To Order CDs...
Go to the Order Form. This page has a mail-in order form with instructions.
Click on a title in the list of CDs below to see more info about that CD, or just browse through the page.
All international orders for Balloon Adventure are handled by Laura Records
The program is called " Balloon Adventure " and is an interactive program for children developed by German Songwriter Wilfried Mengs and adapted into English by Vermont Folk Singer Rik Palieri and translator Heidi Holzer.
This program takes children around the world in an imaginary balloon ride , experiencing the music of such countries as Russia, Australia, China, Spain, Africa, America, Poland and Germany. Each country is celebrated in song and story using many instruments including, guitar, banjo, drums, Didgerioo, ukulele, native American flutes and Polish bagpipes .
Hobos & Heros
Hobos & Heros
All international orders for Hobos & Heros are handled by Laura Records
We all know what a hero is but you may ask: What is a hobo? Well that is not an easy question to answer. For some the name means a homeless bum, tramp or transient worker. To others it means a free spirit, who lives the gypsy life, eating over a roaring campfire and sleeping under the stars at night. Historically the word meant a wandering worker who travelled by rail riding in an open box car. While the days of the true hobo have vanished with the steam train, today there is a new breed of travelers who like the hobos of the past are searching for the freedom of the open road. On this recording I pay tribute to many of the Hobos & Heros I have travelled the roads of life with.
This album is a celebration to the wandering spirit in all of us.
Rusted Rails Listen
Pulling the Pin
The Road is my Mistress Listen
Marfa Lights Listen
Ghost on the Highway
E dek's Rooster
Plant a Tree
Hills of old Vermont
Tonight I'll Send My Love To You
Last Of The Gypsies
Freezing In North Dakota
Ridig The Westbound
You're Just A Car Listen
"Alternative country" is the new term for the roots music of American Folk that is spreading across the globe. Just like the revivals of the past, young people are again picking up banjos, guitars, fiddles and mandolins and recreating the simple songs of America's past.
Gareth and Rik started playing these songs more than a quarter of a century ago and never got round to recording them, so recently they teamed up to produce this album.
Just like the songs, both Gareth and Rik have been living close to the earth, singing their songs along the highways of Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. This duo has been performing together on and off since they first met in the late 1970s. They soaked up most of their material right off the true vine by learning firsthand from their mentors.
After a few years of working together they all went off on their separate ways, never recording the wealth of material that they had performed. Gareth went across America looking for new adventures, Rik followed his lead and began searching out his own path.
After years apart Gareth and Rik have reunited and once again have been touring on both sides of the Atlantic. This CD is a celebration of classic folk songs and the friendship of two old friends still playing the kind of Folk and Blues that they have always loved.
The Midnight Special Listen
Angeline The Baker Listen
Peach Picking Time
Good Morning Blues
Pastures of Plenty
Over The Waterfall Listen
Cold Frosty Morning
Sandy River Bell
Wild About My Loving Listen
Deep River Blues
Hard Travelling Listen
Panning For Gold
Panning For Gold
1997 Azalea City Recordings
Order form or buy from iTunes Music Store
Rik Palieri's new disc is actually a mixed-media production: a recording of no fewer than 16 folk songs; a story "narrated" by U. Utah Phillips and illustrated in cartoons by Palieri's brother David; a handsome tri-fold soft cover, a la double LPs of yore; and full lyric sheet, including the stories behind the songs.
Palieri, aka the Polish Bagpiper, is a true folk musician in the traditional manner: with a friendly baritone he relays original tunes often written in response to some social/political/environmental disturbance - the homeless, the dangers of drug abuse, nuclear weapons, child labor. Of course, Palieri draws inspiration from loved ones as well, in tributes to his mother-in-law, his father, friends, and from personal experiences...
...Panning for Gold is a generous and great-sounding
offering to the genre (the banjo & fiddle instrumental of
"Eleanor Rigby" is worth the price of admission) and Palieri
is ever-likeable, if sometimes unabashedly corny - a sort of
Jon Gailmor for adults (e.g., the paean to caffeine, "Coffee
on My Mind"). His love of making and sharing music shines
through, in language and melody that will surely prove as
timeless as folk itself.
Panning for Gold
Plant A Tree Listen
Ghost On The Highway Listen
Good Morning Blues
Child of The 60's Listen
Coffee On My Mind
Ozark Mouth Bow
Hills Of Old Vermont
My Father & Me
You're Just A Car
(Native American Flute)
There Is More Love
Thanks to "The Music Show", Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcast live from the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Used by permission.
Polish Flute, Sumi Dolinas
The Music In Me
The Music In Me
1994 Straight Arrow Recordings
Rik Palieri is a bit of a Polish Cowboy from Vermont, complete with Polish Sheepdog and yodels. He is a storyteller, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has recently toured Poland, helping to revive folk music there. His singing voices and style remind me a bit of Bill Morrissey, though the songwriting is totally different. (You May have heard Rik's "Radiator Man" on NPR's Car Talk).
This recording from 1994 includes a lot of support without feeling too heavily produced - acoustic, electric and steel-bodied guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, recorder, keyboard and percussion. "The Carry On Chorus" of 12 voices sings backup on several songs as well.
There is a lot of music here, 16 cuts lasting more than 52 minutes. Some of the songs evoke the 1960s folk revival, such as "It's Up To You To Carry On" dedicated to Pete Seeger. Rik's best songs are quiet and intense such as "Bells In The Tower" and "Friends For Life". The songs are generally very personal.
On balance Rik and producer Michael Billingsley have created an
energetic album that displays Rik's virtuosity well.
I'm Just a Fool for You
Bells in the Tower
Friends for Life
The Music in Me
Stepping Through the Looking Glass
Drowning in a Sea of Rain
Freezin' in North Dakota
Chalk Cat Listen
I Saw Elvis
Look to Tomorrow
It's Up to You to Carry On Listen
Song of The Elk
Ryki: Song of The Elk
1994 Promised Land Records
Cataloged by The Library of Congress for their Folk Archives
To order go to Promised Land Records
Listeners who are used to polkas, mazurkas and the Polonaise,
might be surprised to hear the Polish music contained on this
album. This is a recording of the root music of Poland, the
simple melodies played on old traditional instruments that have
been a part of the Polish countryside for centuries...It is the
hope of this recording that these songs will live again to be
enjoyed by generations yet to come.
Powiedz Mi Ma Mila
Idzie Baca Groniem
Dybys Sie Ty Gronicziku
A W Tym Naszim Zomku
Na Groniczku Torka
Goralu, Czy Ci Nie Zal