and Sharon Thormahlen
Live From the
Thanks for visiting this page! We are so excited about
this new recording of our music!
To see a list of our performances, go here
The harp, guitar and mandolin used on this recording
were all built by Dave in our Corvallis, OR workshop. The
tenor banjo on Gander is a 1929 Vega built in Boston MA.
Sound Engineers: Paul Bezanson and Joe Casprowiak (an earlier version)
Cover Design and wallet inside: Suzannah Doyle
Paul Bezanson (mixing and mastering) and
Suzannah Doyle (album cover design) and Joe Casprowiak who got the project
The tunes are as follows (and feel free to listen to the ones with
1. Alpenglow-Sharon Thormahlen: Just after the
sun has set, if you're lucky, you can see a red glow on the mountain top.
This is the Alpenglow.
2. Habanera Gris-Alfredo Rolando Ortiz: Habanera
is a music genre from Cuba.
3. Sweepin’ the
Clouds Away- Sharon Thormahlen:
It's always nice when the sun comes out after a cloudy day. It's like
someone just swept the the clouds away!
4. Gander in the Pratie Hole-Traditional Irish:
The Goose is in the Potato Patch
Rolando Ortiz: Merengue is a music genre from the Dominican Republic.
6. Gossamer Gate-Sharon Thormahlen: As we walked
along the Shady Cove trail, we could feel the tiny silky, tickley "Gossamer
Gates" of cob webs breaking across our ankles as we passed by.
7. Hewlett-Turlough O’Carolan: Traditional
Irish written in the late 1600's for a wealthy patron of that name
8. Sunstream-Sharon Thormahlen: As the sun sets
across the lake, the reflection of the sun in the water looks like a
golden stream flowing through the lake.
9. Autumn Moon-Frank Voltz: A haunting melody
for that time of year.
10. The Night Sky-Sharon Thormahlen: The night sky
in the mountains is amazingly lit up with stars. They give out morethan
enough light to keep the night from being pitch black.
11. Flamenco Lingo-Mason Williams: A cool tune from
the composer of Classical Gas.
12.Moon Over the Mountain-Sharon Thormahlen: The view
of the crescent moon waning over Mount Jefferson as the sun
set was stunning. From our tent window we could watch it move over
the mountain as the night progressed.
13. Sweeten Creek-Sharon Thormahlen: There are so
many unnamed creeks in the mountains that we decided to name one of
them Sweeten Creek after a place in North Carolina that we dearly love
for its beauty, friendship and fabulous BBQ!
14. Birds of Blueridge-Sharon Thormahlen and Anna
Jenkins: Inspired by a wonderful week spent at Chimney
Rock in North Carolina where Anna and I experienced a beautiful fall
with the phenomenal colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains
and the birds singing like we've never heardthem before.
15. Carrickfergus-Traditional Irish. Named after a
town in Northern Ireland, this song dates back to the early 1700's.
All original tunes are copyright protected and permission granted
for all others.
The tunes on this CD are available in sheet music in the following
#1, 10, 12, and 13 are in Moon Over the Mountain
#3 and 14 are in Sweepin' the Clouds
#6 and 8 are in Gossamer Gate
#4 and 15 are in Dance Thru the Music
#7 is in Cabin Fever for Two
#11 will be in my next book so stay tuned for that!
#9 can be purchased through Frank Voltz
#2 and 5 can be purchased through Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Thank you Frank, Alfredo, Mason and Turlough for writing such great
tunes for us to play!
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1876 SW Brooklane
Corvallis OR 97333
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Here's what people are saying about our CD:
FOLK HARP JOURNAL REVIEW: WINTER 2013 By Martha Gallagher
Many of us are accustomed to seeing Dave and Sharon Thormahlen in the
vendor halls at the various harp festivals sellingtheir beautiful harps. This
CD gives us the opportunity to step into their harp shop and enjoy listening
to the music this couple makes on the instruments that Dave builds. The wonderful
blending of the instruments and musical lines is a lovely testament to these
two talented people being exceedingly comfortable making music together.
The CD features harp, guitar, mandolin--all built by Dave--as well as
a vintage banjo. I was smitten by the sound of the 1929 Vega and how incredibly
it blended with the gorgeously full tone of Sharon's harp on "Gander in
the Pratie Hole." The sultry arrangement of Sharon's "Sweepin' the
Clouds Away" is an excellent example of a harp and guitar duo; the chord
inversions on the guitar enhance the chords played on the harp. The Thormahlens
give fun and delightful treatments to the several Alfredo Rolando Ortiz selections.
Their version of "Autumn Moon" by Frank Voltz is deliciously seductive.
The collection of music is easy on the ears, but has a variety of tempos and
feels that make it interesting, intriguing and fun.
The instruments blend beautifully; perhaps that has something to do with
most of them having been built by Dave. The consistency of the blending of instruments
shows not only the musicians' talent in creating and playing these arrangements,
but also the excellent ear of the sound engineer. Throughout the CD the instruments
take turns gracefully trading places providing melody, harmony, rhythm, and
If this is the music that's played in the Thormahen's harp shop, I want to go
and hang out there!
Martha Gallagher, Folk Harp Journal
"I just wanted you guys to know that I listened to
your CD this morning. I really enjoyed it. I haven't picked out favorites
yet,but Sunstream is one of them."
Craig Wallace, Corvallis,
"I listened to your CD coming back from the Fair; it's
wonderful! Great songs, beautifully arranged and played."
Jory Aronson, Portland, OR
"I bought your CD at your booth at the Somerset Harp
Festival. I listened to it on my walk this morning. I really like it,
so I decided to write and tell you that. Thanks."
"Awesome! Nice Job!!"
Bobbie Schroering, Corvallis,
"I got the CD and have played it through...It's
a great CD and the music and arrangements are delightful. Also compliments
to DAVE...he is a master at making the instruments ...You two are perfect
together. The clarity of the harp is really good listening!"
Leonard, Milwaukee, OR
"I just love that CD I got from you several months ago. It is sublime.
I have it in my car and play it often. My mom got the other copy from
me and kept it because she liked it so much. She played it for a woman
in the hospital who was in recovery from surgery. Music heals!"
Linda Sebring-Corvallis, Oregon
Hewlett - one of my all time favorites!
Excellent ensemble playing!
Mary Radspinner, Afghan Press, Texas
What a great CD! I have listened to it several times in the few days since Somerset,
and I keep coming back to it. I love the original compositions, the gorgeous
blend of the instruments, and the "cool" chords. Great performances!
Marjorie Markowitz, New York
Thank you so much for your CD! I love it -- it is lovely
and so relaxing and at the same time so interesting! It reminds me of
what the man behind me said during your concert at the Ohio Harp Gathering
-- "you make it look so effortless."
Turns out my 14 month old great grandson loves the CD, too! During dinner
I put your CD on and as soon as it started, he looked at the
CD player and then looked at me with a huge smile. Then he did something
that really surprised me. You see, I have been trying to teach him how
to do a glissando so he won't just grab at the strings -- and break them!
He definitely enjoys it when I play a glissando and he enjoys it when
I use his index finger to play one. But I was absolutely amazed when
anytime you did a glissando on the CD, he sat up straight with another
huge smile and would point his little index finger at the CD player.
He recognized it! It was so cool and I was thrilled -- maybe he will
be a harp player some day, too!
Again, thank you for the CD. I love your music and your playing. All
Elizabeth Sullivan, Ohio