Greenwood Tree Recordings

Greenwood Tree has crafted five recordings, most of which are still available. Visit the Audio, Video, Photos page for sound samples and information about purchasing CDs or downloading individual tracks.

  • The Cottage Door The Cottage
    Door
  • Windy and Warm Windy and
    Warm
  • An Olde English Christmas An Olde English
    Christmas
  • Greenleaf Fancy Greenleaf
    Fancy
  • Greenwood Tree Greenwood
    Tree

The Cottage DoorThe Cottage Door

Released September 2000

A collection of 27 melodies from Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Canada, Israel, and the United States. The recording highlights Stu’s hammered dulcimer and Bill’s D-21 Martin guitar. Each contributes to Greenwood Tree’s unique sound with strong melody lines and supporting rhythmic accompaniment. Stu’s unusual double-bow technique on the bowed psaltery appears on several tunes, along with Bill’s mandolin and bodhran.

The CD incorporates the talents of plucked bassist Sandy Njoes, bowed bassist Rahn Yanes, and bones player Gary Bartig. Once again, Sheralyn DeYoung’s cheerful artwork graces the cover. Dave Hull joined Greenwood Tree in producing the recording.

Cover art by Sheralyn DeYoung

Reviews

a nice mixture of session standards and lesser known tunes that will keep your feet tapping as you enjoy the wonderful cover art by artist Sheralyn DeYoung…Greenwood Tree typically employs a full ensemble sound in which everybody gets a chance to show off and, as is usually the case, the whole is somewhat greater than the sum of its parts. Stu's hammered dulcimer playing is solid throughout and fits the band's sound very nicely. He also does a very nice job on bowed psaltery, using two bows to good effect on the Christ Child's Lullaby. Bill's guitar playing is also very solid and his breaks are imaginative and extremely clean. This is a dandy and very danceable recording that I'm happy to recommend. -- Neal Walters, Dulcimer Players News

…The playing is clean and precise and the two excel at trading off leads and harmonies. There is a mixture of fingerpicking and flatpicking on guitar and the hammered dulcimer alternates from melody lines to chording backup with ease...a refreshing variety of tunes. -- Ivan Emke, Dirty Linen Magazine

…Perfectly brilliant…Beautiful and delightful music engrossing from the first bars. -- Serge Tikhanoff, Radio Penguin, Novosobirsk, Siberia

Track List

  1. Willy’s Joy/Springboard Jig/Vorpal Jig (all by Stu Janis ©2000)
  2. Dunmore Lasses/Mother’s Delight
  3. French Schottische
  4. East Neuk of Fife/Campbell’s Farewell to Redgap
  5. Punch and Judy Waltz
  6. Morgan Megan/Carolan’s Concerto (both by Turlough O'Carolan)
  7. Erev Shel Shoshanim
  8. Whiskey Before Breakfast/Big John McNeil
  9. Jig in F/My Darling’s Asleep
  10. Christ Child’s Lullaby
  11. Plover’s Wing (composed by D. Richardson, published Gilderoy Music, Edinburgh) /Gravel Walk
  12. Reel de Mattawa/Bay of Fundy (Richard Forest / Bill Guest)
  13. Arran Boat
  14. Home Ruler (by Frank McCallum)/Freshwater Hornpipe (by Stu Janis ©2000)/Home Ruler
  15. Star of the County Down
  16. Paddy’s Return/Irishman’s Heart to the Ladies

Windy and Warm Windy and Warm

* Only available for download *

Released August 1996

Twenty-two instrumental tunes consisting of lively jigs and reels, haunting waltzes, and sprightly polkas from Celtic regions. Also includes “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” “Simple Gifts,” and the light Blues favorite, “Windy and Warm.”

Cover art by Sheralyn DeYoung

Reviews

…If Windy and Warm is an accurate reflection of their stage performances, an evening with them would be well worth the price of a ticket. -- John Lupton, Sing Out! Magazine

…Neatly combines the cozily familiar with the mildly exotic… Janis' dulcimer becomes more spry, resonant and irresistible with each year. Combined with Cagley's well-placed and plucked Martin guitar, it's truly a folk sound suited to all occasions -- Tom Surowicz, Twin Cities Reader

The playing is sparkling and very clean… Bill's use of melodic bass runs in his rhythm really gives drive. The title tune is lovely, and it's pretty unusual to hear this one done on hammered dulcimer, with string bends and everything. -- Jeremy Butler, WUAL

The new CD, Windy and Warm, is EXCELLENT!!!!! My family has listened to it over and over again. My kids dance around the room to it. Your music helps provide a warm/happy family. -- Dan K. (a satisfied customer)

Track List

  1. Dominion Reel / Reel de Jeunes Marie / Dominion Reel
  2. The Minstrel Boy (by Thomas Moore) / Simple Gifts
  3. Da Road to Houll / Robertson's Reel (both by Tom Anderson)
  4. Gary Owen / Father O'Flynn / Blackthorn Stick
  5. Windy and Warm (by John D. Loudermilk, ©Acuff-Rose music)
  6. St. Mary's Polka / Rose Tree Polka
  7. The Butterfly
  8. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (by Johann Sebastian Bach)
  9. Mary Willie's / Hundred Pipers / Mary Willie's
  10. Blue Violet Clog / Dundee Hornpipe
  11. The Miller's Maid / Greenfields of America / The Scholar
  12. Greenwood Tree

An Olde English ChristmasAn Olde English Christmas

Released September 1994;

©1994 Holland, Inc.; Ross-6646

Twenty instrumental renditions of traditional carols, including Irish-inspired versions of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "I Saw Three Ships."

Reviews

…altogether delightful…[The] Chieftains would be hard-pressed to improve upon their rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" -- Tom Surowicz, Twin Cities Reader

Track List

  1. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  2. Good King Wenceslaus
  3. O Tannenbaum
  4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. What Child is This?
  7. O Holy Night
  8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  11. Angels We Have Heard on High
  12. Joy to the World
  13. We Three Kings
  14. Silent Night
  15. Here We Come A Caroling
  16. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
  17. The First Noel
  18. Away in a Manger
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful
  20. I Saw Three Ships

Greenleaf FancyGreenleaf Fancy

Released November 1994

Twenty-eight instrumental tunes ranging from sprightly Irish jigs to a French-tinged waltz. Also includes Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and “The Ashgrove.”

Cover art by Sheralyn DeYoung

Reviews

…makes me feel the way…early McCutcheon [or] early Fennig's All-Stars…used to. -- Pat Walke, Deep Creek Folk Music Connection

…Jigs, reels and hornpipes are putty in the able hands of Greenwood Tree, and its antiquated yet spry sound is hard to resist. -- Tom Surowicz, Minnesota Star-Tribune

… a very nice arrangement [of "Amelia"], showing great sensitivity. -- Bob McQuillen, (composer of "Amelia")

Track List

  1. Larry O'Gaff / Tripping Up Stairs / Joy of My Life
  2. Childgrove / Gilderoy
  3. Walsh's Hornpipe / Honeysuckle Hornpipe
  4. Silver Spear / Tom Morrison's Reel / Cooley's Reel
  5. Ashgrove / Waltz of the Little Girls
  6. Old Man, Old Woman / Greenleaf Fancy (by Norman Blake)
  7. Canon in D (by Johann Pachelbel)
  8. Connaughtman's Rambles / Morrison's Jig
  9. Morpeth Rant / Rakes of Mallow / Morpeth Rant
  10. Little Katie Kearney / Maid in the Cherry Tree / The Watchmaker
  11. Belfast Hornpipe
  12. Sheehan's Reel / Maid Behind the Bar / Swingin' on a Gate
  13. Amelia (by Bob McQuillen)

Greenwood TreeGreenwood Tree

* Out of print - A few tracks were rerecorded on The Cottage Door *

Reviews

...a shimmering set of tunes -- James Tarbox, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Track List

  1. Golden Keyboard / Merry Blacksmith / Star of Munster
  2. Morgan Megan / O'Carolan's Concerto (both by Turlough O'Carolan)
  3. Southwind / Young Jane
  4. Off She Goes / Swallowtail Jig / Holy Rood
  5. Star of the County Down
  6. Waltzing Mathilda (by Banjo Bob Patterson)
  7. Trip to Sligo / Tobin's Favorite / Langstrom's Pony
  8. Mairi's Wedding / British Grenadiers / Farewell to Whiskey
  9. Hard Times (by Stephen Foster)
  10. Spootiskerry / Wullafjord
  11. Orsa Vals
  12. Waiting for Rains (by Stu Janis) / Derrane's Jig