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Facets of Folk

by Mara Levine

Facets of Folk presents a number of songs of social conscience with themes of taking a stand, making a difference, considering the treatment of others, set among folk favorites and new discoveries, with lush harmony arrangements and top notch musicianship
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Reap What You Sow
3:11 $1.00
2. Daughters and Sons (feat. Gathering Time)
3:52 $1.00
3. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
3:13 $1.00
4. Tree of Life
3:21 $1.00
5. A Perfect Rose (feat. Terry Kitchen)
3:52 $1.00
6. Be the Change
3:26 $1.00
7. By My Silence (feat. Gathering Time)
3:35 $1.00
8. Taladh Chriosda (feat. Gathering Time)
2:57 $1.00
9. Child of Mine
3:47 $1.00
10. Upstream
3:06 $1.00
11. The Moment Slipped Away
3:59 $1.00
12. Bitter Green (feat. Gathering Time)
2:55 $1.00
13. Song for the Asking (feat. Gathering Time)
2:13 $1.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
New Jersey based singer and recording artist, Mara Levine, has released her third album, an exquisite 13-song collection called Facets of Folk, which was #1 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ charts for the month of January 2019. Called "one of the best singers of her generation" by acclaimed singer/ songwriter, Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine, like a skilled gem cutter, selects songs with inherent beauty, examines them carefully, then crafts and polishes them to a glittering brilliance.

In addition, Mara was named top artist, and the rousing protest anthem, "Daughters and Sons" by noted Irish songwriter Tommy Sands, (featuring Kim and Reggie Harris, Gathering Time, Andy Leftwich, Mark Schatz, Cheryl Prashker, Akiva Wharton and Sean McComiskey) landed in the #1 spot on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ Chart.

The lead off track, "You Reap What You Sow," (written by Susan Shann) found its way to #3. This uplifting song, recorded with bluegrass luminaries Greg Blake, Bob Harris, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mollie O'Brien, Mark Schatz and Scott Vestal, was well-received when released as a focus track in November 2017, hitting #1 on the Folk DJ chart and spending 22 weeks on Bluegrass Today's Grassicana chart. The album had an unprecedented 9 songs in the Top 20, additionally, Facets of Folk spent 6 weeks on the NACC (North American Community College) chart, reaching the #5 spot. The album also reached #5 on the FAI Folk DJ chart for February 2019.

Track Descriptions - All songs FCC Compliant

1. You Reap What You Sow (Susan B. Shann) 3:08 An up-tempo bluegrass track with a positive message about doing your best at whatever you do and reaping the rewards or fruits of your labors, or possibly keeping your word and commitments and that will be retuned to you in kind. With luminaries Greg Blake (vocals), Bob Harris (guitar), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Andy Leftwich (mandolin), Mollie O’Brien (vocals, courtesy of Remington Road Records), Mark Schatz (bass) and Scott Vestal (banjo).

2. Daughters and Sons (Tommy Sands) 3:50 This mid/up-tempo folk anthem with a rousing sing-along chorus speaks to the struggles of oppressed people leading to gains in freedom, justice, equality and peace for future generations, reminding us that the fight is not over. With Kim & Reggie Harris (lead& harmony vocals), Gathering Time (harmony), Reggie (guitar), Mark Schatz (bass), Andy Leftwich (fiddle) and Sean McComiskey (Charm City Junction) button accordion, Cheryl Prashker & Akiva Wharton, percussion.

3. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen) 3:12 Slow, folk
A sorrowful lament about soon to be separated lovers, as a duet with Caroline Cutroneo singing lead on the first verse as she does in our live performances, with Caroline and Bob Harris on guitars, and Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.

4. Tree of Life (Eric Peltoniemi) 3:19 Mid-tempo, folk
From the 1983 play "Plain Hearts: Songs and Stories of Midwestern Prairie Women”, the first two verses are comprised entirely of the names of quilting patterns. With Caroline Cutroneo (guitar, harmony), Hillary Foxsong (harmony) John Guth (bass) and special guest Ed Trickett on hammered dulcimer!

5. A Perfect Rose (Terry Kitchen) 3:50 Slow, folk - A subtle song about forgoing wastefulness. John D. Rockefeller, an avid gardener once said that in order to get a perfect rose you had to prune all the other buds from the bush. Terry said “Possibly good gardening advice, but more than a little scary coming from the richest man in the world.” With Terry Kitchen(guitar, bass, mandolin, vocals).

6. Be the Change (Arlon Bennett) 3:24 Mid-tempo, folk
Rosa Parks and Ghandi set examples for others to “Be the Change”, and we can choose to make a difference by participating, voting and raising our voices. With John Guth (lead guitar, mando guitar, bass), Robin Greenstein (harmony), Bob Harris (rhythm guitar) and Barbara Novick (harmony vocals)

7. By My Silence (Ellen Bukstel/Nick Annis)3:32 mid-tempo, folk A powerful song about the regret of keeping a fearful silence during the Holocaust, inspired by Rev. Martin Niemöller, a German Protestant Minister imprisoned for seven years concentration camps for finally speaking out against the Nazis. “By My Silence” has won accolades including; Grand Prize Winner in the 2008 Music to Life Song Competition, Winner, 2010 Int’l New Zealand Peace Song Competition; Folk Finalist, the 2009 John Lennon Song Competition. With Gathering Time (harmony); Stuart Markus (rhythm guitar), Hillary Foxsong, Gerry McKeveny(lead guitar, bass).

8. Taladh Chriosda (Ta-La-Da Cree-Os-Da), (Trad, lyrics Ranald Rankin) 2:56 Mid-tempo - Also known as Christ Child's Lullaby, the original hymn was written in 1854, later set to a folk tune from the Scottish Hebrides. Mary sings to her newborn son. With Gathering Time (harmony), John Guth (guitars, mando-guitar, bass) and Patryce Avsharian Wiseman (fiddle).

9. Child of Mine (Bill Staines) 3:46 Mid tempo, folk
A poignant, tender song sung by parents to their child, recorded as a duet with Josh Joffen. With Jan Alba (flute), Bob Harris (rhythm guitar), John Guth (acoustic lead guitar, electric guitar, bass).

10. Upstream (Si Kahn) 3:04 Mid-tempo, folk - Written for Si’s Bristol Bay album as part of an ongoing fight to prevent the building of the Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska where 40% of the worlds wild Sockeye Salmon go to spawn. As a member of Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay, I continue to sing this song and spread awareness so others can join the fight. With John Guth (bass), Eleanor Kleiner (harmony), Harold Morton (guitar)

11. The Moment Slipped Away (Christine Lavin) 3:58 Slow
Inspired by a chance encounter with a famous actress, Lavin reflects on her own missed opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others, and reminds us that is it never too late. With Bob Harris (guitar) and Tilman Reitzle (string and percussion arrangements) Additional arrangements: Harris/Levine. Thrilled to have my former classmate, Tilman, contributing to this moving song.

12. Bitter Green (Gordon Lightfoot) 2:54 Mid-tempo Folk
A beautiful, haunting and tragic ballad about separated lovers, with Gathering Time providing lush harmonies and John Guth on guitars, bass and strings.

13. Song for the Asking (Paul Simon) 2:13 slow, folk
Suggested by my friend, Nick Arietano, for the close of the album, the lyrics perfectly summarize how I feel about Facets of Folk, a labor of love two years in the making. “This is my song for the asking, ask me and I will play all the love that I hold inside”. With Gathering Time (harmony), Bob Harris (guitar), and Michael G. Ronstadt (cello).

With Facets of Folk, Levine finds her true voice and it rings clearly and powerfully, reminiscent of her inspirations Judy Collins and Joan Baez, as she explores different faces of the folk genre. Most songs on the project are filled with Levine’s lush harmony arrangements.

According to folksinger and activist Si Kahn, “Layering harmony line on top of harmony line, Levine creates rich tapestries of sound and emotion.”

“As I was selecting material for my third” CD said Levine, “I was inspired by the current political and social challenges facing us today, and thought a great deal about the importance of speaking out against injustice, both societal, and for people in our lives who are being wronged.”

On Facets of Folk, Levine presents a number of songs of social conscience with themes of taking a stand, making a difference, and considering the treatment of others. Those tunes, written by popular contemporary songwriters as well as emerging talents, are all carefully set among folk favorites and lesser known songs.

A traditional holiday song from the Scottish Hebrides, “Taladh Chriosda” has been re-recorded with frequent touring partners Gathering Time. Four additional songs were recorded with Gathering Time, including a rousing version of the Tommy Sands protest anthem, “Daughters and Sons,” featuring special guests Kim and Reggie Harris swapping lead vocals with Levine, and “By My Silence” a provocative warning about the perils of remaining passive in the face of injustice, written by award winning Florida singer-songwriters Ellen Bukstel and Nick Annis, which reached #1 on the Folk DJ Chart when it was released as a single in September 2017.

Facets of Folk was co-produced by Mara Levine with Bob Harris, (Johnny Cash, Vasser Clements, Girlyman) who plays guitar and helped with arrangements on many of the tracks, and also with John Guth (Tom Chapin, Galt MacDermot) who plays various instruments and helped with arrangements on five of the tracks. Other contributing musicians; Kim and Reggie Harris, Robin Greenstein, Michael G. Ronstadt, Ed Trickett, Josh Joffen, Terry Kitchen, Caroline Cutroneo, Jan Alba, Harold Morton, Sean McComiskey, Barbara Novick, Cheryl Prashker, Tilman Reitzle, Akiva Wharton and Patrice Avsharian Wiseman.

Levine’s second CD, Jewels and Harmony, received stellar reviews and was the #1 album, with the #1 song and #1 artist positions on the International Folk DJ Chart for January 2013, placed #3 overall for 2013, and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. She was selected for a Juried showcase at the 2014 NERFA conference, and a Folk DJ Showcase prior to that, and she tours nationally, often sharing shows with the trio Gathering Time, who appear on 5 of the songs on Facets of Folk. They toured Germany and Ireland together in 2018. Mara also performs in duos with Caroline Cutroneo and Terry Kitchen. She has appeared on numerous radio programs and performed at various venues and festivals throughout the country.


LABEL: Mara’s Creations
RETAIL OUTLETS: MaraLevine.com, CDBaby.com
1. You Reap What You Sow (Susan B. Shann) 3:08
2. Daughters and Sons (Tommy Sands) 3:50
3. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen) 3:12
4. Tree of Life (Eric Peltoniemi) 3:19
5. A Perfect Rose (Terry Kitchen) 3:50
6. Be the Change (Arlon Bennett) 3:24
7. By My Silence (Ellen Bukstel/Nick Annis) 3:32
8. Taladh Chriosda (Ta-La-Da Cree-Os-Da) 2:56
9. Child of Mine (Bill Staines) 3:46
10. Upstream (Si Kahn) 3:04
11. The Moment Slipped Away (Christine Lavin) 3:58
12. Bitter Green (Gordon Lightfoot) 2:54
13. Song for the Asking (Paul Simon) 2:13


With Facets of Folk, Mara Levine solidifies her position as a folk force to be reckoned with. As on her previous CD Jewels and Harmony, her signature sound shines through: Thoughtful song choice, creative harmonies, rich instrumentation, her own exuberant singing. With an emphasis on songs that make a difference, Mara has created music that is very much for today, but also for years to come. - Si Kahn

Mara Levine’s new CD, Facets of Folk, as its title indicates, covers a wide range of styles all done with understanding of the genres covered. The songs are sung with great sensitivity and beauty. This music deserves wide exposure. - Arthur Berman, CiTR-FM, "Pacific Pickin"

A thank you to Mara Levine for making us all remember the poetry of lyricism.
Some people, like the one described in Leonard Cohen’s classic song, are born with a Golden Voice. Mara Levine is one of those gifted few who fit that definition. Hearing her sing makes you stop whatever you are doing and LISTEN! Known for her warmth, sincerity and impeccable natural musicality, she make us all listen more intently, and celebrate the beauty that she brings to every song she sings and inspire us to do better ourselves, in whatever field we work in. Try to go to hear her live or listen to anything she has done or does. Thank you Mara for what you have done and continue to do. - David Amram, Beacon, NY

Beautifully articulated, Mara Levine's latest recording, FACETS OF FOLK, is the perfect combination of her gorgeous vocals and a strong sense of social awareness. Mara knows how she wants to express herself and the songs she has meticulously picked for this collection are lyrically powerful. It has been worth the wait for FACETS OF FOLK. With this album, you see a continuation of the masterful recording work that is her hallmark, and you will find a window into Mara's soul as her careful sequencing takes you on a wonderful musical journey. - Jeanne Holton Carufel, WMNF "Acoustic Peace Club"

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