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Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly

by Scott Nygaard & Crow Molly

Original contemporary string band music by Grammy-nominated guitarist Scott Nygaard and young string virtuosos Joe Walsh (mandolin) and Lauren Rioux (violin) that combines jazz, Celtic, folk, and bluegrass influences.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maurice McCusker
3:44 $0.99
2. Waltz from Munkedal
3:28 $0.99
3. The Idlers of Belltown
3:11 $0.99
4. An Easier Way to Fly
3:21 $0.99
5. Too Hungry
3:38 $0.99
6. Great Grimpen Mire/Cumberland Gap
5:19 $0.99
7. Man of Constant Sorrow
2:25 $0.99
8. Metaren (The Lazy Fisherman)
3:36 $0.99
9. Haapavesi Nights
4:46 $0.99
10. Waterbound
2:57 $0.99
11. Little Did He Know
4:05 $0.99
12. Wildwood Flower/Happy Holler
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, an exciting new addition to the contemporary string band scene, is the result of a collaboration between Grammy-nominated guitarist Scott Nygaard and young string virtuosos Joe Walsh (mandolin) and Lauren Rioux (violin). Designed to showcase Nygaard’s original material, a unique and seamless blend of bluegrass and jazz with Celtic and Scandinavian folk influences, the trio has created an infectious, melodic sound that will appeal to Celtic, folk, and bluegrass audiences as well as open-eared fans of contemporary acoustic instrumental music. This is their debut album.

Scott Nygaard: guitar and vocals
Lauren Rioux: five-string violin and five-string viola
Joe Walsh: mandolin

Sam Bevan: bass
Aoife O’Donovan: vocals

Produced by Scott Nygaard
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tom Size, Tomland Studios, Pacheco CA, 2009. “Man of Constant Sorrow” recorded by Scott Nygaard at Studio 35, San Francisco, CA.
Photography by Anne Hamersky and Joey Nygaard. Design by Tara Shupe.

The Tunes

Maurice McCusker (Scott Nygaard)
I stole a couple of short musical ideas from John McCusker and Maurice Ravel. Thus “Maurice McCusker.” Thanks to Tristan Clarridge for the harmony fiddle line.

Waltz from Munkedal (Trad, arr. Scott Nygaard)
Learned from the great Swedish trio Bask.

The Idlers of Belltown (Scott Nygaard)
Originally recorded in 1992 on Sally Van Meter’s album All In Good Time, reclaimed for the Crows, Lulu and Giuseppe.

An Easier Way to Fly (Scott Nygaard)
For Jimmy Thompson and Loraine Tedder. Can’t believe I was lucky enough to get the wondrous Aoife O’Donovan to sing it here.

Too Hungry (Scott Nygaard)
An example of the new Northern California polska tradition. Or something. Recorded on Inauguration Day 2009.

Great Grimpen Mire/Cumberland Gap (Lauren Rioux and Brittany Haas/Trad)
Lauren and Brittany’s addition to the new North American polska tradition, followed by an odd version of a traditional tune.

Man of Constant Sorrow (Trad, arr. Scott Nygaard)
A solo guitar tune inspired by the version recorded by Kentucky fiddler Ed Haley.

Metaren (The Lazy Fisherman) (Ale Moller)
A waltz from the Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Moller that allows Lauren’s five-string to sing.

Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
I started singing this around the time of Katrina, dedicating it to its victims. Now it seems appropriate for the entire planet. With help from Aoife.

Haapavesi Nights (Scott Nygaard)
I once spent a week in Haapavesi, Finland, teaching guitar to Finnish bluegrass musicians during the day and lying awake in my dorm room from midnight to 6 am every night. On the last day, as I was leaving, I discovered that there was a sauna on the top floor of the building I was staying in. But I heard some great music, and, as they say, got a tune out of it.

Little Did He Know (Scott Nygaard)
The second part of this suite is a jig that can’t decide whether it’s in 6/8 or 9/8—the pattern is three bars of 6/8, one of 9/8. Seemed logical when I was writing it.

Wildwood Flower/Happy Holler (Traditional)
A couple of traditional tunes that are, well, just fun to play.



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R and R Miller

Great progressive bluegrass!
Wonderful instrumentals and who could go wrong with help from Aoife on vocals.