January 10, 2013

Veteran duo introduces newcomer


---- — WILLSBORO — Sounds of the Northway, also known as Kol Dereckh Hatzafon, will ring in its 2013 season at the Willsboro Coffeehouse Saturday evening.

Newcomer and vocalist Patricia Nelson joins veterans Cathie Davenport (flute and vocals) and Ann Ruzow Holland (guitar, piano and vocals).

“Patricia relocated here,” Holland said. “We’re still looking for a violinist or pianist. This is a new venture with a new third person. We’re doing 20 songs from our repertoire.”

Selections hail from nature themes, Jewish music, local history and three songs from the group’s latest release, “Herstory: Heroes Turning the World Right Side Up,” a historical anthology of 23 songs.

“We do a few sing-alongs and attempt to engage the audience in singing a few songs with us. It’s a real combination of stuff. We finally learned one of the two Harriet Tubman songs I wanted to learn. We’re using a traditional melody that is a little more gospel than anything else,” Holland said.

There will be songs about food.

“We will be pulling a few from the two CDs (”Herstory” and “Water, Women and Song”). Some will be music we haven’t previously recorded,” she said.

Kol Dereckh Hatzafon has had a changing configuration since its inception in 1990.

“People cycle in and cycle out as their lives change, and that is fine with us,” Holland said.

She has more time for her musical endeavors after completing her doctorate in environmental studies at Antioch University of England.

“I was the second of my cohorts to finish,” Holland said. “I was on the fast track. Some of them are not done yet. Thirteen of us started in 2006. Half have graduated. It was wonderful, the best experience of my whole life. This was wonderful. The world of ideas I love, and you get to write.”

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IF YOU GO WHAT: Sounds of the Northway, also known as Kol Dereckh Hatzafon. WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Willsboro Congregational Church, Route 22, Willsboro. ADMISSION: $5 adults and $2 students.