For songwriter Zoe
Mulford, the ordinary is miraculous and the extraordinary happens
every day. A city planner recreates a vanished neighborhood. A roadside
statue watches over drivers on Interstate 95. Even the family glassware
has a story to tell. Born and raised in the United States, Zoe has
covered a lot of ground. She has lived in Belgium and Japan, studied
Chinese poetry and East African drumming, and has most recently fetched
up in England in the great music city of Manchester.
Landmarks on her musical journey include English and Scottish folk
ballads, the songs of Kurt Weill and George Gershwin, an apprenticeship
in the Old Time picking circles of North Carolina, and a long-running
flirtation with the Blues. Backing her clear vocals with guitar or
banjo, she may bring to mind Joni Mitchell, Christine Lavin, and
Gillian Welch in the course of a single set.
Russ Arlotta, a long time resident of Takoma Park,
who has been under the songwriter’s unpredictable spell since the early
1970's (writing his first song at 15), shares the evening with Zoe.
Tonight, Arlotta (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Friends (Karen Taylor vocal harmonies
and melodica, Mindy McWilliams
violin, Zan Mcleod
electric and acoustic guitars, and mandolin, Charles Trapp - bass, Dan Robinson bouzouki, Jay Endelman - acoustic guitar, and Paul Lojewski - harmonica) perform
songs from his debut CD, The Road We
The common threads that bind this collection of songs are the lyrics
that touch some of the deeper truths we count on for meaning in this
world; love, kindness, honesty, joy, compassion, courage: the life
blood of spirit and soul on this road we travel.