John C. Van Orman – Flight To The Moon
“John Van Orman…an award winner, folk center director, hurdy-gurdy player, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder and world traveler, the man is a fabulous treasure-trove of all thing folk-music oriented and a gifted performer as well… This is a wonderful thing, folks…go enjoy” -Tom Irwin, The Illinois Times
Nine many-layered original songs from this acclaimed Upper Midwest artist, released in a bespoke limited edition package. Best-known for his compositions “Western Borders” and “Madman Mora Blues,” John C. Van Orman’s substantial knowledge of widespread music traditions is apparent here.
- “He is Waiting,” an unsettling narrative about sexual repression and religious mania sung over a gourd banjo, resonating with timbres and textures from the Southern Mountains.
- Melancholic and haunting, “Crow Flew” sounds like an old field recording from the Balkans, complete with hurdy-gurdy, tambura and jaw harps.
- “The Devil up North” paints a pagan Scandinavian hellscape that will speak to everyone who has ever felt brutalized by severe winter weather.
Flight to the Moon is released in a singular book-style package, featuring complete lyrics, and published in a signed, numbered and limited first edition package designed and manufactured by Smart Set in Minneapolis.
“…intriguingly curious sound…” – Ian A. Anderson, Podwireless 241 September 2022
- He is Waiting
- Flight to the Moon
- The Western Girl
- Crow Flew
- Little English Sparrows
- Empress in Exile
- Empire Star
- Vachel Lindsay Walks Springfield
- The Devil up North