Something about the unselfconsciousness of making music purely for dancing has brought out the best in this group of stellar Portland ME based traditional musicians: Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall and Glen Loper, joined by the Contradance world’s leading percussionist Mark ‘Pokey’ Hellenberg. Contra dance aficionados will instantly recognize that this collection represents the apex of the genre’s musicianship. Those who have never even heard of Contra dance will appreciate the vitality of this ear-catching, toe-tapping blend of Celtic/Canadian/Old-Timey American styles. Give ‘em a listen!
Eric‘s brought several projects to the studio in the last few months. This latest, with stellar West Coast Scottish/Cape Breton-style fiddler Ryan McKasson is just sweet. Listen!
It’s here! Jordan’s new trio CD release party packed the legendary Stone Church in Newmarket NH. I got there for the last few songs after a grueling run of St. Pat’s gigs and was knocked out by their larger-than-life sound. I immediately started to wonder-did the CD manage to capture that energy in the recording process? A quick reference to a sound clip on Jordan’s website reassured me that it’s all there (except for their dynamic stage presence).
Full disclosure: Jordan and I are frequent musical partners with our regular Irish Music Night Thursdays at the Stone Church. He keeps me on my toes!
In any case, I was delighted to be entrusted with this exciting project, the mastering of which was also left in my hands. My new audiophile-quality Millennia Tube Stereo mastering EQ and Summit tube mono EQ came through with flying colors, and I’m now much less hesitant to offer mastering services to clients who can’t afford, say, Gateway.
Lots going on this winter at MPM Studio, so much that I’m having trouble keeping the website up to date. Snow is falling- a moment to catch up. Here are just a few recent projects:
- A new ‘Trad’ Scottish CD project with Eric Macdonald and Will Woodson (Scottish small pipes, flute, guitar, mandolin and vocals).
- Boston singer/songwriter Abbi White finishing up a new acoustic EP with Marty Ballou on upright bass and yours truly on acoustic guitar and mandolin.
- Portsmouth merger & acquisitions guru Peter Worrell’s new audio book Enterprise Value. We’re enterprising small businessmen, we musicians and songwriters, and there are a lot of insights from the seemingly distant world of business to be had from an inspirational man such as Peter.
- Cam McMaster, Prince Edward Island native and now NH resident working on an EP of original songs and great interpretations of things by Stan Rogers, Sonny Throckmorton ( ‘The Way I Am’-one of my all time favorite country classics) and others. Acoustic guitar and bass by yours truly, overdubs in Nashville by fiddler Glen Duncan.
- Guitar tracks (again, JP) for former Warner Bros. Nashville A & R man Richard Helm in preparation for upcoming Nashville session.
- Fred Mallon : It’s delightful for me to work with someone like Fred who has been gifted with a beautiful voice, a gift great enough to have been the basis of a career in music had he chosen to do so years ago. Not quite knowing what to expect, Fred came in with a few ideas of songs he liked and found that with an experienced studio guitarist at the console (yours truly, again) he could pretty much do any song he wanted in a relaxed and efficient way. We now plan to do much more than the couple of things he originally intended.