Making Tracks Home

by Taarka

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Moon Song
4.
Trip to Duncan
5.
Another Morning
6.
Grounded
7.
Bouncing Tale
8.
Look at Miss Ohio
9.
River's Eddy Blues
10.
Crocodile Tears
11.
The Lark and The Owl
12.
Waterbound

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Making Tracks home is the 6th full-length album from globally-inpsired indie folk group Taarka.


AFTER ADVENTURES IN VAGABONDIA, TAARKA IS MAKING TRACKS HOME;
MARCH 24 RELEASE LINKS BLUEGRASS, GYPSY-JAZZ INFLUENCES

Classically trained Colorado couple freely breaks boundaries with latest indie folk collection

LYONS, Colo. – Taarka, the nom de band of David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller, has a variety of meanings, from the sound roasting spices make in Indian cooking to the concept of vibrating energy strings in the Grand Unified Theory of particle physics.

Somehow, the notions of sizzling spices and string vibrations seem equally apt for a couple whose main instruments are violin and mandolin, who draw musical influences from Romania and Appalachia, and whose previous album, Adventures in Vagabondia, was inspired in part by Songs from Vagabondia, an 1894 poetry collection. Its follow-up, Making Tracks Home (March 24, 2015), features new explorations of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy-jazz, woven into a unique sonic quilt best characterized as folk-rock.

The Nashville Scene describes it as “a distinctive, moody sound.” The Source Weekly of Bend, Ore., offers an even livelier assessment: “The Colorado grass-fiends known as Taarka sound like a collective of train-riding pranksters trained in classical music by gypsy wolves in the foothills of the Appalachians.”

While the closest they got to training by wolves was studying Prokofiev, Tiller, who also plays bass, tenor guitar and bouzouki and sings, was born just outside of Washington, D.C. and raised in the National Historic Landmark district of Waterford, Va., a region rich with bluegrass history. Pelta-Tiller, a classically trained five-string violinist and vocalist, was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Calif., where she began studying violin at 3½. Now making their home in Lyons, Colo., the pair met in 2001 in New York, where they busked in the subway and became members of Brooklyn Browngrass before forming Taarka. Their touring band includes bass master Troy Robey and guitar prodigy Mike Robinson; on Making Tracks Home, their accompanists include guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Sam Grisman.

Originally an instrumental string band, Taarka has evolved into an act with two lead vocalists; the pleasant contrast can be heard on “Heart and Song,” which features Pelta-Tiller, and “Old Waterford Town,” featuring Tiller. As befitting a pair of vagabond musicians (they’re raising their already-performing son, Aesop, on the road), the couple simply likes to go where the music takes them.

“We just go as deeply into the music as we can and see what happens when we come out the other side,” Tiller tells Boulder Weekly. The results of this exploration can be heard on Making Tracks Home.

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releases 24 March 2015

The Cast
David Tiller - Vocals, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, 6-string Guitar (5, 11)
Enion Pelta-Tiller - Vocals, 5-string violin
Ross Martin - Guitar (2, 3, 8, 10)
Sam Grisman - Upright bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Eric Wiggs - Guitar (4, 7)
Dusty Rider - Banjo (4, 7)
Grant Gordy - Guitar (6, 9)
Jayme Stone - Banjo (12)
Greg Garrison - Upright bass (12)
Ron Miles - Flugelhorn (12)
Ian Hutchison - Upright bass (4, 7)
Zach Lester - Bodhran (4)
Brian McCrae - Drums (1, 3, 5, 6)

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Taarka Lyons, Colorado

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!” Taarka is led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals). ... more

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Track Name: Heart and Song
Heart and Song
Enion Pelta-Tiller (BMI)
Ever was the day so dark we crossed that valley in our ark
Shadows cross the sun as stark as what was in your eyes
How did we come to this place a tear alone upon your face
Mingles with the rain and falls, come on and take my hand

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Standing side by side across a canyon gulf as wide 
As all the oceans put together. Can you hear me through this weather?
An answer like an echo faint, what I am is what you ain't
Missed the shore and here we are....

Reaching out across the miles, reaching out across the miles
Reaching out across the miles, I'm breaching

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Reaching out to you it seems defies the loneliness of dreams
Let's swallow all these oceans and forget forsaken lands
Walk the ridge, kick up red dust, water the sage with broken trust
And watch it grow a healing leaf, come on and take my hand

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Walk away and back again, we're different now we've changed again
Every tree must lose gold leave so spring can come anew.
You and I must not forget all that's been and all that's yet 
To come into our hearts and eyes, the eagle's sharper view

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?
Track Name: Old Waterford Town
Old Waterford Town
David Tiller (BMI)
I went down to Waterford town
Childhood memories flooding 'round
Some ghosts of old, and the loves grown cold
Still haunt these battle grounds
So I lay down and took my sleep
And dreamed under my old flannel sheets
When I awoke she softly spoke
Looking over me

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town

Who I was not long ago
Is not whom I am today
So many storms weathered and worn
From here to Santa Fe
Yet I can't get far enough from in my mind
I opened my eyes yet I'm still blind
I stumble over my thoughts unkind
Till I have nothing to say

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town

You hide yourself within your song
You sing it softly to the dawn
And unsuspecting I sing along
And I find you in the day
Under a rock beneath a tree
You buried your dreams for the future to see
It was a gift from you to me
And now it is not there

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford
You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town