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“Ken Hatfield and Eric Hoffman: Stirrings Still (Arthur Circle Music) is an intimate set of duets for voice and guitar, which balances originals and standards, both familiar and unexpected. Conceived as a reflective yet hopeful exploration of universal themes such as love, loss, hope, and possibility, the two musicians selected a mixture of their favorite songs by other composers and some of Hatfield’s originals, which take inspiration from a wide variety of sources. These include the title song [‘Stirrings Still’], ‘Lonely Nocturne’ from Hatfield’s 2013 homage For Langston, a jazz song cycle in which he set poems by Langston Hughes, and ‘Juniper Street,’ which like many Hatfield compositions, began life as an instrumental . . . , and others. Treasures from the Great American Songbook and beyond include, among others, ‘Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home’ with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, ‘You Can Never Hold Back Spring,’ written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman’s ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.’”


“. . . intelligence and open-heartedness are evident in the writing, singing and playing. The two come across as gentle kindred spirits, with hearts on their sleeves.”

–excerpt, Rob Lester review of Stirrings Still,