Music On The Mountain
William Coulter and Barry Phillips
Completing the trilogy begun with ‘Simple Gifts‘ and ‘Tree of Life‘, here is another gem of Americana. These instrumental arrangements of Shaker exuberant dance tunes, lively marches, and reverent hymns.
1. O Little Children / By Freedom Invited
2. Shuffling Song
3. A Cup of Rejoicing / Primitive Dance
4. Like Pretty Birds / Come Life, Shaker Life
5. Music on the Mountains
6. ‘Parting Glass’ March
7. Canterbury Solemn Song
8. The Burning Day
9. Heavy Cross / Mount Lebanon Solemn Song
10. South Union Marches
11. The Savior’s Watchword
12. Good Evening, My Friends / Mount Lebanon March
13. The Ancients Song of Mourning
14. Step Tune / Who Will Bow and Bend Like the Willow
15. O Little Children (reprise)
Gourd Music. 1996
William Coulter and Barry Phillips have been recording with Gourd Music since their debut album Orison in 1988. Since then they have produced two other volumes of instrumental arrangements of Shaker music — Simple Gifts (1990), and Tree of Life (1993), as well as other recordings including William’s Celtic Crossing (1995) and Barry’s The World Turned Upside Down . (1992).
William’s current passion is traditional Celtic music and songs, and he is preparing a second recording of instrumental Celtic music for Gourd. As well as performing and recording traditional music William also plays classical guitar and teaches at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Freelance recording engineering and producing, and regular visits to the park with his two year old son keep him busy the rest of the time.
Barry has been ‘cellist and percussionist with Orison, Martin Simpson’s Band of Angels and The Anjali Quartet . He received his MM in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1990. Moving back to Santa Cruz with his wife Shelley in 1991, he has been performing, recording and composing. Recently, he’s been preparing for an upcoming Gourd album of early American country dance tunes.