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Community Music School of Santa Cruz is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
The Redwood Mountain Dulcimer All-Star Collection
From Celtic to ragtime, klezmer, and beyond, a selection of innovative, elegant, and rousing mountain dulcimer instrumentals from all the artists that have performed and taught at Redwood Dulcimer Day in Bonny Doon, CA from 2001-2010.
$15.00 (CD Only)
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A Celebration of Robert Burns's 250th Birthday
CM - 107
Sex, religion, and politics were his favorite subjects. He was a poet of the people who
believed a person's sense meant more than their status. He was a fervent Scot whose songs
helped keep Scottish music alive when the English burned fiddles to suppress it. He
was Robert Burns.
For ten years, Community Music School celebrated Robert Burns with an anniversary concert, and on this, his 250th birthday, we're offering a live-recording compilation CD of the best of our Burns performances, engineered by Barry Phillips. The CD features all of our Celtic music faculty, one or two audience singalongs, and of course a recitation of "Tam O'Shanter" by the late beloved Tom Cuthbertson. If you've ever attended a Burns concert, you need this CD. If you never have, you need it even more.
$12.00 (CD Only)
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A musical journey through four New England Shaker Villages - CM 101
In 1997 the Community Music School received a grant to make an album of Shaker songs to benefit the Shaker village museums in New England as well as the music school. The album was recorded live in the Shaker villages in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Read singer Debra Spencer's impressions of the trip.
In Sweetest Union Join
96th Session of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association - CM 102
This release, a double CD field recording of the United Sacred Harp Convention (September 1999, Henagar, Alabama), comes as close as possible to capturing the awesome energy, intense feeling and powerful harmonies of live shape note singing. Over 200 singers were present, many of them lifelong singers in the tradition. The album commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 1959 United Sacred Harp Convention (held in nearby Fyffe, Alabama) recorded by Alan Lomax, legendary music collector and archivist for the Library of Congress. Amazingly, more than 20 singers recorded in 1959 also sang at the 1999 event! This CD contains a beautiful full-color booklet that tells their story. Rare historic photos included.
Saints Bound for Heaven
A Shape Note Walking Tape - CM 103
Shape up with shape notes! Our own Shape Note Society has produced a delightful studio tape of Sacred Harp songs to accompany walking (though honestly we think it's fun to listen from the couch as well). The tape starts at 100 beats per minute (bpm) and speeds up to 120 bpm by the beginning of the second side. Then it slows down again at the end for a cool down. Listening to the tape also provides a good way to practice your part on over 30 songs. Great cover art by singer Donna Thomas, too.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chant Choir
Mid Earth Rejoices - CM 104
This Santa Cruz group features: Jesse Autumn, voice and harp, Suzanne Duval, voice, Jane Hancock, voice and recorder, Janet Herman, voice, recorder and percussion, Shelley Phillips, voice and harp, Debra Spencer, voice, Deby Benton Grosjean, fiddle, Barry Phillips, cello and percussion, and William Visscher, organ. It is Yuletide in miniature, from the preparation of Advent through the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Angels fly back and forth with messages, a boar's head is roasted, halls are decked. Kings and shepherds visit Jesus, friends visit friends, musicians celebrate. As the old year glides into the new, we reconsider the worth of our earthly goods. The rich reach out to the poor, and the poor give back surprising riches.
Jesse Autumn & Friends
California Celt - CM 105
A CD by the first crop of CMS-grown musicians: Jesse Autumn - voice, double-strung harp and piano, with friends George Grasso - flute and guitar, David Brewer - drum, pipes and whistles, and fiddlers Theo Paige, Emily Swanson, Linnaea Wilson and Daniel Roberts. Active in the traditional music scene and in music education, these talented college-aged musicians from the Community Music School Celtic music program received a grant from the California Arts Council sponsoring the production of their CD. From enchanting airs to toe-tapping jigs and reels, the group performs contemporary arrangements of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and also features special guests Devin Shepherd - fiddle, Annie Swanson - Cape Breton piano, William Coulter - guitar, and Barry and Shelley Phillips - cello, harp, and percussion.
The Black Rose
Singer/harpist Jesse Autumn and cellist Barry Phillips embark on a sonic journey through the Celtic landscape. This lovely album is an intimate follow-up to California Celt, and features more vocal pieces at the request of fans, including Sammy's Bar and County Down. The CD was created as part of an effort to restore a gold 1920's pedal harp to playability. The harp was adopted by Jesse through the School's Music Match program, which places donated instruments in needy homes. Unfortunately, the harp needs some serious repairs before it will make music again. After the costs of production, proceeds from the sale of this CD will go into Jesse's Golden Harp Fund, and when enough funds are available, the harp will be sent to a professional harp technician for full restoration. If you would like to see pictures of Goldie, or if you are interested in making an additional contribution, please visit www.jesseautumn.com or call Jesse at the CMS office, (831) 426-9155.