Zoe Mulford | Small Brown Birds

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Small Brown Birds

by Zoe Mulford

Beautifully crafted songs that draw on American and British traditional music to make sense of the modern world.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Answer the Knock at the Door
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2. Back Door Key
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3. February Thunder
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4. One Damn Thing
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5. The Queen of Skye
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6. Snow on the Junkyard
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7. Speak True
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8. The President Sang Amazing Grace
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9. Blackbird
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10. Small Brown Birds
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11. Zillionaire
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12. Won't You Come on In?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Small Brown Birds" looks for joy in the midst of hard times. The songs touch on wintry themes with compassion, honesty, and sometimes wit, tracing a journey from sadness to hope and from winter to spring. The musical arrangements range from gentle and lush to downright danceable.

The album showcases Zoe Mulford's clear voice, sprightly clawhammer banjo, and resonant guitar. An American songwriter now living in the north of England, Zoe charms audiences with story-driven songwriting and an unlabored vocal style sometimes compared to that of Joan Baez. She draws on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and steals a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.

The heart of the project is a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. Tom is a high-energy player in the style of Dave Swarbrick. Folk broadcaster Mike Harding describes him as “one of the best English fiddlers ever – he ... takes English folk music by the scruff of the neck and sends it off laughing and dancing and having a good time." The core band also features English percussionist Sam McEvoy and Philadelphia's Ken Pendergast on upright bass. Guest musicians include Pat Wictor on harmony vocals, Bob Beach on harmonica, and Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.

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Elizabeth

Wonderfully clear voice
Zoe Mulford's music is both soothing and engaging. She speaks of sorrow and marks events in a way that they become unforgettable. This new album is a treasure that combines the lyricism of her words, the clarity of her voice with the kind of fiddling that makes you want to get up and dance.
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