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|What Others Are Saying About Little Windows:
"When Southern mountain folks talked about their 'old time music,' they meant everything, from reels to lullabies, hoedowns to laments since the string band revival of the '70s, however the old time genre has occupied itself primarily with the dance tune repertoire. Little Windows, the North Carolina duo of Julee Glaub and Mark Weems, puts the whispered moments back into the old time landscape. In place of yee-haw instrumentals, they offer songs of sweet quietude, lulling space and lonesome places. Both are lovely singers, with haunting harmony's that draw us deep inside the old ballads. Backed by banjo, guitar, fiddle, flute and piano, their music is achingly honest, as sweeping, secluded, and darkly pretty as the far places from which the songs first came."
--- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
these little windows that Julee and Mark have carefully arranged for
us, we hear music at its best, as it was meant to be sung and played:
spare, intense, eloquent and, always, stunningly beautiful. Open the
window and listen."
"With Little Windows, Julee and Mark weave the golden threads of their voices into the fabric of a lovely collection of ballads.”
"Mark and Julee’s vocals are totally symbiotic…it’s like hearing two voices coming from one person."
about synergy! When Julee and Mark perform they create something
special.... a sound that is all their own. With their tight, luscious
harmonies they deliver songs with a poignancy that reaches deep."
Irish, mountain music duo returns to Chapel Hill tonight
During an interview last year on Clare FM radio in Ireland, Julee Glaub and Mark Weems put their foreheads together -- as they sometimes do when singing a capella "to really hear each other" -- and sang an old-time Appalachian song. ... more
Little Windows, Just Beyond Me, CD Review
Rambles Magazine, March 2007
Every once in a great while magic happens when a new group is formed. Case in point: Julee Glaub and Mark Weems fit together like they've been playing and singing as one for years. They joined forces in 2005 when both realized their vocal tones had a unique harmonic blend and they shared a common passion for traditional music. Little Windows' debut CD of traditional Irish, Appalachian and old-time gospel songs is stunningly beautiful and one of the best recordings I've heard in years.
North Carolina native Glaub has been in the Irish music scene for years. She spent almost eight years living in Ireland learning ballads from traditional sean-nos (old style) singers. This allows her to sing with phrasing and ornamentation that is distinctly Irish. Alabama native Weems is a talented songwriter who has played Celtic, bluegrass, country and folk music, but his real passion is in the old-time tradition of Appalachian string band music. His talent and love of this music is evident in his singing and playing.
This album has a preponderance of Appalachian songs, but Irish influence is heard throughout. These similar musical styles blend together as effortlessly as Glaub and Weems. They are talented multi-instrumentalists but it's their stunning vocals and breathtaking, goosebump-inducing harmonies that set them and this disc apart from others. Their specialty is unaccompanied ballads such as the gut-wrenching "Motherless Child" and "Pretty Saro," and the 1800s hymn "Psalms of Victory." At times their voices sounded like one and I almost couldn't believe my ears.
Were my ears going haywire? Nope! The album was recorded live with Glaub and Weems singing together into one microphone -- she even had to stand on a phonebook to reach it. According to the liner notes they recorded this way "in order to best capture our live performances, to be real with ourselves and our audience, and to attain what we feel is our best vocal synchronicity." This disc was as close to a live performance as I've ever heard and was without the typical decreased sound quality of live-in-concert recordings. The sound was clear, crisp, vibrant and unusually intimate and intense.
Glaub is heard in the forefront on songs such as "Come Ye Sinners" and "Fathers Now Our Meeting is Over." She also sings lead on "Little Windows." Weems takes the lead on songs including "Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" and "Wayfaring Stranger." He shows off his songwriting skills with "Loneliest One" -- a lovely lullaby based on a Friedrich Nietzsche poem that showcases his voice and piano playing as well. A few guest musicians lend their support including Carl Jones, Pete Sutherland, Kelly Weems (Mark's father) and Chuck Eller.
This is a vocal lover's dream come true. Gentle accompaniment with guitar, banjo, piano and fiddle was sometimes used but the music never overshadowed their voices. Audiophiles will really appreciate the sound ... like an old, traditional recording but without all the scratches and hisses. The disc comes in at almost an hour long and is a very highly recommended must-buy. (Yes, it really is that good!)
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