Gin and Raspberry, The
Julian of Norwich
Rolling of the Stones
Sea Wife, The
Waltzing With Bears
What You Do With What You Got
Recorded by Jill Anania at two concerts presented by Gordon, Ann, and Ed at the Cafe Extempore, tapes that were later mixed and edited at Folk-Legacy by the artists, along with Sandy Paton. Enjoy all the excitement of a "live" concert presentation. The Gin and Raspberry, Little Dan, Penobscot Memory, The Rolling of the Stones, Bothwell Castle, Waltzing With Bears, Changing Times, Melora's Song, Belfast Hornpipe, The Sea Wife, What You Do With What You Got, and Julian of Norwich (this time sung with a large audience joining them on the chorus).
On Saturday and Sunday, March 21/22, 1987, Gordon, Ann and I gave two concerts at the Coffeehouse Extempore in Minneapolis. We were joined by the 400-voice Extempore-neous choir, as dedicated and lyrical a clanjamfrey as you'll ever find. The concerts were taped, and this, our sixth record together, is the result.
The songs well reflect the range of material that our concerts include. There are, for example, a requisite number of what Gordon has referred to as "tales of pain, death, and angst." "The Rolling of the Stones," learned from Helen Schneyer, and Kipling's "The Sea Wife" see to that. But we also sing of truth ("What You Do With What You Got"), beauty ("Melora"), and, yes, fun ("Waltzing With Bears"). Instrumentals and unaccompanied songs are also included. And we have a special feeling for Dan MacArthur's song "Changing Times," with Ann moving to France for the foreseeable future. With one exception, the songs have not been previously recorded by us. That exception, "Julian of Norwich," was included because the 400-voice chorus lent a magnificence that we felt should be shared.
So, here you have it — the Minneapolis Concert. We want to thank Jack Hayes at the Extemp for promoting the idea of a "live" album and Jill Anania for her wonderfully calm and thoughtful efforts as recording engineer. For old times' sake, we wish to express a special thanks to Steve Alarik who, for many years, helped develop and sustain the Coffeehouse Extempore as a place for musicians and audience to come together in common cause. And, finally, a word of appreciation to the chorus, many of whom we will never know. May your voices continue to contribute to the power and pleasure of folk song. (On behalf of Gordon and Ann, thanks.)
THE GIN AND RASPBERRY
Copyright (c) Martin Curtis
Side 1, Band 1.
Larry Carpenter of Minneapolis has sent me many fine New Zealand songs over the years, from friends made while he and his wife were teaching there. This is the title song from an album Martin Curtis made with Eric McEachen and Paul Hutchings. Larry quotes from the jacket notes:
"In 1862, a group of prospectors searching for the elusive William Fox... stumbled upon the Cardrona goldfields. Although the Cardrona goldrush was short-lived, the Gin and Raspberry mine continued on for many years, and was the richest in the valley. Legend has it that the mine acquired its name because the miners drank this particular poison when they struck an ounce of gold in a bucket of paydirt."
While hunting for Fox we first came this way,
From Lake Pembroke township took many long days
To cut through the bush, and we found a new rush
With a mine called the Gin and Raspberry.
The rumors went out and the thousands poured in;
A handful grew rich and many grew thin.
They all hoped to find their own patch of tin
As rich as the Gin and Raspberry.
Oh, but it's hard, cruel and cold,
Searching Cardrona for nuggets of gold.
An ounce to a bucket, and we'd all sell our souls
For a taste of the Gin and Raspberry.
At first it was summer and we all thought it grand;
No shirts on our backs as we sluiced and we panned.
But then came the snow and the southern winds blow
And there's ice in the Gin and Raspberry.
Billy McGrath, he worked hard and worked long,
Ready to smile and to give us a song,
But then he struck gold and was found dead and cold
Down in the Gin and Raspberry.
So, I'll work at the mine and I'll stay out of strife;
I'll save all me tine to send home to me wife.
And when the job's done, I'll leave at the run,
And to hell with the Gin and Raspberry.
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