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Rite the First Time

by Three Weird Sisters

Folk with a Celtic and even Bluegrass flavor, Rite the First Time swings from the sublime to the silly and from the material to the spiritual in eclectic mixes of harmonic vocals and acoustic instruments (harp, guitar, bodhran, and upright bass).
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dumb Dumb Dorothy
2:37 $0.99
2. Rite of Passage
5:32 $0.99
3. What'll I Do With the Baby-O?
3:35 $0.99
4. On We Go
2:02 $0.99
5. Pity Party
2:19 $0.99
6. Little Boy Blue
3:20 $0.99
7. Boys Want Sex in the Morning
3:02 $0.99
8. Six Days
5:05 $0.99
9. The Bird Rock
2:54 $0.99
10. Absolutely Bonkers
2:55 $0.99
11. Song of Fey Cross
6:50 $0.99
12. When Fall Comes to New England
3:14 $0.99
13. Spring Strathspey
4:14 $0.99
14. Iowa
4:01 $0.99
15. In a Gown Too Blue
5:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
"[Three Weird Sisters] make bewitching, eclectic music ... think the Dixie Chicks do Shakespeare." -- Bill Osinski, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 12, 2003

Three Weird Sisters... There are three of them (Brenda Sutton, Teresa Gibson Powell, and Gwen Knighton.) They are weird (or at least their collection and presentation of songs is weird, everything from Renaissance ballads to 'country on a harp' to sf with a twist.) And they are sisters of a sort (different parents, same heart.)

Three Weird Sisters play at folk clubs and music festivals near their homeland of Atlanta, Georgia. They're branching out with appearances across the country (see their web page for a location near you!)

Brenda Sutton has been actively involved in music her whole life and has been a singer/songwriter for over twenty years. Rarely on time for any event, Brenda is the guitarist / percussionist who keeps Three Weird Sisters in time with her odd "Gene Krupa" style of bodhran playing. It's hard to describe how Brenda makes the sounds she gets out of a frame drum while using two paint brushes held together with masking tape. Really.

Teresa Gibson Powell sings in crisp, clear tones and plays the 3/4 upright bass - an instrument far taller and wider (and heavier) than herself. She plucks it with gusto and bows it with passion. You'll hear her bluegrass roots in many of TWS's arrangements. Teresa is an avid herbalist, Reiki Master, and possesses a large and beautiful tattoo that spans the entire canvas of her back.

Gwen Knighton took the Scottish Harp Society of America's National title in the Journeyman division for the year 2000 and won a study scholarship to the 2001 Edinburgh Harp Festival, where she hobnobbed with champion harpers from other countries. In 2001, she competed in her first SHSA National competition at the Master level and placed fourth in a field of professional harpers, all of whom had previously won the title Her musical background runs the gamut from classical vocal training, arranging, harmony, conducting and theory classes to her lifelong fascination for traditional music and special love for murder ballads.

Together these three women make a unique blend of instruments and voice. They love singing together, and that's evident in the delivery of their material. Come listen to them - you too may become a Weirdo for Three Weird Sisters.

Note: Three Weird Sisters is not the Wyrd Sisters. We enjoy their music and don't want you to be confused. While we'd love you to buy our CD, if you're looking for the Wyrd Sisters you need to go to another CD site. But before you go, try our samples - you may like what you hear!



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Adam Selzer

It's funny because it's true.
Yes, matter of fact, I do want sex in the morning. There are an awful lot of superb songs on this album, and not a single song that I would call "filler." A particular favorite is "When Fall Comes To New England." The only complaint of which I could think is that there could always be a few more murder ballads. But that's true of nearly all records, so I'll go ahead and give it five stars. It earns every one of them! Anything that gets my sister to listen to something other than teenybopper pop is instantly venerable.

William Mills

Thoughtful, Funny, and Provocative
If you like folk music you will love the Three Wierd Sisters.


Normaly into Hard Trance but this is oddly ...Great
Well Im normaly into Hardcore Trance music but for some strange reason this is not bad, I cant realy say more it is funny with a catchy tune its one of those songs you get stuk in your head and cant stop singing for days,
Realy these girls are off there head but its good and novel and makes a nice change.


Normaly into Hard Trance but this is oddly ...Great
Well Im normaly into Hardcore Trance music but for some strange reason this is not bad, I cant realy say more it is funny with a catchy tune its one of those songs you get stuk in your head and cant stop singing for days,
Realy these girls are off there head but its good and novel and makes a nice change.

Susie G

Whoo-Hoo! Awesome music, great sound! Pagan, but not overly so!
Killed my first copy in the car, found my 2nd here! Great group! Even better live, but still awesome on CD. Funny, haunting, cute, and all with wonderful harmonies, to boot! It's a keeper!!!!

Joshua Kronengold

Amazing songs, beautiful polyphonic performance
Gwen Knighton (champion journeyman harper), Teresa Gibson Powell, and
Brenda Sutton combine sounds and songs for one of the most
amazing CDs to come out of the SF folk community in years. Especially
notable songs are their version of Iowa, Gwen Knighton's "Little
Boy Blue", and Brenda Sutton's heartrending "In a Gown Too Blue".

E Richardson

I Don't Know
I love this group and decided to purchase the CD. Because I travel a great deal I had it sent to my daughter and she would send it me. I have not received my CD from my daughter yet. So I guess it you could give it 10 stars, 5 from me and 5 from my daughter.

Charles MacLeod

Rite the First Time
I got this one after getting the second CD (which I think is even better than this one!) and now can't wait for the next! Some of the songs are first time grabbers others grow on you with repeated listening. I love Absolutely Bonkers.

F. Tolar

Best I've heard in quite some time!
I am particularly fond of "Absolutely Bonkers". I've always had a special fondness for the "kooks" who dare to dream. ;) And "Pity Party" was wonderful too!

Martin Epstein

Fine fanciful eclectic collection of wise witty wacky warm wonderful songs
What a diverse assembly of styles, themes, and humours! TWS really did do Rite the First Time right. These talented women approach every song with insight and enthusiasm. You can tell just by listening to them that they love what they do and have a good time doing it. In a Gown Too Blue is the big jewel in the crown, but the rest of the selections sparkle, too. Boys Want Sex in the Morning (too true!) and Pity Party had me giggling everytime I even thought about those songs.

My teenage daughters walked in my office while I was listening to this CD. They swiped it the instant my back was turned. Now I have to buy another copy!
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