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Appalachian Christmas

by Dogwood Daughter

Folk carols from the southern mountains. Vocals with banjo, fiddle, guitar, squeeze box, dulcimer, and other instruments plus one new holiday song and a couple of stories charmingly told in rhyme. Limited edition CDs decorated by the artist with love.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angels We Have Heard On High
4:16 $1.00
2. The Friendly Beasts
3:01 $1.00
3. Down in Yon Forest
4:15 $1.00
4. Greensleeves
2:14 $1.00
5. Brightest and Best
3:29 $1.00
6. Christmas Cradle Song
2:40 $1.00
7. The Holly and the Ivy
3:32 $1.00
8. Cold and Starry Night
3:14 $1.00
9. The Heifer's Christmas
4:31 $1.00
10. Nativity
4:59 $1.00
11. God Bless Ye Merry Gentlement
3:18 $1.00
12. And the Trees Did Moan
2:35 $1.00
13. Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay
2:32 $1.00
14. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
3:30 $1.00
15. I Saw Three Ships
2:19 $0.99
16. Pattie Jean's Christmas Doll (Bonus Track, A Sugar Tree Story)
8:44 $1.00
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I live in a small white house in the woods in the shadow of the Cumberland Mountains, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. That little white house is also where most of my music is produced and recorded. When I'm not playing music, I'm wife to Bob and mother to Joseph and Walker.



When I was a little girl, we had an old upright piano in our house. Some of my best memories are of sitting on that piano bench, banging on the keys and singing at the top of my lungs, probably when I was about two. When I was four, I started playing for real, just by ear.



My father got me a teacher and I really took off. I learned to play the piano by studying the usual classics, but when I was 11, I went to a craft festival in the mountains and heard an old woman playing a mountain dulcimer. I fell in love with that modal sound! All I wanted for Christmas was a mountain dulcimer of my own.



The dulcimer opened the door to singing. I loved the Appalachian and British folk songs and ballads and started collecting and singing them. I think when I was a teenager, I was known primarily as the girl who could play the dulcimer and sing. But I was always a shaky, nervous performer. It was the music I loved, not the recognition.



I went out of state to college and other pursuits took me away from music for several years. I really owe my return to music to my husband. After the children were born and had started to school, I got a piano again and started playing and improvising, timidly at first. My husband would always encourage me." Martha, that's beautiful. You should do something with that."



And then one summer day, on our way down to the Ocoee River (my husband is a raft guide on the river) I overheard my husband talking to his cousin and he said, "I think Martha should be a composer."



Hearing him say those words was all it took. I've been composing and writing songs, solo piano and other instrumental music (sometimes night and day) ever since. So you see, that's why I said on the inside cover of my "Spirit Songs" cd that I am grateful to my husband Bob, who is always the wind beneath my wings.


I recorded as MarMelodian from 2008 through 2010. I began recording as Dogwood Daughter in 2011. It seemed like a good idea since few people could remember or spell the name 'MarMelodian.'

A couple of years ago, Mary Helen Picklesimer, my old 3rd and 4th grade teacher from Elm Grove Elementary School, convinced me to start writing for children. As usual, Mary Helen was right! I LOVE writing and recording music for children. You'll find the best children's music you've never heard at Lily Cat's Music for Kids (www.lilycatmusicforkids.com)

My 15 Track Album, Lily Cat's Very Good Day by Lily Cat Music for Kids, is also available here at CDBaby. Take a listen, all tracks are free streaming, and I promise, you will like what you hear!



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