William and Felicia...
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William and Felicia,
Just a note to let you know how much I've been enjoying your music since I first heard you at Folklife last May. I immediately got "Set of the Sail" and "Hearts of Gold," and they have been a big part of the last several months. I also took my family and a friend of my daughters to your July gig at The Wayward Coffeehouse. I had just had shoulder surgery and you guys were just getting over colds, so we didn't hang out, but I hope to see you again this December, and maybe say "thanks for your music" in person.
I'm a huge folk fan, starting in the 50's and in and out over the years. I'm a high school teacher and retired actor, and knew David Lovine from the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. When I moved back to Seattle from LA in the early 90's I re-connected with David when he was crew on the Lady Washington. David introduced me to the Northwest Pavilion, and I've tried to spend a couple of days there each year. I missed a good chunk of time when my son was playing baseball, but I'm pretty regular now. I still can't believe that I had not heard you before. I have had the "Victory at Sea" album for a number of years, and, while the specific songs are not credited, I believe, William, that you sang the solo on "Northwest Passage?" During my 30 minute duty-free lunch, I would sometimes lock the door, lean back in my chair and listen to "Northwest Passage" over and over.
As I'm sure others have said, Felicia, the two of you have the cleanest, most seamless unison. On "Go from my Window" in particular,it is imposable to tell where one voice ends and the and the other begins. I'm quite taken with the big heroic songs, "Trawling Trade," and "The Dreadnought." The Hurdy-gurdy seems to be taking on a life of its own as a folk-rock "guitar hero." Although I find many of your quieter pieces are equally captivating: "The rolling Wave/Homeward Bound" is truly beautiful and "Companioned by the Sea" got me seriously consider retiring on the coast.
I'm going to turn in now, but I do hope to see you on the 20th.
Very Truly Yours,
Dear William and Felicia-
Just a brief
note to say how much Steph and I enjoyed your evening at Bodmin
Folk Club last Friday .. and also how much I did again at the
Wotter evening! Great performers folks!
I have just come across your website and found the various links,
so I just thought I'd let you know how much both folk clubs enjoyed
you. There were five of us from the local shanty crew "Hanging
Johnny" there at Wotter and I think all of us enjoyed your
different style! Did us all good to hear a completely new approach
to sea songs.
Hope the work with the Brian Bedford Band goes well!
Dear William and Felicia-
I am over-20 years in the US Coast Guard, a BOS'N and sailor
still practicing the fine old arts of navigation, an explorer
and sea captain stuck in the wrong century. I love all things
old - sea shanties, nautical lore and legend and naval history.
Your music is moving. Your voices bring visions of seafaring
glory days when boats were wood and men were steel.
"The Mary Stanford of Rye" pays due homage to the [steely]
men and women of the NRLI, who carry on the long tradition of
sacrifice and selfless service.
Thank you and CARRY ON!
M. C. Ward
US Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral
"An Eagerness to Serve"
Dear William and Felicia,
Thanks so very much for visiting us
here in Dana Point and bringing your special music of the soul
to our salty ears! Sea shanties will never be the same - just
rough sketches compared with the paintings you both elicited
through your magnificent music this weekend. I have lived in
Devonshire, England most of my life and am a recent transplant
to the US (just 19 years ago!). Now I know what I have been missing
so terribly - the culture of folk music and the sea music that
I heard as a child and more in my home town of Plymouth! I have
been thrilling to the sounds on your CDs, but nothing compares
to hearing you and seeing you in live concert. You are amazingly
rich in the warm subtle tones of the French language and in the
language of the ocean too. That comes across well in your CDs
but it bursts into life when hearing you on stage! Thank you
so much for creating such a terrific new sound and vitality....
Blessings to you both and I shall look
eagerly for an opportunity to hear you both again in concert,
Manager, Volunteer Support Services
Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA
"...I live in Sun Valley, Idaho,
and was in Seattle last week to see a play that my son and daughter
in law were doing. On Saturday, we went down to the Tall Ships
Festival. The lines to board any of the ships were hours long
in the hot sun, but my ears caught wind of my kind of music.
We gravitated toward the music, and
there we stayed... had no desire to board a ship. Just to look
at them from below and listen to your awesome maritime ditties
was more thrill than I can tell you. You were great when it was
just the two of you and equally as great when joined by the other
couple. I came home with 2 of your CDs (White Horses &
Hearts of Gold). I was not at all disappointed. I can't
tell you which one I love more... both very good. Love the album
cover of Hearts of Gold and the nice photo of the two
of you on the back... well done!
I do hope I have the opportunity of seeing you perform live again.
You are wonderful musicians... the highlight of my trip to Seattle
(well, aside from the play, of course)."
Thanks & best wishes,
Sun Valley, Idaho
"...I wanted to take a moment to tell you
how much my wife and I enjoyed your
concert at Living Traditions in Anaheim on January 20th. I
can honestly say
I have not enjoyed an evening of music that much in a very long
Hearts of Gold
is living in my CD player right now, I give it some rest by listening
to Hartwell Horn or Port of Dreams. I have not
opened the other two yet, but that's okay, there's plenty of
time. The two of you have done a truly lovely job with this music...
...Well, once again, thank you for a
Dear William and Felicia:
I just wanted to write this letter to
say how much I appreciated your music. My wife and I will be
sailing from Cape Town, South Africa, to Miami in a few months.
It is a long trip and I started looking for some nautical music
for diversion on the trip.
I found your music along with a number
of others on the Wooden Ships internet site. I must say that
yours hands-down is the best. Your choice of music arrangements,
performance, and accompaniment is without peer as far as nautical
Tom and Betty Lee Walker, M.D.
Seriously, you were awesome! I
dont know if you met my friend Tom who lives in Santa Fe,
but he is one of the most jaded music listeners I know (we call
him the guy who hates more bands than most people have
heard of), anyway, after I got you dialed in, I went to
the back of the room to see how it sounded and Tom turns to me
and just says, Oh my God! He was so blown away by
you two (as was I.) Ive never heard a duo sound so huge,
even w/ that cheesey little sound system you sounded like 10
people, (12 when your friend joined in.) I have to confess
I had not heard your music yet before your performance, and I
was so impressed, after forty top notch performances, it was
you guys, JPP and Vasen that stuck in my mind.
Anyway, I would love to have you do
something here in the store when youre out this way (in-store
performance, vocal and/or instrumental workshops, anything else
you have in mind-just name it.) Do you get out this way much?
Please send me your touring schedules & Ill come see you
if youre within a few hours drive, & Ill tell friends
and family to go see you elsewhere.
Thanks again for playing
Special Events Coordinator
Thanks for the speedy delivery of "White
Horses"--complete with dual autographs! That was an unexpected
I really never thought I could enjoy
any Pint and Dale album as much as I enjoy "Port of Dreams,"
but "White Horses" changed my mind. And given how I
feel about "Port of Dreams," that's saying a LOT! "White
Horses" is a terrific piece of work. Congratulations and
thanks for all the fine music.
Pint & Dale -
I saw you play at the Bristol Renaissance
Faire last weekend and I just wanted to let you know how much
I enjoyed the music. The songs were wonderful (I bought Hearts
of Gold and its been in my CD player for a few days
now) but what I liked most of all was the feeling that they
evoked. Theres something about traditional music that makes
it speak to the spirit in a way that other types of music just
cant equal - for me at least! Maybe its the human
element; even if someone has never been on a tall ship, they
have likely still felt the emotions that are captured in the
songs. The desire for adventure, or the longing for home - weve
all felt that! (And perhaps travelling folk singers know that
better than anyone
!) Thank you for the music! I'm looking
forward to listening again, at Bristol or elsewhere.
Dear William and Felicia,
As I sit here typing this, I am listening
to your CD Round the Corner which I almost shoplifted
from Down Home Music in El Cerrito just above San Francisco so
anxious was I to get it home.
One of these days, Im
going to catch you guys in concert and tell you face to faces
how much Ive enjoyed your music. Until then, Im delighted
to have the new CD, and I hope youre working on another
one. Im an actor dividing my time between the Bay Area
where my wife and I actually live and Los Angeles where there
are more jobs, and if you ever find yourself in nothern California
with time on your hands, please give me a call
very much like to buy you a beer or coffee or whatever. ...For
now, thank you for so much wonderful music, and I look forward
to meeting you sometime in the near future.
It was great to hear you
perform a few weeks ago down in the South Bay Area. I had driven
down from Alameda, right near Oakland, a distance of about 65
miles. Id drive twice that distance to hear you perform
It was a pleasure to find
you at the Great River Festival in La Crosse, Wisconsin
this past weekend! Your concert Sunday evening was wonderful.
Your voices blend so beautifully and seem to suit your tunes
so well. You sing in such warm and friendly tones, the gentle
songs are so comforting.
I tried to tell you that though I dont
typically listen to traditional nautical music very often, I
do enjoy them occasionally, especially live at festivals
where I can watch as well as listen. I bought Hearts of
Gold because you seem to give the music a special sense
of warmth & familiarity
What I enjoyed most of all, is the
spark & twinkle in your eyes and the way your faces simply
light up when you perform. It is so good to see people taking
such pleasure in their work! I guess happines can be contagious
- you seem to lift ones spirits. You made me feel good.
Mary Ann OReilley
I truly enjoyed hearing you play
at the Renaissance Festival in Stafford...
I derive an immense amount of pleasure
from your recorded work. I have
all 6 of your cds. What appeals to me most are the vocals and
the song selection. I have heard very few of these songs anywhere
else. I also like the effect of the hurdy-gurdy and the different
sound it adds.
I felt that Williams routine of
pretending to refer to his guitar as the unusual instrument funny.
There was a little variety each time he did it and it was amusing
each time. Overall your energy and enthusiasm were consistent
Thanks for the music!
King George, VA
Dear Bill (?) and Felicia,
A friend of mine gave me your tape,
Hearts of Gold for Christmas, and I REALLY like it!
I'd like to hear you perform live, if at all possible. I periodically
volunteer for the New Folk Collective here in Minneapolis/St.
Paul, and I'll do some name-dropping there, but I would also
like to know if you're booked at any music festivals this summer.
If you are, please let me know
as soon as possible (have to reserve vacation time at work!)
Thanks for the wonderful tunes, and
I hope all goes well for you!
We really enjoyed you in concert
here in Spokane last Christmas. I felt you stole the show
with your joyful music. I bought your CDs at the concert
and we have played them until they are almost worn out. Now that
I found your web site, I plan to buy the two recordings we do
not have. Will you ever be playing Spokane again? We hope so.
I have asked the owner of Street Music and have also written
to the Public Radio Station pleading them to have just you two
come and give a concert! Thank you for keeping folk music alive
Please do put us on your mailing list. We can drive anywhere
in WA to go to your concerts. Also we are planning our vacation
around your concert in San Francisco. We are both from the bay
area. We will be looking forward to your new CD.
Linda and Michael Foster
Its my pleasure to
thank you on behalf of Kent Parks & Recreation and the Kent
Arts Commission for being a part of the Kent Summer Concert Series.
I love your music! You are both so talented,
and the music you create together is truly magical. Even though
our audience was smaller than I had hoped for, I heard more positive
comments about your performance than any other Thursday concert.
People really enjoyed it.
It's really a pleasure to host such
fine musicians in our community, and you two are a treat to work
Thanks again for a great performance
Kent Parks and Recreation
My husband and I heard you
at the Tanglewood Nature Center here in Elmira and we thoroughly
enjoyed every second of music! We purchased your Hearts
of Gold CD, and wish we had purchased more. Jennifer, my
14 year old daughter, plays it quite often (even in front of
Mary and Gerry Curns
It was great to see you
last Monday at the Institute of Musical Traditions concert in
Silver Spring, MD. I Enjoyed your music, your songs, and your
singing. I am glad that I saw you at the Philadelphia Folk
Festival, which led me to see you again here, and I am looking
forward to seeing you again on your next visit
Thank you for yet another
wonderful program. We all thoroughly enjoyed your performance
California Academy of Sciences
My husband and I had a wonderful
evening listening to you two when you were here in Winston-Salem
several weeks ago
you were great and we hope youll
Thanks so much,