Folding Sky

Folding Sky

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Winner of the Northeast Blues Society 2004 Blues competition, is a dynamic four-piece original band with great songs, great musicianship and great vocals. Combining influences from everywhere with hard won experience from years of performing, Folding Sky is ready to play for the world.

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FOLDING SKY
[For booking, contact: Tom @ (518) 391-8359
Blues for the New Century

Folding Sky. Blues for the new century. Ancient Rhythms. Melodies from the turning of the earth. Songs that touch the sky while staying rooted in the ground. Beauty, power, passion, grace. Folding Sky will touch your heart, move your body and inspire your soul.

Folding Sky is first and foremost a band. A band in the old and real sense. Family. Committed. Telepathic. Folding Sky, based in Albany New York, has released 5 albums of original material: The brand new "Lost Roots" (2010), “Dancing with My Guitar” (2002), “Ghostyard” (2004), "FOUR DAYS IN THE GARDEN"(2006), and "Acoustic Sky" (2007). These albums have received rave reviews and have received extensive radio airplay. Anthony Sica of ELMORE Magazine called "Four Days In The Garden" "one of the best I've ever heard". Folding Sky has been joined on stage by blues legend Big Time Sarah and guitar legend Rhett Tyler.

Led by Mark Emanatian, guitarist/singer/songwriter, who made a name for himself as the lead and slide guitarist for the highly acclaimed blues band Ernie Williams and the Wildcats. Emanatian recorded six independent-label albums with the Wildcats, co-producing and writing more than his share of the material. Emanatian has appeared on stage with blues notables such as Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks, and Buddy Guy. In addition, Emanatian has performed on stage with Patty Smith, Levon Helm, and Bruce Willis. Emanatian was voted Bandleader of the Year in 2000 by Metroland Magazine. After a decade with the Wildcats, Emanatian formed Folding Sky.

He is joined by the legendary drummer Al Kash. Kash, a master musician and force of nature, has toured and recorded for over thirty years. Kash, a self-taught drummer, started playing in 1964 in Perth, West Australia and moved to Sydney in 1969. There he joined Blackfeather and toured & recorded the self-titled album [with guest Bon Scott]. Kash moved to New York in 1977 and formed the Units/Fear of Strangers. His credits include Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown, Billy C. Farlow, Commander Cody, Bo Diddley, Dave Hole, Ellen McIllwain, and Ernie Williams.

On bass is the longtime roots musician and extraordinary instrumentalist Tom Dolan. His impressive resume includes The Slugs; Good Friday; the Jim Carrey Blues Band; the Chromatones; and Dolan, Dolan, Dolan.

On co-lead guitar is the equally accomplished Grant Perry. Grant began his performance career as the cofounder of The Majestics, playing high school dances, college frat parties, and local clubs. Looking beyond the Capital Region for more musical opportunities, he traveled south and west. After adventures in Miami and Austin, Grant settled in the French Quarter of New Orleans Louisiana for nearly a decade, playing Bourbon Street clubs and local uptown venues such as Tipitinas. Moving west, Grant's home base became San Francisco for the next decade, performing professionally in venues reaching from Las Vegas, Los Angles, Reno, and of course back home in San Francisco. Grant has backed well known artists such as, Elvin Bishop, Doug Kershaw, Frankie Ford, Vikki Lee, and Chris Rowan, just to name a few. He has recorded albums at Sea Saint Studios in New Orleans, Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, and The Plant in San Francisco.

Lyrics

Ghostyard

Written By: Mark Emanatian

GHOSTYARD

Words and music by Mark Emanatian
All rights reserved

Bar door opens, your ghost flies out
I walk in, walk up to the bar
Order of Bourbon, and a bottle of beer
Bartender tells me, you just left here
Here and now, so hard to see
I don’t think of you often
I prefer to let old ghosts be
Old ghosts be

1950s, in the railroad yards
Get your paycheck, goin’ home’s so hard
1970s, by the railroad tracks
Drinkin’ in a snow storm, cause you can’t ever go back
1990s, nobody writes, nobody calls
Me, I go drinking down, by the Railroad wall
The railroad wall

This town is a Ghostyard
Full of the blues
And the people that you love in your life
Sometimes they’re the very ones you loose
Perfect picture hanging on my wall
Sun goin’ down, and the evening starts to fall
Perfect memories that you can’t let go
How I lost you buddy
I never know
I never know

Telephone sings, in the middle of the night
Old boxer in the ring, they say, he gave up the fight
Ghost in the graveyard, obit’s in the paper
Last time I saw you buddy, you swore you’d see me later
But later came, now later’s gone
And the choir’s singing
Baby so long, baby so long
So long, so long

This town is a Ghostyard
Full of the blues
And the people that you love in your life
Sometimes they’re the very one’s you loose
Perfect picture hanging on my wall
Sun goin’ down, Harvest Time, and the evening starts to fall
Perfect memories that you can’t let go
How I lost you buddy
I never know
I never know

Dirty Water

Written By: Mark Emanatian

DIRTY WATER

Dirty Water flowing under my bed
I got dirty pictures rolling round in my head
Wanna be your lover, baby
See you undressed
Get down on my knees, do what I do the best
It’s your secret garden that pulls me in
It’s your forbidden fruit, baby
My mortal sin

For a night in your favor
I would sell my soul
It be a hell of a gamble
But I say “Let it roll”
You might be an angel, my saving grace
You might the devil from that unholy place
But it’s your secret garden that pulls me in
It’s your forbidden fruit, honey
My mortal sin
My mortal sin

I’m begging you baby
For just a little kiss
Just a little of that
Just a little of this
Just a little touch
Just a little taste
Just a little head
Just a little face
Well, it’s your secret garden that pulls me in
It’s your forbidden fruit
My mortal sin

I got Dirty Water flowing under my bed
I got dirty pictures rolling round in my head
Wanna be your lover, baby
See you undressed
Get down on my knees do what I do the best
Well, it’s your secret garden, honey, that pulls me in
It’s your forbidden fruit, baby
My mortal sin
You know what I’m talking about

Good Old Days

Written By: Mark Emanatian

GOOD OLD DAYS
By Mark Emanatian

Well, I was playing in a juke joint in 1952
Well, I was playing in a juke joint in 1952
Looked over my shoulder and baby I was looking at you

Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days

Well, there was dirty dancing and mojo in the air
Well, there was dirty dancing and mojo in the air
You was dancing with your sweet strawberry blonde hair

Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days

Well, the drummer was pounding, heard the wailing of the harp
Well, the drummer was pounding, heard the wailing of the harp
People were dancing dirty, the night was razor sharp

Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days

Baby, baby, baby, look so fine
Baby, baby, baby, look so fine
Thank the lord up above that you are mine

Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days
Bring back, bring back the good old days

Tamarac Road

Written By: Mark Emanatian

Little girl running down on Tamarac Road
The sky getting dark and the night getting cold
Her momma gone away
That’s what she been told
Leave a million acre scar in the middle of her soul

Sometimes things don’t turn out right
Sometimes all grownups do is fight
Turn your childhood day into night
Change the colors of the rest of your life

And Amy she smell winter
See it rollin’ over the horizon
Feel its icy fingers
Reach out and button up her sweater
And in the arms of her mother

Amy knows that life it would be better
She like to be there
Mean old world won’t let her

Get old and you move away
Memories ain’t reason enough to stay
Crashin’ through lovers, searchin’ for friends
All good things come to an end

Life is hard, life is tough
The little you get ain’t never enough
A thousand nights confusing love for lust
But a broken heart can never trust

And Amy she smell winter
See it rollin’ over the horizon
Feel its icy fingers
Reach out and button up her sweater
And in the arms of her mother

Amy knows that life will better
She like to be there
This mean old world won’t let her

One day you get a family of your own
You get a little job, you get a little home
But all a restless heart can do is roam
And when that cold wind blows
You’re still alone

You shout you scream, you shake your fist
You swear you to god you won’t put up with this
You get real mean, you flip off the world
When that cold blows, you’re still that, still that little girl

And Amy she smell winter
See it rollin’ over the horizon
Feel its icy fingers
Reach out and button up her sweater
And in the arms of her mother

Little Amy girl she knows that life would better
She’d like to be there
But the mean old world won’t let her

Discography

LOST ROOTS (2010)
availablefor download at Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/store/index/artist_973846

DANCING WITH MY GUITAR (2002)

GHOSTYARD(2004)-(available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/foldingsky")

FOUR DAYS IN THE GARDEN (2006)

ACOUSTIC SKY (2007)

All CD's availale mail order $10.00 PO Box 699, Coeymans, NY 12045

COMPILATION ALBUM:
Jim Barret's KALEIDOSCOPE (2004)

WAMC 90.3 FM Albany, NY "Performance Place" hosted by Mike Eck
Entire interveiw and performance available at: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-621745.mp3

WRPI 91.5 FM – Troy, NY
"Stormy Monday Blues" hosted by Steve Daub
Songs featured: "Take the Wheel",
"10 lbs. of Bologna",
"Drunken Band",
"I Don't Know What Love Is"
"Mississippi"
Live Performances

WRPI-91.5 FM- Troy, NY
"Local Riot" hosted by Gino
"10 lbs. of Bologna"

WEQX-102.7 FM- Manchester, VT
"EQX-POSURE " Hosted by Jason Irwin
"DRUNKEN BAND"

WSPN-91.1- Saratoga Springs, NY
Hosted by Arthur Gronick
Live Performances

FAVORITE PLACES
www.stonycreekinn.net
clancystavernsaratogany.com

Check out our friend Scotty Mac:
http://www.myspace.com/scottymacthegoldtops

Set List

SET 1
JUST A RIDER ON THIS TRAIN (original)
ONE OF THESE DAYS (original)
LEAVE YOUR LOVE AT HOME (original)
SHE BELONGS TO ME
EVIL
DRUNKEN BAND (original)
GHOST YARD (original)
PSYCHO JOHNNY (original)
BETRAYED (original)

SET 2
LIES (original)
LONESOME DAY BLUES
TAMARAC ROAD (original)
I JUST WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU
SOUTH OF MEMPHIS (original)
DRUM SOLO
GOOD OLD DAYS (original)
TAKE ME BACK TO DINKYTOWN(original)
ST. PETER (original)

SET 3
WHAT PRICE DID YOU PAY FOR YOUR SOUL (original)
10 LBS. BOLOGNA(original)
CROSSROADS
BORN IN CHICAGO
I DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (original)
HIGHWAY 61
I LOVE MY BABY NO MATTER HOW CRAZY SHE GETS (original)
I DON’T KNOW MUCH (original)
TAKE THE WHEEL (original)

SET 4
LET’S ROCK TONIGHT (original)
BLACK CAT BONE
HIGHWAY49/DUST MY BROOM/SWEET HOME CHICAGO
IT HURTS ME TOO
FROZEN (original)
DIRTY WATER (original)
TROUBLE (original)

Additional Material:
GHOSTS (original)
THE BARS ARE ALL CLOSED (original)
WTC (