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From the Fire

by Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald

a folky sort of world venue, personal, and a calling on the Muse for her political and environmental influences - all wrapped up in modern folk music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If You Hadn't Been Lucky
3:56 album only
2. From the Fire
5:02 album only
3. To Let the Light In
5:01 album only
4. Quiet Voices
4:45 album only
5. Ship Gonna Sail
3:55 album only
6. The Walls Of Paradise
5:12 album only
7. Bread and Salt
4:36 album only
8. Song Of the Land
3:55 album only
9. Dark Seed
5:27 album only
10. Silent Angel
5:32 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
... delicious texture, gorgeous melody and harmony, new places visited, deep heartfulness, care and insight, beautiful poetry, wonderful weaving of solo and rhythm instruments and vocal rhythms! ... MEF
... a bit of a departure for Paul and Eleanore as they worked on this recording w/ a new producer (Tom Menig, who works with Alela Diane) ... here, they've reached out a bit more into a folky sort of world venue, as well as calling on the Muse for political, environmental ... and modern folk music ... influences.
Joe Craven, Nina Gerber, Bill Douglass, Tom Menig, Mikail Graham, Maggie McKaig, Rob Holland and a bunch of others lend their acoustic influences to the songs ...
All are original except for one, 'Ship Gonna Sail' written with their dearly departed friend and honored mentor, Utah Phillips.

PO Box 181 Nevada City, CA 95959

Modern folk musicians Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, from Nevada City, CA., have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 28 years. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work… all embraced by great heart.

They’ve been applauded throughout the US as well as overseas for the lyrical content of their songs and vocal blend…a haunting style which weaves unique harmonies into a rich tapestry of guitar work and storytelling.

They are Kerrville, Telluride and Rocky Mtn New Folk award winners, to name just a few, but the real nature of their musical voice doesn’t come into focus as easily as reciting a list of these coveted prizes. The quiet way they live and work flows through their music like water, and washes over you as surely as the notes do. You get the impression that working for issues like peace and justice shouldn’t keep us from dropping everything to help a stray animal in need, and that ambition is nothing without love, because one thing follows another, one hand connected to the other. In an uncompromising yet comforting way their music is patient, like talking with someone who looks you in the eye, someone who reminds you to breathe, because these things might take a little time. Their songs are filled with stories that touch us all, and whether it’s love or politics, war and peace, old farmers, old women or the earth and our children, this music brings to life both history and today with a powerful mix of inclusion and compassion.

At home in large venues like the Strawberry, Kerrville or Kate Wolf music festivals, a late night ‘in the round’ tribute to Woody Guthrie with folks they greatly admire like Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, Steve Earle and Jimmy Lafave, or in the small intimate setting of a living room house concert, Paul and Eleanore sing with the same voice. One that is personal and unguarded… a voice draped in stark and ethereal harmonies that are as welcoming as the crackling warmth of a fire.

Since 1987 Paul and Eleanore have independently produced 9 albums of original music, receiving critical acclaim from all of the various trade reviewers worldwide. Music from these CDs are played on NPR, Community, College and Public radio stations the world over as well as on internet and satellite radio. They’ve been featured in Sing Out! Magazine, Air America, Democracy Now!... ’Josephine’, from the CD ‘Fool’s Paradise’, was used at a multimedia event in 2002, commemorating the events of 9/11/2001 at Ground Zero in NYC. They’ve been seen on PBS performing on a few episodes of the ‘California Heartland’ series, and have had their song ‘Calling on Love’ used in a PBS ‘Visionaries’ segment. Most recently their song, ‘The Dark Seed’ is to be featured in a upcoming documentary film by Aaron Lucich, ‘We Are What We Eat’, and their rendition of Kate Wolf’s song ‘Unfinished Life’ is included on Nina Gerber’s latest CD ‘Good Music With Good People…Live at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival’.

Their newest CD, ‘From the Fire’, has just been released – May 2010 … and now Paul and Eleanore are hoping to start work on a long planned recording of mostly previously unrecorded songs written by their dear friend, the late Utah Phillips.

A concert with Paul and Eleanore is a night to remember…the depth and beauty of their lyrical and harmonic mastery is filled with colour, their songwriting is stimulating, inspirational, magical, folky yet somehow all smoky jazzy and far away places too, and it might make you want to get up and move…their powerful lyrical imagery and haunting and moving harmony always in honor of their folk roots.

Archived Radio Interviews:
- podcast - W/ Jeffrey Callison, Sacramento’s CPR ‘INSIGHT’ program
-w/ Che Greenwood, Folk Say, KVMR Nevada City

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“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower livings beings,
he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they
will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot
reap joy and love.” Pythagoras



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Malcolm Watters

From the Fire
I was very privileged to be present when Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald gave a concert of this new CD in Skiathos in Greece. It is very pleasing on the ear, it has an atmosphere which creates a feeling of well being. Suffice to say that I have this CD in my car and in my study. I cannot think of another CD at the moment that gives me such a sense of wholeness.
I would recommend "From the Fire" to anyone who loves a modern take on traditional music and wants to be challenged by Ship Gonna Sail or Silent Angel. This new CD does not fail in its attempt to entertain as well as challenge. All in all it is an excellent example of this genre and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone who loves this type of music.

Lili McNear

If you haven't heard them yet, you're missing out...
I am familiar with Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald and have enjoyed their music for many years, but I must say, this album is amazing! It is so well rounded and well balanced with an awesome blend of sounds and lyrics - I listened to it all the way through in my car and immediately started it over again. This music is for any age group. It is folk inspired in an original and refreshing way. Really, if you haven't heard this album (along with their others) you are missing a treat.

Bob Sherman

Their Best Yet
This latest recording by Paul and Eleanore is a cure for the problem of buying a CD and finding out that you only like one or two cuts. Song after song makes you feel, think and appreciate the art in their music. The melodies linger and the lyrics are affecting, often “poetry”.

As always for these two, the harmonies are exquisite, the arrangements impeccable and the musicianship (and back-up) musicians, “top shelf”. Among the many gems are the title song, “From the Fire”, a moving and fitting tribute to Utah Phillips. “Ship Gonna Sail” is an anthem that pays homage to pioneers of peace and justice” and is a palliative for the seeming hopelessness evoked by the daily news. Another favorite (and one that would make my “top 10 songs to put on my desert island CD”) is “Song of the Land” (see their performance on You Tube).

This CD may be their best, but that’s a tough call. Paul and Eleanore’s music has always, in addition to being superbly performed, manifested the utmost in (what I would call) “musical integrity”. This latest effort exemplifies the best that that the contemporary singer-songwriter genre has to offer.

Doc Duhon

Another Amazing Contribution
This amazing contribution to the genre not only restates the incredible talent these artists have shown in previous works but shows that they have grown further. A combination of beautifully developed melodies, strong harmonies, and intelligent lyrics underscores the talent of Paul Kamm and Eleanor McDonald. I have long been grateful for their wonderful music in my life. "From the Fire" is GREAT!

Tony Mander - United Kingdom

Buy This CD Now
Having just seen Paul and Eleanore play an intimate gig on Skiathos I had high hopes of their new album. It certainly doesn't disappoint. Eleanore brings to mind Mary Chapin Carpenter circa "Stones In The Road" while Paul reminds me of early Jackson Browne although that's meant as a compliment as these songs are not copies of these artists, they are original songs by Paul and Eleanore. I really can't praise this CD enough and I would urge anyone to buy a copy. Sadly "Last Tango In Paradise" isn't on the CD so need to track down their earlier releases - Having said that there are many other tracks to equal this fine song on "From The Fire". What are you waiting for - order a copy NOW

Barbara Jarrell

long-awaited journey
From their first project together, Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald have facilitated hints of interaction between the listener and those things of which we are almost aware but can’t quite touch on our own. Always the voices of that ethereal otherness have danced and floated with them as we have watched in wonder. With each album (if we can still call them that) they have brought us slightly closer to contact. Whereas before we have seen the veils and curtains flutter in the wind of their poetry, and harmony to reveal precious glimpses, this time they have been successful in opening the portal so that we, too, might dance with the mysteries. "From the Fire" calls us to join the song, share in the dance, and in so doing we, too, get to play with the muses and with this uncommonly talented duo. Thank you, Paul and Eleanore, for the gift of a journey long-awaited.