Jane Fallon | Gemini Rising In a Patchwork Sky

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Gemini Rising In a Patchwork Sky

by Jane Fallon

Gemini Rising... is Jane Fallon at her story telling best. Compelling narratives wrapped in Jane's velvet voice make a CD that holds one riveted." Steve Rapson, Soloperformer.com
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Give Me Grace
3:38 $0.99
2. It's How Deep
3:24 $0.99
3. Money's Gone Blues
3:45 $0.99
4. One Horse Town
4:22 $0.99
5. Don't Forget To Forgive Me
4:35 $0.99
6. Battles
3:52 $0.99
7. Blue Dress
3:11 $0.99
8. The Boy He Used To Be
4:23 $0.99
9. Run
4:01 $0.99
10. Country's Winter Night
4:13 $0.99
11. Gemini Rising In a Patchwork Sky
3:57 $0.99
12. Heaven Can't Help You
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes

New Hampshire folk musician, Jane Fallon, has released her third studio album, “Gemini Rising in a Patchwork Sky.”
Called a “work of art” by local artist Lori Diamond and “just beautiful” by Hopkinton poet and Arts impressario, Cheryl Perreault, “Gemini Rising” is a diverse collection of songs that showcases the writing and vocal talents of Ms. Fallon through understated musical accompaniments.
Drawing on the rich resources of the greater Boston area, Jane recorded tracks at four studios utilizing highly regarded musicians including Jim Henry, Tracy Grammer, Seth Connelly, Eric Kilburn, Lori Diamond, Fred Abatelli, Steve Gilligan, Jeff Root, Mally Smith, Phil Bloch, Rob Carlson, Mary Carfagna and Oen Kennedy.
To achieve the rich, understated, but artistic production she wanted, she mixed and mastered the CD with nationally known guitarist Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tracy Grammer, The Nields, Cliff Eberhardt) and Westminster, MA based producer and engineer, Jeff Root (Ashbrook Haynes, Mark Fisher, G.S. Picard).
All of the songs are Fallon originals, except for “One Horse Town”, a Jim Henry tune. From the commissioned quilt that graces the cover, to the title song, this album is intended to patch together Jane’s diverse musical roots and truly express her artistic vision.
It begins with “Give Me Grace”, a simple, southern gospel-tinged number that is bolstered by the mandola talents of Eric Kilburn and the sweet harmonies of Mally Smith, and concludes with “Heaven Can’t Help You”, a bluesy folk tune that rocks to Jeff Root’s telecaster and Rob Carlson’s funky lapsteel.
In between, you’ll find blues, pop and country ballads, an African themed anthem, and a tongue in cheek commentary on society arranged by multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry that is an album stand out.
“I am truly blessed to have access to the talents of the artists who grace this CD. Taking my songs to different studios and shopping them to a variety of players allowed me artistic variety that a common one-studio recording would not have afforded me.” Jane Fallon



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Jay Whelan, Rambles.net

A welcoming quilt
There's nothing like settling in on a chilly night with a mug of tea and snuggling up under a warm quilt; if you don't have a quilt, however, or it's too warm and you're just looking for the aural equivalent, you might want to pick up Jane Fallon's new CD.
The New Hampshire singer-songwriter has created a lovely patchwork of music on Gemini Rising in a Patchwork Sky, a collection of songs that stitches itself together note by note and warms the soul.
Fallon tries out a variety of styles on Gemini Rising, all filtered through her gentle folk sensibility and her warm, welcoming voice. Fallon's work shines brightest when it allows her wit and natural storytelling ability to show through, as on the stellar opening track, "Give Me Grace," the tale of a hardscrabble life and the man who lived it, and his prayers to heaven for a little grace to get him through. The swinging "Money's Gone Blues" is immense fun, stacked with one great line on top of another ("See that car out in my driveway? / It could not turn over if its name was 'Apple' "). "Battles" takes the concept of thinking globally and acting locally to its best, most logical extension. "Blue Dress" is a sweet story-song about lovers and unkept secrets.
The CD closes on two very different, very strong songs. First is the gentle, musing title track, a mediation on the zodiac that manages to be informative, self-effacing and compelling all at once -- it drew me in and I have little or no regard for horoscopes, so that should tell you something right there. And the final song, the slow, smoldering, bluesy "Heaven Can't Help You," is a dark cautionary tale, a lament that takes the familiar tropes of the blues -- sacrifice, hard times, money disappearing -- and if not makes them new, then at least shines them up to a fine glow. The final verse takes those tropes and turns them outward, ending not on another chorus of "heaven can't help you," but of "heaven better help us." And despair becomes prayer, just as it did in "Give Me Grace" ... and the circle closes. It's a nice little touch that the album starts and ends with similar sentiments, almost like the repeated pattern of a well-made quilt.
Fallon is ably assisted by her backup musicians, especially multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry and harmony vocalist Mally Smith -- and Fallon's production work, assisted by Henry and Jeff Root -- is exemplary. The instruments are all crisp and clear in the mix, and Fallon's voice is front and center. She does good work all around, and it pays off for her. If you like good folk music, it'll pay off for you, too.

Wildy Haskell

Gentle Humor and Deep Musicality
Her mix of gentle humor, intelligence and deep musicality imbues her songs with an artfulness that is unusual. . . . she is an adept story-teller and crafter of songs. Gemini Rising In A Patchwork Sky requires careful, attentive listening, as Fallon's greatest gift as a songwriter is in the details. Each song here plays as if it has been perfected through mercurial craftsmanship and care. This effect is accomplished without making the songs sound overwrought, which is a surprise, but Fallon's eye for detail is unquestionable. Spend some time with Fallon and Gemini Rising In A Patchwork Sky. You won't be disappointed.

Metronome Magazine

The voice of an angel
“Jane Fallon has the voice of angel. I mean it. This gal can really sing. Can you remember when you were a kid and you would hear a lullaby being sung over the radio or on a record? The voice was so soothing, beautiful and sweet. That’s Jane Fallon. I can guarantee that if you walked by a club or coffeehouse where Jane was singing, you would be compelled to walk in and listen. Her gift is that powerful.

On her new CD Gemini Rising . . . the Southern NH native offers gorgeous prose delivered by that beautiful voice. She’s mesmerizing, methodical and musical . . . Enjoy every offering on Gemini Rising but make sure you don’t miss album highlights like the swanky sass of “Money’s Gone Blues,” the back porch country bounce of “Battles” and the old timey appeal of “Blue Dress.”