What's New

The new CD, Down in the West Volume 1, is now available. "...intelligent, thoughtful, skillfully performed original acoustic Americana with an Irish lilt", says Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal.

Kyle Alden's new CD, "Down In The West, Vol. I", is a collection of songs evoking the west coasts of the U.S. and of Ireland through a series of loosely connected but interlocking stories--a lone fisherman's twilight chance meeting and a boat plying the waters of the Alaska gold rush, among others. Rendered in the appealing acoustic/Americana style of "Songs From Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade", Kyle's highly praised 2011 CD, "Down In The West" features songs based on poems by W.B. Yeats, Robert Burns and William Blake, plus two originals and two covers (by Richard Thompson and Fred Neil). Includes the award winning song, "Those Images".

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Watershed Productions
P.O. Box 2911
San Anselmo, CA 94979

Kyle Alden awarded grand prize in the 2012 Y Tunes Song Contest in Sligo, Ireland

Listen to the winning song, "Those Images", on right side of this page under Breaking News.

"If William Butler were still around he'd be humming along in some bee-loud glade, Guinness in hand..."

Mike Rowe, TV personality, Dirty Jobs

Previous work: Songs From Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade is a collection of thirteen original folk music settings of poems by the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Featuring a stellar cast of musicians, including Athena Tergis on fiddle, Mike Marshall on mandolin and Scott Thunes on bass, one can hear strains of American and Irish folk music in these evocative settings of Yeats' poems, some well known, some less known.

The CD received worldwide attention since its release in 2011. Named to three “Best of 2011” lists by Folk Music DJs and music critics, it received radio airplay throughout Europe and North America, reaching #8 on the folk-roots-country radio charts in the U.S. The opening track, Brown Penny, was awarded honorable mention at the 2011 Y Tunes Song Contest, Sligo, Ireland, and reached #11 on the folk-roots-country radio charts in the U.S. “Kyle Alden's melodies and performance rank with the most-pleasing-to-hear of any settings of W.B. Yeats I've heard. Excellent work!” says Andrew McGowan, president, W.B. Yeats Society of New York.

Kyle has performed this music live with fiddler Athena Tergis (California tour) and vocalist/mandolinist Susan Spurlock (Oregon tour). He continues to write, record and perform folk-based original music. Look for Down in the West Volume 2 in 2014.

"A great album--one of the best of 2011."

John Weingart, Music You Can't Hear On The Radio, Princeton, NJ

"...really, really impressive and most refreshing. By far the best musical arrangements of his poems I have ever heard. An absolute pleasure to listen to. ...extraordinary music."

—Mick Maloney, Professor of Irish Studies, NYU

"Kyle...creates genuinely fresh-sounding capital from Yeats’ words...that proves extremely persuasive. A real grower."

fRoots Magazine, UK

"Songs from Yeats' Bee-Loud Glade" is an extraordinary achievement. Yeats..never sounded better."

Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ

Songs from Yeats' Bee-loud Glade