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Climax Festival
Music Downloads

Each of the first two Climax Festivals produced a wonderful 80 minute cassette album — 27 songs/tunes on the 1983 tape and 26 on the 1984 tape. These recordings are too good to just fade into oblivion on old cassette copies, so all the cuts have been digitized and are available below in MP3 format. See page bottom for help with playing MP3 files.

The files are large, so a broadband internet connection is recommended. We hope to also have CDs available for purchase at the 2008 reunion, or if you contact me before then you may be able to sweet-talk an advance copy out of me ;)

Scroll down for song downloads and notes

 

Climax Music, 1983

Recorded in the kitchen of the old schoolhouse in Climax, KS. Recording, mixing and engineering by John Barger, Jay Brown and Doug DuBois.

Sail Away Ladies 2.01 MB
Jim Krause: Banjo & lead vocal
Steve Mason: Fiddle & vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle & vocal
Doug DuBois: Guitar & vocal
Lord I Got Them Workin' Blues (Ann Bishop) 2.31 MB
Ann Bishop: Guitar & lead vocal
Annie Wilson: Guitar & vocal
Dixie Knight: Banjo
Rick Krause: Harmonica
Bob Curry: Dobro
Keith Alberding: Guitar
Fly Away 2.31 MB
Keith Alberding: Guitar & lead vocal
Ann Bishop: Guitar & vocal
Dixie Knight: Banjo
Rick Krause: Harmonica & vocal
Hot Summer Night (Pamela Owens-Batson) 2.62 MB
Pamela Owens-Batson: Mtn. Dulcimer & lead vocal
David Vincent: Mandolin
Lisa Mandelstein: Flute
Charlie Boggs: Acoustic guitar bass
Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie) 2.52 MB
Annie Wilson: Guitar & lead vocal
Ann Bishop: Guitar & vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle & vocal
The Road to Lisdoonvarne 2.65 MB
Deborah Pine: Mtn. dulcimer
Mickie Alberding: Mtn. dulcimer
Rick Krause: Pennywhistle
John Barger: Mandolin
Lawrence Chapman: Bodhran
Doubtless Love Song (Dick Powers) 2.68 MB
Dick Powers: Guitar &lead vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo
Lisa Mandelstein: Vocal
William Tell Overture 1.66 MB
Amy Otis: Fiddle #1
Steve Mason: Fiddle #2
Doug DuBois: Autoharp
Leo Posch: Banjo
Marianne Schnebel: Upright bass
Gary Palsmeyer: Mandolin

Alive at Lucky's Lounge (Scott Stuewe) 3.31 MB
Scott Stuewe: Acoustic guitar & lead vocal
Rick Krause: Vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Vocal
John Barger: Mandolin
Bruce Barlow: Electric guitar
Steve Mason: Upright Bass
Stephen Golightly: Fiddle

M.T.A. 2.90 MB
Dick Powers: Lead vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo & vocal
Lisa Mandelstein: Autoharp & vocals
Green Pastures 2.37 MB
Jim Krause: Lead vocal & bass vocal
Rick Krause: Baritone vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Alto vocal

Parson's Farewell 4.00 MB
Gib Sosman: Bandura
Janette Michaels: Pennywhistle, bodhran & lead vocal
Deborah Pine: Mtn. dulcimer & vocal
Mickie Alberding: Mtn. dulcimer & vocal
Lawrence Chapman: Mtn. dulcimer
Keith Alberding: Mandolin
Leo Beier: Guitar
Stephen Golightly: Lead Fiddle
Bayliss Harsh: Fiddle
Laurie Mackey: Fiddle

Children of Darkness 3.81 MB
Janette Michaels: Lead vocal
Gib Sosman: Mtn. dulcimer & vocal
Deborah Pine: Mtn. dulcimer

Alabama Jubilee 1.90 MB
Mark Lumpe: Banjo ukele, kazoo & lead vocal
Rick Krause: Kazoo & vocal
Steve Mason: Fiddle
Jim Brothers: Washboard
Dick Powers: Guitar
Lisa Mandelstein: Vocal
Gloria Throne: Upright bass

Wheels 2.69 MB
Linda Dillmore: Guitar & lead vocal
Myrna Campbell: Guitar & vocal
Tom James: Mandolin & vocal
You Gotta Know How 2.73 MB
Marianne Schnebel: Guitar & vocal
John Barger: Mandolin
Leo Posch: Banjo
Jim Krause: Jug
Rick Krause: Kazoo
Steve Mason: Upright bass
The Magic Ship 1.92 MB
Gib Sosman: Piano
Whispering 2.00 MB
Rick Krause: Kazoo & vocal
Doug DuBois: Banjo
Steve Mason: Fiddle
Jim Brothers: Washboard
Mark Lumpe: Banjo ukelele
Dick Powers: Guitar
Gloria Throne: Upright bass

Little More Love (Dick Powers) 5.89 MB
Dick Powers: Guitar & vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo
Lisa Mandelstein: Flute & vocal
Doug DuBois: Autoharp
Michael Harman: Vocal
Betty Fletcher: Vocal
Randy Fletcher: Vocal

Bonzo Economics (Dick Powers) 2.33 MB
Dick Powers: Guitar & lead vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo & vocal
Rick Krause: Harmonica & vocal
Lisa Mandelstein: Flute & vocal
Lover Don't Wear Your Robe (Scott Stuewe & Joe Casad) 4.20 MB
Scott Stuewe: Acoustic Guitar & vocal
John Barger: Mandolin
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle
Bruce Barlow: Electric guitar
Bill Haman: Kabasa
Nightrider's Lament 4.27 MB
Leo Beier: Guitar & vocal
Michael Harman: Harmonica
Jay and Linda's Song (Lisa Mandelstein) 3.58 MB
Lisa Mandelstein: Vocal & 2 flutes
Dick Powers: Guitar & vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo
Doug DuBois: Autoharp
Written about and dedicated to Jay and Linda Brown, hosts of the 1983 Climax event.
Lollypop (Chris Monroe) 1.12 MB
Chris Monroe: Guitar & vocal
Sh'Bheg Sh'Mor 2.74 MB
Gib Sosman: Piano
Swing Low Sweet Chariot 1.82 MB
Raucous crowd on Saturday night!

The Human Pipe Organ
What happens when you give organ pipes to 60 rowdy people and tell them to blow their note "when it comes around"? Directed by Lisa Mandelstein.

Practice 890 KB
We Gather Together 1.62 MB

 

Climax Music, 1984

Recorded in Janette Michaels' residence north of Lawrence, KS. Recording, mixing and mastering by Karl Hoffman & Kelly Mascher of Ramona Studios, Lawrence.

Lonely Rover (Scott Stuewe) 2.74 MB
Scott Stuewe: Guitar & lead vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle & vocal
Leo Posch: Banjo
Rick Krause: Harmonica & vocal
Marvin Pine: Bass
Green Fields of America 1.57 MB
Gib Sosman: Piano & guitar
Heart Set Sail (Dick Powers) 2.16 MB
Dick Powers: Guitar & lead vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo
Lisa Mandelstein: Flute & vocal
Flowers of Edinborough/Temperance Reel/Cherokee Shuffle 3.46 MB
Jim Krause: Banjo
Doug DuBois: Guitar
If I Could Only Win Your Love 1.92 MB
Marianne Schnebel: Lead vocal, 2 harmony vocals & 2 fiddles
Rick Krause: Vocal
John Barger: Guitar
Smooth Sailin' 2.24 MB
Bluestem
Stan Rood: Guitar & lead vocal
Jim Rood: Fiddle & vocal
Keith Alberding: Banjo & vocal
Marvin Pine: Bass

More Than Gold (Pamela Owens-Batson) 2.99 MB
Pamela Owens-Batson: Mtn. dulcimer & lead vocal
David
Vincent: Mandola
Mike Siewert: Mandolin
Heather Batson: Vocal
Karen Boggs: Vocal
Linda Cunningham: Vocal
Mark Wisdom: Guitar
Rick Krause: Pennywhistle
Marvin Pine: Bass

My Son Chum 1.78 MB
Dave Agee: Guitar & vocal
Kathy Agee: Vocal

Memories (Peggy Hilpman) 2.37 MB
Peggy Hilpman: 12 string guitar, vocal

Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle? 2.70 MB
Ann Cooter: Fiddle
Ann Bishop: Guitar
Gib Sosman: Piano
Give It Up Monique (John Barger) 2.93 MB
John Barger: Vocal, 2 mandolins& shaker
Marianne Schnebel: Vocal
Craig Lagerman: Bass

Little Kids 2.32 MB
Mike Schwartzburg: Guitar & vocal
Dick Warkins: Mandolin

Jordan 2.17 MB
The Lawrence Women's Chorus
Pat Kemp, Mickie Alberding, Deborah Pine, Janette Michaels, Bayliss Harsh, Carole Stroud, Jane McMurrer, Karen Mueller (guitar), Deni McIntosh (guitar), Sandy Polston, Lisa Mandelstein, Gloria Throne, Connie Warkins, Charlotte Mason

Wild Sea 2.84 MB
Gib Sosman: Piano, Guitar & Mandolin

You Stole My Heart, You Pig (Dick Powers) 2.88 MB
Dick Powers: Guitar & vocal
Mark Lumpe: Banjo
Lisa Mandelstein: Vocal
Rick Krause: Harmonica & vocal
Little Beggar Man 2.01 MB
Janette Michaels: Vocal
Deborah Pine: Vocal
Mike Schwartzburg: Guitar
Karen Mueller: Guitar
Dick Warkins: Mandolin
Gib Sosman: Mandolin
Antietam (Scott Stuewe & Joe Casad) 4.78 MB
Scott Stuewe: Guitar & Vocal
John Barger: Mandolin
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle
Leo Posch: Banjo
Craig Lagerman: Bass
Sweet & Simple (Peggy Hilpman) 2.57 MB
Peggy Hilpman: 12 string guitar and vocal

Go My Way 2.44 MB
Bluestem
Stan Rood: Dobro & lead vocal
Jim Rood: Guitar & vocal
Keith Alberding: Banjo & vocal
Marvin Pine: Bass

Know You 4.88 MB
Ted Kihm: Guitar & vocal
Salt Creek 2.15 MB
Leo Posch: Banjo & arrangement
Susan Willits: Banjo
Dick Warkins: Mandolin
Mike Schwartzburg: Guitar
I Wanna Go Out With a Guy Who Rides a Motorcycle (Lisa Mandelstein) 2.09 MB
Lisa Mandelstein: Vocal
John Barger: Mandolin
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle
Dick Powers: Guitar
Henry Brown and Jane Saroo 3.73 MB
Dave Agee: Guitar & Fiddle
Kathy Agee: Vocal
Jim Krause: Banjo
Troublin' Mind 2.87 MB
Ann Bishop: Lead vocal, harmony vocal, 2 guitars
Gib Sosman: 2 pianos
Rick Krause: 1 harmonica
100,000 Days (Scott Stuewe & Joe Casad) 2.46 MB
Scott Stuewe: Guitar & lead vocal
Marianne Schnebel: Fiddle & vocal
Leo Posch: Electric guitar
Craig Lagerman: Bass
Angel From Montgomery 3.12 MB
Karen Boggs: Guitar & lead vocal
Pam Batson: Tambourine & vocal
Linda Cunningham: Vocal
Charlie Boggs: Bass

Victory Song (Gib Sosman) 2.85 MB
Gib Sosman: Piano & dulcimer

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