The Music of Sarah Stockwell Arthen

The Music of Sarah Stockwell Arthen

“Solid Ground” – Live from a hay field

Singing Dougie MacLean’s “Solid Ground” in Kip Sear’s hay field, Cummington, MA.  Video and inspiration by Rose Wessel (www.threesalamanders.com).

Living Sustainably in the Hilltowns: The Waulking Song (with friends, part 4)

Sticky: “Ballad of Mary Magdalene” – Live at the Iron Horse

Richard Shindell’s, “The Ballad of Mary Magdalene” at

the Iron Horse Music Hall on August 29, 2007.

“I Knew This Place” – Live at the Hilltown Spring Festival

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (www.hilltowncdc.org) is a great organization here in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts — its annual Spring Festival is one of my favorite events of the year.  I’ve been singing Dave Mallet’s “I Knew This Place” for a couple of decades (www.davidmallett.com).  Reminds me of  my family’s connection to my grandparent’s land.

“Just a Bum” – Live at the Iron Horse

Greg Brown’s “Just a Bum” at the Iron Horse Music Hall

in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

Healing in This Night – Live at the Iron Horse

Sarah sings Bob Franke’s “Healing in this Night” at the Iron Horse

Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

The Dead Egyptian Blues – Live at the Iron Horse

Sarah sings Michael Smith’s “The Dead Egyptian Blues” at the Iron

Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

Performance reviews and audience reaction

“With her vast and unusual repertoire, Sarah spins a story into a lyrical web of sound that she wraps ever so gently around the listener, moving and changing them. Her presence is as compelling as her performances are unforgettable, awakening the heart and mind of those lucky enough to hear her remarkable song interpretations. She’s my favorite local singer.                                                                                                                 – Penny Schultz

“Her singing is soulful and deeply felt; when she began to sing I felt the mood in the whole room change.”

“I haven’t fall so much in love with a singer since I first heard Kate Bush.”

“My CD player has become a Sarah Stockwell jukebox. I just can’t get enough of her!”

“Eroticism, grace and a deep, loving sensuality are brought to every note.”

Sticky: about Dark of Moon

You can buy Dark of Moon online at cdBaby or iTunes.

Reviews:

“Too often albums are merely strings of songs with little thematic link. But these 12 exquisitely chosen ballads create a spiritual journey through the human soul, with affecting images of darkness and light, strength and weakness, evil plenty of humor.” (three star rating)
–Bruce Sylvester, The Boston Phoenix

“Most of the well-known songs take on new colors and nuances in her performance. I felt like I was hearing Gorka’s “Raven in the Storm” for the first time. Bob Franke owes Stockwell a great debt for her haunting interpretation of his “I But a Little Girl.” Few, if any, others have tackled this powerfully chilling epic.”
–Rich Warren, Sing Out Magazine

“In an era when every guitarist tries to be a songwriter, Sarah Stockwell’s debut album “Dark of Moon” comes as a relief: finally, a young folk singer who interprets other writer’s work… finesses some wonderful songs… and she brings a brooding power to Bob Franke’s “I But a Little Girl” that the original only hinted at.”
–Daniel Gewertz, The Folk Almanac

“I love these versions of my songs — there is so much mood to this whole record.”
Michael Smith

Reviews of Dark of Moon cd

“These exquisitely chosen ballads create a spiritual journey through the human soul, with affecting images of darkness and light, strength and weakness, evil and plenty of humor.”
The Boston Phoenix

“One of the best singers around, to my ear… Lets the song create her style.”
Gordon Bok

“I love these versions of my songs — there is so much mood to this whole record. It all adds up for me and I am just knocked down by the whole package.”
Michael Smith (composer of “Dead Egyptian Blues” and “Crazy Mary”)

“Sarah is a singer to be reckoned with. In a folk scene dominated by songwriters it’s refreshing to hear somebody doing great songs they haven’t written — and doing them so well. Her a capella gospel stuff is a knock-out.”
Orrin Star

“Most of the well-known songs take on new colors and nuances in her performance… Bob Franke owes Stockwell a great debt for her haunting interpretation of his “I But a Little Girl.”
Sing Out Magazine

“A penetrating touch….finesses some wonderful songs.”
– New England Folk Almanac

“If you are looking for the one CD that you won’t get tired of, Sarah Stockwell’s ‘Dark of Moon’ is the one… enchanting and very entertaining.”
– Mezlim Magazine

“Stockwell is a riveting, mesmerizing performer who deeply feels the music she plays… My one qualm before listening to Dark of Moon was whether Stockwell could capture such feeling on tape. I am happy to report that she has. ”
– FireHeart Magazine

“… Powerful, often stunning… her voice is a gift.”
– Boston Rock Magazine

“Sarah’s ability to weave diverse materials with style, resonance, class and just a playful hint of the bizarre, carries you with the joy of a bedtime story and the impact of ancient myths. She will move you, but you will also smile.”
– Devyn Christopher Gillette, WMFO, Medford, MA