Traditional Irish Music
For her new album, Elmwood Station, New England flute and whistle player Sarah Bauhan gathered together a group of musicians she’s been playing with for many years – and added a couple from the next generation for good measure.
A collection of original and traditional jigs, hornpipes, laments, dance tunes, and waltzes, Elmwood Station wends its way from giddy to pensive to solemn to celebratory, with tight melodies and orchestration provided by David Surette on guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin; Kent Allyn on bass and keyboards; and Jane Orzechowski on fiddle. They are joined by singers Susie Burke and Chloe Green, Russell Orzechowski on fiddle and accordion, and Francis Orzechowski on piano.
“Elmwood Station” includes traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, England, French Canada, Sweden, and New England, as well as original compositions that capture the sometimes buoyant, often haunting spirit of Celtic music. Bob Walton of Folk Roots magazine describes Bauhan’s playing as “lovely, thoughtful music . . . like liquid spring sunshine.”
Elmwood Station is Sarah’s first album in ten years. Its name is an homage to the railroad line that ran past her childhood home in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and now, in rail trail form, is a short hike down the road from her current home in the neighboring town of Hancock.
This is track 5 from the album, a track called Adlington Road. Regarding the track Sarah says: "I wrote this in 2002 for the wonderful house I lived in for many years in Eliot, ME, and for the Morrissey family, my landlords, neighbors, and friends. I hope it expresses all the complexities and richness of life that I experienced back then." The track features Sarah, whistle; Jane, fddle; David, guitar; Kent, piano and keyboard.
Born and raised in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, Sarah picked up the tin whistle at the age of 10. Within two years she was performing at contra dances with Dudley Laufman’s Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. In addition to Laufman, who is credited with a contra dance revival in southwest New Hampshire, Sarah was influenced by her godfather, Newt Tolman, a flute player and writer, and by Bob McQuillen, a musician and composer who in 2002 was named a National Heritage Fellow. The flood of Irish and Scottish musicians, from The Chieftans and The Boys of the Loch to The Battlefield Band and Silly Wizard, (to name a few) brought exciting new (old) music to the shores of New England, which increased Sarah’s passion and expanded her repertoire.
An extraordinary musician who represented New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, Sarah has recorded five solo albums, Chasing the New Moon, The Untamed Grasses, Broad Waters, Lathrop’s Waltz, and now Elmwood Station. She’s been called “a gifted performer, collector, arranger and composer … [with] few equals among American Celtic flutists and whistlers.”
CD available for purchase directly from Sarah or through Amazon or CDBaby. Visit www.sarahbauhan.com
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