Recordings by Diane Taraz
Diane's recordings are available in many forms from many places. For a physical CD, go to Amazon.com or contact us (click on the words contact us and you will be whisked to the contact page). For digital downloads of entire albums or individual songs, visit Amazon.com or Apple iTunes. Most streaming services feature Diane's work.
Rockin' Out on Star Island is only available as a physical CD. To get one, send $15 (shipping is free) to Diane Taraz, 23 Bailey Road, Arlington, MA 02476. Once you have it you are free to put it on whatever device you like. It appears first in this list to help you locate it among Diane's many other recordings.
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Diane's love letter to a little rock in the Atlantic where she has spent over two decades straight reveling in the sea, the sky, and the company of fellow "Shoalers." About half the songs are new, and half are on other of her recordings. She calls on Billy Novick to work his whistle magic on her setting of Celia Thaxter's "The Sandpiper," and Larry Luddecke plays sneaky keyboard on "Chickens and Bears," about those who jump into the ocean (Polar Bears) and those who shudder at the notion (Polar Chickens). John Yannis sets the perfect Victorian mood with his piano accompaniment for "Good-bye, Sweet Day!" -- a song that has been serenading the sunset at Star for nearly 150 years.
Diane's first CD enjoyed critical praise and widespread airplay on folk stations across the country. It features the well-loved "Raisin Pie" and includes the incomparable fiddling of Johnny Cunningham.
"Her smooth, rich voice is one of the best on the folk circuit. She is also a very good songwriter.... Diane's album 'Shoes That Fit Like Sand' is so good, I was stunned when I first heard it."
-- KVMR-FM Program Guide, Nevada City CA
Diane's second solo recording includes some of her most powerful poetry and melodies, along with her gorgeous arrangements of traditional songs. She tosses in a dark, bluesy cover of Steve Goodman's "Lookin' for Trouble," her vibrant bluegrass chugger "Full Moon Tonight," and a folk take on "Heard It Through the Grapevine."
"Taraz's resonant, unforced vocals are a pleasure... a unique contribution to contemporary songwriting."
-- Maureen Jackson, Victory Review
Songs old and new, bursting with life. The title track celebrates the universality of music and our own fleeting existence. Diane's setting of Dylan Thomas' "Fern Hill" captures the magic of childhood, and "The Children's Hour" provides Longfellow's poem with one of Diane's most transcendent melodies.
"Simply wonderful. It features that velvet voice... just plain beautiful."
-- Bob Pegritz, University of Delaware
Making songs by others completely her own, Diane collaborates with a variety of talented musicians on this 70-minute delight. Memorable arrangements and superb musicianship create unforgettable versions of Diane's original songs, as well as traditional classics, French gems, and the pure fun of "Let's Go Canoeing on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg."
Classics of American song, from lovelorn to joyful to downright silly. Diane is backed by a tight combo of studio masters: Mike Duke on guitar, Peter Tillotson on bass, Steve Langone on drums, Eric Kilburn on mandolin, and jazz/folk legend Billy Novick on clarinet. Several songs are in French, the language of love. Let's fall in love!
Striking songs from Diane's youthful pen, plus newer creations and Diane's intense versions of traditional gems. Some are sung and played as gently as the brush of a bee's wing, and others rise into power to invoke many moods. Featuring Peter Tillotson on bass, Billy Novick on whistle, and amazing work by fiddler Bronwyn Keith-Hynes.
Powerful songs that celebrate the companions who accompany us on life's journey -- the perfect way to memorialize loved ones, with velvety vocals, angelic fiddle, and gospel-tinged piano.
More classics of American song, as Diane assembles her band of masters for another romp through perky ditties from the 1920s to bluesy beauties, and even a little early rock & roll. You get the title track, plus "Georgia on My Mind," "God Bless the Child," "Why, Oh Why Are There Mosquitoes?" "Someone to Watch Over Me" in French, and Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'." Billy Novick plays clarinet and sax, Bill Reynolds bashes the drumkit, Larry Luddecke tickles the ivories, Peter Tillotson massages the bass and toots the Sousaphone, Mike Duke caresses the guitar strings, and Eric Kilburn adds some tasty mandolin. All this misbehaving happened at Eric Kilburn's Wellspring Sound, home of old-school mics and a brilliant grand piano.
Diane gathers her Irish and Scottish selections into one place, a recording full of sparkle and passion. All the tracks come from her previous releases, but if you're in a Celtic mood this is the one for you!
Diane's many sea-faring songs, gathered into one convenient recording. In addition to favorites from previous releases, she adds two new selections: "Lady Franklin's Lament," a gorgeously moody ballad whose timeless melody has been used many times over, and "Leave Her, Johnny," traditionally the last chantey sung as sailors left a ship, and delighted to be ashore.
A 21-song salute to the music of 1776! Here, Diane presents the finest melodies of colonial America, showing many aspects of life in the colonies. Music was a powerful force, promoting rebellion or loyalty to the crown. Here are the voices of Redcoats and rebels -- enjoyed by masters and servants alike -- heard in kitchens and workshops, military camps, churches and taverns as the old order was swept away by new ideas about the meaning of liberty. Jonathan Gilbert spices things up with vocals and various instruments.
Classic songs from a momentous time, presented with an exquisite simplicity that lets their beauty and passion shine through. Hauntingly beautiful vocals, brisk harmonies, elegant guitar, vibrant dulcimer, gorgeous harmonica, impertinent jaw-harp, and (of course) the ol' banjo. These songs reflect the diversity of women and men from all walks of life as they struggled through a dark yet inspiring time.
Using compelling songs sung by ordinary people in centuries past, Diane explores the lives of women in Europe and America from 1500 to 1850. Women left few written records, but we can learn much about them through the music they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. Sixteen gorgeous traditional melodies, many sung a cappella, others with guitar or dulcimer.
Supremely beautiful carols from the Victorian era, when Christmas first became a widely celebrated holiday. Enjoy the original versions of today's beloved songs and the fascinating stories behind them. (Did you know "Jingle Bells" started life with a different, more athletic melody?)
A midwinter bouquet of carols and folksongs on voice, guitar, dulcimer, piano and kalimba. Their timeless beauty, good cheer, and pure sentiments transcend the Christmas story to embrace our age-old yearning for light and warmth in the long winter. Listen and bask in the glow of ancient fires.
Diane collaborates with Jonathan Gilbert on music that spans centuries of "turn-of-the-year" celebrations -- as far back as the 1200's and as modern as the new verses Diane adds to "Deck the Hall." These selections capture the holidays' many moods, from rowdy to whimsical, devout or serene. Many instruments make for a lively and lovely set of melodies, with exquisite harmonies.
Kinda like having two recordings on shuffle play, alternating between traditional folk tracks and jazzy favorites with piano, bass, and clarinet or sax. Passionate beauty, sophisticated carols, and luscious singing, sometimes in many-layered harmonies.
A delightful collection of songs for the very youngest music lovers. Along with the classics, such as "I'm a Little Teapot," Diane offers her updated "I'm a Little Microwave" and "The Bee Song." This array of songs is guaranteed to delight the kids but won't drive their parents crazy! The first two-thirds is for bouncing and dancing; the last part soothes 'em into sweet slumber.
Diane's version of "Oh, Susannah!" was included on Putumayo's American Playground CD in 2013.
Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society
Diane's soaring vocals blend perfectly with the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society's lively dance tunes. You get dramatic ballads, Celtic tunes, and lusty sea chanteys on fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, banjo, whistle, and percussion. By the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society.
Maritime music, Colonial tunes, and Celtic jigs on a wealth of traditional instruments, sparked by Diane's vocals and songwriting. Highlights include "The Lady in Black," about a mythical Boston Harbor ghost, Lynn Noel's "Patent Leather Waltz," about shoe-mill workers, "The Jamaica Plain Rag," and three pieces about Old Ironsides in a ramming-speed medley. By the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society.