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Love Letters

by MacVitties

As seen on "Emeril Live." Skillful harmony, wonderful lyrics, a truly enjoyable album. Love Letters reached # 26 on Folk Radio Chart - Spring 03. Check out the MacVitties style of acoustic music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Without You
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2. Anna
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3. Love Letter
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4. Theodorabee (Take It To Heart)
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5. Summer Sublime
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6. Inside Out
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7. Go
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8. Beaitiful Girl
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9. In The Middle
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10. Dancing Girl
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11. Proximity
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12. By My Side
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Meet the MacVitties: Fred and Chris. Father and son. Although twenty-nine years lie between them, nothing comes between their harmonies.

Chris MacVittie has been the catalyst for the duo, though he would say it was his father's record collection that set this duo's career on its path. The Incredible String Band, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and of course, the Beatles all enticed the young MacVittie, who took every opportunity to listen to the music that shaped one generation and has taken hold of another. Now it resurfaces in the rich texture of lyric and music that Chris discovered when he was living alone in a shack in Australia.

After a brief college career, Chris followed his inner need to spread his wings with the decision to learn not within the confines of a University, but from the wide-open spaces of a small farming town outside of Brisbane. There he worked as a volunteer for a land conservation organization and spent most of his working days alone mending fences and nights wrangling meals over a campfire. In Australia, where some aboriginal tribes follow timelines, Chris began to find his own songlines.

Chris continued to play when he returned to the States, taking the occasional lesson and finding any opportunity to perform. When asked to sing at an open mike competition, he had the sudden inspiration to ask his father, Fred, to join him.

A former Marine who did a tour in Vietnam, Fred MacVittie loved his music and harbored a secret desire to sing. However, he chose the path of family responsibility and built a career as an environmental and safety consultant, reserving his musical ambition for family sing-ins on long car rides.

Chris didn't think twice about asking his father to sing with him, it was simply the next logical move to make. In no time father and son reached deep into their shared love of music blending their rich voices and close harmonies within each of their original songs.

"We've come a ways from the days of singing along to "The Beatles A to Z" in the car," Chris says. "but not too far, it's still a lot of fun," Today when Fred and Chris MacVittie join voices, it is to their own music and something magical happens -- something at once profound and effortless. That something has had a powerful effect on audiences throughout New England for the past several years. The MacVitties have been on the road playing everywhere from the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Club Passim in Cambridge, and the Acoustic Café and Ives Concert park in Connecticut, to the Triad Theater and The Towne Crier in Pawling, New York.

The MacVitties first CD, "Not What You Think" received Boston Sound Check Magazine Reviews' highest rating of 4 Stars. Their latest recording, "Love Letters", is already garnering attention. SingOut Magazine "...They have magically and uniquely sealed familiar harmony sounds into their own package of Love Letter Mailings."


Chris and Fred MacVittie are setting a new standard for fathers and sons and for anyone who has every harbored the desire to follow their secret dreams. With deeply felt songs of love and loss, of hope and triumph, they mix their voices and hearts to mend fences and instill a deep sense that all is well. Their music reflects the MacVitties' deeply held belief that life is a gift -- pure and simple.

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Jenn McWhorter

Amazing music
I bought Not What You Think about five or six years ago when I was lucky enough to run across the MacVitties playing at Faneuil Hall on one of my rare trips "back home" to Boston.

I'm buying this one when I get paid next month, come hell or high water.

LOVE these guys. What harmonies and what amazing good energy!
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Ivan Kostal

Love Letters is a fantastic CD!!!!!!!!
I'm afraid of wearing out the CD.We listen to Love Letters all the time!FANTASTIC!
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Rebekah Knox

Love Letters" is a fluid, reflective, fun, and simply fabulous body of work!
Love Letters" is a stellar compilation of songs, representative of a collection belonging to a band far beyond its second CD. It is a fluid, reflective, fun, and simply fabulous body of work!

There is a uniqueness to each song that makes identifying any one as a favorite impossible, but I find myself replaying 'beautiful girl' each time it comes around - it is a gentle, lovely song. And 'summer sublime' wow!

Rebekah
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Judy Gustafson


Love the cd!! Reminds me of the folk songs of my era. Now I want your first cd which I hear is out of stock. Please let me know when its back in.
Also love the sense of humor of your distributor!
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The Taylor Family

Finally a CD the whole family can enjoy!
Amazing! We all love to sing along to this in the car on family holidays, especially to the title track Love Letters- a truly great song with great lyrics- WELL DONE!
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An easy flowing compilation of lyrically astounding music. Each song tugs at my heart...it's impossible to pinpoint one favorite! The words sound so familiar somehow, as if we've each lived them ourselves. I need one CD for the car and one for the house...and one for all my friends and family!
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bigdaddy

Great new folk sound of years gone by
My wife and I fell in love with the music on the streets of Boston while visiting, now it is being played in at least two cars in Cincinnati.
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"Maine-iack"

breath-taking music. thoughtful, meaningful lryics
Anyone with a heart should own this cd. This cd is full of the most thoughtful, the most meaningful lryics I have heard in a long time. I have the utmost respect for artists who write their own material, and this truly is poetry set to music--that absolutely takes my breath away. I really look forward to another release from the MacVitties. Everyone- stop what you are doing right now, and go get the Love Letters cd (if you don't already have it)- and if you do own it- buy it for someone you love!! :)
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DeeDee

Not my cup of tea, or so I thought!
I've never been a fan of folk music, really rock, pop, and dance are so much more my style. Folk music sounded like something my parents would listen to. However, after hearing the Mac Vitties at the Colorado Brewery in Danbury, CT, I was drawn in. The harmony breathtaking, the talent absolutely incredible, the family inspired feeling evident, and it all comes through brilliantly. I had no other choice but to purchase their CD and now I must admit it: I am hooked!! Love Letters is one of those pop it in and just go CDs. I must have listened to it at least 4 times already, and it's been less that 24 hours. Having written their own lyrics and music just makes this an even more memorable experience. A wonderful introduction, for anyone, to a new style of music, and a must have for anyone who has already discovered this style. It isn't just my parents’ music anymore!
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AP, "SingOut" Magizne, Spring 2003

They have magically and uniquely sealed familiar harmony sounds into their own p
"This is a great romantic gift for someone who loves musical nostalgia. Whether it was yesterday, or just feels like yesterday, Love Letters will awaken the memories of those first romantic emotions and the music that accompanied, or perhaps, fueled them.
The MacVitties is a father and son team. Honing the basics of great harmony, their renditions drip with wonderful vocals and professionalism. They have magically and uniquely sealed familiar harmony sounds into their own package of “Love Letter” mailings. Over this base of romantic songs, the guitar and mandolin work of Frank Carillo is featured, adding musical variety.

Their songs showcase a variety of lovers in these twelve originals: a demanding strong man who won’t leave without getting back her love (“Without You”), a complimentary man (“Beautiful Girl”), a man yearning for guidance (“In The Middle”), a sensitive man who wants to take it slowly (“Theodorabee”), a sorrowful lover begging for understanding (“Anna”), and a man in the heat of passion (“Inside Out”).

The MacVitties release creates the feel of entering a musical time capsule. For those of us who grew up on ‘60s radio, it is like experiencing it all over again, for the first time." - AP
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