Tim Eriksen

Tim Eriksen

Recording "solo" was less lonely than I expected. I can't number the faces that came to mind - family and friends, real and imagined, living and dead. I felt haunted in the lovliest way, and wanted to say thanks.
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  1. 1 Farewell to Old Bedford 01:59 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Boston 04:30 Info Buy
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  3. 3 I Wish the Wars Were All Over 03:51 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Lass of Glenshee 05:21 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Mobile Serenade Polka/ Shep Jones Hornpipe 04:34 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Garden Hymn 02:29 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Hicks' Farewell 03:45 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Dress It In Blue 02:06 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Hope 01:45 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Village Churchyard 08:03 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Last Chance 04:53 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Brown Girl 06:58 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Leave Your Light On 03:38 Info Buy
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  14. 14 I Love Music 02:26 Info Buy
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Josh Billings Voyage or, Cosmopolite on the Cotton Road

Tim Eriksen

Like the quiet disturbance of mice in an old house, far-flung connections are everywhere, even in the remotest village—and have subtly changed the nature of music. For singer, composer, and thoughtful listener to tradition, Tim Eriksen, these bits and pieces are not curiosities, but part of a net of lived experience that defies time and geographic distance, that unites the hills of Western Massachusetts with the shores of Madras and Zanzibar.

On Josh Billings Voyage (release: October 23, 2012), Eriksen transforms global fragments into a tale of an imaginary town, told with a keen emotional edge. The melody from the subcontinent now sung at the back of the school bus (“Hindoo Air”), the hit penned by 18th-century Native American college buddies (“When Shall We All Meet Again”), the peculiar scratchings in the margins of old books all serve to tell a story that has fascinated Eriksen since childhood: how the past and what seems “elsewhere” resonate here, right now, in this small place.

“I’ve been fascinated by the presence of the world in every place, and the presence of every place in the world. The influence of travel and contact on music in small places,” Eriksen explains. “When people talk about traditional music or folk songs, they often imply isolation. But even in the smallest places, travel has more to do with how music develops than isolation does. By making this sideways, half-told story, I can get at a number of things by implication, that take me hours to say in complete sentences.”

To tell this story, the story of the New England village of Pumpkintown, Eriksen draws subtly on decades of intensive study of the South Indian veena and its repertoire, on years of wrangling with the difficult but rewarding bajo sexto, and on a lifetime of singing deeply rooted, highly emotional traditional ballads. In Pumpkintown, young men set out on journeys over the sea, people live and love and die and dance, and the graveyard and hills mark time.

“It struck me early on that ‘Yankee’ culture has always been deeply multicultural, in ways that may not be as obvious as the kinds of hyphenated multiculturalism that is most often talked about,” Eriksen reflects. “It's the kind of multiculturalism that's invisible if you don’t recognize the distinctions or sources of influence.”

Tristra Newyear Yaeger, Rock Paper Scissors, Inc.
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  1. 1 Every Day Is Three 04:14 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Bonny Bay of Biscay 02:18 Info Buy
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  3. 3 How Come That Blood 03:44 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Mountains of Pomeroy 03:20 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Roslin Castle 06:08 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Hindoo Air 01:26 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Philadelphia 03:24 Info Buy
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  8. 8 A Thousand Times Adieu 03:48 Info Buy
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  9. 9 The Lover's Mistake 02:48 Info Buy
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  10. 10 The Mice 03:42 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Gabriel's Trumpet 06:36 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Song of the Old Folks (Auld Lang Syne) 03:19 Info Buy
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  13. 13 When Shall We All Meet Again 02:48 Info Buy
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Star In The East

Tim Eriksen

An intense and intimate recording of Christmas music for voice, bajo sexto and frame drum, including familiar songs as well as lesser known pieces from the shape-note tradition.
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  1. 1 Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming 02:33 Info Buy
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  2. 2 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks 03:44 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Carol of the Birds 02:08 Info Buy
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  4. 4 O Come Emmanuel 03:53 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Angels We Have Heard On High 03:40 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Morning Star 01:28 Info Buy
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  7. 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen 02:52 Info Buy
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  8. 8 The First Noel 02:49 Info Buy
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  9. 9 The Star of Bethlehem 03:30 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Occom's Carol 02:31 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Dayspring 02:36 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Join the Chorus 01:25 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Star in the East 03:17 Info Buy
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  14. 14 Silent Night 03:14 Info Buy
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Soul of the January Hills

Tim Eriksen

14 songs for voice alone
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  1. 1 As I Travel 04:36 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Queen Jane 05:07 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Son of God 03:43 Info Buy
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  4. 4 The Gallows Tree 02:56 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Drowsy Sleeper 03:14 Info Buy
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  6. 6 John Randolph 04:00 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Two Babes 03:40 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Lass of Glenshee 03:37 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Amazing Grace 04:22 Info Buy
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  10. 10 A Soldier Traveling from the North 02:32 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Hope 01:47 Info Buy
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  12. 12 I Wish the Wars Were All Over 02:04 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Wrestling Jacob 03:12 Info Buy
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  14. 14 Better Days Coming 03:36 Info Buy
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Every Sound Below

Tim Eriksen

www.timeriksen.net

All original elements, c. Tim Eriksen, BMI

Recorded by Dakota Dave Hull, Arabica studio, Minneapolis; dakotadavehull.com

Mixed Mastered by Steve Wiese, Dave and Tim, Creation Audio, Minneapolis

Produced by Tim Eriksen, Mirjana Lausevic and Dakota Dave Hull

Pinhole camera photographs (including "Cascade Ice") by Jeff Korte: jeffkorte.com/

Photographs of Amelia Clark courtesy of Historic Northampton. Thanks to Kerry Buckley.

Layout and design by Eric Peltoniemi

For information on other Appleseed releases:
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(ph) 610-701-5755 info@appleseed.com

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All rights reserved.
Dedicated to exploring the roots and branches of folk and world music, and sowing the seeds of social justice through music.
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  1. 1 The Stars Their Match 00:42 Info Buy
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  2. 2 The Southern Girl's Reply 04:24 Info Buy
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  3. 3 The Cumberland and the Merrimac 04:52 Info Buy
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  4. 4 The Soldier's Return 03:04 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Careless Love 02:08 Info Buy
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  6. 6 A Tiny Crown 02:30 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Occom's Carol (O Sight of Anguish) 01:43 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Friendship 02:29 Info Buy
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  9. 9 John Colby's Hymn 04:11 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Bassett Creek 03:58 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Red Rosy Bush 02:34 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Two Sisters 04:17 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Omie Wise 03:46 Info Buy
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  14. 14 Every Sound Below 03:29 Info Buy
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Northern Roots Live in Náměšť

Tim Eriksen

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  1. 1 Farewell to Old Bedford 02:45 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah 05:31 Info Buy
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  3. 3 O Death 03:15 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Friendship 02:50 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Sandy Boys 02:58 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Omie Wise 04:50 Info Buy
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  7. 7 The Golden Harp 04:39 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Careless Love 02:34 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Castle by the Sea 03:46 Info Buy
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  10. 10 I Wish the Wars Were All Over 03:49 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Bonny Bay of Biscay 03:36 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Edward 04:25 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Jewett (instrumental) 01:05 Info Buy
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  14. 14 Jewett 02:00 Info Buy
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  15. 15 Every Sound Below 04:11 Info Buy
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  16. 16 Garden Hymn 03:22 Info Buy
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  17. 17 Soldier Traveling from the North 02:56 Info Buy
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  18. 18 Return Again 02:27 Info Buy
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Northampton Harmony - The Hookes' Regular Sing

Tim Eriksen

Banjo, Fiddle and Voice

Tim Eriksen

Just what it says: Banjo, Fiddle and Voice- stripped down solo music by Tim Eriksen with minimal percussion by Peter Irvine. From refreshing takes on very familiar songs to rare gems you won't find anywhere else- love songs, shape-note hymns, banjo tunes, fiddle tunes.
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  1. 1 Solitude in the Grove 00:46 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Wayfaring Stranger 03:55 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Last Chance 03:40 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Springfield Mountain 02:30 Info Buy
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  5. 5 The Way to Canaan 02:47 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Texas 04:09 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Tom Dooley 02:22 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Yankee Doodle 03:35 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Oh Death 02:56 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Yew Pine Mountain 02:18 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Going Across the Sea 05:02 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Yarrow 02:59 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Finn Tune 01:54 Info Buy
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  14. 14 The Golden Harp 03:04 Info Buy
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  15. 15 Amazing Grace 02:42 Info Buy
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