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Stilly River

by Real Folk

From the heart of music country, they come to you from the Pacific Northwest with soulful, original music and a few other favorites tunes. The CD features folk, blues, rock, and bluegrass. Real Folk brings you music with a message.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Blue Dot
2:22 album only
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2. Lucky
3:12 album only
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3. Stilly River
4:05 album only
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4. Fields of Gold
3:20 album only
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5. Pastures of Plenty
3:56 album only
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6. What a Wonderful World
4:23 album only
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7. It Begins With You, It Begins With Me
3:07 album only
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8. Different Shoes
3:50 album only
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9. Live Your Love
4:21 album only
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10. Blues For Dixie
4:05 album only
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11. Bridge the Generations With Love
4:41 album only
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12. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
2:17 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here’s the story. Paul asked Dennis and Kim to sing with him at a special event and from that day forward they haven’t stopped. Synchronicity is a word to describe it. Everything just fell into place.

Each of them have a deep passion for music and together they bring unique talents to the group to give it its magic.
Dennis Griffiths- vocals, guitar, mandolin

Dennis started playing folk music on an acoustic guitar at about age 15. Later he honed his guitar skills playing a variety of styles of music that included country, rock, and blues at local Snohomish County clubs with a band named Just Us. After too many years inhaling second hand smoke it was time for a change. He began playing outdoor festivals and gatherings with the bluegrass and swing group Sagegrass where he also discovered the joys of the mandolin. Recently he has performed with and added vocal harmony to the groups Acoustic Detour and Somebody’s Mother of Camano Island. Real Folk is a return to his roots playing folk music. He continues to be inspired by the works of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Claudia Schmidt and more recently the music of Tim O’Brien. Folk music has always been the conscience of America and it is this love of Folk music that has inspired Dennis to not only perform but to write music that speaks to that conscience. Folk music has a way of letting us step back and look at how and where we live our lives from a different perspective. In the case of his song “Little Blue Dot”, that could be from far out in space or as close as your own back yard as in “Stilly River”. Dennis believes music should also be fun and entertaining as assured in his song “Different Shoes”. As with all the wonderful folks he has played music with over the years he is currently enjoying the time with Real Folk and is looking forward to where this new path will lead. He has great hopes that people will once again stop and listen. If they do folk music will lead the way to a more peaceful and humane world.

Kim Longmore, Vocals

Ever since I was little I loved to sing. Ask my mom. I would walk around the house making up and singing songs and while I weeded the garden in the blaring hot sun I imagined myself on the big stage singing my heart out like Tanya Tucker. Well, I am not on the big stage and my musical preferences have changed over the years but I still love the music. My mom always encouraged me to explore music so at a young age I played piano and violin. When I grew older I took guitar and vocal lessons. In high school I spent time singing in choirs and participating in school or community musicals as a past time. My solo debut was when I was in 5th grade at the Christmas program. In full shepard garb, I sang a verse of “We Three Kings” to an auditorium full of people.

Singing with Real Folk has been the most incredible musical experience I’ve ever been part of. A communal creative energy flows through the three of us when we get together and something magical happens. It is most inspiring when Paul and Dennis share their new music with me whether it be original or arrangements of other artists. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we inspire each other.

The main musical artists who have inspired me are: Wynona, Sarah McLachlan, Colm Wilkinson, and Janis Joplin. Most of all I am continually inspired by independent musicians who love music and want to make the world a better place through this incredible medium.

Paul Henderson, vocals, guitar


Paul began playing guitar when he was five. His father taught him to play and as a result spent many an evening playing music together. Paul continued to develop his guitar and vocal skills through high school and college playing with various groups. While folk music has always been the music which spoke to him at his core, Paul always continued to experiment and play various styles of music.

In addition to the tremendous influence of his father, Peter, Paul & Mary, Hank Williams, Carole King, James Taylor, Nora Jones, and Bette Midler have significantly shaped his musical landscape. Each of them, whether through their writing or interpreting a vision through music and words, brought a new dimension of understanding to his world of music.

While Paul has been involved in many musical efforts including playing with his two children (who are musicians as well), he returned to his musical roots this past year when he began singing and playing guitar with Dennis and Kim. Thus the formation of Real Folk.

This new journey has resulted in a new energy and passion for performing as well as writing music. Being able to bring attention and awareness through music such “It Begins With You, It Begins With Me” adds another layer of excitement to this adventure. Music is our voice and tool to encourage people, now more than ever, to bring about change and make this world a better place.

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Julie H.

Terrific music!
Most impressive about this CD are the kind, thoughtful and descriptive lyrics which are set in a wonderful musical blend - tight vocal harmonies and creative instrumentation. This is a rare breath of fresh, innovative music. It is great!
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Betty Hudson

Takes me where I want to go.
Love the harmony, the mood, the messages and the great instruments. Congratulations! Don't wait a lifetime for the next offering.
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Corrine Holden

Brand new old time folk music
If you grew up on music by the Limelighters, Brothers Four, Chad Michell Trio, Joan Baez, etc., this new group will take you back in time and in heart. The rich harmony, fabulous instruments, and moving messages are what won the hearts of so many folk music fans years ago. This group and their music will win the hearts of new fans young and old. THEY ROCK!!!
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Lauren Hunter


What an amazing CD and I am so lucky to have found it. It's nice to have a little part of Arlington with me when I live so far away.
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Mary Jean

Feel Good Music - Great Harmony
Well worth the wait! Congrats to Real Folk for their musical accomplishment. The original songs are memorable and the harmony throughout is excellent. More please!
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Kathy C

Stilly River
Just plain LOVE IT!! In fact my step-daughter stole my copy, I'll have to buy another.
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Laurel Lewellen

Inspiring, Energizing, Diverse, Awesome!
Can't get enough of the music of Real Folk! I thoroughly enjoyed the music from this CD in their live concert and in coffeehouse performances. I am inspired by the messages of their original music as well as the way their harmonies blend in the music of others. I enjoyed the variety of their selections and the many instruments used. The melodies of their songs are so memorable. Looking forward to their next CD.
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