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I Can Hear You Calling

by Anna Falkenau & Lena Ullman

A decade of playing together distilled into a "refreshingly stylistic and contemporarily relevant" album, "...where the raw bar glistens in all it's free-spirited and unadorned glory" writes The Irish Times, awarding it a four-star review
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1. Chilean Horsemen
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2. Blueberry / Snowdrop (Medley)
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3. Fog
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4. Apatchy Hunting in the Garden
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5. Red Rocking Chair
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6. Waiting for Anna
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7. Goodbye Girls
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8. Black Jack David
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9. Stranger in the Garden / Ways of the World (Medley)
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10. City of Savannah / Ladies Choice / The Factory Smoke (Medley)
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11. Homeless
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12. Easter Lambs
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acclaimed fiddle player Anna Falkenau and five-string banjo virtuoso Lena Ullman will release their
new CD I Can Hear You Calling with a number of launch concerts this autumn.

Anna and Lena have been playing music together for more than a decade. I Can Hear You Calling distills these
years of concerts (Westport Bluegrass Festival, Galway International Arts Festival and many more),
informal sessions, rehearsals and experimentation into twelve thoughtfully chosen tracks for a captivating
listening experience. The combined passion and energy for the music presented here, is in a nutshell,
beautiful and distinct.

“The pair’s marriage of fiddle and banjo sits perfectly in their chosen musical landscape, where the raw bar glistens
in all its free-spirited, unadorned glory” writes Siobhán Long in The Irish Times, awarding it a four-star review.

Andy Irvine endorses the CD thus: ”As a young man discovering music all those years ago, American music -
especially the fiddle and banjo duets of the 1920s - hit me a heavy blow...the combined talents of Anna Falkenau
and Lena Ullman take me back to the thrilling sounds I listened to in my youth.“

And IMM calls the album “refreshingly stylistic and contemporarily relevant.”

Both Anna and Lena grew up in musical families and absorbed Classical music in their younger years. Both found
their way to Irish and American traditional music on the British Isles: Anna in Scotland and the Orkney Islands,
Lena upon hearing Peggy Seeger in London. When they eventually met in Galway around the turn of the
millenium, they found that their musical sensibilities dovetailed neatly in terms of enjoyment and ambition.

“Lena and myself tend to be detail oriented yet at the same time spontaneous. We continuously bounce ideas
off each other. When we set out to record, our intention was to capture this combined energy and passion and
not to loose spontaneity.”

In 2014 both released respective solo CDs to critical acclaim. Martin Hayes called Lena’s Skating Across The Baltic
“...a real gem” and fRoots reviewed Anna’s Féileacán na Saoirse (The Butterfly of Freedom) as a “Hugely impressive
debut recording...imagine Denis Murphy meets Martin Hayes and both win!”

I Can Hear You Calling features new compositions by gifted Irish and American tunesmiths, such as Skip Gorman,
Charlie Lennon and Dave Landreth. Also included are two songs and three tunes composed by Lena Ullman as
well as American classics Red Rocking Chair and Black Jack David (with an original stamp to their melodies).
And last but not least, there is one of Anna Falkenau’s own compositions Apatchy Hunting in the Garden “that
you could clog to on any old Kentucky porch” (Sean Laffey)

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I Can Hear You Calling

Irish Times Review - Siobhán Long
The musical embodiment of the meaninglessness of borders, Anna Falkenau and Lena Ullman are a German/Swedish duo who live and breathe a rich mix of American Old Timey, Irish traditional and, in Falkenau’s case, south Indian influences.

Ullman is truly the girl from the north country, her high lonesome voice aching with the troubles she recounts on her own Blueberry/Snowdrop and the utterly contemporary Homeless. The pair’s marriage of fiddle and banjo sits perfectly in their chosen musical landscape, where the raw bar glistens in all its free-spirited, unadorned glory.

Falkenau’s compositions are beautifully quirky, full of unexpected twists and turns, and her Apatchy Hunting in the Garden is a masterclass in imaginative playing and tune-christening alike. An ear-whispering collection that lingers long after their reading of Charlie Lennon’s beautiful Easter Snow fades. (****)
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/anna-falkenau-and-lena-ullman-i-can-hear-you-calling-rich-folk-mix-from-german-swedish-duo-1.3238393
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