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Songs Around the Kitchen Table

by David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin

Nashville-based Welsh David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin share a refreshingly uplifting chemistry of intimate voices and interwoven guitars.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. This Morning Blues
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:38 $1.09
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2. Homeward
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:05 $1.09
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3. Only God Knows
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2:57 $1.09
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4. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
2:46 $1.09
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5. Just Surrender
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:24 $1.09
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6. Dancing
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:58 $1.09
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7. The Real Peter Pan
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
4:12 $1.09
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8. Coffee Shop Song
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
2:21 $1.09
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9. God's Waltz (Extended Version)
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:05 $1.09
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10. The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:06 $1.09
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11. Turn Turn Turn
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin
3:45 $1.09
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Paired at a songwriting retreat in Sweden in 2008, Welshman David Llewellyn and Swedish Ida Kristin were presented with an afternoon to write a song about a couple sitting in a coffee shop, and discovered a magical connection that has transformed into a finely honed acoustic duo. The spark kindled by this fortuitous collaboration uniting these two acclaimed solo artists, has resulted in the release of their debut folk album, Songs Around The Kitchen Table – a beguiling toe-to-toe recording, infused with tenderness and intimacy.

From relaxed songwriting evenings spent around the kitchen table in David's current home in Nashville TN, the 11-song sparsely scored acoustic album sparkles with seven of David & Ida's fervent compositions and some well chosen covers.

Realizing the effortless synergy of how they listened and followed each other in real time, David & Ida captured their interwoven harmonies and guitars in the truest way possible; by setting up a few mics and performing their repertoire on the spot. Talented musician friends from around Nashville joined in adding subtle flavors: Robin Ruddy (dobro) and Tim Lorsch (violin/cello) on “This Morning Blues.” Catherine Styron Marx (piano) on “The Real Peter Pan,” John Mock (whistle/accord) on “God's Waltz,” Bruce Baxter (accordion) on “Only God Knows” and Dave Jacques (bass guitar) on “Coffee Shop Song.”

The album opens with the trans-Atlantic co-write “This Morning Blues” - an emotional story of parting lovers after a short but profound love affair. “Only God Knows” - asks the big questions: "Why is this world in our safe keeping?" and "Why does ice cream melt so soon..?" “Coffee Shop Song” is a playful take on the universal theme of relationship tit for tat, and is the first song that David & Ida wrote together on that serendipitous songwriting retreat. Inspired by their connection, Ida's song “The Real Peter Pan” and David's “Homeward,” were written for each other. “Just Surrender” is a rallying call for those of us, who ride the fence of love, to say YES!

The classic love song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Ewan MacColl - sung as a duet, showcases the heavenly blend and emotional depth of the duo’s voices. During the recording process, David and Ida stepped outside on the porch for an impromptu one-take video shoot of “59th Street Bridge Song” (Paul Simon), quickly garnering a lot of interest on YouTube. The closing song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” is a loving homage to one of the great folk singer-songwriters of the 60's - Pete Seeger.

Guest appearances by Robin Ruddy - dobro, Tim Lorsch - violin and cello on “This Morning Blues”.
Bruce Baxter - accordion on “Only God Knows”. Catherine Styron Marx - piano on “The Real Peter Pan”.
Dave Jacques - bass guitar on “Coffee Shop Song”. John Mock - whistle and accord on “God’s Waltz”.

Recorded & Produced in Blueprint studios Nashville TN by David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin.
Mixed in the Henhouse Sweden and Blueprint Studios Nashville TN.
Mastered by Glenn Meadows Mayfield Mastering Nashville TN 2013. Photos by Jon Trogden.

Reviews:
"Fate brought them together ... Just divine".
Marie Crichton, "Marie Crichton's Country Show"/BBC Radio Shropshire

"Their music gave the whole staff goosebumps!"
Swedish Radio Kronoberg

"I was transfixed by the vocal pas de deux that is Ida and David, I couldn't avert my ears or my eyes and was rewarded with a show that was profound and playful, sensitive and sassy, traditional and original. A melding of talents that makes the whole even greater than its plentifully gifted parts".
Erin O'Toole - WGRN's Songwriters' Showcase 89.5 FM

"What an amazing CD. The recording is simple yet elegant. The recording highlights the best of each voice. If you want to hear David and Ida, this is the cd to get".
C. Stone, Dreamhouse Concerts

“Engaging, eloquent and entertaining, these two shine with the joy of what they’re doing.”
Brett Perkins - Copenhagen Songwriters Festival

“Their chemistry and charm is infectious.”
Tod Ardoin - The CNHF

“Fantastic duo, really brought down the house.”
Dave Parry - The Tafia

“’Once’ it was Hansard and Irglová, now it’s David and Ida! Book for two performances - you’ll want to see Ida and David more than ‘Once’!”
Swansea Jack

“This Welsh/Swedish folk duo captivated us with their combined musical talents and their beautifully written and tenderly performed songs about life’s joys and sorrows. They are among our absolute favorite performers."
Jan Chandler - Heartland Gallery

"Ida Kristin and David Llewellyn met in 2008, so different, but still they complement each other. Their unique voices, different music influences and tasteful guitar accompaniment make the concerts an unpredictable spreader of joy...".
Ölandsbladet

Successful in their own rights as solo artists, Ida Kristin has written and recorded two critically acclaimed solo albums. The debut on V2 records, included the title track and movie soundtrack "Stumble" and featured the duet "Love is how we stay alive" with Ryan Adams.
- ”Some voices make you stop and drop everything. It ́s not exactly every day that Sweden is gifted with talents that have that quality. But Ida Kristin ... has a pure and passionate voice...” (Sonic Magazine #3 2001).

David Llewellyn's self-titled debut CD was released in the US (2004) and quickly gained top 10 radio plays on the FolkDJ charts and has proved a fast seller at gigs and house concerts around this country and back home with tours in Wales, Ireland and the UK. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious 2008 International John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the 2007 Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" Competition.
- "A MUST buy. First heard David at the Kerrville Folk Festival. CD is outstanding. Both the songwriting & music are exceptional. His songs convey thought provoking images that relate to real life experiences and feelings" (Reverbnation, T. Millwee)

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