January 2014 - Hummingbird CD is Here!
The album came in just in time for Christmas, although
the official release date was 1/1/2014. See details on the CD and Book page.
We've begun rehearsals for a new CD of ALL ORIGINAL
music. Yes, said this before, but this time we've already paid for some of
the studio time and have started settling the arguments over arrangements and
harmony parts! No guarantee, but look for something this summer. Any
suggestions for a title? Sign our GUEST BOOK
and let us know!
We've begun the move to a new webserver where we will
add a few new features and drop a few unnecessary things.
First the move to get everything over to the new host, then hopefully some time
to tweak and play. We plan to begin our recording project
again very soon, some of which was underway during the Great New Computer
Plague, and some of which will finally begin. Stay tuned to where we are,
where we have been and where we're going next on our schedule page!
We've started working on a new project! Look for
something most unusual next winter... In the meantime, we're playing music a
lot, both at gigs and at jams with friends and strangers. Barbara &
Frank took a trip this past Spring through the Shenandoah Valley, along the Blue
Ridge Parkway of NC, down through Georgia and Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico and
across the Florida panhandle. They got to Panama City Beach right before
the oil got there. Then they traveled up the east coast stopping in
Savannah, Jeckyll Island, Myrtle Beach, Gettysburg and home to
Connecticut. Went to Merlefest on the way down and Gettysburg Festival on
the way home. The trip inspired two brand new songs and many bluegrass
memories, some of which will come out in the new project.
You can now find us on Facebook
and YouTube and most digital
distribution sites! We try not to get sucked into spending our days there,
so wish us luck!
Our new CD Going Home
is reviewed by Sing Out! magazine in the Winter 2008 edition!
SHOREGRASS Going Home, Shaw Family Publishing
There was a time when bluegrass wasn't big business. Emphasis was placed on the
true nature of the music, not the spit and polish available in the modern
recording studio. Shoregrass is a throwback to those lazy Sunday afternoons at
the music park with a picnic lunch and friends all around enjoying sincere and
talented players providing the sweet music of the mountains.
Banjoist Frank Shaw and his wife, guitarist Barbara, are the core of Shoregrass.
They hail from Connecticut and are joined by their son Jonathan on bass, Paul
Pozzi on mandolin, and Stacey Phillips on Dobro and fiddle. Barbara and Frank
both sing and between them have composed twelve of the sixteen selections on
The CD opens with "The Letter" by Barbara, written after a songwriting
workshop conducted by Bob Franke at the Old Songs Festival. The assignment was
to write a song in the form of a letter. The subject is a familiar one to those
of us who have moved far away, not able to visit the home place as often as in
the past. The title track, which follows, was also written by Barbara. Its
subject once again is universal – the everlasting searching for a home.
Further on in the CD, Stacey Phillips contributed the holiness hymn "Ruth
and Naomi," another tune about restlessness and wandering. "I'm On My
Way Back to the Old Home" is a tribute to Bill Monroe and, although many
have recorded this classic, Frank and Barbara more than do it justice. The CD
concludes with the ultimate question – Barbara's "When Will There Be
Peace" with the hope of an end to the cycle of never-ending war.
Shoregrass is a refreshing reminder of what bluegrass music is really all about:
a talented, family-based band that seem to truly relish playing and singing
together. - TD
Our new CD Going Home
is reviewed by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine!
Our new CD Going Home
is here! We're really proud of this new recording and invite you to check
it out at www.CDBaby.com,
where you can hear 2-minute samples of every song. You can order a copy
from them or from us directly (below). All the details about the
recording are there. But you'll have to see the liner notes to see the
special photos and read about where they came from! Note: CDBaby
will take a couple of weeks to set up and should be ready by early July.
Check out our myspace page (link above) to hear some samples.
new tunebook called The
Connecticut Sound - a Conntra Collection, Reels, Marches, Hornpipes,
Rags, Jigs & Waltzes comprised of 91 tunes by 20 CT
composers, has just been published and is now available online.
This book was edited by Mickey Koth with assistance from Dan Hocott. There
are tunes by several local musicians, including 5 by ShoreGrass's own Barbara
Shaw. Check it out: http://biteyourownelbow.com/conntune.htm.