefe- who was not present for this session)

The Story snapshots are what I could capture in a short amount of time after the recording sessions, sometimes at night in low light.  

Amanda King credited for the photos of Dan King on Harbor Blue 

and lastly,  This project started as a template demonstration to show what was possible, and what the idea for a Genre specific Volume with multiple artists could look and sound like. The cohesiveness created by the setting weaves throughout.  That is why instead of just engineering and producing a recording session I managed a photo shoot and exit interview using just an iPhone, an amazing space, my experiences producing records, my love for museums and galleries,  plus a ton of trusting your instincts, to capture as best as I could in a short amount of time that special atmosphere.   Add countless hours editing, mixing, and producing the final Volume including these notes and I truly believe we've got something special.    If the reception of this Volume is positive this may only be the beginning.   Jazz has already come to mind as under-represented, and with sufficient support I'd ideally partner with Videographers, Photographers, and Sound Engineers, and work as Producer on site,  locations being Downtown, Magnolia, Rocky Neck, and Lanesville for the next one.    Forever inspired to action! All The Best,  Dan King  

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Bad Ya Know

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Bad Ya Know

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The last of the Vermont sessions to be released featuring Wolf Ginandes on Bass, Russ Lawton on Drums, Ray Paczkowski on Piano/Organ, and Nate Richardson on Lead Guitar, with Dan King on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Recorded at The Tank in Burlington, VT. Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.

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Save It For My Honey

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Save It For My Honey

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Russ Lawton on Drums, Ray Paczkowski on Piano, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, Jim Scoppa on Telecaster, Dan King on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Recorded at The Tank in Burlington Vermont by Ben Collette. Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.

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Waiting Just For Me

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Waiting Just For Me

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Russ Lawton on Drums, Ray Paczkowski on Piano, Jimmy Ryan on Mandolin, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, and Lydia Harrell on Backing Vocals, Dan King on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Recorded at The Tank in Burlington Vermont by Ben Collette. Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital. Written and Composed by Dan King

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Just A Feeling

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Just A Feeling

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Russ Lawton on Drums, Ray Paczkowski on Piano and Organ, Jimmy Ryan on Mandolin, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, and Lydia Harrell on backing vocals, Dan King on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Recorded at The Tank in Burlington Vermont by Ben Collette. Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.

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Darling Voices MP3

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Darling Voices MP3

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New Single featuring Henley Douglas, Wolf Ginandes, Lydia Harrell, Russ Lawton, and Ray Paczkowski

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Darling Voices

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Darling Voices

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Here's the first official mastered release for this project.

The musicians are Henley Douglas on Saxophone, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, Lydia Harrell on Backing Vocals, Russ Lawton on Drums, and Ray Paczkowski on Piano and Organ. Basics Recorded and Mixed at The Tank in Burlington, VT. by Ben Collette with Final Mix by yours truly working with Ben's

Here's the first official mastered release for this project.

The musicians are Henley Douglas on Saxophone, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, Lydia Harrell on Backing Vocals, Russ Lawton on Drums, and Ray Paczkowski on Piano and Organ. Basics Recorded and Mixed at The Tank in Burlington, VT. by Ben Collette with Final Mix by yours truly working with Ben's masterful band mixes, and Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.

I've chosen Darling Voices because it really feels of the moment, encapsulating my mind set last Autumn during the lock downs with hope for the future and gratitude for what we have and had, a good thanksgiving song I hope. The imagery is about walking the streets of NYC or anywhere freely and checking out the sites, the focus of which is an encounter with a soul band playing on a corner, something so simple that was taken away by the virus.

The file is a Hi Resolution 24bit Wav file and though large it should play on all modern devices.

The cover photo was take in NYC last spring and edited artistically for the release trying to capture the picture of New York in my mind while composing.

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