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Fresh Territory

by Dan Berggren

Fresh, acoustic folk rooted in mountain tradition about neighbors, lovers, patriots and hard-working folks, written with wit, soul and great choruses.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Found My Way Back Home
3:16 $0.99
2. Power from Above
2:49 $0.99
3. Peace Begins In My Own Heart
4:07 $0.99
4. Fix It or Stop Complaining
2:12 $0.99
5. Whistle Blower
4:00 $0.99
6. Roadblock
2:58 $0.99
7. From Every Mountain Side
4:15 $0.99
8. Like a Sailor
3:54 $0.99
9. Widow of Charlie Hollow
3:54 $0.99
10. Oh Holy Day
3:42 $0.99
11. Drink of Autumn
3:43 $0.99
12. Never Take Love for Granted
2:08 $0.99
13. Only an April Fool
4:11 $0.99
14. Winter It Is Past
2:09 $0.99
15. Meadow Box
2:41 $0.99
16. The Whittler
3:27 $0.99
17. Make a Better Home
3:39 $0.99
18. Seize the Day
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
DAN BERGGREN writes and sings with a traditional voice and a sense of place. His renewable energy anthem “Power from Above” on FRESH TERRITORY has received national attention, internet and radio airplay. Best-selling author and journalist Bill McKibben writes: "Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer from the days of the civil rights movement. With his wind power song, he’s articulating things that need to be said right now."

Other Quotes from Radio Folks about FRESH TERRITORY:
“What an album---you really feel like you have found your way home--musically and meaningfully.” - Bill Hahn, Host of Traditions on WFDU-FM Teaneck, NJ
“His gentle wit, and his ability to write songs with great choruses, make him an excellent performer.” - Phil Shapiro, Host of Bound for Glory on WVBR-FM Ithaca, NY

Dan has been collecting, writing and singing folk music of the Adirondack region of northern New York for over 30 years. He grew up in the mountains on the land farmed by his mother’s family and worked in the woods on a forest ranger’s crew and a survey crew. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.

A familiar voice at coffeehouses, museums, schools and libraries throughout New York State, Dan has also sung at festivals in Vermont, Connecticut, Michigan and Kentucky, at concerts in Zimbabwe and Bulgaria, and on a three-week tour of Romania with the group Common Thread. Some of his songs have been arranged for orchestra, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with the Fredonia Chamber Players, Ithaca College Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and tour with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

His music has been featured nationally on public radio and television, earning praise from near and far. Vermont Public Radio calls Dan’s music: “A genuine treasure. Fresh and timeless, full of courage and down to earth richness.” And from overseas, Radio Logatec in Slovenia reports: “A wonderful and careful songwriter who makes every word count.”

Sleeping Giant Records has released twelve albums featuring Dan’s music including Ten Miles to Saturday Night with Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, Cloudsplitter with Lynn, a collaboration with Duggan called Rooted in the Mountains and two albums with The Newton Street Irregulars. In 2002 the anthology One with the Water was released featuring recordings previously unavailable on CD. MINERVA - Songs of Irishtown, Olmstedville, Leonardsville and Minerva is Dan’s 2005 tribute to his hometown. The latest release Fresh Territory, builds on Adirondack roots and explores the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, taking care of our planet and each other.

Dan is professor emeritus of audio and radio studies at the State University of New York College at Fredonia, where he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. In that same year the New York State Outdoor Education Association presented him with its Art and Literary Award. Dan was recognized in 2001 by St. Lawrence University as a Distinguished Alumnus, by the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks with its Heritage Award and most recently, he was the recipient of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Award.



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Joyce Rodella

Deeply Rooted and Timeless!
Dan has a way of making new songs feel traditional and old songs sound brand new. Close your eyes and his well-crafted lyrics will show you the importance of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Dan shares and celebrates what he has found in life through his music. Listening to "Fresh Territory" renews my feelings for peace, harmony and hope in these troubled times.

Carol Parenzan Smalley

A Toe-Tapping, Mind-Opening Journey to the Soul
Listening to Fresh Territory is musical meditation. Dan Berggren masterfully invites you, the listener, to become part of the song and the journey. He opens doors of awareness and empowers you to become part of the solution. He allows you to "Seize the Day," "Find Your Way," and share your gift with the world around you. With Fresh Territory, Dan has forged new trails into the mindful wilderness.

Caperton Tissot

In Fresh Territory, Dan Berggren's music, rooted in mountain folk tradition, ris
In Fresh Territory Dan Berggren’s music, rooted in mountain folk tradition, rises to new heights of poignant metaphor. With a gentle voice but powerful messages, songs on this new album sweep us to a disturbing new level of awareness.

Power from Above is a striking interpretation of the significance of our global energy sources. This song, both for its upbeat guitar driven music, and its targeted message will predictably attract the attention of a wide public, very much in the vein of Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” But Berggren brings us a more hopeful message when he urges we attend to the source of renewable power, and say no to the power below that brings only residual coal and oil. In fact, Sing Out!, the #1 folk magazine in the country, recognizing the impact of this song, is publishing it in their next issue and including it on the CD that accompanies the magazine.

On a more sorrowful note, From Every Mountain Side is a stirring patriotic song. Introduced by the plaintive strains of Jenny Berggren’s flute, the hymn-like verses are sung, some by Peggy Lynn and some by Dan Berggren, but end with both harmonizing together in a hauntingly moving tribute to America. The lyrics ring out to the tune, My Country ‘Tis’ of Thee, and remind us that many who love this country, feel intensely betrayed by its current leadership’s compromised morality.

In Peace Begins in My Own Heart, sung to the delicate touch of Dan Duggan’s hammered dulcimer, Berggren suggests we start fixing the world with small steps at home, “I’m going home to help my neighbor, I’m going home to do my part.”

In most of Berggren’s pieces, detailed descriptions of familiar objects found in the wooded landscape but sometimes of things simply found inside our own homes, like the hole in the bucket in Fix it or Stop Complaining, help us make the metaphorical leap to understanding more universal problems of human nature. A plinking banjo and soft percussion buoy the mood of this particular song with a humorous touch that at the same time brings us a new sense of empowerment.

This CD, as the name implies, does explore Fresh New Territory with a number of songs that take on more serious subjects than some of Berggren’s earlier music. Whether in a clipped beat (Roadblock), as a ballad, (Widow of Charlie Hollow), or in the traditional call of protest music (Whistle Blower), the light and lyrical instrumentation combined with the charm of Dan’s voice, bring spirit and inspiration that carries his social criticism to our deepest emotional core. When you buy this album, listen up. It is music to bring hope and courage.

Cathy Marczyk

Life-changing words and sweet, sweet music
Powerful lyrics, crystalline harmonies, bold percussion, and gentle guitar licks are the hallmarks of “Fresh Territory.” There are songs about the seasons of our lives, and sweet and bittersweet songs about the past, the present, and the future, mirroring our inner thoughts and touching on universal hopes and dreams. History is documented in funny and surprising ways, and through a gentle call to arms, “Power From Above,” “Peace Begins In My Own Heart,” and “Whistle Blower” show us that there are things we all can do to impact everyone’s lives in big, positive ways. The music flows seamlessly from the beginning of the CD to the end, with a final reflection in “Seize The Day” on the wonders of being in the moment. Another flawless CD from Dan, and a must-have for anyone who thinks our world could use a little improvement!

Donna Mucks

Easy to listen to, yet topics of great importance.
This is a great CD. It discusses life and social issues with a positive spin. We do have the power to FIX things if we work together. And if we choose not to, then we ought to Stop Complainin'. A great new spin to My Country Tis of Thee, lyrics, harmonies and guitar arrangement blend to stir the soul.