"a Wayfarer" - norm williams

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Thank you for taking the time to visit this page.  For several years I have been encouraged to make a solo recording of the acapella and Mountain Dulcimer songs & tunes I often sing/perform, as well as other material.  I have desired to do an all gospel recording for some time of those songs/tunes that minister to my soul and reflect this journey I have been on. I have begun the recording process thanks to a generous benefactor and I cannot express to you how excited I am to get to work recording these wonderful songs & tunes, but I still need help to make it happen!

  How did all of this start you ask?!? Music has always been a large part of my life.  I sang my first solo at age 12 and sang a lot with the church choir and my family during my high school years.  At age 20 I picked up the guitar, primarily to accompany myself - I was really into folk and folk-gospel at the time.  While in College I met other like-minded folk musicians and became part of a band called "Wayfarers." We played all through college and beyond and have remained close over the years.  These were my musical "teeth cutting" years and I value the lessons learned from playing and the friendships that endure. For a few years in the 80's I played mostly solo and it was the singing that was most important to me. In the '90's we moved into East Stroudsburg and I met Bob Mallalieu who was playing in a group called "Joyful Noise." He invited me to join them. We became good friends and over the next 9 years developed into a band called "Pure Water Supply."  During this time period Bob's and my love for Old Time Music grew and we picked up additional instruments - banjo, mountain & hammered dulcimer and other assorted folk instruments. "Pure Water Supply" was a dynamic band and I was fortunate to record 2 albums with them. In 1999 I hit a low - spiritually, morally and emotionally -  in my life and dropped out of playing music.  I entered recovery and discovered some disturbing and wonderful things including that I have a God who loves me and Who desires, by grace, to restore me. This seemed impossible to me but, gratefully I was wrong.

  Over the past 17 years I have found a new vitality in my relationship with Christ and, in turn a new passion for the music.  I am very much an Old Time musician, learning tunes from others “knee to knee,” and gravitating toward the old and the traditional.  I have been privileged to continue my close friendship with Bob and in 2002 we formed the band, "Wayfarers & Company." We have produced 2 albums and are working on our third as I write. Bob & I also started the Pocono Dulcimer Club and its Winter Dulcimer Festival around that time, and I also began teaching Mountain Dulcimer, first in our club and later at other festivals throughout the Northeast. Additionally, I am privileged to play with Tom & Betty Druckenmiller ("the Druckenmillers," who I’ve also recorded with) and with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder as "the Dulcimer Boys."

  All of these experiences (and many more than I cannot convey here) have conspired to bring me to this moment of recording this album which is titled, "...a Wayfarer; songs of encouragement & hope for the journey."  Songs included are "Wayfaring Stranger; Where the Soul Never Dies; Love That Amazes; What Wondrous Love”; and a dozen more. Most are very old; some are new but in an older style.  I play Mountain Dulcimer, guitar, a little banjo and Native flute. On some I have asked friends who I've sung/played with to join me.  My hope is these will be an encouragement to all who listen.

  I tell you all that to ask you this:  Would you please take a moment to consider partnering with me as I strive to share this music that's been put on my heart? Any amount of support will be deeply appreciated. I hope when it’s completed you’ll love the music as much as I do.

For those of you interested in how the money will be spent, here's the estimated breakdown:

  Studio Time: $0 (gifted by a generous benefactor)
  Art Work: $500
  Sound Engineer: $2000
  Mastering & Mixing: $1000
  Post Production: $2500
That totals $6000 that I am seeking to raise to  complete this recording.

Again, thank you for your consideration in partnering with me on this project.

Norm
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The goal has been met for some time now. The next major event is the CD release Celebration at Godfrey Daniels in south-side Bethlehem on Sunday, October 1st at 3:30pm. Come out if you can ...and check out my website for more information where I'll be playing and to share with your friends. It's at www.awayfarer-normw.com where you can also see some video, listen to tracks from the album or purchase items from the store

Thank you all so much for your kind and generous support and the wonderful encouragement you've been to me. My God richly bless each one of you.
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Thanks to a very generous benefactor our goal has been reached. I am so appreciative of all who have supported this project - financially, spiritually, encouragement, critical review... It is humbling to realize this project and incredible to me how much generous, loving support I have been a privileged recipient of.

The projected production date is August 21st. I am looking forward to sending out the finished CD and the prints and tees... keep an eye out. These will also be available at the CD Release Concert & celebration on October 1st, 3:30pm at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Website - http://www.godfreydaniels.org

Once again... THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!
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Here's a video of "Jordan's Stormy Banks": Recorded at Morning Star Studios, Norriton, PA for the new album "...a wayfarer
with cello - Trudy Gojeski, and concertina - Rob Yoder

We're making progress and are now in the final stages of getting all the pieces together to complete this project.

Please share this with others and if you know of other potential supporters I would really appreciate you pointing them in my direction.

Thanks so much to all of you... you are making this project possible. May the Lord bless each one of you richly...
Jordan's Stormy Banks
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The past 3-plus weeks have been incredibly busy with mixing, listening, mixing and playing (Trexlertown Farmer’s Market, Quiet Valley Historical Farm’s Music in the Valley and the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival). I am privileged and humbled to have been able to share the stage with folks like Joe Newberry, Janey Rothfield and Hunter Walker …and to enjoy sets with Stan & Shea Zukowski, Rob and Anna Lisa Yoder, Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, Gordon Allum, the Clodhoppers and so many other folks.
The recording is mostly mixed at this time and I’m doing some intensive listening as well as asking others for their feedback. I have worked hard to make this recording feel as live as possible and most of the recorded tracks were done that way – live.

Here’s a link to soundcloud --> https://soundcloud.com/norm-williams-583484790 where I’ve posted some of the completed tracks…

In the next few weeks we are looking to put the production together with the album art work and info. This is a very exciting time for me and I’m looking forward to sharing the completed recording with you all. Once again I say, Thank You so much for your generous support and encouragement. This project could not happen without each one of you and you are very much a part of the final outcome of this musical endeavor.

In gratitude,
Norm
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Sorry to keep donating in drips and drabs, but really want you to finish this project! Peace and blessings to you!

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