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We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow ~ Chapter 06: Rebuilding Transmissions

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I’d been rebuilding transmissions in Morgantown When Richard pulled me aside. He said “Son, you’re not young, But you’ve still got plenty of time.” “I’ve got abandoned Bounty land outside Bennington. It’s yours if you keep the place up. Water got in ‘76 But it’s a roof and a bed and it’s quiet enough.” I tossed out my Carolina clothes, And Richard gave me his boots. When we got to the top of Dorsey Knot, He said “This could be good for you.” “I spent some time there myself, chasing off ghosts, When I first got back home from Cam Lộ. I don’t know what you’ve been through but it’s usually true There’s time enough to atone.” So I hitchhiked through Bedford, Tipton, Tyronne, Spent September in Hudson. I reached Richard’s cabin before the first snow And got to mending the rafters. 2105VT33
It's a Start 04:13
It's a Start The black storm that had gathered On the mountaintop relented And the dawn broke with green and orange plumes I'm not much for superstition But it felt like finally Some better times were arriving So I took my cup of coffee And walked east through the tall grasses Toward that strange morning light. I found a ledge in the hillside to sit under And wait out the afternoon's rain There was scrap of newsprint in the dirt there So I read the same three sentences over and over I listened to a barn owl inquiring And I watched another sun setting. I still think of you often in these evening times. 2305VT34
I can feel tomorrow's rain Where they pinned my shoulder back together I walk the dirt track into town To telephone Emma for her birthday. I'm hoping she'll invite me down To visit this winter at her and Jon's place Like maybe enough water Has finally passed beneath our bridges. When she couldn't fall asleep I'd sing "the night of the Johnstown Flood." Later after Jen was born, She'd sing the words with me. When we spoke in May There was a warmth to her demeanor She asked for my address here To send a picture of Christopher The rocking horse I'm carving Needs a second coat of paint My shoulder aches from sanding But I'd like to finish it for Christmas Day. 2405VT34


We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow is a four hour, forty song cycle, being released in nine Chapters every two months from August 2018-December 2019.

In Year 33-34, we return to Emma and Jen’s father Alan, who has been estranged and drifting for nearly two decades, having left Odena and his family in the aftermath of the refinery fire. After years of battling alcoholism, PTSD, survivor guilt, and homeless, he gets a new start, and a chance to begin reconnecting with his daughters and his new grandson.



released June 7, 2019

Words and Music by Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas

Kate Adams: Vocals
Joshua Dumas: Piano, Vibraphone, Synths

Recorded and Mixed by Joshua Dumas at Pieholden Suite Sound, Chicago IL

Additional Recording at Shape Shoppe, Chicago IL and New York University, Abu Dhabi UAE

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Scituate RI

©2019 Drift Club Records


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Mending Brooklyn, New York

The Wakerobin Archive is an ongoing experiment in speculative storytelling in song.
Book 01, "We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow" is a four hour, nine album drone folk exploration of sisterhood and climate change.

Book 02 commences in March 2020.

Mending is Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas
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