Return to Nauvoo is our first FiddleSticks collection of hymns.
These are sacred songs and tunes that we feel an extra connection with
and we love playing them. They are mostly traditional, and we've arranged
them all in our eclectic Celtic style. We chose the name "Return to Nauvoo"
for this album during a week-long performing tour in Nauvoo, Illinois,
the 19th century frontier town on the Mississippi River that was once
the center of the Mormon faith. It was also the home of many of our ancestors,
and so in a way our week in Nauvoo was like returning to our family roots.
Many of the hymns and sacred songs in this collection date from the Nauvoo
period, and all have been a strength and a support for people of faith
since the time of Nauvoo and before. By remembering their music, we can
connect with the heroes of the past. This album was produced by Liz, the
cellist in the FiddleSticks band, and Liz's imaginative and improvisational
style is featured in many of the arrangements. This is Liz's dedication
of the album: "This album is dedicated to Barbara Coleman Blackwell, my
friend and sister. She is an amazingly strong woman who has always been
an example of courage, beauty, faith and love. I thank her for everything
she is and everything she has helped me become."