Mothers of Intention band

Posted by jerry on December 9th, 2006 — Posted in Journal, Music

The Mothers of Intention came to Canberra last night along with wonderful Blue Mountains singer/songwriter Anne Ridgeway, to sing at the Merry Muse Folk Club. It was a great night and the harmonies were amazing!

Anne Ridgway has a rich mellifluous voice that complements her 12-string guitar, and the harmonies added by Rosie McDonald and Penny Rankin-Smith from Mothers of Intention contributed further depth and range. And Tony Pyrzakowski’s deft fiddle playing gave another dimension to the music. The crowd may not have been large, but it was very appreciative – calling the Mothers back for more at the end of the night. If you missed it then you missed one of the folk music highlights for this year.

The Mothers of Intention gave richly of their talents, and Lainey Balsdon’s recorder blends well with Tony’s fiddle and and the power of Rosie’s guitar.

And with energy to spare, they all went down to the Gorman House Markets to once again give freely of their music, and I was privileged to be asked to step in with Tony on the fiddle for our own dueling fiddles moment, as well as a lyrical Ashokan Farewell with the whole band. Anne Ridgeway was there also, so the market goers were given a real treat with some wonderful folk talent 🙂

Mothers of Intention band



Comment by Allison

Well Jerry, I was so tickled to see your comment on my post about Sharon’s challenge that I decided to swing by your blog…in the old days that was known as “returning the call”…;-)
The firesword tutorial was just great–I esp. enjoyed those disclaimers!!…but what really grabbed me was the description of you all playing “Ashoken Fairwell”…my absolute favorite of all fiddle tunes. Brings a lump to my throat each and every time I hear it.
It must have sounded so gorgeous!

Posted on December 23, 2006 at 12:34 am

Comment by jerry

Thanks for returning the call Allison 🙂
A lot of people think Ashokan farewell is an old Americal civil war tune – because it was used as the theme tune to the TV series. Actually, it was written in 1986 by Jay Unger about a town called Ashoka that, like Canberra, was partly submerged when an artificial lake was created – so it’s a farewell to the town as it sank beneath the waves.



Posted on December 23, 2006 at 11:36 pm

Comment by Rosie

Hi Jerry,
thanks for coming to the Merry Muse and giving MOI and Anne such a great wrap on your blog, and also for playing with us at Gorman house markets.It is always great fun to play music with you.
Looking forward to when next we meet. Say G’day to Butch and Bruce
cheers Rosie

Posted on December 30, 2006 at 9:26 pm

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