Al Hirsch | Northwest Legends, Vol. 1

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Burl Ives Jimmy Driftwood Pete Seeger

More Artists From
United States - Washington

Other Genres You Will Love
Folk: Modern Folk Kids/Family: Educational Moods: Type: Acoustic
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Northwest Legends, Vol. 1

by Al Hirsch

Historical songs played in the old 19th century folk style
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. The Denny party
3:05 $0.99
clip
2. Song of the Salmon
2:37 $0.99
clip
3. Great Seattle Fire
2:54 $0.99
clip
4. Little Log Cabin in the Cascade Mountains
2:08 $0.99
clip
5. Frozzen Logger
2:42 $0.99
clip
6. Wellington Avalanche
4:34 $0.99
clip
7. Old Settler
2:38 $0.99
clip
8. Ode to Puget Sound
1:46 $0.99
clip
9. Clark and Lewis
3:32 $0.99
clip
10. Chivalrous Shark
2:35 $0.99
clip
11. Wild Man of the Olympics
6:30 $0.99
clip
12. When the Ice Worm Nests Again
2:05 $0.99
clip
13. First Taste of Salmon
2:27 $0.99
clip
14. Prince of the Wolves
3:47 $0.99
clip
15. Emerald City
1:04 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Northwest Legends Volume 1.

This recording contains 4 brand new songs created by Al Hirsch.
Two songs, Wellington Avalanche and Clark and Lewis were previously released
on Singing’ American Legends Volume 2. Chivalrous shark was previously recorded for Singing American Legends Volume 1. It was recorded again with a minor lyric change. This recording also contains 2 stories and a poem. The poem, “Emerald City” is a lyrical piece that describes some of the nuances of Seattle. Prince of the Wolves is a Tsiamsham story used by permission. First Taste of Salmon is a piece from my program “More than the Ocean” a Lewis and Clark program offered through Humanities Washington in 2004-2005.

Review from Bob Nelson folk singer extraordinaire...
A CD REVIEW
By Bob Nelson

Al Hirsch has released his newest CD and it’s a winner. It’s titled “NORTHWEST LEGENDS, vol. 1.” As a native Puget Sounder, I find delight in hearing these familiar legends put to music. Al Hirsch is a talented song writer and performer who took it upon himself to add some new songs to round out our local folk material. He has that rare talent to make his ballads sound old and fitting that can only come from a strong respect for traditional folk music.

The Denny Party: A rich telling of the first white settlers in Puget Sound.
Song of the Salmon: This is a delightful version of this old English classic.
Great Seattle Fire: Al combines his skills as a story teller with his fine singing. I predict this upbeat song will catch on with the local singers.
Little Log Cabin: Al’s rendition of this classic song written by Harold Weeks back in the 20’s is a perfect blend of ukulele, harmonica, and voice.
The Frozen Logger: Finally, somebody GETS IT RIGHT! Jim Stevens told me in 1959 that no-body sings the second line the way he wrote it … thanks Al.
Wellington Avalanche: This is ballad telling at its best. As one who tramped the hills in 1955 looking for signs of this disaster, this song rings perfectly true.
Old Settler: Al’s singing brings back memories of Ivar Haglund.
Ode To Puget Sound: This song, written by Carton Fitchett, joins a long list of state songs that weave many river names together … almost like a geography lesson.
Clark and Lewis: A well told history lesson.
Chivalrous Shark: Pure Burl Ives … well done.
Wild Man of the Olympics: I first heard of John Turnow in 1953 when I was living in the area. It’s only in recent years that this story has come to better light. Al’s telling rings true to what I remember.
When The Ice Worms Nest Again: This is ukulele work at it’s best
– 14. – 15: Three well told stories. Here’s where you want to gather the children around and fill their eyes with wonder.

Al’s singing is reminiscent of Burl Ives, and I imagine that Ivar Haglund would have loved this album. Bob Nelson (Bob Nelson is a local folksinger and co-director of The Pacific Northwest Folklore Society)

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

Stewart Hendrickson

Northwest Legends
A very nice CD! A lot of good history and folklore of the Pacific Northwest. Hirsch's story-telling ability comes through in his new songs about the Denny Party, the Great Seattle Fire, the Wellington Avalanche, Clark and Lewis, Wild Man of the Olympics, and the stories told at the end of the CD. He is a master story teller, singer and instrumentalist. This CD is a "must buy" for anyone interested in Northwest folklore.
Read more...

Bob Nelson

Northwest Legends
Al Hirsch has released his newest CD and it's a winner. It's titled "NORTHWEST LEGENDS, vol. 1." As a native Puget sounder I find delight in hearing these familiar legends put to music. Al Hirsch is a talented song writer and performer who took it upon himself to add some new songs to round out our local folk material. He has that rare talent to make his ballads sound old and fitting that can only come from a strong respect for traditional folk music.

Al's singing is reminiscent of Burl Ives and I imagine that Ivar Haglund would have loved this album. Bob Nelson (Bob Nelson is a local folksinger, archivist, and co-director of The Pacific Northwest Folklore Society
Read more...