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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

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.

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Rhymer’s Tower: Ballads of the Anglo-Scottish Border

Andrew Calhoun

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Rhymer’s Tower: Ballads of the Anglo-Scottish Border

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Double CD set. These ballads depict events from 1250 to 1600, featuring historic battles; raids and jailbreaks; clan loyalty and retribution; betrayals by family, friend, and king; fateful enchantment, musing birds, and a fool’s victory.

Disc One 1. The Two Ravens (2:50) 2. Thomas the Rhymer (8:46) 3. The Battle of Otterburn (6:48 4. Flodden Field

Double CD set. These ballads depict events from 1250 to 1600, featuring historic battles; raids and jailbreaks; clan loyalty and retribution; betrayals by family, friend, and king; fateful enchantment, musing birds, and a fool’s victory.

Disc One 1. The Two Ravens (2:50) 2. Thomas the Rhymer (8:46) 3. The Battle of Otterburn (6:48 4. Flodden Field (2:38) 5. The Flower of Northumberland (6:46) 6. Johnny o Cockley’s Well (7:00) 7. Johnie Armstrong (11:36) 8. Jamie Telfer in the Fair Dodhead (8:14)

Disc Two 1. Jock o the Side (9:02) 2. The Rose of Yarrow (7:02) 3. May Colvin (4:38) 4. Death of Parcy Reed (5:34) 5. The Rookhope Ryde (3:42) 6. Hobie Noble (10:14) 7. Dick o the Broom (16:10)

Includes notes on the ballads’ sources and history, and a map of the borders. Calhoun spent five years researching and developing the material from authentic texts; “Jock o the Side” incorporates verses from eleven different versions of “Jock” and a parallel ballad, “Archie o Cawfield.” All are translated into accessible English. Several are reiving ballads from the century of lawlessness on the border outlined in George MacDonald Fraser’s book Steel Bonnets. In our times of terrorism and upheaval, the ballads’ poetry and power reverberates. From the moral of “Thomas the Rhymer” to the conclusions of “Hobie Noble” and “Dick o the Broom,” what matters, in the end, is to keep your word.

from “Thomas the Rhymer”: And they rode on, and farther on, And they waded through red blood to the knee, For all the blood that is shed on earth, Runs through the springs of that country.

from “Hobie Noble”: Word has gone to the land-sergeant, In Askerton where that he lay, The deer that ye have hunted long Is seen into the Waste this day.

from “Rose of Yarrow”: Go hold your own tongue, father dear, And breed me no more sorrow, A better lord was never born, Than the lad I lost in Yarrow.

from “The Two Ravens”: Now winter it has come and passed, And all the birds are buildin’ their nests, But I’ll fly high above them all, And sing a song for summer’s sake.

Andrew Calhoun – vocal & guitars.

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Living Room

Andrew Calhoun

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Living Room, Andrew’s first recording of his new songs in 9 years, features a blending of historical, spiritual, personal and political concerns, plus “Born a Chicken”: 12 previously unrecorded, 2 old songs reworked, an epic take with the gang of “The Crawdad Song” and a setting of “The Musical Instrument,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s last poem.

Living Room, Andrew’s first recording of his new songs in 9 years, features a blending of historical, spiritual, personal and political concerns, plus “Born a Chicken”: 12 previously unrecorded, 2 old songs reworked, an epic take with the gang of “The Crawdad Song” and a setting of “The Musical Instrument,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s last poem. Living Room was recorded in various living rooms by Greg Figge.

  1. Hallelujah Morning
  2. Walk Easy
  3. People
  4. The Musical Instrument
  5. Jesus Born (Child of God)
  6. Shout!
  7. Dakota
  8. The Gates of Love
  9. Born a Chicken
  10. Crawdad Song
  11. Rabbit
  12. Where You Gonna Sit Now?
  13. Only For Love
  14. Freedom Road
  15. Of Thee I Never Weary
  16. Moon and Sea

Andrew Calhoun, vocals and guitar Casey Calhoun, vocals Gary Cleland, bass Tracy Grammer, vocals and violin Big Llou Johnson, vocals Jenifer Jordan, vocals Lana Ferrante Lupiani, cello Basho Parks, violin Jenn Rawling, vocals Runako Robinson, vocals Darwin McBeth Walton, vocals & drum

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Grapevine

Andrew Calhoun

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"...one of the best albums of the year." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Recorded solo, voice and guitar, Grapevine is Calhoun’s tribute to the folk tradition that has influenced and shaped his life. Stephen Foster’s “O Susanna” has been restored to its original length of four verses; “Casey Jones” and “John Henry” reworked to reflect new

"...one of the best albums of the year." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Recorded solo, voice and guitar, Grapevine is Calhoun’s tribute to the folk tradition that has influenced and shaped his life. Stephen Foster’s “O Susanna” has been restored to its original length of four verses; “Casey Jones” and “John Henry” reworked to reflect new historical research. There’s a cowboy song, two whaling ballads, a river shanty, a spiritual, 3 old and one new song from Ireland, and a reworked “How Can I Keep From Singing?” that blends Robert Wadsworth Lowry’s 1895 hymn with folk versions. Inner sleeve features photos of: Casey Jones in the cab of his engine; Odetta; Vedran Smailovic, subject of Colum Sand’s song “Buskers” playing his cello in the rubble of the National Library in Sarajevo; and the cover to the original sheet music for Thomas S. Allen’s “15 Years on the Erie Canal” from 1905. 


“I tapped into a powerful feeling of ancestry while working on the material for Bound to Go, and when I went back to the other folk songs I’ve always sung, they had acquired a new dimension. Folk songs connect us to our ancestors.”

  1. I Gave My Love a Cherry
  2. The Fox
  3. Gartan Mother’s Lullaby (S.MacCathmhaoil)
  4. The Little Beggarman
  5. O Susanna (Stephen Foster)
  6. Noah’s Dove (Dink)
  7. O Mary Don’t You Weep
  8. Hanging Out The Linen Clothes
  9. We’ll Rant and We’’ll Roar
  10. Sperm Whale Fishery
  11. Shenandoah
  12. I Ride an Old Paint
  13. 15 Years on the Erie Canal (Thomas S. Allen, arr Calhoun)
  14. John Henry
  15. Casey Jones (Wallace Saunders, arr Calhoun)
  16. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
  17. The Foggy Dew (Charles O’Neill)
  18. Buskers (Colum Sands)
  19. How Can I Keep From Singing? (Robert Lowry, arr Calhoun)
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Bound To Go: African-American Spirituals and Secular Folk Songs

Andrew Calhoun & Campground

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Andrew Calhoun and Campground Bound to Go, Folksongs and Spirituals.

A collection of 35 songs from the African American folk tradition.

“History with a great sound”-Bill Hahn, WFDU

“…this is a tremendously powerful album with a great sense of atmosphere and the deepest possible commitment that shines through both in the performances themselves and

Andrew Calhoun and Campground Bound to Go, Folksongs and Spirituals.

A collection of 35 songs from the African American folk tradition.

“History with a great sound”-Bill Hahn, WFDU

“…this is a tremendously powerful album with a great sense of atmosphere and the deepest possible commitment that shines through both in the performances themselves and the exceptionally fine recording and presentation. Prepare yourself for a heap of neck-prickling moments. This is a landmark release…” -David Kidman, www.netrhythms.com (UK)

“Bound to Go is the best collection of its kind that I have ever heard: not only fine and fascinating, often surprising, pieces of music, but also, every one of them, rendered with intelligence and imagination.” – Fergus Bordewich, author of Bound for Canaan.

Bound to Go includes authentic spirituals, shout songs from the Sea Islands, prison ballads and rare secular folk songs. “Run to Jesus” is the song that first gave Frederick Douglass the notion of escaping from slavery. With an essay and historical/folklore notes on the songs. Recorded with trumpet, fretless gourd and 5-string banjo, guitars, fiddle, cello, harmonica, piano, percussion and many wonderful singers! 72 minutes running time. Cover painting by Gullah artist Jonathan Green. In memory of Joy Calhoun, who worked for justice in the Civil Rights movement, 10% of income from sales goes to support programs for children, half to College of Charleston’s African-American history camps, half to By the Hand in Chicago.

  1. Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel (featuring Runako Robinson, vocals)
  2. Roll, Jordan, Roll
  3. Turkle Dove (featuring Casey Calhoun, vocals)
  4. Bound to Go
  5. O’er the Crossing
  6. Come & Go with Me
  7. Run to Jesus
  8. Patrol Gonna Catch You (featuring Bob Soper, fiddle)
  9. Molly Cottontail
  10. Old Man’s Song
  11. Sandy Land
  12. Jaybird & Sparrow
  13. Sheep and Goat (featuring Darwin Walton, hambone)
  14. Them Ol’ Black Gnats (featuring Big Llou Johnson, vocals)
  15. Milly Biggers (featuring Katherine Davis, vocals)
  16. Go to Sleep, My Baby (featuring Tyisha Williams, vocals)
  17. Rough and Rolling Sea (featuring Valerie Carter-Brown, vocals)
  18. Four and Twenty Elders
  19. Wake Up Jacob (featuring Darwin McBeth Walton, vocals)
  20. Anchor Line (featuring Dave Moore, harmonica)
  21. Sun Don’t Set in the Morning (featuring Tyisha Williams, vocals)
  22. Way Up on the Mountain (featuring Big Llou Johnson, vocals)
  23. Hammerin’ Judgment
  24. Ol’ Egyp’ (featuring Fred Campeau, fretless gourd banjo)
  25. Calvary
  26. Run Mary Run (featuring Runako Robinson, vocals)
  27. Uncle Billy
  28. Ol’ Elder Brown (featuring Erwin Helfer, piano)
  29. No More Cane on the Brazos Lost John
  30. Back Home in Georgia
  31. I’ll Hear the Trumpet Sound (featuring Lana Ferrante Lupiani, cello)
  32. Open the Window, Noah
  33. Michael Haul the Boat Ashore (featuring Sue Demel, vocals)
  34. Tree of Life (featuring Katherine
  35. Davis and Tony Dale, vocals, and David Young, trumpet)

Musicians: Andrew Calhoun, vocals, guitars Tony Dale, djembe, frame and snare drums, vocals Lana Ferrante Lupiani, cello Fred Campeau, banjo, fretless gourd banjo, vocals David Young, trumpet, vocals Bob Soper, fiddle and vocals Dave Moore, harmonica Erwin Helfer, piano Darwin McBeth Walton, vocals, hand drum, hambone

vocals: Casey Calhoun Valerie Carter-Brown Katherine Davis Sue Demel Big Llou Johnson Runako Robinson Bruce Roper Richard Shindell Tyisha Williams

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Staring at the Sun (Songs 1973–1981)

Andrew Calhoun

“Always a brave songwriter, Calhoun looks back at some of his first songs…his sensitivity to the human condition was in place early on…Some of the songs would be stunning from a writer of any age.” -Sing Out!

“…somber, heartfelt, and introspective songs are wonderfully presented along with his obvious acoustic guitar talents and his abundant gifts

“Always a brave songwriter, Calhoun looks back at some of his first songs…his sensitivity to the human condition was in place early on…Some of the songs would be stunning from a writer of any age.” -Sing Out!

“…somber, heartfelt, and introspective songs are wonderfully presented along with his obvious acoustic guitar talents and his abundant gifts as a storyteller.” – Dean Ramos, Illinois Entertainer

“Andrew Calhoun’s songwriting has the patience and clarity of a man who has lived a long time, who has loved, grieved, and traveled much, who has put pen to paper faithfully through many scenes and seasons. At the same time, Calhoun has a unique appreciation for the art of youth, which has earned his Waterbug Records label a reputation for discovering and supporting excellent young writers. It seems fitting, then, that Calhoun’s newest album, Staring at the Sun, is a creative return to the work of his own youth.

Deftly, tenderly, Calhoun brings the depth and focus of his experience to the vivid, inspired verse of his teenage years. The result is a poetic leap of faith; songs that soar on broad wings, borne up by the urgency and beat passion of the young and guided by the even-keeled wisdom of the ancients. Staring at the Sun includes some of Calhoun’s bravest and most abstract songs; frenetic and poignant by turns, they demand the listener’s full attention. Songs like “Kiss That Goblet” elicit triumphant cries of “go man, go!” while others, such as “John’s Wife,” inspire exquisite compassion and above all, silence. Staring at the Sun is evidence that Calhoun is among the most fearless, gifted, and avante poets of our time – keeping company with Leonard Cohen, Galway Kinnell, etc. – and that he shows no sign of slowing down.” -Anais Mitchell

16 songs, solo.

  1. The Living and the Breathing Wind
  2. Walk Me to the War
  3. Circle of Killers
  4. History
  5. Kiss That Goblet!
  6. I Have Run and I Have Crawled
  7. Atmospheres
  8. Broken Boundaries
  9. A Seat in the Mezzanine
  10. God Told Me I Could Come
  11. From Time to Time
  12. Moses
  13. John’s Wife
  14. Eugene
  15. Walking Through Sand
  16. Deliver Me
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Shadow of a Wing

Andrew Calhoun

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Shadow of a Wing

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“Travel till you reach the desert Full and empty, wide as ever Cactus with his withered wife Snakes and lizards cling to life In love forever.” —from “Hualapai Mountain” Digital Download only (CD out of print)

Calhoun's 9th album, 18 songs at 46 minutes, moves rapidly through intense feelings of love, longing, loss and redemption. Opening with

“Travel till you reach the desert Full and empty, wide as ever Cactus with his withered wife Snakes and lizards cling to life In love forever.” —from “Hualapai Mountain” Digital Download only (CD out of print)

Calhoun's 9th album, 18 songs at 46 minutes, moves rapidly through intense feelings of love, longing, loss and redemption. Opening with harp and bowed bass on "Meditation Song," the disc moves from the playful, fiddle-driven treatment of a serious subject on "Witches", to "Two Roads," a grim blues about adultery; the manic word-play of "Farewell Butterfly" and the nightmare tale "Dancing with the Daughter of a Drunk." "A Hoosier in Paris," with accordion, bass, and dobro, inserts a note of comedy; "Broken Feeder" recounts a woman's recovery from grief, while "Hualapai Mountain" finds serenity in a desert landscape. "Shadow of a WIng" features the talents of Donny Wright (bass and dobro), Joe Root (accordion), Elizabeth Nicholson (Celtic harp) and Bob Soper (fiddle and mandola).

Tracks: Meditation Song | Window | Sammy | The Promise | Two Roads | Witches | Daughter of a Drunk | A Hoosier in Paris | Smokin' and Drinkin' | Folklore | Inside Out | Single Roses | Fluttering Wings | Broken Feeder | Raining | I Love Your Letters | Farewell Butterfly | Hualapai Mountain

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