“Max and Donna are really a treat – fabulous musicians with a wonderful way of playing together.” Jay Ungar, Dancing on the Air: WAMC – Albany NY
“A fabulous concert! It was so great to have you both here. You and Max truly make beautiful music together – a very rich and sweet collaboration”. Robin Russell, Strafford VT Folk Series
“I’ll be riding the bliss wave you guys left behind for weeks. You just made an awesome weekend for a whole load of people! Much love to you three awesome superstars!!!” Jennifer Stafford, Tri-City-Trad director, Albany
1. Da Slockit Light (Tom Anderson) – By Shetland fiddle legend Tom Anderson, the title means ‘the light gone out’. This is one of the fiddle world’s favorite Scottish airs, with both guitar and fiddle sharing leads. Max Cohen starts this one off on solo guitar and I join in on fiddle.
2. Bonnie Kate’s Jig (Donna Hébert) / Gwendolin’s Jig (Max Cohen) – Max and I put our tunes together in this quirky medley. The first tune, written for fiddler Katherine First’s birthday, is a crooked jig that bops from 6/8 to 9/8 and back, mining Scottish bowings and French-Canadian rhythms. The second tune hopped out of Max’s guitar and is reprised in track six on solo baritone guitar.
3. La valse pour Carmelle Bégin (Philippe Bruneau) – I learned this from Québecois pianist and accordionist Mario Loiselle in the early 1980s. Written for the folklorist who collected M. Bruneau for the Museum of Man in Canada, this is a waltz where the trick is to make the fiddle sound like a button accordion!
4. Morning Star / La marche du célibataire (both Max Cohen) – Max’s guitar magic is evident on these original marches with a medieval flavor.
5. Sweet Journeys (George Wilson) – It’s a tossup whether this tune or Carmelle Bégin are my favorite waltzes, but they are both right up there! It was a blast adding multiple harmonies to this one! The medley begins with Max’s solo guitar.
6. Gwendolin’s Jig reprise (Max Cohen) – Max’s solo turn on California: luthier Peter Rodman’s beautiful baritone guitar.
7. Orange on Blue (Donna Hébert & Max Cohen) / Long Distance (Max Cohen) – Title track is an air inspired by the incredible fall foliage around my house in Western Mass. I wrote the first half of the tune, Max the second. The second tune is a guitar solo from Max.
Music samples ©, published 2011, 2013, Donna Hébert & Max Cohen. All rights reserved.