All Those Who Wander
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All Those Who Wander

Brush, CO | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Brush, CO | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
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"Bringing Music to Morgan County"

Nick and Danielle Booker are a storybook couple. They met in college at the University of Denver (DU) and both of them majored in music. It was at DU that the story started to form. Nick started the group All Those Who Wander. Danielle joined the band and is currently married to Nick.

"All Those Who Wander started as a project while I was in Denver attending DU with a buddy of mine from Colorado Springs," said Nick. Forrest Alvarez was that buddy. Alvarez plays his homemade mandolin and writes some of the songs. Danielle started at DU one year later in 2011 and majored in trombone with a minor in criminology. The three formed the group.

Nick and Danielle have been married for a year and a half, and they bought their first house in Brush back in September. "We wanted to live in a small town," said Nick.

Danielle Booker of All Those Who Wander playing the bodhran, an Irish drum.
Danielle Booker of All Those Who Wander playing the bodhran, an Irish drum. (Jon A. Yamamoto / Fort Morgan Times)
"I am into country living, horseback riding both western and English, and I would love to someday participate in the Brush rodeo," said Danielle

"I was surprised by the music scene here," said Nick. People are receptive to the Celtic, bluegrass, and folk style of music that All Those Who Wander perform and create. Nick finds a lot of his musical inspiration from rural Colorado, the small towns and throughout the state. Nick writes a majority of the music.

Much of their songs are written about Colorado, like "Mount of the Holy Cross," "The Broomfield Hill," "Home in the Fields," and include one written by Nick called "Morgan County."

Alvarez also contributes to writing. "Forrest's style is more homegrown, self taught and he does not have formal training," "Forrest provides the group with a fresh and unique outlook which contributes to the band's success," said Nick.

Alvarez plays the guitar, piano, and other instruments, and is best known for playing the mandolin.

For the weekly performances at the Lotus Café, Nick and Danielle entertain the audience as a duo. "We would like to have Forrest perform live with us here in Fort Morgan, but we will have find a venue on the weekend so that he can come up from Colorado Springs," said Nick.

Their Thursday morning performances at the Lotus Café started back in mid-November and was slated to end on December 29. Due to their popularity with the morning breakfast crowd, the Bookers will continue to perform through January 26. The duo plays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

All Those Who Wander entertains the audience with celtic, bluegrass, and folk music. Most of the songs are original with "Waltzing Matilda" being the only cover song listed on their song sheet. As they are performing on a weekly basis, they try to make each show a little different.

"Music is about communication, speaking and reacting to the audience," said Nick. In their weekly performances, Nick plays the guitar, flute, piano, penny whistle, and sings.

Danielle plays the bodhran (Irish drum), sings, and plays a native American flute. "I love sharing music," said Danielle.

The Bookers are both Colorado natives with Nick being born in Colorado Springs, and Danielle being born in Woodland Park. Separately, they have traveled around the world.

Danielle performed with Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and later was selected as a Colorado Ambassador for Music. Each year students are nominated by their music director and have the opportunity to travel overseas and perform. Some of the countries where Danielle has performed include Japan, England, France Italy, and Australia.

Nick has also traveled to play his music to places like England, Canada, and Mexico. Nick attended the Oxford flute summer school in Cambridge, England. Nick is also a member of the Colorado National Guard and participates in performing with the 101st Army Band based out of Buckley Air Force Base. The army band plays at venues throughout the state.

"I have been invited to teach flute at the School of Performing Arts for this spring's semester," said Nick. The school is located in the historic Lincoln School building in Fort Morgan.

When asked about their favorite artist or group, Nick responded with Stan Rogers. Rogers is a Canadian folk singer. Danielle said that she really liked the Chieftains. That motivated her to take lessons for four months with world-renowned bag pipe player and instructor Hayley McInnes.

All Those Who Wander will perform this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Congregational Church at 730 Ensign St.

More information about the group can be found on www.facebook.com/allthosewhowander/ or on the webpage https://allthosewhowander.bandcamp.com. - Fort Morgan Times


"All Those Who Wander Release Album"

All Those Who Wander, a local folk music group, released their first album on Nov. 4 at a live performance at the Sands Theatre in Brush with more than 100 people in attendance.

The local group, composed of Brush residents Nick and Danielle Booker, performed all the music on the album alongside guest artist Forrest Alvarez.

“All Those Who Wander prides itself on being a locally focused group and has performed 28 times in Morgan County since last November,” Nick Booker said. “The result is an album that is ultimately the product of Morgan County residents, from the inspiration and support to the funds that paid for instruments, studio time, mastering and printing."

The group recorded primarily in a studio in Colorado Springs and did mastering with acclaimed audio mixer Seth Munson while working with Fort Morgan photographer Jon Yamamoto on the album booklet and promotional images, all of which were taken in Morgan County.

Colorado Springs artists Brandi Ross and Marsha Blasgen attended the release concert, and Ross even did live painting at the event. Her painting is anticipated to hang in the Sands Theatre upon its completion.

The group describes the album as being "original music about finding love, finding a home and finding yourself through it all." It's a particularly pertinent story to Morgan County given that members Nick and Danielle bought their first home in Brush last September.

The album is available at Downtown Sound in Fort Morgan as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and from the band's website at music.allthosewhowandermusic.com. - Brush News-Tribune


Discography

Home in the Fields- 2017
Off Leash EP- 2015
Elements of Earth- 2012

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All Those Who Wander is a two piece folk alternative group creating original and traditional music. The group creates an eclectic mix of American, Scottish, and Irish folk styles combined with recorded sounds. From virtuosic penny whistle to tight vocal harmonies, All Those Who Wander is a dazzling Colorado folk group with an original sound like no other.

The group is composed of Colorado natives Nicholas and Danielle Booker. Both are versatile musicians who perform on guitar, piano, penny whistle, flute, bodhran, trombone, and vocals. The duo makes bold stylistic choices with their fresh take on traditional playing and songwriting. They live and work in the tradition of great and varied folk artists such as Stan Rogers and Old Crow Medicine Show while paving their own way with their exciting new music.

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