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Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves

by John & Heidi Cerrigione

Traditional music featuring a variety of acoustic instruments. Hammered and mountain dulcimer, guitar, banjo, Swiss accordion, bass and vocals
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rose of My Heart
4:19 $0.99
2. I Know that My Redeemer Lives
3:18 $0.99
3. Hold Fast to the Right
4:36 $0.99
4. He Leadeth Me
2:40 $0.99
5. Angelina Baker
3:02 $0.99
6. Knole Park
2:03 $0.99
7. Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves
3:28 $0.99
8. Kobeli-Walzer
1:58 $0.99
9. The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming
4:00 $0.99
10. Peeler Creek
2:08 $0.99
11. Weggiser Lied
2:31 $0.99
12. Shepherd's Wife
2:29 $0.99
13. A Mother's Last Words to Her Daughter
3:57 $0.99
14. Old Grey Cat
2:15 $0.99
15. Will You Love Me When I'm Old
5:15 $0.99
16. Valley Center
3:21 $0.99
17. Big Eyed Rabbit
2:30 $0.99
18. The Clayhole
3:24 $0.99
19. Black Bottom Strut
2:22 $0.99
20. Slumber My Darling
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
John and Heidi Cerrigione live in Ellington, Connecticut and enjoy playing old time music and collecting songs. In addition to playing with Doofus, they also perform as a duo for dinner parties, business receptions and outdoor gatherings.

John plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, autoharp and bass while Heidi plays autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers. Heidi also teaches autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimer, and is a regular contributor to the Autoharp Quarterly and the Dulcimer Players News.

Heidi was a contributing writer to Music Hound Folk: The Essential Album Guide to Folk Music (Visible Ink Press) and authored the entries on Hammered Dulcimer and Autoharp artists.

John & Heidi's first duet recording, "Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves" was released in 2003. Like "warm clothes and bread loaves and a fire in the wood stove", these songs and tunes are some of their favorites. The selections include 10 instrumentals and 10 vocals. Most are traditional, a few are contemporary, and one is an original composition. All feature a variety of acoustic instruments.



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Ken Mattsson

This is great, feel good music, that I have listened to over and over. John & Heidi are talented with so many instruments, and their singing is great too.
Whenever I'm need some cheering up, this is the CD I put in my stereo!

Susan Emch

Wood Stoves&Bread Loaves
Enjoy the easy listening and talent expressed in this CD. Was a pleasure to be with your parents and sister when they visited Ks.,Heidi.

Susan M. Trudeau

wood stoves and bread loves
This gentle soothing music is pure joy. I love it because it reminds me how pure and simple life can be, yet how deeply spiritual and playful as well. Listening, I feel that I know you, because so much of you comes through your music. There is something universal in it as well--it transports me to the times and places you sing about, and brings me hope, as well as pleasure...the graphics are great too--loved all the instruments and little items on the fireplace mantle. I look forward to more albums...thank you.

Joe Ross

Inspirational messages and catchy melodies that simply make us feel good
This 63-minute project is one of the longer ones I’ve reviewed in some time. With twice as much music as many albums today, one has to appreciate John and Heidi Cerrigione (pronounced ser-a-go-nee) for giving us a full set of songs and tunes. Inspired by Kate Wolf’s song, “Wood Stoves & Bread Loaves,” the album shows that the couple truly does love the old songs the best.

Their ten instrumentals and ten vocals come primarily from the traditional repertoire. However, they open with Hugh Moffatt’s love song “Rose of my Heart,” then cover Handel’s “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Songs from Stephen Foster, Albert E. Brumley, Kate Wolf, and J. H. Gilmore/W. B. Bradbury are interspersed with the traditional numbers. Their own instrumental composition, “Valley Center,” was inspired by a friend’s garden in southern California. The CD’s 6-page insert presents the credits, artists’ notes and lyrics for each piece.

From Ellington, CT., the Cerrigiones are multi-instrumentalists who play acoustic old-time music. Their instruments include autoharp, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano and bass. Heidi plays a “Schwyzerorgeli,” a Swiss variant of the diatonic button accordion, on a beautiful waltz called “Kobeli-Walzer.” She also surprises us with some dulcimette (tuned an octave higher than the standard dulcimer) and banjo-mer (a custom-built dulcimer with a banjo’s voice). Her hammered dulcimer playing is first-rate on tunes like “Black Bottom Strut,” “Old Grey Cat,” “Knole Park” and “Peeler Creek.” Her instrument built by David Lindsey has a full resonant sound that reminds me of one I’ve heard many times on Bill Spence’s seminal albums from the 1970s and 80s. Music for their autoharp duet, “The Clayhole,” can be found in their songbook entitled, “30 Old Time Songs & Tunes.”

Besides their consummate instrumental proficiency, the Cerrigiones demonstrate very pleasant and relaxed vocal techniques. Their duets in songs like “A Mother’s Last Words,” their call-and-response in Albert Brumley’s “Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming,” and even Heidi’s yodeling in “Weggiser Lied” are highlights. The album’s closer, “Slumber My Darling,” is a beautiful Stephen Foster lullaby.

John and Heidi perform as a duo. They also perform with another couple, Neal and Coleen Walters, in a group called “Doofus” (www.doofusmusic.com) which has released three albums. Heidi and John also conduct workshops. On this album, the Cerrigiones sing with pleasant close parallel harmony, staying true to the form of old-time music, a genre whose sounds and messages are being revitalized in recent years. The album shows how a couple of talented multi-instrumentalists are on the leading edge of this resurgence of interest in the genre and are avid proponents for this simple and quaint, yet powerful, music. Celebrating yesteryear in a nostalgic or spiritual fashion, John and Heidi’s songs and tunes have inspirational messages and catchy melodies that simply make us feel good. I commend these “song carriers” for keeping the tradition vibrant and alive. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Norman Rocke

Loved the CD
I liked the selection of songs, the harmony was beautiful and the instrument playing excellent.