Marcille Wallis & Friends | Step Forward

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Step Forward

by Marcille Wallis & Friends

An exploration of roots in Celtic and old-time music that represents personal and artistic evolution towards something new.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Good People / Step Forward
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2. The Silver Spear / Lexy McAskill / Music for a Found Harmonium
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3. Paddy Kelly's Brew
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4. The Galway Girl
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5. The Outlander
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6. The Jolly Breeze / Humours of Tampa Bay
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7. Rollin' Over
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8. The Factory Girl
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9. The Bucks of Oranmore / The Ashplant / Galtee Rangers
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10. Charlie on the M.T.A.
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11. Nathaniel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Brother / Farewell to the Creeks
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12. Belfast Mill
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13. The Luck Penny / Leitrim Fancy / Rambling Pitchfork
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14. The Risin' of the Moon
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15. Lightning in a Bottle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The band, Marcille Wallis & Friends, has been around for almost 20 years. What began as a revolving collective of Celtic musicians with hammer dulcimer artist Marcille Wallis at its nucleus has evolved into a close-knit group of friends with a genuine passion for sharing music and putting smiles on faces. Each of us has been singing/playing music/dancing since childhood, and we bring a wide variety of influences and musical interests – classical, rock, bluegrass, gospel, to name but a few – to our “sound.” Our live performances are energetic, interactive, family-friendly and great fun. We often hear, “You guys always look like you’re having so much fun up there!” And it’s true. We do have a lot of fun.

Prior to the solidifying of our current musical lineup of Marcille playing dulcimer and occasionally guitar or piano, Don Pigeon singing and playing guitar/flute/pennywhistle/mandolin, and Matt Miller playing fiddle and sometimes guitar, Marcille -- on her own Celtic Heritage label -- released eight studio albums (featuring dulcimer) and extensively toured the eastern half of the United States as a solo artist. Don, meanwhile, was landscape foreman at a PGA tour facility; Matt was a full-time student working toward a degree in engineering. Working with award-winning Irish soft-shoe/Scottish Country dancers Ann and Cal Lloyd, we played numerous festivals, Celtic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day and Tartan Day, and our own original “Christmas With The Celts” annual concert series. Eventually we recorded the CD, “Marcille Wallis & Friends Live!”

A great deal has happened in the five years since we recorded that CD.

As a band, our performances underwent a change with the retirement of Ann and Cal from appearing with us full-time. Through Ann and Cal, we had met Kate Valley, herself a champion Irish dancer now retired from competitive dancing, and Kate now is our featured dancer.

Don and Matt both have undergone personal changes, including Don's retirement from the workaday world and Matt's graduation from university. Both have been left with the unique -- and welcome -- opportunity to pursue music as a full-time vocation. Marcille also has faced change, with the untimely passing of husband, touring partner, and long-time business manager, Greg McGrath.

Change: sometimes welcome, sometimes difficult or painful ... always inevitable.

In facing the challenge of our changes, the four of us -- Marcille, Don, Matt, and Kate -- have decided to step forward into a future of exciting possibilities for our band. Symbolizing our embrace of change, our CD is called “Step Forward.” We've included music that has been part of our performances for the last several years, along with new material learned specifically for this project -- plus some of our own compositions. We play the instruments that we're best known for but you'll hear us demonstrate some of our other musical abilities, and that may come as a bit of a surprise to all but our most devoted followers.

It's a fun collection of music, and we're very excited to share it with you!

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