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"A Rumor in the Mill" is available directly from the artist, or from the following vendors:

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Track Listing, Credits and Links to Lyrics:

1. Donora

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, harmonium.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, cello, percussion, slide electric guitar.
(For Devra Davis and her powerful book, When Smoke Ran Like Water.)

2. Dear Megan

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion.
Audrey Engdahl: harmonies.
(For Megan, obviously.)

3. The Sextant

Carolyn Fischer: vocal, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, mandola, cello.
(For Eric, who first described the sextant to me: an astronomical instrument used to calculate latitude and longitude at sea.)

4. Feet of Clay

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, mandocello, percussion, slide guitar.
Wendy Lanxner: harmonies.
(For the likes of Bill, Brittany, and everyone.)

5. Man of Few Words

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion, electric guitars.
Pam Beecroft: harmonies.
(For Alex, who left us saying too little.)

6. Fifteen Years Ago

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, mandocello, percussion.
Wendy Lanxner: harmonies.
(For Terry Schiavo, may she rest in peace.)

7. Lonesome George

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, bass.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, percussion.
(A true story about an endangered giant sea turtle in the Galapagos Islands, the last of his subspecies, and the attempts to find him a mate.)

8. Hummingbirds

Carolyn Fischer: vocal, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion.
Bill Gurley: banjo, fiddle, harmony.
Pam Gurley: harmony.
(In some hummingbird species, the males gather in communities called leks and sing together to try to entice females to come over for mating.)

9. Shotgun Wedding

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, harmonium, electric guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion. 
(For Al, who should have been the groom.)

10. You Leave It Behind

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, harmonium.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion.
(To Scott: "Honey, you don’t create emptiness.")

11. Beautiful Day (to Lend a Hand)

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion.
Bill Gurley: banjo, fiddle.
(For all the uninsured, self-employed musicians and their friends who have had to hold fundraisers to pay for critical medical care.)

12. The Lucky Ones

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, mandocello, cello, percussion.
Audrey Engdahl: harmonies.
(For Oma and Opa, who lost their home and left Ukraine for Canada, and for those who were left behind the Iron Curtain.)

13. Country House

Carolyn Fischer: vocal, guitar, harmonium.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, mandocello, percussion. 
(I once dreamed of a summer cottage in France, but I settled for the Shenandoahs.)

14. John’s Wish (Sometimes)

Carolyn Fischer: vocals, guitar, harmonium.
Tom Espinola: mandolin, bass, percussion.
(Drawn from John Lennon’s 1971 interview on the Dick Cavett Show.)


All songs, music and lyrics by Carolyn Fischer. © 2013 Carolyn Fischer. All rights reserved.                                
Recorded and produced by Tom Espinola in Chevy Chase MD.
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow in Boulder CO.
Design by Beth Sandidge; cover art is based on a photo from the Donora Digital Collection.
Portrait photos by Lisa Helfert.

Guest artists and their creative outlets:
Tom Espinola -- Lulu's Fate
Audrey Engdahl -- Sense of Wonder
Bill and Pam Gurley 
Wendy Lanxner