Connie Allen and Bill Dempsey | The Waves We Left Behind

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The Waves We Left Behind

by Connie Allen and Bill Dempsey

Americana album featuring Connie and Bill as they sound in concert. Four originals, several traditional, and a bunch of covers.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Midnight on the Water
3:19 album only
2. Eleanor Cutler
4:07 album only
3. Buckdancer's Choice
2:07 album only
4. Indiana
1:58 album only
5. Wife in Every Port
2:33 album only
6. Sailor Jack
2:54 album only
7. Miss Rowen Davies
5:16 album only
8. By the Seat of His Pants
3:43 album only
9. Oh! California
4:06 album only
10. Cowboy Waltz/Sitting Alone in the Moonlight
4:47 album only
11. Jubilee
3:41 album only
12. Blues for Dixie
2:20 album only
13. Christmas on a Train
4:46 album only
14. What a Wonderful World
2:30 album only
15. San Fransisco Bay Blues
3:45 album only


Album Notes
Connie and Bill have been performing for 71 years. Some of those were concurrent and the last few have even been together. They found a common voice in traditional music where Connie's banjomer, a hybrid of Appalachian dulcimer and banjo, adds a melodic accents to Bill's Carter style flat picking. But the big attraction for Connie was Bill's ability to croon those old jazz standards and willingness to back off on guitar or banjo to allow a dulcimer lead. Even more amazing, Connie has been willing to provide string bass accompaniment to Bill's banjo and kazoo extravaganzas! It must be love.
Then there's Connie's originals. Connie writes songs with traditional roots that weave stories of the past with a fresh, witty perspective. A panel at Folk Alliance including Gene Shay and Nancy White proclaimed her songs 'Charming'. 'A fresh voice in the Americana genre'. Lately Bill's experience with children's concerts and sea songs has influenced her work. They are working on a first CD of originals, traditional songs, and old standards.
Bill Dempsey and Connie Allen have appeared at the San Diego Folk Festival 2000, Claremont Spring Folk Festival, Live Oak Children's Stage, Dana Point Tall Ships Festival, Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, Poway Train Song Festival as well as various libraries, historical site and schools. Bill is a full time music teacher and both conduct workshops, practice groups, and write educational material for their respective instruments. Performing is only part of the picture. They play and teach with the hope of inspiring music in everyone. As SDFH's Phyllis Grodzitsky said of their act, "Connie and Bill have a rare ability to reach an audience and have them on the inside of the musical experience"



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Rosalie Newberg Fisher

Fantastic, perfect selection of songs, multi-instruments & voice
This CD is fantastic. A perfect selection of songs. Some will tug at your heart, others will make you smile. Included in the CD are four original songs by Connie Allen, with engaging lyrics (humorous and poignant) and pretty melodies. They each tell a story transporting you to different times and places. Both Connie and Bill are multi-instrumentalists and the blend of their voices and instruments create a pleasant listening experience. It also demonstrates the diversity of the mountain dulcimer with jazz, traditional and swing tunes, played by Connie, with a wonderful rendition of "Blues for Dixie". Other songs demonstrate the range of Bill Dempsey's full voice and his multiple instrumental abilities.