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Folksongs for a Nuclear Village

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Released  March 30, 1988
Label  Capitol
Release date  30 March 1988
Genres  Jazz, New-age music
Length  45:23
Artist  Shadowfax
Producer  David Kershenbaum
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Recorded  Powertrax, Hollywood, California
Folksongs for a Nuclear Village (1988)  The Odd Get Even (1990)
Awards  Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
Similar  Shadowfax albums, New-age music albums

Shadowfax 01 the firewalker

Folksongs for a Nuclear Village is the sixth studio album by new-age/jazz group Shadowfax, their first for Capitol Records. It won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1989.


"Folksong for a Nuclear Village" was a 1982 dance performance choreographed by Louise Durkee of Seattle in that city.

The cover artwork is a piece by Michael McMillen called Nel Mezzo Del Cammin Di Nostra Vita, which is the opening line from The Divine Comedy, meaning, in English, "In the middle of our life's journey."

Track listing

  1. "The Firewalker" (Chuck Greenberg) – 4:54
  2. "We Used to Laugh" (Greenberg) – 4:07
  3. "Solar Wind" (David C. Lewis) – 5:08
  4. "Behind Green Eyes" (Phil Maggini) – 5:17
  5. "Lucky Mud" (Stuart Nevitt) – 4:40
  6. "Madagascar Cafe" (Nevitt, G. E. Stinson) – 3:06
  7. "Against the Grain" (Charles Bisharat) – 3:42
  8. "No Society" (Bisharat) – 4:16
  9. "Elephant Ego" (Lewis) – 5:00
  10. "Folksong for a Nuclear Village" (Maggini, Stinson) – 5:13


  • Chuck Greenberg – Lyricon, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto, wood and clay flutes, double ocarina
  • Stuart Nevitt – cymbals, drums, E-mu SP-12/Pad 8 programming, gongs, timbales, caxixi, shakers, boobams, bamboo zither, shaman rattles, Bushman dance rattles, sampled dundago, clappers, kiwi drums, Moroccan clay drums, tambourines, bendir, gankogui, talking drum, log drums, congas
  • G. E. Stinson – electric and acoustic guitars, mbiras, accordion
  • Charles Bisharat – electric violin, violin, Yamaha DX7 synthesizer
  • David C. Lewis – Yamaha DX-7, Yamaha TX-7, Memorymoog synthesizer, E-mu Emax, sampled grand piano, Yamaha QX-I sequencer, Oberheim DX stretch drum machine
  • Phil Maggini – bass, fretless bass, string bass, Roland D-50 synthesizer, baby grand piano, bowed waterfone
  • Additional personnel

  • John Bergamo – tabla on 3
  • Emil Richards – marimba on 1 8, flapamba on 1 7, bass marimba on 3 6, jay call on 3, E-11 sampled wind chimes on 5, marimba on 5, boobams on 5, gamelan gongs on 5, metal angklung on 5, dumbeg on 6, clappers on 6, shekere on 6, bamboo stamping tubes on 7, angklung on 7, primitive toms on 7 8, woodblock marimba on 8, E-11 sampled didjeridu on 10, bull roar on 10, daka di bello on 11, whistle on 11
  • Haralambi A. - sampled talking drum on 9
  • Michael Spiro – percussion on 2 7 9, conga on 2 7 9
  • Songs

    1The Firewalker4:54
    2We Used to Laugh4:08
    3Solar Wind5:08


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