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Yellow Barn

by Falling Waters Trio

Contemporary and traditional reels, jigs, waltzes, and airs played on fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, and guitar.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Charley Murray's Waltz
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2. Stone Bench
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3. The Yellow Barn
3:59 $0.99
4. House on the Lake
3:47 $0.99
5. The End of Winter / The Handsome Young Maidens
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6. Someday
3:17 $0.99
7. Sadie Hopper / Riley's Wag
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8. Beyond the Pines / Don's March
5:35 $0.99
9. Le canal en octobre
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10. Over the Top
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11. Galen's Arrival / Flying Home to Shelley
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12. Heart of the Heartland
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Album Notes
FALLING WATERS TRIO (Hope Grietzer, Tom Hodgson, and Rick Manning)

About our ensemble:

HOPE GRIETZER (fiddle) is an inductee into the New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. She sang and fiddled in bands throughout the Midwest for thirteen years and was voted Rocky Mountain Region Fiddler of the Year by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. Her band Black Rose won the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. The Tune of the Month on Hope’s website is accessed by hundreds of fiddlers across the globe, from Russia to Australia and points in-between.

TOM HODGSON (guitar), originally from the Boston area, has been a longtime resident of the Finger Lakes region. Tom played folk guitar as a teenager, and has gone on to accompany some of the great fiddlers of traditional music and dance scenes throughout the country. He has toured extensively in North America and Europe with ensembles featuring the Irish, French Canadian, and New England musical traditions. Tom plays and records regularly with the nationally-acclaimed hammered dulcimer player Dan Duggan.

RICK MANNING (fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin) began performing contradance and bluegrass music during his college years in Rhode Island. During four musically rich post-college years in Austin, Texas, he expanded his musical horizons, growing to enjoy and perform western swing, honky tonk and Texas-style fiddle music. He moved to Ithaca to attend graduate school at Cornell University, and began playing bluegrass and original acoustic country music with Cornerstone, producing three CD’s in Nashville in the 1990’s. Around that time, he also began playing with Tom in the Ithaca-based contradance band, The Contradictions. Currently Rick performs with Bobby Henrie in Paris Texas, and with Tom and Hope in the Falling Waters Trio. He is also the Founding Director of the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival and the Falling Waters Music Camp, both held in Ithaca, NY.

About this album:

YELLOW BARN is our second recording, a follow-up to our widely-appreciated album, WHISTLING SWANS, a finalist for "Best Americana CD" at the 2013 Syracuse Area Music Awards. We are excited to present this new collection of tunes under our new band name, Falling Waters Trio. Our ensemble features the fine interplay of Hope’s fiddling with Rick’s fiddle and mandolin playing over the foundation of Tom’s rich rhythm guitar playing.

YELLOW BARN, a diverse collection of reels, jigs, waltzes, and airs, features five of Hope’s original compositions, complemented by three of Rick’s sprightly fiddle tunes, and the beautiful works of other artists. We recorded this collection live over the first two weekends of September, 2016. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we have enjoyed arranging, playing, and recording them for you. ---Hope, Tom, and Rick

About the album's tracks:

1. CHARLEY MURRAY'S WALTZ (Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki). Jacqueline and Dudley Laufman first introduced Tom to this moving waltz, which the New Hampshire-based musician and composer wrote in honor of his grandfather.

2. STONE BENCH (Hope Grietzer). Named for an old stone bench under a maple tree in Hope's yard, where many hours have been spent chatting with friends. This one's for Jim.

3. THE YELLOW BARN (Hope Grietzer). Written for the yellow barn at La Tourelle Resort in Ithaca, N.Y., where the walls ring with music during the Winter Village Music Camp and Bluegrass Festival each January.

4. HOUSE ON THE LAKE (Amy Cann). This composition is a “deliberately sentimental” waltz by Vermont fiddler Amy Cann, written for a friend saying goodbye to one long-loved home to move into a lovely new one – both by lakes.

5. THE END OF WINTER/THE HANDSOME YOUNG MAIDENS (Brian Pickell/Charlie Lennon). Hope fell in love with “The End of Winter” on a cold February day, imagining the melting snow. “The Handsome Young Maidens” seemed to fit that same mood perfectly.

6. SOMEDAY (Hope Grietzer). A tune to remind myself that even on days when the road seems dark, beauty, love and laughter wait around the next bend.

7. SADIE HOPPER/RILEY'S WAG (Rick Manning). A medley of mandolin tunes written by Rick many years ago for his family’s pets – Sadie the Rabbit and Riley the Beagle.

8. BEYOND THE PINES/DON'S MARCH (Hope Grietzer). ”Beyond the Pines” was written for Hope’s Mom, who passed on her love of old trees. “Don's March” was penned for the late Don Conboy for his march up to heaven.

9. LE CANAL EN OCTOBRE (Frédéric Paris). Tom recalls vividly the moment when Bob Walser of Minnesota performed this enchanting tune at the Indian Neck Folk Festival in 1994, which launched the tradition of its being played annually by festival goers.

10. OVER THE TOP (Rick Manning). A bouncy and bluegrassy fiddle tune by Rick.

11, GALEN'S ARRIVAL/FLYING HOME TO SHELLEY (Alasdair Fraser/Paul Gitlitz). “Galen's Arrival” was composed by Alasdair Fraser for the birth of his son. Tom was immediately taken by Paul Gitlitz’ tribute to love and going home when played en masse at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

12. HEART OF THE HEARTLAND (Peter Ostroushko). This haunting tune was featured in the soundtrack of Ken Burn's film, The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, a documentary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


We would like to thank our families, friends, and listeners who inspire us to play and make this music together, especially Jim, Jane, Allan, Don, Alice, Sally, and Thomas. Seventy-two Kickstarter supporters provided much of the funding to make this recording. It was immensely helpful to have gone through the Kickstarter process, not only for the funding it provided, but the inspiration, support, and yes, even the deadlines! Thank you so much! Special thanks also to Scott Wiggins of La Tourelle (where the Yellow Barn is located), the wonderful host of the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival, Falling Waters Music Camp and some of Ithaca’s most inspired and intimate music making.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Will Russell, Electric Wilburland, Newfield, NY.

CD design by Iron Design, Ithaca, NY. Photos of La Tourelle’s Yellow Barn by E&M Photography.



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Longtime Fan

BRAVO for "Yellow Barn", the sophomore recording from Grietzer, Hodgson and Manning, now performing as the Falling Waters Trio. The band’s first recording, "Whistling Swans", remains a favorite I let play over and over again. "Yellow Barn" has the same “looper” potential. The masterful musicianship of this trio presents a tasteful blend of original compositions and cover tunes. The order of the music on the recording takes the listener on a wonderfully melodic journey. Some tunes cause my heart to jump with joy while others stir feelings of profound longing. Hope’s impeccable and passionate fiddle playing is sweetly complimented by Rick’s intricate and energized mandolin and fiddle work. The band’s tight sound is grounded and completed by Tom’s thoughtful guitar playing. His choices of chord voicing, moving bass lines and signature rhythm help weave the sounds together. The overall timbre of the music would suffer if it weren’t for the contributions of each of these band mates. "Yellow Barn" is a gift and would make a sweet gift for anyone who appreciates really good music.