John & Heidi Cerrigione | Stay On the Farm

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Stay On the Farm

by John & Heidi Cerrigione

Traditional music featuring a variety of acoustic instruments. Hammered and mountain dulcimer, guitar, banjo, piano, bass and vocals
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Dig My Garden
3:04 $0.99
2. One Rose
2:38 $0.99
3. The Faith of Man
5:09 $0.99
4. Medley: Turkey in the Straw / Red Wing / Golden Slippers
4:03 $0.99
5. Grandma Slid Down the Mountain
3:26 $0.99
6. Around My Barn
3:03 $0.99
7. Es Burebuebli (The Farm Boy)
1:53 $0.99
8. Black Eyed Susie
2:40 $0.99
9. Haying Song
3:54 $0.99
10. Chicken Polka
3:23 $0.99
11. Stay On the Farm
4:46 $0.99
12. Bauernhof Walser
2:39 $0.99
13. Doodle Bug
2:32 $0.99
14. Black Hawk Waltz
3:44 $0.99
15. When the Wagon Was New
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
John and Heidi Cerrigione live in Ellington, Connecticut and enjoy playing old time music and collecting songs. In addition to playing with Doofus, they also perform as a duo for dinner parties, business receptions and outdoor gatherings.

John plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, autoharp and bass while Heidi plays autoharp, piano, hammered and mountain dulcimers. Heidi also teaches autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimer, and is a regular contributor to the Autoharp Quarterly and the Dulcimer Players News.

Released in 2013, “Stay on the Farm” is John & Heidi's 4th duet recording. An uplifting collection of 
music inspired by life on the farm, played on a variety of acoustic 
instruments, including autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimers.



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Stay on the Farm

Stay on the Farm review - By Jeff Snow, from the Autoharp Quarterly Magazine
"Stay on the Farm" is the 4th release from John and Heidi Cerrigione the talented husband and wife duo, who have been spreading music together for close to 25 years'.

"Stay on the Farm" has its roots in their hometown of Ellington, Ct. The town developed as an agricultural community and much of the land is still used for farming. Heidi is an Ellington native. Her grandparents were farmers and several cousins still run a large dairy farm in the town. It was playing at the local Saturday morning Farmers Market where the idea for this CD took shape.

When asked about the theme for the CD John said "We still like to put our projects together with some form of cohesive thread. I even still painstaking chose the order of the music on the CD to reveal each new instrument one at a time and hopefully create a mood for the listener who is willing to treat the project as a whole."

The Disc opens with "I Dig my Garden." It was written specifically for the CD by John's brother Tom Cerrigione-the music genes run deep in that family. John's guitar carries most of this with some nice Mountain Dulcimer fills by Heidi

The title cut is an 1868 song that hopes to convince young boys to "Stay on the Farm" and not move to the city where they will find "vices and sin." It was always well received by the growers and breeders at the Market and became the starting point for this CD. John has the lead on this one with Heidi's harmonies spot on. Autoharp, guitar and a little string bass carry the rhythm. A great old song that shines with the John and Heidi touch.

"One Rose" is a newish song for John and Heidi meaning that it was written in 1994. Autoharp and guitar support the vocals that also work well acapella. They often sing it while hiking.

"A Quiet Faith of Man" is a Bill Staines song. Heidi is on the mountain dulcimer and John's clean fingerpicking backs his lead vocal. The chorus tells us to "take the little that you know and you do the best you can -And you see the rest with the quiet faith of man." Well said and very well played.

The "Turkey Medley" is an instrumental piece made up of 3 old fiddle tunes-Turkey in the Straw, Redwing and Golden Slippers. Heidi uses most of her hammered dulcimer on this one. It might be my favorite track on the CD.

"Grandma Slid Down the Mountain" is the first of 4 fun songs and ones that would work well for kids. Heidi is back to the autoharp for this and she gets to yodel a bit paying homage to her Swiss roots.

"Around my Barn" is another fun song and good for kids. An interesting combination of instruments with Heidi on the autoharp and John playing mountain dulcimer. It tells of the plight of those who raise crops and have to deal with animals looking for food.

It wouldn't be a John and Heidi CD without at least one Alpine song. "Es Burebuebli" translates to "Farm Boy" and is a tribute to Heidi's Swiss heritage and to the Swiss farmers who have settled in Ellington. Heidi multi-tracks autoharp and mountain dulcimer along with John's guitar and bass.

John's claw hammer banjo picking complements his singing on "Black Eyed Susie" Another fun song.

"The Haying Song" is a Dave Mallet composition. Two autoharps here, along with another great song line, "make sure it's dry when you put it away." That applies to hay and to most other things.

"Chicken Polka" is another instrumental with Heidi playing autoharp and hammered dulcimer and John carrying the rhythm on guitar and bass.

We are again taken to the mountains of Switzerland with "Bauernhof Walser" a lovely waltz that features Heidi on the hammered dulcimer.

Another cut that is fun for listeners of all ages is "Doodle Bug." Claw hammer banjo fans get another treat with this traditional song

The 19th Century "Black Hawk Waltz" showcases Heidi's autoharp skills. This tune dates to 1877. If you close your eyes you can picture a Victorian Dance.

"When the Wagon was New" closes out the disc with Heidi taking the lead vocal. She accompanies herself on the autoharp while John plays rhythm guitar and sings harmony on the Chorus.

There are too many good tracks here to make a recommendation to the Digital Downloader's who like to pick and choose. It's a wee bit like going into the Bakery and trying to pick one or two things from the case. Stay on the Farm is available at CD Baby, ITunes and all of the usual online spots. In addition you can order it directly from John and Heidi at 56 Egypt Rd. Ellington, CT 06029

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This CD showcases the sparkling harmonies of John and Heidi. They play so many instruments, and play them well, that it is easy to forget what good singers they are. If you like Old-Time music and want to be reminded of how things used to be, along with a great deal of fun listening, this CD deserves a top spot in your collection.