by Lissa SchneckenburgerLissa Schneckenburger


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Lissa Schneckenburger is a fiddler originally from Maine and now based in Vermont. She's been playing and singing folk music since she was a girl, and this CD is the first of a pair that she's releasing to introduce people to the songs of New England. The music of the Northeast, Maine in particular, combines elements drawn from Celtic traditions of Maine and Quebec, British step dances, and various American forms. She researched the music of the American Downeast (the coast of Maine from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border) while she was in college, and this set is the result, ten folk songs both familiar and obscure. "Jam on Gerry's Rock/Willie's" opens things up with a tune some may know from the singing of the Limelighters and other folk revival bands. It tells of a logger who dies while breaking up a logjam. (Lumber companies used to float fallen trees down a river to save on transportation costs. They often jammed up and made rivers impassable.) Schneckenburger's playing on "Willie's," the reel that follows the vocal, is quietly virtuosic, with restrained support from Irish folk star Sharon Shannon's button accordion. "Lumberman in Town/Go Ken Go" is a sprightly step dance, the tale of a man looking for romance after a hard week's work and being brushed off by the local women, He consoles himself by dancing a turn to "Go Ken Go." Schneckenburger's fiddle soars here and Dave Cory's banjo adds syncopated counter melody. The stately martial beat of "Harmony" introduces a spiritual song and while the expected harmonies are serene the song remains a bit unsettling. It sounds like the kind of song that's sung at a graveside, full of images of heaven leavened by the grief of separation. "Little Musgrove and Lady Barnswell" is one of the oldest ballads known, a wrenching tale of infidelity, revenge, and murder. The cello dominated arrangement is suitably dark and Schneckenburger sings with an understated drama. "The Drowsy Sleeper" is a variant of the suicide ballad "Silver Dagger" and closes the album on a dreamy, if fatalistic, note. The cellos supply a dark, woeful coda to this tale of hopeless love. This mostly downtempo collection is full of songs detailing the hard life of Downeast folks, but their quiet beauty is undeniable. Schneckenburger's voice is pure and clear, full of simple emotion, perfect for folk music. The playing of the backing musicians remains low-key and doleful throughout. Song is a perfect companion for late-night ruminations or heartbroken lovers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2008
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0796873029247
catalogNumber: 5637375785
Rank: 177770


  1. The Fair Maid by the Sea Shore
  2. Jam on Gerry's Rock/Willie's
  3. Harmony
  4. Lumberman in Town/Go Ken Go
  5. The Logger's Boast
  6. Lovely Jamie
  7. Young Charlotte
  8. Little Musgrove and Lady Barnswell
  9. The Old Beggar Man
  10. The Drowsy Sleeper

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lissa Schneckenburger   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Sharon Shannon   Accordion,Button Accordion
Jeremiah McLane   Piano,Accordion
Sam Amidon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stefan Amidon   Percussion,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rushad Eggleston   Cello
Matt Heaton   Guitar
Natalie Haas   Cello
Corey DiMario   Double Bass
Eric Merrill   Banjo,Viola,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Hanneke Cassel   Fiddle,Violin
Keith Murphy   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Matt Heaton   Guitar
Dave Cory   Tenor Banjo
Austin Nevins   Electric Guitar
Keith Murphy   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sharon Shannon   Arranger
Supply Belcher   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Jeremiah McLane   Arranger
Alan Stockwell   Engineer
Stefan Amidon   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Rushad Eggleston   Arranger
Adam Agee   Graphic Design
Matt Heaton   Arranger
Lissa Schneckenburger   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Natalie Haas   Arranger
Corey DiMario   Arranger
Eric Merrill   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Hanneke Cassel   Arranger
Keith Murphy   Arranger

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