P A U L   G E R E M I A (source: Back cover of Flying Fish FF 395; photographer: Noel Neuberger)
Paul Geremia, mid-1980s

source: Back cover of Flying Fish FF 395; photographer: Noel Neuberger


b. April 21, 1944 in Providence, Richmond

Film portrait of Paul Geremia, made by Geoff Adams in 1983

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Paul Geremia LPs / CDs
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11968Paul Geremia: Just Enough

- Nashville 40   @ Spotify
- Vigilante Man #   @ Spotify
- I'll Be Goin'   @ Spotify
- Come On In My Kitchen   @ Spotify
- When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too)   @ Spotify
- Travelin' Man *   @ Spotify

- Epitaph Blues   @ Spotify
- Somethin' Different   @ Spotify
- Just Enough   @ Spotify
- Geremia's Railroad   @ Spotify
- I Be Troubled   @ Spotify
- Hell Hound On My Trail   @ Spotify

rec. 1968; Paul Geremia, voc, g, hca; Frank Wakefield, mand; Patrick Sky, # g, # hca, * el b; produced by Patrick Sky
cover by Craig Mierop
notes by Paul Geremia
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Folkways FTS 31023

Smithsonian Folkways
custom-made CD F-31023

Paul Geremia

- Bright Sunny Days
- Elegant Hobo
- My Health Is Getting Better Too
- She Is As She Does
- Running To You
- Crazy Girl Blues

- Long Time Loser
- I Don't Think It Matters Any More
- Bad Luck Blues
- Outside Man
- Beside Myself

Paul Geremia, voc, g, hca, p; Jack McGann, lead g; Dave Bloom, b; Clyde Lucas, dr; prod. by Richard Gottehrer & David Wilkes

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notes by Jack McGann
and Paul Geremia
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Sire SI-4902

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Paul Geremia: Hard Life Rockin' Chair

- Morning Song   @ youtube
- Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away
- Come Back Baby
- I'll Be Goin'
- Long Tall Mama
- Bound To Lose

- Something Different
- Hard Life Rockin' Chair
- Early Mornin' Blues
- Jones, Oh Jones
- Seein' You Go
- Kick It In The Country
- Don't You Leave Me Here

rec. 1973; Paul Geremia, voc, g, hca; Rocky Rockwood, mand; Rip Bang, tb; prod. & engineered by Gene Rosenthal
front cover photo by G.L. Moore, liner photos by Craig S. Milner and Gene Rosenthal
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Adelphi AD 1020
(US 1973)

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= Adelphi GCD 1020
(US 2000)

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= Air Mail Archive AIRAC-
1011 (Jp 2002)

Adelphi discography

41982Paul Geremia: I Really Don't Mind Living

track sequence on back cover:
- Somethin' Gotta Be Arranged
- Seesaw Blues
- Stray Dog Shuffle
- Diggin' Uncle Sam's Backyard
- I Just Roll Along

- Stone Sober Blues
- Slidell Blues
- The Truth Is On The Streets °°
- I Really Don't Mind Livin'
- She Don't Go No Place ('Til The Stars Come Out At Night) °°

actual track sequence on label / vinyl:
- I Just Roll Along
- Stone Sober Blues
- Stray Dog Shuffle
- Seesaw Blues
- Somethin' Gotta Be Arranged

- Diggin' Uncle Sam's Backyard
- I Really Don't Mind Livin'
- The Truth Is On The Streets °°
- Slidell Blues
- She Don't Go No Place ('Til The Stars Come Out At Night) °°

°° not on CD

"Stone Sober Blues" is influenced by (amongst others) Steve Mann's "She Caught the Katy"
notes (May 1982)
by Paul Geremia
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Flying Fish 270

(=) Flying Fish FLY 395
(US 1991) (along with
"My Kinda Place")

51986Paul Geremia: My Kinda Place

- My Kinda Place
- Nuts About That Gal
- Silver City Bound
- Money Is King
- Shuckin' Sugar Blues
- Holly (Steve Mann)

- Broke Down Engine
- Oh Red
- Back Door Blues
- Artificial Heart
- Savanna Mama
- Foolish Frog
- Big Walter

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Flying Fish FF 395

(=) Flying Fish FLY 395
(US 1991) (along with
"I Really Don't Mind

61992Paul Geremia: Gamblin' Woman Blues

- Gamblin' Woman Blues
- Cocaine Princess
- Skin Game Blues
- Nobody's Sweetheart Now
- Cheater's Spell
- Blues Around Midnight

- She Moves It Just Right
- Special Rider Blues
- Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
- One More Last Time
- The Things That Used To Matter
- Doctor Jazz *

* on CD only
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Shamrock DC 1016-2
(Austria 1992)

= Red House CD RHR 54
(US 1993)


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Paul Geremia: Self Portrait In Blues

- Wonderful Affliction *   @ Spotify
- Devil Got My Woman   @ Spotify
- Kick It In The Country   @ Spotify
- Midnight Hour Blues #*   @ Spotify
- Shake It And Break It ##   @ Spotify
- Out And Down   @ Spotify

- Henry David Thoreau *   @ Spotify
- Fool's Paradise   @ Spotify
- Live Wire Blues #   @ Spotify
- The Truth Is On The Streets *   @ Spotify
- Drive Away Blues #   @ Spotify
- Where Did I Lose Your Love #*   @ Spotify
- Leavin' Blues   @ Spotify
- Quote ###   @ Spotify

rec. September 1994 at Stable Sound, Austria, by Uwe Kranner; Paul Geremia, voc, g, hca, p; # Howard Armstrong, vl, ## mand, ### sp; * Rory MacLeod, b
painting by Eric Von Schmidt; photography by Christoph Wurz
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Shamrock LP 1024-1
(Austria 1994)

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Shamrock DC 1024-2
(Austria 1994)

= Red House CD RHR 77
(US 1995)

81997Paul Geremia: Live From Uncle Sam's Backyard

- Diggin' Uncle Sam's Backyard
- Arrangement For Me Blues
- Devil Got My Woman
- Piccolo / Kill It Kid Rag
- Rap About Hambone Willi
- Travelin' Riverside
- Really Don't Mind Livin'
- Dying Crapshooter's Blues
- Ain't Nobody Home But Me
- Rap About Son House
- My Kinda Place
- Monkey And The Baboon
- Broke Down Engine
- Holly (Steve Mann)
- Something's Gotta Be Arranged
- Big Walter

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Red House CD RHR 101
91999Paul Geremia: The Devil's Music

- Lost Mind
- If A Woman's Love Was Whisky
- Stocking Feet Blues
- Same Old Wagon
- How'd He Do It?
- Drown In My Own Tears
- Statesboro Blues
- Terraplane Blues
- Booger-Rooger Blues
- Still Think About You
- The Way To Get The Lowdown
- Chickens Come Home To Roost
- Fuller's Walking Blues
- Farewell Street Rag
- Little Silver Airplane

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Red House CD RHR 127
102004Paul Geremia: Love, Murder & Mosquitos

- Meet Me In The Bottom
- Pony Blues
- Tootie Blues
- Rising River Blues
- This Morning She Was Gone
- New Bully Of The Town
- Slow Mama Slow
- Another Friend Like Me
- Evil World Blues
- Mosquito Moan
- Loners' Blues
- Don't Forget It
- Bad Dream Blues
- When Your Way Gets Dark
- Frankie
- Scrapper Scraps
- Keep a Love Light
- I Feel So Good

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Red House CD RHR 172

(Guest) Appearances on other Artist's recordings
of release
artist / title / songs featuring Paul Geremialabel # / notes
11976George Gritzbach: Had Your Gritz Today ?

- Pay Day Katy (Gritzbach)
- Skippin' Thru The Tall Grass In The Moonlight (Papa John Miller)
- She Ain't Crazy (Rev. Gary Davis)
- Great Green Bees (Gritzbach)
- Tired Of Being Mistreated (trad. arr. Gritzbach)
- Ballad For Reverend Gary Davis (Gritzbach)

- Audition Blues (Gritzbach)   @ youtube

- Kind Hearted Blues (trad.)
- Georgia Town (Gritzbach)
- East Coast Blues (Gritzbach)
- Shake It (Gritzbach)
- Charlie Stone (trad. arr. Gritzbach)
- Sweet Talkin' Blues (Gritzbach)
- Love Story (The Hat Song) (Gritzbach)

harmonica on 'Audition Blues'
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Kicking Mule KM 126

George Gritzbach

Kicking Mule discography

21988The Chili Brothers: Empty Bottles

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North Star SB 008
31989Bruce Pratt: 'Til The Fat Lady Sings

bottleneck guitar on 1 track
(Greg Brown harmony vocals on 1 track)

- April
- In Due Time
- Sundown
- 'Til The Fat Lady Sings
- The Bait Fisherman

- The Twenty-third Of November
- Kentucky Blue
- Summerboy
- Epitaph From Fairrows Head
- When A Woman Lose A Child
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West River Records WRR 005
41992Peter Keane: The Goodnight Blues

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Northeastern CD 5008
51994Dave van Ronk:
To All My Friends In Far Flung Places

guitar on his own composition "Stone Sober Blues"

"Stone Sober Blues" is influenced by (amongst others) Steve Mann's "She Caught the Katy"

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Gazell GPCD 2011/12
61995Cormac McCarthy: Picture Gallery Blues

12-string slide guitar on "Picture Gallery Blues"
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Green Linnet CD GL 2122
71995Eric von Schmidt: Baby, Let Me Lay It On You

slide guitar on
- Can The Serpent Be Housebroken?
harmonica on
- Envy The Thief
- Foolish Pleasure
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Gazell GPCD2013

Eric von Schmidt

81996Mary Flower: Rosewood & Steel

12-string slide guitar on "Pony Blues"

Bluesette Records
92000Elijah Wald: Street Corner Cowboys

cover painting: Howard Armstrong; click to enlarge!

Anthologies / Compilations / Samplers
containing songs performed by Paul Geremia
of release
title / songs performed by Paul Geremialabel # / notes
11967Cracks In The Ceiling

- Statesboro Blues
- Highway Bandit Blues
- Come On In My Kitchen
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Folk Arts, Inc.
21972Welcome to Caffe Lena

- Elegant Hobo
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Biograph BLP-12046

Paul Geremia at Caffè Lena
Dec 27 1997 & '76

31980The Great Hudson River Revival

- Careless Love

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Flying Fish FF 214
41984The Blues

- Ain't Nobody Home But Me (Pink Anderson)
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Fast Folk FF 106

Steven Alexander's
(unofficial) Fast Folk page

order at Smithsonian Folkways

51995House On Fire

- The Things That Used To Matter
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Red House CD RHR 58
61995Blues Live From Mountain Stage

- Slidell Blues

Blue Plate CD 305

more info

71997Country Blues Guitar

- Broke Down Engine

Easydisc CD 7051

more info

81998Blues Crossroads: Acoustic Blues, Old And New

- Shuckin' Sugar Blues

Easydisc CD 7066

more info

92000Dealin' With The Devil
Songs of Robert Johnson

- 32-20 Blues
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Cannonball Records
CBD 29117

more info

109/2013Live At Caffè Lena: Music From Americaís Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013

disc one:
Intro by Lena Spencer / Guy Carawan - Cripple Creek (1970)
Hedy West - Shady Grove (1968)
Intro by Lena Spencer / Sleepy John Estes - Holy Spirit (1974)
Frank Wakefield and Friends - Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1971)
Jean Ritchie - West Virginia Mine Disaster (1969)
Billy Faier - Hunt The Wren (1967)
Greenbriar Boys - Hit Parade of Love (1968)
Mike Seeger - O Death (1971)
Jacqui and Bridie - Hello Friend (1974)
Tom Paxton - Morning Again (1968)
David Amram - Little Mama (1974)
Patrick Sky - Reality Is Bad Enough (1971)
Rosalie Sorrels - Traveliní Lady (1974)
Smoke Dawson - Devilís Dream (1968)
Utah Phillips - The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia (1974)
Michael Cooney - Thyme It Is A Precious Thing (1974)
Kate McGarrigle and Roma Baran - Caffè Lena (1972)

disc two:
Intro by Lena Spencer / Dave Van Ronk - Gaslight Rag (1974)
Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles (1968)
Barbara Dane - Mama Yanceyís Advice / Love With a Feeling (1968)
Roy Book Binder - Ainít Nobody Home But Me (1974)
Intro by Lena Spencer / David Bromberg - The Holdup (1972)
Rambliní Jack Elliott - Pretty Boy Floyd (1992)
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans (2010)
Aztec Two Step - The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (1989)
Happy And Artie Traum - Trials Of Jonathan (1974)
Rick Danko - It Makes No Difference (1988)

Paul Geremia - Somethingís Gotta Be Arranged (1989)
Robin and Linda Williams - -S-A-V-E-D (1987)
John Herald - Rambliní Jack Elliott (1991)
Pete Seeger - Somos El Barco (We Are the Boat)

disc three:
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion - Folksong (2013)
Anais Mitchell - Wedding Song (2013)
Bill Morrissey - The Last Day Of The Furlough (1990)
Patty Larkin - Island Of Time (1992)
Greg Brown - Flat Stuff (1989)
Mary Gauthier - I Drink (2013)
Sean Rowe - Old Black Dodge (2013)
Tom Chapin - Cats In The Cradle (1987)
Intro by Lena Spencer / Christine Lavin - Itís A Good Thing He Canít Read My Mind (1987)
Bill Staines - Sweet Wyoming Home (1990)
Bucky and John Pizzarelli - I Like Jersey Best (1989)
Rory Block - Thatís No Way To Get Along (1989)
Chris Smither - Killing The Blues (1989)
Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone (2013)
John Gorka - Down In The Milltown (1990)
Lena Spencer - Dear Little Cafe (1972)

unreleased performances
3 CD box set

Tompkins Square TSQ 2967

Other artist's Covers of Paul Geremia songs
of release
Record Title

- featured Paul Geremia song
label # / notes
11973Rosalie Sorrels: What Ever Happened To The Girl That Was
acoustic, electric, slide guitar, arranger

- Just A Country Girl (Rosalie Sorrels)
- Nobody's (Gary White)
- Roadrunner #2 (Rosalie Sorrels)
- Too Many Strangers (Rosalie Sorrels)
- Come And Be My Driver (Rosalie Sorrels)

- Elegant Hobo (Paul Geremia)

- First Fall Of Snow (Rosalie Sorrels)
- Hall Of Fame (Joe Dolce)
- Rock, Salt And Nails (Utah Phillips)
- Another Woman's Man (Rosalie Sorrels)
- The Toast (Gary White)
- Brightwood Fire (Mitch Greenhill)

Paramount PAS-6072
21979Dave Peabody: Payday
- Something Different (Paul Geremia)
- Payday (Mississippi John Hurt)
- Jesus Be My Saviour (Dave Peabody)
- Gone By Midnight (Dave Peabody)
- Blues Gonna Getcha (Dave Peabody)
- Hum Dum Dinger From Dingersville (Jimmie Davis)
- Slappin' On My Black Cat Bone (Dave Ray)

- You Just As Well Let Her Go (Casey Bill Weldon)
- Knockin' Myself Out (Lil Grenn)
- Wild Women Don't Have The Blues (Ida Cox)
- South Carolina Rag (Willie Walker)
- Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away (Oscar 'Buddy' Woods)
- I Know (Dave Peabody)
- I Got A Gal (Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson)

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Waterfront WF 001

Dave Peabody

31988Roy Book Binder: Bookeroo!

- Friend Like Me
- Gonna Get Myself A Motorhome

- Something Different (Paul Geremia)
- Mississippi Blues
- Gin Done Done It
- I'm Going Home
- Good Gal
- Nobody Knows I'm Hurtin'
- Waiting For A Train
- Cigarette Blues
- My Road Is Rough And Rocky
- Tell Me How Do You Feel

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Rounder CD 3017

Roy Book Binder

41991Mary Flower & Vicki Taylor: High Heeled Blues

- Stone Sober Blues (Paul Geremia)

"Stone Sober Blues" is influenced by (amongst others) Steve Mann's "She Caught the Katy"
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571994Dave Van Ronk: To All My Friends In Far-Flung Places
Dave Van Ronk...Sings A Gathering Of Songs By A Great Many Friends...

CD 1:
- Subterranean Homesick Blues
- Where Were You Last Night
- Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
- Ramblin' Boy
- My Name Joe
- Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends
- Entering Marion
- The Drinking Song
- Amoeba Hop
- Things

- Stone Sober Blues (Paul Geremia)
- Joshua Gone Barbados
- Soon My Work Will All Be Done
- To All My Friends In Far Flung Places

- Wrap The World Around Your Finger (Judy Mayhan)
CD 2:
- Jersey Girl
- Punky's Dilemma
- I'm Hip
- Harbour Of Love
- Awful Kind Of Blues
- Why The Blues Don't Worry Me
- A Sailor's Prayer
- Many A Mile
- Four Strong Winds
- The Simple Things We Said (Les choses les plus simple)
- Song To A Seagull
- Heart On The Run
- To All My Friends In Far Flung Places (Reprise)

rec. between June 1993 and August 1994 in New York City at The Magic Shop by Steve Rosenthal and at Kampo Studio by Arthur Steuer with Jovan Djorjevic, assistant

"One of the major problems of the current songwriting renaissance is the dearth of discrimnating interpreters. Except for writers whose material is C & W compatible, it is next to impossible to get someone, anyone, to sing a song he or she didn't personally compose. To make matters worse, the prevailing climate among acoustical performers is very discouraging for interpreters. Not long ago, a singer-songwriter acquaintance of mine remarked of a contemporary (who is, by the way, a fine singer), 'Oh, she only does 'covers'!' (I had a sudden prophetic vision of a CD which will appear in the near future - 'Pavarotti 'Covers' Puccini'.) Record companies and the people who book clubs and concerts share this prejudice, and indeed the situation has become so grotesquely unbalanced that I suspect the pendulum is about to swing back the other way. Let's hope it doesn't swoop over to the opposite extreme where songwriters feel it necessary to fob off their tunes as 'Folk Songs', as did John Jacob Niles and others in the '30s and '40s.
The flip side of this state of affairs is the vast pool of first-rate songs available to any singer with open ears - untouched material (except by its authors) just begging for an intelligent and appreciative reading. Selecting the pieces for this album has been one of the most difficult and frustrating chores I have undertaken since I gave up ballet. Finally, I hit on the notion of only doing songs by people I know. This narrowed the A-list down to a mere 120 songs (no kidding), as well as automatically selecting for me Jane Vass' lovely song for the title song and theme.
Let me hasten to add - not every author represented here is a close personal friend. A few of them I have only met briefly and casually, but it comforted me to think that if I got stuck I could, at least in theory, get on the horn and ask the songwriter, 'What the hell is this line supposed to mean?' Only later did it occur to me that conversely the songwriter could just as easily get on the horn and ask,'What have you done to my song, schmuck?' Which just goes to show that if we really thought through the consequences of our actions, we'd probably never do anything.
So at last, with the help of my kindly producer, Sam Charters, ('Yeah, it's a great song, but you can't sing it'.), I managed to pare the program down to a mere 27 songs. If time and the budget had allowed, it could just as easily been double that, but at least I hope it gives some idea of how much great stuff is out there. Before taking my leave, I would like to especially thank Frank Christian, guitarist and songwriter of the first chop; Keith Ingham, a pianist and arranger of almost unbelievable versatility, Dakota Dave Hull, arranger extraordinare, and man of a thousand guitars, and the aforementioned Sam Charters, who got me into this thing in the first place.
My thanks also to Andrea Vuocolo (my wife), whose idea for the Friendship Quilt cover helped pull the whole concept together.
Finally, I would like to dedicate this album to my boon companion Tom lntondi, whose songwriting, always good, kept getting better and better until his untimely death last May, a great loss to all of us."

-- Dave Van Ronk


Dave Van Ronk does the singing and plays the guitar on tracks 5, 1 0, 1 1, and 12 on Disc 1, and tracks 4, 6, 8, and 13 on Disc 2.

Frank Christian is the electric guitarist, and plays acoustic on tracks 3, 6 (including the solo), 7, 9 on Disc 1, tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, and 13 on Disc 2. Keith lngham is the pianist and also did many of the arrangements. He is the organist on THINGS.

Dakota Dave Hull plays acoustic guitars on tracks 4 (both guitars), 6, and 10 (rhythm and solo) on Disc 1, tracks 4, 6 and 13 on Disc 2, and helped set the arrangements. The guitarist on SOON MY WORK is Erik Frandsen. Murray Wall plays the acoustic bass, David Conred, electric bass. Drums, Arnie Kinselle, harmonica, Bill Ferns, accordion. Anne De Marinis, jug and washboard, Sam Charters.

Special thanks to Paul Geramia for his half of the guitar duet on his STONE SOBER BLUES, Tom Paxton for singing the harmony on his RAMBLIN' BOY, and Christine Lavin for her scat chorus on her AMOEBA HOP. (Thanks to Andrea Vuocolo for 'For them it's a monster song.')

The voices on WRAP THE WORLD and TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN FAR FLUNG PLACES are Brift Savage (single harmony voice on ALL MY FRIENDS), Ado Dyer, and Shelly Thompson, vocal arrangements by Sam Charters. The voices on THINGS are Christine Lavin and Eve Silber, vocal arrangement by Dave Van Ronk and Andrea Vuocolo.

Our thanks to the singers on SOON MY WORK, and THE SAILORS PRAYER: Heather Wood, Christine Lavin, Peri Lyons, Frank Christian, Chris Lowe, Eric Frandson, Dove Massengill, and Sam Charters. For THE DRINKING SONG they are joined by Andrea Vuocolo, Mallay Charters, and Jenny Schuessler

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Gazell GPCD 2011/12

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