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Tao From The Mountain

by Trifolkal

A trio of Farsighted folkie songwriters fiercly dedicated to fun.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Ballad of Libby Congriss
3:22 $0.99
2. Shenandoah
3:04 $0.99
3. My Ramblin' Boy
3:19 $0.99
4. Appalachian Rap
1:53 $0.99
5. Angelina Baker/Angeline the Baker
3:39 $0.99
6. Gospel Medley
3:27 $0.99
7. The Ash Grove
3:15 $0.99
8. Song for a Fiddler's Lady
3:22 $0.99
9. The Starbucks of County Down
2:34 $0.99
10. Crossing Over into the Valley
2:59 $0.99
11. Who Will Watch the Homeplace?
3:47 $0.99
12. This Land is Your Land
2:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the artists:

Tao from the Mountain is the latest release from Trifolkal (Laura Pole, Greg Trafidlo & Neal Phillips) - "a trio of 'farsighted' folkie songwriters fiercely dedicated to fun." Laura, Greg & Neal have been delighting audiences for over 10 years with their warmth, tight harmonies, and witty songwriting. Their music is an eclectic blend of original and traditional favorites, along with tunes by some of today's best songwriters. Their award-winning songs have been featured on national radio programs including NPR's Car Talk, The Midnight Special, and The Folk Sampler.

They have shared the stage with artists such as John McCutcheon, Robin & Linda Williams, Kathy Mattea, Cheryl Wheeler, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Mark O'Connor, Trapezoid, John Hammond, John Prine, and Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen. Tao from the Mountain features traditional, Americana, and humorous original songs inspired by "O Brother," with just a pinch of Eastern philosophy for good measure.



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This CD is what FolkMusic was originally all about
“Don’t hold the cute title or the goofy cover photo against Laura Pole, Greg Trafidlo and Neal Phillips. This trio proves you can go far with love of the music and some very cleaver songwriting chops. While they do wish to be taken seriously, the three funny songs of the dozen on this album are funnier than most songs by dedicated comics. Trafidlo and Phillips’ “The Ballad of Libby Congriss” is both humorous and pointed. It tells the story of the bumbling folksong collector that records and copyrights a mountain woman’s traditional songs, sort of the dark but humorous side of the movie “Songcatcher.” Pole’s “Appalachian Rap” tell the complete history of the Appalachian Mountain range, rap style, in 1:53. However, the real side splitter here is the rewrite of the traditional Irish “The Star of the the County Down” as “The Starbucks of County Down,” by Phillips Trafidlo and John Seay. The trio shows impeccable taste in their choice of serious songs from the traditional “Shenandoah” to Tom Paxton’s “My Rambling Boy” and Woody’s “This Land is Your Land.” Although the notes list 11 accompanists, most play on one or two songs, and most of the production is as simple as could be desired. There is something so unpretentious and loving about this CD it reminds you of what folk music was originally all about, people getting together and making music for the love of the music. Trifolkal come across as professional, but not slick, and they are entertaining.