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The Grinding Stone

by Jeremiah McLane

Celtic and French melodies on accordion, bouzouki, bass and clarinet
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Honey in the Woodpile / The Grinding Stone
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2. Tarantella / The Jecko
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3. Trip to Broadford / Flying Home
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4. Bell Tower
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5. Winter Snow / Never Go Astray / Lion's Mane
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6. Lilac
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7. Holland / Cathedral / Chez Michel
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8. Petit Somme / Pataugeur / The Centaur
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9. Camellia
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10. Hay Rope
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11. Swallows / Grey Jay / Gabriel
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12. The Crease in the Clouds
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“Four people playing a total of five instruments: exciting, uplifting, mournful, precise, haunting, joyous and generous. An incredible blend of energy, musicianship and writing talent. The music is original, but there’s an old world flavor of tradition and location held within each tune, so many moods, countries, colors and rhythms. It’s like watching people of many cultures celebrate and dance.” Victory Music

Jeremiah McLane lives in Sharon, VT with his wife Annemieke and their son Luke. When he is not traveling, Jeremiah spends his days teaching, composing and rehearsing. He is at home in many different musical styles and musical communities, but the heart of Jeremiah’s music is integrity, generosity, and willingness to share the depth of feeling that is music’s gift. Jeremiah was raised in a family with deep ties to both it’s Scottish heritage and it’s New Hampshire roots. Traditional New England music and dance were a part of his parents and grandparents generations. After an early formation in classical piano, Jeremiah spent his teenage years playing blues and jazz. Following undergraduate studies with jazz legend Gary Peacock, he studied Indonesian Gamelan, West African drumming, and the music of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. It wasn’t until his mid twenties that Jeremiah began to immerse himself in the world of traditional Celtic and French music, studying accordion with Jimmy Keene and Frederic Paris. He then spent several decades traveling in Europe, doing field research that laid the groundwork for a Master’s degree he received many years later from the New England Conservatory.

In the early 1990s Jeremiah formed two bands: The Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale. Both bands had strong traditional New England roots and had a deep and lasting impact on the traditional dance scene in New England. In 2003 he formed Le Bon Vent, a sextet specializing in Breton and French music, and as an outgrowth of this ensemble, has formed several duos with individual members including James Falzone, Ruthie Dornfed and Cristi Catt. Since the early 1990s, Jeremiah has recorded over a dozen CDs with Nightingale, the Clayfoot Strutters, Bob & the Trubadors, Le Bon Vent, with Ruthie Dornfeld. His second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, was nominated by National Public Radio in their “favorite picks”, and his fifth release, Hummingbird, with Ruthie Dornfeld, received the French music magazine “Trad Mag” Bravo award, as did his CD Goodnight Marc Chagall with Le Bon Vent. He has composed music for theatre and film, including Sam Shepard’s “A Lie Of The Mind”, and been awarded the Ontario Center For The Performing Arts “Meet The Composer” Award, and the Vermont Council On The Arts “Creation Of New Work” grant.

In 2005 Jeremiah started the Floating Bridge Music School, which is devoted to teaching traditional music from the British Isles, Northern Europe, and North America. An adjunct instructor at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY, he also teaches at the Summit School of Traditional Music in Montpelier, VT, at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon NH, and at many summer music camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, Augusta Heritage Arts Center, American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, and the Maine Fiddle Camp.



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