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Michael Troy | Romancing the Moon

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Romancing the Moon

by Michael Troy

We added some beautiful fiddle, background vocals and harmonies to Michael's exceptional lyrics and finger-pickin' style.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Romancing the Moon
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2. Roller Coaster
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3. Ricky the Kid
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4. Four Boats Down
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5. Jacinta's Song
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6. Blue Moon
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7. Damien
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8. Dream Chaser
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9. Love Song
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10. Scare Crow
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11. The Thief
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Michael Troy was born and raised in the rough-and-tumble mill town of Fall River, Mass. In many ways, his life reflects the lives of the hard-working common folk who populate this part of New England. Having spent parts of his own life as a mill worker, fisherman, laborer and carpenter, and most of his adult years as a husband and father, Michael has traveled many paths, and the experience and wisdom he's gleaned along the way echoes through his music.

A magical storyteller with a gift for melody, a deep rich voice, excellent finger-pickin' skills and the ability to compose outstanding stanzas of substance, Michael's plaintive ballads speak of the hills and mills of Fall River and of childhood dreams not quite forgotten in the adult quest to make an honest living. But Michael is honest when he says he's playing for himself, for the sheer joy of creating music to call his own. "I have no plan," he says. "I'm not trying to write in any style or sound like someone else. I write from gut feeling. I let the emotion drive the music, not the music drive the emotions."

In 1998, as Michael puts it, he moved "from the road of least resistance, to the road one chooses". The CD he released that year,Whispers in the Wind, was taken directly from demo tapes he had been working on, tracks he had never intended to actually put into CD form. Each song on "Whispers" is like a vivid, painted picture - the artist's conception of a life experience, illustrated solely by the tools of voice and guitar. There's no fancy production here, no drums, keyboards, sidemen, not even liner notes - just the simple, eloquent, touching words and melodies of a humble, quiet man from a town that has seen its share of historic ups and downs.

Michael has performed at clubs, coffeehouses and festivals throughout the Bay State and beyond, including the Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River, MA), Fall River Celebrates America (Fall River, MA), New Bedford Summerfest (New Bedford, MA), Minstrel Coffeehouse (Morristown,NJ), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), The Center for the Arts Natick (Natick, MA), Anderson Fair (Houston, TX), The Mucky Duck (Houston, TX) and the Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield, MA) to name a few.

Michael is also the 2002 winner of the annual Rose-Garden Performing Songwriter Competition. He was awarded Emerging Artist Showcases at the2003 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the 2003 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWERFA), the 2003 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), 2004 Winterfolk II Festival. He is the 2nd place winner in both the Chris Austin (Merlefest) and the Woody Guthrie Songwriter's Contests. He was a finalist in the 2004 Kerrville New Song Contest and will compete in the Founders Title Folk Festival Songwriter's Contest in Salt Lake City, Utah in July 2004.

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Paul

Romancing the Moon
I went to a fundraiser in Cambridge and Michael went on last. I couldn't believe my ears. He was picking that guitar as if he had been born with it in his hands. He voice low and sweet sang out the most thoughtful and beautiful lyics. When all was over I ran up to the table in back and purchased both his CD's Whispers in the Wind and Romancing the Moon. I played whispers for next 2 weeks and now I haven't stopped play Romancing the Moon over and over again. Don't take my word for It purchase it and you'll be hooked.

Thanks Michael keep up the great songwriting and singing and I'll keep listening.

Paul
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Anya

Great CD!
Great lyrics, great stories, great sound.
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J.K.Feltri

Storyteller...
Whispers in The Wind, Michael Troy's 1998 CD, has been on constant rotation in my CD player for over 2 years now. I love how he crafts a story and delivers a song.

I am ecstatic to say that now I have Romancing the Moon in my list of “every day” listening CDs. No matter my mood, Michael Troy works for me.

There is a truth in this music, a simple, honest, beautiful truth, that I can’t put my finger on or solidly explain, except to say that it makes me happy, sad, wistful, homesick, content, curious, and beyond… It just makes me FEEL…which, I think, all good music should do.
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Bart

Top notch!!
I was able to see Michael Troy play at the 2005 Springfest in Live Oak, Florida. He played and ended up winning the songwriters' contest for this year. After you hear his material, you'll understand why he won the award. He writes intricate and well-constructed songs, while telling a story in a manner that would make Bob Dylan proud. The comparisons to Dylan may seem trite or cliche, but Michael's lyrical ability is so dense that you need repeated listens to get it all. Outstanding folk album that is one of the best overall albums I've heard this year. I definitely hope to hear more from Michael in the future.
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