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Golden Wing

by Amy White & Al Petteway

Vocals and instrumentals; original folk fhat taps into traditional celtic sources. Lyrics and music from poetry of edna st. vincent millet and william blake,
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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1. All the Way There
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2. Summer Sang in Me
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3. Golden Wing
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4. Raglan Road
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5. The Blackest Crow
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6. Let the Wind Carry You
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7. The Snows They Melt the Soonest
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8. If I Were a Blackbird
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9. Home
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10. Hide & Go Seek
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11. Tabby Wings
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12. Lagan Love
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13. Songbird
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review: THE WASHINGTON POST - Weekend Section
"This recording is a celebration of songs with wings. Whether the wings of a fairy from an age-old tale, or the wings of a blackbird from a traditional ballad or poem," writes singer and multi-instrumentalist Amy White in the liner notes to her new release. Sound a little precious? Stay tuned.

"Golden Wing" may well turn out to be the White album with the strongest legs, thanks not only to a series of alluring, string-woven arrangements that sound both contemporary and Celtic-rooted, but to verse and lyrics contributed by everyone from William Blake and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Jesse Winchester and Karla Bonoff.

White, too, displays her songwriting gifts, enhancing the album's reflective tone and gentle lyricism. The wistfully evocative "Hide and Go Seek" could pass for a mid-career Joni Mitchell tune, and there are other examples of White's impressive songcraft. Yet it's her voice, a lovely and expressive soprano, and the way she and her husband, picker par excellence Al Petteway, elegantly frame the songs and poetry that stands out. True to form, Petteway, who plays several instruments on the album -- guitars, mandolin, bouzouki and fretless bass -- adds color without clutter, consistently complementing White's rhythm guitar work and quietly affecting vocals. With help from some talented friends, they imbue songs old and new with a seamless and soulful beauty. -- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

Bridge Guitar Review for Golden Wing: http://www.xs4all.nl/~guitars/passion.html
Bridge Guitar Reviews: Amy White & Al Petteway,Golden Wing Maggie's Music,2004

Al Petteway is an authority on fingerstyle guitar. His last album Shades of Blue was quite a success. Together with his wife, Amy White, they made a new album called Golden Wing. Amy White's voice is a bit of a mix between Sarah McLachlan and Dido. Most of the songs on Golden Wing are written by
them both. Al is able to play almost any genre: from bluegrass, blues, rock,country, and jazz to Celtic music. On this album he plays rhythm and solo guitar but he also manages to meld his own remarkable sound, influences and moods together with those of Amy's in passionate compositions. Raglan Road has brilliant Celtic influences along with Amy's reflecting voice and the additional Irish Bouzouki, dobro and Uilleann pipes. Let the Wind Cry has a very nice groove with Amy on guitar, Ashiko drum and shaker, and Al is impressive on the Irish Bouzouki. The Snow they Melt the Soonest is an intimate ballad in which Amy's voice fits perfectly into the scenery created by the whistles and the melancholic sounding guitar. More highlights are If I was a Blackbird and Hide and Go Seek, with the melancholic atmosphere they both know how to create on guitar and bass. Amy manages very well on guitar perhaps one of the great advantages of living with a first-class guitarist), and her guitar playing and voice is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell on this piece. On Lagan Love you feel a soothing interaction between the two, which radiates out to the listener. Golden Wing is a portrait of two musicians reflecting mutual soulful feelings and who are accomplished at a highly skilled artistic level.
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews

JAZZTIMES
"Mesmerizing tone poems....White paints sumptuous portraits of life situations with a remarkable measure of clarity and color."

THE WASHINGTON POST
"Music of transporting power and beauty, lyricism and dynamics...a quiet soulfulness that continually draws in the listener."

Album Description
A fresh new voice in the acoustic music world, Amy White's sound has been described as capturing the intelligence of Joni Mitchell, the richness of Mary Chapin Carpenter and the intimacy of Sarah McLachlan.Golden Wing is a celebration of songs with wings -wings of a fairy from an age-old tale, or the wings of a blackbird from a traditional ballad or poem. These wings tell stories of flight and its myriad meanings: flight of fancy and imagination; flight from fear; even flight in migration as a metaphor for loss and bittersweet nostalgia. Songs and instrumentals with contemporary rhythms and jazzy moods.
Music is original and also from traditional Celtic sources, Lyrics and music from poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millet and William Blake, traditional Irish ballads, songs by contemporary singer songwriters- Jessie Winchester and Carla Bonoff. Music highlight both Amy's voice and also her exquisite performances on mandolin and guitar; and with Al's Petteway's signature finger style acoustic guitar- a sound that has become a legend. A brilliant convergence of Celtic, with hints of progressive bluegrass, rock, country, blues, jazz and classical idioms

From the Liner Notes...
This recording is a celebration of songs with wings. Whether the wings of a fairy from an age-old tale, or the wings of a blackbird from a traditional ballad or poem. These wings tell stories of flight and its myriad meanings: flight of fancy and imagination; flight from fear or imprisonment; even flight in migration as a metaphor for loss and bittersweet nostalgia. Al and I hope you enjoy this journey. Here is our blessing and wish for all of our gossamer souls ~ may our spirits soar ~ may our hearts a-light ~ may our hopes take wing.


1. All The Way There (never say never)
Amy: Guitar - Al: Mandolin, Vocals, Fretless Bass
Music & Lyrics by Amy White (BMI)
2. Summer Sang in Me
Amy: Rhythm Guitar - Al: Lead Guitar, Fretless Bass
Lyrics, the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Music by Amy White (BMI)
3. Golden Wing
Amy: Mandolin ~ Al: Guitar, Bodhran, Fretless Bass
Lyrics , the poetry of William Blake
Music by Al Petteway (BMI)
4. Raglan Road
Al: Guitar, Irish Bouzouki, Fretless Bass
Sally van Meter: Dobro - Zac Leger: Uilleann Pipes
Trad., Arr. by Al Petteway
5. The Blackest Crow
Amy: Rhythm Guitar - Al: Irish Bouzouki
Trad., Arr. by Amy White
6. Let the Wind Carry You
Amy: Guitar, Shaker, Ashiko Drum
Al: Irish Bouzouki, Ashiko, Fretless Bass
Music by Amy White & Al Petteway(BMI)
7. The Snows They Melt the Soonest
Al: Guitar ~ Zac Leger: Whistles
Trad., Arr by Dick Gaughn
8. If I Were a Blackbird
Amy: Mandolin ~ Al: Guitar, Fretless Bass
Trad., Arr by Al, inspired by Bachue's arrangement
9. Home
Amy: Mandolin ~ Al: Guitar, Fretless Bass, Percussion
Music & Lyrics by Karla Bonoff (Sky Harbor Music)
10. Hide and Go Seek
Amy: Guitar ~ Al: Fretless Bass
Music & Lyrics by Amy White (BMI)
11. Tabby Wings
Amy: Mandolin ~ Al: Guitar, Bodhran, Fretless Bass
Olson the Kitten: Purr Machine
Music by Amy White (BMI)
12. Lagan Love
Al: Guitar ~ Trad. Arr. by Al Petteway
13. Songbird

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Elizabeth

Lyrical, heartfelt vocals combined with creative, beautiful accompaniment.
Love this CD! Amy's not only a gifted instrumentalist, her vocals are so expressive. Along with husband Al Petteway, she's created an album that never grows old. The original tunes are great, as are the covers of existing songs. The poetry set to music tunes are my personal favorites.
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Pieter from Holland

Amy sings as good as Al plays
Seeking always at CD Baby new singers my eye was drawn to Amy. Not for the looks, which are by the way also great, but by her singing. The album is really very good, the singing Al's producing and guitar playing. A must have for all fans of this kind of music.
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