FiddleSticks: Return to Nauvoo


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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."


Tune List:

  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing/Swallowtail Jig
  • Lead Kindly Light
  • In Humility Our Savior (Hyfrydol)
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • How Long O Lord
  • Praise to the Man (Nauvoo Version)
  • This Earth Was Once a Garden Place (Adam-Ondi-Ahman)
  • St. Basil's Hymn
  • A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
  • All Is Well/Come, Come Ye Saints
  • How Can I Keep from Singing
  • Be Still My Soul
  • If You Could Hie to Kolob
  • For the Beauty of the Earth
  • Scotland the Brave/Salt Creek
  • Amazing Grace

Bonus Tracks

  • MP3 Bonus Tracks:
  • Amazing Grace (Reprise)
  • Nearer My God to Thee
  • Poor Wayfaring Stranger