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Playlist of Debra Cowan

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  • Folknet presents Debra Cowan with Katy Robinson

    1:35:36

    Due to the on-going Pandemic, all concerts are subject to change including cancelations, postponement, or a move to streaming formats.
    Folknet encourages all attendees to follow CDC guidelines.

    Deb Cowen

    Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear vocal that calls forth the ghosts of long past but can also offer a more modern urban landscape. In her newest release, a live recording entitled “Among Friends”, she demonstrates her ability to interact with her audience and have them enthusiastically sing along on choruses and refrains.

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  • Alcohol

    3:40

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Alcohol · Debra Cowan

    Fond Desire Farewell

    ℗ 2009 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2009-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Debra Cowan -One More Before We Go

    4:13

    Filmed at the 2019 Turtle Hill Folk Music Festival on September 8, 2019.
    Thanks to Dan Kuchta who filmed this and provided the video

  • Debra Cowan performs The Topman and the Afterguard at the Mystic Sea Music Festival 2013

    2:48

    Debra Cowan performs The Topman and the Afterguard at the Mystic Sea Music Festival 2013

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  • Yon Green Valley

    4:31

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    Yon Green Valley · Debra Cowan

    Fond Desire Farewell

    ℗ 2009 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2009-01-01

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  • The Rainbow

    4:00

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    The Rainbow · Debra Cowan

    Fond Desire Farewell

    ℗ 2009 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2009-01-01

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  • Walloping Window Blind

    3:07

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    Walloping Window Blind · Debra Cowan

    Dad's Dinner Pail and Other Songs From the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection

    ℗ 2005 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2005-01-01

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  • Lili Marlene Walks Away

    4:01

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    Lili Marlene Walks Away · Debra Cowan

    Fond Desire Farewell

    ℗ 2009 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2009-01-01

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  • The Rose You Wore For Me

    4:47

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    The Rose You Wore For Me (Danny Carnahan) · Debra Cowan

    The Long Grey Line

    ℗ 2001 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • Debra Cowans Travel Guitar

    2:22

    Songwriter's Notebook host Rik Palieri interviews Debra Cowan about her unique travel guitar by Voyage Air.

  • Debra Cowan sings

    3:43

    Folk singer Debra Cowan, of Shrewsbury, Mass., will release a new CD, Fond Desire Farewell. Here, she sings a song from the CD.

  • Debra Cowan

    3:35

    My take on Paul Simon's American Tune. Even though he wrote it over 45 years ago, it's appropriate for these times.

  • Wall of Stone-A Tribute to Michael Strassman

    3:54

    Wall of Stone by Debra Cowan
    A Tribute to Michael Strassman (1959-2007)
    Photographs by Michael Strassman


    From the new CD Fond Desire Farewell
    Music arranged and produced by Dave Mattacks
    Debra Cowan: vocals, acoustic guitar
    Duke Levine: acoustic guitar, mandolin
    Marty Ballou: upright bass
    Joyce Anderson: fiddle
    Dave DM Mattacks: percussion

    Recorded by Mike Barry at Babyland Studios, Medford, MA

    Wall of Stone words & music by Chris Moore
    (© Luminous Bloom Music) ASCAP Used by permission

  • Debra Cowan with John Roberts - Demon Alcohol

    6:37

    House concert for John Roberts and Debra Cowan in Tracy, California. November 14, 2013.

  • Debra Cowan Alcohol

    3:27

    Debra Cowan sings Ray Davies' song, Alcohol at The Black Swan Folk Club York on Thursday 6th April 2017

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - Debra Cowan - The Dreadnought Mutiny

    7:42

    Debra Cowan performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Bay of Biscay-O

    3:05

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    Bay of Biscay-O (trad) · Debra Cowan

    The Long Grey Line

    ℗ 2001 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • Debra Cowan

    2:51

    Another in the occasional series Shower Songs This one is the original tune to Bread and Roses, the poem by James Oppenheimer commemorating the 1912 IWW strike in Lawrence, MA.

  • Debra Cowan

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    John Roberts at Babyland Studio recording The Manchester Cornstalk for the new Cowan and Roberts CD Ballads Long and Short

  • Debra Cowan - Concert Window Highlight

    8:35

    Debra Cowan recorded live on on Jan 25th 2015.
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  • Debra Cowan Tired O Workin

    5:13

    Debra Cowan sings Tired O'Workin at The Black Swan Folk Club York on Thursday 6th April 2017. This is a setting by the late Jim Reid of a poem by Mary Brooksbank.

  • ssl Debra Cowan & John Roberts Sir Patrick Spens

    4:12

    Studio Session Live Debra Cowan and John Roberts do a traditional English song.

  • The Old Changing Way

    4:07

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    The Old Changing Way · Debra Cowan · Duke Levine · Richard Gates · Billy Novick · Dave Mattacks · Dave Mattacks

    Greening the Dark

    ℗ 2019 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2019-09-03

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  • Debra Cowan

    1:48

    I apologise for the poor video quality.

    The song is called Promenade and was written by my friend, David Littelfield after the Dunblane, Scotland shooting in 1996. I sang this in Israel after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 and now after the Tree of Life shooting.

    When all is done
    All said and done
    Love will have won
    Promenade
    Not fade away
    Not fade away

  • Horses Sing None of It 347 Debra Cowan 2 3 05

    7:27

  • Debra Cowan and Jerry Bryant perform Asshole Rules The Navy at the Mystic Sea Music Festival 2013

    3:11

    Debra Cowan and Jerry Bryant perform Asshole Rules The Navy at the Mystic Sea Music Festival 2013

  • Debra Cowan - A Cold Day in November

    3:21

    Originally written by John O' Conner. From her recent CD Among Friends.

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  • John Roberts and Debra Cowan Pub Songs at the Towne Crier Salon 11-8-2019

    11:02

  • John Roberts and Debra Cowan at the Towne Crier Salon 11-8-2019

    7:21

  • Medicine Wheel

    4:17

    My version of Kate Wolf’s “Medicine Wheel” in honor of Earth Day

  • John Roberts and Debra Cowan house concert promotion

    7:37

    reservations -

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - All Hands led by Debra Cowan - Rolling Home

    3:18

    All Hands led by Debra Cowan performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Wintergrace Debra

    4:22

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    Wintergrace Debra · Debra Cowan

    Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie

    ℗ 2014 Jean Ritchie CD Project Trust. Issued Under License to Compass Records

    Released on: 2014-09-02

    Main Artist: Debra Cowan

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  • John Roberts and Debra Cowan Pub Songs at the Towne Crier Salon 11-8-2019

    23:29

  • Home for the Holidays: Debra Cowan - Concert Window Highlight

    3:14

    Debra Cowan recorded live on on Dec 12th 2015.
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  • Debra Cowan & John Roberts - St Brendans Fair Isle - sing along!

    5:28

    Debra Cowan and John Roberts perform at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont in January 2020.

  • Bones and Feathers

    4:26

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    Bones and Feathers · Debra Cowan · Mike Barry · Joyce Andersen · Dave Mattacks · Bob Nieske · Dave Mattacks

    Greening the Dark

    ℗ 2019 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2019-09-03

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  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - Debra Cowan - Travellers Prayer

    3:06

    Debra Cowan performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • John Roberts and Debra Cowan Pub Songs at the Towne Crier Salon 11-8-2019

    12:09

  • Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender - Debra Cowan, Acie Cargill & Susan Brown

    4:32

    Fair Ellender / Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor / The Brown Girl / Fair Ellen / Sweet Willie and Fair Annie / Lord Thomas and Annet (Child No. 73) - Sung by Debra Cowan, Acie Cargill and Susan Brown on The Songs and Ballads of Hattie Mae Tyler Cargill (2001).

    Note by Kevin W.:
    This is an unusual rendition of the ballad, in waltz time with stanza lines grouped in three.

    Acie's grandfather was fiddler Asa Cargill (1890-1937) of The Cargill Brothers String Band.

    Liner Notes:
    Acie Cargill: My grandma, Hattie Mae Tyler Cargill (1897 – 1945) , was the last of the Tyler ballad singing family from Kentucky. The Tylers were very private people and kept their music in the family. They had their own way of tuning all the instruments and their own ways of playing them, and they only allowed family members to know those techniques.

    When I was very young, my grandma used to sing to me and make me repeat the words and melodies back to her many times until I had them perfect. I guess I was the one who was chosen to preserve her tradition. I learned to accompany her on a small homemade fretless instrument that I now know was a primitive dulcimer. In this way, my ear was trained in the various scales that she sang in. She played a specially tuned parlor guitar in a strange style with the thumb playing the bass notes and with the index finger being thrust downward all the way to full extension, and she was very accurate with the noting, as I remember.

    Song transcription to be completed:

    Lord Thomas kept the King's own deer
    And he loved fair Ellender
    But she had no land nor home.

    Now tell me true my dearest mother,
    Should I marry Ellender
    Or should I bring the Brown girl home.

    Take the brown girl by your hand
    For she has house and land,
    And Fair Ellender has none.

    My son to you I will advise,
    And you've always thought me wise,
    Yes, bring the brown girl home.

    I only loved Fair Ellender,
    Her skin, it was so fair
    As ever the sun did shine on.

    I'll take the brown girl by her hand
    For she has house and land,
    Yes, I'll bring he bring girl home.

    And then he rode to Ellender,
    She said, What joy to see you sir,

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - Debra Cowan - The Rose You Wore For Me

    4:51

    Debra Cowan performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • My Boy Jack/Widowmaker

    7:00

    Go to to hear more! Debra Cowan performs a medley of My Boy Jack, (words by Rudyard Kipling, music by Peter Bellamy) and Widowmaker (words and music by John Conolly) from the TV show Studio Session Live. Filmed in November 2006 in Hopkinton, MA

  • John Roberts & Debra Cowan - Twa Corbies

    2:41

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  • Scarecrow

    3:56

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    Scarecrow · Debra Cowan · Duke Levine · Joyce Andersen · Richard Gates · John Roberts · Dave Mattacks · Tom Palance · Dave Mattacks

    Greening the Dark

    ℗ 2019 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2019-09-03

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Bold Archer

    4:03

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    Bold Archer (trad) · Debra Cowan

    The Long Grey Line

    ℗ 2001 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • Sweet William and Lady Margaret

    4:07

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    Sweet William and Lady Margaret · Debra Cowan · Acie Cargill · Susan Brown · Kristina Olsen · Ellen Wright · John Wright

    The Songs and Ballads of Hattie Mae Tyler Cargill

    ℗ 2001 Folk-Legacy Records, Inc.

    Released on: 2001-01-01

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  • Polly on the Shore

    3:14

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    Polly on the Shore · Debra Cowan · Duke Levine · Richard Gates · Dave Mattacks · Dave Mattacks

    Greening the Dark

    ℗ 2019 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2019-09-03

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  • Carpal Tunnel

    2:58

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    Carpal Tunnel (Live) · Debra Cowan

    Among Friends

    ℗ 2012 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2012-08-15

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  • Anna Dixie

    3:50

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    Anna Dixie · Debra Cowan · Duke Levine · Joyce Andersen · Dave Mattacks · Dave Mattacks

    Greening the Dark

    ℗ 2019 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2019-09-03

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  • A Cold Day in November

    3:23

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    A Cold Day in November (Live) · Debra Cowan

    Among Friends

    ℗ 2012 Debra Cowan

    Released on: 2012-08-15

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