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God Bless the Grass

by The Malvinas

Three very different women came together for their third release, sharing songs with themes of loss, love, hope, and resilience, and some heart-rending, toe-tapping music!
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crow
4:00 $0.99
2. How Can I Keep from Singing
3:22 $0.99
3. God Bless the Grass
3:26 $0.99
4. Moses
4:28 $0.99
5. I Ought to Know
4:00 $0.99
6. Weak in the Knees
3:49 $0.99
7. Somewhere off the Foot of This Mountain
4:17 $0.99
8. Meteorite
3:12 $0.99
9. Light (O, Let Your Light Shine Bright)
3:28 $0.99
10. The Ukrainian Song
4:10 $0.99
11. Starting Over
5:09 $0.99
12. Surrender Love
3:47 $0.99
13. Maman Roseanne
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
God Bless the Grass - The Malvinas

The Malvinas are:
Beth Cahill – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Gina Forsyth – vocals, fiddle, guitar
Lisa Markley – vocals, guitar, banjo

Additional instruments by Graham Duncan - guitar, bass, percussion

Produced by Marilyn Duncan and Graham Duncan
Recorded at Soona Songs Studio, Jonesborough, TN
Engineered and mixed by Graham Duncan
Mastered by John Scrip at MASSIVE Mastering
Original artwork by Lee Harding

What others have said:

Written by Mark Gallo
July 14, 2017
4 Stars!
The Malvinas are Beth Cahill (vocals, guitar and mandolin), Gina Forsyth (vocals, guitar and fiddle) and Lisa Markley (vocals, guitar and banjo), with additional instrumentation from Graham Duncan. The trio harmonize gorgeously and all are excellent players. There is a distinct strength in women’s music and they tap into it brilliantly. Women with wide ranging influences, from the Roches and McGarrigle Sisters to Richard Thompson to Suzanne Vega, and even Rickie Lee Jones, the Malvinas are serious and playful, often in the same song. Crow (“when crow makes a mistake/there is no mercy, no second chance/the vultures will circle and wait”) is Vega inspired and features stunning instrumentation. The title cut was written by the trio’s namesake, Malvina Reynolds, in 1964. It is as poignant today as it was then with these lyrics: “God bless the truth that fights toward the sun.” The Ukrainian Song is their most Roches-inspired tune. One of the most fully realized folk albums of the first half of the year.

Rich Warren, Host of Folkstage and The Midnight Special -
"Our live "Folkstage" performers were The Malvinas (Beth Cahill, Gina Forsyth, Lisa Markely) on one of their rare reunion tours. Each of these artists comes from a musical background totally different from the others, but when they get together the result is a magical melding of styles with great harmonies and picking. They also do a superb job interpreting covers. The Malvinas certainly were a hit with our full capacity studio audience."

Five Stars!
ByJohn McLaughlinon April 28, 2017
Format: MP3 Music
The Malvinas, “God Bless the Grass” - Notes for a Review.

Named for Malvina Reynolds, the title cut of this latest offering by this trio is Malvina Reynolds’ 1964 composition, a highlight in harmonies here – sorry ‘bout that – following on what’s described as a “traditional hymn,” in sweet indeed harmonies. The only way to “keep from singing” is if you do indeed have a voice so bad they skip over you in a round-robin singalong at folkie get-togethers, oh well. #5, the late Jack Hardy’s sardonic “I Ought to Know” about the litany of leftwing stuff he and you and I ought to know – but don’t (always?) know about – the crimes and “for whom the bell tolls….” Ah, John – we hardly got time to know you, either.

Lisa Markley takes over delivery of #6, “Weak in the Knees” – fiddle and banjo accompanying mandolin and harmonies backup. This is the virtuosity that many people associate with the Malvinas – Gina Forsyth has her own sparkling solo career, apart from this CD – see #7, “Somewhere at the Foot of this Mountain,” for a sample of her lovely contribution with this trio, which is rounded out by Beth Cahill, who is responsible for #1, 4, 8 and 10, if you are keeping the count you should ought to be.)

But how on earth can you be keeping up if you don’t have this shimmering CD in your hands? And why do you not, one impertinently asks…. You know the drill. Buy the music, support the artists. They’re on Soona Songs, if not already, as of April 28th, on Amazon. Easy to take care of business with a computer, isn’t it?

Five Stars: *****

-John McLaughlin, PhD [ OK, say it.]

“More folk music should be this invigorated.”
-The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“These women take no prisoners!”
-Dirty Linen Magazine

“You'll find their enthusiasm and songs infectious.”
-Sing Out! Magazine

And from the man who listened the closest:
“Those lush harmonies and feisty folk tunes pouring out of here are
The Malvinas!”

Over the years, we have watched the Malvinas evolve from already fine musicians into masters of their instruments and voices with an egoless passion channeled in service to the song. On their third album, God Bless the Grass, we hear musicians with something to say and the skill to deliver a message without losing the music’s essential joy. -Alan Gann

Named for social activist Malvina Reynolds (and meaning it); geographically and musically diverse, these three exceptional women will take you by storm. Currently hailing from Texas, Québec, and Louisiana, they add all those musical traditions and more into a feisty mix that includes folk-pop, jazz, Cajun and traditional. Beth Cahill, Gina Forsyth and Lisa Markley bring their voices, guitars, mandolin, fiddle and banjo to bear on an amazing array of original material. Touring nationally, and with two releases to their credit, Soona Songs happily recorded their third album, "God Bless the Grass."



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