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A delightful and diverse collection of mainly original pieces, arranged for Celtic harp and vocals, as well as flutes, hammered dulcimer, viola, fiddle, and hand percussion. From the beautiful Irish classic "Sidh Beag Ag Sidh Mor" to the tender,heartrending "Part of My Heart (for Meaghan)" to the thundering passion of "A Good Day To Die", Martha and her harp captivate the listener. Marthas debut CD, it has been embraced by fans and the professional music world alike, recieving tremendous airplay and international attention.
A solo CD of intriguing depth and wonderful music, Adirondacks starts by looking at its namesake, the Adirondack Mountain region of northeastern New York, and then spirals outward to include the whole Earth. From the Asian flavor of "Spring Awakens" to the light joy of "Mrs. Marshalls Garden", from the insightful look into "Somebodys Home" to the wonderful romp through "Adirondack Mud Season Waltz", this musical journey through the Adirondacks and the world beyond is a heart-opening delight . Released at Thanksgiving 2002, this is sure to be a favorite CD of Adirondack-lovers, Earth-lovers, and music-lovers alike for years to come!
Joining Martha are Chas Eller on keyboards, Sue Grimm on flute, Brian Melick on percussion, Frank Orsisni on viola,and Tom Wadsworth on guitar.
It is a lovely miracle to bloom very late and out of season!
Good Housekeeping - Martha (harp & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Contemporary Folk/Swing
One should never let one’s housekeeping abilities interfere with what’s truly important in life - friendship.
I Don't Want to Know Why - Martha (harp & vocals) Genre: Blues
Heartbreak can happen at any age, in all it’s anguish, anger, and sadness.
G-Ditty - Martha (harp), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Folk
Truly, just a little ditty - fun to play, fun to listen to, fun to “la, la, la” through the day.
Walking Through (This Town) - Martha (harp & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Contemporary Folk
I love to stroll through the little town that is my home.
Scandi Set - Martha (harp & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion), Frank Orsini (viola) Genre: Folk
Two tunes from the original music of my holiday performance, The Christmas Rose. They’re just too fabulous to hear only in Dec.!
All On A Winter's Night - Martha (harps & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Folk-Electronica
Crisp, cold, clear - the mystery and magic of a northern Winter’s night.
Waiting for My Ship - Martha (harp & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Contemporary Folk
Ah, the sound of the ocean, the feel of warm breezes, the waiting, the wondering, the daydreaming... Awake and take the helm!
Sailing - Martha (harp) Genre: Folk
I took a few minutes in the studio one day, just winging this piece for a friend who was going to have major surgery - I hoped it might be calming. For her I call it Sailing Through Surgery. It seems good for whatever you might need to sail through.
First Class - Martha (harps & vocals), Brian Melick (percussion) Genre: Folk-Rock
Combining the New England Yankee wisdom taught to me by my Mother and Grandmother with insights from Deepak Chopra’s book Creating Affluence. Thanks to Santana for the arrangement inspiration!
Fall From Grace - Martha (harp & vocals) Genre: Blues
Very personal, this one; I can’t say. But, haven’t all of us been on one side or the other of this occurence sometime in our life?
The Wonders of this World - Martha (harp & vocals) Genre: Contemporary Folk
Sometimes I just have to be reminded gently to open my eyes, ears and heart to what’s right in front of me.
Ebb & Flow - Martha (harp & vocals), Sue Grimm (flute), Brian Melick (percussion), Chas Eller (keyboard). Genre: Contemporary Folk
It’s good for me to take stock of my blessings now and again. And to recognize that all things change, always. And to celebrate the beauty of that, always.
Original music inspired by headstone inscriptions, plus some lovely trad. pieces, celebrating the love of life, family, friends, and home. Click on the CD cover above to hear samples of the songs.
A collection of unreleased tracks with previously released songs. This CD was originally used as a fund raiser for flood relief efforts resulting from the devastation caused by "Super Storm" Irene in the towns of Keene, Jay, & Upper Jay, New York. The music on the CD was chosen for it's calming effects. Musical styles range from trad. Celtic to nuevo flamenco to original works. "The Raindrop Song" a peice written by Martha's husband, Dennis, is also included on this recording. Click on the CD cover above to hear samples of the songs.