Personnel: Joanne Shenandoah (vocals, stomp dance); Lawrence Laughing (vocals, percussion, stomp dance); Tom Wasinger (wall harp, mouth bow, dulcimer, guitar, vocals, Native American flute, ocarina, percussion, autoharp, gopichand, bass, cittern, hammered tremoloa); Mark McCoin (percussion, wooden & resonating stone slit drums, udu, wooden flute).
Recorded at Subterranean Snake, Boulder, Colorado & Shenandoah Productions, Oneida Nation Territory, New York. Includes liner notes by Doug George-Kanentioo, Rachel McDonald & Mike McDonald.
Personnel: Joanne Shenandoah (vocals); Tom Wasinger (vocals, guitar, cittern, dulcimer, harp, autoharp, flute, ocarina, mouth bow, drums, percussion); Lawrence Laughing (vocals, percussion); Mark McCoin (wooden flute, drums, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Doug George Kanentiio; Mike McDonald.
Recording information: Shenandoah Productions, Oneida Nation Territory, NY; Subterranean Snake, Boulder, CO.
Photographer: Albert Fanning.
Arrangers: Joanne Shenandoah; Lawrence Laughing; Tom Wasinger.
Joanne Shenandoah is a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. Fittingly, she also has a beautiful voice with which she expresses her spirit and heart. Orenda, an Iroquois word meaning "the soul of all things," features her sweet vocals in harmony with Lawrence Laughing. She sings these ceremonial songs in their native languages. The instrumental accompaniment, by Tom Wasinger and Mark McCoin, is subtle and low-key. This is Shenandoah's CD. Her gentle style is both dynamic and serene. It fills the heart and soul of the listener. Laughing's harmonies are smooth and graceful. This is an excellent CD. It will appeal to fans of Walela and Mary Youngblood. ~ Jim Brenholts