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Thirty Little Turns

by Tempest

Johnny Cope 04:07
It starts with a jump Off the Starry Plough stage Flipping your mom’s skirt Soon was all the rage With Bri and Micki Backstage Before the Tractor call On Edge in Vancouver In the Wisest Club of all 30 little kitties Come a-runnin’ at the tree 30 little birds of love Fly away with thee All the holy reasons Life has given you to me Several charming decades And Maria Fly Fly Then red-headed Pat In his fine big boots Old Man Flint and Cathy in cahoots Dorie & The Lovin’ Cup A spicy curry we ate up Mike, Pete and The Mighty Dan The Hall of Fame In Cleve-ish-land Samantha, Bob and Melanie And their big hearts Icy Deb and Lika And their pretzel-chocolate arts Master Dave and little Laz A-codin’ on the screen Bob & Diane’s sing-along An autoharp scene. The Philly Folk Fest living room With Barb and all your friends The tartan heart of Pleasanton Sonora’s Karnahan The piney woods of Enumclaw And Dublin’s rampant green The Northern Faire in fancy dress Captain Morgan and The Queen. With Sandra in the Highlands And Lee Bowers cozy nest Johnny’s Tartan rocks CBGBs was a test Morris-dancing Judy And E and David Stein Focal Point’s a welcome Then Beatle Bob at 9 Cropredy with Fairport Sandy Skagen by the seas Mick on Canal Street And Gene Shay when he MCs Allen and Judy And the Leathery Sun A workshop at Falcon Ridge Is how we have begun
Trolldans 04:03
Lahard Chase 03:52
A Toast 04:36
Here’s to all that holds you up When flanked by sky and wave And here’s to the smile that stays behind To kindle and to save And here’s to the bright atop deep greens That leads us ever on And here’s to the warring heart of queens And the treasure that will be won Here’s to a love and here’s to a land And the blood for each was spilt And here’s to the axe that fit a hand By which our world was built And here’s to the power of a word That paused on a quivering lip And here’s to the treacherous sailing bird That sank a beautiful ship Here’s to all that holds you up When flanked by sky and wave And here’s to the smile that stays behind To kindle and to save And here’s to what was worth a life That sleeps in the cold below The golden shapes of human strife Where never a man may go
High Germany 04:52
The clean, dark hope of cotton left drying in the wind Love of a big-heart woman that dying doesn’t end The voices raise up in the air beyond the Hopewell grove The shady woods, I’m with you where you drove Girl in a stone cold basement shining in the light Stories through the iron steam the cotton smooth and white You planted in those seed trees to cheer a somber child For all I know they grow there still and wild Now from a weary distance I see you in my dreams The sound of a train so lonesome another life it seems Now Mr. Ott is selling cans around the bend from God I lose my place and you just think I'm odd Drove out by the river where the homestead used to be All the roads were named for them the seven kids and me Shadow in the shotgun house is always cool and dark In the window song of meadowlark I saw him decades later when they laid her down to rest Dark eyes turned to opal and looking to the west Purple martins lace the sky above the Williamson place Generations since they saw your face
Swarb 07:09


released February 23, 2018

LIEF SORBYE – lead vocals, mandoguitar, electric and acoustic mandolins, octave mandolas, flute, pennywhistle, and bodhran
KATHRYN BUYS – fiddle, harmony vocals
JOSH FOSSGREEN – bass, harmony vocals
AB MENON – electric guitars

With special guest and honorary band member:
ROBERT BERRY – keyboards

A Scottish song from the Jacobite Rebellion (1745) Johnny Cope was a commander of the government troops defeated in a dawn attack by the Jacobites.

A song celebrating some of the joys and good fortune of being Tempest, thirty years on.

The decisive battle fought between the Jacobite Army and the forces of William III near the village of Aughrim in County Galway, Ireland.

TROLLDANS (Trad./Sorbye)
A zippy little Norwegian folk song celebrating the Summer Solstice.

We thought this old Beatles chestnut cried out for a jig or two, so we added ‘Tripping Up The Stairs’ (Trad.)

LAHARD CHASE (Caryannis/Meehan)
Three recently written Reels; The Lahard Chase and In Walked Dalai by Patrick Caryannis and Harny’s Reel by Paul Meehan.

A TOAST (Sorbye/Reynolds/Fossgreen/Menon)
Lief wrote the music to Patricia’s haunting lyric, inspired by Viking lore and legend. Josh and Ab penned the fugue intro and outro.

This song refers to the ‘The Thirty Years War’,' a deadly collection of wars fought in Central Europe for reasons including religious, dynastic, territorial, and commercial rivalries. (1618-1648) The lovely tune at the end is the Brambleberry Reel written by Kathy.

MADELINE JONES (Sorbye/Reynolds)
Some fond memories of Patricia’s childhood visits with family in the faraway and fabled land of Mississippi. Dedicated to Granny Gert and dear Maddy, who told us stories and put vanilla behind her ears.

SWARB (Sorbye/Trad.)
A medley of tunes dedicated to the memory of the late, great fiddler Dave Swarbrick (1941-2016) The Brilliance Medley (Trad.) Swarb (Sorbye) Villafjord (Trad.)


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