Thanks for dropping by our website. We are Watercarvers Guild, what you might call a pop-fused acoustic folk jam family band. “Folk” is often defined as music that is taught in the home, passed from generation to generation. That’s certainly true for us.
David says, "My brother Nathan and I were essentially bred in captivity; hand fed and taught to love music, especially acoustic music. Though we are passionate about tried and true traditional folk themes (life, death, work, love, God…) we’ve found there are always new ways to tell those deeply common yet unique stories. When you use music itself to say what the lyrics suggest, then you’ve got a really good song."
We’ve recorded three Watercarver Guild CD’s plus there are some solo music projects by David and Darrell in our Store. David Casey’s newer projects are at www.davidcaseymusic.com
Performing music is a lot like watercarving…it’s always changing shape, always on the move. And so it is with us. We still play music together, still perform on occasion but we don’t tour around the Northwest like we used to. But… playing good music for no other reason than that it's good music is no small thing.
Watercarvers Guild on Emmy winning
Montana PBS "11th and Grant" show!
Watercarvers Guild was featured on the Emmy award-winning Montana PBS television program, “11th and Grant”. This one hour program features in-studio performances of songs from “Balladeers and Aeronauts” plus artist interviews with host Eric Funk. You can purchase a DVD of this program in our Store.
Watch Watercarvers Guild on Montana PBS:
Thurs., Feb. 5, 7PM, Sat. Feb. 7, 10:15PM,
Mon., Feb. 9, 2AM
Balladeers and Aeronauts
David Casey has written a great collection of songs for this Watercarvers Guild album, character portraits mostly. The two “aeronauts” on this new CD are Vincent Lunardi, the first hot air balloonist, in a song called “Sailing Away” and “Amelia”, a soulful, melodic song about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, who was lost at sea.
Watercarvers Guild was especially honored to have Nollaig Casey, their Irish cousin, add her incredible talent on fiddle to the first and last songs of this CD. Nollaig Casey is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with her own unique way of playing traditional Irish music on the fiddle and such an utterly distinctive sound that it would be impossible to mistake it for that of anyone else. This “sound” is so attractive to other musicians that there exists hardly any major Irish artist of the last twenty years with whom she has not worked. Nollaig has also recorded and worked with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Emmy Lou Harris, Steve Earle, Mary Black, and The Indigo Girls.
Watercarvers Guild performed at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle with Nollaig and her guitarist husband, Arty McGlynn in the spring of 2002, while the duo were in Seattle on their first U.S. tour. You can hear Nollaig Casey’s beautiful fiddle on “Sailing Away” and “Angel in This House.”
Watercarvers Guild would also like to acknowledge Dean Morrissey, whose imaginative artwork graces the cover of Balladeers and Aeronauts with his painting, “Sleeper Flight”. This beautiful painting is from Morrissey’s 1994 book, “Ship of Dreams”, which was awarded "Best Illustrated Children's Book" by The New York Times Book Review.
Photos courtesy of 11th and Grand with Eric Funk, Montana PBS
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