Piti Theatre & Carrie Ferguson Greatest Bits Vol. 1

Carrie Ferguson & Piti Theatre

Quirky, fun, children's theater folk-pop, exploring themes of history, science, community building, and environmental awareness.

Piti Theatre & Carrie Ferguson's Greatest Bits, Volume 1 is a selection of songs from Piti Theatre's first three years of collaboration (2012 - 2015) with Northampton singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson. The songs are from Piti Theatre's international touring productions "To Bee or Not to Bee" and "Innocenzo" as well as from Piti's original "mini-musicals" created for elementary school musical theater residencies like "Grandpa Magnet", "The Time Capsule", "This is Your Rock" and "Olde Coleraine".

Piti (pronounced "pea-tea") is a word from ancient India meaning "joy" or "rapture". Piti Theatre's mission is to accelerate community transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice.

This album was made possible by a generous grant from Club Passim's Iguana Fund. Thanks also to Tommy Byrnes and Garrett Sawyer for their skills and generosity.

All Songs by Jonathan Samuel Mirin & Carrie Ferguson Album Art by Godeliève Richard

Piano, keyboards, melodica and all vocals: Carrie Ferguson Bass, guitar, mandolin, percussion on 1, 3, 4, 11: Garrett Sawyer Bass, guitar on 2, 13, 15: Tommy Byrnes

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 recorded at Northfire Recording Studio, Amherst, MA Engineered and mixed by Garrett Sawyer Produced by Carrie Ferguson and Garrett Sawyer

Tracks 2, 5, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16 recorded at Sovereignty Music Services, Bernardston, MA Engineered and mixed by Tommy Byrnes Produced by Carrie Ferguson and Tommy Byrnes

Mastered by Angelo Quaglia at Northfire Recording Studio, Amherst, MA

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The List of Whales

Carrie Ferguson

Soaring, high-energy, acoustic folk-pop. Original songs ranging from playfully jubilant and quirky to melancholy and gorgeous. Haunting melodies, exquisite harmonies; smart, beautiful lyrics.

"Devilishly catchy folk-pop tunes and melodic ballads, exuberantly heartfelt lyrics...infectious joy" - The Valley Advocate

The List of Whales, Carrie Ferguson’s triumphant second full-length studio album, bridges genres with a dreamy mix of folk-pop and indie rock all held together by Ferguson’s addictively catchy melodies and vivid, carefully crafted lyrics.

Called by the Greenfield Recorder, “beautifully produced ...impeccably arranged” the 12 song CD was produced, mixed and engineered by Garrett Sawyer at his Amherst, MA studio, Northfire Recording Studios. Sawyer’s vibrant arrangements range from toe-tapping and dub-infused (Song For My Addiction) to lush horn, string and vocal arrangements (On the Way to Ashfield, The List of Whales), to moments of beautiful acoustic intimacy (Sealie, To the Moon).

As on her first record, Riding On the Back Of the Wind, Ferguson continues to explore her favorite themes and settings: the landscapes of Northern California and New England (Arcata Song, Grandmother Tree), the complexities of human relationships with each other and the natural world (The List of Whales), the bemusing fact of impermanence in all things (Stretchmarks), and the spiritual quest for self-understanding as a rollicking adventure (Wooden Nickel, Sunlight). All are present in this collection along with hefty doses of her trademark melancholic joy, humor and playfulness.

The record features an all-star cast of Western MA musicians including Jim Henry (Mary Chapin, Tracy Grammer) on guitar and mandolin, Zoe Darrow (Zoe Darrow and the Fiddleheads) on violin, Stephen Katz on cello, Steve Yarbro (The Primate Fiasco) on saxophone and clarinet, and JJ O’Connell (Heather Maloney) on drums.

Ferguson celebrated the release of The List of Whales on January 5, 2014 with a sold-out show at The Iron Horse Music Hall, in Northampton, MA. The release marks the culmination of a year-long project which began in the Fall of of 2012 when Ferguson raised $8,500 using the using the online crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

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Riding On the Back of the Wind

Carrie Ferguson

Soaring, high-energy, original folk-pop ranging from playfully jubilant and quirky to melancholy and gorgeous with haunting melodies, exquisite harmonies and smart, beautiful lyrics.

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