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A Cup Of Kindness

by Neil Woodward

Neil Woodward, Michigan's Troubadour has spent a lifetime in the study and performance of American folk and popular musical instruments and songs, delivering a stocking stuffed with all the love, joy and warmth of these timeless Holiday classics. All instrumental arrangements.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy to the World
2:22 $0.99
2. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
3:03 $0.99
3. I Saw Three Ships/A-Wassailing
1:56 $0.99
4. Ragtime Town of Bethlehem
3:06 $0.99
5. O Come Emanuel
2:44 $0.99
6. Good King Wenceslas
2:32 $0.99
7. My Dancing Day
2:42 $0.99
8. Silent Night
2:27 $0.99
9. We Three Kings
2:08 $0.99
10. Oh Holy Night
4:00 $0.99
11. Auld Lang Syne
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Album Notes
A Cup Of Kindness...Music for the Season of Joy is a collection of traditional carols presented in all instrumental settings with no vocals. All acoustic instruments include autoharps, accordeon, bells, concertina, dulcimer, fiddle, guitars, harmonicas, mandocello, mandola, mandolin, pennywhistles, spoons, ukulele and washboard.

This is music of praise and hope, deeply reverent, yet joyously celebratory. Some of these songs have been nurtured by people for over five hundred years, embracing much of the worth of our civilization. Birth and death, epic journeys, cruelty and compassion, forces of nature and humankind are vividly reflected.

Neil Woodward describes the collection: "My conscious memory begins here. To share these melodies with family and friends is to be cradled in loving arms."

Elderly Instruments (www.elderly.com) describes A Cup Of Kindness as a "Hot Platter"

"How could one guy have played all those instruments so beautifully?...Amazing."
Detroit Monthly

Neil Woodward Biographical Sketch

Neil Woodward is Michigan’s Troubadour.
For over thirty years he has shared folk music’s warmth and wisdom with Great Lakes audiences. In such historic surroundings as Crossroads Village, Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Greenfield Village, and in schools and libraries lake-to-lake, his vast repertoire and enthusiasm bring to life the Michigan experience for people from around the world.

In 2003 the Legislature of the State of Michigan officially named Neil Woodward Michigan’s Troubadour in recognition of his life long commitment to preservation of Great Lakes folk music and culture.

Neil is a course guest lecturer for Michigan, Eastern and Wayne State Universities. He is a Faculty and Presenter member teacher of Smithsonian Associates.

The Arts Foundation of Michigan (now ArtServe Michigan) with their Creative Artist Grant Award recognized Neil’s own compositions as continuing contributions to the troubadour’s tradition, an artistic chronicle of significant individuals and events. His songs, recordings and concerts have earned him nine Detroit Music Awards. His traditional recordings are catalogued by the Library of Congress Office of Folklife, Smithsonian Folkways, and by the Archives of the State of Michigan.

Neil’s experience in performance, research, writing, arranging, theatre, audio and video production, and his widely acknowledged skill with over a dozen musical instruments offer a unique perspective to his many private students. His school programs bring our culture into focus for pre-school through college level. In venues as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Michigan Historical Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Northern Michigan campgrounds and lighthouses, and community schools and libraries of Alpena, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Byron, Copper Harbor, Charlotte, Davison, Detroit, Flint, Hartland, Howell, Kentwood, Lansing, Montague, Ossineke, Paradise and Ypsilanti, Neil’s performances pay tribute to light keepers, immigrants, laborers, sailors, soldiers, teachers, mothers, fathers, lumberjacks, railroaders, farmers, hobos, auto workers, dancers, singers, musicians and dogs.

Neil may be the only person alive who played both banjo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jew’s harp at Lincoln Center.

Recordings by Neil Woodward on BLACK DOG RECORDS
Warm Winter Night, 2009
Way Of The Rail, 2007
Michigan-I-A, 2005
Peace TROUBLES, 2001
Old Timers, 1999
A Cup Of Kindness music for the season of joy, 1997
In The Year Of The Dog, 1994
Life, Love and Food Songs, 1992
Dog Songs and Other Distractions, 1989
Crossroads Serenade, 1986

Also featured at multi-instrumentalist:
Woody Guthrie's American Song Original Cast Album

More about Neil Woodward: www.NeilWoodward.com



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