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Stolen Moments

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Stolen Moments
Stolen Moments


Stolen Moments showcases the Grammy winning banjoist Alison Brown at the peak of her powers, bending musical genres and marrying the rugged drive of bluegrass with the harmonic sophistication of jazz. She is supported by a stellar list of guests including The Indigo Girls, Beth Neilson Chapman, Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many more. The title is a nod to the task of balancing work and parenthood with making music. "We were literally stealing moments in between everything else," she said of both the writing and recording of the CD. "We would do a take, then run down to the office and answer e-mails or make sure the babysitter had shown up." Yet the fluid musicality and genre-blending of Stolen Moments hardly hint at these challenges. Anchored by Brown's technically rich and highly musical banjo, instrumental tracks range from the odd meter newgrass hoedown of "The Magnificent Seven" to the more delicate jazz-hued sensibility of "The Pirate Queen" and the Gregorian chant-inspired "Carrowkeel". The musicians include bluegrass greats Sam Bush (mandolin) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) as well as Irish mavericks John Doyle (guitar) and Seamus Egan (flute), ex-Prentenders and Paul McCartney Band guitarist Robbie McIntosh and long time band mate John R Burr (piano). Brown also features an all-female cast of vocalists on four of the titles.


  1. Name
  2. The Sound Of Summer Running
  3. The Magnificent Seven
  4. Homeward Bound
  5. The Pirate Queen
  6. Carrowkeel
  7. Angel
  8. McIntyre Heads South
  9. One Morning In May
  10. (I'm Naked And I'm) Going To Glasgow
  11. Prayer Wheel
  12. Musette For A Palindrome
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