Sugarloaf Mountain

An Appalachian Gathering


Debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart, June 2015!

Jeannette Sorrell, director, harpsichord, arrangements; Amanda Powell, soprano vocals; Ross Hauck, tenor vocals; Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle; Kathie Stewart, wooden flutes; Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer & vocals; Brian Kay, lute, banjo, long-neck dulcimer, vocals; René Schiffer, cello

“Authenticity and that most elusive of desirable qualities, exquisite taste… Every performer made marvelous contributions.”


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“Sorrell and a hand-picked band of eight musicians… tap into America’s hardscrabble Southern roots with grace and power… with music that asks questions about life and death, and bores into the American national psyche at visceral and emotional levels. Beautiful and eloquent… infectious energy. Every song signifies a personal response… Sorrell’s magical, rapt harpsichord riff on ‘I wonder as I wander’ reveals how profoundly spontaneous this folk music is at its core.”
– GRAMOPHONE Magazine [Read the full review]

“Wonderfully fresh… exuding utter authenticity, contagious kinetic energy, and a totally free-wheeling spirit to the nth degree while shedding not a whit of their phenomenal technical polish, exemplifying the kind of art that conceals art. A must-have item; highest recommendation.”
– FANFARE Record Magazine [Read the full review]

“Entirely compelling, by turns funny, tragic, and even grisly. This release should continue to gain international attention for this forward-thinking group. Sorrell, who came of age as a musician partly in the rural South, has a way with this music.”

“Spectacularly fine singing and instrumental playing… full of energy and life. Terrific sweep from the ensemble who really swing. A first rate recording.”

“Authenticity and that most elusive of desirable qualities, exquisite taste… Every performer made marvelous contributions.”

“Haunting melodies, foot-stomping jigs and reels, stories, and a healthy dose of comedy, all with musicianship of the highest order. The audience sang, clapped, shed a few tears, and laughed, ultimately enjoying a taste of the good times that our mountain forebears must have had. The program is an ingenious conception of Apollo’s Fire director Jeannette Sorrell, the fruit of considerable research… A rich tapestry of the dark, the joyful, the sad, and the humorous, all of which the deep treasury of Appalachian music encompasses. At times songs segued seamlessly into one another to add to the sense of a journey through time. The logic of song sequence and changes of moods were beautifully placed and yielded a powerful effect… An absolutely joyous achievement.”

1. The Mountains of Rhùm
Ross Hauck & Amanda Powell, vocals
arr. & adapted by J. Sorrell from the trad. Scottish, Cuillens of Rhùm

2. Farewell to Ireland – Highlander’s Farewell
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
trad. Irish & Appalachian reels, arr. J. Sorrell

3. We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar (Farewell to the Isles)
Ross Hauck & Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. British & Canadian sea shanty, arr. J. Sorrell

4. The Cruel Sister (Child Ballad #10)
Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. English/Appalachian ballad, arr. J. Sorrell

5. Se fath mo quart ha (The Cause of All My Sorrow) – The Butterfly – Barney Brallaghan
Kathie Stewart, flute
trad. Irish, arr. K. Stewart

6. Nottamun Town (Roud #1044)
Brian Kay, vocals & long-neck dulcimer
medieval English & Appalachian ballad, arr. B. Kay

7. Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Roud #3103)
Ross Hauck, vocals
trad. Scots/Appalachian, arr. R. Schiffer & J. Sorrell

8. I Wonder as I Wander – The Gravel Walk – Over the Isles to America
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord
John Jacob Niles/trad. Appalachian/trad. Scottish, arr. J. Sorrell

9. The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. British/Appalachian ballad, arr. J. Sorrell

10. Oh Susanna!
Brian Kay & Ross Hauck, vocals; Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1848), arr. J. Sorrell
Pretty Peg – Far from Home
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle / with René Schiffer, cello
trad. Irish Reels, variations by R. Schiffer

11. Once I had a Sweetheart
Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. British & Appalachian ballad
Wayfaring Stranger
Ross Hauck & Amanda Powell, vocals
The Kentucky Harmony, 1816, arr. J. Sorrell

12. Pretty Betty Martin – Katy Did – Red Rockin’ Chair
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer & vocals / with Amanda Powell, backup vocals
trad. Appalachian, arr. T. Bergmann

13. Just Before the Battle, Mother
Ross Hauck, vocals
G. Root, 1864
Go March Along
Amanda Powell, vocals
Southern Spiritual

14. Glory in the Meeting House
Glory in the Meeting House/ Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle
Kentucky Fiddle Tunes, arr. J. Sorrell, R. Schiffer, T. Bergmann

15. Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. Southern spiritual, lyrics adapted by J. Sorrell

16. Sugarloaf Mountain
lyrics by J. Sorrell; music arr. & adapted by J. Sorrell from the Cuillens of Rhùm, trad. Scottish

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)