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Waves

by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra

Taking their inspiration from 1970s English folk-rock bands Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Ocean Orchestra developed their very own sound featuring the award-winning originals and Celt-rock arrangements of bandleader Jennifer Cutting.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Waves (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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2. One April Morning (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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3. Rocking the Baby / The Curlew
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4. Johnny Has Gone Electric (feat. John Roberts & Lisa Moscatiello)
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5. Lark in the Clear Air (feat. Polly Bolton)
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6. Wheel of Fortune (feat. Steve Winick)
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7. Crane and Tower (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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8. Leaves of Autumn (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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9. Song to the Sun (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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10. Everything Glows
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11. She (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
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12. Steady as You Go (feat. Felicia Dale, Steve Winick, Lisa Moscatiello & William Pint)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The WAVES album is unusual, in that it’s both the new Ocean Orchestra album, and the lost New St. George album! When the New St. George, the English folk-rock band that starred Jennifer, Lisa, and Rico, broke up in the 1990s, we had been planning to release an album called Johnny Has Gone Electric. We had tracks for that disc recorded at various levels of completion, but none of it was ready for release. We decided to revisit some of those tracks here, so that about half of these songs have been with us for over twenty years. Longtime New St. George fans will recognize them from our live sets back in the band’s heyday. The rest of the album consists of new material written and arranged around themes of setting out and returning. The changing seasons, life’s ups and downs, and even the transition called Death are summed up in the metaphor of the wave, which recedes and returns like an ongoing conversation. In live performances, the Ocean Orchestra is a seven-person group, but for recording projects we are a global family of kindred musical spirits. We nab touring geniuses like guitarist Clive Gregson for a quick day in the studio. We bring friends like singer John Roberts and guitarist Pete Kennedy down from points north to work with us. We work with musicians all over the world, including Troy Donockley and Polly Bolton (UK). We enjoyed collaborating with Seattle sea music duo William Pint and Felicia Dale, who paid an extended visit to Maryland in 2012. And of course, we draw on our local D.C. community’s best musicians, including John Wubbenhorst from the world music scene, Ben Bokor from the jazz community, and Sue Richards, Zan McLeod, and Rosie Shipley from our D.C.-Baltimore Celtic scene.

Woven among the threads of Scottish, Irish, and English traditional music, you will hear other strands as well. They’re the many kinds of music Jennifer has loved and played, including 1960s folk-rock, jangle-pop, art-rock, classic southern rock, church organ, Broadway, Bollywood, singer-songwriter, and jazz. We hope you enjoy the result!



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Jim Greenlees

Even the sheep are dancing
It's a familiar story. Once upon a time, there was a band. It developed a strong regional following, drew the notice of national reviewers, and resulted in a recording contract and CD. Then the contract went sour, the band fell apart, and the unpublished songs were relegated to memory.
Jennifer Cutting has changed the story. With Waves, she has resurrected the lost songs, added new ones, and produced an album that sparkles and shines. For those familiar with the genre, think a combination of Steeleye Span/Fairport Convention, Figgy Duff, and a sprinkling of Na Cabarfeidh. From the rescued songs to the new, there's not a bad song in the bunch. The jangle-pop intro of "One April Morning". The guitar work and message of "She". The classic bagpipe jigs of "Rocking The Baby/The Curlew". The not-quite-too-weird "Everything Glows". I listen to "Johnny Has Gone Electric" and "Crane And Tower", and its 20+ years ago, and I'm outdoors listening to them for the first (and, I later thought, last) time.
This may not be your cup of tea, and that's fine. However, for anyone who's a fan of electric folk, well-written lyrics, and tight instrumentation and singing, I can't recommend this highly enough.
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