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Heart of the Matter

Hank and Claire

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Stellar performances from up and coming Pacific Northwest duo will captivate you from their first song. Some covers, some originals, with the sweetest harmonies and a touch of humor.

This first CD from this new duo is a winner. It’s rare to find first efforts so well done. I marvel at the blending of not just their voices and instruments, but their obvious personal connection which adds a delightful robustness and maturity that is truly wonderful. In their case, the sum is greater than the parts. I look forward to much more music from these two fine musicians. - NW HOOT review

We hope you enjoy the songs chosen for this first CD. We might be covering a John Prine song, digging into traditional or composed mountain music, sharing our own original tunes, or interpreting a contemporary folksong in our own style. Each one tells a story, inspires good harmonies, and touches us—in the heart, in the funny bone, or in the memory of who we are and where we came from.

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Home At Last

Hank and Claire

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This tight-harmony duo (with guitar, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, mandolin, and even a tuba), performs songs from all over the acoustic world that will touch your heart or tickle your funny-bone.

This CD expresses our sense of home: personal connection to a place, but also connection to this planet and its potential for peace and beauty. The songs we’ve gathered here are ones that carry that message one way or another. We found them the way we find all our songs—when something we hear cuts to the heart of us, or brings a deep and satisfying grin. And then there are Hank’s original gems…his own take on life that you can’t help singing along with.

This album contains lots of tight harmony singing—what we’re known for—along with an instrumental and two a cappella tracks. Roger Ferguson adds mandolin sparkle to two of Hank’s songs, and Mick Nicholson put down his stand-up bass long enough to toot his tuba for a re-imagined Tin Pan Alley number.

"Guitars, psaltery, and dulcimer back the lovely lead and harmonizing voices. All clean, clear, and full of life--just like when you see them in person." -Chris Lunn, founding member International Folk Alliance

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