Here is the album cover for “Water is Wide,” by Martha Gallagher, with proceeds benefiting the Keene Flood Relief Fund. The cover art was donated by Nancie Battaglia.
Martha Gallagher — “The Adirondack Harper” — was in a hotel in Syracuse, just wrapping up a nationwide tour when the reports came on about the damage being done by Tropical Storm Irene in the North Country.
“Watching what they were showing on television from Keene and Keene Valley, I was sure that when I got home it would be gone,” Gallagher, a singer, songwriter and harpist who performs throughout the country. “When I got home, it was still there, but we had lost a major portion of the foundation as well as 10 feet down of earth.”
Gallagher said that after she had returned, there were several people who helped her in the recovery effort. Now, she wants to give back by selling a new album with all proceeds going to benefit the Keene Flood Relief Fund.
“People from many communities in the region have helped us try to recover,” Gallagher said. “I have wanted to help those who are still struggling and thank those who have helped; what I can offer is music.”
The new album, “The Water is Wide,” was released on Oct. 6, and contains a mix of new music, previously unreleased music and previously released tracks.
In creating the album, Gallagher said that she was amazed at how many people donated time and talents to help make the CDs for as little money as possible.
“I am delighted that all the aspects of the CD have been donated,” Gallagher said. “Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, Vt., has donated studio time to create this project. He has been the recording engineer and co-producer for all five of my CD releases. An anonymous underwriter has donated funds for the manufacturing costs. Photographer Nancie Battaglia has donated the cover artwork. Oasis Disc Manufacturers have donated posters, and I am donating my time and music.”
Gallager said that along with the release, she would be taking the album with her on her next tour, which starts this month in Texas.
“I have a base of folks that really enjoy the music throughout the country and I am hoping they will help with this album,” she said. “This album has music that is all very gentle and comfortable, which is a little bit of a different album for me because I usually try and do a wide variety of musical styles.”
Gallagher will also be appearing in special flood relief concerts throughout the area, including a performance Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. The event is presented by the East Branch Friends of the Arts and all proceeds will go to the Keene Flood Recovery Fund.
Gallagher will also be performing as part of the JEMS flood recovery concert with other artists on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Jay.
For more information on the new album by Martha Gallagher or local performances, visit the website www.adkharper.com.