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Champlain Summer

by Ed Stauff

These Celtic and traditional tunes, renaissance and baroque classics, and original compositions are alternately joyful, reverant, haunting, playful, poignant and uplifting, each one exquisitely performed on solo piano.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lady Franklin's Lament
Ed Stauff
4:29 $0.99
2. Planxty Fanny Power
Ed Stauff
3:29 $0.99
3. Planxty Martha
Ed Stauff
3:44 $0.99
4. Star of the County Down
Ed Stauff
3:41 $0.99
5. Gentle Maiden / Planxty Irwin
Ed Stauff
5:13 $0.99
6. Thanksgiving
Ed Stauff
8:33 $0.99
7. Terpsichore CCLXVIII: Ballet
Ed Stauff
3:28 $0.99
8. Lullabye
Ed Stauff
5:20 $0.99
9. Shebeg & Shemore
Ed Stauff
3:43 $0.99
10. Planxty Mary Ellen
Ed Stauff
4:02 $0.99
11. Prelude #1 From the Well Tempered Clavier
Ed Stauff
2:20 $0.99
12. Champlain Summer
Ed Stauff
11:03 $0.99
13. Bonus Track
Ed Stauff
3:23 $0.99
14. Bonus Track
Ed Stauff
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ed has been a musician for as long as he can remember, ever since his mother taught him piano at an early age. Born of musicians, his early musical influences included the Kingston Trio, the Tijuana Brass, and symphony concerts. He began taking classical organ lessons at age 10. He sang in his gram-mar school choir, where he made his solo singing debut, and later played alto sax in the band.

Unable to keep his hands off any instrument within reach, Ed delighted his parents and frustrated his high school band teacher by switching between alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trombone, and sousa-phone. He sang in the school chorus, and his study of classical organ continued all through high school. Meanwhile, Elton John sparked a renewed interest in the piano, which led to Chicago, James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkle, and (though he denies it) the Carpenters. During this time Ed began arranging, first for the high school band, and later for a community band. Summer courses in music theory at Hartt School of Music complemented his growing ability to play by ear.

While majoring in computer science at Yale, Ed took as many music courses as he could fit into his schedule. He expanded his repertoire of pop tunes on the piano, classical works on the organ, and also picked up clawhammer banjo and Appalachian dulcimer. During this time he discovered the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Judy Collins, and The Moody Blues. He also fell in love with medieval and renaissance music, and acquired a full consort of recorders. He joined the marching band playing alto sax, then switched to sousaphone, and eventually found his true calling as the only marching celtic harpist. Inspired by a book discovered while working at the music library, Ed built a harpsichord from scratch.

After graduating, Ed moved to New Hampshire, where he soon discovered Dick Pleasants' "The Folk Heritage" on WGBH. In no time he was permanently hooked on the likes of Gordon Bok, Sally Rogers, Judy Small, Cindy Kallet, Stan Rogers, Lui Collins, and Archie Fisher (to name just a few). Soon after helping start the Wang Chorus, he became its director, and arranged numerous traditional and contemporary folk songs for it. During this time Ed finally fulfilled one of the requirements of folk mu-sicianship and took up the guitar. In the early 90's Ed formed a folk ensemble called Ordinary Folks, where he continued to improve his arranging skills, performing at local coffee houses and the New Eng-land Folk Festival. Appalled at the lack of folk venues in and around Nashua, Ed founded Simple Gifts Coffee House in 1994, where he served as chief sound engineer for six years. While working for Avid Technology, he contributed to a CD of multimedia clips a two-minute piano solo which, to his surprise, generated fan mail from across the country for a number of years.

In 1995, at a local science fiction convention, Ed met singer Mary Ellen Wessels (Mew), just in time to help her produce her first solo album "Current Obsessions", and therein made his debut as a published songwriter. In a classic love story, Mew moved to New Hampshire and married Ed. They now perform as a duo called "Hopeful Romantics" which has delighted audiences from Los Angeles to England, in-cluding several New England Folk Festivals.

In 2001, inspired by the fan mail from his clip on the Avid CD, Ed began work on his first solo piano CD, "Champlain Summer". Funded mostly by presales, it was released in 2002. Immediately after its release, many of his presales customers ordered additional copies after hearing the finished product. Ed and Mew are now living in Vermont with their two sons Rowan and Corwin.

Ed's piano playing has been compared to George Winston and Elton John, and other "paper trained" musicians frequently notice his classical training. He also plays 6 and 12 string guitar, recorders, banjo, and hammered dulcimer. He seeks out the best traditional and contemporary folk songs, and interprets them with freshness, originality, and loving care.



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Larissa March

Very beautiful music
This is the CD I put on to pull me up out of a bleah mood. It has a wide variety of moods but consistently beautiful performance, and I have never become tired of it.

Roberta Kennedy

Wonderful music--highly recommend!
"Champlain Summer" is an unusual-but-wonderful mixture: relaxing, energizing instrumentals with strong celtic, folk and classical influences. Ed Stauff's original compositions are lovely, evoking a sense of time and place and emotional depth that's too rare in today's plastic music. Of course the classic tunes are haunting too (that's how they become classics, right?) and he performs them with authentic passion. Overall this CD leaves me with a feeling of calm contemplation, but some tracks make me feel like dancing too (or, more often, tackling neglected chores). I think people who like to meditate or fall asleep to music--as well as fussy babies--would love "Champlain Summer." (For whatever it's worth, listening to this CD even relaxed my cranky old cat when she freaked during a thunderstorm. :-)

Jeff Pettegrew

Romantic Solo Piano
These soft, subtle and reflective interpretations of lovely folk melodies provide the listener with a personal concert that I feel like singing to....

Don Neill

Clean, Clear, Summer
An excellent solo piano album with production and sound that brings the piano and artist into your home for an uplifting, eclectic concert. You will feel refreshed and renewed after traditional, classical, and original excursions to a beautiful landscape, passionately portrayed by Mr. Stauff.
I was very impressed by the solidity and depth that attends each and every song. The simplicity of the production allows the listener to meditate directly on the music, something I find so rare in today's over-produced albums. I was very pleasantly surprised by Champlain Summer and recommend it to anyone without reservation.

Kevin Thomas

Get it!
I love this CD! The music is fun and beautiful. It reminds me of my own summers on Lake Champlain ... aahh.