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Helen Bonchek Schneyer - On the Hallelujah Line

Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight
Shout in the Camp
There Is a Land
Fountain Filled With Blood
He Set Me Free
I Know Moonlight
Jerusalem, My Happy Home
Meeting in the Air
My Father, How Long
On the Hallelujah Line
Shine for Jesus
Shout in the Camp
Sweetest Words He Ever Said, The
There Is a Land
Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight

Over the years, Helen has developed a remarkable repertoire of traditional folk hymns, drawing upon both Anglo- and African-American sources. This recording, on which she is assisted by her daughter Riki, Jonathan Eberhart and other friends, surveys that unique repertoire. Helen's piano provides the primary accompaniment.

Helen Bonchek Schneyer has been singing traditional American music for many years. Her wide-ranging repertoire, sung with piano or unaccompanied, includes hundreds of mining songs to sentimental Victorian numbers, to an occasional song by fine contemporary songwriters such as Bob Franke and Bob Coltman.

Helen started singing professionally nearly 65 years ago at the urging of Pete Seeger. She appeared with him and such other folk luminaries as Lee Hays and Woody Gurthrie on many occasions at hootenannies in New York City in the 1940s and '50s. She was a member, with legendary folksong collector Alan Lomax, of a group called the Priority Ramblers in Washington, DC, where she lived for many years.

She sang at the White House at the invitation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, has been a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," and has performed hundreds of concerts and workshops at folk festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Great Britain.

Whether dealing with stark tragedy in a classic ballad like "Sheath and Knife," or rank silliness in the neo-Victorian "Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, Helen immediately involves her audience in her songs. Every concert is an opportunity to be drawn into the music--to harmonize, to sing choruses both boisterous and reverent.


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