Dance on a Moonbeam: A Collection of Songs and Poems

Dance on a Moonbeam: A Collection of Songs and Poems

by Bill Crofut
     
 

Although Bill Crofut didn't live to see this outstanding CD released, he worked hard to complete work upon it prior to his death from cancer in January 1999. This ambitious project covers a lot of ground, including folk songs, poetry set to music, Bach, and even Shakespeare sonnets set to music or narrated by actress See more details below

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Although Bill Crofut didn't live to see this outstanding CD released, he worked hard to complete work upon it prior to his death from cancer in January 1999. This ambitious project covers a lot of ground, including folk songs, poetry set to music, Bach, and even Shakespeare sonnets set to music or narrated by actress Meryl Streep. The guest list of performers joining him are just as diverse. Although Crofut was a talented banjo player and singer, he deserves to be better known for his considerable gifts as a composer and arranger. Edward Lear's "The Table and the Chair" and "In Just" by e. e. cummings are two fine examples of his setting poems to music; Crofut is joined by bassist Chris Brubeck on the first piece, while Brubeck moves to piano and classical singer Dawn Upshaw and guitarist Joel Brown are added for the superb "In Just," which Crofut originally set to music and first recorded in the 1960s after a successful audition to obtain permission from the poet's widow. Together they work magic with the unusual flow of this well known poem. A T-shirt with a Shaker alphabet that incorporated names of animals inspired Crofut's entertaining miniature "Alligator Hedgehog." Upshaw is hilarious as the young girl in "Mr. Bear," with Chris Brubeck's charming piano accompaniment. The old folk song "The Fox," recorded by Burl Ives and a host of others previously, incorporates both the American and English versions with a call and response between Crofut and Ben Luxon, who was previously a soloist with the Munich Bach Choir; the singers are accompanied by pennywhistle, bass, and guitar in a spirited performance. Frederica von Stade is accompanied by Chris Brubeck on piano for a fine rendition of the old Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts." While Crofut isn't present as a player or singer on every track, his presence is clearly felt. The final sessions were conducted in his living room during the final stages of his illness, when he was far too weak to perform. Profits from the sale of this highly recommended CD benefit the Simple Gifts for Children Fund, which supports children's causes of all kinds.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408055423
catalogNumber:
80554

Tracks

  1. While You Sleep  - Meryl Streep
  2. Dandling Songs
  3. Alligator Hedgehog  - Meryl Streep
  4. The Chipmunk's Day
  5. Mr. Bear
  6. The Fox
  7. The Cuckoo
  8. The Cuckoo
  9. Leatherwing Bat
  10. Little Trotty Wagtail
  11. The Friendly Cow
  12. The Table and the Chair
  13. Simple Gifts
  14. Simple Gifts
  15. Sweet Nightingale (Down in Those Valleys Below), folk song
  16. White Fields
  17. In Just
  18. In Just
  19. Dance to thy daddy, folk song
  20. Dance to thy daddy, folk song
  21. Can Ye Sew Cushions
  22. Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)  - Meryl Streep
  23. Unspecified Bourrée, arranged for banjo & lute
  24. Child's Song  - Meryl Streep
  25. The Early Morning
  26. Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Crofut   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Muted Banjo
Bill Keith   Banjo
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Frederica Von Stade   Vocals
Benjamin Luxon   Vocals
Dawn Upshaw   Vocals
Joel Brown   Guitar
Chris Brubeck   Bass,Piano
John Guth   Guitar
Julianne Baird   Vocals
Jim Cowdery   Mandolin,Recorder,Penny Whistle
Carver Blanchard   Guitar,Lute,Vocals,12-string Bass Guitar
Susan Follari   Viola
Maggie Holtzberg   Fiddle
Roger Limb   Bass
Loretta O'Sullivan   Cello

Technical Credits

David Grover   Text
James Stephens   Text
Benjamin Luxon   Producer
Chris Brubeck   Producer
Bill Crofut   Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Denten   Engineer
Fred Hellerman   Engineer
Bob Katz   Mastering
Jack Renner   Engineer
Meryl Streep   Liner Notes
Robert Woods   Producer,Executive Producer
Marc Aubort   Engineer
Joanna Nickrenz   Producer
Erika Crofut   Liner Notes,Artwork
e.e. cummings   Text
William Shakespeare   Text
Edward Lear   Text
Hilaire Belloc   Text
John Clare   Text
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson   Text

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