Everybody at Vacationland Music is pleased to announce the arrival of Dave Rowe’s latest CD, “All of the Dreams, ” which will be released on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30pm at a concert at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Maine. The CD, which was three years in the making, was partially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in December 2012. Proceeds from the campaign were used to pay guest musicians who performed on the CD.
This project marks a sea change for Dave. Both of his other projects (The Squid Jiggers and the Dave Rowe Trio) are known for their interpretations of traditional folk songs and seagoing music, as well as original material hewn from similar stock. With this album, Dave is getting back to his songwriting roots, digging deep, writing about loss, war, personal responsibility, love, and dreams and stretching out on both the guitar and the piano. For the last decade, he’s been the choir director at the First Universalist Church Unitarian Universalist of Auburn, where the release concert will happen, and some of the music on the new recording was written or arranged for his church choir to sing.
“Some of these songs have been in the quiver a long time. They just didn’t fit the Dave Rowe Trio or The Squid Jiggers, but they’re good songs. This was the right project at the right time to get them out there,” says Dave. “With my new material, I just wanted to push my own envelope, with both the writing and the arrangements, just to see how far the music would take me.”
The CD contains some surprises. “Take Her Away” is a lament about the loss that happens when progress is put ahead of the public good and contains a verse about the short-sighted demolition of Portland’s Union Station in the 1960s to make way for Union Station Plaza, only to have the need for a train station reemerge a few decades later. “I Have Decided” is a piano ballad based on a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. which Rowe composed on MLK Day in 2013. The biggest surprise on the nearly hour-long recording is “Somewhere Up in Canada,” written and performed by Dave’s late father, Tom Rowe, who was the bassist for Schooner Fare.
“That song was recorded in 2003, three short months before he died. Our trio with Denny Breau, Turkey Hollow, was working on a third CD release, and this was one of the first—and last—songs we completed for it,” says Dave. “I’ve kept it for years, wondering what to do with it. It fits perfectly on this record and feels like such a gift to us all. My dad’s voice is absolutely haunting.”
Many of Maine’s finest musicians contributed tracks to All of the Dreams, including two Dave Rowe Trio alums, Edward Howe on fiddle and Eric McDonald on mandolin; percussionists Mark Fredericks and Brian Hodgman; saxophonist Mike Atkinson; guitarist Denny Breau, and the Windham Chamber Singers under the direction of Richard Nickerson.
WHAT: The CD release concert
WHERE: First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Maine
WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
TICKETS: Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for kids under 12.
MORE: For more information, call 207-619-FOLK or visit www.daverowemusic.com