Closing the Distance
CAT # 18964-0425-2
1. Be Gone Dull Care 2:00 2. Are You Tired of Me, My Darling 3:39 3. Gentlemen of Distinction in the Army 2:54 4. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing/Mountain Field 4:45 5. Come Take a Trip in My Airship 4:16 6. Quetico 3:33 7. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel 2:08 8. Blessing 4:15 9. Appalachian Round 2:50 10. Mama, I Miss You Tonight 4:15 11. Lovely Agnes 3:02 12. Hey, Hey, Watenay/I Walk in Beauty 3:27 13. Some Fathers Have Gone to Glory 3:09 14. Circle of the Sun 2:29 15. I Wish I Had Someone to Love Me 4:22 16. Way Down the Road 5:13
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Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt's live are riddled with synchronicities, not the least of which are that they share a middle name, Jane, and both of their fathers are named Gus. They met in 1980 at the North Country Folk Festival in Ironwood, Michigan. Their mutual eclectic taste in music and excitement of singing together in harmony led them to do occasional concerts together across the Midwest, as well as several appearances on Garrisons Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. In 1982 they did their first Mother's Day Concert at the Ten Pound Fiddle Coffeehouse in East Lansing, Michigan, which has become an excuse to get together for song silliness and a tribute to their mothers, to whom this album is dedicated. The CD reissue of this album includes four additional tracks not included on the original LP. Featured players include Jay Ungar, mandolin, fiddle; Molly Mason, bass, piano; Abby Newton, cello; Howie Bursen, harmony vocals; Dakota Dave Hull, guitar, and others.
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