Unlock the Sky

by Tom Mank & Sera Smolen

Released 2017
Ithaca Records
Released 2017
Ithaca Records
Modern Folk, Blues, and Improvisation - guitar, vocal and cello - with all-star international guests on violin, piano, harmonica, percussion, and vocals. Produced by Julie Last!
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Artists: Tom Mank (guitar, vocal), SeraSmolen (cello), Jeannie Burns (vocal), Terry Burns (vocal), Kimberly Claeys (vocal), Kirsti Gholson (vocal), Ron Kristy (keyboard, guitar, vocal), Gait Klein Kromhof (harmonica), Julie Last (vocal), Amy Merrill (violin), Manuel Quintana (percussion),

Recorded March 2014 - August 2016 by Julie Last @ Cold Brook Productions, Bearsville, NY - additional recording by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland, Arjan Bogaert at Barefoot Recording Studio in Pittem, Belgium, and Ward Van Iseghem in Sint Gillis Maas, …
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Swimming in the Dark

Released 2013
Ithaca Records
Released 2013
Ithaca Records
Modern Folk, Blues, and Improvisation - guitar, vocal and cello - with all-star international guests on violin, viola, manodlin, piano, harmonica, accordian, and vocals. Produced by Julie Last!
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Artists: Jeannie Burns (vocal), Kyle Carey (vocal), Anna Coogan (vocal), Tim DesRosiers (accordian), Kirsti Gholson (vocal), Andrew Hardin (guitar), Gait Klein Kromhof (harmonica), Julie Last (vocal, keyboard), Amy Merrill (violin, viola), Bruce Milner (vocal), Manuel Quintana (percussion), Loretta Simonet (vocal), Curtis Teague (vocal), Marijn Wijnands (vocal), and Kathy Ziegler (piano, vocal)

Recorded August 2011 - August 2013 by Julie Last @ Cold Brook Productions, Bearsville, NY - additional recording by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland, Greg McGrath at …
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Paper Kisses

Released 2010
Independent
Released 2010
Independent
"Tom Mank is a monster songwriter, right up there with the best, and can paint musical pictures like you can't believe. And Sera Jane Smolen? She is nothing short of masterful.." - Frank Gutch Jr. hubpages.com. Produced by Julie Last.
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"Tom Mank is a monster songwriter in the vein of the old folk/blues artists like Dave Van Ronk, but with a sense of the present. His music portraits range from romantic to political and when they don't reach for the heart, they embed themselves in the head. He is intelligence in music. Sera Jane Smolen, on the other hand, is music personified. Her cello supplements Mank's guitar with bass riffs and jazz phrasing as …
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Where the Sun Meets the Blue

Released 2007
Released 2007
"The combination of Mank’s voice, songs and guitar, complimented with Smolen’s cello and every time one or
two changing instruments and voices, results in a wonderful charismatic folk album.”
- Heaven Magazine, August 2007. Produced by Julie Last.
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"Tom Mank and Sera Smolen are so far beyond the mainstream, it's scary. They are acoustic music's Igor Stravinsky in a world of Brahms and Schumanns. I mean, Brahms and Schumann are great, but Stravinsky— man, that's adventure! So it is with Mank and Smolen, at least as presented in Where the Sun Meets the Blue, an album of amazing musical styles. Sure, the overlying style is folk and jazz with a bit of Smolenized-classical …
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Souls of Birds

Released 2004
I-Town Records
Released 2004
I-Town Records
"Tom Mank's low-key Lou Reed / Leonard Cohen-ish vocals have a compelling, spoken word quality to them. Mank is one of those singers who could be reciting the phone book and you'd go 'yeah, there's something to that.'" - Corbin Keep, Cello City Ink
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Tom Mank’s low-key Lou Reed/Leonard Cohen-ish vocals have a compelling, spoken word quality to them. Mank is one of those singers who could be reciting the phone book and you’d go “yeah, there’s something to that!” The lyrics, thankfully, are a lot better than that though! Sera Smolen’s cello takes us all kinds of places weird and wonderful, while never losing touch with the emotional roots of the songs. She’…
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