Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble's debut release on Wepecket Island Records, The Lazy Farmer showcases Flynn's acoustic guitar playing and singing on an all-traditional programme of American folk music: fiddle tunes and ballads with explicit references to their Anglo-Celtic roots.

Flynn Cohen: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, sruti box
Matt Heaton: bouzouki, bodhrán
Danny Noveck: mandolin, fiddle
with Liz Simmons: harmony vocals

A Lazy Farmer Boy, Neighbor Girl, Young Emily, Carolina Lady, Black is the Color, A Sailor Being Tired, Conversation with Death, Mathie Grove

Lady Hamilton, Fine Times at Our House, Falls of Richmond, Cousin Sally Brown, Boothe Shot Lincoln, Hog Went Through the Fence Yoke and All

Release date: January 3, 2015


All original acoustic music; fuses stylistic influences of bluegrass, old time, Irish traditional music, folk-rock, and early music. Forms range from straight-ahead fiddle tunes to guitar ensemble pieces. 

co-produced by Flynn Cohen and David Rizzuti

Flynn Cohen: 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, mandolins
Duncan Wickel: fiddle

1. End of an Era
 quirky fiddle tune composed on guitar w/ capo; Led Zeppelin-influenced bridge section
2. The Good Part
 a contemporary bluegrass/new acoustic fiddle tune; also recorded by mandolinist Joe Walsh on his Saturday Night Waltz CD
3. Poor Micheál
 a slip jig and elegy to the late Micheál óDomhnaill; Yes-influenced bridge section
4. Lizzie's Wedding March
 composed for my wedding; originally performed on trombone and tuba
5. Don't Spare the Horses
 old time/bluegrass fiddle tune in the key of B
6. Crop Circles
 guitar quartet piece I composed for my grad school recital in 1998; west-coast minimalism meets medieval music and acoustic prog rock
7. Dartington Galliard
 a fiercely modal dirging guitar quartet transcription of a recorder consort piece; inspired by the music of John Dowland and John Renbourn
8. Master Nigel Heaton, his Galliard
 a baby present to my friends Matt & Shannon
9. Dougie's Trip to Heaven
 waltz in the key of B; dedicated to my Aunt Marilyn Shamblin who loves the bluegrass music

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