I'm pleased to offer
another musical side of myself which features my love of traditional
folk music. This CD also features
more banjo than my previous recordings, as well as lots of solo
acoustic finger-style guitar.
These songs are part
of a concert-lecture I have been performing for many years called "Images
of Women in Folk Music" at colleges, universities and other venues.
They include classic American and Anglo-American folk songs, from ballads
This CD is an expansion of a 7-song cassette I did a number of years
ago. Many of those songs were re-recorded along with many new songs I
added to the program. Joining me musically is Barry Wiesenfeld on acoustic
and electric bass, Richard Sleigh on harmonica and Charlie Rury on fiddle.
There is some percussion but no drrums.
The CD is a departure from my first two CDs in that it's very acoustic,
with very few instruments and no drums. Song lyrics are only available
here at the website.
Song Listing (all
songs public domain unless indicated otherwise):
1. The Wagoner's Lad
2. Katie Dear
3. The Gypsy Davy (aka Blackjack Davy)
4. Know You Rider
5. Cotton Mill Girls (Hedy West, Unichappell Music, BMI)
6. Rosemary Lane
7. The Railroad Boy
8. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
9. The House Carpenter
10. The Wind and Rain
11. Wish I Was A Single Girl Again
12. The Devil And The Farmer's Wife
13. Dink's Song (Fare Thee Well)
14. The Wagoner's Lad (full version)
"Images of Women"
can be purchased as a hard copy CD at my recordings page
directly from me via online credit card charge, mailing in an order form,
CDBaby.com. You can also purchase individual songs as digital downloads,
or the entire album (digitally) by clicking on the tracks below:
We've recorded so
much material that this will be a multi-volume set. Vol. 2 coming in
Here's a review of "Images of Women" that appeared in SING OUT, the
premiere folk music Magazine in the U.S.:
"Before hearing this recording, I had only known
Robin Greenstein as a singer-songwriter. It turns out she once studied
great Hedy West and, as she reveals on this set, she is, herself, a very
impressive interpreter of traditional folk songs.
With the exception of West's "Cotton Mill Girls", all of the songs here
are traditional, all are performed in traditionally-oriented styles, and
all are primarily about women. The women in many of these songs are tragic
figures. There's the regretful wife who wishes she were a single girl again,
the suicidal lovers in "Katie Dear" - a variant of "Silver Dagger" - the
battered, murdered woman in "The Wind and Rain" and the young mother who
deserts her baby and husband, the house carpenter, to run away with a seaman,
only to drown when his ship sinks. There's also the rich man's wife who
deserts her husband to run off with Blackjack Davy and the wife of the
who was too much trouble for the Devil himself.
Among my favorite tracks are a bluesy version of "I Know You Rider" that's
reminiscent of Hot Tuna's arrangement and a lovely version of the lonesome
lament "Dink's Song (Fare Thee Well)."
Greenstein complements her comfortable-sounding vocals with some fine guitar
and banjo playing. She also sparingly uses a synthesizer for added texture
and receives some tasteful support from Barry Wiesenfeld on bass Richard
Sleigh on harmonica and fiddler Charlie Rury. As she implies in the album
title, she's planning to release a second volume of traditional songs in
the future. I'm eagerly awaiting it.".
( Mike Regenstreif for SING OUT Magazine)
reprinted with permission of the reviewer