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Ten Year Anniversary! Little Red Hen Music Stage 2005

by Main Street Loading Dock

This sampler was recently sent our way via The Archives at Lincoln Centre! DUMBO art under the bridge festival. 2005 Year five of the little red hen music stage being an official stage at the festival, curated by Jan Bell.
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The Nervous Cabaret, Melissa Carper, Luminescent Orchestrii, Derek Richmond, Maya Dorn, Coy Dog and The Camptown Ladies, Jan Bell, Jesse Lenat with Wylie Wirth.
Jan Bell w/ Samantha Parton, Melissa Carper, and Truckstop Honeymoon
2012-06-25
Jan Bell

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Featuring Truckstop Honeymoon; Melissa Carper; and Samantha Parton from new album 'Dream of the Miner's Child', Summer 2012.

Jan Bell
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'Dream of the Miner's Child' album out Summer 2012. Featuring special guests The Carper Family.

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2012-06-25
Jan Bell

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From the album 'Dream of the Miner's Child' Summer 2012. Featuring Megan Palmer, and special guests Melissa Carper, and Jolie Holland.

'Dream of the Miner's Child' is dedicated to my Grandad John Williams. The album has many special guests, including my band The Maybelles. I'm often asked 'What's an English girl doing in New York City playing country music?' I've set out to answer that question and tie together my Yorkshire roots, with the folk music and arts community I'm part of in America for the last twenty years. There are songs by emerging and established American and British songwriters; a couple of traditional folk songs; and a number of my own.

Jan Bell w/ Jolie Holland
2012-06-25
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the title track which started life in South Wales in 1907. Following an accident where over 100 miner's perished "Don't Go Down in the Mines, Dad" was penned by Welshmen Robert Donnelly and Will Geddes. It was "recomposed" by the blind Alabama Evangelist Rev. Andrew Jenkins, in 1925.  Later that year Vernon Dalhart recorded it as 'Dream of the Miner's Child'. Its since been covered by Ralph Stanley, and Doc Watson among others. You can find out more about the history of this song in Archie Green's landmark dissertation Only a Miner.

Following such mining disasters many Welsh miner's - including Grandad Williams family went across the Pennine Mountains to South Yorkshire. The word was that the Fitzwilliam family there, owned and operated the safest pits in the country. Songs from the 'Land of Poet's and Singers' as Wales is known, were now venturing across the Atlantic as well.

Jan Bell
2012-06-25
Karen Dahlstrom

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From the new album 'Dream of the Miner's Child'. Featuring special guest Maybelles: Philippa Thompson, and Hilary Hawke.

Jan Bell w/ Alice Gerrard
2012-06-25
Trixie Smith

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from 'Dream of the Miner's Child' album. Out Summer 2012. Megan Palmer on fiddle. Very Special Guest Alice Gerrard.

Jan Bell w/ Will Scott
2012-06-25
Ewan Mac Coll

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From new album 'Dream of the Miner's Child'.

Jan Bell w/Casey Neill
2012-06-25
Billy Bragg

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From the new album 'Dream of the Miner's Child'.

Music as a way of telling stories and bringing people together made a life long impact on me during the year long miners strike of 1984. I'd see big strapping men singing on the picket lines, even on a bitter cold morning. Billy Bragg played a rowdy room at a fundraiser, and when he launched into 'Between the Wars' (which I cover on the album), he brought us all around in one unified understanding. Grandad went down the mine as a teenager, and had worked there forty five years at the time of the strike. There are songs about him and village life on the album.

Jan Bell w/Juliet Russell
2012-06-25
Brian O'Higgins

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“A Stor Mo Chroi (Treasure of My Heart)”

Author: Brian O'Higgins (Brian na Banban) (1882-1949) (source: notes to IRClare01)
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer to his/her love: You'll soon leave for a strange land "rich in its treasures"; "the lights of the city may blind you ... turn away from the throng and the bliss ... come back soon To the love that is always burning" and Erin's shore.

Jan Bell (The Maybelles 'Songs for my Baby' album)
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Originally written in Brooklyn by bicycle. Mostly about my long standing local neighbourhood known as d.u.m.b.o. between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. After Hurricane Katrina, I sent this song out to my other favourite pedestrian city, New Orleans. - which is way more bicycle friendly than New York.
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Jan Bell (The Maybelles 'White Trash Jenny' album)
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I wrote 'Right to Love' after George Bush Jr. won a second term. I went down and sat by the Hudson River with my banjo and tried to make sense of it all.My thoughts went back to England, and the fight for the Right to Vote. Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes on hunger strike, and everything they fought for a century ago.... After a while watching the tug boats go up and down river, I wound up thinking about what it means when you lose the right to something, and as much as you might be a socially conscious person - there is no-one to blame but you. Jolie Holland sings a beautiful version of this song on piano.
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Johnny Mullins
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Jan Bell/The Maybelles
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Carter Family
Jan Bell and The Maybelles
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Jean Ritchie

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Live at Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, NYC 2010
Jan Bell
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Jan Bell

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My newest and shortest song - partly inspired to finish it by the wedding of Eve and Schatzy in New Orleans. Entered into Mountain Stage New Song Contest 2011.  One of the lines is drawn from an old Celtic folk song, but written for a 'He' instead of a 'She'.....

Lyrics

From the morning time, til the stars shine

You are my greatest love.

In the past things would never last

But they find their path

It can happen fast.

 

So many long dark nights,

Where nothing was going right.

Now I turn around and find

You

Right here, by my side.

 

How true his heart, how strong the man

I love the ground whereon he stands

From the morning time, til the stars shine

You are my greatest love.

Jan Bell and The Maybelles
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Bill Monroe

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Recorded live at Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, NYC.
Jan Bell and the cheap dates
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I wrote this in New Orleans - mostly on my bicycle going from my home on Magazine Street to my bar-tending job in the French Quarter. it was mostly influenced by re-curring observations that bar-tender etiquette will not allow me to reveal.

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I knew what i wanted when i took down my hair i wanted you right then and there played it cool like i didn't care i wanted you when i took down my hair 'talked about your daughter, and your ex wives oh all the things we oughtta' be doing with our lives but you knew what you needed when you took my hand 'might lassoo that tattoed hard travellin' man * I wore the moon like a hoop full of fire and calm saw a fallin' star in a carpenter's arms No words mistaken, no promises lied we won't call or write - 'just a throw of the dice red diamond lover, cowboy, snake eyes i don't want forever, just one, just one bite Night went in circles. played easy, played fast we're both old enough to know it'll never last the hurt of all the ages and stale memory are dust now, behind us, like they're 'sposed to be *i wore the moon like a hoop full of fire and calm, saw fallin' stars in a carpenter's arms Oh yeah, you're packin yer bag and i won't be waitin' for you to get back birds of a feather, I'll see you out there now fly away baby, 'not one single care Wear the moon like a hoop, full of fire and calm may fallin' stars sail to your arms. I knew what i wanted, when i took down my hair.
Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates
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Jan Bell and the cheap dates
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The Maybelles - my Americana trio also have a version of this song, that became the title track to the album we made in Arkansas in 2007. i can honestly say its a song I barely remember writing, and is part dream, part simple rhyme scheme...although it does feature recurrent themes. i have fun with this one in live shows, by asking if anyone in the audience drives a Lincoln? Then I assure them that the car referred to in the song was simply a good rhyme!

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Leavin' town, leavin' town, can't stay here no more, I'm in trouble with the law Leavin' town Baby daughter, my baby daughter oh no you never oughtta' do the things i thoughtta' leavin' town My little son, my little son oh your life has just begun and your mama's on the run we're leavin' town *My mama told me, Remember God sees Everything you do, He'll be watchin over you Get outta town, get outta town I went out drinkin' Oh lord what was i thinkin'? his breath was really stinkin' now i'm drivin' in his Lincoln outta town, way outta town 'Takes out his gun, he tells me 'Dance!' when he was done, i saw my chance 'took his wallet, took his pants 'took his gun and i said thanks and i left town (*chorus) My mama told me, remember God sees everything you do, He'll be watching over you Get outta' town, get outta' town Oh no matter what you do, He'll be watching over you.
The Maybelles
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Source: Hazel and Alice

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Another song we learned from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
The Maybelles
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Jan Bell

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When I first heard Patsy Montana singing 'I wanna be a cowboy's sweetheart' I was transported to every cowgirl fantasy a little Yorkshire Lass could ever have! This tune is really a tribute to cowgirls and also city folk dreamers who find themselves trapped far away from the land where they grew up.
The Maybelles
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Samantha Parton
Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates
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The Maybelles
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Jan Bell and Melissa Carper of The Maybelles
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Woody Guthrie

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I received the honour of being invited to the Woody Guthrie Archives to put original music to found lyrics. Deep in the mountaineous files I fell in love with these few short lines. Melissa Carper - my fellow founding member of The Maybelles, is singing her soulful harmony and playing bowed bass. We recorded this song at Mike West's 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor in New Orleans, a few months before Hurricane Katrina. I did take the liberty of replacing 'brothers' with 'sisters' on one verse....I hope and pray that's all good out on the horizon of the Union Sea.... My friend Casey Neill out of Portland, Oregon has recorded a version using Woody's words and my melody. Keep an eye out for it in 2009.

Lyrics



When I die on this restless tide. LIft me over to the windward side and when my sheet is around me tied. Lift the old plank, and Let me slide Over past hands of Union brothers, and down to my Union Sea When i meet that long lost foam, there I'll find my own true home, Down where the Union Porpoise roam, Down where my Union Brother's gone. Over past hands of Union brother's Down to my union Sea.

Miners

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Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates
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Jan Bell (The Maybelles 'Songs for my Baby' album)
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In my school years the place where I grew up in South Yorkshire, went through a bitter winter and a year long miner's strike. It had a lasting impact on me, as a child and still to this day. A few years after moving to America, The British Government decided to privatize other national industries. To me, these two actions are inextricably linked, and this song attempts to address why and how. A few of my Grand-dad's own words thrown in for good measure.
Jan Bell and the cheap dates
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I love NYC when it snows! The whole town becomes silently peaceful and appears so pristine for a few short hours - before it all turns to brown slush! There have been blizzards here where folks had to search for their car by digging around an ariel/radio antennae to see if that was the right color car at the bottom of it. This song is about finding love in the heart of a city snow storm.....and also the isolation of choosing a life in a remote part of the country side.

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January morning, see my breath, Stars are shining up above your sleepy head Circle window, wooden porch arms fly open, all the way, down in Arkansas (Chorus) Do i miss the city? do i miss that town? I don't miss a thing as long as you're around just as long as you're around Road bends like a snake down to Viney Creek we're all expecting snow on sugar hill, end of the week Lucinda's blankets, faerie Gina's quilt keeps us warm tonight tucked into these rolling hills *chorus Do I miss the city, do i miss that town? I don't miss a thing As long as you're around Just as long as you're around Funny how the high-way keeps on reminding there's diamonds in the snow and bless my soul the moon will light them *chorus Do I miss the city? Do i miss that town? I don't miss a thing As long as you're around Just as long as you're around.
The Maybelles
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Bill Monroe

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We learned this song from the singing of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, who are a major influence indeed.
The Maybelles
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The Carter Family
Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates
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Jan Bell and the cheap dates
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Jan Bell

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Rima Fand's violin is so compelling on this recording. She sounds like faraway whales sending messages undersea. Rima plays in the Luminescent Orchestrii, who tour Europe on a regular basis. Rima has played with me since 1999, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to play and share my songs with such an extraordinary musician and composer.

Lyrics


Night wraps round us i love the colour of these few hours given to me and you Given to me and you Deep in our ocean a treasured potion sweet breath of devotion given to me and you *Your body arches, we turn to stars as we drive away the darkness Given to me and you Circle, autum willow tree warns us and now golden blossoms have fallen round me and you fallen round me and you light wraps round us i love the power of this last hour Given to me and you *Your body arches return to stars as we drive away the darkness Given to me and you Given to me and you Given
with Rima Fand violin, Megan Palmer piano, Tim Luntzel bass.
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Nervous Cabaret
2005
dumbo art under the bridge festival 2005
Luminescent Orchestrii
2005
dumbo art under the bridge festival 2005