atwater~donnelly

atwater~donnelly

 Warren, Rhode Island, USA
DuoFolkAcoustic

Award-winning duo performs a unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry, blending gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments - mtn. dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica and feet.

Biography

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and American Tap.

Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history. And, because they have such an extensive repertoire, special programs and workshops can be tailored for festivals, schools, colleges, libraries, women's history, and holidays.

Aubrey and Elwood are often joined by a third member, Cathy Clasper-Torch.
Cathy adds a deeply rich third dimension with fiddle, cello and vocals and, since 2003, the Atwater-Donnelly Trio has become extremely popular in Southern New England.

In the award-winning Atwater-Donnelly Band, joining Aubrey, Elwood and Cathy is Kevin Doyle, a U.S. Champion Irish step and master American tap dancer. Kevin has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work. He often blends American tap with traditional Irish steps, which makes his style of dance that much more unique. He and Aubrey have created thrilling dance routines, blending Irish, clogging, and tap steps, receiving standing ovations for their intricate and highly percussive performances. Watch also for Kevin and Elwood to perform tap routines, as well as for all three to dance together.

Occasionally, the musicians who helped with Jerimoth Hill's The Halfway Ground CD, The Weaver's Bonny CD, and Each Other's Story CD, join Aubrey and Elwood for a full old-time string band sound.

John & Heidi Cerrigione are an acoustic duo from Ellington, CT who bring bass, autoharp, hammered dulcimer and vocals to the Atwater~Donnelly Band.

Lyrics

Each Other's Story

Written By: Elwood Donnelly

Each Other’s Story
Words and music by Elwood Donnelly, BMI ©2010
Aubrey Atwater: vocals, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle
Elwood Donnelly: lead vocals, guitar
Cathy Clasper-Torch: vocals, violin
John Cerrigione: bass
Kevin Doyle: djembe
Elwood wrote this title song last summer, thinking back on how well he understood his kids’ lives while they were young and growing, compared to how little he knows about their daily lives now that they’re adults.
Of course, he deludes himself if he really thinks they let him in on all that they were up to, even back then.

I’d like to get to know you better
Right now it’s speculation and wishful thinking
We assume so much
Until it’s pretending we know [each other’s story] {3X in last verse}

I’ve been - knowing
You’ve been - growing
1 -Today we’re gonna say it all

What was it like when you were seven
Why in the world don’t we banter informal
the boy that I knew
I don’t like pretending we know each other’s story

I’ve been - knowing
You’ve been - growing
2 -Today we’re gonna change it all

It’s many times I wonder
Is it gradual absorption or deliberate learning
As simple as that
When it grabs my attention, I know each other’s story

I’ve been - knowing
You’ve been - growing
3- Do we even need to speak at all

I only want to know you better…

I’ve been - knowing
You’ve been - growing
1 -Today we’re gonna say it all
2 -Today we’re gonna change it all
3- Do we even need to speak at all