Fistful O Fun
Dave Morehouse recorded Fistful -o- Fun as his first solo effort in 1990. He had been playing in electric bands for over 20 years and had grown weary of hauling equipment across state lines each weekend. Through this electric garage-band period he had also played fiddle and mandolin. By doing so he felt a strong need to play acoustic roots type music. Out of this need grew an analogue four track tape machine and the album 'Fistful -o- Fun'. Morehouse dropped out of the garage-band scene to play mandolin and over the next five years several hundred copies of 'Fistful' were sold in cassette form across the bandstand and at festival 'pickin sessions'. Recently, people have asked for the project to be converted over for the CD players in their new vehicles. Enough so that Morehouse took the tape into the studio (In the Chips Production) and cleaned it a bit without losing the old-timey feel for which the album was known. Now available in CD form this is the perfect addition to any old-time collection. Ookpik Waltz and Big River Sandy Belle are two ¾ time instrumental tunes which show off the violin, banjo, and tin whistle. (Ookipk is Eskimo for waltz of the seals.) Upright bass and three part mandolins are featured in the up-tempo dance tunes Snow Deer, Golden Slippers, and Red Wing. Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap is a straight up fiddle tune and is an older version of Red Haired Boy. Jacob's Ladder and Hard Times showcase four part vocal harmony and are difficult arrangements to get out of your head. Most people end up singing along with them. Jethro We Miss You and Mand-iddle-Lin are mandolin based instrumentals written by Morehouse in the late 30's light jazz style. Thursday's Sky, Recycle Song, and It Still Hurts are inspiring vocal folk tunes written by Morehouse. The Recycle Song is particularly catchy with a strong message and is sung regularly by elementary children in schools. Thursday's Sky has had the honor of being recorded by other musicians from the midwest. All instruments and vocals on the album were arranged and performed by Dave Morehouse.