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Cloud Forest

by The Barn Owl Band

Powered by fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, and upright bass, the Barn Owls give new wing to the exciting sound of the traditional American string band.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bull at the Wagon (Live in Concert)
3:38 album only
2. The Cloud Forest
4:49 album only
3. Magpie / Miller's Reel / Howlin' Bill
5:38 album only
4. Dr. Jazz / Peacock Rag (Live in Concert)
4:17 album only
5. Mooncoin / Dinky's / Siobhán O’Donnell’s (The Reel of Sceachog)
5:12 album only
6. Irish American Reel / Ships are Sailing / Popcorn
4:18 album only
7. Arc of Life
4:23 album only
8. Michael's Welcome to Eleanor / Michael's Welcome to Samuel
3:45 album only
9. Tuscan Suite (Live in Concert)
3:59 album only
10. Farewell to Whiskey / Shamrock Shore / The Wise Peasant
7:16 album only
11. Fuji Blues
2:59 album only
12. Mer's Waltz (Live in Concert)
3:32 album only
13. Johnny Cope / Bunch of Keys
4:47 album only
14. The Oars Rise Up
5:53 album only
15. Closing the Cottage
4:41 album only


Album Notes
Cloud Forest is a loving collection of studio and live recordings the Barn Owls have done over the last several years, alternating between powerful fiddle-driven tune medleys and gentle waltzes and vocal numbers. This CD shows the Barn Owls at their eclectic, genre-bending best (how about Celtic, Traditional, New Age Acoustic, Swing, and Blues, for starters?) Collectively, it's a superb tribute to the tunesmiths in the band, with the title track being penned by Mike Bell. Some highlights include:

*The Cloud Forest, the much-requested waltz tune featured in our performance on “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2002, in a studio version that shows off all the nuances of this haunting tune by Mike Bell.

*Dr. Jazz / Peacock Rag, done live in concert, calling back to the roaring 20’s with an Owlish combination of Roger’s jive vocals and instrumental sparkle, and ending with a flashy fiddle tune that Jason has played at countless fiddle contests.

*Arc of Life, an original vocal number by Jon, backed by harmony vocals and catchy instrumental tags.

*Irish-American / Ships are Sailing / Popcorn, driven by Merle’s exuberant banjo in one of our favorite medleys for contradance backup. It even spoons out a little “Shortnin’ Bread” for the dancers!

*Johnny Cope / Bunch of Keys*, feature up-and-coming fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Ehler Orngard on an extended fiddle solo into a hard-driving Irish reel in B minor.

*Tuscan Suite, from the pen of Brad Johnson and a “tune sandwich” featuring three mandolins, fiddle, guitar and Marty’s hard-driving bass. A live in concert track, you have to hear this one to believe it.

*Closing the Cottage, another Mike Bell original, in a studio version that beautifully evokes the emotions of “season’s end”.

The Barn Owl Band features:
* Roger Alexander - piano, accordion, pennywhistle, vocals
* Michael Bell - mandolin, 4-string banjo, vocals
* Jon Duvick - guitar, vocals, bass
* Merle Hall - 5-string banjo, background vocals
* Jason Huntley - fiddle
* Brad Johnson - mandolin, bouzouki
* Marty Miller - bass, percussion
* Ehler Orngard - fiddle, bodhran, percussion, pennywhistle, background vocals



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