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Connie Dover News and Information

"Connie Dover is the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez"
Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered
                the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West."
         
            Cowboys & Indians Magazine

"Connie Dover possesses that most rare of instruments, a voice so evocative,
so perfect . . .  Hers is a universal voice, following
the thread of history, so steeped
in tradition it conjures images of Scotland, of Ireland,
 
of Appalachia,
of the Old American West . . .  a consummate singer."

Jon Chandler, Old West Journal
 


Video of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering

In January 2009, Connie performed with Skip Gorman at the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Here is video of their Thursday performance (sing-along, also featuring Glenn Ohrlin, the Gillette Brothers and Michael Martin Murphey) and Friday performance (Songs of Yellowstone and the Tetons, also featuring Ray Doyle, Jon Chandler & the Wichitones, and a live on-stage painting of a beautiful Yellowstone scene by renowned artist William Matthews). There is also video and audio of other performances.

 

Download Connie's music today!

Connie's CDs, plus her digital-only 2-song release of "Amazing Grace" and "The Language of Flowers," are available as direct MP3 downloads through CD Baby or your favorite music download site. At cdbaby.com, you can buy an entire album as one zip download, which includes MP3s, a JPG of the album art, and a text file of song titles, album notes & a link back to Connie's website. These are regular MP3 files that play easily on an MP3 player, such as an iPod, MP3-enabled cellphone, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia MP3 player, Windows, Mac, Linux and more. The MP3s are encoded at top-audiophile quality (~200k VBR):

Christmas Music from Connie Dover and The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

Connie has recorded a CD of Christmas songs and carols with Kansas City's premiere chamber ensemble, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Under the musical direction of maestro Bruce Sorrell, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra celebrated its 21st season with the CD release of seasonal music arranged exclusively for this special collaboration with Connie. Guest musicians on a variety of traditional instruments will round out this uniquely beautiful collection of beloved and lesser-known songs, which includes: O Come Emmanuel, The Christ Child's Lullaby, The Huron Carol, Cantus, Auld Lang Syne, The Holly and the Ivy and many more. Click to order or get more info!

 


Connie Receives 2007 Emmy Award

Taylor Park Music is pleased to announce that Connie has received a 2007 Emmy Award for Musical Composition and Arrangement for her work on the KCPT Public Television 19 historical documentary, Bad Blood: The Border War that Triggered the Civil War. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) hosted the 31st annual Mid-America Emmy Awards Gala on October 20, 2007, at the America's Center Ferraro Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dover and fellow Emmy winner, Clayton Stubbs (KCPT 19), who also received an Emmy in the Audio category for Bad Blood), were selected from 700 entries in 81 categories. Dover, known for her interpretations of Scots, Irish and American Cowboy traditional songs, produced acoustic music for the 90-minute documentary and formed an ensemble -- "The Brother Green Band" -- with Mason Brown (guitar/bass viol/banjo), Kelly Werts (guitar/fiddle/percussion /recording engineer), Douglas Goodhart (fiddle/tenor viol) and Matthew Johnson (cello) to create a musical atmosphere to support the grim and heart-rending story of the border wars between Missouri and the Kansas Territory in the years from 1854 to 1860. Dover sings and plays piano and organ on the Bad Blood soundtrack, which also features instrumental work by Missouri music favorites Cathy Barton and Dave Para.

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Connie's Song "Out Yonder" Wins Yellowstone Teton Song Prize

The Western Folklife Center (Elko, Nevada) has announced the winners of the Yellowstone and Teton Song Contest. The Grand Prize of $1,000 goes to Connie Dover for her song "Out Yonder." The second prize of $500 goes to Ray Doyle for his song "The Jewel," and the Audience Award of a new Gibson Songwriter Deluxe guitar goes to Jon Chandler for his song, "The Road That Leads to Yellowstone."

"Out Yonder" was written by Connie on the front porch of the cook house at the Double Diamond X Ranch where she worked as a ranch cook. The ranch headquarters overlooks the South Fork of the Shoshone River right on the edge of Yellowstone Park near Cody, Wyoming. Connie completed the song while driving to a recording studio near Taos, New Mexico, where she recorded this and other unreleased songs about her love of the West with friends and fellow musicians Mason Brown and Chipper Thompson.

Hal Cannon, founding director of the Western Folklife Center and song contest organizer, along with co-producer Taki Telonidis, will select songs to produce a CD, Songs from Yellowstone and the Tetons. "We want to give people a wonderful soundtrack of music to accompany their drive around the parks," explains Cannon. The CD will be released early spring 2008. There will be a launch concert at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana and there are also tentative plans to have events in Cody and Jackson, Wyoming. You can listen to the winning songs on the Western Folklife Center website.

The Wyoming Pals Tour South America

Connie and musical friends Tom Sauber and Skip Gorman visited South America this summer. "The Wyoming Pals" toured Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, performing in schools, at community concerts and for embassy functions hosted by the US State Department in cooperation with local arts councils, universities and humanities organizations. The 2007 trip is a follow-up of their delightful 2006 Chilean tour. Thanks especially to Sol, Ricardo y Sandrita for all they did to make this happen. See photos below of the Pals and their Paraguayan friends (talented young recipients of academic scholarships) at a concert and bar-b-que at the residence of Ambassador James Cason in Asuncion, Paraguay. Felicitaciones!


 

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Winter Count -- poems by Connie Dover -- released May 18, 2007

Connie's first book of poetry -- Winter Count -- was released at a debut reception, concert and poetry reading at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Featured as a kick-off for the first annual Kansas City Literary Festival, the event, which was was hosted by the KC Public Library, The Writers Place, Prospero's Books and the Kansas City Literary Festival, drew 300 listeners and featured both Connie's reading and a brief concert with musical pals Mason Brown and Douglas Goodhart. Winter Count is available online through Connie's website at www.conniedover.com and at www.prosperosbookstore.com. Connie is one of the latest to join the pantheon of poets published by Kansas City's Unholy Day Press. Look for a write-up about her work online at Present Magazine: www.presentmagazine.com/arts_ww.php.

Connie Receives Speakeasy Prize in Poetry
Connie has been selected as the winner of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry.  Chosen from over 700 entries, her poems, Suler Monday, Pablo y Maria and Winter Count (the title poem of her new book poetry) were featured in Speakeasy Magazine.  Connie's work was awarded first prize by judge Li-Young Lee, who wrote, "A lively blend of narrative and song, the voice in these poems, particularly in ‘Suler Monday,’ speaks out of the richness of family cannon and apocrypha.” Prose winner Nicole Lea Helget was chosen by judge Rosellen Brown for her creative nonfiction piece, “Stain You Red.”  

The Loft Literary Center was founded in 1974 in a loft above a Minneapolis bookstore and is now the largest independent literary center in the nation.  Serving more than 50,000 readers and writers each year through classes, writing contests, grants and other services, the Loft is located in the Twin Cities' new Open Book literary arts building. For more information about the Loft visit http://www.loft.org and  http://www.speakeasymagazine.org.

Christmas on the Plains

Taylor Park Music is proud to carry the CD, "Christmas on the Plains: A Musical Gathering of Plainsfolk". This collection of Christmas music was released in 1993 by the Wichita Eagle Beacon Press, and includes two songs recorded by Connie that you won't hear anywhere else: her lovely a cappella rendition of the 16th Century "Lo How A Rose E're Blooming" and the haunting "Huron Carol." Produced by fifth-generation Kansas musician Kelly Werts, this wonderful CD of 15 traditional songs, carols and instrumental pieces captures the rich variety of music that rings across the plains each December. Performed by Kansas' finest singers and instrumentalists, the many different twists of sacred, secular, ethnic and whimsical songs capture the spirit of a pioneer Christmas, and remind us that the plainsfolk hold a rich and diverse musical heritage. Go to our online ordering page at https://secure.nameservers.com/conniedover.com/store/orders.shtml.

Connie's Music on BEFORE THEIR TIME , Volume III Compilation
Connie's rendition of Huw Williams' beautiful song, Rosemary's Sister, from her album, Somebody, is part of the third and final volume of BEFORE THEIR TIME, a benefit collection of music designed to provide comfort and consolation to people in mourning.  100% of net revenues from the sale of this 4-hour 4-disc song compilation goes to Hospice and suicide-prevention organizations. Over fifty artists, including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Eric Bogle, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have contributed songs to BEFORE THEIR TIME, Volume III, which is scheduled for released in October, 2004.  Connie's instrumental piece, An Air for Mary Tipton, is part of  BEFORE THEIR TIME, Volume II.

Four-CD sets are $30.00, or two for $50, plus $7 S&H.  There are no S&H charges if you send a check to Before Their Time, PO Box 222, Lyme NH 30768.  To order, visit http://www.beforetheirtime.org  or call 800.447.3803.
 
Jackie Ahlstrom in Home Companion
Artist and illustrator Jackie Ahlstrom, who designed the beautiful CD companion booklets for Connie's last three recordings, is featured in the October/November edition of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine. The article focuses on Jackie's talents as a beadwork artist.  To view examples of her stunning work (her beaded leather gauntlets are inside of "The Border of Heaven" CD tray), pick up the latest edition of Home Companion or visit Jackie at http://www.jackieahlstrom.com .

En Francais!
To Connie's French-speaking fans:
   Thanks to the generous efforts of a dedicated listener in France, you can now access a French-language version of Connie's website, including a bio page, contact information and links, plus descriptions and photos of some of the instruments played on her albums.  http://perso.libertysurf.fr/dmbmarchand/conniedover/  

Peace and understanding through music ... ... and blessings to all, - Connie

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