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Zen Cappuccino

by Andrea Dale

Singer/songwriter whose themes range from observations of life's simple pleasures to speculation about fantastic worlds or situations.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Mustang's Freedom
3:58 album only
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2. Sweet Delights
4:12 album only
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3. Loving All My Life
3:38 album only
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4. Homecoming
7:09 album only
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5. Hatchet Hand Harry
2:37 album only
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6. Zen Cappuccino
3:14 album only
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7. Bewitching Hour
4:50 album only
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8. Nahr Al-Kalb
4:35 album only
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9. Dragons' Dreams
5:44 album only
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10. Saxophone in Spring
4:56 album only
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11. Prince of Darkness
5:42 album only
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12. VW Bug
2:32 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Andrea did her first concert spring of 1992, playing at a bookstore anniversary celebration. She received a coffee cup for her efforts, setting the direction of her future music ...

Since that time, Andrea has played at bookstores and coffee houses in Lansing, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio (where she now resides.) She has played at conventions across the US and in Canada.

Andrea plays acoustic guitar, singing with and without accompaniment. She writes heart warming and quirky songs about simple pleasures, childhood tales, mythical creatures, and the natural world.

As a child and teen, Andrea spent many summers tramping around Ontario, Canada, gaining an appreciation of the outdoors. An avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and myth, some of Andrea's songs reflect a fascination for the people and creatures in these stories.

Her songs have been covered by a number of folk artists, including British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Conway and Winnipeg singer/songwriter/playwright Graham
Leathers.

Her song "Magic Carpet" was nominated for a Pegasus Award in Columbus, Ohio in 1995.

Her debut album A Step Out of Time was released in January, 1998.

Her second release Zen Cappuccino serves up slice-of-life observations, fantastic worlds, children?s campfire stories, travels around the world, and an occasional stop at the library along the way. Upbeat and positive with an occasional dash of danger and excitement, Zen Cappuccino encompasses arrangements from simple and quiet to active, intertwined, and just a little bit demented.

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Chris Conway

Zen Cappuccino - warming, cheering, frothy, sweet, and strong
For me listening to Zen Cappuccino is like visiting Andrea at home - pull up a chair - make yourself comfortable, put the kettle on. What i like best - a genuine communication from an artist. But it's not all homespun songs - there's a wide variety of goodies in Andrea's kitchen. Thoughtful songs, magical, heartfelt, funny and a lot of interesting arrangements with bodhrans, trumpet, djembe, doubek a blugrass band, accordian, flute, sax, organ etc as well as Andrea's lovely voice and guitar. A strong crew of players too Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers from Dandelion Wine, Scott Snyder and Clan, Debbie Ridpath Ohi from Urban Tapestry, Bill Sutton, Brenda Sutton (from the Weird Sisters) - and these are just the guys I've heard of...

What I like about Andrea's voice is that it is a voice of character - not just a sweet folky-girl voice - and consequently it has a wide range of expression.

I immediately fell in love with Mustang's Freedom and play that song a lot - such a breezyness and carefree vibe. My other favourite is Bewitching Hour which has a strong magical feel to it.
Hatchet Hand Harry has to be mentioned as it's a great tale of invented boogie man at camp - Andrea's "uh oh" is so well timed it makes me laugh out loud every time...

My favourite songs are those penned by Andrea herself, which is most of them, but she also has chosen songs wisely too - interesting to hear a different version of Debbie Ridpath Ohi's (from Urban Tapestry) Homecoming with interesting harmonising trumpets arrangement.

A more balanced and better produced album than her great debut A Step Out of Time - on that album you got the feeling she was still trying things out - on Zen Cappuccino you have a warm communication from a seasoned performer bringing her varying skills, with light and shade, to make a satisfying whole album.
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