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Held in the Arms

by Lucia Comnes

American roots music featuring fiddle and dobro that heals broken hearts through stories on the theme of 'things that nurture'.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Winter in the Mountains
3:23 $0.99
2. On the Farm
3:04 $0.99
3. Grace
3:12 $0.99
4. Lady Tamarind
2:41 $0.99
5. Matilde
4:04 $0.99
6. Good Hands
3:02 $0.99
7. Side by Side
3:15 $0.99
8. Mirabelle
3:13 $0.99
9. The Hunter
3:26 $0.99
10. I’m with You
3:14 $0.99
11. Song for Mama
2:47 $0.99
12. Morning Star
4:04 $0.99
13. The Sleeping Lady’s Daughter
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Album Notes
Lucia's voice is "singular… embedded with soul and spirit." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Over the past two years while living in Italy, I've set and met my goal of completing at least two new songs a month. It's been great!" says Lucia Comnes who just wrapped up her fourth full-length album, 'Held in the Arms', a collection of 13 new songs centered around the theme of 'things that nurture.'

Each song tells a story in her 'singular voice' and impassioned fiddle playing, accompanied by stringed and other instruments. You'll recognize the influence of American roots music in the arrangements as she weaves folk, blues, country, early rock & roll, indie and bluegrass influences, with nods to some of her favorite songwriters such as Chuck Berry, Bill Monroe, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch, Ed Sheeran, Clarence Bucaro and Tim Grimm.

"There's nothing like the feeling of being held," Lucia says, "and these are songs about the things that hold me and the people I love." The album title was taken from the chorus lyric of her song, 'On the Farm' (track 2), about a dear friend who founded Big Mesa Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Bolinas, California: "…The work never ends but she's held in the arms, of all that really matters on the farm." Similar images surface in other lyrics as she sings of family, friendship, childhood, connection to one's homeland, horses, and offers a glimpse into the lives of girls and women whose unique female light shines through their character. Says Lucia, "This is an all-ages album because there's nothing too dark or heavy in the stories. The songs will give you a lift, and I hope the album feels like a great big hug."

The tracks feature the musical talent of Lucia's long-time collaborator and co-producer, Gawain Mathews, who joins her on harmony vocals and plays more instruments than anyone in his right mind: acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bass, accordion, Hammond B3 organ, piano and percussion. They include drums to stir up the rhythm section in a few numbers and Lucia's fiddle is featured in all but one track. 'Grace' (track 3) turned out to be a real Nashville gem, which Lucia co-wrote with songwriter Richard Mitchell (Springfield, TN), featuring his soulful guitar playing. The arrangements offer a variety of instrumentation and yet all hang together with a deep appreciation of the folk Americana sound.

"For me folk music is a way of getting as close as possible to the source ingredients of any musical genre. It's the difference between eating at a Michelin star restaurant or preparing a meal at home with freshly harvested organic veggies. Both options are great. But in the simple, home-cooked meal it's pretty much guaranteed that you will still taste the land in the food. In folk music, you can still sense the land where the music was born."

All songs produced by Lucia Comnes & Gawain Mathews.

Recorded in the USA at Gawain Mathews Music Studio, San Pablo, California, and in Italy at Rockwood Studios, Latina, by Gianluca Campagnaro, and at Studio Marinelli, Rome, by Fabio Fortunati.

Mixed by Gawain Mathews
Mastered by Justin Weis at

Lucia Comnes vocals, fiddle
Gawain Mathews acoustic + electric guitars, dobro, bass, piano, mandolin, mandola, banjo, Hammond B3 organ, accordion, percussion, harmony vocals
Richard Mitchell guitar on 3
Rob Hooper drums on 1, 2
Kyle Caprista drums on 8, 12

All songs by Lucia Comnes except 3 by Lucia Comnes & Richard Mitchell, 8, 10, 11 by Lucia Comnes & Gawain Mathews.
All songs published by Anchor & Hope Publishing and registered with BMI.

Cover Artwork by Sarah Neuburger
Design by Giovanni Caiati
Photography by Alessandro Illuzzi

This album was funded in part by Patreon & PledgeMusic: online Direct-to-Fan music platforms.

A portion of this album’s proceeds are donated to California fire victims.

All songs © 2018 by Lucia Comnes
DR386-LC09 © ℗ 2018 Delfina Records
P.O. Box 640035, San Francisco, CA 94164

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