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Pied Pumkin


Absolutely original, slightly organic and eternally orange, Vancouver's legendary folk trio Pied Pumkin String Ensemble have been creating original, infectious music for over 25 years.

In the mid 70's Pied Pumkin's mixture of timeless music, fearless arrangements and irreverent humour defied categorization and made the group a West Coast favourite. Their combination of dulcimer, violin, guitar and flawless harmonies created a sound completely original and enduring. They self-produced two albums which sold over 30,000 copies for their own Squash Records--one of Canada's first independent labels.

After Shari's departure to The Hometown Band in 1976, Rick and Joe continued performing and recording for eight more years as Pied Pear, then each Pumkin went on to their own successful solo career.

The 1998 Pied Pumkin retrospective CD, Plucking DeVine, made CBC's Jurgen Gothe's Top Ten Album list and was nominated as Best Folk/Roots Album in the Pacific Music Industry Awards.

In March 2000 the Pumkin released Pied Alive, a live CD of 13 songs recorded in 9 different communities during on their hugely successful 33 concert tour of Western Canada in 1999.

PIED PUMKIN is happy to announce that due to the overwhelming welcome they have received across Canada they are no longer "reunioning" but have officially "returned" and will continue to play and record together on an on going basis.

Logistically this may prove a bit challenging as all three are enjoying extensive solo success and guitarist Joe Mock has been performing in Europe. Shari Ulrich has released a new solo CD entitled THE VIEW FROM HERE. Joe Mock released the "Jozu" CD from his adventures in Tokyo. And Rick Scott's new children's album MAKING FACES won Best Children's Release in the 2001 West Coast Music Awards.
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Pied Pumkin Plucking deVine

Pied Pumkin PLUCKING deVINE CD - features 14 songs from four Pied Pumkin albums made between 1974 and 1980.  Tunes- I Believe / Kooteny Bark
De Fiddle Medley / You Can Change the World / People I Love You / There Twas Her Tam / Bless the Kind Heart / Fear of Flying / Yo De Do Do / The Juggler and the Fawn / Doin' the One Time / Tree / St. Christopher / Mushroom Madrigal.

Recorded in studio and live at the SFU Pub and Queen Elizabeth Playhouse. Includes Shari Ulrich's first ever public performance of Joe Mock's hit Fear of Flying. Produced by Rick Scott and Si Garber for the 1998 reunion tour.

Pied Pumkin Pied Alive

PIED ALIVE (Pied Pumkin) CD 13 songs recorded live in 9 communities during the Pumkin's hugely successful 33 concert 1999 Western Canada Tour. Newcastle, Gabriola, Denman and Lasqueti Islands, Cobble Hill, Victoria, Port Moody, Salmon Arm and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre serve as settings for dynamic musical polaroids from B.C.'s beloved minstrels. Dulcimer, guitar , violin, flute, piano and mandolin combine in a smorgasbord of folk, rock, jazz, blues and country.

Pumkin classics Mixall Lake and Lotus Eaters Blues join the more recent War Is Over Overture, Pickin' Country and Lost Soul Man. There's sweet irony in tunesmith Mock's One of The Few Times and tender philosophy in Miz Shari's Turning. Jester Rick's Little Bit O' Good is a toe tapping invocation to dance. Joe leads Black Dog into a raging canine jam, Cuckoo invokes tradition while Lox Breakdowns calls up gypsies. The absurdly profound folk opera Orville Goes To The Country is wacky new age musical theatre - Shari's gargle alone is worth the price of admission! If you were in the cheering, foot- stomping audience you may even hear yourself on this album! As a grand finale, the band leads the audience in a parade out of the hall into the Newcastle night with the irresistible singalong Oohlahey, reprised by a rapturous crowd from Lasqueti Island. For more informarion from the authors

Pied Pumkin String Ensemble


 

Pied Pumkin very rare and out-of-print vinyl LP MINT condition (never Played)

THE PIED PUMKIN STRING ENSEMBLE: (Pied Pumkin) VINYL ALBUM

Recorded live at Simon Frasier University in the pub with inebriate ambiance that grows too familiar after the 100th listening. Regardless, this is the 'sine qua non' of their recording debut. No chicken.....no Egg. It is hot and touted by many fans to be the most definitive of a Pumkin Evening. TUNES: Orville goes to the country / Kootenay Bark / I Believe / Medley / Long and Lonely / Ming 14 / You Can Change the World / People I Love You

Pied Pumkin Allah Mode

Pied Pumkin rare vinyl LP

Pied Pumkin very rare and out-of-print vinyl LP still sealed in original shrink wrap

Half recorded at Pinewood Studio and half live at the Vancouver Playhouse. Three tunes from the evening were having their world premier. The performance of 'Flying' by Shari Ulrich, accompanied by piano and dulcimer, is felt by many to be the best rendering of the composition to date. A truely memorable evening.

TUNES:

SIDE WON TON :

Lotus Eaters Blues / Sundial / There Twas Her Tam / Bless the Kind Heart

SIDE TO FU :

A Fear of Flying / Swing's Da Ting / The juggler & The Fawn / Yo De Do Do

Recorded live at Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain by Kelly-Deyong mobile
Recording engineer:  Simon Garber

Joe Mock - guitar, vocals
Shari Ulrich - violin, mandolin, flute, vocals
Rick Scott - dulcimer, vocals

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Pied Pear Vinyl LP Sealed

Pied Pear very rare and out-of-print vinyl LP still sealed in original shrink wrap

The first Pied Pear project with Shari as a guest. Includes Rick playing a crosscut saw!

A musical dream come true of what the tunes would sound like on stage if you had one of these and three of those all in different colors. Tunes normally played on dulcimer and guitar or piano are dress in arrangements with full band orchestration that go from folk to rock, from R&B to Classic. Shari Ulrich makes a guest appearance. And don't miss the ''Ölympic Dream Game" which to this day still holds satirical torch to Sports, Nationalism and Politics TUNES: Olympic Dream Game / Mt. McKinley / Salt My Song / St Christopher / Dancing When H e Did / Doin' the One Time / Tree / Abraham, Martin an' Fabalotus / Tapioca Pudding

Pied Pear Pied Pear Elementary

Pied Pear Cassette 1981

Pied Pear Elementary
Pied Pear
1982
Squash Records #5
cassette only

BC's legendary folk duo Rick Scott and Joe Mock capture the escitement of an elementary school performance recorded live.

An example of what happened when the duo created a show for children in Elementary Schools and the delightful participation that ensued. The sound of children in laughter and song is guaranteed to bring a smile. TUNES: Walk Right In / Marty / The Fox / The Billboard Song / Candy Man / Laundry Bags / Ring The Bell / Christmas Message to All my Buddies on Mars A.K.A. Ho Ho Ho / We're Having a Party / Col. Wizz's Country Cornflakes