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DOG DAY SERENADE - Michael J "Mad Stork" Harding

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Dog Day Serenade is a varied and eclectic fusion of American and Celtic Folk songs and tunes; plus original works by Michael J Harding, with arrangements ranging from just voice with piano accompaniment, to full arrangements, incorporating piano, violin, cello, oboe, Hammond B3 organ, harmonica, electric guitar and bass. Arrangements include folk, ragtime, piano blues, honky-tonk, country, celtic, latin, rock and classical influences and flavors; sung with sensitivity, power and conviction.

Michael J "Mad Stork" Harding was born third of nine children to a working-class family in Hartford Connecticut where he began his music career at ten years of age as a soloist in the adult choir of his parish church. On his thirteenth birthday, his family moved to the Boston area where, over the years he has performed in a wide variety of iterations and venues including classical, music theatre, churches, weddings, a country rock band, folk groups, duets, and solo singer-guitarist. He has studied voice and music at Hartford and New England Conservatories and is a graduate of Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Emerson College (B.M.) in Boston.

The "Mad Stork" nickname derives from his tall, gangly, sharp-chinned appearance coupled with an unorthodox and unfiltered intensity and depth in his approach to life music and lyrics.

Dog Day Serenade is Michael J's second album. Deus ex Machina, a strictly instrumental, classical music album was released in 2000 and is also distributed by The Orchard.

CD Street Date: 09/26/2007
Digital Street Date: On or Before 10/24/2007

290 Broadway, Suite 439
Methuen, MA 01844 (USA)

or c/o The Orchard

Index under: (Any and/or All) Folk, Americana, Progressive or Contemporary Folk, Roots Revival, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter.

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Track Breakout

Track 1: "Dancing Girl" - Music & lyrics by Michael J
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, electric guitar and bass, Hammond B3 organ, drums
Style: Country/Folk Rock
Track 2: "Carina, Carina" - Traditional American blues/folk (a.k.a. Corinna, Corinna)
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, electric bass
Style: Piano Blues
Track 3: "Love Song of an Unknown Gypsy"
- Anonymous - Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Style: Classical/Gypsy
Track 4: "The Rosebud Express" - Music & lyrics by Michael J. - Instrumentation: Voice, honky-tonk piano, electric bass, Hammond B3 organ, drums
Style: Honky-Tonk, Country/Folk Rock
Track 5: "Sunshine" - Music & lyrics by Michael J
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, 3 celli, violin, electric bass
Style: Contemporary/Progressive Folk, Classical, Tango
Track 6: "Maggie" - Traditional Irish
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, vocal harmony,
toy piano/music box, harmonica, bass
Style: Celtic, Folk, Contemporary Folk
Track 7: "Prelude to Danny Boy" - Music & words by Michael J - Instrumentation: Spoken voice, bagpipes, drums
Style: Celtic, Roots Revival, Folk
Track 8: "Danny Boy" - Traditional Irish-American Ballad
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, oboe, penny (tin) whistle
Style: Popular (Irish) American, Roots Revival, Contemporary Folk
Track 9: "Gung Ho Bravos" - Derivative English/American Lyrics adapted from poem, "Gentlemen-Rankers"
by Rudyard Kipling
Instrumentation: Voice, piano, Hammond B3 organ, vocal harmony, military ordnance
Style: Progressive Folk, Roots Revival, Rock
Track 10: "And God Can Only Cry" - Music & lyrics by Michael J
Instrumentation: Voice, organ, oboe, vocal harmony
Style: Classical, church (Christian), progressive folk,
Track 11: "Ol' Man River" - Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II - Instrumentation: Voice and piano
Style: American Musical, Classical, Roots Revival

DOG DAY SERENADE - Distributed by The Orchard


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