John & Mary and the Valkyries

John & Mary and the Valkyries

BandRockAlternative

We put the rock in folk rock and the pop into alternative. Fueled by great song writing and lyrics from a man(John) who helped define a genre combined with the beautiful voice and haunting viola of Mary. Then add a professional band that can take the music to it's highest emotional level and back.

Biography

OUR NEW CD IS FINISHED AND WILL BE RELEASED AUGUST 1st. BUT RIGHT HERE YOU CAN HEAR SIX SELECTIONS FROM "PEACE BRIDGE" A RECORD YOU HAVE TO HEAR AND WILL WANT TO OWN.
John Lombardo was a founding member of 10,000 Maniacs who wrote or co-wrote with Natalie Merchant the first 2 indie albums that got them signed to Electra Records. Leaving the band on the cusp of national success John teamed up with the classicaly trained violinest Mary Ramsey who also had an amazing voice. They signed with Rykodisc in
1990 and recorded Victory Gardens and The Weedkillers Daughter('93) with Rob Buck and Jerome Augustyniak of 10,000 Maniacs. The folk duo
John and Mary has always had a bit of a dichotomy- hauntingly pristine live performances on one hand combined with full-blown band instrumentation on their recorded work. Those albums included some of the worlds most enigmatic musicians, including
Alex Chilton, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Joey Molland, Augie Meyers and the late great Ronnie Lane. Now John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey have augmented their new group, The Valkyries, with some of Buffalo's most interesting musicians as well. The collective includes Patrick Kane( The Stains, Paisley Tease, The Uncalled For),Rob Lynch( Rex Hobart, Doug Yeomans Ban, Plaster Sandals), Kent Weber(The Fems, Electroman, David Kane Quartet),Joe Rozler( Man'O'War, Sid Winkler Trio, Outer Circle Orchestra), and Nelson Starr( The Tails, The Eric Starr Band, The Jeff Martin Band). The group is currently recording their first CD together at Dwane Hall's lengendary Sessions Studio with a tentative release date of July 13th, 2007. Touring this summer and fall.

Lyrics

POPPY

Written By: LOMBARDO/RAMSEY

Dance, in the emerald square
oh the people, are swinging everywhere
Storm clouds in the trees at night
sparrows sing and come alive
the church bells chime at nine and five

Starlings, back to the nest
your mind should be
oh it should be at rest
Clouds grey, in the morning sky
the tears will find
tears will find a way to dry

On a winding stair to find an upstairs room,
my darkened ways
the distant view.
Shards of lightning
peels of thunder, moonlight way
There in a cloud falling of night
somebody's voice says
"knock all you like"
and saying things that don't change

Holding the nurse's flower
all through the dreaming hour
the north wind gave the lights
a ride, in my own dreaming
Hiding from friends and days we thought would never end,
so bold so brave
so bold so brave so far from home
and near the grave

There in a cloud somebody's voice
There in a cloud somebody's voice
Falling apart
Knock all you want
Knock all you like

Discography

Victory Gardens - Rykodisc 1990
The Weedkillers's Daughter - Rykodisc 1993
Love Among the Ruins - John & Mary with 10,000 Maniacs - Geffen 1997
The Earth Pressed Flat - John & Mary with 10,000 Maniacs - Bar None Records 1999
The Pinwheel Galaxy - Indie 2001
PEACE BRIDGE - Blackrock Records 2007

Set List

We can perform two full sets or one concert set of what ever needed duration. We have a wealth of original material and a few covers and as of May we will incorporate songs from our new CD which has 13 tracks. Here is our song list with it's origins.
Brighter Day - J&M
Beyond Love -J&M
Lilies of the Valley - J&M
Just as the tide was a flowin- 10k maniacs
Beyond the Blue - J&M
In the Quiet Morning - Mimi Farina cover
On and ON - J&M w/ 10k maniacs
Claire's Scarf -J&M
The Azalea Festival - J&M
Cotton Alley - J w/ 10k maniacs
Love Among the Ruins - J&M w/ 10k maniacs
Can't Ignore the Train - J w/ 10k m
More Than This - J&M w/10k maniacs top ten Billboard cover of Roxy Music song
Rainy Day - J&M
Angels of Stone - J&M
My Mother the War - J w/ 10k maniacs
Stockton Gala Days - J w/10k maniacs
The Drone - J&M
Because the Night - 10k maniacs cover of Patti Smith
New CD Songs
Easter - J&M
23 Days - J&M
Shudder Girl -J&M
That's Where I Went Wrong - T Jacks cover
The Gift