Ann Mayo Muir & Ensemble Galilei | Notes From Across The Sea

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Notes From Across The Sea

by Ann Mayo Muir & Ensemble Galilei

Gorgeous instrumentals written by Ann Mayo Muir and renderd on Celtic harp, fiddle, recorder, whistle, oboe, percussion, guitar and viola da gamba by the Grammy-nominated Ensemble Galilei to create, "a feast for the musical gourmet!"
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Twist The Devil's Tail
Ensemble Galilei
3:03 $0.99
2. Lament For Andrea
Ensemble Galilei
3:37 $0.99
3. Fire Up the Kiln, Love
Ensemble Galilei
3:45 $0.99
4. Merlin's Forest
Ensemble Galilei
2:19 $0.99
5. Winter's Blanket
Ensemble Galilei
4:45 $0.99
6. The Deepening
Ensemble Galilei
6:06 $0.99
7. Hanko Panko
Ensemble Galilei
4:33 $0.99
8. Connie's Garden / Martin and the Fox
Ensemble Galilei
3:15 $0.99
9. Les Souvenirs et Les Regrets
Ensemble Galilei
2:59 $0.99
10. Hear My Heart
Ensemble Galilei
2:33 $0.99
11. Mother To Son
Ensemble Galilei
3:03 $0.99
12. A Love Song For My Sailor
Ensemble Galilei
2:19 $0.99
13. Gypsy's Bow
Ensemble Galilei
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the spirit of a traveler, a wanderer, a woman whose journeys have
taken her over much of the world, come tunes infused with life. Annie’s music.
Enter the fiddle and Celtic harp, bringing their gifts of mystery.
Recorders and viola da gamba bless the tunes with echoes of an ancient
world, and in the next moment, swing guitar and brushes set the beat.
The journey continues…

Music by Ann Mayo Muir
Arranged & Performed by Ensemble Galilei
Produced by Bob Dawson & Carolyn Surrick at Bias Studios
©(p) 2009 Ann Mayo Muir Music, BMI •
Single Speed Glass Mastered at Oasis CD

Ann Mayo Muir has had a long and lustrous career as a recording artist and touring
musician, most often appearing in concert with Ed Trickett and me. In those years she
distinguished herself as singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. When we stopped
performing in 2000, she had just taken up the fiddle, to which she has since added
Hardanger Fiddle and Nyckelharpa, studying under some of the finest fiddlers in the
Celtic tradition.
And she’s been composing - stunning instrumental music - and quite different than
what you’ve heard in our work together. Some pieces feel American, many have a
European twist and a couple have run off with the Gypsies.
Ensemble Galilei, a highly respected Celtic/Early Music Crossover group, arranged
the pieces, and it is a sinuous, snappy, energetic delight of interpretation, with many
shifts and surprises, happily suited to Annie’s unique vision. With so many tastes and
textures, this CD is a feast for the musical gourmet. ~ Gordon Bok (Bok, Muir & Trickett)

Music is my way. It calls me, haunts me, nourishes and comforts me. Music is magic,
irresistible. It is life! While creating these tunes has been one of my life’s great pleasures,
hearing them arranged and played by Ensemble Galilei is truly sublime! My heart has been
heard. Now, what a joy to share the music with you! ~ Ann Mayo Muir

Tune Notes ~

1. Twist The Devil’s Tail ~ This tune was inspired by the many wonderful hours spent
in Ireland learning the fiddle from Martin Hayes, a master and a friend. For the song title,
I thank my longtime friend and music companion, Gordon Bok.

2. Lament for Andrea ~ Andrea was lovely and talented and my husband’s oldest daughter.
Her Papa’s right hand on a sailing boat, she could read his mind as he could read hers.
Quiet and shy, she loved books and cooking, teaching me her secrets when we were together.
She would always help her friends and I am happy that I was one of them.
Andrea died too soon, at 44 years of age.

3. Fire Up The Kiln, Love ~ Thanks to friend and author, Robin Rice, for this provocative
title. There’s nothing like having a kiln loaded with bisque-ware (pottery), ready to be fired.
All the work of throwing, trimming, carving, decorating, and finally glazing leads to this last
step, filled with hope and uncertainty, for there is no real knowing what will be born through
the fire!

4. Merlin’s Forest ~ They say the legendary wizard, Merlin, retired in Northern France
where he allowed himself to be wooed into an enchanted circle by a beautiful Fairy.
They fell deeply in love and spent their remaining days together in La Foret de Broceliante.

5. Winter’s Blanket ~ A tune of comfort for the human spirit as it struggles on toward spring.
I dedicate this to my daughter, Christina, whose sensitivity and artistry often guide me.
It is thanks to her vision and love that this CD bloomed.

6. The Deepening ~ Moving toward a quiet center.

7. Hanko Panko ~ One summer, on the southwest coast of Finland, my husband and I
spent four blissful days in the town of Hanko Panko watching the national sailboat races
and making some special new friends. While relaxing in the glow of another lovely sunset,
with shades of rose and purple dancing in the water’s reflection, I invited the harbor spirits
to send me a tune that I could take away with me as a reminder of our magical visit.
This tune arrived with the night.

8. Connie’s Garden ~ Thanks to Connie, my daughter-in-law, I began attending Alasdair
Fraser’s marvelous Scottish Music camp, Valley of the Moon, in Santa Cruz, CA. It was there
that I first heard Alasdair’s magnificent playing and fell in love with the fiddle. I am so grateful
to Connie for planting that seed. In return, here’s a musical wish for her to have more time
to enjoy her own garden! ~

~ Martin and the Fox ~ This is a bow to one of my favorite fiddlers, Martin Hayes, and to
one of my favorite books, The Little Prince.

9. Les Souvenirs et Les Regrets ~ Memories and regrets, something we all know
and think about, especially at the turning of the year.

10. Hear My Heart ~ Writing this tune comforted me through a sleepless night when I
feared that someone very dear to me might not make it to the morning.

11. Mother To Son ~ For Howie, who has gifted me with his valuable listening, and who
is so worth listening to in return.

12. A Love Song For My Sailor ~ This was written for my husband, Claude Graf, the
designer and builder of our beautiful Chebec sailboat. We spent many summers sailing
along the east coast of the United States as well as around the Mediterranean. He is
one of the world’s great sailors who did it the old fashioned way, by stars and compass.
The melody says, “I LOVE YOU.”

13. Gypsy’s Bow ~ Once while stopping at the border between Slovakia and Poland,
my husband and I spent some time listening to a handsome young gypsy play his fiddle.
Dressed in his best dark-blue suit, he played with all his heart, accompanied by two elderly
gentlemen on guitars. We couldn’t take our eyes off him, and yet none of the other people
waiting in the line of cars appeared to give his music any notice.
As he drew close to us we saw that his bow was in ruins. The tightening mechanism was
broken and the hairs were plastered to the wood. It was amazing that he could play so well
with such a terrible bow! I couldn’t wait to give him my extra student bow and a set of new
strings. His eyes sparkled with gratitude and I was thrilled to think that my bow would now
play his music and live the kind of gypsy life that I would never know. When this tune
popped into my head a few weeks later, I had no doubt that it was a gift from the gypsy!

Thanks ~

Thanks to my family and friends for holding me with Love, especially my husband Claude,
my best friend, who sets my heart sailing. Thanks too for music and musicians, particularly
my dear partners, Gordon Bok and Ed Trickett, my inspiring teachers, Alasdair Fraser and
Martin Hayes, and my darling daughter, Christina, who sees me like no other.

Thanks to these wonderful musicians for pouring Original Melodic Instrumentals
themselves into the music and giving wings to these tunes.
Special thanks to Carolyn Surrick for her adventurous spirit, whipping this project into
shape like a marvelous chef making the lightest Belgian waffles and the fluffiest, buttery
mashed potatoes! ~ C.G.Muir

Credits ~

Arrangements by the members of Ensemble Galilei,
except “Hear My Heart,” arranged by C.A.Surrick

Hanneke Cassel ~ fiddle
Danny Mallon ~ percussion
Kathryn Montoya ~ recorders, oboes, whistles
Sue Richards ~ Celtic harp
Carolyn Anderson Surrick ~ viola da gamba
with Tom Mitchell ~ guitar, mandolin

Music by Ann Mayo Muir
Conceived and Pre-produced by Christina Muir
Recorded by Bob Dawson
Mixing & Editing by Bob Dawson & Carolyn Surrick
“Winter’s Blanket” Recorded by Jim Robeson
Produced by Bob Dawson & Carolyn Surrick
Recording, Mixing & Editing at Bias Studios, Springfield, VA
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow, Takoma Park, MD
Executive Producer ~ Ann Mayo Muir

Cover Photo by A.M.Muir – Malta, off the coast of Italy
Photo of Ann by Sandy Paton of
Tune Notes by Ann Mayo Muir & Christina Muir
Graphic Design by Christina Muir & Joanne Juskus

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Lifts your spirit!!!
If you enjoy Celtic influenced music that lifts your spirit and puts you into a dream world of beautiful instrumentation, this is the cd for you.

Every song on this cd draws you in with its upbeat, rhythmic and juicy tidbits as well as breaking your heart with love songs. The talent in this cd speaks for itself.

Like your mama's homemade soup, this contains a bit of everything and will put you into a happy state of warmth, reflection and joy and will leave you completely satisfied.


My all time prized possession
From A Love Song For My Sailor, to A Winter's Blanket, you will be enchanted, wonderfully romanced, ypu will fance up close and slow, and your spirit will fly as spin and glide, while all the while you are transposed to a land of the Gypsy's Bow, and busy yourself chasing Martin And The Fox, whilst by the time you turn around, you'lll be find yourself prancing around Merlin's Forest, where you'kk Fire Up The Kiln, and fall in love with all the other spellbinding music by Ann Mayo Muir played with great class and enthusiasm by Ensemble Galilei!!! Enjoy!!!!!

Lucy Webster

I highly recommend it!
Ann Mayo Muir ~ Extraordinary (very unusual or remarkable.)

The above could be the title of Ann’s latest CD but it’s not... it’s titled, ~ Notes From Across The Sea ~ Ensemble Galilei ~ Original Melodic Instrumentals ~

In my opinion....these are original instrumental songs to soothe and enrich your day,

Annie, has displayed nothing but the finest in what I call "True Folk" music. She has been creating it for quite some time...her music is evergreen...ageless!

Professional in all regards, Annie has worked and studied with some of the best in their field (Fantastic fiddler Martin Hayes for example.) and she has honored, included some of those friends on this latest endeavor.

Except for "Hear My Heart" arranged by C.A. Surrick
Ensemble Galilei group arranged and played all of Ann's music.

Danny Mallon - percussion
Kathryn Montoya - recorders, oboes, whistles
Hanneke Cassel - fiddle
Sue Richards - Celtic harp
Carolyn Anderson Surrick - viola da gamba with Tom Mitchell - guitar, mandolin

Each piece is played with perfect precision from the opening, "Twist The Devil’s Tail" to "Gypsy’s Bow". (Both lively and upbeat. Loved them.) There are 13 gem songs on this disc. I liked the brief story telling about the meaning for each one.

My personal favorite’s..... "Lament For Andrea". This is a powerful song done so gracefully. A tribute to a daughter who passed too soon. Other favorites, "Mother To Son", "Fire Up The Kiln Love" and "A Love Song For My Sailor"... a song Ann wrote for her talented husband Claude Graf who is among many things a designer and builder of sailboats. As Ann states in the liner notes... "the melody says....I LOVE YOU!"

What I also liked about this CD is the way it ebb an flows. You can put it on and leave it alone. It will do the rest. It will entertain but it will also stir you. It will bring back memories of days past. Good days, tender days. It paints pictures of simple times with family, a friend a love. Not many CD’s can woo you AND win you.... but this one did me!

Christina Muir, Ann’s daughter, had a hand in the making of the CD also. Great job to EVERYONE involved btw!

All in all the disc is a work of art!

If you’re looking for, relaxing, reflective, peaceful, promising, yes even dancing music you need not look any further. Thank you Ann for "Notes From Across The Sea" I highly recommend it!