Frank Emerson | There's a Story Told

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There's a Story Told

by Frank Emerson

Spoken introductions to some folk, celtic, original and standards - very intimate and immediate - like Frank's talking right to and for you.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:53 $0.99
2. Carrickfergus
4:52 $0.99
3. Lannigan's Ball
5:00 $0.99
4. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
3:28 $0.99
5. Two Little Boys / Shenandoah
6:06 $0.99
6. The Blues Are Running
3:43 $0.99
7. 'tween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
3:56 $0.99
8. Long Before Your Time
4:14 $0.99
9. The Dawning of the Day
4:42 $0.99
10. Drink!
3:55 $0.99
11. Comment / the Youth of the Heart
3:54 $0.99
12. Sweet Savannah Sunday
5:41 $0.99
13. God Bless America
3:16 $0.99
14. Dream a Little Dream of Me
3:14 $0.99
15. One Nation United
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
This recording is a little different than those that are around these days. Intimate and personal, there are no liner notes. Rather, there are spoken introductions to each piece - supplying some straight background information and occasionally providing a laugh or two. In this and by way of his casual yet confident and sometimes self deprecating, tongue in cheek delivery, Frank seems to speak directly to the individual listener. Another difference between this and other albums is that with the exception of when he occasionally plays the tin whistle or the bodhran, the performances are done live - that is simultaneously recording Frank's voice and guitar. And that's it. Put together with the introductions, the entire presentation comes close to hearing Frank in a club.

The numbers themselves run the gamut from ballads to up tempo, Irish to Folk to Tin Pan Ally standards even to a little jazz. Michael Snow's "The Dawning of the Day" is not only a declaration of love but of determination as well. Gabriel Donahue's "Sweet Savannah Sunday" is a perfect love song to that lady of the South. Bobby Troup's "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" is just a wonderful, timeless love song. Betty Mallory's maiden effort, "The Blues are Running" is absolutely heartfelt. There are three of Frank's original compositions as well: the rollicking sea song 'Tween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea', the pointedly humorous toast cum booze anthem "Drink!" The gutsy, moving, patriotic "One Nation United", won the Directors' Award at the Nashville International Spring Song and Lyric Contest 2006.

This is and eclectic album to be sure. It is not really aimed to please everyone, but rather presents a slice of life on any given evening in any given pub or at a concert for a Frank Emerson performance. The record is highly entertaining and chock full of insights and information.



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L Lowry

History & music woven into art. Love the CD & look forward to sharing it with my daughter when she is old enough to appreciate the stories told. She dances happily to the Mary Ellen Carter from the disc Safe in the Harbour.

Happy to have this music in our home!

Declan Forde, Writer/teacher/performer - Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland

It treats an audience with intelligence - crosses boundaries
This is an eclectic and very individual choice of material. The way the songs are set up with the spoken intros appeals to me. Mick Moloney does the same. He treats the audience with intelligence. I have listened to the CD a lot. It is sparse and grew on me. Each time I listen, the words expand. Both my wife and 17 year old son like it, so there you go - it's crossing boundaries.

Chip Withrow

This has a warm and immediate feel
You can put on this disc, sit back with a pint and imagine yourself in a comfortable tavern listening to him pick his guitar and wrap his rich voice around these songs. Frank introduces each song with a short tale spoken in his brogue-ish voice. It's a folksy touch, and music historians mightget a kick out of the information. He covers a spectrum that runs from Irish reels to ballads to jazz to love songs. One constant throughout is Frank's guitar: he's a heck of aplayer. Except for the occasional tin whistle, it's all the accompaniment he needs. Frank's originals fit nicely within this album of cover versions. The jazzy numbers are fun. His vocal work on Dream a Little Dream of Me is smooth and charming. Frank is a patriotic guy, and his version of God Bless America is stirring. His guitar turns it into a folk song, and his voice does the classic justice. There's a Story Told is a good sampler of how a basic one guitar/one voice combination can work in a variety of genres. It's also a good indication that Frank Emerson is a confident onstage entertainer.

Nicky Rossiter -Rambles

A voice like honey! Enticing, with a love of America, Ireland & Music
Frank Emerson has a voice like honey. He entices us in and wraps us in warm sweet sentiment. His love of America, of folk music and of Ireland is tangible and over a number of albums he has promoted the music and the values. On There's a Story Told, he again offers a wide range of songs from the traditional through respected writers and performers to his own compositions. He offers a fine version of "Carrigfergus" before inviting us all along to "Lanigan's Ball" for a good old Irish knees-up. His varied listening is evident with the inclusion of Ireland's Johnny McEvoy's "Long Before Your Time" and ex-Liverpudlian Michael Snow's "The Dawning of the Day." You also get some more unusual tracks like "Dream a Little Dream of Me," which is not often recorded by the male of the species, and Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," not too common on folk albums. Marrying "Two Little Boys" and "Shenandoah" works much better in song than I might have thought after the Rolf Harris hit. Emerson's own compositions include "Tween the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea" and "One Nation United." This is wonderful collection, an eclectic collection in many ways, but it works. My one problem with an album like this is that Frank introduces each track with some background. This is great once but on repeated playing one gets a bit fed up with hearing the chat. Eric Bogle did a similar introduction on a recent CD but had the chat and the song as separate tracks making it easier to skip over. Maybe next time, Frank?