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Not Your Usual Mandolin and Tuba Duo

by Walach & Buttery

Virtuoso mandolin meets spectacular tuba! Original tunes, American folk, traditional Irish and more take the listener on an unexpected journey. Ports of call include powerful jams, jazz ballads, tender folk melodies and classical themes.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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1. Single Footing Horse
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2. Tribute to Lowell
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3. Star of Nazareth
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4. Stool of Repentance / Hang Fire
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5. Da Slockit Light
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6. Dickson County Blues #2
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7. Jerusalem Ridge
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8. Take Me Back to Georgia
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9. Valse Venezelano #2
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10. Bees Wings
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11. Old #8
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12. Lillie
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13. Separation of Soul and Body
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14. Off to California / Sailor's Hornpipe
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15. Swingin' On a Gate
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16. Green Willis
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Album Notes
Bill Walach, Mandolin
Bill Walach’s eclectic tastes and wide ranging interests define a broad spectrum of performance possibilities for the mandolin. He performs both folk music and his original jazz compositions solo, with duos, trios, or with his own Electric Sextet. A resident of Connecticut, Walach continues to compose, to perform new works and to stretch the boundaries within which audiences of all ages can enjoy the music of the mandolin.

“Walach’s electric mandolin and eclectic tastes range over Irish, Spanish, Funk, folk, country, jazz, and categories that only the mercurial minded Walach could define” –The Hartford Courant

Bill is well known throughout the mandolin world as a “silver haired innovator,” an old school musician with new musical perspectives. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, Bill has performed throughout New England and Europe in a myriad of musical venues including The rock festival at Roskilde in Denmark, Irish festivals in Milwaukee, Pittsburg and Cleveland, fiddle and folk festivals in New York, Nevada’s Burning Man festival, and classical concerts at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami, to name a few. He has also opened for Del McCrory, Dave Van Ronk, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Daniels, and Mel Tillis, and has played with the Morgans, Electric Sextet, and more recently, Finest Kind in Connecticut.

His personable and easy manner and musical mastery always generates an enthusiastic audience response resulting in a broad and diverse fan base.

Bill wrote three songs included in Not Your Usual Mandolin and Tuba Duo and penned most of the arrangements.
A resident of Connecticut, he continues to compose, perform new works and to stretch the boundaries of music for the mandolin.

Gary Buttery, Tuba
From his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Gary Buttery attended the University of Kansas and the University of Northern Colorado, earning Bachelor and Masters degrees in tuba, music theory & composition. An active performer, conductor, educator, and composer, he is published by Cimarron Music and Theodore Presser. Before his career in the United States Coast Guard Band as principal tuba from 1976 to 1998, Gary performed with the Long Beach (CA) Symphony, San Carlo Opera, and taught at Pepperdine University. He has the distinction of being the first tuba soloist to be interviewed by Johnny Carson and featured with the Tonight Show’s NBC Orchestra in May 1979.

Gary is the Director of Bands at Connecticut College and is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Rhode Island. He is principal tuba with the Boston Festival Orchestra; he directs TubaChristmas concerts in Connecticut and Rhode Island and performs yearly in Europe with Alchemy. Numerous composers have written works for Gary, as well as his own Yves Tanguy-Images in Sound (for tuba & electronics) and Conversations With Grace (for tuba & humpback whale). Many of his compositions and arrangements can be heard on the Alchemy recordings, including the most recent CD Prelude and Groove. His other recordings include Tidal Wave with mandolinist Gus Friedlander, The Real McCoy with his group ‘Old Possums Jazz Band,’ Festival on the Erie with the ‘Boys of Wexford,’ as well as many other recordings over the years, involving folk, jazz, and new music projects.

Richard Rose, Producer
Not Your Usual Tuba and Mandolin Duo was produced by Dr. Richard Rose, Miami Fl., Dr. Rose is a recognized jazz, blues, folk and rock bassist with a broad range of performance credits. He has authored and edited numerous text books, virtual college courses and is a contributor to music research journals.

Mike Blaty, Recording Engineer
Recordings were engineered and mastered by audio specialist, Mike Blaty, Orlando Fl. Mike is recognized for his live sound and recording work stretching from Las Vegas to South Florida.

Song Notes

SINGLE FOOTING HORSE - This tune, attributed to the repertoire of Arthur Smith, is named after a breed of horse known for its “intermediate gait and exceptionally smooth ride." The arrangement attempts to evoke these qualities.

TRIBUTE TO LOWELL - Written by Bill Walach and dedicated to the memory of rock guitarist Lowell George.

STAR OF NAZARETH - This jazzy-bluegrass-style waltz was written at the home of (and inspired by) the Rich Starkey family, then of Nazareth Pennsylvania.

STOOL OF REPENTANCE / HANG FIRE - These are both New England dance tunes. Stool Of Repentance is probably of Scottish origin. The progression of this medley from a jig to a reel is an exciting way to propel a dance.

DA SLOCKIT LIGHT - Shetland fiddler Tom Anderson wrote this tune in 1969 shortly after the death of his wife. The word “slockit” refers to an extinguished light.

DICKSON COUNTY BLUES #2 - Written in the 1930’s by east Tennessee fiddler Arthur Smith, our arrangement of this tune gives just a hint of New Orleans flavor.

JERUSALEM RIDGE - Mandolin and Tuba on a bluegrass tune??!! A new look at a Bill Monroe classic.

TAKE ME BACK TO GEORGIA - Imagine sitting in a gazebo in the center of a small town on a dusty Sunday afternoon. In the distance you hear a band consisting of mandolin and tuba, and watch it march by on its way out of town.

VALSE VENEZOLANO #2 - Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro wrote this waltz, often played by classical guitarists. Arranged here for mandolin and tuba by Bill Walach.

BEES WINGS - A hornpipe written by James Hill in the middle of the nineteenth century. It was named after a racehorse, famous in the north of England at that time.

OLD #8 - Originally written as a solo mandolin piece, Bill’s tuba arrangement features djembe influenced figures as well as French horn like solos. The tension and release between the two instruments climaxes in an intense cadence in three.

LILLIE - Bassist Sam Jones wrote this beautiful ballad that he recorded with the Cannonball Adderly Sextet in 1962.

SEPARATION OF SOUL AND BODY - This arrangement of a tune by 18’th century Irish composer Carolan was created for a conference on mortality held at the University of Rhode Island.

OFF TO CALIFORNIA / SAILOR’S HORNPIPE - This medley progresses from a hornpipe to a hornpipe played as a reel. The second tune was used a a recurring theme in the Popeye cartoons, and may be familiar.

SWINGIN’ ON A GATE - Get your hips swaying and your feet in the air with this 1940’s - style swing rendition of an Irish reel!

GREEN WILLIS - This reel probably evolved from a jig known as “The Raw Recruit." Bill wrote this very non-traditional arrangement for mandolin and tuba.



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