Over the River and Through the Woods (2 CDs)

Over the River and Through the Woods (2 CDs)

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A wonderful evening of song and story led by Garrison Keillor and Phillip Brunelle and featuring various guests.

"Over the River and Through the Woods" is a 2-CD collection of American folk songs and choral masterpieces performed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in November of 2004 for Thanksgiving. Conceived by Garrison and longtime friend and collaborator Philip Brunelle, the album includes performances by the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, featuring Robin and Linda Williams and Mollie O'Brien, and the VocalEssence chorus with accompaniment from Richard Dworsky and Charles Kemper. There are readings and monologues sprinkled throughout, making the recording a joyous feast for this unique American holiday.

 

Over the River and Through the Woods "gleefully reminds me of the many hours I've spent over the last 20 years or so entranced by the magic of live radio and by the creative blend of musical styles conjured up and presented with class by Garrison Keillor" -MW. Sing Out Magazine, May 2005

Disc one

1   Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
2   Goodbye to My Uncles - Garrison Keillor
3   Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Hopeful Gospel Quartet, We Gather Together - VocalEssence Chorus
4   Walking in the Spirit - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
5   Welcome - Garrison Keillor 
6   For the Beauty of the Earth - Audience 
7   I Am a Pilgrim - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
8   Pursuit of Happiness - VocalEssence Ensemble Singers 
9   Morning Has Broken - Audience 
10  He’s Right on Time - Hopeful Gospel Quartet
11  A Psalm - Garrison Keillor
12  Zion’s Walls - VocalEssence Chorus 
13  Rivers of Babylon - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
14  O  Herbst - VocalEssence Ensemble Singers 
15  Calling My Children Home - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
16  Another Psalm - Garrison Keillor 
17  Praise, O Praise the Great Creator - VocalEssence Chorus 
18  Couldn’t Keep It to Myself - Hopeful Gospel Quartet
19  An Anthem for Thanksgiving - VocalEssence Chorus, How Happy I Am - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
20  Thanksgiving Recollections - Garrison Keillor 
21  Thanks Be to God - VocalEssence Chorus

Disc two

1   El Hambo - VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, You Don’t Knock - Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Light from the Lighthouse - Hopeful Gospel Quartet 
2   A Thanksgiving to God, for His House - VocalEssence Ensemble Singers 
3   Monologue - Garrison Keillor 
4   Schubert: Psalm 23 - VocalEssence Ensemble Singers 
5   How Great Thou Art - Hopeful Gospel Quartet & Chorus 
6   Now Thank We All Our God - Audience 
7   Irish Heartbeat - Hopeful Gospel Quartet & Chorus