Veteran Chicago area folk artist Andrew Calhoun is joined in performance by his daughter Casey on vocals. Casey's pure, distinctive voice takes the lead on songs by artists from Anais Mitchell to Frank Loesser, and adds new dimensions of harmony and call-and-response to Calhoun originals, Scottish ballads and folksongs, and rare 19th century African-American spirituals. Casey, an accomplished dancer, moves to Mary Oliver's poetry and Dave Carter's music in this striking, joyful combination of complementary talents. In 2018, they releases their first duo recording, Skeins, featuring songs by Kate MacLeod, Leslie Smith, Bob Dylan, Karine Polwart, Jack Harris and others.

Casey studied dance at Dance Center Evanston, Gus Giordano Dance Studio, and Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle. She performed with Dan Bern in July 2006 on the mainstage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. 

Andrew writes with a paradoxical combination of incandescent intellect and unstudied magic. He is both a lightning rod for "the unconscious rightness of intuitive connection" and a perpetual student of songcraft with deep respect for both tradition and innovation. In the forty-odd years that he has been a songwriter and performer he has created an impressive collection of songs from which he draws in live performances.  His recordings have been released on Hogeye, Flying Fish and Waterbug Records. 

"I have known Andrew for many years and have enjoyed hearing him play from time to time, but this - his playing with his daughter - is all fresh and new, and I loved it. These musicians are gifted at their craft and each brings to the other's singing a lovely balance and power. The music is both light and dark, giddy and somber, but always accomplished. Andrew is well known for his profound songwriting ability. His songs - some brand new, some old and well loved - always represent who he is and what is grabbing at him at the moment. Currently Andrew is very taken with an old book of songs he has recently discovered that were sung by those held in slavery. While this is a grim chapter in our history books, the music that Andrew is playing from this era is full of hope and interwoven with a profound and enlightening spiritual connection. Some of us may already recognize some of these tunes, of which he will play several, and he will also teach the audience a chorus or two so we all can learn a bit of this wonderful music. Casey is a delight - her voice is clear and crisp, her dancing is interpretive to a song or poem recited by her dad, and her daughter's banter with her father made me laugh. Casey has only recently started traveling with her dad but she obviously has been singing with him for her whole life. Their connected harmonies show the audience how well matched they are as singing partners, and her solo numbers are truly gripping and delightful." —Reverend Blair Hull, Stained Glass Coffeehouse

Andrew & Casey Calhoun by M. Dagenhart (click photo to download 724KB)

Andrew & Casey Calhoun by M. Dagenhart (click photo to download 724KB)

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Skeins

Andrew & Casey Calhoun

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Andrew & Casey Calhoun, father and daughter, have been performing together since 2006; Skeins is their debut duo recording. “Skeins” refers to both coils of yarn and formations of flying geese. “Skeins of shining waters ask you patiently to hear” is a line from the second track, a 19th century Irish lyric called “Open the Door Softly.” Several songs on Skeins are by artists Andrew met through work with Waterbug—Casey grew up listening to their music. Casey’s other continuing passion is dance; she studied at Dance Center Evanston (Illinois) and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Skeins is melodic and reflective, spiced with spirited moments of fire. This is a sterling collection of songs. The overarching theme is one of moving through transitions with integrity.

  1. I Will Go With My Father a-Ploughing (Joseph Campbell/A. Calhoun)
  2. Open the Door Softly (Dion Boucicault/Herbert Hughes)
  3. When the Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan)
  4. A Rosebud by My Early Walk (Robert Burns)
  5. Girl With a Hay Rake (Jack Harris)
  6. Journey (A. Calhoun)
  7. Gun-Metal Eyes (Dave Carter)
  8. Mrs McGrath (trad Irish)
  9. When I Have Arms Again (A. Calhoun)
  10. Trumpet (A. Calhoun)
  11. Wild Birds (Kate MacLeod)
  12. Shine On Harvest Moon/The Glory of Love (Jack Norworth & Nora Bayes/Billy Hill)
  13. Midnight Pirouette (Leslie Smith)
  14. The Wren’s Nest (Robert Burns)
  15. Follow the Heron (Karine Polwart)

Andrew’s guitar, Andrew & Casey, vocals. Downloadable version is here, also you can sample the songs: https://andrewcalhoun.bandcamp.com/

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