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Hope Hoffman & Kittlish | Infinite Winter Squash: New Maine Fiddle Music

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Infinite Winter Squash: New Maine Fiddle Music

by Hope Hoffman & Kittlish

New Maine fiddle music: Live, acoustic original New England-style dance tunes written by dance fiddler, choreographer and playwright Hope Hoffman.
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Westmanland Schottische
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
1:33 $0.99
2. Dining Room Polka / Snowshoe Polka
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
2:14 album only
3. 8th of February / Quadrille de Mont-Cäns
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
2:48 album only
4. Out on the Water (waltz)
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
2:08 $0.99
5. Neofa Farewell (waltz)
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
2:29 $0.99
6. Jamie Allen / Saut de Lapin / Superinsulated House
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
3:53 album only
7. Prosper Barter
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
2:05 album only
8. Saint Anne's Reel / Ross's Reel
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
3:18 $0.99
9. Flowers of Edinburgh / Sweet Pea Those Little Crumbs
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
3:41 album only
10. Bean by Bean (solo viola)
Hope Hoffman
2:27 album only
11. Out the Window / Out of the Woods (jigs)
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
1:55 album only
12. First Day of Autumn / Infinite Winter Squash / Kindness (jigs)
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
5:34 album only
13. Cows Go Sailing (waltz)
Hope Hoffman & Kittlish
3:15 $0.99
14. Westmanland Schottische (solo)
Hope Hoffman
1:30 $0.99
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Album Notes

"Pure New England fiddle music, proud of its rural past, relishing the present ... the feeling of a warm kitchen above a well-stocked root cellar ... The performances are inviting, warm, energized and straight ahead, with a bit of mischief thrown in."
- Greg Boardman, longtime Maine fiddler and teacher

Original New England-style dance tunes written by Hope Hoffman -- A musical journal of Maine's farm-fresh foods and good company.

Maine fiddler Hope Hoffman presents lively and inventive performances of original tunes and the traditional Maine music which inspires them.

Hope Hoffman has been a professional musician in Maine for several years, sharing a rhythmic and lyrical repertoire including Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Welsh and Scandinavian tunes in addition to her new compositions. Her musical style is noted for its evocative beauty and rough-and-tumble playfulness, with influences including Maine dance fiddlers and early music.

Hope's collection of original fiddle tunes was written while living in Maine surrounded by a community of farmers, artists and other independent-minded people, exploring and appreciating the varied landscape and unique personality of Maine.

The stories behind the tunes are generally about farm foods, weather, and the related adventures of neighbors and friends.

A self-employed performer and teacher since 1999, Hope currently gives concerts, plays fiddle and viola for contra dances, as well as solo fiddle for barn dances, and provides imaginative charm and good old-fashioned fun to dozens of downtown festivals, restaurants, weddings, and community gatherings. She also leads sessions for children's museums and festivals featuring fiddle music, creative movement and folk dance.

Her band, Kittlish, is named after a Scottish slang word for "ticklish." It features Larry Burkett on guitar and bouzouki, and Hugh McGinness on cittern, cross-tuned guitar and jaw harp.

Hope's concerts are often partnered with local food-related organizations.



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Sara E. Randall

This is a great CD and it embodies the spirit of Maine and its people. Lively, cheerful, impish, warm, and thoughtful all wonderfully describe this CD.
If you are fan of traditional Maine folk music and/or are a fiddle player, this CD is a must have.

Loretta Hale

Love the Flowers of Edinburgh.

Great players! Thanks for the CD

James Antonicic

Great Find
Knowing very little about fiddle music from Maine, I decided to give Kittlish a try. I couldn't be happier--a great folk album that adds nice diversity to the Celtic-style music I already enjoy.