To call this a collection of waltzes hardly does it justice. It is a colorful bouquet of compositions in 3/4 time, brilliantly arranged and played, full of surprises and delights that dancers and listeners will enjoy again and again.” — Jonathan Jensen
Owen Morrison’s tunes and guitar playing have become favorites of contra and couples dance enthusiasts in the US and beyond. Daybreak, Owen’s first solo album, presents stunning arrangements of his best original waltzes. The all-star cast of musicians make these compositions shine as never before: Morrison’s guitar and piano are joined by Anna Patton (clarinet), Naomi Morse (violin and viola), Dave Haughey (cello), and Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin).
Anybody’s Guess is Elixir’s third full length studio album. In their eighth year of playing together, you can hear the group digging into their combined sound with new explorations in timbre and fresh arrangement ideas. Elixir is rooted in a love of american fiddle music and inspired by horn section sounds of early jazz, classical music, and funk. Their new album features all this, as well as musical leaps into the unexpected. In other words, it is Anybody’s Guess.
Elixir’s second recording Rampant features 12 tracks of daring acoustic music as the band stretches out to develop its unique sound and tackle some bold repertoire. From blazing French Canadian reels to beautiful waltzes, from spicy originals to classic songs, Rampant is a wild ride of musical goodness.
On the band’s first CD Elixir blends the raw energy of a honkin’ horn section with some slick fiddling and absolutely awesome guitar licks to brew a musical tincture they call Super Tonic. You’ll hear some favorite dance tunes, a couple of waltzes, a tango, and a few other surprises. The band is joined by Will Patton on bass and mandolin, and Deb Patton on vocals and shaker.