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Among Friends

2012 | Muzzzy House Music

“…one of the GREAT live albums. Performance, warmth, atmosphere, virtuosity, variety and a true sense of ‘being there’.  It’s an utter and absolute delight from beginning to end.” Nigel Schofield, UK Music Journalist

“As a live album, this one scores four stars. Debra really connects with all around her; a capella or accompanied on guitar, she uses her natural magnetism and fabulous, warm alto voice to drive home both traditional and written material, and her fans are obviously enjoying this delightful part of their education.” Folk Wales Magazine

AFCoverSquareFrom the CD notes

Since 2003, I have considered West Yorkshire in England a “home-away-from-home”. I have also come to know many folks that frequent the folk clubs in this region. Some have become dear friends and some I consider an extension of my own family. The Bacca Pipes Folk Club is known for their exceptional resident singers and they didn’t disappoint that November evening when this performance was recorded.

The title , “Among Friends” comes from another good friend, singer and musician Tom Lewis. When visiting him and his wife Lyn, we were discussing the songs we sing and that as time passes, they eventually become a part of us, very much like old friends. People as friends, songs as friends; I am rich in both. Debra Cowan, August 2012

About the cover drawing

In the early 1980s my good friend, Susan (Spink) Lehmberg created the drawing that graces the front of this recording. This wonderful illustration appeared on posters to advertise the gigs I was doing in the town of Redding, California at that time. She had completed two drawings for me and unfortunately the other has long since disappeared.

Sadly, Spink passed away a few years ago. Her husband, Phil, graciously gave me his blessing to use her drawing for this project. She was a lovely, giving and gentle soul and I am glad to be able to honor her in this manner. Thanks, Phil, Ali and Mason.

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