A note from Susan & Fran
We are so pleased to finally present "Shoshanim" (Roses) to you and hope you enjoy them. Most of "Shoshanim" was originally recorded in Montreal for our Israeli tour 1986. We added a new version of "The Second Bird" recorded in California 1998 for Fran's CD "Israel World Beat". The original version was composed and arranged for us by Misha Segal, and was recorded in Israel in 1972 with the Galei Zahal orchestra for The Festival of Poets in Song. That same year "Emesh" our first album was released on the Hed Arzi label. Some of the songs on Emesh like Matti Caspi's "Lo Deebarnu Od" have been covered by other Israeli singers over time.
"The Second Bird" flew on to become one of Israel's most beloved songs. It is still played weekly on Israeli radio and at state events such as Prime minister Rabin's funeral. After "Emesh" we recorded with the famous Israeli duo The Dudaim - (Erev Shel Shoshanim). The album and touring show "Rainbow in the Sky", was a collection of British Isle & North American songs translated into Hebrew.
The new CD of "Shoshanim" was released this summer in Toronto at Temple Sinai and at the Free Times Cafe. In concert we offer Hebrew and English songs we love drawing from "Shoshanim", "Emesh", our solo CDs, Susan's "Mayim" (North American release at Chutzpah 2001), Fran's "Israel World Beat, and more.
We have both been singing and recording together for 30 some years (with big breaks for our solo careers).