STEAM!

Music

Heartland

We are thrilled to share our new album of waltzes, all inspired by or written by folks from the heart of North America, and especially, the prairies of Kansas.  Pick one up at a dance, buy it from CD baby, or email us and we’ll send you one in the mail.

Take a Listen

coming soon…

Full Track Listing

Lyrics

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Jackalope

Want your very own copy of this cool CD? Buy it now from CD baby!

I have now had opportunity to listen to Steam on three occasions, the last at the weekend, and I like it a lot. Congratulations on a well worthwhile and well executed project!
The most impressive thing, to my uninitiated ear, is the very high quality of the instrumental ensemble: whatever instruments you are each playing there is always good balance, excellent tone, and all the signs that you are listening to each other — like a good madrigal group or string quartet.

Dr. A. M. C. Waterman

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Or alternatively, buy one from us directly. Send $15 + $2 shipping (within USA) to 403 N. 16th St. Manhattan, KS. Do you want to own a pair of the shoe laces which are depicted on the cover of the album? Laces are 45″ flat, tie dye.  Fun, eh? They are $3.00 with the purchase of a CD.

 

Take a Listen

 

Full Track Listing

  1. New Potato / Ross’ Reel #4 / MacArthur Road  (reels)
    This collection of tunes has some surprising changes, as fun for us as for dancers. New Potato was written by Paul Gitlitz, MacArthur Road by Dave Richardson. Ross’ #4 is rumored to have been written by William Ross, Pipe Major to Queen Victoria.
  2. The Goat on the Green / The Clare Jig (jigs)
    Irish jigs played with a dreamy contra dance groove. Both are traditional tunes.
  3. Peter Eat Your Heart Out (Song)
    Bruce Thomson’s tune was inspired by the sweet sounding cactus-stained fiddle made and played by “Fiddle Bill” in Albuquerque, NM. Claire penned the lyrics to tell the “true” story.  When next in Albuquerque, look for Fiddle Bill in front of the Frontier Restaurant.
  4. The Falls of Richmond (slow reel)
    In this version, we go low with mandola and viola. We could not pass up the actual falls, while passing through Richmond, VA.  It turns out the “falls” were more like a trickle, and that day, we learned of the benefits of having an ice turban as a post-hike heat remedy.
  5. The Grind / Fritz’ Frolic (reels)
    A breezy pair of swing tunes from Paul Gitlitz. Robert and Alice became friends with Paul while living in Vancouver, BC. Paul suggested that we might like these tunes and he was absolutely correct. We especially like that the Grind was named for a coffee shop in Vancouver.
  6. The Island of Woods (air)
    This beautiful lament for Ireland’s lost forests was written by Liz Carroll.
  7. The Rolling Wave / The Collier’s Jig / The Maple Leaf / Providence (jigs/reels)
    Dublin’s Darach de Brun wrote the Maple Leaf. We paired it with a couple of our favorite Irish traditional tunes and close them out with the Providence reel.
  8. The Stig / Flying Home to Shelley (jig/reel)
    True story: the Stig is a race car driver in a UK television series – how he inspired such a lovely jig, we may never know. The Stig was written by John McCartin and features Pat Japenga on flute. Flying Home to Shelley, is surely Paul Gitlitz’s most popular tune, and rightly so. It is a joy to play and a favorite of callers, dancers.
  9. The Little Hambo (hambo)
    Scandahoovian elegance.
  10. Home with the Girls in the Morning / Glory in the Meetin’ House (reels)
    These traditional old-time tunes are dark, driving, and fun to play. Our bud, Rosco Tuttle, pulled out his bass and Claire set to cloggin’ on this set.
  11. The Pleasant Beggar / Salvation (reels)
    Robert introduced us to Pleasant Beggar, written by Russ Barenberg. A happy panhandler? Or a favorite canine friend? Salvation (MCPS/PRS) is a Simon Bradley composition,. We learned this tune from the playing of Rodney Miller.
  12. Robert and Alice’s Waltz (waltz/song)
    This waltz was written by Hope Grietzer and Jim MacWilliams for the wedding of Robert and Alice at Winfield in 2010. Claire created the poetry that celebrates the union of half of our band.
  13. Reel de Mattawa / Reel de Montebello / Fleur de Mandragore (reels)
    French Canadian tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure with special guest Josef Poutine on feet. Richard Forest wrote the first two tunes, and Michel Bordeleau composed Fleur with its masterful chord progression. We love these tunes!

 

Lyrics

Peter Eat Your Heart Out 

Bruce Thomson’s tune was inspired by the sweet sounding cactus-stained fiddle made and played by “Fiddle Bill” in Albuquerque, NM. Claire penned the lyrics to tell the “true” story.  When next in Albuquerque, look for Fiddle Bill in front of the Frontier Restaurant.

Fiddle Bill lives on a hill in an old VW Van
He took a piece of wood and he carved as he could ‘cause he is a fiddling man
Peter he is trained you see and he makes them violins
But Bill made one and sun of a gun, if it didn’t just give me grins

Tunes ring, hearts sing. Hear that fiddle just shout!
It looks kind of gritty, but it sure sounds pretty. Peter eat your ole heart out

Fiddle Bill carved as he will puts his pocket knife to use
So he made a fiddle, and dyed it purple with the prickly pear cactus juice
Knots and divots cross the face and it sure do look a wreck
But with toothless smile, he played it for a while, and the shivers went down my neck
Last night, I had a dream, it happened right in the square
Bill and Peter were playing on their fiddles and the notes just filled the air
Bows were flyin’, faces smilin’, people all gathered round
And they all started dancing, singing and prancing, the soul of the city was found

 

Robert and Alice’s Waltz 

The swallows they fly from you to me, the sun, it shines here and there
This year has given us time to breath and now is the time to share
The fiddle, it plays so sweet and so low, guitar offers shade and rest
The morning finds tunes that ebb and flow, joyful notes softly pressed

You’re flying to me… I can feel you so near
You’re flying to me…Can you feel us swirling closer every day

Oh come to my arms and dance with me, laugh in this evening’s soft light
The guitar and the fiddle make love, and we dance away to the night

 

The arrangements and performances are all spot on. The mix of styles is just to my taste. The recording production is excellent. I only wish I could hear you live and be on the dance floor.
Paul Gitlitz; tune writer, musician, all-round great guy