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Welcome to Roheen Records! CDs canbe ordered online, or visit any of these fine retail stores. Thank you in advance for your purchase!

Or send a check or Money Order made out to Kitty Donohoe and send to:

Roheen Records, PO Box 3070, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Prices are $17 per CD ($16 plus $1 mailing costs per item)

The Bunyan & Banjoes book is $10 + $1 mailing OR a CD & book packet for $25 + $2 shipping = $27 total


To LISTEN or BUY, click on a CD

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Northern Border - 2008 SOLD OUT!!

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This Road Tonight - 2001

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As Sparks Fly Upward - 1992

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Farmer in Florida - 1986

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Bunyan and Banjoes - 1987 & 2004


NORTHERN BORDER, 2008
 
“Northern Border” is my 4th songwriter CD (not including an all-Michigan family project). The title has more to do with a feel than an actual songwriting theme. Living a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, my music is strongly inflected with the accordions, fiddles, and pipes that are common sounds in their music, as well as being an inherent sound from my Irish heritage. There’s a moodiness sometimes, questioning, exuberance, earthiness...all of the elements that define us as humans! I have some great guest artists on this release, such as Jan Krist and Claudia Schmidt, Tyler Duncan, Jeff Taylor and others. Not to mention David Mosher -  producer, friend, and “uber-musician".

CD SOLD OUT !!  but download available

"Recommended"  Dirty Linen

"A remarkable recording."  Sing Out1

"I had to put down my work and email you pronto to say what a fabulous album it is...   a word I rarely use."  Folk on the Fringe, Australia

"...a great work of art."  annarboralive.com



Tracks
 
1.  Come On Girls
2.  When I Was the Queen
3.  Pierre and Marie
4.  Dangerous Boys-O
5.  Winter Dark
6.  Kid With a Gun
7.  100% Chance of the Blues
8.  Shady Grove
9.  There Are No Words
10. Every Small Thing
 
THIS ROAD TONIGHT, 2001  

Produced by Kitty and David Mosher, the album is the result of a collection of songs written by Kitty during a long hiatus from recording. As ever, Kitty draws on her Irish heritage musically and uses a healthy dose of uilleann pipes, whistles and accordion in addition to guitars, bass and keyboard to back her up on all 12 original songs and tunes. Stepping a little farther afield than on past projects, Kitty and David integrated some unusual percussion to bring a novel feel to a couple of the cuts.

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 "beautifully produced, well written and expertly played"   Sing Out!


"an artist well worth paying attention to.”  Victory Music Review


"great talent for song writing and singing"  Irish Music


 

Tracks
  1. No One on this Road
  2. Jack of All Trades
  3. Thought I Knew
  4. Jiggle the Handle
  5. Do What You Love
  6. An Meid Raite
  7. A Murder of Crows
  8. Howling at the Moon
  9. Singing My Song
  10. Inisheer
  11. Bon Voyage
  12. Breathing

AS SPARKS FLY UPWARD, 1992

A collection of 10 original songs, plus one by songwriter Dick Siegel and one traditional Irish song, this album was co-produced by Kitty and Joel Mabus. Instruments such as Scottish bagpipes, cittern, and fiddle lend a Celtic feel to a lot of the songs.

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"...one of the best albums I've ever heard."   Fast Folk Musical Magazine

"...an excellent collection of songs..."  Dirty Linen

"Ms. Donohoe weaves a spell here..."  Sing Out!


Tracks

  1. Chester City
  2. Steady as a River
  3. Give in to the Blues
  4. Thin Ice
  5. Look for the Light
  6. Autumn Dance
  7. Seasons of the Heart
  8. Emma Sutter
  9. Angelo's
  10. North Country
  11. Blue Collar Poet
  12. To America

FARMER IN FLORIDA, 1986

Kitty’s first album was produced by Michigan musician Joel Mabus and includes beautiful performances by many of the areas most talented players, including Peter Madcat Ruth, Chris Rietz and Peter Dominguez. A bit more traditional sounding than her subsequent recordings, “Farmer in Florida” is considered “a classic” work by many of her fans and showcases her diverse songwriting.

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"an exceptional first album..."   Sing Out!

"Kitty's singing [is] rich, flexible, soaring, haunting...one of those rare voices."  Victory Music Review


Tracks

  1. Romancin' My Man
  2. Praying for Rain
  3. Turn Your Money Green
  4. The Brisk Young Butcher
  5. Evangeline's
  6. Make My Bed Mother
  7. When the West Wind Blows
  8. Callie's Jig
  9. The Mistletoe Bough
  10. The Cheater
  11. Farmer in Florida

BUNYAN AND BANJOES CD, 1987 & 2004
Songs of Michigan and the Great Lakes

The CD is now available and the book will be after the first of the year. 2005, by the way, marked the 200th birthday of Michigan becoming a territory.

In 1987 I wrote a bunch of songs about Michigan to perform in celebration of our 150th birthday and put it out as a cassette with an optional book available.  I had no idea the songs would become as popular as they have, with kids, teachers, history buffs and Michigan fans of all ages. The project eventually became a CD.  Most of the original songs are still intact on the CD, with three that were rerecorded to reflect changes; one new traditional lumbercamp song; and four originals that have never been recorded, including a few with a more Great Lakes regional feel.

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"Bunyan and Banjoes should be required material for all Michigan history teachers!"    Mary S, Grand Rapids teacher



BUNYAN AND BANJOES book, 1987 & 2004  
by Kitty Donohoe and Pasqua Cekola

The task of updating new pages for the book and meshing the recording technology of the '80's with current methods was interesting!  The "Bunyan and Banjoes" book contains 48 pages,  including all of the songs charted out in musical notation plus recipes, games and tons of information.  The 5 songs that were added to the CD version are included in a pocket in the back cover.  Available through this website only.




Tracks

  1. Michigan Gals
  2. Voyageurs
  3. Roll Loggers Roll
  4. Jack Haggerty
  5. Rivers
  6. Michigan ABC
  7. Maple Syrup
  8. Pierre and Marie
  9. Louie Sands and Jim McGee
  10. Wheels
  11. Red Iron Ore
  12. Great Lakes Lights
  13. Sisters of the Lights
  14. I Never Will Sail
  15. Ode to the Pasty
  16. Michigan Waltz
  17. Mackinac Bridge/St. Anne's Reel (unabridged version)

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THERE ARE NO WORDS

 
        is available here in mp3...

 
Kitty Donohoe