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Diamonds and Pearls

by Hudson Valley Sally

A folk quartet in the tradition of Pete Seeger and the Weavers.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The FM Band
4:31 $0.99
2. Power and the Glory
3:11 $0.99
3. Diamonds and Pearls
3:53 $0.99
4. Our Soup of Many Lands
3:27 $0.99
5. Song About a Miner
3:37 $0.99
6. Spider's Web: Tomorrow Is a Highway
3:40 $0.99
7. The Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade
2:59 $0.99
8. Annie
5:19 $0.99
9. When I Sing My Song
2:33 $0.99
10. Not Another Gun
2:46 $0.99
11. The Ballad of William Worthy
3:39 $0.99
12. Gracias a La Vida
5:31 $0.99
13. Magic Penny
2:27 $0.99
14. Sister Moon
3:10 $0.99
15. National Anthem: Arise! Arise!
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Many of the songs in "Diamonds and Pearls" address pressing issues explicitly. Some are originals: Not Another Gun (gun control), The FM Band (the importance of independent media), Diamonds and Pearls (the value of welcoming immigrants), and Song About A Miner (the dignity of working with one’s hands).

We have created unique arrangements of songs we love for their messages and musicality. These include Fred Small’s Annie (LGBTQ rights), Phil Ochs’ Power and the Glory (the meaning of true patriotism), and Ray Korona’s Our Soup of Many Lands (diversity).

Other songs convey more subtle messages. Diversity of languages is a source of cultural richness, as conveyed in our arrangement of Violeta Parra’s Gracias A La Vida. Sometimes the power of song is not its explicit message, but the way singing together creates a spontaneous community of voices. When I Sing My Song, another original, says it, and makes it happen.

The medley of A Spider’s Web and Tomorrow Is A Highway are two songs that Pete Seeger co-wrote that never became widely known. The first is based on a poem that E.B White wrote as an anniversary present to his wife. Pete set it to music to make it a love song to his own wife Toshi, a mutual passion of six decades. For Pete, “love” was both personal and political.

In the spring of 1948 Pete Seeger and Lee Hays got together to write songs of hope as the cold war and the McCarthy era loomed. Pete and Lee thought Tomorrow Is A Highway was exactly the song to warn of the danger. The other was just a little ditty they tossed off casually - so when The Hammer Song became famous Pete slapped his forehead in wonderment and said “Gosh, I guess we wrought better than we thought.” Indeed! And Tomorrow Is A Highway is another fine song that can help us through this new time of peril.

Legacy: we progressives have not developed in a void. We are a link in a long, continuous chain stretching over centuries. We want to learn from and honor our predecessors, as in the original The Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade and Phil Och’s The Ballad of William Worthy.

Looking to the future: the most important audiences for progressive music now are young people. They will be the beneficiaries of what we accomplish, and the victims of what we don’t. We were delighted to have a children’s chorus from the Cathedral School in New York City join us on Sister Moon (another little known Pete song), and Malvina Reynold’s Magic Penny. We intentionally end the CD with Jean Rohe’s National Anthem: Arise! Arise! with the line, “We see the future in your eyes.” We do, and that’s why we created this CD.

What others have said about Hudson Valley Sally:

"Hudson Valley Sally is a delightful group of activist musicians who will have you smiling and clapping. Most of all, they'll have you thinking about the content of their songs. They have something relevant to say!"
-- Sonny Ochs

"After hearing Hudson Valley Sally do a set I thought, right now the Weavers are looking down and smiling and saying 'yeah, that's how it's done!' These guys are carrying on that legacy, and beautifully."
-- Jeff Rantzer, Folk Project musician and emcee

Hudson Valley Sally was selected for the Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference, November, 2015.

"Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place."
   -- Si Kahn

"They light up the stage with a joyous energy. They breathe new life into old songs and make them sound brand new. Their roots are deep and their eyes are on the prize. They remind me of what a song can do and make me want to keep singing through good times & bad."
   -- Charlie King

"Four amazing musicians who come together and sing like a single organism - the sound is magical."
   -- Bernardo Palombo, Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano

"Hudson Valley Sally sings Spanish Civil War songs, topical songs, political songs all to great accompaniment and arrangements. Invite them to your event -- they are great musicians and friends!"
   --Georgia Wever, Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade



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Sandi LG

Excellent range, wonderful tunes
I have been following Hudson Valley Sally for a few years now, and have enjoyed their previous albums, and this is one of their best yet! The songs are a combination of splendid takes on old songs (Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs) and fresh new original music from the talented musicians that continue a time-honored folk tradition. We need these songs now more than ever, and Hudson Valley Sally obliges with singable, memorable music sung in outstanding harmonies!

Di Morgan

A Gem of a Recording!
If you 're a fan of homegrown acoustic folk, let “the Sallies” entertain and treat you to their unique way of presenting socially conscious music.
Pete Seeger’s influence is all over this recording. No surprise, since all the members of HVS knew Pete and remain active participants with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, which Pete founded thirty years ago. Two years in the making, Diamonds and Pearls is a gem! This collection of folk songs – a mixture of originals, covers and several collaborations – addresses social injustice of the past and present, peace, love and politics. The songs are a clear reflection of the views of these musical activists and are permeated with their enthusiasm for singing together and employing music as a tool for social change.
The thread that binds these fifteen songs together is the idea that while there is a lot that’s wrong with the world and the way people treat each other, hope for a better world lies with those who keep their hearts open, and show and share love for humankind.
This is an album for Baby Boomers, who will easily connect with the song topics, places, names, and historical references. For younger listeners, it is an education and a horizon-broadening journey.
Through Diamonds and Pearls, the members of Hudson Valley Sally pay tribute to great movements, worthy causes, well-crafted songs, and fine songwriters of yesterday and today and carry on in the tradition of Pete Seeger, The Weavers, and Woody Guthrie.
Lyrics, backstories, track details and other information is available by going to their website,

Irv Reich

Beautiful Music
This wonderful collection of songs has become my regular car tunes as I drive to the Hudson Valley. It's a refreshingly inspirational mix of folk songs sung and performed by a very talented quartet. If you have not yet seen this group on stage, this CD will certainly motivate you to search out their venue. An opportunity to get to know them and their music.
Written by a long-time follower and friend!

Maggie Williams

Hudson Valley Sally gives life to the old classics while adding their own special flavor. Great stuff!

Diana Pescadora

Activist Music: Then and Now
I got Diamond and Pearls at the Hudson Valley Show last Saturday night at a spectacular concert on City Island. Every one of the 15 songs are wonderful musically and say something that needs saying in these crazy bad times. Pete Seeger helped get me through lots of scary times earlier in my life and now it's great to know that Hudson Valley Sally is carrying on the tradition.

Glott Coscia

Diamonds and Pearls - Hudson Valley Sally
Amazing folkies. Can tell the performers are truly spirited and committed. Hope their messages go far..

Adelina Canción

Their sound is exciting and delightful! Their rich harmonies are an audible feast for the soul. And to top it off, They have something to say..

Felicia Hirata

A Diamond and Pearl Albium
I had the good fortune to attend the Hudson Valley Sally on November 4th and heard the songs issued on the CD. Musically - fantastic-
the harmonies, the various musical instruments, the expressed joy make this group unique. Some of the songs have been written by the members of the group and express a variety of subjects , some serious in examining our past and present, and some with playful lyrics.
Can't wait for the next concert, but feel lucky to have the CD.

Sean H

Smart, beautiful, and so many great lines!
"Not another gun" an obvious highlight. "Song About a Miner" a wonderfully crafted, wistful look at a time when music about working people got radio play next to more typical pop tunes. The powerful "When I sing My Song" and "Mackenzie-Papinau Brigade" also stand out. Great beat to "Spider's Web." William Worthy deserves a movie.

Sarah B.

Great music!!
A great blend of traditional folk music and original songs. Makes me feel like I'm at a live concert of theirs singing along. Terrific music!
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