Wagtail | One Clear Moment

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One Clear Moment

by Wagtail

A contemporary folk fusion featuring old-time tunesmithing, world-beat percussion, and three-part vocal power.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When the Sun Goes Down
3:24 album only
2. Crossing the Causeway - Icehouse
3:32 album only
3. River Go By
3:28 album only
4. House Carpenter
5:01 album only
5. One Clear Moment
3:32 album only
6. Martin Wynne - Caroe Roe - Connaughtman's
4:17 album only
7. Let the Light In
3:28 album only
8. Cold Quarters
3:33 album only
9. Boatman
3:38 album only
10. Tundra
2:40 album only
11. Train Don't Leave
3:35 album only
12. Dirt Is the Color
4:43 album only
13. Wagtail - Daphne's Ramble - Meadowdance
3:30 album only
14. Honey Man
2:42 album only


Album Notes
Wagtail is currently on hiatus, with band members pursuing other projects in Vermont. Stay posted for a Wagtail reunion, rumored to be on the horizon!

Immersed in the joy of northern New England’s rich musical traditions, Vermont’s WAGTAIL fuses the well-loved sounds of fiddle, guitar and mandolin with percussion and fine vocals, bringing to the stage a blend of old time jamming, Celtic melodies, American song-styles and world-beat rhythms. With original writing as their foundation, WAGTAIL offers a fresh approach to traditional music that’s fun, funky and deeply moving.

Susannah Blachly is a fiddler, tunesmith & singer/songwriter from Marshfield, VT. She has released several solo CDs of all original material and twice ranked on the Top Ten Best VT CDs of the Year in Seven Days, VT’s premier arts weekly. In 2005 SingOut! magazine published her song “Secret Place” and featured it on a compilation disc with such folk luminaries as Pete Seeger and Maria Muldauer.

George White lives in an old farmhouse in the hills of Tunbridge VT, and that’s where his inspirational guitar, octave mandolin and vocal parts for WAGTAIL first find voice. George is responsible for much of the unique Celtic groove, rock rhythms and raw passion that shapes the WAGTAIL sound.

Kristina Stykos was born with a guitar in her hands, and brings a decidedly gritty and energetic flatpicking style to WAGTAIL, as well as mandolin chops. Like Susannah, she writes for the band and adds her voice to their old time vocal harmonies. Central VT’s Times Argus newspaper has awarded her both "Best Vermont Album" (2005) and "Best Songwriter" (2013). Says arts reviewer Art Edelstein: “Bruce Springsteen may have gotten all the hype for his latest effort “Devils and Dust,” but for my money Stykos has written far better songs, delivered them with wonderful style, and can play the pants off of the King of Asbury Park.”

In a deeply syncopated pocket, Carter Stowell grooves with gratitude for the many master drummers and inspiring musicians in North Carolina and northern California, in Senegal, West Africa, the Caribbean, and now in Vermont who have helped to shape his percussive voice over 15+ years. With Wagtail, Carter uses hands and feet with various sticks, skins, shakers and shouts to provide a percussive understory for Wagtail’s kaleidoscopic melodies.



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one clear moment
How blessed can we be?? Very actually - Susan B, Kristina/George/Carter play with a familarity and inherent sense of one another that magically occurs only on occasion. Despite the vast, far reaching and now long ongoing NewEngland musical revival in our midst, this record,the playing, composing, songwriting, arrangements, and aura - will blow you away. Now if only we could get her to Maine!!

Shirley D.

Still Smiling
I found their music pretty much by mistake. Best mistake I ever made. It far exceeds my expectations. Best new music I have bought in a long time. Can't wait for their next contribution to the world. Only wish I lived in the NE so I could hear them in person.