Scarlet Letter Records
An accomplished collection of, mainly piano-led, melodic instrumentals
Four years on from his accomplished debut solo set, THE CROSSING, Walsh has produced, arranged, engineered and penned the majority of the twelve selections on PARADISO. Walsh (piano, electric piano, synthesizer, accordion and electric guitar) is assisted on his sophomore outing by spouse/skilled songwriter Gretchen Peters (piano, vocals), multi-talented Nashville studio owners/album producers/sidemen Doug Lancio (electric guitars) and David Henry (cello), Barry’s son Brennan (electric guitar), and from bluegrass band Blue Highway the inimitable Rob Ickes (dobro).
There’s a definite European flavour to this collection with titles including the brisk and airy yet assertive, cello-supported Koblenz, and Paradiso named after the iconic Amsterdam concert venue where Peters and Walsh have performed so often. The title Paradiso is also undoubtedly a reflection on the joyous quality of Walsh’s life these days, having married Gretchen in late 2010. Appropriately Gretchen’s Theme opens this album, and there’s an extended interpretation of North Platte which opened (and was also reprised on) the Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell collaboration One To The Heart, One To The Head (2009). Marathon Motor Works prominently features Ickes, and the three-way, fold-out, card liner includes a picture of Barry outside this former early twentieth-century factory in downtown Nashville, re-developed a quarter and a century ago as Marathon Village into a complex of artists’ and photographers’ studios, offices, radio station and more.
At some six and a half minutes duration each, Youth And Age (co-written with Brennan Walsh) it takes its name from a William Butler Yeats poem) and July 20, a reference to the date the melody was created, are the longest selections on PARADISO. Both are gently/moderately paced melodic delights. Written by Gretchen Peters and Barry, the album’s only other composing collaboration is Seven Weeks. Thereon the latter switches to keyboard and electric guitar, while the former plays piano. Running out at just short of two minutes each, interpretations of Son Binocle (it translates from the French as His Monocle) from the pen of classical music composer Erik Satie, bookend four selections and constitutes the second half of this album. Inclusion of the latter finds Walsh echoing THE CROSSING, his first release, which featured Satie’s Je Te Veux. Here, the first version is piano-led while the second employs electronic sounds and confirms Barry’s love for this Frenchman’s Oeuvre. Waxing and waning, twice, Gretchen adds a delicately angelic vocal to There’s Been An Incident, one of the foregoing (bookended) quartet and this album’s penultimate selection.
- Arthur Wood, Maverick UK. 2012
Fatea, UK. 2012
Paradiso – Barry Walsh
Barry Walsh has been busy recently producing albums for Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell, but is best known as a professional musician for more than three decades; in this time he has performed with Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb and Al Green, and he's written songs that were recorded by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. He has played keyboards for years for The Box Tops and all of this is in addition to touring extensively with singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters (over twelve times since 2001) During this time he has mesemerised UK audiences with his piano playing, both accompanying Gretchen (his introduction to A Bus to St Cloud, is enough to make a grown man cry) and during his now highly anticpated solo piece during her shows. I’m not sure he’d now be able to leave The Sage, Gateshead, without playing Leaving Newcastle, for us, from his first CD, The Crossing.
Barry’s second CD, Paradiso, has been a long time coming, but mark my words, it is worth the wait! Produced by esteemed Producer-guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Gretchen Peters, among others) the album comprises twelve pieces of music, all composed by Walsh. Lancio adds his guitar prowess to There’s Been an Incident, which is further enhanced by a stunning choral arrangement by Gretchen Peters. Rob Ickes of Blue Highway adds some dobro to Marathon Motor Works and, in a total twist, Peters who plays piano while Walsh adds guitar on a track theyco-wrote, called Seven Weeks. This will be less of a surprise to fans of Gretchen, who have been seeing her play guitar at shows for a while now! Walsh’s son Brennan co-wrote and accompanies his Dad on guitar, for Youth and Age; perhaps two generations playing this piece together adds a certain poignancy. Finally, esteemed musician Dave Henry adds his cello to several of the pieces on the CD.
North Platte debuted on the Gretchen Peters/ Tom Russell collaboration; One to the Heart, One to The Head, where it appeared in two parts, and I am happy to see it also made it’s way onto this collection. It is such an atmospheric piece that it takes you away in your mind, to the place it ‘describes.’ Again demonstrating his admiration for French composer Eric Satie, we see one of his compositions, Son Binocle, covered to great effect here. The music conveys the humour in the piece, without any need for words. This then reappears to close the CD...there is a reason...
I admitted that before hearing Barry’s first CD I had always struggled to ‘get’ music without lyrics. The Crossing changed that for me...so much so that I spent a week in New Orleans and fell in love with the jazz music that surrounded me there. I was able to relate to it, to catch the emotion in the music and infer its meaning and the story it was telling me, without any need for words. It gave me a new appreciation of music I’d never had previously. Paradiso, in one listen, took me on a musical journey, to somewhere I had never been before, but I know that every time I put the CD in the player, I will go back. A place where music tells its own stories and stirs your emotions. That is Barry Walsh’s talent and that talent is the reason why every one should own Paradiso. While you’re at it, pick up The Crossing, if you don’t already own a copy.
- Helen Mitchell
Dallas Morning News
(Scarlett Letter Records, 2008)
Terrific sidemen are the unsung heroes of the music world. Barry Walsh is a piano virtuoso whose gifts at the keyboard have added so much to the music of the Box Tops and singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, as they did in the past for Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb and Al Green. Mr. Walsh has released a solo album of his own compositions, and it's nothing short of spellbinding. He admits being influenced by Bach, and it shows. This is not a pop album, nor is it New Age. Rather, it has elements of classical, jazz and blues, and it takes you on a mesmerizing journey. Mr. Walsh has circumvented the genre of solo piano recordings by slowing down the pace and letting the individual pieces speak for themselves. And they do, loudly and lyrically.
now playing: barry walsh : the crossing
By Kerry Dexter
Barry Walsh has been making music professionally for more than thirty years. Most of that has been spent in Nashville recording studios. In recent years he’s been touring in support of singer and songwriter Gretchen Peters, and with Alex Chilton and the Box Tops. His past history includes backing up Roy Orbison and Jimmy Webb, and writing songs that Waylon Jennings and The Amazing Rhythm Aces, among others, have recorded.
Thanks in part to encouragement from Peters. Walsh has now gotten around to recording his first solo album, and it’s something none of those credits noted above would likely prepare you for. Original, mostly just Walsh and his piano, it’s music that draws on both Bach and folk, and remains true to the voice of this artist. Without the first word being said, Walsh speaks clearly and movingly of connection, discovery, love’s questions and love’s certainties, and the varied landscapes of thought and emotion. David Henry adds masterful cello on several tracks, including the opening title cut, and Mark Selby brings in guitar on Nigel’s Blues. The only cover is a twice imagined take on Erik Satie’s Je Te Vieux, a piece which Walsh presents as at once somber and seeing the possibility of joy. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the collection.
- Kerry Dexter, Music Road
Fatea, UK. 2008
Barry Walsh has been a professional musician for more than three decades, and in that time he's performed with Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb and Al Green, and he's written songs that were recorded by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Currently, in addition to touring extensively with singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters (over ten times since 2001), Walsh plays keyboards for the recently revived Memphis rock and soul band The Box Tops, featuring Alex Chilton.
The Crossing was recorded at Walsh's home on a Kimball Viennese Edition grand piano with touches of backing by cellist David Henry and guitarist Mark Selby. Walsh's Labrador Retriever Nigel lay motionless at the feet of Selby as he overdubbed on an as yet untitled song. It was duly named "Nigel's Blues" in his honor.
I have to confess to being one of those people who never really ‘got’ music without lyrics. However, maybe as a result having been mesmerized so many times watching him play with Gretchen, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this album. On first listen, what was immediately obvious was the emotion that had gone into these beautiful pieces of music. Even before reading about the album, it is apparent that each one came from a personal place, be it experience of affinity.
The latter is true of ‘Je Te Veux.’ Barry comments of the track, “This is an Erik Satie (the French composer) piece, and the only song I didn't write on the CD. I have been playing Satie's music for 40 years.” ‘
That, therefore leads us to the rest of the album, Walsh’s own compositions. The Title song, ‘The Crossing,’ a metaphor for the changes in two lives over a period of time, one of which was his own. Angel of Repose’ was the title of one of his favorite books, by Wallace Stegner and ‘Years May Go By’ was inspired by a line in a Rikki Lee Jones song. The obvious love for England which has grown over his years of playing here is evidenced in the fact that two songs on the album refer to UK cities; the haunting ‘Leaving Newcastle’ and ‘Exeter Cathedral’, the melody of which remains with you long after the final piano chord is played.
Barry Walsh truly is one of the most remarkable and intuitive musicians I have ever had the pleasure to watch and he has created his own piece of magic in his first CD release. I am hoping that when he tours here with Gretchen this year we may be given the opportunity to hear even just one of these tracks performed live – maybe ‘Leaving Newcastle’ in the city which it honours. In the meanwhile this Cd will continue to have heavy rotation on my CD player and I only hope there are more where this came from. Apparently I do ‘get’ music without lyrics after all.
- Helen Mitchell, Fatea UK
Barry Walsh The Crossing( Scarlet Letter Records 207141-2) ***
Barry Walsh is probably familiar to a good many Maverick readers, as for the past eighteen years he has played keyboards for Gretchen Peters and accompanied her on most of her UK tours. Now he steps into the spotlight with his solo album of deftly played piano pieces. He plays a Grand piano, and apart from Erik Satie's Je Te Veux, all the tunes have been penned by Barry and several were inspired by his tours in the UK like the delicate and reflective Leaving Newcastle and the more grandiose Exeter Cathedral. Though recorded in Nasville, this has no connection to country music, but just might be of interest to Gretchen Peters' fans.
- Alan Cackett
AP Review by Pablo Garondi
Gretchen Peters At Liberty Hall, Dublin. 7th Sept 2018
“In trying to review a concert from such a special talent, what was shared across the 90 minutes will always lead to thoughts of what was left untouched. The problem for Gretchen Peters is having a body of work that includes so many favourites and so little time! I guess it all comes down to the feeling that it’s not what you leave out, but more what you leave in…What we do get is a beautifully balanced performance with superb musicianship from the talented band that comprises Barry Walsh (accordion, keyboards), Conor McCreanor (Electric & upright bass), Colm McClean (guitars) and Gretchen herself on acoustic guitar. The understated playing is so beautifully realised, always serving the song and adding just enough interplay to allow for the spaces between the notes. Also, the harmony vocals are very strong and augment a vocal performance from Gretchen that shows her voice to be in superb shape, singing from the heart in a honeyed tone that seduces and soars in all the right places...The set tonight leans heavily towards the latest release, Dancing With The Beast and this is fully justified. It remains one of the best albums of 2018 and the current tour is in support of this release. Eight of the eleven album tracks are featured during the show with Truck Stop Angel, The Boy From Rye, Arguing With Ghosts and Disappearing Act all coming from very different places but connecting so poignantly; from surviving in a male dominated World to the loss of innocence and youth; ageing and Alzheimer’s - all the way through to taking the decision to disappear from it all.Gretchen speaks of living with these new songs on tour over recent weeks and says that they have become a supporting band of sisters that accompany her on the road. The new album features songs about females in all different guises and situations, whether dealing with abuse or disillusionment or deciding to take action and control over their own circumstances.Fragile, yet strong women, some from the margins of society – others the real backbone of middle America in grappling with the reality of trying to rear a family and try to scrape a decent living in a country that has turned mean and spiteful. The references to Trump’s America are veiled behind the stories of the characters in these songs and the ability to endure and maintain dignity is captured with razor like precision in the poetic words of Gretchen as she holds a mirror up to daily constraints and compromise.Say Grace is a key track tonight and the words, ‘the bible on the table says be of good cheer, but the tv in the corner is screaming you’re not welcome here’, resonate as an echo of the malaise within American society right now. Another key line is contained in the words to Lowlands with ‘but a man who lies just for the sake of lying, he will sell you kerosene and call it hope’. Such a vital and honest writer and so much on the pulse of everything that is real. She speaks of the division and suspicion that was instantly present after the General Election result and the caginess of people wondering which side others were now on… All reflected in the song, Lowlands. The Blackbirds release from 2015 gets 2 songs included, with the title track itself and the excellent When All You Got Is A Hammer. There are a further 4 songs from the 2013 release Hello Cruel World and the audience greet Woman On The Wheel, Five Minutes, The Matador and Idlewild like lost children returned to the fold. Earlier in the set there is a Tom Russell song, Guadalupe, which was recorded on their co-release from 2009 and which Gretchen reckons is his most beautiful song. She talks about her coming to Ireland since 1997 (or so) and the fact that her visits are forever wrapped up in memory with the song, On A Bus To Saint Cloud, which she duly performs with a flawless melancholy that would melt the heart of the hardest cynic in the room. The encore is another cover version, this time the Rodney Crowell song Ain’t Living Long Like This. It includes an extended band workout and a duel between Barry Walsh and Colm McClean as they trade licks and runs on their weapons of choice. At one point, Barry even plays the keyboard with his right foot! With the audience giving a standing ovation and fully deserved lengthy applause, Gretchen returns and leaves the stage to stand in front of the crowd to sing Love That Makes A Cup Of Tea. A perfect message of comfort and fellowship upon which to end what was a fine evening of all that is good in live music these days. A masterclass from one of the true greats. Review by Paul McGee ” - Paul McGee
Gretchen Peters live at The lyric theatre, Belfast. Sunday, 9th September, 2018
"Lit by a single spotlight, Gretchen Peters picks a soft refrain as she sings the haunting ‘Arguing With Ghosts’. The song examines the ageing process and one’s own sense of mortality. It sets the scene for a night of impeccably played music, challenging ideas, and a little hope in these troubled times.Gretchen Peters began her musical career writing hits for Patty Loveless, Bryan Adams, and Neil Diamond among others. Producing a number of fine country albums in her own name, her music over the course of the last few albums has seen her move from catchy love songs to more heady matters.Belfast’s Lyric Theatre stage is dressed with the set for ‘Good Vibrations’, a play based on the life of local legend Terri Hooley. Initially the set of a run down city centre with shut shops and graffitied walls is a distraction but strangely, as songs emerge of troubled minds and a land divided by suspicion and racism, the backdrop actually makes sense in a way.I get lost in my hometown since they tore the drive-in down.Arguing With GhostsShe tells us that she began to write the songs on the album on the night of the American election. But rather than angry songs of “Dump Trump”, these are much more considered pieces. She tells of the schisms and distrust that have continued to develop in her country since that night:I come straight home from work and fix my supper. Don’t burn one with my neighbour anymore. Ever since he put that sticker on his bumper, I just turn out the lights and lock the doors.LowlandsThe songs demand attention, as tales of young girls avenging their abused sister, depression, and unrequited love flow from the stage. Peters lets the songs speak for themselves before addressing the audience. She tells us the past few months she has been singing these songs about women, and it has been like touring with “a bunch of sisters”. Her band of three males look a bit sheepish at this point, but their time will come.‘Blackbirds’ gets a call out for Ben Glover as co-writer. Ben has in fact become Gretchen’s partner in a number of compositions, including the gloriously brooding ‘Dancing With The Beast’ and ‘Truckstop Angel’.Barry Walsh is Gretchen’s longtime musical and life partner. He helps move things along apace with little fills of keyboard and atmospheric stints on accordion, which helps give ‘The Matador’ its eerie feel.Two other local men of note are rhythm section Conor McCreanor, and Colm McClean, who dazzles with several superb solos, never detracting from the vocal and the lyric, always inventive and fluid.The pace changes up in volume and speed with an ode to veterans coming back to a world that has moved on without them in ‘When All You Got Is A Hammer’, and the wondrous ‘Woman On The Wall’, where the female protagonist asks us to confront our own failures and fears while watching her own death defying feats:They say I’ve got a death wish, yeah, but I don’t think that’s true. As far as I can see, it’s less about me and more about you. You see it ain’t your fears so much as what your fears reveal. I’m just the woman on the wheel.The majority of the set is comprised from her last three albums. The one major concession to her delightful back catalogue is the haunting ‘Bus To St. Cloud’.The encore is rememberable for two different reasons. The first is a spirited rendition of Rodney Crowell tune, ‘Ain’t Living Long Like This’, which sees Walsh kick his stool backwards, and fly at the keyboard with gusto, which is met by equalling shining solos from the Fender of Colm McClean. This is pure musical theatre at its best, with Little Richard present in spirit in the shape of Barry Walsh.The second reason is very special. Gretchen Peters makes her way to the edge of the stage and delivers a spine-tingling solo version of ‘Love That Makes A Cup Of Tea’. In the hands of someone less adept, such a tittle could be a hackneyed, over-sentimental country and western song.In Gretchen’s voice, it is a thing of pure beauty, leaving the audience with some balm, comfort and hope, in a world full of obstacles. Her voice is soft and you wish she could have sang more songs like this. But which songs would you have given up to make way?Real love does not build walls our make mighty noises about its power. Real love can do huge things and right wrongs. But love that lasts does the little things that help us all get to the next day with hope.But there is love that makes a cup of tea, love that loves both who you are and who you want to be, love that waits for you when you fall behind. That’s the kind of love I hope you find.A perfect message to send us home feeling better about all around us after a truly special night of music.
Folk and Tumble Review by: Damian McNairney
Link: Setlist for Lyric Theatre Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland 9th September, 2018:
Venue: The Sage/The Arc
Town: Gateshead/Stockton, UK
Date: March 1st/2nd, 2013
Over the course of two consecutive nights Gretchen Peters played in two towns in North East England; Gateshead and Stockton. Both nights Gretchen's partner and pianist Barry Walsh, and their new band member, Canadian Christine Bougie, came out on stage and played the opening notes of Hello Cruel World, as Gretchen came out onto the stage to rapturous applause. Clearly everyone was glad she was back. At both venues, she spoke of how happy she was to be back in the North East, especially at The Sage, where she said it felt like it had only been two weeks since she'd last been there. There were clearly a few first night nerves on stage, but Gretchen knows as well as we do that there is no safer or forgiving audience for her to have them than at The Sage! By night two at The Arc, however, the nerves were clearly dissipating and everyone was much more relaxed. Clearly touched at the reception her new CD, Hello Cruel World, is receiving, the decision was made to perform for us the whole CD, live, in order. This was a new method of delivery for me, but I felt it worked really well, as it highlights how, remarkably, the songs are even more powerful live.
As Gretchen dove straight into the title track, it seemed more obvious than ever how personal the song is and this connection continued through the set; it clearly is her most personal and honest - and it has to be said, best - work to date. St Francis brought tears to my eyes as Gretchen's beautiful voice and her guitar were softly accompanied by piano and lapsteel. Barry's accordion and Christine's shakers added a distinctly Spanish flavour to The Matador, before Barry stepped up to offer his vocals to take Rodney Crowell's place in a duet of Dark Angel. I had no idea Barry could sing so well and I was amazed at how well their voices harmonized for this gorgeous song. Paradise Found was clearly made to be performed live and took on a life of its own on both stages, as Gretchen demonstrated how well her voice fits the Southern blues/ gospel sound of the song. The musicianship of the three was extraordinary. Telling us of the origins of the next story (I won't spoil it for those who haven't yet heard it) and how it fit perfectly with her circus obsession, Gretchen explained that the main character in Woman on the Wheel is 1996's Circus Girl, all these years later. Again, as I always felt with Circus Girl, it seemed there was more of Gretchen herself in those lyrics than we may first think. Five Minutes almost didn't make the album but I'm glad it did. It is one of Gretchen's finest pieces of writing, where again she either gets totally into the character's psyche, or is there a part of her in there too? Maybe there is a part of us all in those lyrics, come to think of it. In both instances, the audiences were silent, hanging on her every word, as the piano and lapsteel again weaved effortlessly between her vocals. Camille is a song she wrote on retreat with her Wine Women and Song sisters Matraca Berg and Suzy Bogguss. Gretchen assured us that they have fun on their retreats "though you wouldn't think so from this song!" The emotion in the song seemed to hang in the air, and you could almost be forgiven for thinking Camille was there among us as Gretchen delivered the song 'to her.'
Gretchen switched from guitar to mandolin for Natural Disaster, creating a sound somewhere between country, folk and bluegrass, which worked brilliantly live. Stepping forward, Gretchen began to talk about her father. I knew he was a writer and journalist, but prior to this CD, I did not know that his beat was The Civil Rights Movement. Gretchen told us about how, after the murder of activist Medgar Evers, his widow and three children came to stay with her family in New York. At the time, her greatest observation was that their youngest son, her age, had never seen snow before, having lived in the Deep South, and his amazement as they built a snowman together. She pointed out how later you see the bigger picture; that actually she was building a snowman with a little boy who had seen his father gunned down in his own driveway, and that in much the same way you see there was more to all the little snippets of memories we keep as children. There couldn't have been a more articulate introduction to, or delivery of, the song that followed, Idlewild. Watching her eyes as she sang, it was clear that these beautiful lyrics, made up of seemingly fragmented recollections and thoughts, are deeply personal. It also got me to wondering how many of us, if we put together some of our seemingly random memories, would come up with a story we weren't expecting. Taking to the piano, where she now shines with confidence - she obviously had a good teacher in Barry! - Gretchen told us that the final song on the CD, Little World, came about at the piano one day and seemed to be the little piece of hope the dark lyrics of the CD needed. Quite simply, it is a song about how, whatever is going on in the world, we can create our own little world, where everything as is we like it. As Gretchen said, 'That is the album.' Huge applause followed, before she commented on how the two musicians on stage with her make her a better musician, and how she would like them to take the stage. The greatest comedic moment of the two nights followed, when at The Sage, she went to leave the stage, and completely lost the door, trying to open the wall. Everyone laughing, Barry made a joke about how he can't get her to leave even when she says she will. At the Arc, when she left, there was a murmur around the room of 'She found the door!' from those who were there the previous night!
As they took centre stage, Christine, on lapsteel, provided beautiful accompaniment as Barry played a stirring piece from his new piano record, Paradiso, called Koblenz. It was named after the town in Germany where he premiered it and got a great response. He told us he would similarly name a later piece 'Gateshead' but then said the same in Stockton. However, as he said it in Gateshead first, I intend to hold him to it - I eagerly await his third CD; suggested title, 'Gig Venues I have loved.' He really is the most talented pianist I've ever had the privilege to watch; he makes it look effortless as his hands dance across the keys. Gretchen returned, promising to play a few favourites; first she took us back to 1996 with The Secret of Life, telling us how it was written for a man, but then Faith Hill recorded it. Much of the audience could be heard singing along on both occasions. Also, not for the first time, it allowed Christine to show us her talents on electric guitar.
Speaking of Tom Russell, Gretchen told us how honoured she was to record the next song, Tom's exquisite Guadalupe; a song which I have always felt sounds as if Gretchen could have written it. It also struck me, not for the first time, how lovely it is that she is happy to acknowledge that a song she didn't write has become so popular. Again, Christine's lapsteel and Barry's accordion beautifully captured the Spanish sound of the song. Maybe one day we will get to hear Gretchen and Tom sing it as a duet…
In keeping with what seems to have become tradition, the nights both concluded all too soon with To Say Goodbye. I can't think of a more fitting song, as I don't think they, or we, were ready to call it a night. 'I'm not leaving, I'm just going..' seemed particularly poignant, knowing how much she loves this area, where she has a history going back sixteen years, to a small gig played to less than 40 people. Several of those people, she commented at The Sage, are "still here, usually in the front row."
Following much deserved standing ovations both nights, which clearly touched Gretchen, the three returned for an encore. Asking us if we would sing with them, she announced "This one's for Davy (Jones)" before they launched into a rocking rendition of Last Train to Clarksville. It had only just been worked up the first afternoon, so was a little rough around the edges. I suspect that night Davy, wherever he is, was laughing at proceedings, whilst at The Arc he was likely singing along with us all!
Barry's now legendary piano introduction marked the beginning of two beautiful performances of the gorgeous On a Bus To St Cloud, the song which Gretchen always says took on a life of its own here in the UK. The three took their final bows and twice left the stage to huge applause, having indeed - to paraphrase To Say Goodbye - gone, but not left, since we were all taking away wonderful memories of two fantastic nights shared with three amazing people. For almost two magical hours, we together created our own Little World, between the stage and the venue door; a world of music, emotion, sharing, enjoyment and appreciation. Undoubtedly we were all wishing for Five Minutes more, but if I know one thing, it is this. Gretchen Peters means every word when she says she will be back to the North East very soon; that is the promise that our beloved Circus Girl has kept for sixteen years.
- Helen Mitchell